To see the million-dollar beach pictured in the image above, first travel to Panama City. Leave the gold-leafed luxury of that bustling metropolis behind on a one-hour flight to Isla Colón, the hub of the nine-island Bocas del Toro chain in the Caribbean Sea. Make your way through the low-slung hamlet of Bocas Town — through open-air stalls selling molas from nearby San Blas and even past outdoor restaurants serving the day’s fresh catch — until you get to the busy marina. From there, catch a water taxi headed toward Bastimentos. The short jaunt will only cost a few bucks, which is a bargain considering the host of treasures that await. islabastimentos.com
Some people actually do sail off onto the sunset. Take Mark and Liesbet Collaert. The Bay Area couple first sailed away from San Francisco in 2005, but their monohull boat wasn’t right. They set sail again in 2007 aboard their 35-foot catamaran Irie, and have been at sea ever since, visiting more than 100 islands. So we asked them: Which were your favorites? That drew a silence. So we shrunk our question. Here Liesbet ranks their Top 10 Caribbean islands. And yep, they saw most all of ’em.
Islands contributor Hart Roberts is big on fishing. But after a stay at Fly Fish Guanaja, he couldn't stop talking about the other offerings that make this private island a nature lover's paradise. From snorkeling to surfing (oh, and the best sunset views), here's why Guanaja is more than just a fishing destination.
All year long, Islands tells you what we love in the Caribbean, Pacific and beyond. But what about you? Here are the top stories you enjoyed on Islands.com in 2013.