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!
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.
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!
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.