Panama City! The Bridge of the Americas (spanning the Panama Canal) is to the left, and the city skyline is to the right.
Here were are, anchored near the glittery skyscrapers, giant cargo ships and noisy bustle of Panama City. It’s certainly a departure from the remote cruising grounds we found on our way down rom Costa Rica. Without a doubt, Western Panama is an amazing place to cruise—you can day-hop from one secluded anchorage to the next, getting your fill of tropical beaches, lush mountains and warm water. We spent three fantastic weeks poking our way to the big city, and if you were so inclined, you could easily spend twice that. Gorgeous.
While we settle in to city life for a bit, here are a few pictures to give you a little taste of the trip …
Relaxing at sunset in Ensenada Naranjo after having the Panamanian military escort us in, watch
us anchor (hovering on their jet boat not 15’ away) and then board us. They just wanted to check
our paperwork and have a look around. They approved of our Christmas decorations.
The tiny, protected anchorage on Isla Bona was the just the ticket after sailing close-hauled in 20 knots of wind and bashing into steep seas all night. Phew. Rusted out remnants of an old manufacturing operation litter the beach …
More on Panama City to come, including a visit to the Panama Canal and a reunion with s/v Knee Deep!