Happy Christmas!!

Bocas del Toro Travel Blog

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We have spent the last 10 days being very lazy people here on the Bocas del Toro islands and have enjoyed a very different Christmas. The first 5 days here were scorching sun and blue skies but since 23rd, we have had a lot of rain (it is the rainy season for the Caribbean now). So it has been a mixture of very hot sun then suddenly it clouds over and the rain pours down!! We have really enjoyed this weather though, as those first 5 days were oppressively hot. It is still very warm so we just sit on our balcony reading, with the rain hammerin down around us!

We have also become accomplished Panamanian-rum drinkers (2 quid for big bottle) and we are also entering the Ludo championships. You can see from the photos the kind of effect that too much rum has had on Simon.

...It all becomes clear

We had a bit of a shock on the 20th, as we sat eating pineapple on our balcony, for there strolling past us in (get this) a red T-shirt and green boardie shorts was Santa!! We believe it was Santa as (a) his choice of clothing colour (b) he was old and (c) he had a long, whispy white beard and specs!! He must have been on holiday relaxing before his busiest (and only) working day of the year.

On the 21st Dec, the whole town gathered on the main street at about 10pm for a Christmas parade. It was really lovely and all the kids were out with their santa hats on and chucking sweets at everyone! It was a lovely atmosphere and went on for ages with a walking band that played typical Caribbean music.

Christmas eve, everyone was out on the razzle in high spirits.

Santa´s little helper
We started off in a great restaurant owned by an English couple and had a 3-course meal. The restaurant is set on the upper floor of a wooden house built over the water on stilts, typically with no walls so the restaurant is exposed to the open air and looks out over the Caribbean sea. After dinner, we headed to a few bars with some surfer dudes from Devon from our hostel and proceeded to try lots of different cocktails. The walk home was a stumbly affair.

Christmas day was very quiet and just what we needed so had a very lazy day! No turkey on offer for dinner so had red snapper and caribbean-style shrimp instead!

Yesterday (27th) the sun finally came out for the whole afternoon so we got a water-taxi to a nearby island and flaked out on the beach. Got bored of sunbathing after about 10 minutes so we went for a splash about in the wonderfully warm sea. Ahhhh!!

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What am I doing?...
What am I doing?...
...It all becomes clear
...It all becomes clear
Santa´s little helper
Santa´s little helper