Day 40: Beach Bumming

Bocas del toro is an archipelago in the caribbean sea, lodged in northwestern Panama.

When I heard about Bocas I imagined white sandy beaches, clear azure waters, coconut palms, and best of all – island hopping.
As always, when your imaginations run high, so too does the risk of disappointment. Our first day here was just that – perhaps of the lack of sun, or perhaps because we chose to stay at the less visited Isla Bastimentos (which turned out to be a poor rundown village of wooden sheds under tin rooves with rubbish littered along the island’s bay).

We moved out to the main island Isla Colon today, where things were much better. More to see more to do. We lucked out on Hostel Calipso, which had air conditioned dorms and the best hostel kitchen ever (oven, microwave, stove, distilled water dispenser, blender, toaster, even a rice cooker!!).

Spent the whole afternoon at (finally) a decent beach with all I had imagined, except the island hopping – nothing beats Croatia or Thailand!

Island Shanty Town (Isla Bastimentos)
Boca del Drago beach on Isla Colon
Catching Fish.. Isla Colon

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  1. ho ching says:

    Mom thinks bribing way into Panama and crossing that bridge (looks like the bridge over river Kwei) sounds like movie saga. It's scarely though. Good thing is you get a chance to practice broken Spanish. It must be fun.

  2. Leslie says:

    LOVE the second photo! i want to be there!

  3. Rafzana says:

    Wow, wat a journey!! The pictures are fabulous! It all looks very nice.

  4. Charlie says:

    Hey vagabond couple! Just checking in to see how you are doing. Hope all is well! Don't slack on blogging!

  5. Patrick and Katrina Foster says:

    This looks awesome! Are there really that few people around?

  6. 山 him says:

    @Charlie: heheh slacking on blogging cos just taking a "break" from traveling, in Pan City with friends and enjoying a little bit of uninteresting civilized life ha! :)

    @Patrick/Katrina: Hello! Yes there really weren't that many people around when we went! There were enough people so you feel safe that you're not completely alone, but very peaceful and quiet enough to feel secluded.. you can even see starfish here but we missed it unfortunately :(

  7. Charlie says:

    I look forward to see your perspective of the S. American countries. It'd be interesting to contrast our experience. Ah… drowning in reminiscence!!

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