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Las Casitas of Villa Paraiso
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Beautiful, clean, friendly, helpful and many more adjective. Steve, Angie and the boys made our stay perfect. We rented both identical (except for color) casitas. Being waterfront was wonderful for the breeze and view. It was only a $3-5 cab ride into town and great to sleep in quiet. Cabs were usually plentiful zipping up and down the road although the Cottrells provided us with cells phones which we added minutes too for cabs and emergencies. Angie went out of her way to help me when I lost my reading glasses in a cab (they are all independent) and we did get them back the next day when we were flying out. I wished Bocas was as clean as the Cottrells property - hopefully one day the locals will be educated and motiviated to pick up all that garbage.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Panamanian-Style, Owner at Las Casitas of Villa Paraiso, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

We are happy that you enjoyed your trip! We want our guests to feel that their needs are cared for, but they have the privacy they want. WE are happy that we have succeeded in doing just that!

Bocas Del Toro has had some issues with garbage collection that have recently been resolved. The area is once again being cleaned up, even though it will always be a 3rd world country. However, in your surroundings at Villa Paraiso you will be in Paradise!

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Las Casitas provide the perfect, private, luxurious place to unwind after exciting days of exploring the islands of Boca Del Toro. The grounds are immaculate, the pool is absolutely stunning, and the beach!!! Oh... it is perfect. The owners, Steve and Angie and their boys, responded to our every need. We loved having the bikes and kayaks for our use. Boy, did we use the bikes! We enjoyed making a few of our own meals in the outdoor kitchen. Internet service was great, cleanliness of facilities was beyond reproach, and the whole ambiance was distinguished and elegant. We toured other hotels and resorts while were in Bocas. Steve and Angie CLEARLY have the best property.

We chose the area of Bocas Del Toro for our 20th wedding anniversary because we wanted an adventure to a "non-resort" Caribbean location that was safe. We wanted to immerse ourselves in a culture with the privacy and comforts of home at our rental. The possibilities for the islands of Bocas are endless... snorkeling, hiking, beachcombing, surfing, etc. The people are so polite and helpful! Remember, the town of Bocas is a developing area. It does not look like other "ready for prime time" tourists towns. However, Steve and Angie's property is ahead of the rest of the town in providing a clean, luxurious home to land after your exciting days of exploring the beautiful islands.

Las Casitas met and exceeded our expectations! Please feel free to message me if you have questions.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Panamanian-Style, Owner at Las Casitas of Villa Paraiso, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Thanks so much for the wonderful comment! We work so hard to make this place the BEST for all of you! We are happy we are succeeding! We look forward to the sharing our piece of paradise with many more!

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We debated in staying right in the town of Bocas or here....we made the right decision. It is away from town, but a short bike ride your there in 10 min. Only negative is the lack of drinking water, but that is the same for all the isles. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Panamanian-Style, Owner at Las Casitas of Villa Paraiso, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

We are so happy to know that our guests have had a great vacation! We appreciate all the suggestions given to use to help us to improve to be the BEST Bocas has to offer! We will be soon adding the option of fresh drinking water available on site, to eliminate the inconvenience of buying drinking water in town. Thanks so much for helping us to improve!

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We also loved the Casitas! I researced many places to stay in Bocas and this was absolutely the perfect place for us! The Cotrell Family are wonderful hosts! Top Notch! I wouldn't change a thing. The bikes were key for us! We biked everywhere by day and used a Taxi at night. We cooked in several nights, the outdoor kitchen was perfect. They are very well equiped and have thought about everthing. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We loved the Casitas! Best part was hearing the crashing waves lull you to sleep. Even though it rained much of our time, we enjoyed the beautiful setting. The location is a 5 minute taxi ride out of town, which gets you away from the town noise and also gives you beach front and swimming access (free of rip tide risk), having both of which is rare in Bocas. We rented both casitas for 4 nights, which are very reasonably priced with our 6 y/o daughter staying with us in one room, and two of our friends staying in the other casita. Our daughter loved having a fresh water pool as well as the beach outside our rooms. Steve and Angie were great giving us recommendations for things to do, a cell phone with taxi numbers programmed in and they helped us arranged a private taxi transfer from Almirante to Boquete/David for the same price of what a bus would have cost us. Thank you Angie, Steve and the kids for the hospitality.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Panamanian-Style, Owner at Las Casitas of Villa Paraiso, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

We are happy to make this the perfect place for a memorable family vacation!

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed 5 nights at the villa, it turned out to be the perfect location for us. We were close to some of the best surf breaks, and also a 5 min ride to town. We loved the sound of the ocean coming through the window. Angie and Steve were very accommodating, anything we needed, they were happy to help! We enjoyed cooking breakfast by the pool in the outdoor kitchen, everything we needed was there. Angie left us freshly baked brownies and banana bread on different days which was a nice surprise and very welcoming! We felt very safe and relaxed. We would stay here again for sure!

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We had a fantastic 5-night stay at Las Casitas. From the beginning of my correspondence with Angie, I felt very comfortable about renting this place for our family (two parents, two young adults). Angie was right – there is no other place like this in Bocas. We enjoyed our field trips in the surrounding area, but it was always nice to come back to Las Casitas. The massage with Jill was pure heaven, the treats were delicious and Angie's restaurant recommendations spot-on. We hope to come back someday.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Panamanian-Style, Owner at Las Casitas of Villa Paraiso, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

We work hard to make your vacation stress free and relaxing from the very first inquiry until we say good bye at the end of your stay. We are here to help when needed, and disappear when not, so you have exactly what you are looking for! There really is NO other place like this in all the archipelago of islands.

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Additional Information about Las Casitas of Villa Paraiso

Address: Big Creek, Isla Colon 0101, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Isla Colon
Price Range: $128 - $246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come relax in your own private suite style Casita of the most UNIQUE, EXQUISITE Beachfront Boutique Rentals in all Northern Panama. Las Casitas are located directly on top of the beach,and footsteps from the warm Caribbean Sea! Our private, gated property offers you the use of a beautiful private pool and patio area to lounge in the sun, as you listen to the soft rolling waves of the Sea, or relax with a book under the covered lanais in our over stuffed sectionals! ... more   less 
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