Bocas Brewery

We’d found the BEST attraction in Bocas del Toro!  Home-brewed beer!  The last time we’d been to a brewery was August of 2012 in Nantucket, MA with Darren and Katie at Cisco Brewing.  It was almost too good to be true that Darren and Katie were here with us in Panama sharing this experience!  It was also too good to be true that Brian would soon be drinking a cold IPA…and here we were!IMG_9155

The Bocas Brewery is on the beachfront in the northern end of Bocas del Toro at Isla Colon.  The staff were fabulously hospitable and the atmosphere was relaxed, family friendly, clean, and comfortable.  There was a nice selection of brews from Bocas Brewery and also from Panama City.  We didn’t know which to choose…IMG_9159

So we sampled them all!IMG_9156

Once we’d determined our favorite brews, we moved outside to chill on the beach. The winners were an IPA from Panama City and a Stout from Bocas Brewery.  Ahhh…IMG_8032 IMG_9165

We ordered some food and played on the beach.  I wouldn’t recommend the food – beer yes, but food is still a work in progress as this brewery is under new ownership – good for snacking, small portions and very simple.  IMG_8035 IMG_8037 IMG_9170 IMG_9177

We were joined by our cruiser friends David and Victoria.IMG_9179Bocas Brewery’s atmosphere and refreshment provided a great ending to an already fantastic day.  Nothing beats downtime with friends and a cold beer on the beach!IMG_9160

 

Farewell, Paul!

It was time for Paul to begin his journey back to the states.  We’d had a fabulous adventure with Paul all the way from San Andres, Columbia to Bocas del Toro, Panama.  We were shocked he wasn’t just going to move aboard Rode Trip!  But we were glad he’d be returning home to his wife, Emily, and we hoped we would see both of them soon!  Paul took one last walk through the jungle – “No, it’s a rain forest,” Annika reminded us.IMG_20140505_170510Prior to departing Isla Bastimentos, Paul had completed two goals.  Goal #1 – find a Strawberry Poison-dart Frog.  Check!IMG_9084

Goal #2 – find a Sloth.  Check!
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Everyone went to Bocas Town to bid Paul farewell.IMG_8021 IMG_8023 IMG_9150Safe home, Paul!  We’ll keep sampling the cocktails so we’re ready for your next visit!IMG_20140502_155654

Dudes’ Excursion

I can’t really share these details because what happens on dudes’ excursions stays on dudes’ excursions.  What I can share is that Brian, Darren, and Paul took off to Bocas one morning to go scuba diving with La Buga Dive and Surf and as far as Katie and I could tell they had a great experience and saw some interesting aquatic life.DCIM101GOPRO DCIM101GOPRO

 

Paul and Darren are both dive certified.  The team at La Buga worked with Brian so that even he could try the scuba; which he said was fun, but now that he can comfortably freedive to approximately 50-feet he wasn’t quite sure why all that scuba gear was really necessary.

Brian

Brian

Here are a few sights from Paul’s GoPro.DCIM101GOPRO

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Paul

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Darren

Darren

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