Las Perlas Islands - Gulf of Panama 08:36N 79:02W
John & Irene Hunt
Tue 12 Feb 2008 00:10
Last night we anchored at Playa de la Sueca on the Island of Contadora in the Las Perlas Islands. It was to this island that the Shah of Iran retired when he was thrown out of Iran by the mad mullahs. The island is the playground to Panama's rich and famous and has been known since the Spanish invaded in 1493 as the home of the biggest pearls. Mary Queen of Scots had one as does Elizabeth Taylor; a gift from Richard Burton. The Spaniards slaughtered all the islanders in the late 16th century to ensure they had all the pearls and to gather them they bought slaves from Africa.
Caught a beautiful tuna, enough to feed 6 of us last night and lunch today for Irene & I.
Today we are headed for Isla San Jose for the night and then cross to Ecuador over the next few days.