Bummed in the Bocas
03.08.2007 - 07.08.2007 28 °C
I think i´ve been spoiled for life from the San Blas islands. I´m afraid that never will beaches and islands be so beautiful again. Or maybe it was just the weather that put me off the Bocas del Toros islands off the Panama coast. Gill and I headed there after Panama City on the recommondation of some guys we met on our Lost City trek. They raved about this place, but we found it to be overun by American surfers, a bit too touristy and pretty expensive when you countered into the fact that most of the islands and beaches could only be reached by boat and you also have to pay national park fees on top of that. Still, we had a few fun nights drinking cuba libres and cooking some yummy meals inspired by Fredrickos cooking on the boat. And I´m sure the beaches are much prettier in the sun, but we pretty much had three days of overcast and rain, which is not very inspiring.
Before that, we were in Panama City for a couple of days. We stayed on with one of the guys from the boat, Nir and caught up all things western, including some McDonalds, yummy pizza, massive shopping malls and a movie - Transformers - pretty good if not a little too corny in bits ( I don´t like my action flicks mixed with corn.) Of course we had to go and check out the Panama Canal whilst we were in Panama City. The three of us agreed that it would have to go down as possibly the most disappointing tourist sight ever!
Because the weather was getting us down, Gill and I hot footed it San Jose, Costa Rica. We wanted to look into flying to Cuba from here and thought we could check out the pacific coast whilst waiting for a flight. Little did we know that it would be so easy to get a flight and have found ourselves booked to go tomorrow. We got a pretty good deal, and against our backpacking ways, we have managed to include ourselves three days of luxury in an all inclusive resort on the beach. Nor sure how the all inclusive crowd will react to us and our dirty backpacks! It will be nice to have a few days of pampering for ourselves before we immerse ourselves into the culture shock that I think Cuba is going to be. Can´t wait!
Gill, me and Nir at the Canal