Sat 19 Dec 2009
I am back! Jamaica, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Panama. Of all places, never did I imagine that I would be in Colombia.
Starting out – This cruise adventure started in Ft. Lauderdale, making the first stop in Jamaica. Here, we had the opportunity to really talk to the locals and get an understanding of their lives. After touring the island, the driver took us to a nice beach and we got some jerk chicken. But to my surprise, it tasted like BBQ chicken – not authentic as I imagined…still good though and I ate every bit of it (LOL)!!!
Costa Rica – We got off the boat and secured a taxi to take us on a tour of Port Limon. The highlight of the tour was going on a jungle boat ride. As we sailed through the swamps, we saw sloth, iguanas, and other creatures along thick foilage of the jungle. What a treat!!
TIP – This same trip cost about $75 per person on the boat, but we got it for $20! When going on cruises, the excursions offered by cruise lines tend to be way more expensive. Plus, they leave too early in the morning for me. I suggest negotiating with a local taxi or tour driver at the port. Just ensure that you settle a rate before you begin your ride.
Colombia – We landed at the Santa Marta port and got a taxi to take us to Tayrona National Park. Check out the pictures of this park to see the most beautiful coastline and beaches ever! Once we got to the park entrance, I started to get a bit uncomfortable. The “guards” at the gate wanted an extreme amount of money to enter the park. Thank goodness our fellow cruiser was fluent in Spanish!
We then went to Cartegena. I love this place! The culture, beaches, people, and architecture were just amazing. One thing about Colombia – it was HOT!! You definitely need a hat, sunglasses, and water.
Panama – The ship docked in Colon, Panama. We got a taxi to take us through the city and onto Panama City, but not before seeing the Panama Canal. Actually seeing a ship go through the locks was interesting. By this time, we were all running out of money. One good thing, most of all the cities we visited took the US dollar. Panama actually uses our currency. But, things were just a little bit more expensive.
Fin – The trip ended with an overnight stay in the Panama City Marriot. The hotel was really nice. It had a huge gym – which I didn’t use of course. But, I did get in the hot tub!
Inspiration – Don’t let disappointments, strained relationships and job challenges tell you who God is; let His Word speak for Him. (Joel Osteen).
Peace & Blessings!!