Right before we board to head back to Panama City, they need to load off the next lucky bunch of vacationers!
The check-in counter for Aeroperlas
"Ladies and Gentlmen, we are number two for takeoff. Flight attendents take your seats."
A plane taking off from the one runway Contadora airport in the Pearl Islands
One of the many fancy homes on the island.
Contadora is small enough that there are very few cars, mostly golf carts and the heavy duty ATVs (pictured here) booting around the island.
The heard of Contadora's commerical centre.
Cold beer and warm tropical sun
No trees and only a few hermit crabs and birds feeding in the tidal pools on our own little piece of tropical paradise
I lounge in the water off a deserted beach with a drink in hand. Is anything better than this?
Hundreds of islands, only a few inhabited and lots of nice beaches for you and your friends alone.
Okay, more than likely people have walked here before, and the tide washed away their steps. But still, pretty cool...
With hundreds of islands and only a few inhabited, finding a beach to yourself is not difficult.
The "poor devil" is a fishing boat that tourists can hire for a tour of some of the nearby pearl islands
Contadora is a weekend getaway from Panama City's wealthy, as well as foreigners like Jimmy Carter and Liz Taylor.
As seen from the water. The tide is low at this point. They have very big tides in the Pearl Islands.
The main bar at the Hotel Contadora Resort, Pearl islands.
For those too lazy to get out of the pool, just get your drinks without leaving. Please, though, get out of the pool to pee!
There are 19 or so multi-unit cabins on the grounds.
A picture of the luxe double room at the all-inclusive Hotel Contadora. Much nicer than my usual backpacker digs.
The largest of Contadora's 12 beaches, Playa Larga is just outside the New Hotel Contadora resort.
The single runway Contadora airport (code OTD) bisects the entire island. Not much room for expansion.
Aeroperlas De Havilland Twin Otter 300 after landing on Contadora in the Pearl Islands, Panama
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