Christmas in Bocas Del Toro
We had decided that it would be nice to spend the holidays in a small town
like Bocas Del Toro. The San Blas Islands were beautiful, and we really enjoyed
them, but a touch of civilization seemed like a nice idea for partying
and celebrating. The marina has organized a number of events and the whole
town seems to be alive with the holiday spirit.
We had the forethought when we left San Diego to bring along a
tiny tree and some decorations which she spent the afternoon setting
up. This is our second Christmas on the boat, and, as last year,
we also put up a string of lights on a front halyard. It was nice
to see RHAPSODY lit up in the night and to come home to the pretty
We watched the town Parade one night at Captain Tutix. As we
were up on stage playing and during our breaks, people were streaming
by, going out of town towards the airport. There were families
with kids in tow, older children obviously dressed up for something,
and teenagers in twos and threes making their way somewhere.
But the most interesting thing were the cars and SUVs that
passed by sporadically, covered with Christmas lights and
decorated with ornaments and even Christmas Trees.
Then, after a while, the flow out of town trickled and a bunch
of fireworks were set off, and the parade began, this time making
it's way past Captain Tutix in a more organized and noisy fashion.
The cars and buses a lit up, honking their horns, sometimes with
kids riding on them, throwing candy out the window to the people
lining the street. The high school drum corps, pounding away,
thundered by, as did apparently the mayor. The town Firetruck
was decorated and lumbered by as well, occasionally giving a
brief blast of his siren. It was great fun to see the town
contribute to itself, as about half the residents were in
the parade, while the other half were watching!
On Christmas day we attended a Potluck Dinner and Yankee Swap gift
exchange at the marina. The marina provided the turkeys and stuffing
and all the marina residents and boats at anchor brought dishes and
deserts of all kinds. The turkey came out tender and sweet, the dressing
and gravy were great, and the variety and quality of the many
potato, salad, and vegetable side dishes was astounding.
For desert there were all kinds of cakes and pies, to which we added a
batch of home made Snickerdoodle Christmas Cookies and a wonderful
store bought Christmas bread as our contribution.
We went to a Potluck last year at Philo's in La Cruz, and there's
definitely something special about this kind of a group
holiday dinner where many people's different favorite dishes
are mixed in with the traditional Christmas Feast.
Mmmmm mmmm mmmm. Delicious!
Finally, on December 27th, after Christmas, the marina had it's big
Boat Parade. All of the
waterfront restaurants were jam packed with people lined up to
see the boats stream by, lit up by dozens of strings of lights
and tons of other decorations.