At Bocas Del Toro, Amanda and Roberto met us at the airport, which is adjacent to a schoolyard and walkable from downtown Bocas! It was great meeting Roberto and seeing Amanda again. Unfortunately, the condo we reserved for our stay was already occupied--by cockroaches--so Amanda spent the first full day of our visit helping us find a better hotel.
Amanda is the Office Manager at Red Frog Beach’s marina. Red Frog Beach is an island across the bay from Bocas Town, where we stayed, and people take water taxis (fiberglass boats with small engines) between the two sites. Those rides are a blast, except during late night thunderstorms when the taxi drivers refuse to pick up passengers.
Unlike Bocas town, which is more a of a “party town,” Red Frog beach is very exclusive, with mansions, yachts, a nature reserve, spa, etc. They recently built a small, general store there. Darcie was delighted to see so many General Mills products in this tiny store.
While in Bocas, we also took immersion Spanish classes, held for 4 hours each morning. We met students from all over the world (in fact, we were the only Americans in our classes) and both of us had very talented, patient teachers (it helped that Dale’s teacher was really cute; he never missed a minute of class).
At night, we met Amanda and Roberto for dinners. Many of the restaurants and bars in Bocas are built on top of the water, providing wonderful views and breezes. We saw dolphins from one of the decks but they were too far away to show up in pictures.
Before leaving for Costa Rica, we did not get to explore as much of Bocas as we expected because of heavy rains and later, Darcie's bout of food poisoning. Similar to our experience entering Bocas, our flight leaving Bocas was canceled, and we were rescheduled for the first morning departure. Whereas Dale was excited to sit right behind the pilots on this Cessna 208 Caravan 10-seater, Darcie was trying valiantly not to get sick on the flight to Costa Rica.