Cristobal Island, Bocas del Toro

Map of Cristobal Island, Bocas del Toro

Valle Escondido San Cristobal Bocatorito

The island of San Cristobal sits in the protection of Admiral Bay. The island tends to be off the main tourist trail.

Two of the best reefs on the Bocas del Toro Archipelago are just of Cristobal. One on the north side called "Cristobal Light" because of the navigation light for the ships travelling in the channel that runs along the north coast of the island. This channel is the only way for the ships to enter the port of Almirante and carry bananas from the Changuinola plantations to Europe and North America. The other, Cristobal One, is on the west side. See information on snorkelling.

Bocatorito Bay, in the south of the island, has a maze of mangrove islets and great lagoon scenery. This is a very good place to spot dolphins.

There are three important indian communities in the island: San Cristobal, Bocatorito and Valle Escondido. San Cristobal is the largest, with electricity (generator), public phone and a primary school. All villages have fishing as their most important employment, but in addition grow vegetables (cocoa, yucca, rice) and farm animals (chicken, pigs).

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