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“good value condo lodging short distance from Bocas town” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jardines Vista del Mar Condos

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Jardines Vista del Mar Condos
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Philadelphia, PA
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“good value condo lodging short distance from Bocas town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2010

First, let me tell you where this place is, as it was somewhat of a mystery to me when I booked. If you look at a map of Bocas town and the Isla Colon, these condos are on the small isthmus connecting the town to the larger island. It's probably about 2 kilometers into "downtown" Bocas town, which makes for a little less than a 30 minute walk. But you're unlikely to walk much (if at all) because taxis pass by on the main road (which separates the condos from a mediocre beach) every few minutes and charge 50 cents per passenger for the trip into town.

The "deluxe" 2 bedroom condo I rented was quite large and very reasonably furnished. Not luxurious, but comfortable. The beds were fine. There was a nice balcony overlooking the water, and an inexpensive washer/dryer on the ground floor. They are about to start work on a swimming pool, which would be a very welcome addition.

The best asset to these accomodations is the owner/manager, Muhammed. He is very friendly and helpful and can take care of just about anything you may need. When a few minor items in the condo needed repair, Muhammed brought us a bottle of wine as "compensation." It is also easy to book these accomodations with Muhammed by using the email on the official website. By the way, there's only a tiny sign on the building saying "Jardines Vista del Mar": you'll have more luck telling the locals that you're at "Muhammed's condos next to the gas station."

I think this place works best for a family or an extended stay (like a week) where you might want a kitchen and some extra room. It's probably a bit quieter (other than the occasional rooster) than being in town, but don't think that you're getting a MUCH more peaceful location than being in town. Regardless, the easy/cheap taxi ride makes the location a non-issue. You're also only a couple doors down from what is reportedly the best restaurant on the island, Guari-Guari ($19 prix fixe -- alas on vacation during my stay).

Unless you're coming to Bocas just to relax, you probably want about 3 full days (perhaps 4 nights) on the island. Almost all the stuff to do involves the water, and in 3 days you'll exhaust the most obvious beach/snorkel/dive possibilities. At least for a first visit to the Bocas, I would recommend staying in or near Bocas town, or across the way on Carenero island, just across from Bocas town.

At under $100 night for the deluxe condo, I think Muhammed's Condos represent good value for money. I would recommend them.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Chino Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2010

The Jardines Vista del Mar condo was absolutely perfect for us -- all the comforts of home and then some, because the housekeeper comes daily to keep it spotless. The location is wonderful -- just far enough from town that you only hear the waves on the beach at night. Taxis come by every few minutes and charge 50 cents (U.S) for a short ride to town or the airport. We felt very safe at the condo and and in Bocas in general. The snorkeling was fabulous! Muhammed and Rosie were splendid hosts, ready to help with anything, and gave great advice for things to do. Well done!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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caribbean
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2010

If you're not into crowds and noise but are looking for a more private location from which to enjoy the Islands of Bocas del Toro you need only to venture a kilometer or so out of town on the main road to Jardines Vista del Mar. A fully equipped modern condo including a full sized kitchen with modern appliances, comfortable beds, satellite tv, high speed wifi, generous air conditioning and not to mention a large private balcony overlooking the sea which is just a few feet away are just some of the reasons that brought us back a 2nd time to this location. My gf loved bicycling into town each day to buy fresh fish while I preferred to jog right from the condo along the road following the coastline out to the beaches and back. There is a taxi/bus stop 100 feet from the condo and the ride into town is 50 cents. Muhammed the friendly and helpful manager is there to get you settled in and answer any questions you might have about where to go and what to see. Less than 5 minutes from the airport, you'll be in your own private paradise soon after you touch down.

We'll be returning in a few months and there's no doubt about which place we'll be returning to.

Have fun in Bocas!

CF

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2010

This is a great place to stay in bocas is you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, the price and the place was very good.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2010

For the past five years I have been visiting Panama and discovered a place far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in North America. More importantly, while in Panama I have visited numerous locations as I try to learn more of the culture and landscape. I visited this Island in the Caribbean closer to Costa Rican border called Bocas Del Toro which I find was tranquil and far removed from the fast pace which we endure in everyday life, and even Panama City itself. On my last visit there, this year I stayed at the Jardines Vista del Mar where I was pleasantly surprised to find accommodation (in an Island far removed for the daily grind) that was, what I consider four star. The condos were very clean and modern. Usually on my first night in any new location I have difficulty sleeping but here I slept so well the first night. There was running water, also hot, and the condos were so pleasant that I felt right at home. On my next visit I do know where I will be staying, and I cannot wait. I would unhesitant recommend this accommodating if you are planning to visit Bocas.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2010

This condo unit is new, clean, spacious and offers all the amanities you would expect.
High speed internet, Satelite TV, full kitchen, cool a/c, large balcony etc.
Water is on both sides ( front and back ) and convenience store and possibly the best restaurant of Bocas are just beside. A taxi ride to downtown Bocas which is only 1 km will cost you 50 cents.
In Bocas, more restaurants, bars, shops are available. Cheap water taxis to close by island or above water retaurant and bus trip to other beaches are also available.
I always felt safe event if I was alone at times.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Colorado Springs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2010

Jardines Vista del Mar are condos located on Isle Colon. They are a great value and run by the most gracious couple, Muhammed and his wife Rosie. They made sure we were happy with everything. They even had a flower arrangement and champagne waiting for us to celebrate our wedding vow renewal.
Do not miss dinner at Guari Guari, conch fritters and snapper at Cosmic Crab. You will have to take a water taxi for .50 per person to get there. Shelly's BBQ is some of the best tacos, enchiladas, BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken I've ever had! Great tour with Ray to see Zapatillas island and Hospital Point. Had a great time.

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Property: Jardines Vista del Mar Condos
Address: 4 P.H. Jardines vista del Mar, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 01010100, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Jardines Vista del Mar Condos 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
450 to 900 sq ft condos at prices lower than that of a decent hotel room, with a full kitchen and large seaview balconies or terraces in bright and breezy modern buildings. Located in a non touristy part of the Town of Bocas del Toro, 70 meters from a white sand safe swimming beach and a four minute, 60 cent pp taxi ride from all the action in the Town Center, the condos has many of the amenities you are used to. These include a swimming pool, air conditioning, cable TV, free high speed wifi Internet, a full kitchen, comfortable furniture and furnishings and comfortable beds. We offer 450 sq ft one bed room one bath condos, Standard 750 sq ft two bed room, one bath condos and Superior 900 sq ft two bed room, two ensuite condos. The two bed room condos have large balconies with sea view and the one bed room condos on the ground floor have small private terraces This is a great place to get the Caribbean flavor of Bocas del Toro. Four minutes to night clubs, bars, restaurants, tour operators,and easy access some of the nicest snorkeling spots, the best surfing beaches the best diving spots and the spectacular Red Frog and shady, tranquil Drago and Starfish beaches. The most highly rated International restaurant, Guari Guari, is a two minute walk and reputedly the best Caribbean style restaurant, El Beso de Dragon, less than five minute walk away. There is a small grocery store within 70 meters of the condo.The locals are welcoming, friendly and always ready to go out to of their way to help. Many of our guests have made new friends, not only with the locals but tourists from all parts of the world. The magic of Bocas is that you make new friends easily.Our guests have told us that they have enjoyed going to sleep to the sound of the gently rolling waves rather than that of the loud music that plays till early hours in the Town Center,Muhammed and Rosy believe that they have been lucky to have some of the greatest people as their guests, of which many have become friends. They are dedicated to do all they can to help their guests enjoy their stay and take back wonderful memories of Bocas. ... more   less 
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