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Tera

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Island Home in Bocas Del Toro Panama, 100 Yards to Beach

56 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Bocas del Toro House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedroom 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Beautiful island home on Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro. The ocean and a swimming beach are only 2 blocks from the house. In fact, you can see the water from the deck! Night life and restaurants in town are only 2 miles away. The surfing beach is only a 5-10 minute bike ride from the house. The jungle is in the backyard and howler monkeys may wake you up in the morning. They live in the jungle in back of the house!

Also, the property managers live directly next door and they can help with anything you need, including scheduling excursions and setting up boat rides. We are fully equipped with wireless internet and the house has a washer and dryer, which is always helpful when on vacation!

***When booking with us, please note the accommodations listed. We are a smaller home on an island off the coast of Panama. If you are looking for high end accommodations, we may not be the house for you!

If you are looking for an amazing house with comfortable amenities, then stay with us!! We have a beautiful home, but it's a comfortable, lived in home and not a high end rental. We just want to make sure everyone's expectations are met so their vacation is amazing. Thank you!!!

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tera (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Tera

We live in the chilly state of Minnesota, USA and on vacation, we absolutely fell in love with Bocas. Once there, we never wanted to leave! After we saw this house and the location, we saved up and made our dream vacation home purchase happen. We are most excited about having our children experience another culture when we are lucky enough to visit Bocas. We also can't wait for our friends and family to stay in the house and be woken up by howler monkeys!

Nothing would make us happier than renting this house to anyone who chooses to vacation here! We want everyone to love it as much as we do. We hope you will stay at our house and enjoy your dream vacation!

Tera purchased this house in 2006

Why Tera chose Bocas del Toro

This house is in the perfect location on the island. It's 2 blocks from the beach and only a short bike ride away to great surfing and Bocas town. As for the property, it has a beautiful deck, beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife and vegetation. Also, it's an extremely safe area, as is the entire island.

Also, we have wireless internet that works great at the house!

What makes this house unique

We have caretakers who live next door. They can set up fishing trips, cave tours, snorkeling, whatever you wish to do!

Staying with us, you get to enjoy the large, open deck. You also get the sites and sounds of monkeys and birds in the jungle in the backyard. This house is in the best location on the island, near the beach and surf spots yet it is close enough to town but far enough to be quiet and private.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Don:

We had a wonderful time last week at your home in Bocas. As everyone says I'm sure we spent a lot of time on the deck. Enjoyed swimming in the ocean just on the other side of the bridge too. Javier was great. He was always available if we needed him. We rented bikes from him and enjoyed doing a ride each day. We rode to del Drago- took the bus back with the bikes on top- out to Bluff beach and had lunch at Carolina- what a view. Was also great to be able to ride into town. Loved it
Feb 2012
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Reviews

4.6
based on 56 traveler reviews

Island Home in Bocas Del Toro Panama, 100 Yards to Beach
average rating of 4.571429 based on 58 reviews
5

Wow....what a place!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Special thanks to Tera and Jesse for the opportunity to spend time in their Bocas home! My wife and I, along with our 2 boys, had such an awesome time in Bocas, largely because of this great home! As everyone else states, the deck is the best feature. We found ourselves outside almost the entire day enjoying the ocean sounds and the great views.

The Howler Monkey's as a 6:22 AM alarm clock was something else. We would wake up to these cool sounds, and sit on the deck and soak it in with a great cup of Panamanian coffee. Then, we had the opportunity to watch the monkeys during the afternoons as they played in the treetops right in our own backyard....what an experience!

The house is perfectly situated for a family. It is a close cab ride to town (5 minutes), but far enough away to enjoy the solitude of the jungle. Also, very close to some fun places that you can walk. I would highly suggest having dinner at Ciao Pizza just down the road. Great little place where the lady makes wood-fired pizzas one at a time. It takes some time to get the pizzas, so plan to sit and enjoy the space while having some drinks. Also, you can keep walking from their and you will end up at Paki Point. Awesome food and drinks...and you can watch people surf from a distance. This was one of our absolute favorite spots. Lounge on one of the many beds, grab a drink, read a book and watch the waves. Awesome!

Lastly.....the caretaker Javier is an awesome guy. He will help you as much or as little as you request. He will call taxis...set up tours....and even cook for you (for a small fee). Definitely have him cook, as he is an awesome chef....one of the best meals we had on our trip. I read some reviews on here stating that people think he is somehow potentially making money on these tours and such. I just don't see it. He just seems like an awesome guy that wants to ensure you and your family enjoy your time in Bocas. Case in point, my wife and son ended up in the local hospital (son injured his ankle) late Saturday evening before we left. When they hadn't gotten home by 10:00 PM, Javier came over and volunteered to go to the hospital to make sure everything was OK, and to help where needed. He was genuinely concerned....seems to be his nature. Great guy, and we loved his dog Pelu as well.

Anyways, if you are coming to Bocas, and want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the town....this is your place!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you had a great stay and enjoyed our house! Thank you for booking with us and please, come again!!
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Minneapolis, Mn
5

We love Casa Oceana!

  • 5 of 5

We are in love with Casa Oceana. The house is lovely, clean and comfortable. The large wood deck was a favorite spot for lounging and reading. The kitchen was well stocked and cooking meals was nice and easy. The location is ideal. 5 minutes from the airport, a short bike ride to town and steps away from the beach. Bocas is a seductive group of islands. You will want to return for the amazing people, food, nightlife and scenery. We are already planning a return trip and stay at Casa Oceana.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you loved the house and we look forward to you staying with us again. You were great guests! Thank you!
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Pics were deceiving

  • 1 of 5

We do not need 'fancy ' (like granite countertops etc ) but we do need clean and maintained for basic comfort and enjoyment This property upon arrival was neither . We will post pics of what we experienced although since we e mailed the owner they have said they would fix some of the issues like dirty and mouldy cushions . We hope that there are other improvemnts if you book . We have noted some qualifying descriptive changes to the initial description of the property so hopefully the owner will spend some money and time on upgrades before you arrive . Our advice would be to be very specific with your requirements before booking and e mail your questions to the owner . We are very disappointed that to do date there has been no offer to return at least some of our rental cost for the inconvenience as in our opinion it would have the appropriate professional gesture since these issues can really ruin a vacation that you have planned and looked forward to as we had . Although the cleanliness was our biggest issue we never had a hot "finicky " shower the whole time we were there( six nights ) the water trickles from the shower and the kitchen sink . On the positive note again what is normally expected in a rental of this price range were the new dishes , pots and pans etc and some newer beach towels. The BBQ was also newer and functioned. You do hear and see the monkeys as you would in other properties in that area . The ' maintenance ' person is very nice and certainly friendly . We enjoyed his company . There is a phone to use which can be useful but the property should have bikes included in the rental .

Not much more to be said .

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take this review very seriously. We want our guests to have a great vacation and it saddens us that they didn’t like the house. Please read all other reviews and book accordingly. This guest stayed with us for 6 nights and never once complained to us, or either caretaker about any issues. Once they checked out, they emailed me that the house was not up to their standards and were looking for a refund. This does not feel right to us and therefore, we did not issue a refund. We addressed their complaints below: • Shower- The shower absolutely works and there is hot water. • Kitchen Sink- The sink has low water pressure, yes. If that is going to ruin your vacation, please do not book with us. • Rusty Refrigerator- If rust on the outside of the working refrigerator is “disgusting” to you, please do not book with us. Between the salt air and rain, everything rusts. Some people see a working refrigerator, some people see rust. • Window Sills- If you are someone who is going to spend time on your vacation taking pictures of the window sills, please do not book with us. • Mildewed Pillows- This complaint was valid. The pictures they sent of the outdoor pillows and picnic table cover needed to be replaced. I called the caretaker and he immediately replaced them. • Ceiling Cover- There is white sheeting attached to the metal roof inside to help diffuse the sound when it rains. If the looks of this will ruin your vacation, please stay elsewhere. • Bikes- We bought new bikes, came back 3 months later and they were covered in rust. It’s a much better experience for our guests to get bikes from a company in town for $5 per day. They need continuous maintenance and we are not bike mechanics. Also, the “maintenance” person’s name is Javier and he spent the entire day with them at Zapatillo. In their initial email to me, they insinuated some mean things about Javier's character, to which I will not repeat. He is probably the biggest asset to our house and I take personal offense to what they said about him. Again, I cannot stress enough, please do your research on Panama and our home prior to booking with us. Things in Bocas rust and mildew. It’s part of the package. You get monkeys in the back yard, but rust on the refrigerator. Please read our other reviews, as well as the reviews on Airbnb (all 5 stars) and FB and make an educated decision whether to stay with us. Thank you and happy and safe travels to everyone!
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5

Beautiful and relaxing house close to the beach.

  • 5 of 5

Great house with a wonderful, spaceous deck and lots of monkies, birds and even a small crocodile (not dangerous) in the garden. The housekeeper, Javier, is a star and helps out with everything.

We loved it!!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Excellent housing option in Bocas

  • 4 of 5

We just stayed at Casa Oceana for 10 days. Our party was a family of 4 including 2 kids 3 and 7 year old.

Overall the house is lovely, well maintained and I definitely agree that the location is perfect. We are experienced travelers in Latin America, completely bilingual in Spanish. Our first impression of Bocas was very good, good tourist infrastructure with nice restaurants, well furnished supermarkets, and a very local feeling too, perfect mix. On the downside the village and its first surroundings are very dirty, we are used to local Latin America places but were still surprised. Beaches were clean though.

On our stay and the review of the houses the pluses :

- location of the house. We rented bikes in town and cycled (with 2 young kids) to Bocas every day, to Playa Bluff, to Boca del Drago (a fun trip, and we put the bikes on a taxi on the way back!) We went to Paki Point several times too, very close by and great place to eat, but not a real beach and no swimming

- the house deck, very enjoyable (especially when it rains, you can at least still be outside!)

- good value of the house for your money

- the monkeys in the backyard!

- lovely Bocas del Toro scenery

- great surfing for all levels / ages

- Javier next door very available

the minuses:

- we confirm July is the rainy season, we had 2 full days of heavy rain where we could not do anything and it rained every morning except for one day, until 10 to 11am. The rain is very very loud in the house. It is fun at the beginning, gets a bit bothering after a few days.

- lots of bugs in Bocas, including during daytime, even at the beach sometimes (Carenero for instance) and at the house. We used a lot of bud spray. For some reason our kids were not as much bothered as we were, good for them!

- kitchenware of the house could be refreshed. Especially the pans.

- the house is built out of one open space with partial walls and out of wood. We did not mind too much as we were one single family but there is little intimacy when in the bathroom, etc.

- maybe because of the rainy season but we did not think the beach close to the house was appealing. It was often non existent because the sea was so high and it is just next to the main road. We never saw anyone swimming there and we did not either.

Thanks a lot Tera for the great vacation! Your house has made our Bocas vacation a great success!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the feedback! We are so glad you like our house! You were great guests!! I also appreciate the feedback on the beach across the street. We have not been to Bocas during the rainy season. I'm thinking the additional rain must have affected the beach? The pictures on our website are pictures I personally took and it's beautiful! When we stay at the house, we swim there everyday, along with the locals doing water aerobics. It's good information to have that its appearance changes based on the seasons. Also, everything in the kitchen is absolutely brand new within the last year, except the pots and pans. We will look to replace those. Thank you for the information!
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4

Very nice and relaxing Deck

  • 4 of 5

Very nice wooden house with a fantastic deck to enjoy the sound of the waves, cooking BBQ and relaxing in comfortable furniture.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed the house!
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
10 minutes away on Isla Colon, Bocas Del Toro
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Skully's and Paki Point
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Almirante
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Drago
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Playa Tortuga Hotel
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Bluff Beach
Car: not necessary

The house is located in Big Creek and is about 2 blocks from the beach and ocean. The beach across the street is great for swimming and sun tanning (weather permitting). Great surfing is only a 5 minute bike ride away and it's only a 10 minute bike ride into town. In town, there are markets for food and beverages which can be enjoyed on the spacious deck!

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Rates & Availability

Bocas del Toro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer Months
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
$150
$990
$3,600
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$165
$1,050
$3,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Please leave the home as you found it! We would appreciate it if dishes were done when you left and if towels and bedding were piled on the floor. It's helps considerably with the turn around time for the next guest. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Bocas del Toro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Small bedroom - 1 bunk bed , Small bedroom with bunk beds
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Queen size Bed (1) Master bedroom, Small bedroom with twin bunk beds.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The house comes with a washer and dryer which is always helpful while on vacation!

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