Dear Luke and Leia,
This weekend we decided to jump aboard a plane for two days in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. It is a short flight which we take from Panama City's Marcos A. Gelabert airport in the Albrook area. The flight is only 45 minutes and has great views of the interior of Panama.
Day 1: Bocas Town
Bocas town is the main town of the island section of Bocas Del Toro province and houses the only airport. There are four main islands that tourists visit, Isla Colon, Isla Solarte, Isla Bastimentos and Isla Carenero. Isla Bastimentos has the famous Red Frog Beach, where many poison dart frogs can be easily found.
We spent the rest of the first day exploring Bocas Town. There is so much here, yet so little pressure to do anything at all. Bocas Town is a sleepy little town with a deep island feel like many other Caribbean islands but without the outrageous crowds. Just walking the streets you get the feeling you have drifted away back in time to a less stressful period.
That evening we sought out good food and entertainment and had great success. We found both items on our list available at Lemongrass Cafe. We had a perfectly seared Ahi Tuna steak with Asian fusion flavors and a delightful gentleman playing guitar for us during the meal. With Caribbean style music filling our ears and Ahi tuna filling our stomachs, the evening was perfect.
Day 2: Island cruising, dolphin-watching and snorkeling
The next day we took a tour that included dolphin watching, island cruising and snorkeling. I was so excited about the underwater part of the tour that I sent that postcard to you first.
The rest of the tour was great, too. We stopped at a place for lunch that seemed behind God's back, and had a delicious meal of fresh caught snapper and maduros, sweet fried plantains that are a Panamanian staple. You would love them!
Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos
After lunch, we cruised over to Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos for some swimming and to attempt to catch a red dart frog. We enjoyed the vast expanse of white sand beach that Red Frog beach offered, but spent more time catching those frogs. Our guide reminded us that if you catch one, it is important to not touch any mucus areas of your body and go wash your hand when finished, as these frogs do secrete a poison used to hunt by native Indians.
Well, it is sadly time to head back to pick up our luggage and fly back to Panama City after two wonderful days of doing everything in Bocas Del Toro while doing nothing at all. The best vacation of its kind.
Nana and Pap