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Jan 23, 2009 - Arriving in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Anne, LindaRose and I planned a road trip for this morning. Four hours later we were in Almirante, the shipping point for all of the Chiquita Bananas grown in this area. From there we took a water taxi to Isla de Colon and checked in to the Banana Inn. We have a room with three twin beds for $35 US a night. It is cool, comfortable and comes with a kitchen and fridge to keep the beer and wine cold. We set off for lunch and to find out how to take the water taxis to another island to swim at Starfish Beach. Lunch on the waterfront and we're...

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Oct 9, 2008 - Goodnight Panama! We love you! [the crowd goes wild]

So that's it. As they say in Guarani, opama. (Not Obama, but if subliminal messaging gets through, so be it.) Two years, seven months and nine days. It was such a treat to have my sister come down for my last few weeks of traveling (even though she says that dad forced her to so that I would be sure to get on the plane to go home). All the same, it was a great time. After getting quickly out of Panama City, we barreled on to gorgeous Bocas del Toro. We spent our days there island hopping, laying in the sun and hiking. Or maybe we went...

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Sep 9, 2008 - Bocas Del Torro - We learn to dive!

September 3-8 Bocas Del Torro (nickname: Bocas), is an archipielago of 6 densely forested islands located approximately 25KM (yes...we talk in kilometers now too) off the coast of both Panama + Costa Rica. The islands are in the Caribbean Sea with extensive coral reef ecosystems and tropical fish right at your feet - that is underwater! Our word for Bocas is "clear" because there are crystal clear waters in every direction! We could see right through to the bottom even when several feet up in our boat. Not to mention, our island Isla Colon...

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Aug 6, 2008 - Bocas del Torro, Panama

After a whirlwind trip around Costa Rica, I was excited to cross the border down into Panama and spend a couple of relaxing days exploring Bocas del Torro...Panama's new island hot spot. Unfortunately, it rained most of the time we were there. In fact, we were out exploring the most beautiful island I have ever laid eyes on when we were suddenly attacked by a huge storm. We had to jet off the island pretty quickly...or we may never have gotten off, our boat was too small to handle that storm! Nevertheless, it is a beautiful area that should...

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Aug 5, 2008 - Puerto Limón

Went snorkelling today and saw a sting ray!!! It was awesome! Also saw a lobster and lots of fish that I have never seen in Hawaii! The water was soooooo warm. Then we went on a hike and I saw howler monkeys, sloths, leaf cutter ants, beautiful flowers and lots of butterflys! Oh... and I had rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner today!! Oh BOY! I forgot to mention that rice and beans are pretty much what we eat ALL THE TIME!!

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Aug 3, 2008 - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Long bus ride to Puerto Viejo! Lots of pretty things and great to be out of San Jose. Puerto Viejo is beautiful!! A really small little town and lots of Rasta people! I got my hair put into corn rows!!! It only cost $20 and it took about and hour and a half. Wow... do I ever have a pointy little head!!! It looked pretty cool and felt really weird! Our hotel here is much, much better!

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Aug 3, 2008 - Panama - Up the River

In February of 2007, my husband, father, and I visited the islands of Bocas Del Toro along the Northwestern coast of Panama. To reach the main island, we traveled by water taxi through a system of rivers until we got to the sea. Along the river banks were houses on stilts and river-dwelling people in canoes. Whenever our boat passed by one of these picturesque dwellings, the driver would slow down so all us delighted tourists could take out our cameras. The people outside their homes would stare and gape at us as if they never seen...

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Jun 28, 2008 - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

OK so i made it to costa rica, Puerto Viejo has a carribean feel more so than the latin american places that have gone before. the countryside made way for plantations of banana and coffee and cocoa beans, the area is safer than the cities although the tourist community is feeling the wrath of teh locals with muggings of lone women being hot topic of conversation. my fears about the saftey of these contries is being reinforced. the group have bonded well at this point and we regularly go for meals and drinks together. i have posted photos...

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Jun 25, 2008 - Bocas del Toro

So im in ocas del tores. i know in my last post i said i wouldnt get a post for here but i should have realised a Gringo haven will have broadband. so the island is full of yanks who are on their summr vaction so 10 more tourists wont make a difference. the journey here has been eventful, driving through the national park avoiding land slipped road ways and appreciating how hot panama is. we arrived yesterday and with the current trend of drinking yesterday was no exception. we went to bar aqua which is little more than a jetty that...

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May 7, 2008 - Bocas del Toro Islands - totally tropical!

Crossing over the continental divide in Panama we experienced our first taste of the Caribbean. Most noticeable was the cultural change from Panamanian indigenous to a significant English speaking afro-caribbean population. We caught a boat to the Bocas del Toro islands just of the coast of Panama and made our base in Bocas town on Colon Island. A wonderful laid back place with attractive (but often dilapidated) weatherboarded buildings projecting over the water on stilts, often with reggae music pumping out from houses and restaurants...

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Apr 19, 2008 - Chillin' in Puerto Viejo - NOT; It's HOT HOT HOT

Hello! Thanks Joanna for the note. No, there is no Holiday Inn here, but some very neat places to stay - but without airconditioning. Have fun with La Mancha - Pam, Sandra and I are planning on seeing it the 9th of May. We played hookey this morning. We woke up early and decided that a jungle walk would be too muddy for us delicate people!! So I went out for a morning walk and found a crab colony beside our path to the beach. We wanted some time off, enjoy the atmosphere of Puerto Viejo, and have a good leisurely breakfast! So that is...

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Apr 19, 2008 - More Puerto Viejo

Hello Again, After our earlier entry we wanted to get some mora juice (which is raspberry juice)and we ended up at Johnny's Juice and Jerk Joint. This was an outdoor corner little joint with a barbeque on the street. The mora juice was great and the service excellent and very friendly. Then we went to the bakery Pan Pay for some pastries. Father was serving us when his appr. 8 year old daughter came by to say goodbye to him before going to school. He gave her a kiss, a pastry, and then another one when she asked for a specific one. A...

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