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“Slice of Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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10700, Panama   |  
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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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“Slice of Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

What a comfortable, affordable, and beautiful place to unwind and decompress. They views are stunning. Marlin and Chino are the most gracious of hosts and you have to try his Tuna. The location is perfect, just far enough out of town to relax but close enough to be having drinks in Bocas proper in fifteen minutes.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

After spending some time in the town of Bocas, we were happy to arrive at Cayo del Sol. In direct contrast to the (fun, but commercialized and noisy) town, this little corner of the out-island jungle was amazingly quiet and peaceful. The room looked more like a nice U.S. hotel room than a Central American hotel, and was clean and comfortable. Our host, Marlin, made sure we had everything we needed. The view of the Caribbean and the other Bocas islands from the hotel at the top of the hill is spectacular! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

My husband and I came to Bocas del Toro not really knowing much about it we left knowing much more about the culture and area. Bocas is a pristine area but you do you really need to have somebody to show you around it's an area where if you're an outsider you need some one to show you the way and Marlin really did that for us. Having, friends such as Marlin to understand and navigate the area, we are truly grateful. For safety and fun I would recomend cayo del sol every time!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

I have visited Bocas yearly since 2006. Accommodations are incredible! Marlin is an outstanding host and chef too! Local foods are cooked to perfection. Marlin provides the unique Bocas experience whether it be snorkeling, fishing or exploring secluded islands. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zug, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2011

Its a perfekt place to stay if you seek a quiet and confortable place. Marlin the owner is a very nice guy and an excellent cook. He served the best Tunafish dish we ever tasted. Thank you very much for this nice 2 days in your Lodge

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

My wife and I spent a night here and were just floored with the gorgeous views. Marlin, the owner, is also a nice guy and ready to help you cook a meal in his open kitchen. If you get a chance, try his chili dogs!

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

We headed out to Cayo del Sol for just a night and, when we arrived, I immediately regretted we didn't book for longer. This secluded retreat was the kind of place that stress and worry just fell away … I mean, what is there to worry about when you are an hour away by boat from the closest town?

Set amidst mangroves on an island somewhere in the northwest of Panama, this was the ideal escape. Because there are only two rooms, guests receive personalized hospitality of Marlin and his dog Gypsy. Marlin will cook for you, take you on tours and give you an insider’s perspective on life in Bocas.

Each night stay includes a tour to some part of Bocas, whether its bat caves or starfish beaches, but we decided to enjoy the seclusion of island living for the night we were there. We also opted away from the norm (which is a cook-for-yourself experience) and enjoyed Marlin’s famous cheese-chili dogs.

I was a little skeptical about what life on an island would be like for a couple, Marlin and his dog, but Marlin was the perfect host, providing space to us as vacationers when needed, but there for a good conversation too!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cayo Del Sol Lodge

Address: 10700, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Bocas del Toro Province
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cayo Del Sol is a private island with stunning views surrounded by water, birds and other wildlife just 15 minutes from Bocas Town. We offer 2 suites with king size beds. Each room has a private bath with hot water shower and observation deck. Your stay comes with breakfast each morning of eggs, toast, fruit, juice and coffee. We will also pick you up in Bocas Town and give you one complimentary boat ride per day to either Bocas Town or Red Frog Beach. Other tours and full day rental of the boat with captain are available. The rate is only $75 per person per day based on double occupancy. ... more   less 

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