Off to La Isla...

Isla Grande Travel Blog

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I love this Island!!!

This Saturday, Robin (Robin is the American Red Cross delegate that was here last year work as Finance Officer and has returned to help out the unit) and I decided to break from the city and head off to Isla Grande (2.5 hours from Panama City on the Atlanic side).  I was fortunate and had been researching dive centers here in Panama and was lucky to find Loic, a French national who recently relocated to Panama to be with him Family, and is opening a dive center here.

We rented the dive equiptment (which we picked up Friday in Panama City before we left for the Island on Saturday) and then I took a 1 hour refresher course, since I havent dove in 2 years.  GREAT water and unreal reef!

We stayed in a cute lodge and the food was terrific.  Cant get enough seafood! 

The Island also has beautiful Christian shrines throughout, with the most famous being a black Jesus water statue (which is said to be more than 300 years old) 

On the way back to Panama City on Sunday, we stopped through Portobello, where the Fort San Jeronimo is located, along with a famous local church which showcases a black Jesus.

Back to the city Sunday night (missing the silence of the Ocean) :)

J  

CopCar says:
Beautiful photos, Jono, and you seem to be having a great time. (I particularly like the new photo of you that you've posted up top.) Pretend that the reason you are pigging out on the seafood is that you must make up for those of us who are not down there to join you in the feasting. I do miss the grouper that was so readily available when I was in Panama City, FLORIDA! I didn't recall that you dived. That, you may have. Anyone who wants to cavort in yucky salt water has my blessings! ; )
Posted on: Apr 02, 2008
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I love this Island!!!
I love this Island!!!
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Black Jesus shrine on Isla Grande
Robin crossing the bridge...
Robin crossing the bridge...
Sunrise on Isla Grande
Sunrise on Isla Grande
View from Island Grande
View from Island Grande
Several buildings on the Island
Several buildings on the Island
A building on the Island
A building on the Island
Near where we stayed on Isla
Near where we stayed on Isla
Portobello viewing the church of t…
Portobello viewing the church of …
Fort San Jeronimo in Portobello
Fort San Jeronimo in Portobello
View from Isla Grande
View from Isla Grande
Cangrejo (crabs) on the rock
Cangrejo (crabs) on the rock
Cangrejo (crabs) on the rock
Cangrejo (crabs) on the rock
View from Isla Grande
View from Isla Grande
View from Isla Grande
View from Isla Grande
A white bird of sorts off the Isla…
A white bird of sorts off the Isl…
The Fort...
The Fort...
Leading to the underground of the …
Leading to the underground of the…
Lookout tower of the Fort!
Lookout tower of the Fort!
Lookout tower of the Fort!
Lookout tower of the Fort!
View from the Fort...
View from the Fort...
Stuctural building within the Fort
Stuctural building within the Fort
Do I look like I could defend the …
Do I look like I could defend the…
The Fort...
The Fort...
Part of the Fort wall with a view …
Part of the Fort wall with a view…
The Fort...
The Fort...
Cannon lineup in the Fort
Cannon lineup in the Fort
No, I didnt wreck this ship!
No, I didnt wreck this ship!
Hardy, mate!
Hardy, mate!
Ready, Aim, Fire!
Ready, Aim, Fire!
Fort surface
Fort surface
Wall to the sea from the Fort...
Wall to the sea from the Fort...
Side view...
Side view...
Nice compounds!
Nice compounds!
Beautiful tree we saw on the way f…
Beautiful tree we saw on the way …
A close up...
A close up...
Isla Grande
photo by: jonoa