One Machete, Several Coconuts and a Group Of Happy Chickens
Posted on March 20, 2016
When we are in our element time seems to escape us and Bocas Del Toro, Panama is one those places. I stayed on the enchanting archipelago of Bocas del Toro on the island of Isla Colon at the Sand Dollar Bed and Breakfast. The Sand Dollar is an incredible property which made me feel like I had stepped back in time the moment I arrived. The bed and breakfast has a great Caribbean vibe about it. It’s decorated with plantation shutters, pastel colors, a tropical setting and colorful plants galore. Transportation around the island is abundant and easy to acquire. A ride to downtown Bocas is a short 7-10 minute drive and the fare is $2 each way.
The breakfast served each morning was incredible. The table was set with a lot of color, including fresh flowers and healthy choices to choose from. Dama, who took care of us during our stay always greeted us with a smile and genuine warmth. Guillermo, is a charming man who maintains the property and would come by in the evenings to check on things while carrying his intimidating machete that he used to cut fresh coconuts in half and share them with us as well as the happy chickens who reside on the property.
The front porch has inviting hammocks to lounge in along with tables and chairs overlooking the green grass and the beach that is directly across the street. In a way it reminds me of the old south in the United States, when people come by and ask you how you are doing and folks hanging out and talking to you while showing a genuine interest in what you have to say. I met one of the neighbors who owns the most beautiful botanical garden I’ve seen. Lin Gillingham and her husband David have built quite a garden and their story is incredible in how they managed to create their tropical dream. Tours are given on Monday’s and Friday’s, while other days of the week are by appointment. You will see an abundant amount of plant and wildlife so don’t forget your camera. Here is some additional information about the gardens and also more about David and Lin Gillingham.
Bocas Del Toro Botanical Garden.
I met a great couple from Sweden who were absolutely lovely as well as a young couple from Surrey, England who were visiting Bocas to do some diving. Our mornings were spent exchanging travel stories and the funny things we have experienced along the way. This is the exciting part about traveling, it’s the people we meet along the way who are so friendly and more than happy to share their stories and suggest places to visit.
The days were filled with boat excursions, beach activities, shopping and eating good food. The evenings were spent on the beautiful porch of the Sand Dollar listening to the tide come in, watching the sun set over the water while listening to the howler monkeys chatting it up in the trees around us.
For those who would like to experience old Panamanian charm check out the Sand Dollar Bed and Breakfast as well as the islands of Bocas Del Toro. Mark and Sharon are the owners and are very helpful in answering any questions. Here is some additional information: Sand Dollar Bed and Breakfast.