Bocas Del Toro (Mouths of the Bull) is an archipelago in Panama. There are nine main islands and we are at the Red Frog Marina on the island of Bastimento. The main town of Bocas Del Toro (Bocas Town) is on Isla Colon a 15 minute water taxi ride. Luckily the marina provides a free water shuttle 4 days a week so we can get our grocery shopping done. If we want to do dinner in town, we have to hire a water taxi at $7.00 per person one way. A bit pricey but we convince ourselves it is the same cost for dinner and a movie in California. With that thought, ten of us rented a water taxi and hit up the BBQ at the Calypso Cantina. Complete with a steel drummer and good company it was a fun night. Getting home in the dark was a bit sketchy but we seemed to dodge the unlit canoes.
The following day a group of us headed out in a panga to some ‘boat races’ on another island 30 minutes away. The boat race ‘committee’ was a group of islanders who declared the following Saturday race day and that each participate would throw $50.00 in a pot. Whoever won got the pot. The boats were all handmade from wood, about 18 inches wide and maybe 14-16 feet long. We were told there were different classes depending on the size of the outboard. We docked at the local restaurant and from the stares we sure startled the locals. They served up a good lobster plate pre-race but the wood platform we were all standing on was getting so crowded and hot we climbed back in our panga after eating and headed out to the center of the race track to better see the race.
We watched a few boats racing, but as is typical either no one else showed up or island time was in full swing. Getting restless we decided to head out and do some snorkeling.
Sereno had been in her slip for two months and she was not happy. So early on a Sunday morning we threw off the dock lines and along with Craig and Liz on board Salida, we headed to Rana Azuls restaurant on the mainland three hours away. It was a hot windless day and we wanted nothing more than to jump in the water after we anchored. Gary was up on the bow dropping the anchor and what does he see but water filled with jellyfish. UGH!! So down goes the dinghy and we head in to Rana Azuls for some cold drinks, good food and fans. The nice thing about a moving house is the next day you can pull up the anchor and move to an island that has no jellyfish and that is just what we did.