Red Frog Beach

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

17 months! 17 long months we have been married now...and we are still enjoying it, and if you add the fact that we consider this trip as our honey moon, if we ever get tired we will divorce and get married again for another year off!

Anyway, we decided that we needed to explore another of the Islands (there are about 10 large ones and hundreds of little ones). As in the city, taxis are just waiting around all day long to taxi you to paradise beaches, so we just jumped onto the first sea taxi and told him to take us to Bastimentos.

By the way, most of the Islands here have names that related to Columbus fourth and final trip to the Americas (Isla Colon, Bastimentos = storage place, Carenero = where boats were moored, etc). If you want more information you can check this link out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bocas_del_Toro

The taxi to Bastimentos is $5 Balboa return but when we got to the Island the driver warned us that the place was not safe to walk around as there had been armed muggings recently. We feel he was just trying to get a higher fare as he was offering to take us to a point on the other side of the Island, but we decided it was not worth the risk for an additional $5 Balboa (the town of Bastimentos does look like its a shanty town).

We got off the boat and paid a $2 balbao fee to get into the private park, and thats really were paradise started yet again. We thought it would not get better than Bluff Beach, but it does...and big time. You walk along for 5 minutes along the jungle (an incredible walk) and get to a beach bar on the other side. The beaches there are difficult to describe (so we leave that to the pictures). Its sufficient to say that it was exactly like the posters they sell of tropical beaches with no people on them and palm trees fallen towards the sea.

The best part is that you can really swim and enjoy the waves in Red Frog Beach (the water is warm and there is no strong current). The beach bar additionally gives it a feeling of tropical  paradise. After a few hours it did prove to be a very popular place (we found out that many tours stop there for 2 hours), but the beaches are so long that you can easily escape company.

The name by the way refers to the species of frog that lives in the Island, although we didnt see any of those at that time of day.
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