Panama Islands

Trip Start Nov 16, 2009
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Trip End Apr 16, 2010


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Flag of Panama  , Bocas del Toro,
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Making our way from Costa Rica to Panama was an adventure in itself, we felt like drug runners (just without the drugs).  

The trip started with a van picking us up at our hotel and taking us for the 1-1/2  drive to the Costa Rican border, where we had to unload all our belonging and carry them to the Immigration Office to get processed out of the country.  

Then the real fun begins-watch the video!  (Note: click on the picture of the bridge, than click on the arrow to start the video)

We have to carry our things over a one lane railroad track bridge, (which was used somewhere between 30-40 years ago to ship bananas) into Panama and check-in with their Immigration office. This is the only crossing between the two countries on the Caribbean side in order to move trade and people. Back on another van for the 1-1/2 drive to the docks for a 30 minute ride to Bocas.

Bocas del Toro is an archipelago made up of a group of islands with Isla Colon being the northern-most and it's capital. This would be our "home base" over the next week or so to venture out via taxi (water and land) to the beach's. Two of the main ones were "Starfish beach" and "Red Frog." I guess you can tell from the pictures which was which and why the names.

Without any doubt, the most famous visitor that arrived at this piece of paradise was the Admiral Christopher Columbus, on the October 6, 1502 on his fourth and last trip to the new world. He entered with his two vessels into a wide bay, took in provisions on the present "Bastimentos" island and continued his journey.
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TOM AND DONNA MAZZOLA on

WE ARE NOW IN CANCUN KICKING IT BACK. ENJOYING EVERY BIT OF THIS WEATHER.. STILL ENOY READING ALL YOUR BLOGS. KEEP THEM COMING AND BE SAFE.

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