I've been fortunate enough to have visited The Bocas area enough to know the choice of where to stay can be quite confusing. If you chose to stay close to Bocas town on Colon Island you won't beat Sand Dollar. Why? It's close enough to Bocas to access the town's restaurants and bars but not so close to have the noise and congestion. It has a beach out front and jungle in the back with great views. It's easy to head further up the road to Paunch and Playa beaches or the other way to Dragon and Starfish beach. I rented a bike from Sand Dollar and rode it to all these spots (hint to get a bike with gears as the rides can be a bit challenging). The rooms have air conditioning which isn't totally necessary but a very nice perk when getting home from a strenuous bike ride! And the topper for me was the attentive service from Christin, Dama and Guillermo. Just the right balance of being available and helpful but not intrusive. Breakfast is great as described by many other posts and there is a small shared fridge in the library which is also a nice-to-have. If you need anything - just ask. If Christin can't help you, no one on the island can! As others have also described try and visit the botanical garden next door if your time allows. I'm not really a garden guy, but based on Christin's urging I went and am really glad I did. Very nice and memorable place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colonial Caribbean style wooden beachfront house with 5 rooms, each with private bath and balcony. Away from town, but close enough to walk or bike to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sand Dollar Beach Bed & Breakfast Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon