What it means to be Red Frog Beach Island Resort
You could say it started 8,000-6,000 years ago when the Bocas del Toro archipelago began to separate from the mainland. This created rich rainforest separated at times by only several hundred feet of Caribbean Sea. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute explains that it is a “major puzzle for researchers” to comprehend how more than 16 color morphs of the Strawberry poison-dart frog developed in Bocas del Toro in such a short span.
Isla Bastimentos, our home island, is host to a special line of red frogs. They are small, as a nickel under a leaf in the rainforest, but they are bold in color and sound. Our island frogs are bright red, sometimes with blue legs and usually with black spots. They make a sharp chirp like crickets on a muggy evening—you can’t miss it.
We like that one of the best beaches in the Americas is named after such a humble and intriguing character: Red Frog Beach.
If you’d like to spend an afternoon learning some of the local biology, we can show you the red frogs at our protected nature preserve, then boat to the neighboring islands to find variations of brilliant green, blue, orange, and yellow poison-dart frogs.DID YOU KNOW they are named after the indigenous tradition using the frog’s poison on their blowgun darts for hunting?
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is actively involved in studying these frogs, along with other unique aspects of our region from the coral fields to evolving mangroves and ancient rainforests. These efforts are based out of their local Bocas Station with several specialists enriching our understanding and appreciation for the natural environment here.
- Poison-dart frogs, as with many of our animal kingdom neighbors, are sensitive to human interaction. To protect them, and you, please let them be when you see them.
- If you have handled a frog or its habitat it is smart to wash your hands afterwards!
What intrigues you about our rainforest ecology? What poison-dart frogs have you seen or are on your list?