Let get party started- Bocas del Toro uncensored
Trip Start Sep 06, 2010
64Trip End Sep 04, 2011
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The custom officer also made me to unpack the backpack in order to check its content. But overall they were very nice, and after a while I was set to be free to get on a shuttle bus to Almirante, from where a water tax run to Bocas del Toro islands.
For those who are unawere - Bocas del Toro is a group of six densely forested islands with supposadly the best party scene in the entire Central America
The water taxi to Bocas was not longer than 30 min ($4) and let us see a density of the tropical forests covering the islands. Bocas by itself is a small town on the coast of the biggest Bocas del Toro island called Colon. Eventhough it is a-must-to-go destination for almost every backpacker visiting Panama ( I have not spoken to one who would not be there), the town has retained a charm and all attributes of Caribbean life. I assume it is due to fact that visitors to these islands are mostly backpackers, therefore you will not find any huge developments, or big renowned hotel chains here. As a result, the tourist crowd and the locals smoothly blend together to make a perfect mix of the vacation prime spot
After a few quite days up in Ometepe island, I was ready to experience some hard-core partying. To be at the source of the Colon´s party life, and to follow the Lonely Planet guide, I lodge myself in the legendary party hostel called Mondo Taitu. This place is known for some unforgettable and wild parties. The hostel is not the top facility-wise , but it has its own vibe ( I loved how walls here are covered by various crazy messages and thoughs) and a great stuff. For its reputation, the hostel attracts a lot of easy-going people, and some serious party-animals. Fortunately you will not find here any reserved and boring people, but only those who want to have one big blast!!
My stay at Mondo Taitu started like a dream come true. I was put in a dorm with 2 blond Swedish girls! I was thininking: "Wow, it could not start better. Two girls from the most hottest nation on the world". When I got at the room the girls where not there, but the next time I opened the door one of them was sitting totally naked on her bed (ok, with me facing just her back). Anyway the best part was about to come. Once they told me that I can come in (she was already wrapped up in a towel), and we introduced, she started to put her panties on (this time she was sitting on her bed with her knees facing me!!)
After this promising start it was a time for the first party night. The hostel has its own bar, so partying was never easier, and also cheaper. During a happy hour from 7-8 p.m, a beer costs $0.5 and any blended drink (in my case vodka+cranberrie/pinapple juice $1.5). Afterwards, I paid $2.5 a piece for my drinks. You can easily get totally off your faces for $20 per night here, really incredible!! While having a chat and a few drinks with an Austrian guy, I spotted two familiar faces, the US and Dutch guys I met up in Monteverde. What a nice suprise. If you travel alone, it is always very nice feeling to re-unite with cool guys you met along the way. As the night went further, I bumped into 3 real party animals from Ireland (actually one of them was sharing a dorm with me). My Lord, those were some serious drinkers, but at the same time really nice folks. They immediately invated me to play of those drinking games when you have a few cards scatterd on a table with their faces down. Your task is to get from one side of a table to another one. If you pick a face card (qeen, king, etc) you must drink! Shit, we got so wasted!! But the best was to come. I got bact at the dorm around 2 am. Willy, one of those 3 Irish guys, came later, totally of his face (the last time- around 11 pm- I asked him how many beers he already had, he responded that 13!!!)
He did not remembered anything in the morning, but Swedish girl told him and he was very embarrased. He faced the entire situation well by apologizing to both of us, and the entire hostel crew. His friends told me that he took some drugs during a night, so he was really out of his mind
Me and the US and Duch guys paid for a catamaran trip in the morning of the next day to catch some sun rays, have a fun while snorkling and also to see dolphins. At then end, it was just 3 of us and one older Dutch couple on the boat. The captain and the owner was a cool German guy living on the island already 11 years. As a first thing, we sailed to the Dolpin bay to see dolphins. It was for the first time I could see those great creatures, and we were lucky to actually see two of them mating!! I made a few pics, but they were not so great, as a short video I shot. Once I figure out how to attach it, I will do so. We also snorkled around two coral reefs to see fish and colorful corals. The rest of the trip we spent by laying-down on a boat deck, and enjoying great views at surrounding islands and the sea.
Here was the night No. 2. I again hooked up with the Irish guys (this time without the last night "hero") to continue the drinking game. Then British guys joined us....and the night was started
After waking up around 9 am (not that bad after some serious drinking), I took a boat taxi to another Bocas del Toro island called Bastimentost. The nothern coast of the island is a home to palm-fringed wilderness beaches. I went to supposadly the most beautiful beach over there called Wizard beach. It was a nice experience to be on a beach which is not crowded with tourists, and which is not cleaned everyday from leafs and all that stuff thrown away by the sea. Over there, you could teste a bit what Robinson Crusoe´s life was like. And at night...........yes, partying, drinking, as two nights before. This time without the crazy Irishmen, but with two UK guys, and some Canadian/US backpacker group. After starting the night at the Mondo Taitu bar we moved into the Canadians/US falks place to drink some rum and smoke a weed. Those guys were really good in it, as we were not smoking a cigarette, but inhaling the smoke from a bootle which was sunk in another, bigger, botlle filled with water. Anyway, and in a few case before, I seemed to be totally immune to marihuana. When all rum bottles were empty we moved to Colon´s water-side disco to shake it a bit, and party with girls.
What I also liked about Bocas was a fact that it was very international
Eventhough Bocas is a place where you can stay for weeks, I decided to move further to explore other parts of Panama. I wish you could all experience the Caribbean vibe and laid-back atmospere of Bocas del Toro, as I did. For me, it was one great enjoyable experience. Who wants to party, or just relax should definitely come her to get a taste of this tropical paradise.
Greeting from Boquete, Panama