Isla Carenero is part of the Bocas del Toro archipelago and one of the smaller islands within. Located between the main Island Isla Colon and Isla Bastimientos, Isla Carenero is
the perfect place to escape from the crowed and noisy main Island and to find silence and tranquility directly on the beach surrounded by the jungle.
However, the island is situated close enough to Isla Colon so that the main island can be easily reached for shopping, restaurants or enjoying the night life that Bocas has to offer.
Here in Carenero there are no streets and no cars, so you can enjoy walking peacefully around the island leaving all hectic and sorrows behind.
The small island is only about 150 acres in size and can be surrounded in two hours walking. However there are hardly fixed path so that walking around the island can be a real adventure.
When exploring the little island keep your eyes open for the interesting flora and fauna. There are lots of different plants and trees, maybe you will meet a sloth or spy one of the world famous frogs native to the archipelago.
Around he island you find some of the best reefs and surf spots that Bocas del Toro has to offer.
The crystal clear waters of the island can be explored on Stand Up Paddle Boards or Kayaks, don’t forget your snorkel gear to discover the underwater wonders and observe the amazing marine life of the surrounding areas.
Besides, you can find amazing reef breaks for both beginners and advanced surfers within walking distance of the hostel.
Of course, you can also find some great restaurants and bars on the island. One of the night life hot spots, the Aqua Lounge Bar is only a 5 minute walk from our hostel. But far away enough to be guaranteed a good nights sleeps after the party.
The islands history goes back to the time when Christopher Columbus discovered the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro in 1502 during his last journey to explore the ” new world”.
On the islands Columbus stopped and took the chance to stock up supplies and to careen one of his ships. To careen in nautical terms means “To lean (a ship) on one side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing”.
Literally translated into spanish “Carenero”, this is probably how the island got its name.