This review is given in deep appreciation to Grant and his family for sharing Isla Paridita and to Grant and Alejandro for taking such good care of the 4 of us (2 adults and VERY busy 8 & 10 yr old boys) for 5 fantastic days. We missed you from the time we left Boca Chica and questions about when we will return have not stopped! Isla Paridita is not a hotel, it is an off-grid and off-the-tourist-path adventure that was a refuge of healing as much as it was a pinch-yourself-you-are-in-paradise type of wonder! The other reviews describe the practicalities exactly as we experienced them and they helped us prepare for our visit. What they didn't talk about were: learning about cashew trees and how much work it takes to get even one cashew (there's a 1st, having a night bonfire when it is 95 degrees outside!), playing in the hermit crab "highway" every afternoon on the beach in front of our huts, experiencing sleeping outside in a hammock all night and be awakened by the brightness of the moon, discovering chitons (that look like extinct trilobytes) and sea apples and learning which one not to touch! Seeing first-hand how kapok floats - hence why it was good in life jackets, experiencing dolphins playing in and around boat, snorkeling over HUGE parrotfish mere meters from the beach, watching the crocs in the lagoon, discovering Dr. Zeuss trees that are over 200yrs old, finding a nest of baby birds with long sharp beaks waiting for momma bird to return. The laughter of the boys as they learned how to blow conch shells and the EXTREME patience of Grant and Alejandro for answering zillions of questions and bearing with "conch practice". All this and Alejandro's creative cooking with fresh fruits, veggies and lotus-flower tomatoes, breakfast arranged in a palm beach scene on the plate and fresh-squeezed juice, even ice, and ice-cold beers! Grant and Alejandro, you've forever spoiled us! Thank you and see you in 2017!
- Also Known As:
- Isla Paridita Hotel Chiriqui Province
- Isla Paridita Panama/Chiriqui