Our next stop whilst in Panama was to head out to the Pacific coast staying in a very small place called Santa Catalina. We stayed in small bungalows which overlooked a small rocky bay. It was lovely just to switch off and we had the town to ourselves so we walked along the beach, scaled rocks, watched the surfers and lounged around the pool. This tiny town is relatively undiscovered by tourists, apparently the only time it feels busy is when a surf competition is in town.
We ate so much fresh seafood here, I had the largest prawns I have ever seen and delicious snapper. The sunsets were amazing, it was a real struggle to up and leave this little piece of untouched paradise.
After we decided it was time to move on from the Pacific Coast we had the long journey heading over to the Carribean coast in the most Northern corner. We had a long day of travel which included a taxi, three buses and two water taxis, about 13 hours in total. Our destination was a small island off the larger well know island of Bocas Del Toro. Isla Bastimentos is a lush little piece of Caribbean paradise with palm fringed beaches and jungle backdrop. We were back staying in a hostel with a short walk from the water taxi landing and a ten minute jungle hike through to the beautiful beach below. We woke up to jungle sounds each day and although the weather was very hit and miss we managed a few gorgeous sunny and hot days here.
This beach is Red Frog Beach named for the tiny inhabitants that live in the damp humid jungle just behind the beach. The Strawberry Poison dart frogs are about the size of a thumbnail and quite easy to spot due to their shocking red skin!
We spent a day under a little palm frong umbrella sipping on fresh coconuts before heading to the beach bar for amazing home cooked caribbean food and lethal rum punch.
The beach is unspoilt, the water crystal clear and although the waves were large it was safe enough for children to play in the shallows
One rainy day we ended up in the beach bar starting an impromptu party with reggae tunes making new friends as we danced barefoot with a tropical storm raging around us. It brings a smile to my face remembering it!
I hope you enjoyed my Panama photos!
Our next port of call was over the border into Costa Rica which i'll tell you about in the next post, it was quite an adventure!