Monday, September 19, 2011
My internet research said that it was a four hour drive from Panama city, but that's pretty optimistic. There's a lot of road construction between Divisa and Las Tablas and with a snack and stretch stop, it was more like five hours. When the new divided highway is finished it will be four hours, but it's not right now. The drive back was more like six hours, stopping for lunch and with horrible, heavy, Sunday afternoon, traffic between Coronado and the city.
Apart from the longish drive, (really not so long, but longer than we expected) we had an amazing time. The town of Pedasí is really cute and the people are friendly. There's a nice bakery and plenty of little restaurants. Friday night, the central plaza was full of kids of all ages playing what looked to be prisoner's base. We found the town to be very pleasant. We didn't stay in town although there are a lot of little hotels that looked nice. We stayed just out of town, closer to the beach.
Our bed and breakfast was sweet, clean and comfortable and not (for a change) overpriced. The owner was nice and helpful (he brought us a bodum of coffee to have on the back porch while we waited for the girls to wake up). We walked down to Playa del Toro when we first arrived.
On Saturday we went to Isla Iguana. Isla Iguana is a short boat ride from Pedasí. The island has a pretty beach and some great snorkeling. It's nice for kids because you don't need to snorkel from a boat, the reef is just right there. The water is clear and as calm as a swimming pool. We saw lots of fish and coral. We walked across the island to another small beach. From this little beach we walked along the rocky coast back to the main beach. Along the way, we poked around in some tidal pools and found a big trilobite and a spotted sea snake. We also saw the Frigate bird colony, which no photo could possibly do justice (everywhere you look there are birds in the air and in the trees). There are incredible volcanic rock formations and coral beaches.