My family has taken 4 trips to Costa Rica & last year my son and I did a one day side trip to Bocas del Toro in Panama. On this trip in July we decided to send 2 nights in Panama and stayed at the Koko Resort. It surpassed all our expectations and even though we have stayed at some very fine hotels in Costa Rica, this was our favorite.
Jack and Lee are very nice hosts and will help arrange your tours (I would urge you to let them setup your tours instead of booking them yourself. It may be a more intimate experience and save you money). Take their advise on restaurants and you won't go wrong. Their cottages are on Saigon Bay and are a bit out of town, but that gives you more seclusion and less noise. You can hire taxis to and from town for $2 and there's a good market close by.
The cottages are very spacious and have air conditioning and full kitchens. Even though we were there in July we found them very comfortable and did not need to use the air conditioning as there was plenty of ventilation from all the windows (most of which have idyllic views). We saw many fish, sting rays, star fish and crabs in the waters below.
Jack cooks you an excellent breakfast.
I read some reviews commenting negatively about the working class neighborhood where the resort is located. While this is not Bora Bora, it is a genuine and unique Panamanian experience at a very reasonable price.
If you are visiting from Costa Rica please be advised to bring US dollars and not colones. You will need dollars to pay entry and departure fees at the Panamanian border. You will find that your money goes a little farther in Panama than Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 Minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koko Hotel Isla Colon
- Koko Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon