Flora and Fauna of Red Frog Beach

As you walk around the Red Frog Beach area and Bastimentos Island it’s hard not to be in awe of nature.  The flora and fauna here is incredible.

Anything grows :  vines attach themselves to trees with “staple-like” arms winding up the trees; palm nuts that have falling from the tree sprout and root themselves where they fall.

Papaya Tree on Red Frog Beach

Papaya Tree on Red Frog Beach

Lemongrass growing at Villa 62 - Red Frog Beach

Lemongrass growing at Villa 62 – Red Frog Beach

You’ll find an edible fruit or plant at every turn – bananas, plantains, papaya, maracuya, noni, oranges.  We’ve even planted lemon grass (great for tea and numerous Asian dishes) that is flourishing at Villa 62.  This year we planted several pineapple trees, and some orange, avocado and mango seeds in hopes of having more edible plants on our property.

Everywhere you walk you see some sort of living species that you probably haven’t seen before:  sloth’s sleeping in trees; red frogs perched on a rock; white faced monkeys swinging from tree to tree; every color of butterfly and spider you can imagine; leaf cutter ants marching in massive lines with large pieces of leaf on their backs to their enormous nest hole – to name a few.

Simply look down into the water and you’ll see floating jelly fish, star fish cruising along the bottom and any number of fish swimming by.

Look up and you’ll likely see the aforementioned sloth or monkeys, tons of birds (parrots, kingfishers, hummingbirds) and a vulture or two (think of those great big ones right out of a “Looney Tunes” cartoon).

If you are heading to Red Frog Beach here are a few spots you are sure to see some of the flora and fauna:

As you exit the public boat dock at Red Frog beach have a look in the water – there are usually tons of jellyfish and crabs running around.  Look up and you’ll likely spot the resident sloth – last year (2012) it was a huge momma sloth perched in the tree; this year (2013) likely her baby moving about with a bit more speed nibbling the leaves.

If you head over to the marina boat dock you’ll again catch site of numerous jelly fish and crab and likely catch a glimpse of the resident barracuda in the water at the beginning of the dock.

While walking around Red Frog if you hear movement or something falling from the trees it’s likely the white faced monkeys on the move or nibbling on the strong smelling “figs” – the figs are small oval orange fruit.  If you see them on the ground half eaten and smell their strong fermented smell, you’ll likely see some monkeys in the area.

Take time to have a look in the many flowers throughout Red Frog and you’ll see hummingbirds and butterflies everywhere.

Leaf cutter ants at Red Frog Beach nature hike

Leaf cutter ants at Red Frog Beach nature hike

Take a walk up through the jungle at the Zip Line and you’ll highly likely spot a red frog perched on a rock.  NOTE:  some of the local indigenous children catch the red frogs to show tourists that come onto the island – they want a bit of pocket change for the privilege of viewing the said red frog.  If you are approached by a child carrying a wrapped up leaf tell him “no.”  As catching and carrying around the red frogs is killing the population of red frogs the island is named for.

As for flora – it’s all around you.  Every palm and banana/plantain tree you can think of.  Ferns growing out of rocks taking you back to memories of “Jurassic Park,” and even plants that were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth.  Beautiful orchids and fragrant flowers.

If you are looking for adventure and a hot bed of flora and fauna discovery, then Red Frog Beach is where you want to be.

A trip to Red Frog Beach is sure to provide you with adventure and fulfill any eco travelers agenda.

If you are looking for a guided tour about the flora and fauna of the Bocas del Toro archipelago head over to the botanical gardens.


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