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Bocas Road, Isla Colon 12345, Panama   |  
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Ranked #3 of 36 Isla Colon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Treasure Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

My husband and I stayed here three days with our six month old son, and the staff did everything possible to accommodate all three of us! The breakfast was delicious every morning, our room was clean, the bed was very comfortable, and the views were fantastic. If we return to Bocas del Toro, we will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed May 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
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Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We booked this for friends of ours who were meeting us in Bocas from Costa Rica, and we could not have been more pleased with the accommodations and the location. The staff is very professional and courteous. They serve a wonderful breakfast with all locally grown fruits and veggies as well as fresh eggs right from their own chickens. A very pleasant place to stay while in Bocas del Toro. We recommend this to anyone who is planning on visiting these beautiful islands and who is looking for a quiet place, but close enough to town. Way to go guys. Big thumbs up.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed at Sand Dollar Beach because we wanted some distance from town, and at the end we realized this was a great decision (Bocas Town is quite noisy). The place is really nice and tidy: rooms are beautiful and have the basics, and the view to the sea is a plus. We enjoyed talking to Sharon and Mark, the couple that run this B&B: they are really open and laidback, and are willing to give information when you ask. We appreciated the library on the second floor -good books, funny books, interesting books-, the hammocks and the delicious breakfast that Dama served everyday (and that changes daily too). Also, this B&B has a huge, gorgeous, garden worth walking around.
I would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone staying at Isla Colón: you get the privacy by being a bit away from town (but only a dollar by cab!) and you don't get the noise from Bocas Town (believe me, you will congratulate yourself for this later).
Thank you Sharon, Mark and Dama for a great stay!

Room Tip: We stayed at a room on the second floor, which had a great view.
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  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sharon R, Owner at Sand Dollar Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
We are so glad you made time to enjoy the books and the hammocks. It's worthwhile to stay longer than a few days, so that you can get into the island pace, and we know you did that. Great travelers!
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Vail, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

My boyfriend and I arrived in Panama with no place to stay and met the owners Sharon and Mark on our Air Panama flight to Bocas. By the time we got off the plane we had arranged a 5 night stay at the Sand Dollar Beach Bed and Breakfast. At the end of 5 days we decided we needed 3 more nights because it was so WONDERFUL.
We work in the resort industry, so we know hospitality and we got it at the Sand Dollar Beach Bed and Breakfast. We left feeling genuinely cared for by Mark and Sharon. Great recommendations on where to rent bicycles, where to have dinner, what to do to avoid the chitres (which are the only thing I don't miss about Bocas) and fun things to do. The rooms were clean and cool with thoughtful shelving and storage. We loved waking up to the chickens and the sound of the waves on Sand Dollar Beach across the way. It was a perfect location to bounce between Bocas Del Drago, Play Bluff and Bocas Town. And breakfast was delicious every day
The only regret is that we left.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sharon R, Owner at Sand Dollar Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Being seasoned travelers and working in the industry, your feedback is valued by us. You both were delightful guests, and we enjoyed how you embraced Bocas and all it offers. Please come back again! P.S. the baby hummingbirds you found are almost ready to fly out of the nest.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Sand Dollar is a quiet alternative to loud downtown options. It is just a $ 1cab ride per person to town and taxis drive by often enough to hail one. The view overlooks the ocean and this place is quiet enough to enjoy time relaxing in the hammocks. The rooms are spectacular and super clean. Breakfast was amazing and everyone that works there is super friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed for a week and enjoyed every minute of it. From the plantation style house to the lush gardens it was amazing. Loved that Guillermo the gardener gave us fresh coconuts to drink every day. Christin was very helpful. Breakfasts were superb.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Munich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed there for 3 nights. Christin the Manager and Sharon the Owner run the place very well and really care about there guests. The rooms are very nice with a great view of the bay.
The only little problem is that you have to take a taxi everytime you want to go to town. The taxi is only 1$ per person but depending on how often you go, it adds up. I would recommand free bikes for the guests, so it´s easier to travel around the island.
If you have a chance to go to Playa Bluff you definitely should. It´s one of the most beautiful beaches we have been to. When we were there, there were only 7 people on miles of sand beach!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sharon R, Owner at Sand Dollar Beach Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you for your positive review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
We are less than a year in business, and are building a fleet of bicycles which we will be able to rent to our guests, cheaper and easier than getting them from town. We have 2 bikes now and hope to purchase more soon. The rental fee will pay for bike maintenance and replacement, as bikes deteriorate quickly with the salt air and rough, sandy trails. One of our favorite bike rides is out to Bluff Beach...as you say, "one of the most beautiful beaches we have been to".
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Address: Bocas Road, Isla Colon 12345, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colonial Caribbean style wooden beachfront house with 5 rooms, each with private bath and balcony. Away from town, but close enough to walk or bike to. ... more   less 
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Sand Dollar Beach Bed & Breakfast Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon

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