Day 272: Over the bridge

Aside from the Duty Free shops in the quiet town of Guabito, there’s not much to see or do before crossing from Panama to Costa Rica.  On the other side of the border, life in Sixaola might be even sleepier and most visitors pass through both places as fast as possible.  There is a small…

Day 271: Red Frog Beach

About a 20 minute water taxi ride from Bocas del Toro, Bastimentos Island rivals in beauty and is a more deserted and less developed option.  Picturesque landscapes abound and the land mass is populated with large rock faces, emerald blue waters, and long stretches of white sandy beaches.  Since the rough waters and rocky shoreline…

Day 270: Star attraction

After seeing all the locals get around on two wheels, we decided to rent some bikes and take them for a spin around the island.  We made it to “Bluff Beach” after trudging through some sandy roads and cooled off in the waves a bit while wary of the rip-tide warning signs.  Even though we…

Day 269: The bull’s mouth

The islands of Bocas del Toro or “The bull’s mouth” are the essence of the Panamanian Caribbean coast and a perfect combination of nature, history, and culture.  Only 40 kilometers from Costa Rica in the northwestern part of the country, visitors must take a water taxi from the mainland to enjoy the variety of aquatic…

Day 268: That looks familiar

Sancocho is a traditional stew that is popular in several Latin American countries and is Panama’s unofficial national dish.  It usually consists of large pieces of chicken, cilantro, and local vegetables served in a tasty broth.  Cassava, corn on the cob, and otoe are often added along with onions, garlic, oregano and the regional variation…