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“Wow. Just wow.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Perfect is an overused word and not one that I throw around often. But I have to say, Casa Cayuco was perfect. It was exactly as advertised and exactly what we needed. Dave and Suzanne are wonderfull people and fantastic hosts. The excursions are amazing and beautiful. The location is absolutely breathtaking. I loved going for an early kayak and then lounging on the dock in a hammock planning my day. I loved the evenings spent with my kids, unplugged and uninterrupted. Just hanging out playing cards and actually talking. I loved the sound of the conch summoning us to enjoy another delicious meal. I loved it all. We were still on the plane when we started planning our return trip.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This resort has recently been purchased by a young couple Dave and Suzanne who are wonderful host and hostess. The bungalows are open to the air and comfortable at night. Meals are included as well as a light snack. The food is great, prepared by local native help and Suzanne herself. Very private, you can go on and excursion with Dave and a staff member or sit in the sun and relax. They provide kayacs, snorkels, paddle boards, and beach towels. The beer and wine is included at dinner and it is reasonably priced if you want refreshments outside of that time period. It is a 40 minute ride from Bocas town to the hotel so do not expect to travel back to town during your stay. See the town at the beginning or at the end of your trip to Casa Cayuco. Lovely couple, lovely place.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I just got back from Casa Cayuco over on the far side of Bastimentos, and just coming to Bocas Town I experienced re-entry. Coming from paradise to the rest of the world. The meals are delicious the beds are heavenly and the setting is drop dead gorgeous. If you want to slip out of your life and into heaven for a few days this is the spot, hands down.

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing time! Everything was perfect, and they made sure that my birthday was the best one yet! I highly recommend this amazing place to anyone who is in the Bocas Del Toro area!
The owners are on site, and go out of their way to make sure there are smiles on everyone's faces! The staff is amazing as well!! I will be back!!
See y'all again soon!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Four nights of the kindest, most engaging hospitality, combined with great food and brilliant company. Casa Cayuco is a beautiful place to stay- beginning with Dave picking us up from Bocas town and pointing out highlights of the trip- through to Sue's brilliant meals. We stayed in Pelicano, which was ideal- comfy bed, nice bathroom, great view. Meals were top notch, kudos to Sue for her passion in providing fresh, gourmet meals day in day out. Excursions were expertly led by Lloyd, a waterman, teacher and great bloke. Suzanne, Rosie, bella and Angus all combine to make Casa Cayoco a definite Panama highlight.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This place is beautiful, eco friendly, and there is plenty to do. We snorkled extensively, kayaked, took a tour of the local village and met the local people, hiked, and hung out on the beach. We even saw sloths in a tree next to the dock the moment we arrived. But what is even more incredible than the actual accommodations and location is how incredibly well run this place is.

Lloyd and Sue are two of the nicest people I've met. If you want to go kayaking, Lloyd will have you set up and ready to go with anything you need no matter what he's doing. There will literally be a kayak set up and he'll be showing you snorkels and goggles to take and where you can see the best sea life as soon as you step foot on the beach.

If you want to go on one of the excursions they offer, Sue will have lunch and beers (if you desire) packed and ready to go with a smile as soon as you get up to head out that morning. She also cooks dinner for the guests and everything she made was wonderful. In addition to being great hosts, they are interesting and friendly people generally and make the entire experience feel more like you are visiting friends than guests at a hotel.

But to truly show how above and beyond they go for their guests, I'll relay a quick anecdote. Sue provides a mango hot sauce from the main island with some meals and I really enjoyed it (and they sell you the bottles right there if you want one for $5). I gladly took one home with me and slipped through customs with it. Well, when I got back a roommate I had at the time dumped it down the sink thinking it was old. I was pretty heartbroken considering it is homemade on the island and absolutely delicious. Flash forward to xmas time and my girlfriend emailed Sue on a whim to see if they could ship more to the US. They couldn't, but they offered to bring some over when they made a personal trip and mailed it to her before xmas for me. They refused to even take any payment for the shipping or the salsa.

We only met them for a few days and months later they were willing to haul a bottle of salsa to the US and mail it to us free of charge, just because they thought it was a nice thing to do. If those sound like people you want to trust your vacation with, then you should go here. Seriously, I can't imagine you could have a bad time at this place.

  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We travelled to Panama as part of a 30th birthday celebration and we spent ages looking for the best places to stay. When we came across Casa Cayuco we were sure we'd found what we were looking for. Situated on the beautiful island of Bastimentos and within a few hours drive of our next destination, Costa Rica, we were sold from the get go. Nothing could have prepared us for the amazing trip we were about to have.
We were met upon arrival at the airport by new owner Dave , which was a pleasant surprise, as we thought that we would have to spend the afternoon waiting in the town. Fortunately, Dave was there to rescue us and escorted us by boat to Casa Cayuco. When we first arrived at Casa Cayuco, we couldn't believe our luck. None of the pictures do it any justice, it truly is a little slice of heaven on earth. Everybody there was super welcoming and we spent most of our first day exploring the surrounding area whilst pinching ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming,
During our stay, we did a number of the excursions on offer, including snorkelling/dolphin spotting and kayaking. Each excursion was well planned, and there was never a moment where we didn't have something to do.
The cabin was beautifully designed, right by the beach and it was wonderful to wake up to the sound of the ocean each morning. Dave and Suzanne were the most awesome hosts and their vibrant energy made our stay that bit more special. They were always on hand with tips, jokes and drinks. We would highly recommend Casa Cayuco to anybody looking for a wonderful experience in Panama. It was by far the best accommodation we had during our trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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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 14 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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