Hotel Bocas del Toro, Panama

Hotel Bocas del Toro

The Hotel Bocas del Toro is directly on the main drag on Isla Colon.  The place went through extensive renovations in 2004 and the new owner and her staff are constantly striving to make improvements and make the place better. Although I didn’t stay at the Hotel Bocas del Toro I did visit the bar, which is one of the few bars in Bocas … [Read more...]

Bugita Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bugita Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

I miss pressed juices.  Like real juices.  Cucumber, beet, ginger and apple.  Or Kale, spinach, apple and lemon.  Don't get me wrong, juices in Panama are great, because the main ingredients are always rum and sugar! I was so excited to stumble upon Bugita cafe in Bocas del Toro because they have juices! And they are willing to make … [Read more...]

Street Style, Bocas del Toro, Panama Edition

Street Style, Bocas del Toro Edition

I couldn't help but have an impromptu photo shoot with this guy and his mom! Head to toe he was dressed in blue and white plaid. The best part of his outfit...HIS SMILE! He was so happy and so proud of his momma who had made the outfit just for him...even the shoe covers! LOVESIT! ~LAUREN … [Read more...]

Lili’s Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Lili's Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Lili's Cafe in Bocas del Toro is one of those places EVERYONE knows about.  Literally.  I was in a cab in Panama City talking to (attempting to talk, my Spanish isn't so hot) a cab driver and I think he said Lili was his cousin!  Or Maybe he was Lili's Uncle? Sheese, I've got to practice my spanish more. I only visited Lili's for … [Read more...]

Island Traders, Bocas del Toro, Panama


I love to shop.  I'm an absolute machine when in a retail environment.  I have an inner compass that always directs me to the cutest shops, boutiques and stands.  While in Bocas del Toro my shopping heart led me right into Island Traders.  It was like I died and went to heaven. Island traders is owned by a woman named Francesca who's … [Read more...]

The Kiddie Pool, Isla Careno, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Fresh squid at the Kiddie Pool!

A five minute and $2 water taxi ride from Isla Colon, the Kiddie Pool is a great way to spend an afternoon. "The Kiddie Pool" as it's known by locals is a shallow and clear area just off the coast of Isla Careno. The water is clear, cool and the sun shines super bright so make sure you wear your sunscreen.  My friend Jeff and I were … [Read more...]

Bocas del Toro Generator Plant, Panama


Yup, you read that right. Generator plant.  I'm from the Gulf Coast of Florida (aka Hurricane Alley) and I lived in Africa for a year.    I know what it's like to fall asleep to the "gentle" hum of a generator.  Now make that generator the size of a freight train and multiply it by four and you have the Bocas del Toro Generator … [Read more...]

Bocas del Toro Airport, Isla Colon, Panama


What to say about the airport in Bocas del Toro? There's not much to it!  Air Panama and Nature Air from Costa Rica are (at the time of publication) the only commercial airlines flying into Bocas del Toro International. The airport consists of one landing strip and one small building that serves as the only terminal.  The airport is … [Read more...]

Fetching fresh water in San Blas, Panama


Getting fresh water to the islands in San Blas is a task.  There isn't any infrastructure in this part of the country so fresh water for bathing and cooking has to be fetched.  First the boat gets loaded with the empty water barrells and the trip through the sea to the river begins.  Tie the boat up to a tree and start your  precarious … [Read more...]

Isla Perro – Dog Island in San Blas, Panama


Dog Island is a small mostly uninhabited island located near the Achutupu Community in the San Blas Archipelago in Panama.  It is named after the three dogs that are the only residents on the island.  These perros (dogs) offer visitors  a tail wagging, warm and excitied welcome to the island that is perfect for sunning, swimming and … [Read more...]