Carenero is just over the water from the town of Bocas del Toro. It only takes 3 minutes by boat to cross the channel from Bocas del Toro. The name "Carenero" is the word "careen" which means "To lean (a ship) on one side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing." Christopher Columbus stopped at this island to fix his ships during his 4th trip in 1502.

The easiest and fastest way of getting to Bocas del Toro is by plane from Panama City. The island of Colon has a small airport with two daily flights to the capital of Panama. The flight lasts less than one hour.
Bocas del Toro can also be reached by land and sea. A road links the nearby cities of Almirante and Changuinola with Panama city. From Almirante and Changuinola you can take one of the small ferries to Colon Island. The trip from Panama city by road and boat takes more than 10 hours.

It is also possible to go to Bocas del Toro from Costa Rica. You have to take a bus from Puerto Viejo, on the south Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, to the border. From there a minivan or a taxi will take you to Almirante.

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