Is Bocas del Toro’s Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update5:11 pm, April 17, 2020

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Bocas del Toro?

Currently, there is no available public data about water quality in Bocas del Toro. But the average water quality in Panama is 68%.

There was no general information available in WHO data about safely managed drinking water in Panama. You may check the rate of travelers and residents of Bocas del Toro water quality.

What do people in Bocas del Toro think about the tap water?

Unlike most other places in Panama, the archipelago has tap water that’s not safe to drink unless it is filtered. Bocas town has a water-treatment plant, but locals say the tap water is not to be trusted. It’s certainly fine for brushing your teeth, but for drinking purchase bottled water or purify your own.

What Do People In Panama Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Panama have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 21% Low
  • Water Pollution 32% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 79% High
  • Water Quality 68% High


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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