From Mexico to Bocas del Toro, Panama with a pit stop in Costa Rica

Greetings from below sea-level! #Panama #diving

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Tomorrow our IDC (PADI’s Instructor Development Course) was supposed to start. Here, at Playa del Carmen – Mexico, things didn’t go as planned, so we have to make a decision.
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A Travel Guide with Tips on how to explore Panama

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Panama Travel Guide

As I enjoy sharing my travel experiences for those who need inspiration or even motivation I now created my first travel guide. Today, we’re going to have a look at traveling through Panama! I spend 2 weeks in Panama alone in the spring of 2014 and another 4 weeks with my boyfriend in the spring of 2016.
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Travel guide: the island life in Bocas del Toro

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If you’re traveling to Panama and looking for the Caribbean reggae vibe you cannot miss out on a visit to Bocas del Toro. Think sandy beaches, crystal clear water, surfing and diving, good food and happy people.
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Travel guide: surfing, diving and relaxing in Santa Catalina

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Isla de Coiba

A little hidden paradise for surfers, while it is also the best place to go to if you want to access the island of Coiba for its great dive spots and beautiful flora and fauna.

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[Journal] A few days in Paradise at Kuna Yala

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I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to go there. Being there meant that I could finally understand the lyrics of an old Dutch children’s song from “kinderen voor kinderen” called op een onbewoond eiland. They sing about life on a uninhabited island and it’s one of my favorites kids songs. Now a dream was coming true.
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Travel guide: a piece of paradise just for you at the San Blas islands

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Picture this: white sandy beaches with coconut palm trees offering shade throughout the island, huts made of tree branches covered by palm leaves with a bed standing on a sandy floor, and you’ll most likely only have about 20 other tourists on the San Blas island you’re staying on beside the few local Kuna families who live there.
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5 great party hostels in Central America

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great party hostels in Central America

Ah… My sweet Central America. First there’s the beach to waste the entire day at or the adventurous activities to maintain your adrenaline with. Then there’s the food – absolutely delicious. And finally, the party hostels to keep you up all night. So when do you sleep? On your flight back home after you’ve entirely fallen in love with the last country you visited and wish you didn’t book that flight at all. But before all that happens, make sure you have some fun at these party hostels in Central America.
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Photos from 7 months in Latin America

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Latin America is enormous and you can easily spend over half a year to explore the surroundings. After I graduated for my tourism degree I wandered around for 7 months, starting in Argentina and finishing in Mexico, and I brought my camera to capture the wonderful views.
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Hostel review Mar e Iguana in Panama

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I arrived at Mar e Iguana hostel not knowing what to expect. Maybe a couple of Rastafarian people hanging at the bar or maybe some Iguanas making this place feel like home once I arrive? However, when I saw the website I knew it was going to be a very relaxed place close to the beach, but I did not know it would be so cool as it actually really was!
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Getting my PADI in Panama

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Having just arrived to Bocas del Toro I thought it would be good to walk around and explore town a bit. At first I wandered around and did not even notice the diving school until I turned around and walked right up to a sign saying “The Dutch Pirate”. I believe the name was very appealing to me but on the other hand also repelling since I tend to avoid Dutch things while being abroad. I decided to enter the Dutch pirate’s office anyway to find out what my destiny here in Bocas was.

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Bienvenidos a Panama!

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I have just arrived to Panama. I got on a bus in the morning in Costa Rica called Tracopa, which took me from Palmar Norte to David. Well, actually first I had to take a boat trip since I was still on the Peninsula de Osa, followed by a taxi collectivo to Palmar Norte and the Tracopa bus from there off to the second largest city of Panama named David.

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