Island Life

We arrived at our new home for the next month, dropped off our suitcase and backpacks and ventured into town to check it out.

Main street...
Main street…

We stayed on Isla Colón (pronounced Cologne) and life is a very laid back.

Bocas Town...
Bocas Town…

Bocas is full of tourists, backpackers, surfers, hostels and happy hours.

Bocas Town...
Bocas Town…

Many of the restaurants overlook the water and, as a result, there were postcards everywhere we looked.

Across the bay...
Across the bay…
Restaurant Tom...
From Restaurant Tom…

We did some snorkeling and the underwater world here is as pretty as the sights above water.

Fire Coral...
Fire Coral…
Fish...
Fish…
Scuba divers...
Scuba divers…
Starfish...
Starfish…

There are water taxis available to hop to neighboring islands and we enjoyed the fun of island hopping for lunch or dinner, sometimes hanging out and snorkeling.

Water taxi's...
Water taxis…
Water taxi welcoming committee...
Water taxi welcoming committee…
Cosmic Crab...
Cosmic Crab on Isla Carenero …

We spent a day on Isla Bastimentos with some new friends and had lunch at The Firefly.

Bastimentos Island...
Isla Bastimentos…
The view from shore...
The view from shore…
The Firefly...
The Firefly…
Island home for sale...
Island home for sale…
Smiles of the children...
Smiles of the children…

Life is peaceful here.

Tranquilo...
Tranquilo…

We toured Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. This is a 25 acre privately-owned paradise.

Finca...
Finca…

The owners moved to Bocas more than 16 years ago and cleared jungle land to build a house and plant some flowers.

Flowers...
Flowers…

After six years of clearing and planting numerous varieties of flowers and palms, a decision was made to open the gardens to the public and provide tours.

Ponds...
Ponds…

The grounds have become a refuge for howler monkeys,

Howler Monkeys...
Howler Monkeys…

butterflies, iguanas, numerous species of birds and even several sloths.

More howler monkey...
Another howler monkey…

We were fortunate enough to see a group of howler monkeys hanging out and swinging through the trees.

Lyn...
Lyn…

Lyn, who owns the 25 acre refuge along with her husband Dave, provided a wealth of information. She is a self-taught botanist and her energy and excitement about the area and the plants is very contagious. It was a wonderful day.

Paki Point...
Paki Point…

We made more than one trip to Paki Point to relax and watch the surfers.

Surfing...
Surfing…

Besides good food and surfing, Paki Point is also known for the artwork

Artwork...
Artwork…

one of Panama’s premier artists, Ronaldo De Dedas (Rolo), has left there on the walls, tables, chairs and everywhere including several murals of his “mamis,”

Artwork...
Mamis…

visions of Mother Nature shown through symbolic representations of Panamanian and other Latin American women.

A beautiful setting...
A beautiful setting…

A trip to Bocas is not complete without a visit to Paki Point

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