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