After 4 months of living on the beach in a condo, and waiting on the FBI, we wanted to head to the other side of Panama and see what Bocas Town is all about. So we packed up our belongings…
and got a friend to drive us into Panama City to the bus terminal. Once there, we went to the Bocas del Toro ticket window and said “dos por favor” and the lady said “no,no,no,no.” The bus was full for tonight. So, we purchased a ticket for the next night’s bus and got a room at the Tryp Hotel at Albrook Mall. Spending the night at the mall is not so bad. Stuff to do, food to eat, people to watch. Plus it was good to get a good night’s sleep before our bus ride to Bocas. The next night, we checked out and about 6pm went down to the waiting room at the bus depot. Another great place to people watch.
We watched people come and go until at last, our bus pulled up.
This is the larger of the buses that we see. More comfortable and it has a bathroom on board. We took our assigned seats and got ready for our trip. This is an overnight bus ride, which is probably a good thing. There is less traffic on the roads at night and the driver can go faster. We made 3 stops, the second one was in Santiago where I did get off the bus and have pasta at a outdoor buffet. Kind of like a truck stop with no walls 🙂 I love Panama. We also changed drivers here. After a half hour, we were back on the bus, hurtling down the highway at breakneck speed. Once again, good thing it’s dark so we can’t really tell how fast we are going or how treacherous the hilly winding roads really are. As the sun came up, we were on a 2 lane, winding road, still driving fast and being buffeted by high winds. At 6am, we pulled into the quiet coastal town of Almirante. Here, we get off the bus and take a short taxi ride to the water taxi that will take us to Bocas Town.
We boarded our water taxi and headed out for the half hour ride to Bocas Town on Isla Colón.
We pulled into a taxi dock and got off the water taxi and into a regular taxi and rode out to our new home for a month at Cabana Beach.
And yes, that is the Caribbean Sea just across the way…