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Isla Zapatillas

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Nice island as part of day trip incl Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay, Starfish Bay, lunch at end of Bastimentos and sloth island. Good value trip @ $20 + $10 national park entrance (for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brentwood, United Kingdom

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice island as part of day trip incl Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay, Starfish Bay, lunch at end of Bastimentos and sloth island. Good value trip @ $20 + $10 national park entrance (for what? - to keep out the riffraff.) Somewhat dodgy boardwalk takes about 90 minutes, but good swimming and shade on beach. Bring your own drinks and snacks.

Thank ChrisBrown38
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our day trip to Zapatillas was the top activity we did out of our 9 weeks through Central America, I've never seen such a beautiful beach! The water is like a bath, and the best part is, you can have a whole section of the beach to yourself, it didn't seem to ever get too crowded! Definitely recommend!

Thank Nicoleelise199416
Liege, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice for a day tour from Bastimentos or Bocas del Toro. Nice snorkeling, beautiful beach. It's possible to see reef sharks (they are not dangerous to humans).

Thank francisco_00089
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As the title says it's the second beach I loved more in my life after Saona island in Dominican Republic. The ocean is amazing and you can enjoy of an amazing beach day.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches I've ever seen. Soft white sand, brilliant turquoise water...just stunning. Only complaint is that you have to go with a tour, as there is nothing on the island, and the tour could be a bit longer to allow for more time on the island, but even so, it really is beautiful. A... More 

Thank Nick I
Palos Verdes Estates
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We traveled with family and booked a private boat tour for 180. The tour stopped at dolphin bay (awesome, reviewed separately), a snorkeling spot (meh - although the waterslide of death was amusing because it landed you in shallow corral water. . . despite warnings, someone always has to try- ouch), Isla Zapatilla, and then to mar de estrella (maybe... More 

Thank Josh S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

Snorkeling off island was really average and the government is not using fees to maintain the park. There were piles of trash everywhere on island. Even though we arrived early it quickly became super crowded. Thankfully we had our own Captain so we bailed and had him take us snorkeling close to the second smaller isla. Snorkeling off the boat... More 

Thank Laura G
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Visited in a sunny day. Several tours take people to this isolated National Park. $10 per adult for entrance, but worth every penny. We luckily had a private guide and we arrived earlier in day (10amish) and had the place to ourselves for about an hour. Great snorkeling. No food available. One "bathroom". Pure white sugar sand beaches and crystal... More 

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Weslaco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2017

Snorkeling was mediocre. Nice beach. I enjoyed the park trail, but the boardwalk sections were in disrepair, so be careful and use good shoes. The boat captains give you fresh coconut from the local trees.

Thank Bugsy2
Treasure Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2017

You can be in Tahiti, its so beautiful. Beautiful white sand and an Island that is like Gilligan's Island. We opened coconuts and swam all day. The sand was pure white and cool. No shells, its like walking on powder. Loved every minute. Its a must if your in the area

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