Up and away we go, time to leave Las Perlas. We have a 45-mile journey back to the next anchorage, La Playita. It was eerily quiet, with flat, flat seas and a strange haze all around us. Our wind indicator pointed to our location which meant we had no sails up. But, with 2000 RPM’s we were averaging 7 knots of boat speed.
A small pod of 5-6 dolphins came to play with us for a while. They did not stay long on our journey, but they made a big impression.
I took this picture of my reflection in the water while we were underway, that is how still the water was on this trip. I am laying down on the tramp, you can see the mast behind me. Pretty cool.
We were all enjoying the large amount of wildlife around us, tons of birds, dolphins, sting rays, turtles, fish, and whales.
As we approached La Playita, we were accosted by huge cargo ships, car transports, and mega yachts. The commercial vessels are waiting to transit the canal or they just transited the canal. And evidently, La Playita is home to many, many mega sport fishing boats and mega yachts.
There is a beautiful view of Panama City as you approach and leave the La Playita anchorage. Bottom photo is La Playita anchorage.
There was no wind when we arrived to the La Playita anchorage so all of the boats were facing every which way. Great! We found a spot close to a few familiar boats and dropped the hook.
We enjoyed a little leisure time, each doing our best to cool off as it was stifling hot with the lack of wind. Not getting much relief, we headed to shore to grab some lunch.
On the way to the dinghy dock, we saw Barry from “White Shadow” who told us which restaurant had the best wifi. Now we have a destination, which is always good. We easily found the dinghy dock, unloaded, and went on our way. I stopped by the marina office to pay the dinghy dock fee ($50 per week-OUCH) and met the others down the road.
We walked by a mini market, Abernathy (chandlery), and a few tourist traps before we found the main road. There is a row of restaurants, but we headed toward a pizza place called La Eskinita, where we enjoyed a cool breeze while overlooking the marina.
We did a little window shopping as there are tons of tourist stores, found a great ice cream parlor and a café with decent wifi. All the important things in life. We ran into Johanna from “Iriss” and she showed us another place with decent wifi called Hacienda.
It was late in the day when we headed back to the boat. On our way, we stopped by “Kokopeli” (Brian and Mizzy) who were hosting “Nomad” (Tom and Susan) for sundowners. We chatted a bit and headed on. We had not seen these boats since Portobello.
Since we ate so late in the day, we were not hungry for dinner, so we served cheese and crackers and left-over pizza. It was a rolly night as the fishing boats, tankers, and pangas go by at crazy fast speeds.
The next morning, Heather, Michael, and Wayne packed. It was time for them to head back to the states. We transferred Heather’s great photos from her camera to our phones, made breakfast, and chatted until we had to make our way to shore. Omar, the taxi driver who picked up Wayne would pick up our group and take them to Tocumen airport. It has been an amazing journey and we were thrilled to have them on Sugar Shack. Always sad to say “goodbye.”
Matt and I wandered around the little town to get the “lay of the land”, headed back to the boat, did some laundry and tried to stay cool as it was a hot one.
Wildlife in the Pacific Seen in First 2 Days:
- Whale spouts
- Jelly Fish
- Variety of Birds