Bocas del Toro, Panama

After our time in Costa Rica, we crossed the border by foot to Panama. The border crossing we had heard could go either way and for us, luckily, it was a cinch. Though getting to our next destination, Bocas del Toro, was not! After crossing the border, we hailed a cab and set out for a 4 hour journey to the northern tip of the country. Think long windy roads and going very slowly b/c our cab driver liked to take his tiempo!! But Panama is a beautiful country and some of us (those that weren’t car sick) enjoyed the scenery. Rolling hills, mountains, lush and green, Panama was truly inviting.

Panamanian mountains

Panamanian mountains

Bocas del Toro is known for its Caribe vibes, crystal clear waters and surf situated on the archipelegos of the Caribbean; it seemed like a place right up our alley and worth checking out. Plus we were going to meet my brother, Uncle Taylor and Aunt Alison for a couple weeks as we had rented a house right on the water with them.

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Crossing the border from Costa Rica to Panama; Jake check.

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The long and windy road.

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Hot and sunny.

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Caribbean Queen.

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Waiting for our water taxi to take us to our island.

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There is only one island that is allowed to have cars and that is Isla Colon, the main island. Our house was on Isla Caranero, no cars, just water taxis.

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Water taxi-ing to Isla Caranero.

All about the water taxis.

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Door to door service, we made it!

Our Casa Alegria was right on the water, had its own little dock as do pretty much every house on the islands and all the taxi drivers know every house all over. Later that evening, Uncle Taylor and Alison arrived. Let the fun begin!

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Our house Casa Alegria on Isla Caranero.

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Carribbean dream.

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Alison and Jake reacquainting.

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The men.

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Great little restaurant on the water. Our first night out on Bocas Town.

Other than some bouts with intestinal woes and sand fleas, we spent the days lounging around and exploring the islands. One of our favorite discoveries was a restaurant in the middle of the water called the Blue Coconut. Water taxis drop off and pick you up and we spent the days snorkeling off the deck and drinking pina coladas. Not too shabby!

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Another water taxi to the Blue Coconut we go!

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Caribbean neighbors.

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Margarita-isla at the Blue Coconut.

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Snorkeling paradise.

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Not a bad life.

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Charlie getting in his down time.

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Free fallin’.

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The Carribbean Queen in Repose.

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Our happy place, the Blue Coconut.

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Water taxi, time to go home…

We also discovered another restaurant Bibi’s that exquisitively sat right over the water. We could eat and drink as the kids played in the warm, tranquil waters and then climb up the ladder to meet us.

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Bath time!

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The Castaways.

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Taylor with a machete?? foraging his way through the jungle…Charlie as co-pilot. We could walk back to our house from Bibi’s.

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Bibi’s…

We took some day trips by none other than water taxis…here we were on the way to Starfish Beach.

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Day trip to Starfish Beach.

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Charlie driving the boat.

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The young man and the sea.

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Tranquille.

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Charlie investigating the catch of the day.

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Yet another pit stop in the middle of the sea.

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Uncle T and Aunt A having a moment to themselves…well, trying to.

Comida corrida.

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Hang time.

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Mattie and Alison paving the way.

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The water taxi lustre never wore off.

One last thing worth noting is that our house had its own personal iguana feeding station. Not only could we sit and observe the iguanas which we learned are endangered on the island b/c the locals see them as a delicacy!, but we could feed them too.

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Homeschooling…the iguanas became a major subject.

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Iguana feeding station in our backyard!!

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The resident Hummingbird.

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Iguanas LOVE hibiscus flowers.

Though we didn’t score with surf, we did have some great times with family, even though some of us were down for the count for a couple days. All in all, good times were had.

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Adios Panama, Gracias por todo.

 

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