Panama Day 16- Bluff, Paki, & Chikita Beach, Aqua Lounge Bar

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We tried to sleep in but our sleep schedule was all messed up from our hike in Boquette and staying up late the night before.

My brother woke me up around 10am to catch what we thought was a tour that would take us to 3 different beaches on 3 different islands. We rushed to get ready and caught the bus.

Not long into the tour did we realize we were not leaving the island but this was going to be a bus tour to 3 beaches on the island we were already on. This was also a booze-bus that would soon get very messy.

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First we went to Bluff’s Beach which was about a 45 minute trek. Others were smart and came prepared with beer.

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It was a beautiful beach with big surf.
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At each bar we were given a free shot.

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They had a little competition on who could build the best sand castle.

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We lost.
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Afterwards we hung out on the beach.
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Back on the bus, we headed over to Paki Point. This was my favorite beach.
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There were relining bed-chairs and bean bag chairs at the bar.
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This bar was was within bike riding distance, and we saw a couple people we had met at a bar the night before here at Paki Point. I wish we had ridden bikes, but I didn’t know we would be staying on the same island.. Can’t ride a bike across water!

We stayed her a couple hours then moved on to Chikita Beach. This was a pretty local beach, where were were served our included lunch.
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After this, we were all pretty tired and at 5pm they brought us back to our hostel.
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It was over all pretty fun but I just wasn’t feeling it most of the day since we were exhausted from the night before. We went back to the hostel and napped. We had to head out again that night since it was a big night at the Aqua Bar which we didn’t want to miss. This was a bar we were told had swings into the water and was only happening on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

To get there, we had to head to Isla Carenero which was just a 5 minute ($1) water taxi across from Bocas.

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This was the coolest bar I have been to. We were there fairly early (around 10:30pm) so it wasn’t too crowded yet.
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There were little lagoons with boardwalks around them. There was great music and a great sound system. You could see the main island from the deck.
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We saw the swings, and were one of the first ones to go on them.
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As the night came on, it became obvious why we don’t have these in the states. Drunk people and bar swings do not mix. We watched one kid fly off the swing backwards and fall on the deck. Also, there were no lines marked on the deck or anything like that so when the bar got crowded people would swing back on the swings and hit the people behind them. Let alone people swimming in the water below while people were jumping off. But it was a ton of fun- we went on them all night.. you could swing high enough so that you could dive in after you peaked.

There was also a trampoline there- closed off with boards over it.. I am guessing for obvious reasons.

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We headed back around 2 or 3 am. The ferry stopped in the middle of the water since I guess someone hadn’t paid their fare so we were all held hostage.

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