Arriving at the teeming little port in Bocas Del Toro (Mouth of the Bull) in the Gulf of Mexico - we caught a small motor boat over to the Island of Bastimentos. Bastimentos is part nature reserve and part unspoilt and natural village and jungle. Free Spirit Inn is situated up the hill of Old Bank with an uninterrupted view across the bay, Arriving at the quayside, dressed as City slickers, (a look we very soon discarded) we were met by our host Calvin who took us up the hill to his delightful B & B.where we were staying in a beautiful double room with a balcony that overlooked the bay, a voluminous bed and an en suite bathroom.
The Island has no cars and you travel everywhere by boat. There is so much to do, both if you just want to soak up the peace and tranquility or if you want something more adventurous. Confront yourself by going on the cave trip - wading through water up to your chin - fully clothed with a helmet and light - being lead by your intrepid guide Hunky. The bats are sweet and add another dimension!!
The local restaurants serve wonderful food, the beaches and swimming are glorious, the people friendly. The local Church on Sunday was a special treat where we joined in the joyous singing and clapping of the happy Island people. The sunsets are magnificent.
It was indeed a holiday to remember. Don't forget to take your camera!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a eco-friendly boutique hotel. We are always trying to have less of an effect on our surroundings. Our place offers a great view of the ocean and an oasis from the cold world. All on a tropical island in the Caribbean. Just up the hill from Old Bank Park on the cement side walk straight ahead. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Free Spirit Oasis Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro