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Isla Bastimentos


No matter where you travel, there’s always “that” famous beach place – and for Panama, it’s Bocas del Toro. To avoid confusion: the name is used for the archipelago (which consists of nine islands, and Bastimentos is one of them). Bocas del Toro was the first spot that put Panama on the ‘tourist’ map – marketed as Caribbean paradise with colorful houses, beautiful weather and white beaches. Over the years, it has only grown in popularity for tourists that are visiting Panama (but still remains fairly small when you compare it to places in Thailand, for instance).

I usually have my doubts about going to obvious tourist destinations, but since traveling around in Panama turned out to be quite expensive we decided to pick Bocas as our beach location anyway because it seemed more convenient considering our route. To be honest, I wasn’t too blown away by this so-called Caribbean paradise. Maybe I’m biased because I’ve been to spots that are (way) more beautiful, maybe it was just a combination of circumstances (too many tropical downpours – the weather changes a lot around here -, constant warnings of robberies and theft on the beach, and an underwhelming water life) that made me feel this way. I guess it all depends on preference, but it definitely wasn’t the highlight of our trip for me. One thing they weren’t lying about though? Those cute and colorful Caribbean houses!

Outfit details: Forever21 top – Object shorts – Steve Madden sandals – Komono sunglasses
Pictures by: Wim


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