BORDER SHOCK: So, as a citizen of the USA I automatically assume border crossing is going to be difficult because it is quite the process in America… buuuuuut…WRONG. We filled out the little sheet, showed our passport & return ticket (back to the USA so they know we aren’t just going to attempt to take over their country I guess) and they stamped our passport, gave us a few dirty looks & sent us on our way. *This is normal if you travel to Canada too 😛 However, it was very odd to me that it is physically impossible to drive across the border. The picture to the top left is the two bridge-length we have to walk to get from Costa Rica to Panama (& back), but if you take a close look at the left side of the bridge, the boards aren’t bolted down and a lot are even missing leaving gaps & holes in the floor of the bridge. You have to carry all of your luggage across this bridge with you until you get to customs on the other side. Not once did they ask what I was bringing with me (to Panama or Costa Rica) – this will definitely not be the case when I head home to the USA in December.
|The beautiful view in the middle of the Panama-Costa Rica border bridge.|
|Park by hotel at Bocas Del Torro…two trampolines, huge speakers & people dancing in the street.|
|Bottom Left is main land & Bocas is the most southern part of Isla Colón|
|Dolphins – fun fact: they love to eat jelly fish (aka “medusas” in español)|
To the left: This is me at Starfish Beach located about 45mins-hour away from Bocas Del Torro, but well worth it. Please take a moment to look at my body underwater… crystal clear waters! We were up to our neck in the water & could see our feet & all the millions of fish that were swimming around us.
So clear – this picture was taken just off of the shore from about 15ft above the seafloor. There were hundreds, maybe thousands of starfish – tiny to huge – all different shades of orange, all different sizes!
|Hotel Olas – the hotel we stayed at. Beautiful views & our own dock for the water taxi’s!|