Tags

, , ,

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.

Our fellow cruisers from Red Frog Marina enjoying BBQ night at the Calypso Cantina in Bocas Town. Karen, Liz, Gary, Rich, Rex, Dave, Craig, and Cindy (l to r).

Our fellow cruisers from Red Frog Marina enjoying BBQ night at the Calypso Cantina in Bocas Town. Karen, Liz, Gary, Rich, Rex, Dave, Craig, and Cindy (l to r).

Love to hear a steel pan

Love to hear a steel pan

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 headed to one of the outer islands to watch some boat races.  The kitchen at this restaurant is the little building to the left.  Liz brought her own bottle of rum.  Add some coke and ice and we had ourselves a party.

Liz brought her own bottle of rum to the races. Add some coke and ice and we had ourselves a party. I promise we did have food before the boat race. The kitchen at this restaurant is the little building to the left.

With 75 locals all crammed on a tiny platform watching the boats race, we headed out in our panga to the middle of the course and hung out with these guys.

We hung out with these guys to watch the races. One is an expat who owns an island here and the other is a local.

The outboard is probably 60 hp.

The outboard is probably 60 hp.

DSC_0239small

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.

The race was held at a small village with a footbridge to get from one island to the other.

The race was held at a small village with a footbridge to get from one island to the other.

Boating is the way of life on the islands.  No cars here.  Each house had several panga's tied up.

Boating is the way of life on the islands. No cars here. Each house had several panga’s tied up.

We stopped to swim and snorkel off the panga and Dave found a conch.  Tasty to eat but we threw it back.

We stopped to swim and snorkel off the panga and Dave found a conch. Tasty to eat but we threw it back.

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.

Gary in his typical sailing attire.  But is he Au Naturel?

Gary in his typical sailing attire. But is he Au Naturel?

Fair winds,
Cindy