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I was out of town during last months Young Expats in Panama (YEP!) trip to Isla Grande so I was pumped to be able to make it to this one. The cost was just over $100 and included transportation (I don’t have a car so this was a big perk for me), ocean front lodging, OPEN BAR, meals, a DJ, and a photographer to capture the entire weekend – literally everything that a 23 year old guy needs for a good time.

I brought two friends with me and we met around noon on Saturday in front on Multicentro with the rest of the people going, got signed in, and then hopped on a bus with over 20 strangers.

The fun immediately started when Skyler (YEP! Founder) poured everyone a round of J¤ger shots shortly after taking off and we did a group cheers.


We then sipped on beers for the next two hours until we arrived to Panama’s Caribbean side and boarded a small boat for the five minute boat ride to Isla Grande.

Isla Grande is a very local spot to go to in Panama. It’s usually full of Panamanians on the weekends that head there for the day to drink beers and wade in the crystal clear water. The beach there is usually pretty crowded compared to most beaches in Panama but it’s still a cool spot to check out for the Caribbean experience.

10407709_906611662683780_5392349114669263581_nOur boat pulled up right to the house which was located on the water away from the crowded beach, and the first thing everyone noticed was the massive amount of liquor bottles sitting on a table of Absolut Vodka, Absolut Karnival, J¤germeister, Chivas, and lots of cerveza! We definitely had plenty for the weekend.

We then got our room assignments and each group had their own room. The rooms in the house are basic hostel style with bunk beds which I don’t mind since I never spend any time in the room when I’m at the beach.

[adrotate banner=”18″]I headed back down to begin putting my dent in the open bar and there were another 20 people showing up that had opted for the drive yourself option. The DJ was playing a mix of of dance music to get the party started, and the chef had laid out some chorizo to snack on. I looked to my friend Claudia and we agreed this one going to be one of those epic nights.

At around 8:00 pm everyone started getting wild! The music was great and everyone was dancing, playing beer pong, or wading in the ocean. I have no idea what time I ate dinner but I remember I ate two burgers because someone didn’t want theirs, and rice.

The next morning everyone was struggling, but nothing some Balboa and Panamanian style breakfast couldn’t fix! I then headed to the beach with a few of the other people in the group and it was one of the rare rainy season days where the sun is out and the weather is just perfect. I laid down half on the beach and half in the water thinking how glad I am to be able to be in Panama and have experiences like this. Then someone handed me a beer and the moment was perfect.

Reflecting back I had one of my favorite weekends in Panama in a while and I met some really cool people during the trip – some that were just passing through Panama and some that are permanently here for one reason or another. I even met a few people that read my blog which was really neat. Looking forward to the YEP! Beach House Party v 3.0…

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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 10+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. I now rotate between living in Panama City, Bogotá, and Lima. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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