Semana Santa (Easter) week brings more tourists to Bocas and some interesting rules are put in place. Throughout Panama packaged liquor is not allowed to be sold from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. We checked out our frig on Wednesday and buy a little more wine to ensure we had sufficient supply. :-) Restaurants are not allowed to sell liquor from noon Thursday through midnight Friday. We're told some of the restaurants will serve beer in wine in paper cups during the prohibition and that there are some bars in town that open at midnight and serve until the wee hours.
Friday we go into town for dinner at an Italian restaurant which has good reviews. We anticipate that we will not be able to order alcohol due to the prohibition. We arrive for an early dinner and initially are one of two tables occupied. The owner waits on us and William gently broaches the topic of alcohol. The owner quietly says no bottles, but it is available. William's cerveza arrives in a Coke glass and is described as ginger ale on the bill. My red wine is served in a short water glass and is listed as Pepsi. Lol.
The other local rule (law?) for Semana Santa is that no music is allowed all day Thursday and Friday. At first we think this applies only to restaurants, but then we notice that the loud music normally pumping out of the cars at the car wash and from some of the homes in the area has stopped. The sound of pressure washing is much more tolerable than the rap music that seems to be the favorite of all the taxi and van drivers (as well as the guys at the car wash). We can continuously hear the waves crashing on the beach, rather than just when the car wash is without a patron. Wonderful!