The district of La Pintada was founded on October 19, 1848. They say that the Coclé River flowed past from the south and that many peasants and villagers from nearby areas who went to town did their shopping in a small store that stood out for being the only house that was painted. Over time, the locals began to refer to the town by saying, "let's go to the painted house, let's go to La Pintada".

Red Frog is one of the most popular beaches in Bocas del Toro. It is named after the red-hued poisonous frogs (Dendrobates pumilio) that inhabit the tropical forests surrounding the beach.


Coral Cay is the most famous snorkeling and diving spot in the Bocas archipelago.

In addition, the clear and calm waters afford an easy view of its stunning coral reefs that house an impressive variety of tropical reef fish in the most incredible array of colors and shapes.

It was in this area where, 500 years ago, Columbus docked with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Vast stretches of beautiful golden sand beaches are bathed in crystal clear waters that blend into the blue sky. Today, this region of the archipelago is a tourist attraction. Those who practice diving or snorkeling are also attracted by the coral reefs that lie beyond the beaches.

Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, an archipelago of islands and islets covering 13,226 hectares, was created in 1998. It is one of the few protected areas in Latin America that preserves coastal, island, and marine ecosystems within the same territory, encompassing mangroves, beaches, and coral reefs. Visitors are drawn to the scenic white sand beaches and crystalline waters that make it an excellent diving spot. The area provides habitat to manatees and more than 200 species of tropical fish. In addition, it is a very important nesting place for sea turtles.