We just happened to stumble upon this place when we visited The Pickled Parrot for a beer on a Sunday afternoon and ended up leaving our hostel the next day and stayed here for 5 nights!
We met George and immediately liked him, he mentioned he had 2 suites and 50 metres from the bar and we ended up staying there for 5 nights. The suites are great value, my girlfriend and I had the bedroom with a super king sized mattress and a mate had the bed in the front room. Both beds were extremely comfortable, our bed was the best bed we've stayed in in our trip (we've been away for 7 months so far).
the bar is beautiful, the best view of Isla Carenero by far. We loved it there, fishing at night from the bar and watching the nurse sharks scavenge for leftovers in the clear turquoise waters below. If there is a more relaxing place in Central America, we've yet to find it.
We only planned to stay there for 2 nights but we just couldn't leave such was the hospitality and kindness showed by George and his wife. Another review mentions Georges son, Jorge... What a cool little guy!
All in all we had a sensational time there and we'd definitely stay there again if we're back in this part of the world. We've told a few friends to head out to Bocas and relax for a week or two just to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
Zapatilla Island has the best beach we've seen outside of Thailand so far (we're off to the San Blas Islands in a few days so that might change!). There's a very nice beach only 200 metres from the bar.
All in all you cannot fault this place, George let us run up a bar tab and as we're English we had quite a large bar bill! Oh, and he only sells fish/lobster if he gets it fresh, ask him what he's got and if it's fresh he'll tell you. We had stunning lobster dishes there that were so fresh and tasty.
10/10. Thanks George and Yessica for making us feel so welcome. If anyone wants any more info, feel free to message me.
- Also Known As:
- Blue Marlin Hotel
- Blue Marlin Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon