Goodbye to Beaches

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Cayo Zappolito

Flag of Panama  , Bocas del Toro,
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our last beach stop for a while... Bocas del Toro

Bocas is a small, layed back town on an island in the Bocas del Toro archipeligo, off the coast of Panama.  The town itself is cute, and oddly, doesnt have a beach.  The town goes right up to the water, with many bars, resturants and shops actually being built over the water.  We spent Tuesday poking around the town, and Wednesday exploring the surrounding islands.  Along with three other couples we had met the night before, we signed up for a snorkeling day trip, and headed out on a rather grey and cloudy morning.

Our first stop was Dolphin Bay, where a pod of approximately 90 dolphins live.  Due to the time of day, most were out fishing for the day, but we did see two or three splashing around in the water.  Our second stop was a snorkeling spot, where a strong current pulled us over some great corals.  Although the corals and fish werent as large as some weve seen before, the colors were great.  There were corals of shades of purple, blue, magenta, and green that Ive never seen before, as well as several other bright colors.  We then made a brief stop to look up in the trees over the mangroves and sight a few sloths in the trees above.  Our third stop was Red Frog Beach, a nearly empty white sand beach with some fantastic waves.  John and I walked along the beach and found a nice shady hammock to relax for a while, then rejuvenated by letting the waves knock us off our feet repeatedly.  Leaving there, we spotted another dolphin, which briefly played in the wake of our boat.  Finally, we stopped to snorkel at one last spot with a nice drop-off wall and a very cool flat fish, before heading home for the evening.
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Hey Kim, thanks for adding all the pictures

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