Yes.. we are off on another adventure to Bocas Del Tora Islands located on the extreme western part of Panama about 25 miles from Costa Rica. The flight from Panama City is about an hour, but the drive from Boquete is about 3 hours of beautiful winding roads. Our group of 12 left Boquete at 8 am with luggage, coolers and great music for the drive. Since Bocas is an island, you have to park the car in a huge lot and take the water taxi… a first for me. Bocas Del Tora reminds me of The Florida Keys with all the restaurants, hotels, shops and bars lining the waters edge.
Our next stop is lunch at Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant. The owner, Gary is from Texas and has lived in Bocas since 2001. We had the large table on the patio and immediately ordered margaritas, homemade chips & chipotle salsa. Yes Al, you can have a margarita too! The menu had many favorites to choose from including enchiladas, tacos salads, chile rellenos, fish tacos and much more. The chef was wonderful in assisting us with our order. If you are ever in Bocas you should certainly check out Gringo’s for fresh mexican food. A new Gringo’s is slotted to open just outside of David in January. We will be looking for the opening event.
After a wonderful lunch, we got back on the water taxi and headed for RED FROG beach. It is a short 20 minute ride and then a 5 minute golf cart ride to our Villa. We had a lovely Villa atop the hill overlooking the Carribean. Once unpacked, we had a dip in our pool and then joined our friends for a simple dinner of roasted chicken from Gourmet Market in Bocas. Oh yes.. and the brownies that Diane made were the best…
SR. Bob was kind enough to take us to Star Fish Beach the next day. We meet him at the Marina and took his boat to Bocas where we had breakfast and picked up a few items before heading to Star Fish Beach. We saw over 25 large Star Fish and signs were posted please do not touch. I used my foot to show size and did not touch them. Not much on this island, but a couple of huts serving drinks … Even though it was early, we had a fresh coconut pina colada with a very generous pour of rum. What a great way to start the day.
The rest of the weekend was spent at Red Frog Beach enjoying the sand, sun, surf and developing lasting memories with our freinds. I am truly blessed and Living The Dream Every Day….Happy New Year to All.