The Zancudo Experience - 2011 travel blog

One more breakfast in the dining room then a leisurely wait before our departure time. It was raining in Colon! We had a missing piece of luggage but found it with only minor delays. We tried to 'beat the system' and rent a car. After a long walk, with LOTS of luggage (it seems to get heavier),we failed. We took a taxi to the city. Our driver had to stop by his neighborhood to give his girlfriend some money. He also stopped briefly at one of the locks but we didn't see much. We stopped by the bus station but the attendant wouldn't sell us a ticket. She said we had to wait until the next morning. The driver had a difficult time finding our hotel. It took all of us to find it. We didn't put a lot of effort into finding a nice place so we were pleasantly surprised. Bahia Suites, a small hotel, has a great view of the waterfront and a cute rooftop terrace restaurant. After some food, we took a taxi to Miraflores locks. Awesome! We arrived just in time to see a big cruise ship cross through from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We then took a taxi to the tourist area that reminds us of the Keys. We are told the 'islands' were formed by the mounds of dirt dumped there when digging out the canal. It served as a US Marine base for many years but is now filled with resorts, restaurants, bars, and yachts. We had pizza at Alberto's before returning to our hotel. We can't wait to go to Zancudo tomorrow!

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