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“Bella and Angus await you!” 5 of 5 stars
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“Bella and Angus await you!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

This review is long overdue. I suppose putting off writing the review was my way of not letting my trip be complete. Upon arrival into Bocas airport we were met right away by a quiet gentleman, taken by taxi-truck to a shanty along the waterfront and told to sit in a shabby boat in clear barnacle-filled water. The rain had started and we zoomed off into the vast waters for what seemed too long to be possible (less than 40 minutes) all the while, dodging the rain while the quiet man smiled. This man we found out later was Sebastian, the main go-to guy that help out Lloyd and Sue at the lodge. As our trip progressed we saw what a valuable person Sebastian was to have around as he was so kind, talented and hard working. Before getting to the lodge, the boat stopped at a gas station oasis and supplies were picked up. Such a strange start to what became a wonderful experience! BTW, the store there sells freshly made empanadas for 30 cents each and are delicious!
We pulled up to the lodge and it was still raining. The other guests were just finishing up their breakfast and Sue invited us to dry off and eat while Lloyd and Sebastian carried in our belongings. After breakfast we met the stars of the place – Bella and Angus, the resident bulldogs. Sue gave us a quick orientation of the lodge and the grounds. We were free to explore!
The nice thing about a place like Casa Cayuco is that one can do as much or as little as one pleases. I am a do-er so we walk along the water, chatted with the locals, helped a local child catch fish, spotted red frogs in the forest, kayaked over the reef, paddle boarded and played with the bulldogs. These are all activities that were to be done steps from the property! Day tours included too many things one can do in the time allotted. I high recommend the trip to the secluded Zap II Island. This is a place people usually only see on postcards and travel magazines. The clearest water where one can see at least 30 feet down to the ocean floor. This was the best snorkeling I have ever experienced as the variety of marine and plant life were vast. We also did the bat cave tour. While the bat cave itself was just ok, the kind guide, Milton, a local Gnobe indian, was an experience in itself, along with Sebastian boating us along the islands trying to locate him and shouting into the forest, trying to get him to come out!
We had reserved the Delphin cabin, which has a queen bed and 2 twin beds along the wall. It was very spacious, tidy and the bathroom had hot water and a properly flushing toilet. It is an open air cabin and geckos are welcomed regular visitors as they eat mosquitos. The Delphin cabin is located 2 cabins from the water. You can still the beach from your room as it is only a 10 second walk to the beach. Keep in mind you can hear the other guests in the cabin in front if they are not using a hushed tone. If you want the most secluded cabin, opt for the 2 bedroom jungle cabin one as it is located by itself behind the main lodge.
The meal and appetizers are included which is a time everyone looks forward to. Sue makes the most remarkable meals with what she is provided with. My guy was worried before we arrived that he would be hungry since he is a big eater. Going hungry was never an issue. We had fresh fish, fresh coconut, amazing hummus and other gourmet delicacies. Sue is a seriously good cook and anyone would be lucky to eat her food!
Many people think Sue and Lloyd have a dream job. Sue and Lloyd do a fantastic job in making their job look like a dream job. The lodge is located in such a pristine, beautiful, secluded area and they work very hard to make sure their guests have all their needs met. They are on the clock 24/7 working plus are always available for a friendly chat. They have mastered the balance of professionalism and friendliness.
Casa Cayuco is a place that needs to be experienced. Go and play with the bulldogs for me!

Room Tip: Jungle Cabin is the most secluded.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Appingedam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stayed at Casa Cayuco for 4 nights, and it was one of the most amazing stays ever. The food, prepared by Sue and her kitchenstaff was every time amazing. Fresh Fruit, delicous made home pancakes, a three course diner.. it's all you can suspect of a tropical paradise. We stayed at the Delphin, a spacious lodge with two ceilingfans, hot water and a nice veranda. During our stay we snorkeled just in front of Casa Cayuco. A 5 minute paddle with a kayak supplied by Sue and Lloyd.

Just the whole experience was unforgettable.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Brevard, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We went to Casa Cayuco as part of our honeymoon, and couldn't have had a more amazing experience. Lloyd, Sue, and their staff gave us an amazing week filled with naps in hamocks, remote surfing trips, inspiring snorkelling, and wonderful conversations with other guests. And the food - wow!!! Sue and her staff provide amazing meals.
Casa Cayuco was the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation for my wife and I. And we very much appreciated Lloyd an Sue's approach to carbon footprint, both in how the facilities are fun, to how they approach their excursions. The entire time we were there, we kept scheming up ways to get more of our friends and families to come down and experience this piece of paradise!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We went to Casa Cayuco as part of our honeymoon trip to Panama and loved it. Sue's food was amazing, and she and Lloyd were gracious, attentive hosts. It was the perfect mix of down-time with just the two of us and sitting around chatting with other guests during meal times -- we felt completely relaxed and unplugged from regular life.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We went to casa cayuco for our honeymoon. We were so well taken care of by Sue and Lloyd, the resorts managers. Lloyd took us on excursions each day and Sue made delicious meals! We feel lucky to have stayed at such a magical place. We are already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We had the BEST time during our week stay at Casa Cayuco. After a stressful few months, my husband and I were looking for some "active" relaxation. We love the outdoors, and wanted a vacation where we could have a mix of rest and outdoors activity. Casa Cayuco could not have been more perfect for the kind of vacation we wanted. Our days were spent napping and relaxing on hammocks and kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and snorkeling.

The area is pristine and has that amazing combination of beach and jungle that allows you to sit in your cabin and enjoy a view of the Caribbean, and then take a stroll through the backside of the property and encounter Capuchin monkeys and caimans. It is such a special place.

It is not just the beautiful surroundings that make Casa Cayuco such a special place. Sue and Lloyd are amazing hosts, and their care and attention made Casa Cayuco a place we will want to return to again and again. And, of course, the FOOD. Sue and her staff made some the most healthful, delicious food we've ever had. Every day.

Just go. You will be so happy you did.

Room Tip: We stayed in both the Pelicano and Coco cabins, and you really can't go wrong with any of the fo...
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

With so many places in the world we have not seen we try not to visit the same place twice. We may have to make an exception.

Casa Cayuco was perfect for our family. We found the right balance of activity and relaxation. Casa Cayuco was large enough to offer choices but small enough that we felt safe letting the kids roam free.

The food was fabulous and Sue was great about accommodating our picky kids. The excursions were well worth the price you pay. We even did the mangrove snorkel a second time. Thank you Lloyd for finding a way to fit this in.

See you in a few years!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Punta Vieja, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Cayuco Eco-Adventure Lodge sits on a small swath of land sandwiched between white sand beach and lush, tropical rainforest. Remote by choice, our resort is a 40 minute boat ride from Bocas Town - Colon Island and adjacent to the National Marine Park of Isla Bastimentos. Our resort is eco-friendly, in that our electricity is generated from the sun. Solar panels are mounted on the roofs throughout the resort. All our water comes from the roofs of our buildings and is then filtered for our use. We hire only local indigenous people and by supporting Casa Cayuco, you are making an impact on over 100 people in our local village of Salt Creek. Cabins are stand alone structures and have large covered porches for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Each is very spacious, open-air and equipped with fans.Our private white sand beach is no more than a minute walk from anywhere on the property. You swim right off our beach or off our thatched roof dock. Kayaks, paddleboards and a Hobie Cat sailboat are available during your stay. Where we are located there are no roads. Locals and tourists use footpaths or boats to get from one place to another. These same paths provide a wonderful trail system for hiking/walking and numerous opportunities for birding and finding sloths and monkeys! ... more   less 
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Casa Cayuco Hotel Isla Bastimentos
Casa Cayuco Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro

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