Dolphins and Sloths on the Caribbean coast

Trip Start Sep 26, 2009
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Trip End Jan 06, 2010


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Hotel Brisas

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


We wandered around a bit looking at hostals and getting abit downheartened... as even dorm rooms were 10 dollars each... and then an American guy called us into his Hotel, and showed us a great room, over the water, you could see the water through the floorboards! with a shared deck which you could swim from, for only 12 dollars per person, we couldnt refuse!

We had breakfast overlooking the sea and then got the bus to another beach... whilst it was raining...(well, pouring) It was a beautiful beach called Bocas del Drago, and we snorkelled andswam, and saw loads of starfish, then whilstwalking along the palm fringed white beach, over some fallen palms, I nearly stood on what I thought was a leaf, but it moved, and I realised it was a baby ray...!

Al and I made a sandcastle, like big babies.... it had a moat and a big hole which we managed to get to fill withwater, and then it started to collapse as the tide came in... it even had flags on it (well, twigs as flags!) we shared a salad and a beer... and headed back to the hostal for a swim from the deck! We went for a really nice dinner at Lilys... I had a tuna steak, which was just as it should be, seared... and Al had caribbean chicken curry, and went to bed, in a bed for the first night in what seemed like ages!

The next day, we slept in until 8.30 and had some fruit for breakfast on th deck and wandered to look for a boat taxi to the next island, but we got talked into an island snorkelling trip... which as it was raining, and wasnt what we had planned, isnt what I fancied.... but it was an amazing day. We went to Dolphin Bay, where we saw Dolphins, my first! Although the boatmen didnt seem to realise driving with an engine toward them would scare them away...! There were a few small groups of them, so graceful... really cool. We then got soaked (by the rain and the spray from the boat) on the way to the restaurant on the water... meals were extortionate but Al and I had brought bread and ham, which wasnt too wet, so we had that! I got Al a beer, which was 1.50 dollars for a small can, I gave him 2 and he took it and shrugged and said "I dont have change, sorry..." - anyway, I got it back later when I got another one and said, "I only have a dollar!" - I did pay with soaking money, which he didnt seem to mind about.

we then went snorkelling at an amazing reef.... the coral was beautiful, and so many fish - really nice! We then got back on the boat, with no ladder... clever way actually...!and headed for red frog beach. We paid the entry fee and got the jeep around to the beach where we were greeted by some kids showing us red frogs in leaves that they had collected... and then asked for a dollar when we took a picture, wesmiled and said no!  Anyway, we relaxed a bit, swam, and wished they had a cafe or restaurant as we were thrsty! but then the kids that had showed us theirfrogs, pointed out a sloth... I then asked if I could take their picture (which confused them) and I gave them my change... about 50cents! An american coupole had given them some postcards so they came and sat at our table showing us them, and chatting... they then asked to try on my sunglasses and asked me to take pictures of them wearing them and posing! All they wanted in return was to see their pictures - they are really cute! The French canadian girls asked if I worked with kids, because of the way I was with the boys.... weird, but accurate!

We saw a boat today called "Mi nina Wendy"... and in Panama bus terminal, we had a giant coke from "Wendys-the american hamburger joing" which reminded me of our holiday in USA as mum wanted to have a burger in Wendys which we did in New York - Happy memories xx

Really good day in all, and went for some dinner, had a swim. and spent the next day just wandering and relaxing before seeing a band calledCastaway and a French blokle singing French songs, and having a few rums to bid farewell to Panama...! on the way back, I really fancied a "Caribbean burger" Al said that it was just mincemeat... so I ordered it, got back, and realised it was chicken rice I had ordered, the same as I had earlier in the day (Al was drunk, and I was blind!) - we also saw the dutch family from the boat tour (funny story, will tell later_)\\

Nexst morning, we got the boat and then the local bus to the border, wandered very easily across the border. across the really rickety bridge, that moved when I walked on it, and then a massive lorry or two came across!! and into Costa Rica...!
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