Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Nights at the Garden of Eden

The owner and his dog met us at the dock and graciously allowed us to check-in early.  Exhausted from a week of touring, the hammock on the balcony of our room wrapped around me like a cocoon and I fell into a deep deep sleep.  It was only ten o'clock in the morning.   But I had arrived in paradise and every worry in the world fled my tired bones.  I have never been so totally relaxed.

The Garden of Eden Resort is located on Isla Solarte in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.  These beautiful islands are known as the jewels of Panama's Caribbean.  Water taxis take travelers from one island to the next.  Although most people stay on Isla Colon or go to the popular Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos, we chose Isla Solarte for its isolation.  We stayed here for three nights.  We did nothing but kayak, snorkel and nap.  Evening meals under the palapa turned into two-hour affairs.  The other guests, from South America and Europe, were a fascinating group of people.  The food--lobster one night and chicken curry the next--was delicious and plentiful.  If you want a place to truly "vacate", this is the place to be.  Oh, so aptly named.

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