Bocas, balboas, and beaches:
Under the adventurous spirit of "winging it", we didn't book any types of hostels ahead of flying Panama. All we had with us were traveler's packs, a round trip plane ticket and a Fodor's guide. We landed in Panama City and took a an overnight bus that day from Panama City to Almirante (8.5 hours from 11 pm.-7:30 am.) After the exhausting bus ride, we took a one hour water taxi from Almirante to Bocas del Toro.... arriving in Paradise.
|Isla Colon, arriving by boat|
We stayed on Isla Colon at "Hotel Max" where my girlfriends and I shared a 3 bed room with a private bath for $17 a night. Hotel max was full of island character with a parrot and a dog that wandered around during the day. There were various hammocks placed on the outdoor decks for reading or having a balboa beer.
I'm excited because I'm planning a trip to Costa Rica with my boyfriend in March. Hopefully it will live up to the pristine beauty of the Carribbean that Isla Colon made me accustomed to!