Panama is not spoiled yet, hope they keep it that way
12.06.2009 - 20.06.2009 31 °C
Hi Everyone, I realized on Costa Rica entry that I did not properly upload some good pics. So I have added those if you want to look back. I am having alot of trouble uploading videos so I may to open a YouTube account and give the link. Stand by for those changes.
We arrived safely in Bocas del Toro Panama which is an archipelago of islands on the Caribbean Sea. It is not over touristy and still has a beautiful local charm. We spend a night at a busy hostel run by a very welcoming young lady name Jaonella who is Panamanian but also speaks fluent French and English. The next day we move to a hotel next door which is turning into a hostel. It’s a lot more roomy with air conditioning and the lady gives us a large private room because I have kids. We still wander over to the amiable Hostel Heike to hang out and get info on the area. We also book some surf lessons for an afternoon and the following morning. The kids get basic instruction on a beach with low wave action then the next morning our instructor, Miguel, brings us to some serious waves on Wizard Beach. Wizard is empty at ten in the morning and even at it’s busiest there is never more than 20 people. It is one of those paradise beaches you imagine, beautiful colored water, perfect palm trees and no one else but you. Panama has not been discovered by big developers yet, although there are some resorts so it’s around the corner. If the locals can protect their gems maybe it won’t become another Mexico or Costa Rica. There are warnings of theft on the beach and trails so that’s another way to keep the crowds down. For a coastal area Bocas is cheaper and with the use of a kitchen we can keep costs down until Chris arrives. Jordan and I go to another nearby island, Carneros, while Ariel takes a nap. I love these huts on stilts over the water. We have no problem lounging on quiet beaches reached by boat while we wait for Chris. He arrives on Monday morning at the airport down the street, literally the run way could be in the middle of town, it’s very handy. His backpack does not arrive so the next three days are spent exploring the area with intermittent phone calls to United Airlines who lost the bad, and American Airlines his second to last connection flight. United is rude and American will help but slowly as we are now in a remote part of Panama. There are worst places to be stuck without your luggage! We take an all- day snorkeling boating tour which brings us to dolphins, beautiful fish and more empty awesome beaches.We also discover a crazy hostel/bar on the water called the Aqua lounge and if you are not careful it can have the same effect as crazy glue. The people of Bocas are very nice and we get to know a few locals. Once Chris' bag arrives we pack it up for Isla Bastimentos which is ten minutes by boat but a very different world.