Karibik

Vor zwanzig Jahren war die Karibikküste von Panama praktisch unbekannt. Heute finden hier Reisende, Surfer und Abenteurer kristallklares Wasser, exotische Pflanzen und Tiere und reiche kulturelle Erlebnisse an Orten wie Bocas del Toro, San Blas und Portobelo, sowie viele, viele andere. 

Bocas del Toro

Boca del Drago ist einer der besten Strände auf der Insel Bocas del Toro. Obwohl die Brandung manchmal rau sein kann, bietet der schöne Strand mit seinem ruhigen Wasser eine tolle Kombination. Direkt vor der Küste befindet sich ein fleckiges Korallen- und Sandriff mitten im Meer dass Weltklasse-Schnorchel Möglichkeiten anbietet, besonders wenn das Meer ruhig und das Wasser klar ist.

 

Cayo Coral ist ein Insel im Gebiet Bocas del Toro. Dieses tropische Paradies ist von Mangroven umgeben und bietet beeindruckende Korallenriffe und Schnorchelmöglichkeiten —eine nur 20-minütige Bootsfahrt von der Insel Colón entfernt. Es gibt hier meistens viel Sonne. Sand und kristallklares Karibikwasser, sowie ein berühmtes Meeresfrüchte-Restaurant, das auch eine beeindruckende Weinkarte hat können Sie hier genießen. Sie können hier auch in Hütten übernachten allerdings ohne Strom (lediglich batteriebetriebene Ventilatoren). Dieser Ort ist wie eine Zeitreise, um die moderne Welt voller Handys und elektronischer Geräte zu verlassen und um sich zu entspannen und zu erholen.

Isla Colón ist die nördlichste und Hauptinsel im Bocas del Toro Archipel in der Provinz Bocas del Toro. Dort finden Sie einer Vielzahl von Restaurants, Resorts und Hostels. Von Isla Colón aus können Sie eine kurze Bootsfahrt zum Rest der Inseln in Bocas del Toro machen.

 

In Bocas Town gibt es immer eine Party! Der lokale Flughafen hier bietet tägliche Flüge nach Panama City. Bocas Town die Hauptstadt der Provinz Bocas del Toro und ein berühmtes Touristenziel und ist bei Rucksacktouristen und Surfern sehr beliebt. Es gibt viele berühmte Surfspots rund um die Insel, die durch eine kurze Fahrradfahrt erreichbar sind. Das Wasser ist kristallklar und die Strände sind makellos.

 

Am Silvesterabend veranstaltet die Insel Colón eine der größten Partys in ganz Panama!

Red Frog, auf der östlichen Seite der Isla Bastimentos, mit Blick auf die Karibik, verdankt seinen Namen der kleinen roten Frösche, die den Bereich rund um den Strand bevölkern.

  

Die meisten der Touristen die den Strand kommen und die nahe gelegenen Inseln besuchen wollen, fahren mit einem Taxi-Boot vom Bocas del Toro Dorf ab.

 

Exotische Tiere, einschließlich Säugetiere, Reptilien und Vögel, vermischen sich mit der üppigen Vegetation in diesem einzigartigen Ökosystem, so dass Red Frog ein außergewöhnliches Ziel im Vergleich zu anderen Stränden ist.



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Reisebericht von Charlie über Bocas del Toro

The drive from Boca Chica on the Pacific side to Almirante on the Carribean is an experience in itself. Driving over the mountains with at times difficult roads, breathtaking views and sheer drops, sometimes on both sides of the road. After our car broke down in the middle of nowhere we were lucky enough to flag down a passing bus and got to Almirante at about 7.30pm to discover the last water taxi to the islands leaves at 6.30pm. A very overly helpful local said he could help us out for a mere $70 USD for 2 of us, with no other choice we bargained down to $50 and were on our way. You can imagine how we felt on later finding out the standard price is around $5 per person!

 

We stayed in a private house about a 5 minute taxi ride from Bocas Town. For us this was perfect as we could enjoy the tranquility and privacy but be near enough to go into town and enjoy the many bars and restaurants on offer. Bocas Town has a very “backpacker” feel to it, everything very laid back, reggae music on every corner and all the pastel colored wooden buildings are just slightly crooked. Every night we enjoyed dinner in a different restaurant, most of which had platforms out over the water serving a whole range of local and international cuisine and of course amazing seafood.

 

Our first day we decided to explore Isla Colon, the main island where Bocas Town is. By chance we saw a bus headed to Bocas del Drago which we had read was on the northern end of the island so jumped on and about half an hour later arrived to a small place with a couple of restaurants and a sand road. After a quick stop for some breakfast, we walked 15 minutes along the shore, partly on a path and partly wading through the sea in search of Playa Estrella were supposedly you can see a lot of star fish. Having seen nobody and nothing apart from white sand a crystal waters while we walked, we were shocked to turn the corner to Playa Estrella and find it full of people, beach bars with pumping music and boats with water sports going on everywhere. We managed to find about 6 star fish and had a very overpriced lunch, but ended up wandering back to the deserted beaches we had passed to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

 

After taking the bus back, we headed into Bocas Town for dinner, drinks and to arrange ourselves a boat to take us to the islands the next day. Having done some research, we were expecting for negotiation for a private boat for the day to start at around $200 and were planning to try and get down to somewhere between $100 and $150. Our first meet was with Captain William and when he started at $100 for the day, including park entrance and snorkeling equipment, we solemnly nodded and agreed with no negotiation at all. I wonder what we could have paid if we had tried a little hard!

The next day we headed out, very excited, with Captain William and his extremely small and uncomfortable boat. It really wasn`t a problem though, he has very friendly and helpful and true to his word he had bought along some pretty decent snorkeling equipment.

Our first stop was Cayo Zapatilla which was absolutely the highlight of our trip. Two islands set away from the main islands and picture perfect with soft white sand and crystal waters. We almost didn`t need the snorkeling equipment, the water was completely transparent. There were a few other people there, but not many, and absolutely nothing else, a real desert island! We thoroughly enjoyed a few hours of lounging around and splashing around in the shallow, refreshing waters. The word paradise repeatedly came to mind! When William finally managed to drag us away, we headed off to Cayo Coral. A small island with one bar out over the water where you can enjoy a drink and jump straight off the platform to snorkel. The current was pretty strong so made it hard going, but we saw fish of all sorts of colours and when it got too much like hard work, pulled ourselves out to enjoy a Piña Colada on the deck. The next stop was Bahia de Los Delfines where usually you can spot dolfins. Unfortunately, we weren`t lucky, despite William`s desperate intent to find us some dolphins we called it a day, very happy, tired and sunburnt and headed back to base.

 

Our final full day in Bocas del Toro we took a couple of rickety old bikes from the house and decided to cycle along the coast and see what we came across. First stop was a bar on the beach with wooden bed swings over the water, a ping pong table and shallow waters great for cooling off your feet. It was perfect for a quick stop off and I imagine somewhere you could also dream away a whole afternoon. We moved on though and the road soon became a track, running along the coast with the ocean on our right and the jungle on our left. We kept going and going and realized we had run out of water and having not found anything, maybe we should head back. We decided to “just get around the next corner first” and I`m glad we did. Just around said corner we came across Playa Bluff, an enormous beach of yellow-orange sand, pristine clean and a rather fierce looking ocean with crashing waves. It didn`t look to be too safe for swimming so we just paddled and played bat and ball on the beach. Apart from one other couple and one group of backpackers, there was nobody at all on the huge stretch of beach. As the lack of water became a reality, we got back on our bikes and headed home… once again very happy, tired, and sunburnt to enjoy our last evening. 

The next day reality took hold as we packed up our things, said goodbye to our friendly neighbor and made our way back to Boca Chica. This time paying only $4 for the water taxi to Almirante and surviving the whole journey over the mountains with no car trouble! 

 

Many many thanks Charlie for your interesting travel report.


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