We highly recommend Punta Rica. The owner, Richard, has the necessary arrangements worked out for you in advance. He meets you at the airport in Bocas and has a cab lined up to transport you and your luggage the short distance to the boat dock, where he has a boat and driver ready to take you on a short ride to the island of Bastimentos. The boat delivers you to a restaurant, and heads to Punta Rica with your luggage. The next time you see it, it is in the house. Punta Rica is somewhat like a bed and breakfast, except they serve you dinner as well. Each day, Elana met with us to help us plan our day. After one meal there, we decided never to eat out, as the meals prepared by Richard and Elena were unbelievable. Richard arranges to have the same boat driver at your service each day, and after you make your plans, a call is made and the boat driver arrives. If you have a disability which prevents you from climbing stairs, this place is not for you as the house is up the hill from the ocean shore and the bedrooms are on the second story of each suite. However, Richard has helpers who attend to your every need, including daily maid service, carrying your luggage to and from the boat, etc.. As near as I could tell, the only thing one is required to lift while staying at Punta Rica is a knife and fork. It is a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is a nature lover's dream, being a sanctuary for indigenous red, orange and gold-colored frogs. Many species of birds, such as parrots, hummingbirds and the gorgeous Montezuma Oropendola can be seen right from the open-air decks of the house. Howler and white-faced monkeys as well as sloths are also an occasional sight. There are two beautiful reefs within a short swimming distance of our private beach and dock and the most popular snorkeling spot in Bocas, Hospital Point, is just a few minutes away. Be at one with nature while enjoying many gorgeous beaches at close proximity. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Punta Rica Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro