Why not add a little sand to your snow? And why stop at sand when you can have surf, white water, jungle excursions, fishing or any tropical adventure you can dream of at Tranquilo Bay Panama? That’s right, I said Panama, as in the Central American nation that connects North and South America (o Norte y Sur America).
Tranquilo Bay is actually situated off the east coast of the Panamanian mainland in a tropical sanctuary of archipelagos in emerald green and turquoise blue waters. The spot Tranquilo Bay’s proprietors – Jim and Renee Kimball and Jay and Stefanie Viola – chose to situate their eco-tourism operation was at Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro right in between two national parks.
In the interest of full disclosure, the Kimballs are friends of mine who ditched the Houston rat race to build their dream at the edge of the jungle, the ocean and civilization. When they first started the project back in the ‘90s I had visions of the same privations that faced Balboa as he made his way across the isthmus to the Pacific.
It was quite Balboaish when Jim and Jay first carved out living quarters and began developing the area. Check out the amazing story of Jim and Jay’s excellent adventure at Inc. Magazine: Paradise the Hard Way.
The result, however, is a thoroughly modern lodge where guests can choose from a full menu of Balboa-like adventure to the simple pleasures of relaxing on a deserted white sand beach. Here’s but a partial list of things you can do at Tranquilo Bay: Fishing, kayaking, birding, surfing, diving, snorkeling, jungle hiking and, of course, beachcombing. It’s truly an amphibious adventure.
But don’t take my word for it. Research Tranquilo Bay before you consider planning what is one of the most unique tropical trips on the planet by perusing Tranquilo Bay’s website and blog, check out the accompanying slideshow and video from Tranquilo Bay’s YouTube channel, the reviews at TripAdvisor, and read up on the variety of experiences you can have at the article links below which feature Tranquilo Bay:
Sport Fishing magazine
Coastal Living magazine
And yes, there is a Colorado connection, namely me, but the Kimballs make an annual early summer pilgrimage here for about a week to enjoy the high country. This past year, thanks to prodigious snowfall, we all enjoyed a day of summer skiing at Arapahoe Basin.
So if you’re looking for a warm-weather getaway to supplement your snowbound activities, arrange a cross-cultural and geographical exchange with Tranquilo Bay.