LOCATION: Housesitting in Panama City, Panama
WEATHER: Hot (90) and humid
We eked out the rest of our Hop On/Hop Off bus travel time, and took the circuit around the city. We stopped on the peninsula again, and this time caught a ferry to Taboga Island. It is a popular beach destination for local Panamanians.
On the 30-minute ferry ride to the island, we zig-zagged our way around the big cargo ships that were waiting in line for the Canal.
The island is pretty small, with just a few restaurants, one hotel and a beach with umbrellas and chairs for rent.
Panama’s culture, music and food are a combination of Latin America and Caribbean Island influences. We stopped to enjoy this rag-tag reggae band.
After a short stroll through the town, we found a seaside restaurant with a little breeze. We shared a red snapper whole fried fish.
We ate very slowly, as this place was about the only place on the island that was shaded from the very hot sun. We had 2 hours to kill before the ferry back to the city.
Then, a walk through the beach area. You can see the Panama City high rises in the background.
We sneaked on the Hop On/Hop Off bus once again to get home, even though our tickets were now expired. No one cared — hey, it’s Christmas Eve, mon!
DINNER: Chicken in spaghetti sauce. Peas.
The fireworks went off around midnight, scaring our poor little dog Mac.