A Travellerspoint blog

February 2012

From the village to the beach

once again enjoying the beach

sunny 94 °F

Panama has got some beaches, white sand, black sand, and salt and pepper sand. All beautiful. This is our last beach stay until we head back home. We´re staying at the Playa Blanca Resort, allegedly one of Panama´s best. Judgement will be reserved until we leave, however the all inclusive drinks are pretty good. 9bobh_006.jpg44bobh_002.jpg3bobh_003.jpg

We almost drove right by the turn off for this resort. When we left Pedasi we put the resort name in the gps and received our directions. Off we went, in the right direction, but the gps had us going about sixty miles past the resort to another beach area. By chance we had stopped along the way and checked a map, measure twice...cut once, the gps didn´t seem to be properly reading the route. After we got back on the road and had been going for about thirty minutes we saw a sign "Playa Blanco Resort" to the right. We pulled over, checked the map, made a phone call, turned off the gps and drove into the resort. If we had stayed with the gps we would have been at least an hour away from where we should have been. You just don´t want to image how upset I would have been. Kryss would have made me walk to cool down in the 90 degree heat!

Since we were unable to upload any photos yesterday, some from Pedasi are included in this entry. 0bobh_004.jpg42bobh_001.jpg12bobh_005.jpg

Posted by rhislop 10:03 Archived in Panama Tagged beaches panama playa carnival blanca pedasi Comments (0)

Adios Las Olas...Hola Pedasi

Beach to Village

sunny 86 °F

As we packed up to leave Las Olas we knew that we would miss the beautiful beach and crashing waves, but it was time to move on. Pedasi was a 5.5 hour drive from Las Olas, it probably wouldn´t have taken so long under normal conditions but road construction, post carnival traffic and getting lost in Las Tablas didn´t help. When we made to the hotel, cold beers were on order.

A recommendation from a friend in Panama City brought us to the Pedasito Boutique Hotel and Spa. A great recommendation! This quaint hotel offers bed and breakfast rooms and regular hotel rooms with breakfast. Our room had a small patio over looking their pool and back courtyard. On Friday evenings they serve sushi in the courtyard area. The tuna is fresh that day and prepared by an able sushi chef. I would post a few pictures but this is the land of very slow computers and uploading pictures is a PITA! So no pictures on this entry, might get some up at our next stop.

Pedasi is a small village about two miles from the beach. We´ve visited four beaches in the area and enjoyed all of them. One of the beaches is the home of the Panama surfboarding championships, not quite California or Hawaii but good surfing for those that do. The night that we arrived in Pedasi they were still celebrating carnival. We enjoyed a brief moment of the carnival parade as one of the queens was driven through town for one more curtain call.

While sitting on the various beaches in Costa Rica and Panama we´ve read a bunch of books. And for my favorite book blogger www.amusedbybooks.com, I´ve read eight books. The best one Bill O´Rielly´s Killing Lincoln. A great book and historically very interesting. The other books I´ve read aren´t the genre Amused likes but most were enjoyable. Kindles are a great way to travel with reading material.

Later today we are leaving Pedasi and heading to Coronado, Panama. Getting down to our last few days before the trip home. Hard to think about!

Posted by rhislop 06:23 Archived in Panama Tagged beaches las panama carnival olas pedasi Comments (0)

Boquete, beaches, and carnival

Fat Tuesday...Panama style

sunny 93 °F

When we arrived in Panama City one of the first things we learned was to get out of town for Carnival weekend, Feb 18-21, 2012. This huge pre-lent party disrupts Panama City and anyone who can goes to the beach. We had a little difficulty finding a place to go because of the carnival. Our search took us to the northwest edge of Panama, almost back in Costa Rica, to the Playa La Barquete area, about 30 kilometers west of David, Panama. However, the carnival is country wide and each town, city, village has some sort of celebration. For the first time since we've been here the beach was busy, not in front of the hotel, but at the public area. Fireworks were set off, quads are driven up and down on the beach, people getting away from the city heat for the beach. A little bit of 4th of July and Marti Gras rolled into one. 92bobh_001.jpg

We drove up to Boquete, Panama yesterday. This mountain community is about 1.5 hours from our hotel and a nice drive in the hills, not real Colorado type mountains. This town is home to many, many, ex-pats. Mostly Americans and Canadians. We heard more english being spoken in this town than anywhere we've been. For a wee bit I thought we were in a Del Webb retirement community. The town is in a very pictureques area, so it is easy to see why so many gringos live here. 8bobh_002.jpg

Because of the carnival celebrations around the country there were police road blocks and check points everywhere. In Panama, if a tourist doesn't have ID and passport on demand by the police you could end up spending the night in jail, this just doesn't mean the driver but all passengers too. This requirement should be in bold print in all travel guides. We were stopped four times on our round trip to Boquete. 00bobh_003.jpg

The sunsets here continue to be absolutely beautiful. Each night has been different, colorful, and always worth watching. Tomorrow we check out of Las Olas and head to Pedasi, Panama for four days. Looking forward to the change of venue.

Posted by rhislop 10:28 Archived in Panama Tagged mountains beaches sea sunset las panama david boquete barqueta olas firworks Comments (0)

Blue Skies & Seas, Sherbert Sunsets, Starry Nights

Welcome to Las Olas @ Playa La Barqueta

sunny 92 °F

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Surround yourself with beauty, very few people, blue skies & seas, nights full of stars and sunsets that change flavors every evening you will love this place. The beach is black sand. You can walk it for miles and only see a few people. There are no peddlers with junk hencho de mexico. You will spot a few shells, sea gulls, pelicans, dolphin, some very nice homes built right on the beach and the nearest McDonald's is 25.6 kilometers away.
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Setting on our patio each evening we watch the sky change from blue to orange or raspberry or firey red and then twilight to dark. As the sky darkens the stars start popping out. First only a couple bright ones and then the explosion starts like fireworks. By 8:30pm so many stars are in the sky and constellations that we haven't seen in years come into view. We have yet to watch TV since we've been here.
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Today we visited some of the single family homes for sale or rent and some condos next to Las Olas. Lots to consider for next winter's getaway.

We visited the mountain community of Volcan yesterday. A rain forest area, everything is very green. Volcan reminds me of Estes Park, CO in the 60's. Lots of small farms, hillside terraced gardens, and incredible fresh veggies and fruit. Six dollars bought us a bag of each. Great healthy munchies. We read in one of the travel guides about Arte-Cruz, a local artist that is famous for his wood work and glass etchings. A very talented man, he made a special gift for us and loved showing off his skills. A good non-tourist trap stop.

Tomorrow is all beach day!

Posted by rhislop 15:06 Archived in Panama Tagged sky sea sunset ocean las la panama playa scenic barqueta olas Comments (0)

HAPPY VALENTINE'S

To lovers every where

From the warm and wonderful Playa La Barqueta, Kryss and I wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's. Day.

And special happy birthday wishes to a fantastic young man who celebrated his 36th yesterday

Posted by rhislop 15:14 Archived in Panama Tagged warm Comments (0)

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