Port and Shore Excursions
Followed the advice of other CC members and hopped the Arubus to Boca Catalina beach to snorkel. Cost 2.30 a person roundtrip. Granddgt and I snorkeled where the snorkel boats take their customers. WE saved over $50 per person. Felt very safe on bus and beach. Only flaw was bus pick up at Boca Catalina is hourly. But could walk 1/2 mile toward town to get an every 15 minute pickup. We waited needlessly. Not much shade but a few thatched huts. Beaches were busy with residents as it was a Saturday.
Panama Canal lock experience worth the early rising. Balcony room was worth it to watch the transit without the crowding. Excursion we took was to travel to Pacific via railway. Pleasant travel with Marissa. Nice train car, lots of scenery, loads of information. Just not what I was hoping for. Maybe the other excursion would have been more to my search for knowledge. Would be a good excursion for people less able to move around. Colon was really dirty and trash everywhere. Armed guards everywhere. Port stalls and stores were numerous and were of a great variety. Bought pieces of Indian artifacts sold there.
Beautiful colorful town in tourist sections. Dirty and trashy in others. Since it was Easter Sunday, most stores closed early or not open at all. :( We booked a kayak and snorkel tour with Adrenaline tours. They picked us up and we were the only 3. They still did the tour. Kayaked over a bay to a beach below an old Dutch Fort. We were able to climb up and explore. Very interesting. Next was a short kayak to a sunken tugboat where we snorkeled. Thousands of fish. Best snorkel ever. Adrenaline tours also had jetski rental, banana boat tours, and other water sports. Very helpful and worth the money. We were on the patoon bridge when it had to swing open. interestering experience. Stores in town disappointing as most were closed. But there were stalls directly at port which I spent too much money.
Having visited Costa Rica before, I knew I wanted our group to experience the countryside. Ship excursions did not offer Zip line tours so Okey Dokey Tours was the best for our group on 12. We saw wildlife on the Canal, walked in the rainforest, tasted local fruit, shopped in a grocery store, and zip lined. This was the best excursion ever. Carlos was entertaining and made sure we got all items requested in. We saw a banana plantation, cashew tree, and cocca tree. We held a sloth, tasted green coconut milk, and lots more. I can't say enough about the good time we had. Only drawback was I forgot to get a t-shirt of our zip line experience. Stalls at the port did not have any.