Paradise Found : Bocas Del Toro (18-22 Dec 2017)

by Jennifer Venter December. 30, 2017 155 views
Bocas Beach Club, Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Bocas Beach Club, Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Life has been getting away from me somewhat. Since arriving in Panama, watches and diaries are optional extras so time seems to fly past and every day becomes known as "A Day". So as a result, my blog has been a tinsy bit neglected. I do hope that you can forgive me.

From 18-22 December 2017, we ventured to the Caribbean side of Panama i.e. to Bocas Del Toro. This meant travelling about 4 hours via car over rather scary pothole and sinkhole roads to reach a little town called Almirante. Here we parked our car in a small car park, and thereafter caught a water taxi at $12 pp with our baggage et al. Between waves and splashes, we arrived 30 minutes later at the main island of Isla Colón which is home to the capital, Bocas Town and walked literally five steps to our hotel (Bocas Paradise Hotel).

Every boat has a Panamanian flag painted on the side

Every boat has a Panamanian flag painted on the side

Bocas Town is a central hub with restaurants, shops, homes and nightlife. There are very few vehicles on the island with the main mode of transport being by foot, bicycle, quad bike or motorcycle. The only way to reach Isla Colón is via water taxi or via a small plane - Air Panama (from Panama City).

Bocas Del Toro is a province of Panama comprising an island chain off the Caribbean coast, plus a section of nearby mainland with a biodiverse rainforest. The scenery is so picturesque with palm trees everywhere, white sands, mangroves and the emerald ocean full of fish, dolphins, jelly fish, star fish and coral reefs.

Whether on your bicycle, quad bike or by foot, surfboards will get transported

Whether on your bicycle, quad bike or by foot, surfboards will get transported

There are alot of amazing restaurants in Bocas Town within walking distance from any hotel. We went to four amazing locations namely BocArt, Toro Loco, Alberto's and Bocas Bambu. You will find almost everything you need on the island although prices are generally higher than mainland Panama with cash being the preferred mode of payment (so be prepared).

Since many of the homes do not have formal walls or fencing, the stray and owned pets (cats and dogs) roam the streets. Seldom do the animals butt heads but all seem to live in harmony. Happily lazing around on benches, roads and porches and catching a tit bit of food now and then.

Dogs ruling the roads in peaceful silence.  The brown dog's name was Josa (pronounced Hosa)

Dogs ruling the roads in peaceful silence. The brown dog's name was Josa (pronounced Hosa)

There are more images on my business Facebook page, if you would like to see more.

If you have any questions about our trip to Bocas Del Toro, feel free to drop me an email.

Stay Fabulous !

Much Love, Jennifer

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