We’re moving to Panama!

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In one of my previous posts, I  mentioned that we are not going to be able to keep Tanda Malaika here in Channel Islands Harbor or Ventura Harbor, because there are no live aboard slips available for a yacht our size. So, we have decided to move to where she is. Red Frog Beach Marina in Panama!


This place we will call home, is a tropical rainforest filled with white faced monkeys, sloths, toucans and iguanas.  In the water you’ll see manatees, dolphins, a plethora of reef fish, and crocodiles etc.  It’s paradise!!

Red Frog Beach was discovered by Columbus in 1502, and is located on Isla Bastimentos, an island which is part of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. The entire archipelago covers an area of about 97 sq miles and population is 13000. The full service marina is well maintained and provides a free 10 minute water taxi ride to Bocas town on Isla Colon, where the grocery store is, 4 days a week.  A fruit and veggie boat comes by the marina every Saturday.  The creatures will attend the International school that is there, and if the older ones wanted to make a few extra bucks, they could find employment working the zip lines and rainforest canopy tours.  We will have hundreds of islands to explore, tree houses to build, fishing to do and Spanish to learn.

I do have to let you in on a little secret (if you promise not to tell a soul). For those of you that know me already, you’ll know that I am not afraid of anything.  I’m an adrenalin junkie dare devil, but….I am SO afraid of frogs and especially toads!!! I would rather head butt a tiger shark and insult it’s mother, than come across a frog, and I happen to be moving to – of all places, Red FROG Beach!! My plan is to take a flame thrower with me, which I will keep aimed and ready 24/7, and may the best man win!


15 thoughts on “We’re moving to Panama!

    Michelle said:
    March 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Wow! How exciting. I admire your sense of adventure. I hope you have the best time ever in your new homes and that the frogs stay well away.


      belindagovatos responded:
      March 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you Michelle. I usually grab my fears by the horns and face them head on. Who knows, maybe I’ll make friends with them.
      Actually scratch that. No way. I got chills just thinking about it!


    Sierra alderson said:
    March 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Oh Bell, I’m so glad you have returned to sanity, city life in Ca was SO not you lol. Party on my friend and may my visits(yes I said it) to you be wonderful 😘


      belindagovatos responded:
      March 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      I’m going to hold you to it Sierra. I expect a visit shortly after I get there


    Pam Flanders said:
    March 21, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    That is amazing! Panama is gorgeous and offers so much. What a treat to take the kids there. Maybe there’s a dog or cat that likes to kill frogs you can adopt

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    Rob said:
    March 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Good for you, what an exciting adventure. I wish your family well, and will subscribe for future updates.

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    ray jones said:
    March 21, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    when you get talk to the preist of the church for that area he could steer you clear of the troublesom crowd….make him your freind and take his advice there is probably no one who knows the locals better and few will have the pull that the preist does…best of luck and be safe may god bless you and your family…

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    Gwenith kirkland said:
    March 22, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Give the frogs a break!! If you see a frog your going to burn it up? Come on!!!!!!! The frogs were there before you!


      belindagovatos responded:
      March 22, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Lol Being the animal lover I am Gwenith, I honestly couldn’t hurt even a frog – even if I am afraid of them 🙂


    linda said:
    March 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    What in the world is a RED FROG? I’m still terrified of these teeny-weeny green ones in my yard! If you wanted to keep your mother-in-law away from you, you didn’t have to go to such EXTREMES!!!


      belindagovatos responded:
      March 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      lol you crack me up mom. They are a beautiful little red and black frog. I’ll write a blog on them!!


    linda said:
    March 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I looked up the RedFrog and found out all about it….I’ll never feel the same about tomatoes again!!!!


    belindagovatos responded:
    March 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I’ll have to read up all about them!


    cobblestonesandheels1 said:
    April 9, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I volunteer to be your personal frog security and sail around protecting you 🙂
    kathryn M


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