Lido Isle: Bocas’ Only Original Dress Shop

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Lido Isle Boutique was opened by a brother and sister team from California. Douglas Johnson was living and working in Costa Rica, and his sister Teri would often visit. Teri, diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, always found herself feeling better in the humid climate offered there, particularly as she was told that because of her condition she would not live to be 45.

Teri’s visits to Costa Rica became increasingly frequent and her stays, longer. One day Douglas made a proposal: Let’s start a business. It was then that they agreed on a dress boutique.They both knew Teri needed to be in a tropical climate for her health (don’t we all?) so it didn’t take long to make another decision, Bocas del Toro, the ultimate tropical paradise. They opened Lido Isle just days before Teri’s 45th birthday. Teri laughingly says that she has “passed her
expiration date”.

Everything in Lido Isle is handmade and one of a kind. The bamboo rayon fabrics are hand dye, and printed fabrics take up to ten days to make. They use the traditional Balinese Batik, a threefold process, using a stamp dipped in wax. The patterns are always slightly different, guaranteeing that no two dresses are exactly the same, and the designs are all original.

Douglas is surprised by how much he loves having a dress boutique. “You get to meet all these wonderful people from all over the world.” Douglas has even come up with a few designs for the next collection, available in August.

Stop by and meet Doug and Teri for a souvenir or a new dress for an upcoming event. Lido Isle is located on Main Street beside the Flying Pirates.

The Bocas Breeze is a digital and print newspaper proudly serving the Bocas del Toro community since 2004; reporting news, advertising local businesses and promoting tourism in Bocas del Toro, Panama.


  1. Nancy Bamberg Reply

    I stopped by your shop yesterday! I immediately fell in LOVE with Jemma,
    and your fabrics !
    Today….I wanted to shop online!
    Your fabrics are amazingly beautiful and comfortable! I am hooked!
    Please put your styles and colors online!!!

  2. Regina Reply

    Hi, I have two questions:
    1) Are you associated with the Lido in Panama City, Casco Viejo?
    2) What is your address in Bocas?

    I loved the shop in Casco Viejo

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