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Careening Cay Resort

Carenero Island, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Boquete, Panama
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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
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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This place is paradise in many ways! The resort is so charming with the plush landscape and tropical decor. With little bungalows right on the water on the dock or cabins nestled in the tropical landscape, you have your choice at Careening Cay Resort. The bungalows and cabins are newly renovated with many beautiful touches. The resort is situated so... More

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CONNECTICUT
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is home away from home,,the warmth of the owners, joanie and steve their children ,animals and employees are so kind,,professional ,,,,the cabins have been re done they are over the top !!!!!comfortable in every way imaginable ,,the food is amazing,,,breakfast to dinner ,drinks ,the bloody mary,virgin or not and the passion fruit are so delish!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Backpacking from Costa Rica, my friend (63) and I (46) had planned to stop in Bocas del Toro for one night only. We ended up staying 3 nights. Service was impeccable, hosts were just like family. I will go back this fall, but with my wife this time. Good place to have fun with a friend or a quiet romantic... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We stayed here in May 2014 in a 1 bedroom bungalow and couldn't believe our luck in finding such a beautiful place to stay for such a bargain. Careening Cay is nestled in a lovely garden teeming with life on Isla Carenero - you can choose from a house on stilts over the water or a tucked away bungalow right... More

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

Careening Cay was a little slice of heaven and I wish we could have stayed longer. Every single employee (especially Edwin, the man of many hats) as well as the owners bent over backwards to make sure we had a pleasant stay. Edwin even called the horrible place we had been staying prior to get our money back! Because we... More

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Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I stayed here with my wife and her parents. She has left a review and received such a disgusting answer from the owner that I felt that I should write too. Our experience, in short ,was this: We reserved the three bedroom bungalow and it only had one room. The place was dark and dirty ,you can even see some... More

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Bend, Oregon, USA
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

As soon as your little boat taxi pulls up to the open air restaurant with over the water cabanas, you know you've come to the right place! It's decorated in whimsical blue, green and yellow... gorgeous flowers, cute decorations and a personality that makes you want to sit and try every cocktail on the menu. (It might take a few... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Just got back from a 5 night stay at Careening Cay with my husband and our two kids (ages 2 and 5). It was a wonderful trip, in large part because of our experience at Careening Cay. We stayed in the Hummingbird cabin and it was a good set up for a family. It'd also be good for a group... More

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

We enjoyed having you and your friends here with us! We love seeing the excitement and joy especially when families with young children embrace the experience and natural beauty that is Bocas. Your little guy, Arlo, is (as you know!!!) a very special, bright, thoughtful, funny and oh so entertaining person! We enjoyed his company and creative narratives. You're always... More

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Address: Carenero Island, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Carenero Island
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Also Known As:
Careening Cay Hotel Carenero Island
Careening Cay Resort Panama/Carenero Island, Bocas Del Toro

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Our waterfront paradise is on the island, Isla Carenero. The resort now encompasses 6 1/2 acres of lush, tropical landscaping and over 600 feet of waterfront. Our backyard is verdant rain forest. We sit on a point facing west, which captures the refreshing Caribbean breeze and offers up fabulous sunsets. We are just a two minute boat ride across the bay to Bocas Town. We enjoy the convenience of close proximity to town, yet are removed from the hub hub, noise, pavement, cars and heat, while on our own tropical island.The resort is peaceful and quiet. We have hummingbird feeders throughout. Many different birds, including parrots can be heard singing and conversing in the trees. ... more   less 
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