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“Amazing honeymoon spot” 5 of 5 stars
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Bahia Del Sol
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Saigon Bay, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 23 Bocas Town B&B and Inns
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“Amazing honeymoon spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

We stayed at Bahia del Dol a week for our honeymoon in September 2009. It was exactly what we wanted. The owners were great - perfect hosts and tour guides. They knew all the great spots to send us. They helped us arrange whatever kind of trip we wanted and recommended great restaurants every night. They were our parents away from home (not the nagging kind of parent, the kind you want to hang out and share a beer with). We stayed in the room facing the bay which was awesome. We slept with the doors open every night - no bugs. The outdoor tub was great - we used it as a cold tub in the late afternoon which got hot. Just a short walk from the beach and short, cheap ride into town. Fridge stays stocked with beer and water - just pay out when you go. Bocas was great and Bahia del Sol definitely set the tone for the whole week. Would definitely love to go back!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2010

I would rate this hotel completely average and am surprised by the glowing reviews. Maybe expectations were too high. The room on the 2nd floor with a balcony has a gorgeous view and it is indeed fantastic to sleep with the windows/door open. The view and being able to R&R on the balcony are both 5 stars.

Jack and Lee were both nice enough, although I would not describe their interaction as anything above average. There were definitely a share of akward/uncomfortable moments. For instance, my wife disliked the butt scratching while cooking breakfast.

We disliked the following:
We could hear Jack watching football (or some sport) on the televesion at night. If you are staying in the room with a Jacuzzi (which you won't use, I assure you - but the outdoor shower is nice) it sits right about the living room. The walls/floor are very thin and you can pretty much hear EVERYTHING. My wife and I are not party people and like to goto bed early (10PM) and get up early. The television on with the volume seemingly higher than need be until 11+PM was annoying and prevented our sleep. We could also hear someone constantly typing on the computer keyboard, at all hours day and night.

Did not receive transport from the dock (although it was requested and confirmed). Not a huge deal, but no one that we asked knew where Bahia Del Sol was located. We were incorrectly taken to Hotel Bahia by a taxi. After lugging our baggage around for a little while, we finally found someone who knew where the hotel was.

Further away from town than we expected. Definitely a good 25+ minute brisk walk to the beginning edge of town. Longer if you like to go at a more leisurely pace or are going towards the opposite end of town. You will not find any taxis naturally in the area of the hotel, they have to be called for ahead of time.

All-in-all, we would have preferred to stay at another location and would not recommend this hotel to a friend.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bosstone, owner at Bahia Del Sol, responded to this review, January 25, 2010
Sounds like these people were having a hard time before they even got to us. Also looking at their other reviews they seem to review everything average or OK. Guess you can not please everyone although we try our best.

We did go to the dock to pick up these people but they had told us the wrong boat dock and we were waiting at the wrong dock.

The TV in the main room is almost always turned off at 10:00pm unless the guests are watching it.

They seem very negative in their other reviews also and possibly the laid-back, fun loving, non-serious environment of Bahia Del Sol and Bocas Del Toro in general was not for them.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

We were leaving at BAHIA DEL SOL at the beginning of January 2010.We reserved by advance for two nights.The simplicity and the kindless of the owner was so great and more than we expect then we finnaly stay for almost a week.Jack your host will be happy to pick you up at the airport including his famous big smile.He cook the best breakfast in BOCAS smile includ.We highly recommand this loging in Saigon Bay.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chicago, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

i would absolutely recommend bahia del sol to anyone looking for a beautiful, quiet spot in bocas. jack and lee are extremely warm, welcoming, and helpful hosts. they were spot on with their restaurant recommendations.

we treated ourselves to the room with the balcony overlooking the bay and it was more than worth it. the only danger of staying here is that you won't want to leave your room! jack and lee had a delicious, hot breakfast waiting for us every morning and were very accomodating even when we had to be up early.

also, this was one of the only places in central america where we were able to sleep with the windows/doors open because there were no mosquitoes around. heavenly :)

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

Not usually staying at B&Bs, I didn't know what to expect from my stay. My initial skepticism (no a/c, living close to other guests) changed into enthusiasm quickly. There is a nice tranquil atmosphere to the place, with perfect location just outside "downtown" which allows for some quiter evenings at the sea terrace. It seems that the place pulls a friendly crows (more travellers than tourists), which adds to the nice atmosphere. Would love to go back!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prescott, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2009

Bahia Del Sol is an excellent choice, and I am so happy that we found it!
The hosts, Jack and Lee, are wonderful folks, and they make you feel welcome from the start! I felt as though we were staying with friends- of -friends!
We were very late getting to this B&B, after a bus ride, a boat ride, and a three hour delay @ the Panama border! Lee was waiting for us, and was so glad when we finally arrived!
The B&B is very comfortable and homey. We loved sitting on the deck and enjoying the water and the view. The rooms are exceptionally clean, the breakfasts are delicious, and the coffee is always on!
Our hosts directed us to perfect beaches and a great restaurant called "Lemongrass". We wanted to try other places they recommended, but it was Mother's Day in Panama (weird in Dec, I know) and nothing else was open. We became regulars @ Lemongrass, and I wish I could go there right now!
The most wonderful beach was "Boca Del Drago", which I nick-named "Starfish Beach" because of the beautiful starfish @ our feet. It was outstanding!
You have to take a cab for the short ride to town, but it's only a dollar, and all the cab drivers know Jack, so they don't overcharge you!
If you go to to Bahia Del Sol, give our best to Lee, Jack, CC, Pastor, and the gang!

  • Stayed December 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palmetto, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2009

This was the single nicest Bed’n’Breakfast my husband and I have stayed in through all of our travels in the U.S. and the Central Americas. The service was excellent!

Our bedroom overlooked the bay with a spectacular view of the mountain ranges to the west. It was impressive to say the least. We had no issues with mosquitos or any other insects. We left the balcony doors and windows open to the bay at night letting the mild breeze come into the room.

Our hosts, Jack and his wife Lee, have a wealth of local knowledge that proved invaluable to us. Whether it was recommending a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner or helping arrange for a tour of the local islands, our hosts went the extra mile to provide the type of service we look for in a B’n’B type lodging.

This was our first time to trip into Panama and to Isla Colon. One of the reasons we choose Bahia Del Sol over other accommodation was that their website was easy use which made online reservations and getting a confirmation back very simple.

We’d recommend this Bahai Del Sol to anyone looking for a great level of service and attention without all of the fancy amenities of the higher priced accommodations available.

Safety and security of our belongings were never in question, they did a very nice job in all aspects of our stay with them.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Saigon Bay, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa
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Ranked #1 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Bocas Town
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bahia Del Sol 3*
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