It’s like hiking around an active volcano in flip flops but WORSE! Probably. All because I wanted to go to Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos.
The day before my stupid thing, we did absolutely nothing but hang out at Bubba’s House (a wicked chill hostel on Isla Bastimentos) in the sunshine. It was amazing but, if you know me, I get super antsy if I don’t get any exercise. I’m bit like a puppy in that way.
So the next day, it was time to do something!
We stood at the edge of the dock, hailed a water taxi (sounds cooler than it is), jumped in the boat, and away we went through the rain clouds in pursuit of the mythical (maybe magical) red frog on Red Frog Beach.
When we got there, it started raining due to the aforementioned rain clouds. I thought we were stupid for going to the beach when it was OBVIOUSLY going to rain. But hey. That’s the kind of thing you do when you’re travelling.
And anyway, that wasn’t the stupid thing I did.
Again, that was not the stupid thing I did.
Once we were sufficiently lunched — and sufficiently annoyed by 40-something-year-old loud-mouth Americans getting day drunk and talking loud as hell saying stupid things like, “I don’t even like the beach! I hate it.” (The epitome of American tourists), it was time to get into the sunshine!
We decided to walk from Red Frog Beach to Wizard Beach. Wizard is quieter (has no bars, has nothing actually) and it was on our way back to Bastimentos to Bubba’s House.
This is where the stupid happens.
To walk from one beach to the other, you have to cut through the jungle. If that map up there were to scale, and if it could somehow depict just how jungley it is, we might have put some clothes on for the walk.
If we’re honest with each other. This was not a walk in the park!
It was a jungley and muddy and buggy hike.
I actually just looked long and hard at the map above and realized that the path does actually show just how much of the path is through the jungle. It just looks like it’s on the sand! Haha omg.
Best hostel on Isla Bastimentos: Bubba’s House. The vibe is amazing, the owners are so nice, the food is cheap and cheerful, the coffee is great, and the beds are super comfortable.