Hidden less than an hour ferry ride away from Panama City, Island Taboga was just what lifted our spirits as avid outdoor-lovers. Just fourteen U.S. dollars round trip will get you to this slice of paradise. The close-knit, colorful community clearly depends on tourism, but it still felt evoked it’s own culture. It just had an openness to those wanting more than just the typical tourist destination to Bocas del Toro or San Blas Islands. I loved how tightly packed the homes were to one another, as it really did feel inviting as I heard music playing in one home and kids outside playing soccer next door. Mikaela and I spent the day wandering through the community, kayaking, eating chicken skewers, and enjoying the feeling of the sun on our skin.