Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park
|Isla Bastimentos Marine National Park|
|Location||Bocas del Toro Province, Panama|
|Area||over 13.226 ha|
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. Covering an area of 13,226-hectares (32,682-acres), of which 11,596 is home to a variety of plant and animal species, the park stretches from Playa Larga (Larga Beach) to the Cayos Zapatillas (Zapatilla Cays) and over to Coral Cay. The national park extends across the southwest side of Isla Bastimentos and into the Caribbean Sea.
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. The rana rojo (strawberry poison-dart frog) also inhabits the island.
Wizard Beach. also known as Playa Primera, scenic yellow sand beach next to jungle reached by a wilderness path from Old Bank in dry weather. Further along the coast are Playa Segunda (Second Beach) and Red Frog Beach. There is also a water taxi to Red Frog Beach from a marina on the south side of the island.
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