In our Panama Highlights post we mentioned that there are no beaches in Bocas Town, the most common place to stay in Bocas del Toro. One of the nearest places to find a beach is Isla Carenero – just a $1, 5 minute water taxi ride from the town. While wandering around the island we came across this small shop/cafe advertising veggie burgers. We ventured down the rickety wooden bridge and discovered a hippy home on stilts over the water. The couple serve a few vegetarian snacks right from their living room. There are no tables – just choose from a couch in their living room or a cushion on the deck out back (we opted for the latter).
It was a random find and the burgers were seriously tasty. If you find yourself on Isla Carenero look out for this sign for Mukunda.
We only spent 2.5 weeks in Panama and due to illness, travel fatigue and the relatively high travel costs we didn’t explore very much. We even missed the Panama Canal! We do have a few highlights to share though.
Santa Catalina is an off the beaten track beach town on the Pacific coast of Panama. We didn’t actually make it into the town itself but stayed 10km outside at the Hibiscus Garden guest house. It wasn’t the most stunning beach we’ve seen (we aren’t fans of black sand) but it was deserted, blissfully quiet and stretched on for miles. Best of all we rented horses without a guide for just $15 for three hours and I got to realise my dream of riding on the beach. Galloping through the waves was exhilarating and we took a break for a swim in the sea.