Playa Bonita Village Resort has it's own private bay, and it seems fairly small when you look at it. Looks can be deceiving, though, as it took me 40 minutes to paddle to the outer edge of the bay the first time I went kayaking by myself. Since my first lone expedition, I now prefer to go tandem with my sweetheart. Not only do I get to spend a quality hour or so with him without the interruption of cell phones, but when I get tired of paddling, my ultra-fit fiance can take over.
When you're in the kayak away from shore, it's a whole different world. The only sounds you hear are the quiet lapping of waves and the chatter of birds. There is a small private cove just around the corner of the bay, and we like to paddle there and spend some time swimming in our own private world. It's my real-life version of From Here to Eternity.
Sometimes we see other kayaks on the water, but most days we have the ocean to ourselves, as you can see from the photo above. Rediscovering this childhood sport is yet another reason that I love my life in Panama.