|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
Si hablo Espanol e um poco do Portuguese..
The cabin sits 100 metres from a great beach in a private off the road garden setting at the edge of the jungle. We are 3 km from town centre, a $1 taxi ride or an easy 15 minute bike ride. We are conveniently located near the 'Y' in the road where it splits towards Paunch/Bluff beaches on the coast road and towards Bocas del Drago on the interior road. The 'Y' is a small community mixed with locals and ex-pats. There is also a lovely off the grid cabin available short or long term.
The cabin is 24x16 2 story. The bedrooms are upstairs seperated by a door on one room and a curtain on the other. There is also a toilet and sink upstairs. The larger bedroom has a queen size bed with orthopedic mattress and a wall fan. It looks out into various fruit trees with a filtered view to the beach. The other bedroom has a queen bed with an orthopedic mattress and a wall fan. The smaller bedroom looks out into the tree tops towards the jungle. Each room has a reading light and a place to hang clothes. And some shelves to keep things as well.
Down stairs is a large tile counter kitchen with a 4 burner stove, double sink and a refrigerator. A blender, toaster and juicer as well as all the pots, pans and utensils you will need. There is a bar counter top seperating the kitchen from the dining area. Opposite of the dining area is a 8x12 living room with a couch, hammock and rocking chair. And finishing off the first floor is a small storage room that acts as the lockup room for your valuables.
The bathroom is 10 feet from the front door, a bath house is what it is..It has a hot shower, tiolet, sink. We have a washing machine here we share with our guests.
All the posts and beams inside are made from round wood poles, the floors are native hardwood but unfinished. There are no windows like you may be used to, just screens to keep the bugs out. There is no AC. The house is in a relatively shady spot and the screen windows allow good air flow..On a hot sunny day the bedrooms upstairs are unpleasant from about midday until 430 or so. Downstairs stays pleasant even on a real scorcher..There is a wall fan downstairs too which adds to the freshness. You will sleep like babies here with the sound of the waves and the buzz of the jungle..It is cool at night, not hot and sweaty..
Off the front of the house is a 16x20 covered patio with a cement floor. A table and bench and chairs. Excellent bird viewing!!! The patio is surrounded by flowers, coconut and other fruit trees, palms and bananas filled with birds and butterflies. A family of howler monkeys are regular visitors and the random sloth can be spotted. I keep chickens in a coop NO ROOSTER!! I have a dog and a cat as well who you will meet. I also have a large green house and veggie garden which I share with our guests. We live simply and try to keep expenses and impact down riding bikes and growing food.
I live accross a small creek on the same property and am happy to help our guests as needed. I can help you to arrange tours, rent bikes, kayaks, scuba trips, bird watching and animal viewing, etc. and make suggestions about all there is to do and see in the islands and elsewhere in Panama. I am a 12 year resident of Bocas.
I hope to attract guests who will appreciate the cabin in its natural setting. Photographers, bird watchers, gardeners, musicians, divers, surfers, etc..Bocas is gifted with such a rich diversity of plant, animal and night life.. Come enjoy it with us.
I recently completed a 400sf dedicated music studio here on the property. It was built with soundproof walls thus it does not disturb the cabins peace and quiet. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to come stay, practice, teach, rehearse and record. Please contact me about studio use scenarios and the equipment we have.
If someone has a special skill set I will consider work trades to mutually benefit each other.
Please feel free to email or call me with any questions you may have. Si hablo espanol.. Gracias..
Keywords: Home, Cabana,Casita, bungalo, custom home,garden, natural setting
I am a west coast gringo who had sailed the caribbean for some years. I moved to Bocas 12 years ago. I felt right at home here from day 1. Sailing has given way to island life, building up my place, gardening and music.
Lucas purchased this cabin in 2005
I bought the land and built the house. It was ideal for me being close enough to the center to ride a bike yet far enough out that you don't feel the busy pace of town. The large lot gave me room to plant and grow ornamentals and food.
I recently completed a dedicated music studio here on the property. Musicians are encouraged to come stay!! I built the studio with soundproof walls so when playing it does not affect the peace and quiet of the compound.
You will love the sounds of the waves crashing and the songs of the birds at day break.We are at the edge of the jungle so the colorful garden pulls in countless birds and a family of howler monkeys are regular visitors.
We share the bounty of the garden with our guests. Lots of coconut trees too so you can drink real coconut water. We have a rain catchment tank that we drink from so no need to buy bottled water.
And of course the ping pong table..
Our family 2 adults and 2 children ages 10 and 7 had the pleasure to stay in this delightful cabin in Bocas in November 2014. This was the perfect place for our family to stay, it gave us a lot of space to cook and enjoy the jungle. We love adventure filled and active vacations and this was the perfect location for us. We especially loved exploring the island by bikes which was a lovely option provided by Lucas. Our kids loved to spend time with Lucas and Gloria and the chickens and dogs and cat. Lucas chopped coconuts right out of the trees in the yard for the children to enjoy. My husband enjoyed visiting Lucas's music studio and taking a CD home with us. Lucas was great at suggesting wonderful restaurants, arranged a great snorkel tour for us, told us all the places to search for monkeys and sloths, and gave great biking directions to deserted beaches and great swimming areas. We really enjoyed visting the Bastimentos Island and visiting Up The Hill chocolate farm and eating at Alvin's which was a very enjoyable water taxi away. In Bocas we enjoyed wonderful coffee at the new Coffee Shop (close to town) and eating at Refugio. November was a great time to visit Bocas, great weather and almost no tourists, we would highly recommend visting at this time and staying at this great cabin.
My girlfriend and I just got back from a one week stay in Bocas and we loved this place. Lucas and Gloria were great hosts. Lucas knows all about the island and was a huge help in recommending things to do during out trip. He scheduled a chocolate farm tour for us, had bikes available at the property, recommended a couple of restaurants that we loved, and even set up a tour guide in Panama City for us to kill time during our layover on the trip home. He even made us breakfast our last morning there. Location was perfect. You can hear the ocean and wildlife at night. Getting into town is a 5 minute cab ride (cabs are all over the place) or an easy 20 minute bike ride. Great local feel to the area around the house that we really loved. Plus the only brewery in Bocas is right down the street! The house is in great shape. Clean, everything works, and honestly the pictures on this site don't do it justice. We were very impressed and will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Bocas.
Our month’s stay at Lucas’ cabin was great: great location, great price, great host. It was easy to spend a lot of time on the patio, with wonderful birds and monkeys putting on a show. Lucas is a very skilled bird watcher and loves to share his knowledge. Some nicer outdoor furniture would be a big plus for even more hanging out.
Inside was more than adequate for the two of us, although things might get a little tight with a crowd larger than 3 or 4. Again, a furniture upgrade would be nice, like a couple of comfy reading chairs.
Great to be close to town but far enough away that it was nice and quiet.
Lucas and Gloria were always there with advice, recommendations, and even some fresh eggs. Coco the dog and Franklin the cat were always welcome, entertaining guests as well.
My husband and I enjoyed sixteen wonderful days of relaxation and adventure at Lucas' cabin. You can do as much or as little as you like. Waking in the morning to the sight of a howler monkey munching on leaves outside your window is a real treat! The rental bikes were wonderful and enabled us to try a different restaurant every day, although favourites were Casbah and Maracuya. We also used them to ride to Playa Bluff and Estrella Beach, my favourite beach, although taxis were also very inexpensive. We loved the fresh eggs from the friendly chickens, and Franklin the cat is quite a character, as is Coco the dog. Gloria's surprises of soursop or coco freezies, bread pudding, or pancakes were greatly appreciated. Lucas took us on a nature/birding walk one morning and he showed us more than we have seen anywhere in Panama. My only suggestion is to establish a definite price for your nature walks, because they are truly excellent. The best part of our stay was knowing that if we needed anything, Lucas and Gloria were there to cheerfully help us!
My boyfriend and I spend 10 fantastic nights here -- we cannot say enough about this place. It's simple, safe, clean, and instantly became home. The location is not far from downtown and a really easy and cheap cab ride. Having this distance from town was just what we needed -- here we had space and quiet (beyond jungle noises which are quite loud but so cool!) and then we could head to town or to the beaches as we liked. Lucas was an amazing help-- so friendly and knowledgeable and generous. It's rare that I've really wanted to return to vacation spot (because there is so much world out there to see) but frankly, I could definitely imagine coming back here some day. I also needed to do several days of work and with the internet access and hammock here, I didn't want to return to my home office! The wildlife, hammock, private space, friendly dog, kitchen, porch area, screened windows --it's just idyllic. Also, the music studio is a fantastic bonus for those of you interested in jamming.
We arrived knowing little about where i was going (my husband Hugo had arranged everything like he always does, which is great because he always manages to find the best places!).
An amazing hidden place that has the jungle as the backyard gets visited in the early morning by dozens of bird species, and if you are lucky, Coco (amazing dog) is waiting for you in the porch for a great coco toss! Be aware he sometimes picks up coconut that are rotten and really smell bad, but he will get them to you regardless and will wait eternally for a toss from you.
The restaurants we tried were all good! My favorites were "Sushi Martini Bar" and "El Ultimo refugio". We went eat during our last night to the refugio and the best thing was the environment; right on top of the bay, and great live music. Food was also excellent.
But best of all was our host Lucas! You really feel you are right at home from day one. The place is planted with a mixture of native exotic plants and herbs and veggies. Lucas is also extremely knowledgeable about the local fauna (birds mostly), trees and plants. He even let our daughter use one of his guitars while we were there.
Muchas gracias Lucas por tu increíble hospitalidad.
I know I am forgetting tons of stuff, and I am sorry we forgot to write this on your guest book.
Thanks again Lucas for a great time.
Marisol, Hugo y Natalia
We are located just a 7 minute walk from a 25 acre botanical garden that has hundreds (possibly thousands) of both native and non native plants. About a 10 minute walk brings you to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Station. Both places offer guided tours. The birding and wildlife viewing in Bocas is excellent. Here in my garden you will see many species and I can arrange a naturalist/bird guide to take you deeper into the jungle. The surf break at Paunch is an easy bike ride or a $2 taxi ride..
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Dec 1 2014 - May 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
The prices are for 4 people or less. For additional guests it is $15 a day more per person.
Half of payment collected VIA Paypal or bank transfer to hold the reservation and the balance in cash upon arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.