Marcy Fitzpatrick

FIREFLY

Bocas Del Toro

by: Marcy Fitzpatrick

  • Why

    Vacation exploration.

  • When

    May 2016

  • Who

    Me + @el_squid

Highs + Lows

  • Homemade citronella & coconut oil in rooms makes for a nice bug repellent and skin soother.

  • The outdoor shower is making me seriously rethink my current indoor shower situation at home.

  • A taste of luxury in the middle of the jungle. Hot showers, memory foam mattresses and double sinks.

  • Restaurant has limited hours so you might find yourself having to adventure elsewhere for meals.

  • Cash is king. Very few places accept credit cards, including the hotel, and you’ll only find one ATM on the main island.

  • Seclusion means limited amenities. Don’t expect AC in your rooms. You’re in Central America and you’re in a bungalow. Enjoy the simple living!

: 43/50
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  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Ocean front bed & breakfast.

  • Vibe

    Upscale seclusion. The boho beach style bungalows’ white wooden walls and the sounds of the frogs in the trees make the property feel like your own chic treehouse. Day loungers on the main deck and hammocks on your private balcony are an added relaxing bonus.

  • Location

    Bastimentos Island. The locals call it “Basti.” It’s a 35-minute ferry ride to Bocas Del Toro’s Isla Colon from mainland Panama followed by a short 10-minute water taxi to the island of Bastimentos. From the dock, it’s a quick five minute walk down the beach’s rock path. Seclusion at its finest.

  • Rooms

    5 rooms total (2 of them are stand-alone bungalows with private decks).

  • Music

    Bamboo iPhone speaker system in each room for tunes.

  • Year Opened

    2013

  • Designed By

    Owners and Los Angeles transplants Ryan Kelly & Lauren Ziemski.

  • Pool/Gym

    Outdoor infinity pool with lounge chairs fits perfectly in the jungle setting. Yoga classes are offered multiple times per week on the property’s private deck.

  • Restaurant

    Breakfast is included and it is definitely one of the highlights of the stay. Banana pancakes, papaya and pineapple smoothies, fresh Panama coffee. Yes, please. The restaurant is open nightly for dinner with dishes including spicy tuna tartar, green curry shrimp and popcorn fish with a sriracha, coconut sauce.

  • Bar

    The restaurant bar serves up killer local concoctions made with fresh watermelon juice, ginger and pineapple. The rum punch is a favorite.

  • Minibar

    No

  • Wifi

    Yes. And for being so remote, it works surprisingly well.

  • Children

    Leave them with grandma.

  • Price

    Reasonable. $90/night for the smaller rooms. $170/night for the nicest private bungalow. Splurge, it’s worth it.

In the Area

The most popular beach on Bastimentos. A three-hour hike through the jungle and along the beach includes a stop at Wizard Beach.

Hike to Red Frog Beach

Red Frog Beach, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

The most popular beach on Bastimentos. A three-hour hike through the jungle and along the beach includes a stop at Wizard Beach.

Up in the Hill is a locally owned coffee and cacao farm offering daily tours and small bites. I’ve honestly never seen cacao grow!

Visit a Coffee + Cacao Farm

Bastimento, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Up in the Hill is a locally owned coffee and cacao farm offering daily tours and small bites. I’ve honestly never seen cacao grow!

Located in downtown Bocas, this nine-year-old staple offers killer happy hour margaritas with a view from their dock overlooking the bay.

Sunset Drinks at Buena Vista

Calle 1ra, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Located in downtown Bocas, this nine-year-old staple offers killer happy hour margaritas with a view from their dock overlooking the bay.

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FIREFLY

The Firefly, Bastimento, Panama

Must Haves

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