Colón Island

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Coordinates: 9°23′15″N 82°15′30″W / 9.38750°N 82.25833°W / 9.38750; -82.25833
Colón Island (Isla Colón)
Islands of Panama
Bocas del Toro Archipelago map.png
Bocas del Toro Archipelago
Flag
Country Panama
State Bocas del Toro Province
District Bocas del Toro
Coordinates 9°23′15″N 82°15′30″W / 9.38750°N 82.25833°W / 9.38750; -82.25833
Capital Bocas del Toro
 - elevation 3 m (10 ft)
 - coordinates 9°20′0″N 82°15′0″W / 9.33333°N 82.25000°W / 9.33333; -82.25000
Lowest point Sea level
 - location Beaches
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Timezone Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) No DST (UTC-5)
Location of Isla Colón in Panama

Colón Island (Spanish: Isla Colón) is the northernmost and main island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago located in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. The capital city of the province, Bocas del Toro, is located on the island and is one of Panama's main tourist attractions.

The island[edit]

Beachfront hotels, restaurants, night clubs, discothèques and residential districts are prominent on Colón Island.

Beaches: Itsmito Beach, also known as La Feria, Big Creek, Bluff, Mimitibi, Bocas del Drago, Starfish.
Important locations: Main Park, Governor's Building, Hotel Bahia, Airport, Hospital, Cemetery, La Feria, Bluff, La Gruta bat cave, Bocas del Drago.

Transportation[edit]

The island has a strong boating community. Access to the other nearby islands in the archipelago requires either a private boat or rental of a water taxi.

By air, the island can be reached from Panama City via Air Panama, and from San José, Costa Rica, via Nature Air.

From Almirante you may take a ferry or water taxi service.

The island has several marinas available for international boaters.

Local taxi service is provided mainly by yellow pickup trucks with 1T- followed by a number on the doors, and by 15 passenger mini-buses marked as Transporte Colectivo.

Image Gallery[edit]

Governor´s Building 
Aerial view 
Waterfront 
Bocas del Drago 
Swans Cay 
Red poison dart frog 

Climate[edit]

Climate[edit]

Under the Köppen climate classification, Colon Island has a tropical wet climate. Temperatures remain constant throughout the year, averaging around 26.5 °C (79.7 °F).

Climate data for Isla Colón (1972–2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 34.4
(93.9)
34.2
(93.6)
32.8
(91)
34.4
(93.9)
36.0
(96.8)
38.2
(100.8)
33.2
(91.8)
35.6
(96.1)
33.6
(92.5)
33.0
(91.4)
33.0
(91.4)
32.6
(90.7)
38.2
(100.8)
Average low °C (°F) 17.6
(63.7)
18.0
(64.4)
17.6
(63.7)
17.4
(63.3)
17.6
(63.7)
17.6
(63.7)
17.0
(62.6)
15.9
(60.6)
17.6
(63.7)
18.0
(64.4)
19.6
(67.3)
17.0
(62.6)
15.0
(59)
Rainfall mm (inches) 29.3
(1.154)
10.1
(0.398)
13.1
(0.516)
64.7
(2.547)
225.1
(8.862)
235.0
(9.252)
168.5
(6.634)
219.9
(8.657)
253.9
(9.996)
330.7
(13.02)
252.3
(9.933)
104.6
(4.118)
1,907.2
(75.087)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 2.9 1.3 1.4 4.9 15.0 16.0 14.0 15.0 17.0 20.0 16.0 7.5 131.0
Mean monthly sunshine hours 228.9 245.2 183.9 173.1 108.5 116.3 106.1 118.1 99.2 103.9 139.8 120.5 1,743.5
Source: ETESA (sunshine data recorded at Bocas del Toro International Airport)[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Datos Históricos : Estación Aeropuerto Intl. Bocas del Toro". Empresa de Transmision Electrica S.A. Retrieved August 16, 2013.