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Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Punta Caracol, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Isla Colon
Panama City, Panama
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We were blown away by this place. After reading the reviews here we were a little worried that we overpaid, but it was worth every penny.

This was top shelf service, something hard to find in Central America. The staff was top notch, the food was excellent. The place itself is a true spectacle...tourist boats would slow down to allow people to take pictures of this amazing place. There are only 9 cabanas to rent, so you get the VIP treatment from the staff along with not having to run into other guests.

My wife's birthday was over the weekend we stayed. We told no one but the boat driver who took us to the resort. On the night of her birthday they brought out a cake and sang to her. Unforgettable experience...highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Quepos, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our second trip to Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge even topped our first. From the time that you step off of the water taxi and onto the decking of Punta Caracol your mouth hangs open. It is the most relaxing, tranquil location. I brought my sister for her Birthday celebration last February and we returned with her husband this year for 6 days. The Staff is truly outstanding from Reception thank you Pilar and Sissi organizing any excursions you might want to do to Stephanie in the Dining room who along with an amazing staff makes every meal so pleasurable. The food is outstanding, The accommodations which we stayed in the Master Suite this year is so tastefully decorated, clean and Location, Location, Location you step off of your personal deck into the biggest fish bowl of clear caribbean water with an abundance of fish. Will be back for sure again Next Year.

Room Tip: All of the Suites are perfect but the Master is amazing if you need more bedding
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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New York City, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The photos of Punta Caracol don't lie. This is a magnificent spot - the water is blue and clear,
the sunsets are amazing. We even saw a dolphin, every so briefly, right in front of our cabin. 5-stars for location. But for the price the hotel leaves a lot to be desired.
Breakfast - unless you are an egg eater, will leave you wondering if there isn't anything better than cocoa puffs available in Panama. The fruit offering was large but after two days, boring.
Tea time would leave the British wishing they hadn't invented it. Vanilla Oreos, Bugles and
Doritos. Really, at this price? Dinners were fine, but again, is fine enough at this price.
The owners and staff are wonderful - the concept of an eco friendly hotel inviting. But it would be so easy to make this a multi star hotel with a small investment in the food, a pro chef, or even a visit from a nutritionist who could match care for the environment with care for the guests health.
With all this in mind, its a beautiful stop over for two days - max - while exploring this part of Panama.

Room Tip: all of the rooms are beautifully located, the higher numbers are larger, and the last one the quiete...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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17 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

It was pure heaven on earth: the cabin, the food, the staff. Everything was a dream. I love this place!
The only down side was the weather, if it rains you are stuck in the cabin and there is not much to do, but if not, you have your own kayak in your back patio, your privacy and excellent offer of excursions and day trips.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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 December 19, 2012

It has been years since my wife and I were here and it still feels like just last winter. the staff and service were beyond anything else in the area, the food was caught or picked that day and the relaxation was perfect. if you are looking for the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation and comfort you cant miss this tri!

Room Tip: all of them were great
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Punta Caracol is a picturesque place to stay...so long as you're only looking at pictures on the internet and not actually staying there in person!!

The lodge is run-down, the coral reef is dead and nothing to see snorkeling, the bathrooms are dingy and the meals were truly not good.

If this place were $100 or so a night, I would have given it 2 or 3 stars. Given that we paid hundreds of dollars per night, this place gets MAYBE 1 star.

Was there on honeymoon and will never go back to Punta Caracol. The 5-star reviews must must must be written by friends or an agency. There is really no way it is from guests as people used to 5-star resorts would rate it AWFUL and people who splurged to pay for a very special one-time treat must be super disappointed.

Room Tip: Do not stay here - all the rooms are dingy, slightly moldy and the place is a total scam.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed here as part of our honeymoon on July 2012. It is an adventure to get to but well worth the cab and boat ride. The cottages are built on top of dead corral reef right on the water. Nothing compares to watching the sunset right on the deck of the beautiful cottage surrounded by crystal clear water. The staff is simply amazing, a couple of tips be sure to ask for Alex if you decide to do any of the tours via the hotel. Also be sure to try the bartenders special mojito.

Please note if you are looking to party late night this is not the place for you as the lodge is not accessible by any means other than boat. Also as all the food comes from the maim island the restaurant selection is very limited although the island of bocas del Toro has a great array of restaurants

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge

Address: Punta Caracol, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Isla Colon
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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Also Known As:
Punta Caracol Acqua Hotel Isla Colon
Punta Caracol Acqua Resort
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon

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