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Published: January 30th 2010
We left David early and jumped on the first bus to Almirante; our bags were thrown onto the roof and off we went. There was a very happy drunk Panamanian on the bus who seemed to take a liking in me and was talking to me for most of the journey! Along the way we bought some Pina (pineapple) from a little boy out of the bus window yummy!! After winding through the beautiful Panamanian valleys we finally made it to Almirante, from there we had to take a taxi to the peer, there weren’t enough seats for the group of us going to the docks so I jumped on the back of the pick up with the bags (being out in the air was very tempting after the very warm bus ride!). It was a very short ride to the dock, once there we jumped on a water taxi over to the main Bocas Island; Colon. From Colon we took yet another water taxi to the island where our hotel was, Carenera. Our little hotel was very cute and the owner super friendly. Since it was already well into the afternoon we didn’t have much time or energy to do
anything, we first went to Bibi’s which is a little restaurant out on the water, it was happy hour so we straight away ordered two ice cold beers and a fish sandwich, the sandwich was delicious as the fish filet was fresh! We then went to explore the island a little; it really does feel like a deserted island! The floor is covered with coconuts that have fallen from the tall palms above, rainforest tree roots are sticking out from the white sand; on one side you have the beautiful Caribbean Sea and on the other a thick green rainforest with lots of sounds animal sounds coming out from it. We then went back to our room to cover ourselves with bug spray as there are some really vicious little flea sized sand flies around here! We then went back to Bibi’s for dinner Steve had a fish Milanese and I had a fish filet in coconut sauce, yum!
The next day we went to startfish bay which is located on the main island, we took a water taxi to Bocas town and from there we took a bus to Drago Beach which is where Starfish bay is. Unfortunately
there weren’t any starfish due to rough water during ht night. We walked down the beach for a while until we found a nice spot where we stopped to have a swim. The water was so calm it felt like a lake! We then went back to our island and had fish for dinner again!
On our 2nd full day in Bocas we went to Red Frog beach, which gets its name from the many poison arrow frogs that live nearby. This beach is on the Bastimientos Island, unfortunately we didn’t get to see any frogs, we did some scary looking spiders, some lizards and birds though! The beach itself is really nice it has an even more wild and deserted feel than the other beaches did the water was a lot warmer despite being very wavy; which just brought out the kids in us! For dinner we went to Isla Colon which turned out to be pretty mediocre…should have stuck with Bibi’s fresh fish!!!!!
Next Stop….COSTA RICA!
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