Wanting to retire in Panama

After picking up our vehicle from the Thrifty Car Rental centre in David, it was off to Boca Chica.  Friends of our from home were going to be joining us for this leg of the trip so we decided to rent a beachfront house at Rincon Estates.  D and I wanted to check out some property that was for sale in this area, so naturally it felt like it was a smart choice.  This way we would be able to spend a good week here to get a feel for what it would be like to actually live in this area.  After stopping at the local Rey grocery store to pick up a few groceries to tie us over until our friends arrived in two days we were on our way.  The drive took about 1 1/2 hours from the airport and it is a little tricky getting there – but we made it!  For most of the trip, the road is in good condition; however, the last leg is dirt road/pot hole hell!  It’s a good thing we had a 4-wheel drive vehicle!

Beach house rental in Rincon Estates

Beach house rental in Rincon Estates

View from patio!

View from patio!

We arrived early in the evening of the 12th so just spent the evening getting settled in.  The next morning D and I went for a nice long walk along the beach.   It is good to note that the sand on this beach is more the black sand as opposed to the white sand beaches we just came from in Bocas del Toro, thus, very hot on the feet.  We stayed closer to the waters edge where the sand is wet and therefore comfortable to walk on.  It was a very peaceful, relaxed stroll – never saw another sole on the beach that day, and during our entire 8 day stay, only saw a total of 9 other people enjoying the beach/waters of Rincon Estates.   We then met up with the owner of the house we were interested in taking a look at.  After touring his home, we decided that it wasn’t the house for us.  It was one road back from the beach, and although we are not necessarily looking for a beach front property, we definitely want a pool and there just was no place on this property where we would be able to have put one in so we stroked this off our list.

The next day we went back to the Thrifty Car Rental in David to meet our friends who were arriving from Panama City.  Welcome to Panama Sheldon, Laura, Brandon and Amanda!!  We went to the Rey grocery store once again to stock up on food for the week and rather than buy our fresh fruits at the grocery store, decided to stop at one of the many fruit stands that we passed on the highway between David and the turn off to Boca Chica.

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As you can see from the picture, we scored quite the bounty of fruits and vegetables.  We picked up a 50 lb bag of oranges, a huge bunch of bananas (which I might add are much sweeter than the ones we are accustomed to back home), two papayas, one pineapple, one whole watermelon, a full bag of vegetables which contained 6 heads of lettuce, 3 heads of cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, beets, onions and some other stuff we couldn’t put a name to for a total of $18.56.  We were now all set!

Our next six days flew by in the blink of an eye!  We checked out the local fisherman’s hangout in Boca Chica where we bought some fresh lobsters ($5.00/lb) and fish (fresh red snapper and bass) for our evening meals, spent two days with our wonderful new friends Holly and Scott (see the post I reblogged from Holly’s  blog – Let the Adventure Begin), spent a day in Boquete where we checked out the Tuesday market as well as a wonderful lunch at Big Daddy’s Grill and once again did a tour of the coffee plantation.  We knew this would be right up Sheldon’s alley being that he is a coffee connoisseur, what with his own roasting machine and all!

Having lunch at Big Daddy's in Boquete.

Having lunch at Big Daddy’s in Boquete.

Coffee Shop in Boquete.

Coffee Shop in Boquete.

Boquete market

Boquete market – Can you see the excitement on their faces!!!

Coffee Tour - Cafes de La Luna Plantation

Coffee Tour – Cafes de La Luna Plantation

Coffee beans laid out to dry on dry bed.

Coffee beans laid out to dry on dry bed.

Amanda pounding the coffee beans.

Amanda pounding the coffee beans.

Coffee bean plant.

Coffee bean plant.

Raw coffee bean.

Raw coffee bean.

 

Local fisherman retrieving lobsters from barrel at Boca Chica.

Local fisherman retrieving lobsters from barrel at Boca Chica.

Boca Chica marina

Boca Chica marina

 

Mmmmm - lobster

Mmmmm – lobster

 

Amanda can't wait to get hers back to the house and in a pot!

Amanda can’t wait to get hers back to the house and in a pot!

 

I'm not much of a lobster girl.

I’m not much of a lobster girl.

 

Nice and pink and ready to eat!

I don’t know who’s cooked more – Laura or the lobster?!

 

 

Local fish weigh station!

Local fish weigh station!

That east coast girl knows how to handle her lobster!

That east coast girl knows how to handle her lobster!

Amanda digging into the feast put on by Scott and Holly.

Amanda digging into the feast put on by Scott and Holly.

Scott cooking up a storm!

Scott cooking up a storm!

Fresh gazpacho - yum - thanks Scott!

Fresh gazpacho – yum – thanks Scott!

Enjoying a great meal with a great bunch of friends.

Enjoying a great meal with a great bunch of friends.

 

Cooling off in the warm Pacific waters.

Cooling off in the warm Pacific waters.

All in all, we had an absolute amazing time with a great bunch of good friends, but in the end D and I have decided that Rincon Estates and Boca Chica in general, is not quite the place for us.  We found, after spending eight wonderful days in this little piece of heaven, that it is  a great vacation spot, but just a little too isolated and off the beaten path to make it our permanent home.

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Comments on: "Panama Exploration Trip Part 3 – Boca Chica." (4)

  1. What a great report blog! It was such an awesome time! Loved every minute of it. Want to go back lots and continue researching where we want to retire down there. I was going to write one but nah, I have to re log this…you did such a great job! Luv ya!

  2. Reblogged this on laurawantstoretire's Blog and commented:
    I just wanted to write about my recent trip to Panama but my friend Janet did it before me and SO well…so I’m just going to have to re log it to mine. Luv ya Janet!

  3. Wynne Wilson said:

    Hi Janet, if you can see my email address could you email me so that we could correspond. Would that be alright? I don’t want to bombard you with questions but I feel a little lost about how to start! Many thanks .
    Wynne

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