The beautiful Zapatilla Cayes are located within the Bastimentos National Marine Park in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Panama designated 32,700 acres of Isla Bastimentos, its surrounding marine area and the Zapatilla Cayes as a national park in 1988. The only inhabitants of the Zapatilla Cayes, besides the wildlife are a few park rangers and a few small groups of turtle volunteers.
The park ranger will either approach you or your guide to pay the $10 park fee for tourists, $1.00 park fee for University students, $2.00 park fee for Panamanians. The park is free for Panamanian National Retirees, all students through 12th grade and children under age 12 with identification.