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Most people wouldn't call building a resort in a once untouched national park "ecotourism", but what they built is 'better' for tourists.
 
I used to go to Red Frog beach when there was nothing on there except for red frogs and a beach. Now that they have cut down part of the red frogs' habitats and built up the beach, more people have easier access. A lot more people go there now and are coming to Panama in general.
 
In the past, you would have to hike a little trail to get to the other side of the island and onto the beach. It was just a deserted beach and that was pretty spectacular. Now, you pull into the marina, you take a truck over the new road to the beach, and you can listen to loud music and play volleyball with lots of other people. Therefore, it depends on how you look at things. Is it ecotourism if you cut through a national park? Well that can be debated.
 
Personally, I find that cutting down the habitat of the red frog to build the beach development was not a great thing to do but it is better for Panama. If you like the name Red Frog but you didn't care about the animal, then go ahead have some beers and play volleyball, it's a top destination in Bocas and Panama.

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