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Careening Cay Resort

Carenero Island, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bayview, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Sweet little resort that is run by very nice people who make you feel like family as soon as you step on the dock.It has cute bungalows that are quite private, set among lush landscaping. A great alternative the noise of Bocas town and only a dollar water taxi ride away. A very special place. You will love it.

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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

We had a great relaxing stay here for 3 days thanks to the owners, staff and lovely Katherine. Food at the Cosmic Cafe was excellent and can recommend the Coconut Shrimp. A bit of a walk to get to the lovely beach and through a lot of rubbish in the village. Such a pity.

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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I've stayed here several times over the last few years. I always enjoy coming back and bringing new friends to enjoy the hospitality. Always have a great time with owners steve and Joan. If you need to book boat trips and excursions, all can be arranged here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It is a great place to stay. We were a 6 people group and we stayed in the Colibrí House which has air conditioning a nice terrace and all comodities. I wish the service at the bar and restaurant would have been better. We waited too long to get our food and we had to call the waitress several times.

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Fountain Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My husband and I just spent 5 nights at the Careening Cay Resort. This is a great location as it is a 1 minute, $1.00 water taxi ride across from Bocas Town. We had a sense of island exclusion, away from the crowd. The restaurant at the resort, the Cosmic Crab it's very popular, well known, and the food is... More 

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Oslo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I thought about dooing an average on this place, but I sat down and thought about it - we did have some bad weather, and I really cant blame the owners for that or let it influence the feedback on this hotel. We pretty much just arrived at their resturant, bags in hand, no place to stay. Beeing start of... More 

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Bocas del Toro
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7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice place to stay for a short period. The location over the water is really gorgeous, however the tiny, little cabins are very small with very small storage space for cases/backpacks. The worse was the mattress. Unfortunately our double bed was really uncomfortable. I didn't have a good sleep at all. Having said that I did enjoy... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was certainly the most unpleasant hotel experience on our three month trip through Central America. As it was low season with not much business around, instead of being warmly welcomed, we were treated as one big disruption for the owners. From our arrival, we were 'greeted' with caustic accusations of inconveniently changing our check-out date which seemingly caused great... More 

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JoanCrabtree, Owner at Careening Cay Resort, responded to this review

I am so sorry. We do try to optimize our guests' experience. But please, let's fill in the gaps. You WERE greeted and warmlly welcomed as you arrived on our dock. Remember please, when you reserve a room, your contract with Bookings holds you responsible for your reservation as you also close out the possibility for additional reservations. As a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a small family run establishment so I'm going to attempt to be kind and so I say with peace and love. We wouldn't go back. We were a family of four and had two of the micro-cabinas over the water The owners are nice enough but I don't think they've spent any time in the micro cabinas over... More 

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JoanCrabtree, Owner at Careening Cay Resort, responded to this review

We are very proud of the adorable 6 over the water cabins. We have invested significant time and money into building and renovating ALL our cabins and the feedback we are now receiving is overwhelmingly positive from guests and locals alike. The small $69/night over water cabins you booked have been newly built (completed May 2014). They are decorated with... More 

Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My family and I went to Bocas Del Toro and decided to stay at Careening Cay Resort. It was a great decision! The resort was just a minute water taxi ride from the mainland of Bocas del Toro. I had a little cabin on the dock that was newly renovated. The cabin was so cutely decorated and gave me a... More 

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