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Jun 20, 2019 - Long To Do List - Relax, Relax, Relax

Today we woke up to rain but that didn't stop Steve. He jumped right in for a morning dip. We went to breakfast. They served traditional breakfast items a la carte: fried eggs, omelets, pancakes, French toast, bacon, toast, fresh juice, coffee. Today is Relaxation Day. Our long list includes stay at the bungalow and swimming, playing board games, kayaking, snorkeling, reading our books. Everyone seemed to whole up and not be out on their decks when a heavy rainstorm began around 11. Not us, we went out and stood in it (we are from Nevada -...

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Jun 19, 2019 - Playa de las Estrellas

Today was sunny! Our chance to go to Starfish Beach - Playa de las Estrellas. We rode a boat after breakfast north. We were dropped off from 10:30 - 2:30. There we saw lobster cages, a long sandy beach lined with the jungle within 20-30 feet of the water, food and trinket vendors, all very primitive. As we snorkeled we discovered large colorful starfish and clear fish. This was a relaxing day with plentiful sunshine. We met other US citizens from North and South Carolina whose spouses were doing research on the island and they were tending...

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Mar 8, 2018 - Our last day in the Bastimentos Islands

Today is Thursday and our last day on the paradise island, the weather has felt our mood as it is overcast and rainy. Had a late breakfast and saw the Sloth on our way down to the beach. The check out time soon rushed round and we are now sitting in the resting awaiting our boat to take us back to Bocas del Toros airport and Onto Panama City. Yesterday we had a trip to a cocoa plantation that was run by a couple Margaret (English lived near Brighton) and her Peruvian/American husband Henry, who had purchased this plot 100 acres from a local...

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Mar 6, 2018 - Tuesday in paradise

Woken by the alarm at 08:30, as the Rosa Resturant is closed today headed to the Point a Jamican style cafe were we had a light breakfast. Then we walked through the jungle and down along red frog beach. There were a few more youngsters and bars down this end, as there was a local hostel accommodating. It was a bit of a reality check as we had been used to not seeing anyone. After wNdering for a few hours and some photographs( run around) we headed back to our turtle beach area. As I had my camera there were no monkeys. Alison settled on...

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Mar 5, 2018 - Monday in Paradise

Was woken by a flock of grey parrots settling in the trees that surround our villa. Lazily got up and sauntered down to beach for breakfast. Took my camera in hope that we would see the red dart frog and fortunately we found one, so reeling off some better photographs which I am now sharing. Came back to pool for some further lazing about in the now cloudless blue sky. The sun was just at the right angle and caught the female humming bird still brooding her two eggs, so attached some mor photographs. Now having a cool beer, by the pool and...

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Mar 4, 2018 - Saturday and Sunday in Paradise

Sauntered along for breakfast in the Rosa resturant, followed by lounging on the beach and being smashed around in the sea. Wandered to the super market however best described as a small tuck shop, brought some provisions, beer, beer, crisps, peanuts, water and some beer. On way back some Russian tourist had found a tree where two red dart frogs were found. Very poisonous and very quick. Took some photos but so small and deep in tree not so clear Lounged around Our pool until four pm and decided to go for a walk in the Jungle. All started...

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Mar 3, 2018 - Week 14 1/3/18 update

Week 14 Target steps 980,000 Actual achieved 990,711 only 10,000 more to achieve our 1,000,000 . Flights now 26 42,400 km travelled 69 hours in the air Cruise now 5 including Panama Canal making a total of 1840 Nautical miles covered. Memories 1,000,000 plus, meals and cocktails too many to remember. Packing and unpacking cases, Alison does not want to remember. No of trips to the doctors X 2 No of diaocalm tablets X 2 boxes worth. No of times cried with joy 1000's No of moans at foreigners at least 50 No of times moaning about safety or...

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Mar 2, 2018 - Arrived in Isla Bastimentos, an island off Bocas del Toro, Panama

We flew out of Panama City Local aircraft in a small twin prop plane, which has brought us to Paradise, just off the Panamian Coast to the Isle of Bastimentos. This archipelago is almost on the Costa Rican Border in the Caribean Sea. We landed on a small runaway and had to collect our bags individually from the guy that unloaded the plane. We were whisked off by ourselves to a boat awaiting just off iBocas del Toro main square. Here we were transported by a small power boat to the edge of a jungle covered island. Here we were off loaded,...

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Jul 31, 2017 - Bocas del Toro

We leave at 10am on a small boat out amongst the Bocas del Toros islands with 5 stops to make. The first stop is at dolphin lagoon. We see 20 or so dolphins in the area feeding. Fortunately, the boats do not hassle them and we enjoy spotting them from either side of the boat. Next we call in at another island and order lunch for when we return later in the day. Out now to deeper water where our boat anchors and we can snorkel the coral reef. There is a lot of healthy coral but the colours are more muted than we are used to seeing. The water...

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Jul 30, 2017 - Boquete to Bocas del Toro

Today we have a coffee tour starting at 8.30. Breakfast is on the same balcony that we ate at last night and the view does not disappoint today. It's stunning. Our coffee tour starts at the resort, as part of their business is to grow coffee. The name of the company is Kotowa and it was started in 1917 and has been in the same family ever since. We walk down over a suspension bridge to see the coffee plants growing. Here our guide explains about the different arabica coffee plants, particularly Caturra and Catuai which are grown here. We...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Isla Bastimentos

Quiet day over at the other island today. Some of the others went for a snorkling trip, but after talking to them after they returned, we are happy we didn't go. The promised "amazing" coral was not so amazing, the dolphin watching was more like dolphin chasing with a stack of other boats, and despite preordering their lunches they still had to wait an hour and a half for their overpriced food to arrive - ah the joys of travel. Vicki and I had a pretty relaxed day by ourselves doing what we wanted to do.

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Apr 12, 2014 - Puerto Viejo to Isla Bastimentos

Departed at 8:00am for the one hour trip to the Panama Border. Another complicated affair. First to an office to pay the exit fee. You then take the receipt to the passport office to get the exit stamp. Then you walk a couple of hundred meters over an old railway bridge, then you go into an office to pay your entry fee into Panama and get a stamp (like a postage stamp)in your passport. Finally you go to the immigration office to get another stamp, after you produce proof that you are going to leave the country. Welcome to Panama! We then...

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