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“Monkey Tree” 5 of 5 stars
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Monkey Tree Casitas
Playa Paunch, Bluff Beach Rd, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Monkey Tree”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We had a cute casita to ourselves. The area is very beautiful and tropical. We didn't see many animals in our area other than the bats that liked sleeping in the grass thatched roof above the bungalow. It's about 2-3 miles outside of town and cab rides are around $3-6 one way. We were really impressed with our balcony, the hammock, and the living space. The kitchen had a gas range stove and fridge. The shower was warm. Internet worked and was slow, but that's expected for a remote island. We did not use the laundry facility. Heather was very responsive to our requests.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heatherbocas, Owner at Monkey Tree Casitas, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so pleased that you had a nice time! Heather
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kelowna, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

I stayed at Monkey Tree in Bocas for a week. It was a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beach which is right across the road. It is only a $3 taxi into town which is perfect because it offers an escape from the busy downtown of Bocas Town. It gave me the feel of being in a Swiss Family Robinson treehouse and it was very clean and provided all the necessities. It is also the safest place I stayed in the month I spent in Panama. Heather is an amazing host, very kind and helpful and was always available to answer any questions I may have had... Thank you Heather! I hope to return in the not so distant future!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Philadelphia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Monkey tree casitas exceeded all expectations. We were in Panama for 12 days and stayed here 9. We really wished we stayed here the entire time. It is absolutely beautiful. It is a "modern" tree house amongst a manicured jungle. Ron and Heather are available for anything you may need. It is so peaceful and beautiful you are happy to just hang out in your casita. It is walking distance to La Collina, which has probably the best restaurant on the island w a view to die for. We were also able to hike to Bluff beach, which resembles a hawaii beach. It is incredible. From bluff beach you can hike a little further and find a great restaurant and bar owned by the most delightful belgian couple. Monkey tree is a must stay and when we return will absolutely stay here again. One last note, we were picked up at the airport, by William, a taci driver. Get his card and use him! He is very helpful and just a great guy!

  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

We went to Bocas for a couple of weeks and stayed at these neat monkey casitas.
My cabin was very comfortable and beautiful. It was so delightful to wake up to the sounds of the waves hitting the beach and the noises of the jungle every morning.
Even though the casitas are a couple of miles from town it was just the right amount of seclusion. It was nice to be away from the noisy town of Bocas and the taxi chauffeur was very attentive.
We were just 5 minutes away from a great restaurant at La Coralina, and a 5 minute walk to paunch surf beach.
The snorkeling across the street was exquisite!
We had such a wonderful vacation enjoying the sounds of nature and walking for miles on the white sand beaches everyday.
We cannot wait to return to the monkey tree!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 Juan, Puerto Rico
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We went to Bocas and stayed at Monkey Casita for four days. The casita is in a very lush and tropical area slightly out of town on way to Paunch Beach. The casita was perfect - comfy bed, big terraza, open bath area and full kitchen with all cooking utensils. It is open air where you can literally reach out and "touch" the butterflies and hummingbirds that fly by....

Ron Dennis met us at the casita and oriented us on the area and happenings - take boat tour with Roberto - worth it....also rent bikes, you can ride everywhere.....

All in all great place to stay and Ron is a wonderful host.....

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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hilton head
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

It is a nice property in a beautiful natural area. It is out of town, so you do need a taxi every time you go shopping or eating out. You can use a bike, but biking close to town was a little too dangerous for us.
We stayed a full month and had a good time. Ron was not as helpful to us as he seemed to other people.
WiFi was not working for several weeks. No air conditioning was no problem. It was not that hot. If living area would have been screened it would be good since there are lots of bugs and sitting outside was not always pleasant.
Swimming or beach close by was very marginal. No sandy beach for swimming close by.
Yes, we did have some monkeys visiting for several days.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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HeatherG97, Owner at Monkey Tree Casitas, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
I know you did not receive the customer service that you were promised by Ron. I want you to know that I have taken your advice and am now booking my own reservations.
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Big Bear Lake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

We had the greatest time in the treehouse. It really is in the most beautiful setting with gorgeous landscape. My husband does all the cooking and he made all of our breakfasts and dinners in the outdoor kitchen. It is magical. Ron was so helpful as we booked only two days before we got there. He was so helpful by picking us up, taking us to many stores and showed us town. He also hooked us up with a private boat for a great day snorkeling and seeing other islands. We were lucky enough to meet the owner Heather who has done a fabulous job on the property. It is safe, it is quaint, it is a must if you are in Bocas del Toro. Thanks for having us, we will be back!

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Additional Information about Monkey Tree Casitas

Address: Playa Paunch, Bluff Beach Rd, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 Specialty lodging in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These casitas are two minutes from the ocean and two miles from Bocas Town. Monkey Tree is known for its exquisitely landscaped garden and natural jungle ambiance. It is a great location for those who want to be close to town but not right in it. You are a couple of minutes to Paunch Beach and there are swimming & surfing spots nearby. ... more   less 
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Monkey Tree Casitas Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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