Focus en Bocas in a community outreach center located in the heart of Bastimentos AKA old Old Bank. Basti, as the locals call it is rich in Afro Caribbean Culture and is a district within Itself, like Bocas Town, Colon and Panama City. Old Bank, the island's westernmost settlement, is a miniscule town that affords a valuable look into Central American and Caribbean culture, unmarred by the footprints of too many trampling tourists. Those who prefer gourmet dining to natural beauty may find the village too remote, but with coral reefs, wilderness beaches, mangrove forests and solid surf breaks at hand, Old Bank makes a great base camp for the adventurous.
There are no roads in Old Bank, just a series of interconnected footpaths. The village's main drag is a paved sidewalk that runs from the community basketball court on one end of town to the cemetery on the other, dividing the homes built on the hillside from those constructed on stilts over the water. Village residents, who can be heard speaking Guari-guari, Bocas del Toro's own Creole language, celebrate the island's slow pace.