Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park

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Isla Bastimentos Marine National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Location Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Nearest city Bastimentos
Coordinates 9°16′57″N 82°8′23″W / 9.28250°N 82.13972°W / 9.28250; -82.13972Coordinates: 9°16′57″N 82°8′23″W / 9.28250°N 82.13972°W / 9.28250; -82.13972
Area over 13.226 ha
Established 1988

Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park (in Spanish: Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos ) is a marine park located in the Bocas del Toro District and archipelago of Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. Created in 1988, this is Panama's first national marine park. It stretches from Playa Larga to the Cayos Zapatillas and over to Coral Cay, comprising an area of 13,226-hecatres (32,682-acres), of which 11,596 is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The national park extends across the southwest side of Isla Bastimentos and into the Caribbean Sea. On the island, the park protects forests, mangroves, monkeys, sloths, caiman, crocodile, and 28 species of amphibians and reptiles. Playa Larga (Long Beach), on Isla Bastimentos, that is important nesting site for sea turtles. Four species of endangered sea turtles use it as a nesting site from April through September.[citation needed]

Also including in the park are the Cayos Zapatillas ("Shoe Cays"). Resembling a pair of shoes, these two islands serve as a refugee for coral reefs, mammals, reptiles and birds, but also a nesting place for sea turtles. Named after the Zapatillas fruit,[1] the park has been managed and protected by ANAM since its creation in 1988.[1][2] The Cayos Zapatillas are the most popular place to visit this park.

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  1. ^ a b Woods, Sarah (2009), Bradt Panama, Bradt Travel Guides, p. 280, ISBN 1-84162-260-5
  2. ^ D. Firestone, Matthew & Regis St. Louis (2008), Panama, Lonely Planet, p. 231, ISBN 978-1-74104-552-9