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Eco Aqua Over-The-Water Villa Located In Dolphin Bay, Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 Built Over-The-Water Situated On 3 Lush Acres

Casa del Mar is an eco aqua villa built over the Caribbean sea in Dolphin Bay, on Isla Cristobal in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama.

The villa is situated on a mile long coral reef in a remote location approx. 20 minutes by boat from Bocas town/airport.

Our goal is to offer guests an intimate experience with nature where you can relax in comfort while at the same time minimizing the impact on the environment through off grid living.

Casa del Mar was construction in 2012 of local natural building materials offered by the rich resources of the region. The result is a close to nature ambiance. From you're private 44 foot terrace, you will be able to observe impressive sunsets interrupted only by frolicking dolphins.

Feel immersed in the sounds of nature while lounging on the terrace sipping a drink, watching exotic birds in the thatched jungle tree house casita or soaking in the terrazoo bathtub while gazing towards the jungle after snorkelling in the calm protected waters in front of the villa.

Learn how to coexist with the most advanced earth friendly renewable energy systems. Solar panels provide electricity to the villa, double filtered rain water that supplies pristine water and an advanced engineered waste system.

You can rent the villa and be entirely independent or you can rent it with optional extras such as a cook (with or without shopping service) masseuse, boat captain/tour guide and housekeeper.

The villa is situated on 3 lush acres of private jungle with a thatched tree house casita to enjoy birds and wildlife (including the resident 3 toed sloth) or experience jungle living. You will have direct access to miles of great hiking trails by lagoons, on top of mountains, through orchards and secret look outs.

The villa itself has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. There is an separate outdoor bathhouse located on land behind the villa. For those that would like to experience jungle living, there is an authentic tree house casita with queen bed at the back of the property in the jungle (approx. 100 yards from the villa) The tree house does not have sewer, water or power but lanterns are provided and guests sleeping in the tree house will have exclusive use of the outdoor bathhouse located 100 yards away outside of the villa. The outdoor bathhouse includes a big walk-in shower, separate toilet with double vanity, gear storage and laundry.

All 3 bedrooms have queen beds. In the villa, the living room & dining room has a 23 foot soaring cathedral ceiling along with a glass floor under the coffee table to view sea life while you sip you're coffee in the morning.

The villa features a 44ft almendro hardwood deck with inviting hammocks and lounge chairs, outdoor dining as well as an hot outdoor shower. A gentil caribbean breeze acts as the perfect climate control however there are ceiling fans throughout the villa and outdoor covered decking as well as access to additional free standing fans in the bedrooms.

The well stocked open plan kitchen features a granite countertop, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry.

There is unlimited free use of stand-up paddle boards, boogie boards, kayaks and a large assortment of snorkeling gear at the villa for you're use. There are plenty of beach and bath towels for guests to use.

The thatched screened-in tree house casita features a queen bed small bar and seating area.

Don't miss the opportunity to paddleboard or Kayak out into the Bay at first light and be amongst the dolphin during there morning feed. A truly magical experience.

You will have access to our locally made Panga (including captain/tour guide) with roof and bench seating ideal for bigger groups (comfortably seating 8) who want to go exploring or customize there own tours (additional charges apply)

Customize tours could include: Zapatilla Islands, Starfish Beach, Red Frog Beach, Hiking, Bat Caves, Chocolate Farm, Zip Lining, Horse Back Riding, Scuba Diving, Sport Fishing, Salt Creek Indian Community tour to name just a few.

Upon arrival, our host will be waiting for you at the airport to take you shopping for provisions, then to the dock where you will enjoy a short boat ride across the bay to Casa del Mar. Upon arrival you will be welcomed and given a tour of the property and amenities. 1 free trip to town to replenish supplies is included for a 5 night stay or longer. Additional trips to town for provisions can be arranged (additional charges apply) The villa has free wireless internet and cell phone with a local network provider.

Please note: Casa del Mar may not be appropriate for small children or children that do not know how to swim. There is not a railing around the deck and the upstairs hallway and stair railing is stainless steel cable with a 8 inch spacing.

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Bocas del Toro Province Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Upstairs shared full bathroom features terrazzo tub and full walk-in shower. Downstairs bathroom featuring tiled walk-in shower. Outdoor bathhouse features a shower room, bathroom with double vanities, gear storage and laundry.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 queen
  • 2 bedrooms upstairs, both with queen beds, built in closets, window reading nook. Third bedroom is downstairs which has french doors to outside side deck. Fourth bedroom is located in the tree house casita at the back of the property
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Eco Aqua Over-The-Water Villa Located In Dolphin Bay, Bocas Del Toro, Panama
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful Retreat in the Tropics

  • 5 of 5

This place is great!!!! The house has everything - comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen, lovely deck, lots of toys - but then they take total care of you by offering a boat and captain, a masseuse, and even a cook. I definitely recommend hiring the cooks - the food was so delicious and they even cleaned up. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure we had a fun vacation. I'd go back for sure. Thanks.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing over-water villa

  • 5 of 5

Idyllic location to vacation. Endless hours of relaxation. Very well equipped with all you need to enjoy the 'on-water' location. Julia was very helpful getting us set up, and Erika extremely helpful once we arrived. Saw Tucans, Amazon Parrots, Spider monkeys, numerous sloths, and the snorkeling right off the deck is top notch. The local restaurants right on Dolphin Bay are a 'must visit'. Erika arraigned for a chef (young José) to cook meals at the house, and he was fantastic. José (senior) the boat captain was always prompt and very nice to work with. Zapatilla Cays are also on the 'must visit' list for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

The owners were great with communication and the care taker was extremely informative and showed us all the ins and outs of the home, and extras that were available for our use like the paddle boards, snorkel gear, and kayaks. The home was comfortable and had great snorkeling right out the front door! Hiking trails are beautiful and surrounding dolphin bay stunning ! Our boat captain was very helpful and always on time taking us wherever we wished and even set up a fishing trip for the boys for a half day. There's a wonderful taco place across the bay for lunch as well as another place called no name that served great food. Absolutely wonderful and would stay again in a heart beat! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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My only regret is that I didn't stay longer

  • 5 of 5

This is a unique and incredible house. We were late but our host waited 3 hours for us to arrive. He took us to the grocery store and then on a moonlit boat ride to the house. It was dark when we arrived. It wasn't until the next morning we saw just how amazing this location was.

We only stayed 3 nights but made it to Star Island, another Island to snorkel, got to town to party one night and even managed to find time to have massages at the house. One night they provided a cook.

I was initially concerned about the lack of AC. I stayed in the downstairs bedroom. With the door open and fan on it was as comfortable as my home with the AC set to 72. It did get very warm in the afternoons there but we usually out doing something and not sitting around the house anyway.

Our guide Jose knew the area perfectly and was a great guide as well as boat captain. Whenever we were ready to go (even at 2am) he was right there.

There is loads of wildlife. There were large JellyFish viewable from the dock the first day, Egrets around almost all day, howler monkies (heard but not seen) and a resident gray 3-towed sloth. Just ask the gardener to point him out.

Just don't make the same mistake we did and book too short of a trip. There is a lot to see and do here. You won't want to leave. Oh and make sure you check out the glass floor under the coffee table that looks into the ocean. I didn't notice it until the last day.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off the grid never felt so gooooood!!!

  • 5 of 5

I will start off by saying that we had the worst weather possible while we stayed there! Spoke to a couple locals and they said that it was one of the heaviest rains that they had seen in years!

With that said, we absolutely loved the property! When the rain let up, we would grab the kayaks, stand up paddle boards or snorkel gear and hit our "front yard" for some amazing snorkeling and kayaking. Loads of things to see so you can spend hours entertaining yourselves. Even got to swim with a spotted eagle ray for about 10 minutes. It was great.

They had an assortment of fishing gear, which my brother decided to use while it was raining. He sat on the patio in a hammock, fishing pole in hand, cold beer next to him, and with a kernel of corn on the hook, caught a several fish. All while sitting on the patio in a hammock while it was pouring rain!

The people taking care of the property were great. Even though it was terrible weather, they were always willing to do whatever we needed. We were able to do one excursion for a few hours where we got to see white faced monkeys, sloths and red frogs. Oh yeah, and we caught a rainbow jack on the way to the island!

We were basically locked indoors the entire time we stayed at this property and we loved every second of it. Our group was 5 adults aged 18 through 55. And we all agreed it was one of the best houses that we had ever stayed in.

Honestly, I think we may have been lucky to have the crazy rain. Otherwise, we would have not been able to spend so much time in this incredible house.

Rain or shine, if you are going with a group of friends and/or family, do not book anywhere other than Casa del Mar!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great home and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Parents with 3 teenagers. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay of 8 nights at Casa Del Mar. We made good use of the boogie boards at Red Frog Beach.We went on several snorkeling trips. Jose - the boat captain - was a wonderful guide. Zapitilla is a must. The chef cooked for us every night, as we decided to have lunch out and dinner in. He was marvelous. Our family has many food allergies and food intolerances, and he made us all very happy. The reef right out in front of the home is filled with colorful coral and starfish. We used the kayaks and SUP boards daily. The owner is great to work with and was quite helpful. The home fit us all easily. The bugs got us a bit, but you are in the rainforest, so its small price to pay. The land around the home is lush.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Julia Hunt
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018


Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Boca del Toro
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: not necessary

Batcaves, Ziplining, Chocolate Farm, Natives Communities, Dolphin watching


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.