Taken Out by a Wave – Playing in Panama
There are thousands of inspirational travel quotes floating about the world. We find them on postcards, tee shirts, decorative pillows, pinterest boards and just about anywhere we can squeeze in the reminder that the world is meant to be explored.
I think, whether we want to admit it or not, we all have a case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I know I do. I don’t want to miss out on any aspects of life and I am always pushing to go go go so we can see it all.
Funny thing is, some experiences in life require slowing down to partake in them. After all, the world is spinning so incredibly fast and yet we have gravity to keep us grounded.
The present is enormous. It’s all there is because it was once the future and will soon be the past. It’s part of why we love this crazy traveling lifestyle, it’s all about experiences and being in the moment. Of course, for us it’s also about sharing those moments with you.
Which brings me to the fun filled days we captured on Isla Basitmentos. Life is all about experiences and we feel like this video is a good representation of what this traveling lifestyle is all about for us. It’s a little adventure and a whole lot of slowing down to soak up this beautiful jungle filled island. When I first started dreaming of the cruising and sailing lifestyle, these are the moments I envisioned.
This really is what it’s all about for us. Simple pleasures, discovering something new and making memories.
We’re always hoping that our memorable moments will inspire you to create more of your own. To live a life so full, you’ll have the tallest tales to tell.
Best Beaches In Bocas
Isla Bastimentos is home to the best beaches in Bocas Del Toro. Red Frog is the most popular and has a fun laid back social atmosphere with a couple of bars/restaurants. It’s where we spent a majority of our time body surfing and swimming. But, turtle Beach is just a short walk away from Red Frog if you prefer a more secluded and romantic environment.
Walking around the island we were pretty good at spotting sloths up in the trees, but this guy was the closest encounter we’ve had. Seeing him eye to eye two days in row was spectacular! I think we have an hours worth of footage of this little guy working his way up the tree (We could have made an entire video of it, but I’m sure we’d be the only ones to watch it!). I never thought I would be such a sloth enthusiast but they are such happy, funny creatures. They have a distinct grin that gives the illusion they are smiling at you, so it is hard not to smile back. Especially when they are seemingly looking straight at you, with that grin, scratching their crotch.
For those of you who might end up at Isla Bastimentos too…here is the scoop on zip-lining. It’s called Bastimentos Sky Zip-line Canopy Tour. It’s booked through Red Frog Resort, it’s 7 zip-lines, one wonky swaying sky bridge and with the five of us it was a hair under 2 hours total. It’s $55 a person which is about average compared to the other tours we’ve taken. We all had a great time but I think if we would have spoken more fluent Spanish the experience would have been better. Since we didn’t speak fluent Spanish it made communications very limited (ie. no information about the zip-line or the jungle).
Sunsets and Starry Nights
It’s the rainy season here in this region of Panama. The clouds roll in almost daily and can sometimes stick around for a few days. But, when the clouds clear it is glorious. The sunsets are stunning and the night skies look like something out of a sci-fi movie. Watch out NASA, I might need to borrow a rocket ship for my next adventure!
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- Dates Stayed: August 15 – 22, 2017
- Nautical Miles Sailed: 0
- Anchorage: Red Frog Marina. It’s a very nice marina (the nicest we’ve ever tied up to…thanks s/v Waterbug) and no need to worry about draft or the size of slips, they can accommodate anything. There is a free Panga that runs to and from Bocas for provisions or just hanging out in Bocas Town. Make sure to check the waypoints on Active Captain or Red Fogs website before coming in. There is some shoaling and a reef that isn’t marked on our Garmin, iNavix or any other charts we checked. There is tons of room around them, it’s just good to know where they are.
- Cell & WiFi: We had good +movil cell phone service here and the marina wifi works well (which is a big deal for us).
Gear Used In This Video
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