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Playa Estrella

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Address: Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Came upon this beach by accident not knowing what was ahead on the jungle trial. It was nice; more crowded than some places but we hung out for awhile. Not sure if anyone else... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Amy R
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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful beach - probably one of the best in Bocas. Unfortunately, tourists who want to get their Instagram photo are picking up the starfish and holding them out of the water. This is not good and can potentially kill them. Because of this negative human interaction, there actually aren't many starfish here at all. We saw 5... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked from Drago, which most people do. Only a 20 minute walk through the jungle. When you arrive at starfish beach, it is over whelming. The water goes from 1 foot to 20 in a matter of feet. As the beach drops of you can observed dozens of giant red starfish in the sand. You will see a lot... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Came upon this beach by accident not knowing what was ahead on the jungle trial. It was nice; more crowded than some places but we hung out for awhile. Not sure if anyone else experienced this but my party and I all ended up with thistle-like picky things (super small, almost like fiber glass) in the bottom of our feet... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived there around noon. We did not expect that it would be so crowded with both people and restaurants/bars. We only saw five starfish. Bringing snorkeling gear will probably increase your chances :) The banana boats and jetskis make a lot of sound and there is music in many places. If you go here early in the morning, you will... More 

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Quathiaski Cove, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at Playa Estrella early in the morning before all the tourists arrived. It's a very worthwhile thing to do - we caught the 7am bus out of Bocas town. We had the beach to ourselves, and wondered where all the starfish were. We quickly got into our swimsuits and discovered that they had gone out towards cooler waters.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What used to be a fairly pristine stretch of beach now has palapa restaurants and bars from end to end. Still nice, and we had a great morning there with our 3 year old, swimming and relaxing. The only knock really is that everyone discovered it, so there are more businesses, people, and unfortunately a lot less starfish. The most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best beaches in whole Panama, water is cristaline, white sand, and a good spot for snorkelling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my 10 month old daughter. We took the bus from the main town for $5 return to Bocas Del Drago & did the most beautiful walk of my life through the jungle by the Caribbean coast line to this beach. The walk was easy & I managed it with my daughter in her baby carrier, there was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy access with shuttle bus from the park $2.50 to Boca del Drago and short boat trip $1.50 or simply walk for 15 minutes. Great sandy beach with clear water without being too crowded.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice little beach that you reach by taking a bus and then either a boat taxi or a 15min walk through the jungle. It's a nice walk so I'd recommend that over taking the boat. Not too much to do once you get to the beach but there are a few bars and restaurants that have cool... More 

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