The Bocas del Toro archipelago is part of Panama, but it is culturally unique. In addition to a unique language of Guari Guari, the cuisine is far more Caribbean than most of Panama. A day after our dinner at the non caribbean restaurant called Guari Guari, we were invited to dine on another island, Carenero. It was late, about 8pm, and the water taxi had no lights but the taxi driver knew his way to Bibi and we went for a fast ride across the channel and to the pier.
Bibi is a nice, clean restaurant built as many are, over the sea. The menu was mostly seafood, exactly what we wanted. There were three of use for dinner and we had more interest in relaxing and conversation than heavy eating.
We ordered drinks, several times and simple food. Our dinner consisted of fried Calamari served with a simple sauce and a pound of boiled, shelled shrimp served with three different sauces, nothing fancy, just really good. Sometimes simple is the absolute best.
When we were done I passed the waitress my credit card and she came back with a bill giving all of us the jubilado discount, I never had to ask, this despite one of our party has not yet passed his thirtieth birthday. After dinner she arrived again at the table with some cake covered in ice cream, gratis, we never asked for that either.
No reservations, no hassles and when she called a taxi the boat came and met us at the dock. I will return to Bibi on my next trip, hopefully with a better appetite.