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Careening Cay Resort

Carenero Island, Panama
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Sonoma County
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Over-water bungalow with breakfast for under $100. is absolutely amazing. We had a great time in Bocas and the staff at Careening Cay really helped to make a memorable trip. The food at the Cosmic Crab is fresh, delicious and plentiful. We were there during Carnival and the partying could keep you up with loud music, but the answer is... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were planning on staying only a few days in Bocas Del Toro but ended up staying 3 weeks on Isle Carenero. We found a great away called Careening Cay Resort. The resort has ornate individual cottages and bungalows, some right over the water. The rooms are clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The owners, Joan and Steve, go out of... More 

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Boquete, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying in the over the water rooms at the Cay was a great experience albeit maybe for a younger visitor. The resort owners are warm and welcoming, the rooms are clean and very comfortable. The noise from Bocas town does travel across the water, so nights are loud (not the fault of the resort) and bugs are an issue (bring... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking from Bocas Town toward Isla Carenero, we could see the cheery colors of careening cay and the cosmic crab cafe. We hopped in the water taxi and arrived a couple minutes later to the serene setting as we were cheerfully greeted by Victoria, Joan, Steve, and the awesome pups, Mango and Sheeba. We were shown our lovely over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After three great nights on Isla Colon my partner and I were a little apprehensive about moving to Isla Carenero. However, after being greeted by the owner Joan on arrival we knew that we had made the right decision. The owners are incredibly generous, welcoming and hospitable. Adjoining the resort is the restaurant Cosmic Crab which is on the water.... More 

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our vacation to Bocas del Toro was exceptional because of our stay at Careening Cay. The owners are wonderful and provide you with excellent service. The rooms are cozy and clean, we especially enjoyed our room over the water. We would sit in the deck chairs at night and watch the fish and rays go by. The views are unbeatable... More 

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California City, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed 3 nights here, but we did not sleep much. First, the mosquitos eat you alive as soon as you put a foot in the Carenero island. Apparently the other islands in Bocas do not have this problem. I have never been bitten so much in my life. Even though, the staff is really nice and they invite you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

As soon as we arrived via 2 min water taxi were greeted by the owner Joan's smiling face. After a long early journey we were immediately offered a mimosa and breakfast. Joan sat with us and gave us the lay of the Land, learned about who we were and what our plans were for the trip. She made us feel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We had a cabin in the garden, originally for 3 nights but ended up staying for 5. Victoria and Joan really made our stay. They both love a drink and a laugh, just like us! Hanging out at the bar was bliss. The cabin we stayed in was comfortable, with AC and hot shower. The location is good, away from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We had a room issue which was immediately rectified (upgrade, no charge to us) and welcoming. The owners speak fluent English (Americans) and bent over backwards to help us in our travels and potential relocation to this paradise. The restaurant is top notch with fresh fish and salads with a GREAT view. We will be back for the food and... More 

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