We spent Saturday night at the Seagullcove Lodge in Boca Chica. We had been there before and really liked it, so when an Oferta Simple deal was available I bought it.
I have written about this place before (click HERE) Our last visit was many months ago but not only were Marcello and Luis still there, they were very happy to see us again! As before, the setting is really beautiful, the accommodations are excellent, and the food is really good.
Panamanians often don’t travel much. My friend and neighbor Haydeé has lived in Boquete and David almost all of her life, but had never seen Boca Chica. I figured we needed to change that and bring her too. Her husband was supposed to come but suddenly was swamped with work, so I convinced her to come without him. It was as much fun sharing her experience as it was enjoying our own there.
The most fun part of this visit was when we hired a water taxi to take us out for a tour. The islands out beyond are very rocky and wild, and so beautiful!
The view from the main lodge is really beautiful.
Check out the big flower bud on this banana.
Bromiliads in the trees.
The dock down below,
I came across this little iguana on the path.
Off we go in the water taxi.
A fishing boat.
Rocky shore line.
The fishing boats may look funky and rusty, but they are working boats.
There were many small islands like this
Many of them were mostly rocks
The sky was gorgeous
We had a perfect day to go out!
Interesting rock arch on the end of this island
We also saw a number of these little sandy beaches. It would be fun to go for a swim and then explore the island a bit.
At first I didn’t know why he was getting so close to this island, until I saw this interesting opening
It was like a cave going through the island!
As we headed in another direction, we were going the same direction as the waves. Our driver rode one of the waves like we were surfing!
There were so many interesting rock formations, like the islands had been squeezed up from the depths of the earth.
As we returned, some great clouds started to form.
That’s our hotel on the left. You can pick it out by all the little red roofs of the cabanas.
Coming back in to the dock, the water was glassy smooth.
Before we headed home, we had to take one last walk down to the dock and look at the scenery again.
There are lots of crabs and hermit crabs in the sand.
what a nice place to hang out!
We were told that there are whales right out there in that water you can see from the hotel! I have already bought more Oferta Simples, and we plan to go back in August. Hopefully Haydeé’s husband can come also, and we will go out in a boat and see if we can see some whales.
It’s really nice to have such a lovely spot so close to us. Even when you are retired there are chores and daily things you do, so it’s nice to get away where there is nothing to do but enjoy yourself.
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We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
Beautiful! I would love to spend a day on one of those fishing boats. Especially if the captain was older. I bet he would have some I teresting stories to tell. Was it everything your neighbor thought it would be?
That would certainly be interesting! I wonder if it would be possible.
Yes, my neighbor was delighted with the place. She thought it was very beautiful, and she loved the hotel. There are only 6 cabanas so it is a very small, intimate feel. The boat ride was her idea, and it was great for all of us.
When I was in Japan in 1993, we were on the ocean and there was a fishing village close by. They had boats like this also and a processing plant and a fish hatchery for restocking. I’m not sure where the fish ended up but they took us on a tour and it was really fascinating. The fishing boats reminded me of that.
We buy fish in Pedrigal just south of David and I know those guys will take people out. I imagine something could be arranged with the Boca Chica people too. Like anywhere, if people have a chance to talk about what they do and also put a few $ in their pocket, things can be arranged.
What a beautiful place, Kris! Thank you for sharing this experience. I really cannot wait to be in this beautiful country. I was hoping to use the oferta simple, but it expires before we will be close enough to Boca chica to stay. I keep watching the offers to see when one comes up that will work for when we get there.
My pleasure 🙂 It is lovely there, and I hope you get a chance to visit. The ofertas come up periodically so you should be able to find one that will work.
Super! … envious 🙂
We will just have to have a blogger event there and everyone can come enjoy it!
I second the idea of a Blogger Event! Connie and I would go back in a heartbeat! I bet that we could arrange for a special rate if we reserved all 6 Cabanas. ;>}
Hmmm… we could do that! I definitely want to go in August, and it would have to be Fri-Sat night because of my friend’s work schedule. If not then we could talk about another time, maybe during the week when they might not be so busy.
No envy aqui Kris because I’m prepping to move. It may take cuatro anos but it will happen. First visit (after 30 yrs.) is going to be next marzo/abril. ? Tell me what is “oferta simple”? David.
Click on the oferta simple link in the first paragraph and it will take you to the site. It’s like Groupon in the US with discounts on all sorts of things, mainly restaurants and hotels. (Groupon is also in Panama.) If you come in Marzo/abril you will catch the height of the hot dry season. Do you know what area(s) you plan to visit?
1st visit will be just a canal thing without visiting the locks. Just want to get my feet wet. Panama City, the old Ft. Clayton, train across the isthmus, Isla Grande? Your area is most likely the ultimate goal for settlement. That will be trip(s) 2,3 meet with a lawyer etc…thank you Kris, David.
Ahh ok, but keep in mind that Panama City is very different from the rest of Panama. Over here its much calmer, less traffic, much less expensive, etc. But it sounds like you will see some of the areas outside the city too, so you’ll get to see some of the natural beauty of Panama.