I recently turned 60 and I wanted to reward myself for....well, making it to 60. So I started thinking about where I could go to celebrate. I wanted to go someplace special, someplace I haven't been before.
I decided on Panama, Iowa just didn't seem appropriate for the big SIX OH.
If you enjoy relaxing vacations in a country with super nice people, and beautiful beaches I found the place for you. Isla Colon is a small island in the Caribbean a 45 minute flight from Panama City, Panama. If you like hustle and bustle and nightlife than stay away from this laid back one road island.
This is my kind of get-a-way.
We stayed at a B&B 50 yards from a beach. We stayed for 9 nights. 8 of those nights we were the only occupants of the B&B, the beauty of traveling in the off season.
After a leisurely breakfast we had one tough pressure packed decision to make each day. Should we go to the right, or to the left. There were no car rentals on the Island, that's not needed when there is only one road that stretched form one end to the other. Our main mode of transportation is pictured below.
On the day we flew home, because of the flight schedules we found ourselves with most of the day to kill on the mainland of Panama before we flew out. So we got a cab to one of the Panama Canal locks, where they have a museum, video and history of the canal. We killed a few hours there and witnessed a few ships going through the Miraflores Locks.
Just a footnote. In case you think your local highway tolls are bad, the toll for one particular ship that we saw going through the locks, was $400,000. Let me re-type that so you know that wasn't a misprint. $400,000 was paid by a ships owner to go through the canal.
The toll varies with the size of the ship and the cargo of the ship. Crazy huh?
Anyway, you can thank me now for not posting another 40 or 50 photos of this beautiful Island. I was tempted.
I can't wait until I turn 100, I'm thinking New Zealand.