1. Red Frog Beach
Named for the strawberry poison-dart frogs that can be spied along the surf here (yes, they look just like strawberries; no, they're not poisonous, at least not to humans), Red Frog Beach is set on the North end of Isla Bastimentos. There's a pretty perfect surf break nearby and a long, mostly desolate stretch of sandy beach. The water taxis can only dock here when the water is very calm, so most days you'll have to take a boat to the other side of the island and hike a few miles across, but you'll understand the point once you glimpse the impossibly perfect postcard views.
2. Boca Del Drago
All the way on the other side of the main island from Bocas Town, Drago is about a 20-mile drive from town, although on the $2 bus that means about an hour and 15 minutes. The beach itself is rather narrow, but the water's the draw here—one of the area's only stretches of perfectly calm, clear ocean—and a prime spot for starfish sightings.
3. Playa Bluff
Another tough one to get to, this beach is a half-hour drive from Bocas Town, and that's on some rough dirt roads that should not be attempted by anyone who suffers from any degree of motion sickness. Taxi drivers will be hesitant to make the trip here, but if you can convince one to do it for relatively cheap, it's worth it for a practically private patch of paradise.
4. Cayos Zapatillas
Set smack in the middle of a protected marine park, this is one of the island's longest stretches of beachfront, and probably the most crowded, but it's easy to see why—the perfect white sand beach is home to the best snorkeling around, and it's also a possible spot to catch sea turtles when they come up to nest in the spring.
5. Bahia Sand Fly
As you can tell from the name, this is not the spot to plop down your towel and catch some rays. But at just a mile from town, this beach does the best job of keeping Bocas Town's low-key, island vacation vibe going. Grab a shaded spot at Isla Del Mar restaurant and sample the Comida del Dia—which roughly translates into whatever they feel like serving. It's always good, and it's always three dollars.