The previous comments are more or less in line with our limited experience. depending on your perspective, it's nice, but it has it's limits. The accomodations were clean, well maintained, and the kitchen was functional. The place does have its charms, but the surroundings are, by Central American standards, ordinary. The only real problem was very loud music from a place maybe 50 or 100 yards down the waterfront. We would be fine with the place if not for the extremely intrusive music. If the place next door calms down, we'd recommend Kokos, but for now we would recommend asking about it before booking. Ironically, we'd booked into Koko to avoid the busy-ness of the downtown scene.
Upon arrival in the late afternoon on a Sunday for a 1 night layover in Bocas town, the music was very, very loud. No, you don't understand: Loud. Pounding. Inescapable. Very, very loud. Central America can be a noisy, raucus place, but this was far beyond anything we have heard in any residential area we have visited anywhere. The sound did not stop between our arrival and when we went out for dinner. We went into town about 7-ish, and while walking back to Koko at 10:30, we could hear if from literally nearly a half mile away. It finally, mercifully, shut down at midnight, as if on schedule. Lee at Koko's informed us the next day that the source was an "Indian bar" that had recently opened, and that it was only open on weekends. She noted that the bar had little to offer except the stereo and "lots and lots of beer." If that remains to be the case, we cannot recommend Kokos on Thurs. through Sunday. If this local spot has flamed out in the past few weeks, or if the neighbors got tired of it and did something, please let others know. But ask before booking if the place is still operating. If not for the noise, we could recommend Koko Resort.
Oh, and keep in mind that the water may not be 100% safe to swim in due to septic discharge into the sea from houses down the way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 Minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koko Hotel Isla Colon
- Koko Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon