Panama: Couples RetreatAugust 31, 2011
I’ve always thought the most amazing bonus to coming down to fish with us here at Punta Coco is the visit to Panama City bookending your trip (a bonus to the best fishing of your life, unforgettable scenery, the best food you have ever eaten, etc., etc., etc. Of course!).
I LOVE Panama City – it is an incredibly electric, dynamic, exciting place. Crowded, hectic, colourful, gloriously noisy with a story unravelling before your eyes at every turn. The startling contrast of uber-modern skyscrapers combined with dugout canoes in the bay and refurbished colonial masterpieces in Casco Viejo surprises most visitors with how alluring the city is.
I have been looking forward to the arrival of our current guests for some weeks now!!!
We welcome Jen and Steve MacLean to our floating paradise. Many of you will recognize Jen’s lovely face from our operations headquarters in Vancouver, where Jen is the Client Services and Retail Sales Manager.
Jen and Steve arrive in just enough time to enjoy a romantic dinner at Las Bovedas – a restaurant built in the vaults and former dungeons of a 300 year old fort. The Spanish conquistadors would chain condemned prisoners to the wall and leave them to drown slowly as the tide rose. Gruesome!
Jen and Steve stayed at one of our recommended hotels, The Miramar Intercontinental. These are the views from their room – not bad!
They managed to pack in a 1/2 day tour of the city with Gamboa Tours – and visited the historic and astonishing Panama Canal.
Still blows my mind how SKINNY the canal is!!
Later, they wander through the gorgeous streets of Casco Viejo, the colonial old town of Panama City. This is my FAVORITE part of the city – I always fantasize about living here.
If I ever did move here – I would be neighbours with Bruce Willis, who owns this gorgeous yellow confection below.
I told Jen that she could not miss stopping at my most favorite bar in the city – Vieja Habana, a Cuban bar that is the picture image of my fantasy of what a Cuban bar should be (and yes, I know we are not in Cuba, but still!).
I have conducted extensive and exhaustive research into mojitos, and I have to say I have never had a mojito as suberbly superb as at Vieja Habana.
And finally, the lovely couple leaves the city headed for our floating paradise.
There she is!
Steve and Jen quickly settle in for a welcome cocktail and some fish stories with Captain Chris.
And Jen and I catch up on our own stories…
As Jen too is afflicted with the Fishing Fever, she hits the back deck for a little dose before dinner…
…which is another spectacular meal by Chef Michael. Main course tonight was local rock scallops (harvested by the local fishermen).
…and for dessert, plum souffle with ginger ice cream.
I would also like to welcome our newest addition to the team here – this is Katie Thurgood, Fresh on the Boat from Canada. We are thrilled to have Katie join us on this adventure – she is a very talented young cook and joins Chef Michael’s team in the kitchen.
Here Katie is grilling smoked ribs while enjoying the sunset over the ocean.
Good night from paradise!