Bocas del Toro, Panama
I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about the next part of my Central American trip, Bocas del Toro, but I don’t really have anything. After such a a unique experience on San Cristobal, it’s kind of hard to compare and say much about. The Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama consists of nine islands (one of which is San Cris), 52 keys and some 200 tiny islets. The town of Bocas del Toro is on the largest and most developed island, Isla Colón and getting off the ferry, Bocas town was exactly what I expected. A seemingly typical Caribbean tourist/port town lined with pastel colored restaurants, shops, and hotels jutting out over the water, boats scattering everywhere, and each passing local trying to sell us something whether it be a tour or a t-shirt. It was the one and only time throughout Panama where I truly felt I was officially on the backpacker trail and in a way, it almost reminded me of my arrival on Phi Phi in Thailand. We only spent two days there, but the food was good, the Panama Beers flowed extremely well, and the hammocks were hung perfectly. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate – Out on Playa Bluff, the sun came out for about an hour or two, but that was really all we saw of it. I was really disappointed to wake up to torrential downpours the day we were supposed to take a boat tour out to Isla Bastimentos National Park, so we had to settle for napping in hammocks for the majority of the day. But I guess there are worse things in life.