To initiate the start of my blogging career, I wanted to begin with something fresh and familiar to me that concerns my most recent travels to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama this past 2013 Summer. I just recently had a friend ask me about what I recommend she do with her three extra days between flying into Costa Rica and flying out of Panama City. She had mentioned wanting to visit a place called Bocas del Toro, a popular island in the VERY northeast corner of Panama. A place that definitely offers a little chunk of paradise if you go searching for it.
Bocas del Toro is an island on the Panama coast that thrives off of tourism. It is one of the most interesting places I’ve visited because of its mix of inhabitants from all over the world, its major strip where all of the nightlife happens, and the awesome day tours you can do to other keys or cities. It is definitely a little melting pot of culture in itself, having a huge caribeño influence and with tourists that turned into locals by never leaving after they fell in love with its unique atmosphere. They run on a currency called balboa (which is also the name of their trademark beer!) that is actually equal to the american dollar in this tourist-dense area of the country. But don’t worry! If you’re traveling on a backpacker’s budget like I was, you can surely afford a couple days there while seeing some gorgeous beaches that look like your average dream vacation of tropical paradise.