From the mountain to the islands of the Atlantic ocean
03.27.2012 - 05.29.2012
The route followed by the private shuttle from Boquete gave us a very beautiful view of the interior of the Bocas del Toro region through the lush mountains inhabited by the indios Ngobe-Bugle`. There were only 6 of us on the comfortable van/bus to Almirante and that was definetly nice treat after travelling all over on public transport: a spanish couple, Rachel, a girl that I had met at the hot springs tour and Suzie and Louise, 2 french canadian women. All going to stay at Bocas Bound on isla Bastimentos, except the spanish couple.
I had heard from a girl met in Santa Catalina that staying on Isla Colon would make going to the beach not comfortable nor cheap, having to depend on buses and boats for trasportation, since I wanted to spend most of my time at the beach, I chose to skip, at least temporary, the party scene of Bocas Town.
Bocas Bound resort has a very nice common area with games and a decent bar/restaurant, even though the unproportional prising of some items on the menu. The dorm rooms were just ok, the worst thing was the mold that kept forming even if they kept the ac on all the time.
At the resort they have a very good canopy tour that for guests is only $30 as opposed as $55 for non guest.
Apart from that, the resort is only a 5 minutes walk through the dense forest from the beautiful Red Frog beach with its turquoise and pretty swimmable water (if you know how to deal with rip current), some good fun waves in the afternoons (at times, all day) not huge though and 2 nice bar/restaurant at opposite ends.
From Red Frog beach I walked over to the also beautiful playa Larga, a more deserted beach with golden/beige sand and a wild scenary.