Bocas....just our kind of place
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
103Trip End Aug 31, 2008
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Bocas is the most touristy place in Panama but surprisingly still very cool. Lots of young travelers get stuck here since it's just a great place to stay for a few months.
I can only recommend it as the next place to visit for all of you out there..it's inexpensive, beautiful and fun.
After 5 days in the same location, you might wonder if we are bored yet...but we are not
Bocas has much to offer and the locals make the stay the sweeter with their constant smiles on their face, their funny ways of waking us up in the morning by blasting the music really loud, the town dogs who always like the companionship and never stop barking (even at night), the little kids who have so little but seem so much happier than the kids back home..
Yesterday, we headed to Isla Bastimentos, a neighboring island with more beaches and a big marine national park According to the Lonely Planet guide, the walk from the village to the next beach was easy and about 10 minutes away....instead we found ourselves slipping up and down endless muddy jungle paths, surrounded by big spiders (I even saw a huge tarantula hawk wasp). At the end, it was well worth the excitements and the beach was great.
Today we will end our stay here since Nathan is now fluent in Spanish :) and head to a quieter part of the island: Playa Bluff where we hope to see some turtles and snorkel.
Lucky for us, Alex located the Tesoro Escondido on the Internet prior to our departure. On the other side of Isla Colon, next to Playa Bluff, it was a little paradise requiring some effort to get to, but resulted in vast deserted beaches and a nice little bungalow sitting atop a rocky bluff overlooking the translucent Caribbean. Wildlife was upon us from the moment we arrived as we spotted a sloth traversing the treetops above our cabaņa. We spent the next two days snorkeling, relaxing in hammocks and taking long walks along the beautiful, deserted Playa Bluff.