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Casita del Mar, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Eco Aqua Over the Water Villa

Completed May 1st 2017, we are proud to offer our Casita del Mar, an eco aqua villa built over the Caribbean ocean in Dolphin Bay, on Isla Cristobal in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama.

It is the sister villa to Casa del Mar which was built in 2012 which is located 3 lots over and can accommodate bigger groups of up to 8 guests. Both Villa's can be rented together to accommodate 15 guests total. See listing # 3789183

Both Casita del Mar and Casa del Mar are situated along a mile long coral reef approx. 20 minutes by boat from Bocas town/airport and 1 1/2 hours from the Costa Rica border.

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.

The villa is made 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 30 foot covered terrace or swim deck, 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 or watching exotic birds while hiking on the well manicured hiking trails through 80 lush jungle acres located behind the villa. Snorkel the calm protected waters in front of the villa or paddleboard amongst the dolphins during their morning feed in the bay in front of the villa.

Learn how to coexist with the most advanced earth friendly renewable energy systems. Solar panels provide electricity to the house and double filtered rain water catchment supply pristine water.

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

You will have direct access to miles of great hiking trails by lagoons, on top of mountains, through orchards and secret lookouts.

The villa has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. There is an outdoor hot shower as well.

The master bedroom is oversized and setup with a king bed, garden tub, and vanity as well as a reading/working area and separate toilet. The second bedroom has a queen bed and separate toilet with vanity as well as a single sofa bed. There is also a double sofa bed in the lounge to accommodate an additional couple. The downstairs full bathroom features a large walk-in shower, vanity and toilet.

The covered hardwood terrace features inviting hammocks and lounge chairs as well as outdoor dining and a BBQ grill. A gentile Caribbean breeze acts as the perfect climate control however there are ceiling fans throughout the villa and outdoor covered decking.

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

There is unlimited free use of stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkel gear at the villa for guests use. There are beach and bath towels as well as access to laundry.

You will have access to our locally made Panga boat (including captain/tour guide) with roof and bench seating for guests 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 20 minute boat ride across the bay to Casita del Mar. You will be welcomed and given a tour of the property and amenities. Pickup, shopping assistance and drop off are included as part of your stay as well as 1 additional 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 service with a local network provider.

More Details

Julia Hunt
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018


Bocas del Toro Province House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
    Master Upstairs En- suite bath - toilet , tub
    Upstairs Toilet - toilet
  • Downstairs Bathroom has large walk-in shower, vanity and toilet. Upstairs Master Suite has a soaking tub, vanity and toilet. Upstairs second bedroom has a toilet and vanity There is an outdoor hot shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Upstairs Master Suite - 1 king
    Upstairs Second Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • 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
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Casita del Mar, Bocas del Toro, Panama
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Wonderful place!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't ask for more!!!!

The house was impeccable And fully equipped

The place was perfect. Has a coral reef in front of the house

The owner was so helpful

The hosts Jose, Katherine, Victoriano were so nice and easy access to be in touch with them for anything we needed

And the best of all: we even have a private parrot ! He came one day to the house and stay there til we left

Thanks to everyone!!!!

I recommend this place without a doubt

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Trip of a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casita Del Mar for my 50th birthday, it was amazing! We loved snorkeling the reef 2 feet from the deck, no need to go to starfish beach when there were so many right off the front porch, and there was so much marine life including jellyfish that you could actually swim with. :} I was under the assumption that the dolphins would play in the bay, they were there mostly there to eat so they barely skimmed the top of the water but they were there all the time. We booked a time to go to the chocolate farm and paddle boarded there, I wouldn't recommend doing that unless you are sure the wind is not in your face, it is 3 miles away and the trip over was exhausting (the way back was much easier).

I do have to say that Erica, Jose and Victoriano were great hosts- we didn't want for anything. The perfect off the grid vacation, wish we could have stayed for 2 weeks.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So amazing...once in a lifetime experience!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Casita del Mar for 5 days with another couple. This house was absolutely perfect and we loved every moment here! We loved snorkeling right off the deck and it was absolutely breath taking! So much to see! While we stayed at this home we saw lots of starfish, sting ray, octopus, jelly fish and dolphins jumping in the bay! I highly recommend getting up early and going kayaking while the water is like glass, so relaxing and calming. We also hiked some on the path behind the house. It was amazing, but being forgetful as I am, I forgot to bring water, so we didn't so as far as we would have liked to. This place is amazing and I highly, highly recommend it! We drove from Panama City (8-9 hour drive) and left the car in Alimarante and had Jose (the boat captain) take us to the house. We brought most of our food with us. We ate at the family restaurant that is really close and the food was AMAZING! We visited the town of Bocas one night, went to Red Frog Beach one day and took a quick trip to Zapatilla one day, but didn't stay long since there was rain coming. Most of our time there was cloudy and rainy, but it didn't seem to matter at all. We had such an amazing time! Booking was super easy with Julia, Jose was wonderful, Erica was fantastic to deal with and does an amazing job! You definitely can't go wrong with this place!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Paradise Oasis!!

  • 5 of 5

Our 5 night stay was incredible, the house is unlike anything you will ever see on a remote island. The furnishing and design will make you feel like you're at a high end rustic cabin. Has all the amenties and comforts or a 5 star resort! We loved our stay and the manager Erika was so helpful and really made us feel at home! A few notes :

- DO THE CHOCOLATE TOUR. Was so fun and a great 1/2 day activity

- Wear the coconut oil, the little sand flies are so tiny they an get in the window the screens.

- Bring a small speaker ( or house note, would have been nice if a blue tooth speaker was there)

- Boat Rides - maybe connect with the neighbors if they're are guests staying in the other house and coordinate your trips. The gas is actually quite expensive for your rides. To give you an example, our captain hourly bill by the end of the trip was $130 which was great BUT we had another charge of $100 or gas. So just factor that its actually about $40-$50 hr on the boat once you factor in gas.



- Opening a coconut is really hard and honestly not worth it.. but a can in town ;)

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review and taking the time to add additional notes to help future guests. We are so sorry you did not find the blue tooth speaker - it was in a basket on the shelf in the kitchen - we will place it somewhere that is easier to spot for the future guest. We will certainly give some more considering to the separate boat fuel charge. We don’t include it as part of the hourly rate as some guests have the boat for the day but only travel to and from the beach so the fuel usuage is minimal but others sitesee in the boat all day so this burns a lot more fuel so we felt it would be much fairer to guests to only pay the fuel they use. I think the option of a boat share if there are 2 small groups at both houses is a great suggestion. Thank you again for staying at Casita Del Mar. It was a pleasure to host you.
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Peace and transquilty in a stunning location and villa

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my wife in the brand new Casita del Mar in Dolphin Bay. The house is beautiful, we especially enjoyed the large open kitchen and bar as well as the outdoor dining. The outdoor lounge area is very comfortable and we enjoyed coffee on the deck each morning as the sun came up. The water was crystal clear and we saw big ray fish, octopus, crab and puffer fish to name a few. We paddle boarded, kayaked and snorkeled daily in the calm waters. We even did a night snorkel!

The dolphin watching was AMAZING during our stay. The locals said it was breeding season so the Dolphins were extra playfully and fun to watch!

We hiked around the neighborhood, we saw lots of cool spiders, lizards, birds and even a baby sloth!

The chef Jose cooked dinners for us every night and the food was incredible, we loved the coconut flavors and local fruits and veg. Erika arranged for us to have homemade passion fruit cheesecake from a local bakers and it was delicious!

The boat captain Mr. Murrillo was very prompt in picking us up for our excursions and was an excellent captain, he stayed with the boat during our trips and was ready to leave whenever we were which was nice. He was a great tour guide as well.

The house was well equipped with snorkel gear and water toys, lots of towels and we could even do laundry. A home away from home in paradise - we should have stayed longer!

Until next time Casita del Mar!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had an incredible stay at Casita Del Mar. The private boat with Jose as Captain was great. Saw all the islands and sights we wanted to see and spend time at. They also ran into town and picked up a birthday cake and flowers and delivered in the morning to surprise my girlfriend. The food that chef Jose made was also out of this world, and no-name bar/restaurant was delicious. The house is comfortable and sits in the beautiful dolphin bay. Would stay there again in a heartbeat! Thank you all for an incredible experience we will never forget.


  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Bocas Del Toro
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
No Name Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
No name
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: not necessary

Right off the front deck you can swim, snorkel, paddle board, kayak, fish or watch Dolphins. We have great hiking behind the house as well.

A short 5 minute boat ride across the bay you can enjoy a 1/2 day tour of the chocolate farm. We have lots of other activities within an hour away such as zipling, surfing and diving.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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