When you open the big wooden gates to the property, you are greeted my gorgeous plants that immediately transport you into another place. The Casita's were beautifully built rustic wooden flours, timber verandas and tiled steps. On the veranda is the dining table, 4 chairs and a huge hammock to chill out in. I love how most of the place is outdoors and you feel like you are living in the jungle.
When you walk up the stairs to our door, there are tons of little critters running around. So far we have seen frogs, geckos, butterflies, but still no monkeys! Apparently they live in the trees around us but we haven't spotted them yet. The butterflies are absolutely stunning. There is one (or maybe its more than one - who knows) that always flies by when we leave or come back in the house. It has a neon blue colour, I've never seen anything like it.
Another great feature is where it is located on the island. We are a 15 min bike ride from Bocas Town and have a great beach right across the street. The beach in front of our place has a reef over most of it, so swimming is a bit tough. The good news is that there is a swimming hole within the reef so we are able to take dips there. We bought two snorkels yesterday so hoping to get out there and snorkel on the reef a few times this week.
We have rented 2 cruiser bikes and are able to get everywhere on the island on them. The road into town is beautiful. It winds around the beaches and palm trees all along the coast. The only really dangerous thing* you need to watch out for is fallen coconuts. This morning I rode into town for a Yoga class and couldn't get the smile off my face.
The beaches by our house also offer awesome surfing. A huge swell hasn't come yet, but Nathan has been enjoying having the waves across the street and has been out once or twice everyday since we got here. (I even got out there one day.... which wasn't too pretty)
Having our own place, has been awesome for making home cooked meals. I have a few tropical meals to share but I think I'll wait until the next post!
- *There are no bike helmets on the whole island. Weird right? When you bike on the main road, there are taxi's and rental cars that zoom by and it is a little scary at times. I really can't understand how no one has thought to bring some in yet... but everything here is about 30 years in the past.
- Taxi's are an interesting experience. Once they pick you up, it is never a direct route. The cost to get from our place to town is $2 US each. Buuut, anyone that flags the taxi down, will also get a ride (and pay as well). You could be taking a 10 min taxi to town and stop for 4 more people (so you are squished in the back) and arrive 20 min later. It's all pretty funny actually and very convenient when you want to hail a taxi yourself!
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