|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Two beautiful living spaces for rent set in lush tropical gardens between the rainforest and gently lapping Caribbean waters 200 meters from the house.Awake each morning to the buzz and hum of the jungle outside your window.This is an island paradise retreat and a tranquil escape ideally situated between the wilds and the vibrantly diverse town of Bocas,a couple of miles away and easily accessed by water-taxi or road.
This airy apartment offers everything you need to feel the comforts of your own home. Her local knowledge is encyclopaedic and there are countless things she will be happy to arrange if you desire more than to bask in the sun on the shore or read books from her wellstocked shelves.Surfing,fishing,diving lessons and excursions,snorkelling and swimming,boat-trips to the outlying islands and bike hire. Bocas town nightlife is endless from cool over the water bars and clubs to restaurants serving excellent freshly caught seafood and more.
The Smithsonian Institute has a research centre a mile up the road which like the botanical gardens on the way is open to the public for visits. Sandi can arrange whatever you want to make your trip something extraordinary to remember.
Keywords: Vacation Rental apartment
I moved to Bocas del Toro in 2005 formally from Southern California. I have been renting my apartments out since completion of construction in 2006. I enjoy meeting all of the people from foreign lands and being able to show them the beauties of this lovely island archipelago.
Sandi Hodge purchased this apartment in 2005
When staying here you are far enough from town for the peace and quiet that is offered in the lush green rainforest surroundings but just steps from one of Bocas Town's most popular beaches - Big Creek. Staying in these luxurious apartments you are only 2.5 miles from town which makes for an easy commute to restaurants and nightlife. I love being in the middle of the rainforest but being able to walk out to the beach, ride my bike to other nearby beaches and it's a great launch point for tours to other islands and wildlife.
Quiet, secluded peaceful surroundings. Used as a home base it is perfect for all of your excursions. While sitting on the patio you can enjoy watching the many varieties of birds and listening to the wonderful activities of the animals living near by.
Coming back next year for sure, treated excellent. Sandi has lovely grounds and always had our wake up calls with the howlers and oropendolas.
We stayed four nights and only wish it could have been longer! We highly recommend this property. The house is nice and spacious, has a good kitchen, lots of hang out space with two patios, and much needed (if you plan on getting wet and dirty!) laundry facilities. $4 taxi to town, close to the jungle, down the street from the beach and ATV/kayak/bike rentals. The owner, Sandi, was great! She took good care of us and made sure our short time there was well spent (snorkeling, ATV, chocolate farm...), all her recommendations were excellent. She invited us into her lovely home (upstairs) for a glass of wine and has cool dogs. Friendly, welcoming, fun, and helpful. We'd stay here again even if we had to sleep in the yard.
We stayed at Sandi’s place for 10 days in January 2015. Sandi met us at the Bocas del Toro airport in her Toyota pickup. We stopped for groceries and toured the downtown of Bocas.
The apartment is about two miles out of town and off the road about 100 metres. The door was open to the apartment when we arrived and it was a “wow” moment when we looked inside. There was a large interior space, a well appointed kitchen and the bedroom was large and airy with a large en suite bathroom attached. The apartment was very homey and comfortable. There was a nice gas bbq on the back porch that came in very handy.
We waited at the Panama City airport for 2.5 hours for the plane to come in and fly us to Bocas. The delay was caused by heavy storms. It was an insight into what was to come for the next 6 days. What I failed to do was read the part where it is the rainy season in January. I thought the rainy season ended in November in the Caribbean but Panama has its own little climactic zone. We were quite comfortable on the large porch reading and conversing. It was a very relaxed atmosphere with the beautiful flowers, birds, humming birds and resident dogs. While we wished we were at the beach down the road, chilling on the porch was still better than shoveling snow back home!
We rented some bicycles for a week for $50 each. The ride to town for fresh veggies, groceries and wine was about 20 minutes each way. We had the water on one side and the rainforest on the other. We ate at two restaurants in town. Both were good and a good value for the money. Sandi took us on two excursions, showing us the island. She is very knowledgeable and is well known. We had a lot of fun during our time with her.
When the sun came out, we spent time on the beach at the end of the laneway. There is a dock on the water for the ones who can handle the bright hot sun. There is also shade and a fresh water brook on the beach for those who need a break from the sun. This is a place for surfers – the waves are a delight.
We had a lot of fun getting to know Sandi over a couple of glasses of wine. She is a superb hostess and keeps a very clean property. She arranged a tour guide at the last minute for our last day in Panama City. We spent a fruitful day in the city before catching our plane back to the ice and snow. Sandi emailed us later to say the sun was still out and the weather was beautiful.
Thank you for having us, Sandi.
The description of this property is spot on!! The apartment was very clean, comfortable, and stocked with all amenities one could need. The location is perfect; centrally located with the beach at the end of the lane and town only a mile away. Sandi is a great Hostess. I loved sitting on the patio admiring the beautiful scenery, while listening to the parrots and monkeys in the jungle behind the unit. I would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting Bocas Del Toro.
All previous reviews are accurate. Great location if you want to have some distance from the hustle and bustle of town, which is only a short ride away and close to nice beeches and the surf. Sandi is lovely, a perfect host and here apartments are well thought out so accommodate young and old, we travelled with our 2 year old and lived our stay there. Thanks Sandi
Let me begin by saying that mt friends and I could not have asked for a better place to stay for our first trip to Panama. Sandi was helpful and friendly, and made us feel very welcomed into her home.
The apartment was very clean, and had all the amenities one would need (bedding, cooking utensils, towels, cleaning supplies, etc.). The location was amazing and we were able to bike into town with bikes that Sandi provided. If biking isn't your cup of tea, the downtown area was just a short $3 taxi ride and Sandi provided a local phone to call cabs to come to the house.
Sandi is very well known and like in the Bocas community and she connected us with various people and businesses which made it very easy to coordinate activities throughout our trip (surfing, chocolate tour, etc.). Sandi even picked us up from the airport and took us into town to get groceries a few times.
I would definitely recommend this property to anyone traveling to Bocas. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation or just a trip with some friends, this property has everything you could possibly need!
Another plus of this home was the location. It was far enough from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bocas but also close enough that we were able to explore the restaurants, nightlife and other activities without much hassle. We absolutely loved our stay and we hope to come back very soon. Thanks for everything, Sandi!
- Julie, Raina & Gabi
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes||Steps from the beach and warm crystal clear Caribbean waters...Just a two dollar taxi ride to bustling Bocas Town.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.