There are three hardware stores in Bocas Del Toro. If you need paint, screws or you need light bulbs, you can go to any of these hardware stores and they have pretty much what you need. It is not always the quality that you want because a lot of it is imported from China.
There are small department stores here, too. One of the department stores is like Walmart. They sell shampoo and toilet paper or conditioners. These stores are not well organized like in the States. You have to go searching for what you want and need, and it might be in a totally unlikely place and not what you would think. So sometimes, you have to speak Spanish because often people behind the counter do not speak a lot of English. Sometimes they do but if they don't, you would have to be able to ask for what you want and they will find it for you, or you would look for an hour and would not find the thing you are looking for but it is there.
You might buy something in one store one time, you might go to the same store after two weeks, and they do not have it anymore. Sometimes another store will have that thing you are looking for. Therefore, often you have to go three or four stores to find everything you are looking for if you are looking for specific things.