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Yes, you should certainly use Bocas del Toro car rentals to save time and enjoy flexibility and freedom. Not to mention, Isla Colon is the only island with public transport, so you must find a better means to get around in most parts of the archipelago. Bocas is one of the places where you need to understand Spanish to find help in getting the right bus on time. If you are a foreigner, the language barrier can be a significant problem, so renting a car and driving yourself makes sense. KAYAK allows you to compare prices from dozens of car rental agencies. Narrow down your choice using our filters.
Very few roads are straight in the mountainous regions with endless vistas in just about every turn. Bocas town features a street grid with several routes leading into the main island. The road system is adequately maintained and extensive with two-lane and four-lane highways (though there are potholes in remote places). Expect to share the roads with buses, trucks, and many people riding bicycles. You'll drive through the ferry when heading to the mainland in a rental car. Ask from the rental location if you can use ferries and whether additional charges will apply. From the mainland, you can drive to David City and farther to central and north America via Pan American Highway.
You can only rent a car in Bocas if you're 21. Some car rental agencies do not rent out to people under 25. Others impose extra fees for younger drivers between 21 and 25 years. This also applies to any additional driver you may include in your rental agreement. A driving license is a must, whether you're a resident or a tourist. Foreign drivers can use their home country's license for 90 days while staying in Bocas. After 90 days, they must obtain a Panamanian DL. Permanent residents also need a Panamanian DL.
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