Keepin’ it Local

Tourism is the life-blood of the Bocas del Toro economy. It has the potential to feed families, stimulate economic growth and further develop education and specialized skills. This column is dedicated to highlighting businesses in Bocas del Toro which both benefit tourism and the socio-economic prosperity of the area. Whether locally owned or a product of legal foreign investment, this column sheds light on enterprises that are doing their best to provide a great experience for tourists while conducting their business in a way that helps the community prosper.

The inaugural column goes to Restaurante Tom. You can catch me there personally at least once a week, 11am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday, in the Municipal Market, on Avenida Norte and 2nd street, near the fire station and next to Mailboxes Ect. You’re greeted with love and respect, a sea breeze and a view of sailboats and Isla Carenero.


Amazing seafood options are available and tasty, soulful filling meals for as affordable as $4. My favorite is Pollo Guisado (Stewed Chicken) which comes with rice and beans, a salad, fried plantain, fresh avocado and a glass of juice. I love to see family businesses that love what they do. They have a great team, featuring Segio and Maribel, their son Jairo and his wife Leysi along with 4 employees, all from Bocas. The restaurant was started by Sergio’s aunt and has been in the family for over 50 years now.

I love to see people work hard. Aside from my lunch always being delicious and served with a smile, it’s the hard work and dedication that keeps me voting with my dollar there. The Bocas Breeze salutes Restaurante Tom!


Nicholas Corea is the editor of the Bocas Breeze. He wasn't born in Bocas, though he got there as fast as he could. He is just one of the many foreigners who became enamored with the islands. His mission is to provide the community with news that unites and inspires, while sharing with the world the magic that is Bocas del Toro. Mr. Corea likes to extend his gratitude to everyone who makes The Bocas Breeze possible- starting with YOU (the reader).

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