6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps between 14 to 24
- english, french, spanish
Passionate, positive, and determined, Francine Roy has an unbeatable track record in life. At the age of 49 she paused, looked around, and reviewed her life. As many, she realized her life was full of stress and pressures from work, combined with the mayhem, and fast-paced rhythm that characterize most urban areas. Back then she dreamt of buying a sailboat and heading on an adventure through the Caribbean. As many she dreamt of it, but as few, she actually gave it a shot. Following her intuition, she not only wanted to find herself, but she wanted to surpass the barriers that limited herself. Going beyond personal limits and fears, she determinately decided she was able to do it, and embarked in a new and unique adventure. To test the waters at first, she began by navigating only 6 months a year, and from 2000 to 2005 she was one of the first female captains sailing a boat all on her own. During this period she explored the Caribbean and its’ islands up and down, from east to west. From one adventure to the other, at this point she dreamt of learning to speak Spanish, and just like before, she was determined to do so. Several months were spent learning in Honduras and Ecuador for her to achieve yet another dream. 2005 was a turning point for her adventure, as she encountered there were an unprecedented number of storms and hurricanes happening in the Caribbean; which led her to decide she needed avoid that and wander further in search of calmer waters. That is how she ends up arriving in Bocas del Toro with her sailboat, and just as she set foot in land, the sailor, lover of adventures and discovery within her, knew she had found her paradise. With unique contrasts and an incomparable energy, this place offered it all: exotic and remote, with a warm local community mixing Panamanians, native Panamanians and afro-Antilleans, paired with untouched virgin lands and islands, Bocas certainly seduced Francine into staying here. She had always wanted an i
Francine purchased this Bungalow in 2011
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 14
Yes yes yes!!!!
Our stay at Urraca Private Island is the most awesome, memorable lodging experience we’ve had (and that’s saying a lot, because we travel frequently and have had many fantastic experiences). The place is amazing, kind of a cross between Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, and a high end Africa-style resort with adventure amenities like kayaks. And monkeys! This is the only place we know of that enables us to directly interact with sweet monkeys, even having one jump on our shoulders. The lodging is very comfortable (with steps to the water right off our deck, as well as an outdoor shower!), the food is excellent, staff is great, and there were surprisingly very few of the itchy no see-ums that are so common in this region. This setting allows you to meet and share the dinner table with your fellow travelers (great stories!), or dine on your own. The owner, Francine, is amazing. She has incredible life stories and her passion for the monkeys, the area, and her guests’ comfort is remarkable. We’re so happy we stayed here, and plan to come back because once was not enough!
Francine and her team have created a magical place!! Francine welcomed us in and ensured we had a faboulous stay. She has created a special place and the whole experience was like no other. She and her team were incredible. You can't not feel relaxed. The cabins were clean and very nice. The food not only tasted incredible, the presentation was amazing. Each staff member went out of their way to ensure we were taken care of. The monkeys were beautiful - and so well looked after. The whole experience was fantastic. We look forward to returning! Thank you Francine.
A must for the the exotic searching traveler, Mind blowing!
My husband and I have always tried to find adventure and relaxation in our travels. This particular spot may have ruined us for the rest of the world. Francine saw to our every need. We now adventure travel with our 4 yr old girl and 8 yr old boy. When we arrived - starfish galore, a monkey climbing into my little girl's lap, a natural fish nursery - with no need for snorkel equipment. Fresh Noni juice, a chef brought in special for us - lobster almost everynight ( if we wanted it) and travels to private beaches were just the more mundane activities provided. I am a fiber artist and wanted to desperately learn from the Ngobe women there. This was arranged. We spent 2 days at their house - learning from each other. Our children laughing and playing with theirs. Comfortable nights, great hostess and wonderful learning experience. I wish many of you to experience this magical place and leave as I did with tears running down your cheeks.
PARADIS sur terre et sur mer, rien de moins !
Mai 2011 sera à jamais mémorable grâce à notre séjour chez FRANCINE, à Urraka. Comment oublier son accueil, la BIENVENUE fleurie et chantante de son groupe d'amis indiens, la VIE EN ROSE avec une nature pittoresque difficile à décrire, un singe-Capucin TOUTI plus qu'attachant malgré quelques espiègleries, un personnel bien formé pour les délicieux repas servis avec couleurs tropicales, les tours en bateau, la chance inouïe de voir des dauphins tout proches, et j'en passe ?? Je lève mon verre d'ABUELO pour tous ceux et celles qui vivront, chez Francine, pareille aventure paradisiaque ! Bravo et merci 1000 fois à Francine.
De vous avoir recu ici a Urraca correspond a un reve, merci
J'ai été accueillie par un groupe de beaux enfants indiens locaux avec des voix sublimes. L'endroit nous ébloui - on se retrouve dans un nouveau monde où tout est synonyme de beauté. Une succession d'agréables surprises nous attendait de jours en jours - Urraca Island à toi seule, tu possèdes la beauté de ce coin de pays avec ta verdure luxuriante, ta mer si bleue, ton accueuil hors du commun et de ton site enchanteur, je reverrai le tout dans mes plus beaux rêves. Mais, il n'est pas dit que je n'y retournerai pas.
Merci Francine pour tout - Tu es une hôtesse chaleureuse et exceptionnelle
P.S. Je ne peux oublier ton singe Touti qui est aussi attachant que sa maîtresse
J'ai passe des moments memorable en votre compagnie, merci
🔺Fishing expedition and snorkelling with Ngobes Fishermen
🔺Native Ngobe gourmet experience
🔹Red Frog beach and Zipline
🔹Relax and Swim at Cayo Zapatillas
🔹The splendours of Bahia Azul
▪️Discover Isla Colon
▪️Dolphin bay and Chocolat farm Tour
▪️Dolphin bay and horseback adventure
▪️Expedition of the heart of the Jungle and the Bats caves
🔸Natural SPA with our fresh cultured seaweed