An Early Move!

29 Jan

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So as we finished breakfast yesterday morning, Sabine came over to be sure we would be out before 11AM. We thought our reservation was through the 28th, checking out on the 29th. But no check out was yesterday. So I got online and extended our beach trip by a day, packed up and left.
On the drive down to David, we stopped at the Chiriqui Storage (perhaps the only storage type facility in western Panama and maybe all of Panama) to reserve a unit we had looked at last week. Have that secured now for storing some items we don’t want to take to the US and bring back again.
Stopped at the Rey grocery in David to stock up on some items for the few days at the beach (so we don’t have to restaurant for everything). The beach is quite remote and since there are rarely any road signs or street names anywhere, you can imagine how much information is out there in remote areas. Thankfully, the iPad cell service gives us GPS type maps and a ‘blue dot’ where we are. Biggest issue was getting out of David with all the traffic, etc.
Got to Las Olas resort early afternoon, and got settled in. The resort, located at La Barqueta, about 40 minutes south of David, is largely deserted. We’ll be gone before another weekend happens. Its a nice facility, friendly helpful staff, but a little ‘shop worn’. Needs some TLC, but what place with 47 rooms and constant traveller turnover doesn’t. They have a Convention Center, restaurant, pools, terraces, palapas on the beach, and the Pacific Ocean which averages about 82 degrees year round.
Despite, or maybe because its summer (heat) here, its pretty quiet here now. Here’s some pictues of the beach for now and I’ll add some of the resort next time.

First look at the Pacific from our room

First look at the Pacific from our room


Here’s a video link:

Up the beach...palapas in front of main building

Up the beach…palapas in front of main building

Further west past hotel

Further west past hotel

Small fishing boat out front

Small fishing boat out front

Cleo tried the pool. Simply barefoot!

Cleo tried the pool. Simply barefoot!

We took a walk up the beach this morning, as its cooler then. This is known as a ‘black sand’ beach, and the sand gets hot in mid-day. The sand is fine textured, and formed from volcanic deposits. While not ‘black’ it is a darker gray. The name of the bay this area is on is Bahia Charco Azul. My translation would be Blue Charcoal Bay, but nothing like that comes up in the translator we have. There were no rocks (or agates), and only a couple parts of shells visible when we walked. The water was great.

Surfers up the beach.

Surfers up the beach. Only 5 of them plus 2 from hotel, and us on the beach as far as you could see either west or east.

Here’s another video with a closer look from the beach:

Cleo had a visitor on the terrace this morning.

Cleo had a visitor on the terrace this morning.

A closer look!

A closer look!

A final chuckle!! While doing this post, I checked the spelling on the Google Maps. Cleo had somehow gotten our location fixed at our old Salem address…so when I searched the map for the beach location it ran a travel map with directions (via ‘blue line’ on roads) to show the most direct route here. The summary at the bottom said:
3 days, 6 hours, 51 minutes travel time (4,470 miles)
Light traffic via I-5 South
Enjoy! And now you know how to get here…..the hard way!

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