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. As such, it is very popular with backpackers who come here to catch some sun on wild beaches, and drink for close to nothing at local bars. Being here was a welcoming change from cloudy and rainy weather of central Costa Rica. Who would ever say that I will miss hot and humid climate! As everywhere on a central american cost line, climite is tropical with a lot of sun and humidity. The population is noticably different from the one living on the Pacific coast or in the central highlands. This part of the country is a home of mostly black people who resembles those living in Jamaica or other Caribbean islands. Similarly, the language they speak is not Spanish, but some kind of local language.
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
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)
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
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. He must have been badly messed up during the night, as he apparantly came back to the hostel only in his underware. I am telling you, what a great story. The next night, he was out of order, but his friends could not stop talking about this small accident :-))).
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. We moved into one really cool disco place in the second part of the night. The place is called Aqua lounge and is located on the beach of one of other islands. You need to get a boat taxi to get there. Aqua lounge has a patio disco with a swim hole, and also swings from which you can jump directly to the see. It was a full moon that night, so they called it the Full Moon Party. The party was not as crazy as we expected, but it was still nice to sip drinks, to look at a moon reflection on the see surface, to see girls jumping into the see, to dance with Izraeli girls. Really, one great party experience.
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
What I also liked about Bocas was a fact that it was very international. Unlike "American" Costa Rica, you could meet mostly European crowd here. Austrians, Dutch, Danish, a lot of Germans, British (but just guys), Izraelies, etc. And I do not know what is wrong with US girls, but they did not seem to be thrilled to talk to non US guys (at least to me for sure :-) ). And when I asked one of them who are neighbours of the Czech Republic, she responded Turkey....OK ;-)). But Europeans girls are different story, fortunately.
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