From Panama City we headed to Bocas Del Toro, Panama. A short little flight on air panama brought us there. On the flight we saw fields and fields of chiquita bananas, pretty neat! Second to the Panama Canal, Bocas is Panama’s top tourism destination, but it didn’t feel too touristy to us, though there were an overwhelming amount of surfer dudes there. You could definitely say that we loved it!
Bocas is a small place, one we landed we walked three blocks from the airport to find our hostel, Mondo Taitu (known locally as the party hostel). Luckily they had a cheap private room for us. We dropped our bags off and then headed out in search of a nicer place to stay for the last couple days of our stay in Bocas. It is a really neat place, lots of ex-pats and cute little eating spots. Like this non-working bus that served delicious smoothies and sandwiches during the day and yummy sushi at night.
One day we decided to make the trek over to “Wizard Beach”, one of the nicest and fairly secluded beaches there. First you take a $1 boat ride over to the island, Bastimientos, then it took us about an hour to hike bare-foot up and down a muddy hill to finally get there. It was a fun experience and next time I definitely wouldn’t wear my sandals! I took a spill or two and at some points was literally knee deep in mud! But this made it all worth it:
Then to get back to where the boats dock you have to do it all over again but this time we took an alternate route to find a Thai restaurant we had heard a lot about. on the way there we stumbled across a place that grew and made their own chocolate and coffee, along with many other goodies. It was delish, plus they had some water for us to clean our muddy legs with.
We made it to the thai place and unfortunately Didn’t get the camera out in time for shots of the food, we were so tired and hungry by the time we got there! But it was wonderful and the views were amazing. Sloths were hanging out in the trees while we dined.
Two days in we found a different place to stay. I was in need of some waxing services and found a really cute place called, the “Lil’ Spa Shop” owned by some Americans and on a beautiful property. She showed me around and once I saw the kitchen I knew Jon would be down, so we stayed there for the last few nights of the Bocas trip portion.
Renting bikes is definitely a must if staying on the main island. Each day we would ride to a different beach, it was great! The beach on Bocas Del Drago was about 18km from where we were staying, but being the avid bikers that we are we figured it would be easy. Little did we know that the ride was super hilly and did I mention that you could really only rent beach cruisers? yea, it was an interesting ride but check out this tree we spotted!
The pic doesn’t really do it justice was it was so incredibly tall with these long roots hanging down from it. Such an amazing sight while whipping around a corner real fast on the bikes.