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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

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.

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!

If you are looking for an amazing house with comfortable amenities, stay with us!! Thank you!!!

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 5, 2017

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, restaurants 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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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(62 traveler reviews)

Island Home in Bocas Del Toro Panama, 100 Yards to Beach
average rating of 4.580645 based on 64 reviews
Okanagan, Canada

A beautiful vacation property!

  • 5 of 5
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The house is beautiful! Truly a home away from home. I wished it had been a little more on the beach, but then we wouldn't have had the monkeys all around the house. And the beautiful parrots, and the croc... all so lovely.

Javier is a wonderful man. So caring and helpful. He cooked for us one night and it was the best food we ate in Panamá. He also helped us retrieve our camera with the help of the taxi driver. So many wonderful people!

The beds are comfortable and the linens are very nice. The shower with hot water was appreciated. We were traveling with my mother-in-law and it was nice that she had a her own space with a separate entrance, bedroom and bathroom. The laundry facilities are also appreciated.

Tera was great to work with. We feel fortunate to have found your beautiful home. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5
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We really enjoyed our stay. Sitting out on the open air deck in the morning with my coffee and listening to the surf was great. Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Creek Rental

  • 5 of 5
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Vacation rentals usually come with the risk of surprise. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. This home I rented came with no surprises. The home was EXACTLY as depicted. Great location yards from the water, clean and fully stocked just as your house would be. More bed linen and towels than one could use in a month no less than a week. The open porch had numerous places to sit or lounge.

The caretaker, Javier, lives next door, speaks great English and is welcoming checks to see if everything is OK.

I would rate this a 10 out of 10.

Would I rent this again.....ABSOLUTELY!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, Michael. You were a great guest and we were happy to have you stay with us! I'm glad you liked the house! Tera
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Comfortable home in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5
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We enjoyed staying at Tera's home. It was comfortable with a huge porch and wildlife all around us. There is one large bedroom with a very comfortable bed. There is a smaller bedroom with bunkbeds. The living room and kitchen are plenty big for a small group. It would be nice if they could stock salt and pepper and perhaps sugar so you don't have to buy it. Lots of towels available which was very nice and appreciated. I thought the shower was fine and the water got very hot if you wanted it to get hot, my friends thought it could have a little bit more water pressure. No one had any real complaints though! We felt very safe there.

You are really in the wilderness out here which we enjoyed. We saw howler monkeys outside in the trees right behind the house. One day it rained very hard and we saw a caiman in the water below the bedroom window (2nd floor). So cool. Javier even killed a poisonous snake in our driveway. This is not a complaint. We were happy to be in a natural environment. I say this because if you are bringing children, I would stay with them in the yard just to be careful. We didn't get to see the sloth but we looked for it. The house is about a 5 minute taxi ride into town. You could walk into town but we didn't quite feel comfortable walking down the road because of the cars, but several locals were walking. You can walk the other direction and go over to a little beach place called Skully's. To go to a big beach, you will take a taxi into town and then hop on a water taxi, or you will take a taxi about 30-45 minutes (round trip was $35) then a water taxi.

Javier was attentive, polite, friendly and helpful. He can call the taxi's for you and help make arrangements for trips if you like - this was very helpful. We were on a "girls trip" and we are well-traveled and independent. He checked in on us a couple times a day. Personally, we wanted a little bit more space from Javier, but we understand he was trying to be helpful and make sure we had a good visit. He is a very nice gentleman.

All around great location, great house, great people! We had a very wonderful, amazing trip and this house was perfect for us. We appreciate Tera letting us stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! I'm glad to hear you and your friends had a great time at the house, and in Bocas! We appreciate you staying with us and thanks again. You were great guests!
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Great porch, howler monkeys, and fresh coconut water

  • 5 of 5
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This house is STUNNING! It is set back on the street with a few other houses, and very quiet at night (save for the sometimes tumultuous rain). In the morning, you're surrounded by the sounds of howler monkeys, parrots, and the rain. The large porch out front is wonderful (and where we spent most of our time), and it's great that the house comes with a grill. The kitchen is fully stocked, the house has a bunch of movies and games, there is wifi and a/c (we never used the latter), and it also has a washer/dryer for use. We rented bikes to get around the island, and I would highly recommend it, rather than using taxis. It's about a 15 minute ride into the center of town, with restaurants, tour operators, and the bus, which will take you to beaches on the other side of the island. If you head north on the bikes for about an hour (much of it on a gravel road), you reach the northern end of Playa Bluff, which has golden sand and you will likely have it all to yourself. The very helpful man next door, Javier, can help you with the bikes, and will also give you fresh coconut water (yum!) or help you set up tours if you like.

Our only qualm about the house was the beach at the end of the driveway. It might have been the time of year we visited or the amount of rain, but there was really no beach to speak of. The sand that was there was covered in wash-up and garbage, and it is right next to a large drainage culvert, which muddies the water significantly; it is also very close to the road. The thin strip of sand wasn't even wide enough to run on in most places. It wasn't the kind of place you could lay out or spend the day at, and we went up to Playa Bluff instead.

Overall, we were slightly disappointed in the beach across the street, but the house was wonderful, the porch was relaxing, and it was in a great location for getting into town and going on day tours. Tera, the owner, was responsive and helpful, and Javier provided tons of information about the surrounding area and made multiple restaurant recommendations (check out Ciao about a quarter mile up the road - great wood fired pizza!). It was a great way to spend the two weeks of our honeymoon :)

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of Casa Oceana! We are so glad you had a great time and loved the house! Javier is always so helpful and everyone just loves him! I'm sorry to hear about the beach across the street!! We have been to the house a few times where the beach was completely gone due to high tides, or recent storms. There aren't high/low tides on a daily basis, but there are monthly tides. And the amount of rain must affect the beach too. We were just there and swam with my son and he and a local boy built sand castles on the beach. I guess it really just depends on the tide and the weather. I'm sorry it wasn't nicer for you!!!!!! Thanks again for your review! I like everyone to know exactly how the house is, so everyone's expectations are met!!!
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Whitehorse, Yukon Territory


  • 5 of 5
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Casa Oceana is lovely house. It's well equipped with everything you might need...kitchenware, blender, utensils, lots of towels. The house was clean & we had no maintenance issues. The bed is comfortable; the AC works well. My favourite part of the house was the large's the perfect place to lounge & enjoy the sounds of the jungle any time of the day. The house is close enough to Bocas Town to access restaurants & activities, but far enough away to be quiet & peaceful. The yard was beautiful, full of birds & was regularly visited by a troop of howler monkeys.

The caretaker, Javier, is a great resource for learning about the area & arranging tours. He'll even order pizza for you when you can't be convinced to leave the deck & your Spanish isn't good enough to give directions to the delivery guy! He will help as much or as little as you want.

Tera, the property owner, was super easy to communicate with right from my first inquiry. Even when our arrival was delayed & I was emailing from El Salvador, she was always quick to respond.

We enjoyed our stay in Bocas del Toro; it's a funky, quirky bit of tropical fun! If/when we return, we'll definitely stay at Casa Oceana again. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed Bocas and liked the house so much! You were a great guest! Please, come back to Bocas and stay with us again. We'd be thrilled to have you!!
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
10 minutes away on Isla Colon, Bocas Del Toro
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Skully's Restaurant and Ciao Pizza
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Skully's Restaurant and Ciao Pizza
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 (tide and weather permitting). Great surfing is only a 5 minute bike ride away!! The house is a 5 minute taxi ride from downtown. In town, there are markets for food and beverages which can be enjoyed on the spacious deck!


Rates & Availability

Big Creek Village House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

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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!

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Big Creek Village House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is located downstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Small bedroom - 1 bunk bed , Small bedroom with bunk beds
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This is a small bedroom downstairs with a separate entrance
  • The master bedroom has a queen size bed and there is a small bedroom right next door with bunk beds. The third bedroom is a small room downstairs, which has a separate entrance.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • 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
The house comes with a washer and dryer which is always helpful while on vacation!

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