|New Marina Opens on Panama’s Bastimentos Island|
|By: Capt. Pat Rains | Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:23:00 PM|
|Last updated: Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:23:00 PM|
|ISLA BASTIMENTOS, Panama — Christopher Columbus discovered firewood, fresh water and plenty of game on this 9-mile-long island, so he named it Bastimentos — meaning provisions.
Today, most of Isla Bastimentos and its surroundings are part of a 32,000-acre park that preserves not only coral reefs and mangroves, but also towering “primary growth” rain forest trees and many rare jungle species — including the poisonous Red Dart Frog.