Monday, January 24, 2011

bocas del toro: uno

Ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving, sunbathing, and boating, it's no wonder Bocas del Toro is a backpackers destination as well as a resort seekers paradise. We arrived to the archipelago of 52 keys and about 200 islets late on Sunday evening. The next day, I awoke to bright sun and a free pancake breakfast.
It's been a while since I had pancakes so I was very pleased to find that this was common at many Panamanian hostels. After getting some work done on the computer, a few friends (from our previous hostel) and I headed to the beach. Round one: Red Frog.
Like most beaches in Bocas, we needed to take a water taxi to get there. Loved this fun fact, hated that I needed to integrate taxi fare into my tight budget. Oh sacrifices ;) for the record, I looked miserable on purpose.
It was at Red Frog that I first learned about pipa-smashing. Then I rode some waves, read my book, and drank a beer, or two.
This is the life, I thought, I could get used to this. And in my week there, I did... but for me, diversity is the spice of life so I enjoyed it while I could.
Back at the hostel, I broke into Matt's leftovers of shrimp, rice, and salad for dinner. Eaten quickly and cold, it was still quite good.
Next up? The happiest hour. Every day from 7-8 p.m. Mondo Taitu offers Panamanian beers for 50 cents each. That's a good deal, my friends.
And we took advantage all the way up to 80's night. This party was just one of many in the festivities that made the five nights in Bocas so fun. To be continued...


  1. pancakes, shrimp, beach, cheap beers? sounds amazing :)

  2. man oh man. paradise looks saweeeet. love the '80s shot of you guys!

  3. That food looks amazing! You are so lucky to be there and not the antartic that is NYC right now! It's so nice to see warm weather again even if it is just in a blog :)

  4. holy bajoly! you have such a lovely existence, if i may be so bold :) your life is so colorful, i love it! thanks for allowing my wanderlust go NUTS this morning! never been to costa rica, but it reminds me of haiti, so colorful :)

  5. VeggieGirl: Oooh, the best!

    Lucie: And it was! Gotta love leftovers.

    Bec: Sure was!

    crunchygranolagal: Haha, thanks darlin'.

    Dani: Happy to warm you up :) glad you're enjoying it!

    Mackenzie: Aw, thank you, dear. You should visit when you get the chance, and Panama too. Beautiful countries.

  6. Awesome adventure Danielle! I wonder which hostel did you guys stay? I've been there two months ago, went surfing with my friends in Isla Colon - a few miles down from the road. And yes, the place is fascinating and the locals are very hospitable. I can't wait to go back!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. @Bocas Del Toro Mondu Taitu was our hostel in Bocas. It was amazing. Thank you for reading!


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