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Road to Bluff Paunch Beach, Isla Colon Panama
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#2 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Colon
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We have four beautiful rooms with amazing tree house like views. Located right across the street from one of the most popular surf breaks in Bocas (with two more in walking distance), here you can wake up to the sounds of Howler Monkeys and tropical birds and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean from the nearby surf. Conveniently located approximately half way between Bocas Town and Bluff, there are three restaurants within walking distance, another 3 in biking distance and Bocas Town is only a 10-15 minute taxi ride away (or a little over a 30 min on bicycle). Rent ATVs at nearby Flying Pirates. There are even two places to rent surf boards within walking distance for beginners or those that cannot bring their own boards. Enjoy free breakfast overlooking the jungle canopy and free use of bicycles when you stay with us. Yoga classes are held regularly as well as other fun activities like a weekly Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycles available
Horseback riding
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Seating area
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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shilee3 wrote a review May 2020
Ontario, Canada712 contributions101 helpful votes
We loved our stay here!! We had the tree cabin and with the jungle sounds and nature views we were in Heaven! We ventured out on the bikes while we were there and enjoyed a couple of the best breakfasts that we have ever had! Dave was the best host ever, he’s very cool and made sure everything went without a hitch, we really enjoyed Bocas and hope to venture out there again some day!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Jacquelyn G wrote a review Feb 2020
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica8 contributions
My boyfriend and I stayed for four night at Surf Break @ Paunch and we absolutely loved our time there! Dave is a wonderful host, super cool and hospitable. He made sure we had everything we needed for a perfect stay in Bocas. Surf Break is nestled in the jungle in Bocas off a dirt road that runs along the beach. We stayed at the Tree Cabin room and I enjoyed laying on the hammock on the deck and listening to the sounds of the birds and monkeys of the jungle. There is no AC but you don't need it in this room as you get plenty of breeze and have a fan in the room. Mosquitos were not a problem either. Rooms are super cute. Dave lets you use the bicycles for free to ride around town and the included breakfasts were delicious!! We always looked forward to starting our day eating breakfast and drinking coffee and smoothies on the breakfast deck. I wish we never had to leave!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Lex D wrote a review Feb 2020
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My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon and had a fantastic time. David and his team did an excellent job of making us feel welcome and safe in our new home away from home. We can't wait to get back to Bocas!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic. My wife and I stayed in the Tree Cabin which was a beautiful space.
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Response from David Emerson, Owner at Surf Break at Paunch
Responded Feb 26, 2020
Thanks Lex, it was great to meet y’all. Congratulations
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Michelle B wrote a review Jan 2020
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I stayed at Surf Break @ Paunch with my husband a few weeks ago when we were vacationing in Panama and it was wonderful! The rooms are cute and the bed was very comfortable! We appreciated the fact that our room had a fridge and a functional kitchen. There was no AC but it was not a problem because of the wonderful ocean breeze! We saw so much wildlife, there was a monkey family in the trees right in front of our deck. We even got to see a baby monkey! So cute! The location was perfect, we were able to walk to the beach and get food easily and we biked to town several times with the free bikes. David, our host was great! He helped us arrange whatever we needed and gave wonderful recommendations. The free breakfast was delicious! We had yogurt with fruit, smoothies and hot breakfast every morning to start our day! My favorite was the Elvis Presley French Toast, a must try! Menu was different every day which kept it fun as well! I would highly recommend this property to anyone that wants a fun beach meets jungle adventure on Bocas! We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Dce7777, Owner at Surf Break at Paunch
Responded Feb 17, 2020
Hope to see y’all again. Really enjoyed meeting yall
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Ryan H wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Surf Break at Paunch was perfect. Nestled in the jungle with daily visits of birds and monkeys, AMAZING breakfasts, free bicycles, David was amazing and gave first class service, rooms were awesome. The place is a short 10 taxi ride to town, or 25 min bike ride (the best way to go), passing amazing off the beaten path spots you would not see if you stayed in town. David can help organize taxi rides, excursions, has great island/restaurant tips, and takes great pride in his place. There is no reason to stay anywhere else.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Response from Dce7777, Owner at Surf Break at Paunch
Responded Dec 11, 2019
Thanks Ryan. Hope to see y’all again
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$130 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
PanamaBocas del Toro ProvinceIsla Colon
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Frequently Asked Questions about Surf Break at Paunch
Which popular attractions are close to Surf Break at Paunch?
Nearby attractions include Playa Bluff (2.6 miles), Red Frog Beach (4.6 miles), and Gypsy Travel Panama (2.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Surf Break at Paunch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Surf Break at Paunch?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Surf Break at Paunch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Surf Break at Paunch?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Surf Break at Paunch?
Conveniently located restaurants include The View at Oasis, Leaf Eaters Cafe, and Azul Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Surf Break at Paunch?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Surf Break at Paunch?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.