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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Wild on Bocas del Toro

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5. Oddball Day


The boat trip down the Mangrove Creek.  

In Bocas, book a boat trip ($35 per person; five to six hours) with Boteros Bocatoreños (507-757-9760; ask for Eugenio Grenald) to the indigenous Ngöbe community of Bahía Honda. Eugenio will coordinate with Ngöbe guide Rutilio Milton (cell: 507-6726-0969), who’ll lead you down the winding mangrove-lined creek to the bat cave in the jungle; he’s excellent at spotting the resident three-toed sloths, capuchin monkeys, caimans, and strawberry poison-dart frogs. Afterward, you’ll head for the waterfront Ngöbe-owned Bahia Honda Restaurant, where a yummy seafood lunch will cost you $6. You’ll be back in Bocas town in time for happy hour (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and free popcorn at lively expat hangout Bohmfalk’s Bar (507-777-3403; Ave. Central between Calles 1 and 2).


Published on Jan 7, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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