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Panama #186046
12/24/05 02:02 PM
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Off-topic, but I just got back from Panama. Having traveled to Belize a number of times in the past few years, I thought you all might enjoy a compare/contrast.

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Re: Panama #186047
12/27/05 10:24 AM
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belizelaw, Claudio mentioned that you had visited recently. LaurieMar and I truly enjoyed our time in Panama. Sounds like you did too. laugh


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Re: Panama #186048
12/27/05 12:34 PM
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belizelaw, I enjoyed reading your blog. Keep it up. smile

Re: Panama #186049
12/28/05 08:57 AM
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Nice blog. Panama is a beautiful country but I also think that the real estate in many areas is overpriced. Did you make it up to Boguete? Mid-High prices, but the infrastructure is top notch.

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12/28/05 11:20 AM
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Streetchie, thanks for the compliment. The blog format makes writing it as a travelogue somewhat awkward (because everything is in reverse as you scroll down).

To answer your question, I didn't have time to make it up to Boquete, which is unfortunate, considering its reputation as an expat hot-spot. Next trip, I'd like to hit Boquete, the Pearl Islands and perhaps some more secluded stretches of beach.

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12/28/05 12:51 PM
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Don't be discouraged. There is still plenty of property in Panama in your price range. You may want to check out www.escapeartist.com for suggestions on other areas in Central America and around the world. Plenty of my friends are snapping up land in Guatemala. Good luck!

Re: Panama #186052
01/03/06 01:49 PM
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I am surprised that you were disappointed with the beaches in Bocas, when by most accounts in guidebooks, internet research, etc. state the islands are not known for their beaches. However, I did find a few great beaches on Isla Colon (you have to travel 1/2 hour from town on a muddy, bumpy road) and Isla Bastimentos is known for the best beaches.

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01/03/06 02:12 PM
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LaurieMar:

Didn't read enough in the books, I guess. You're right, there were a few nice beaches on Isla Colon, it's just that I liked Ambergris Caye's better. We took that coastal road you were describing as far as we could until finally we had to give up because it became impassable on our bikes--that was some of the best area of beach I viewed on the island. Perhaps Boca del Drago was best. As for Isla Bastimentos, from the water (we were in a boat but never set foot on the island), it looked pretty cool.

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01/03/06 02:21 PM
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I only saw the beaches on Isla Bastimentos from a boat too, but heard they were the best in the islands. I could kick myself for not going and checking them out, since I am a huge beach lover. Oh well, a return trip is required!


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