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“Honeymoon Hideout at Red Frog Bungalows” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Red Frog Bungalows
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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Honeymoon Hideout at Red Frog Bungalows”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Red Frog Bungalows was one of the greatest highlights of our month long honeymoon in Panama. The Balinese bungalow was an amazing treat to stay in and Scott and his crew created delicious meals everyday. From our deck we saw the red frogs and at night these glowing eyed fire beetles that loved to dive towards you. The surf was fun to get flipped in and Scott's new hammocks on the beach was the best place to lie around and show off in (you are in the best place on the beach!). We met great new friends from other parts of the world, ate great food, drank Panamanian beer and had many laughs - this is the place to go!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jackson, Wyoming
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

It was our first time to Panama and the Caribbean. What a surprise! Both the culture and surfing were amazing. Red Frog Bungalows was the perfect spot for us! A family of five we fit in the bungalows perfectly. The Bungalows are nestled in the jungle and located on the beach so we had the best of both worlds. We enjoyed the wildlife as well as the food. Bo Bo, the chef, cooked wonderful Caribbean food. Ask him for his Bo Bo soup or plantain fritters!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

While looking for the best surf spot in Panama, my hubby found Red Frog Bungalows on Isla Bastimentos. I got hooked the moment he said this remote little jungle island also happens to be the only place in the world where you can see the strawberry poison-dart frog (Dendrobates pumilio) in the wild. We ended up with an unforgettable 5 days at Red Frog Bungalows - by far the best place to stay on the island.

Scott and his crew did a fantastic job creating a place where you can experience the jungle, beach and surf in a peaceful, eco-friendly environment. We had the privacy of an idyllic jungle bungalow, complete with a resident gecko, balcony up in the trees with parrots flying by, freshly collected rain drinking water, and an outdoor shower (with hot water – a true luxury in remote tropics). Electricity is used sparingly and only available at night, which added to the adventure for us when we’d walk back to our bungalow after dinner, using our headlamps. In the mornings, Tio and Chato always arrived bright and early to take Tim to the best breaks. Chef Bobo’s home cooked meals were yummilicious 3 times a day, every day! After those big lunches my favorite place to chillax was in a hammock at the rancho on the beach. Scott helped us schedule our activities for the next day according to the weather so that we could make the most of our time and never have a dull moment.

It is evident that a lot of thought and hard work is put into running this retreat. We had an awesome time and hope to go back someday!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Thanks to Trip Advisor reviews, we chose the Red Frog Bungalows to stay at during our recent vacation to Panama. It made our entire vacation - Jungle bungalows, absolutely delicious food that is prepared for you for every meal (who doesn't want that?) we just had to show up and delicious plates of food were on the table for us. The entire staff were so easy going, helpful and fun. It was so quaint and off the beaten path and Scott works really, really hard at making it a wonderful place to stay. We would recommend it to anyone. loved it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

A buddy and I decided to take a surf trip off the beaten path and Scott and Crew at Red Frog Bungalows gave us exactly that. If you are looking for empty waves, great weather, amazing food, good people and much more, you should plan a trip to see these guys. We spent our days surfing our butts off at the most uncrowned breaks, thanks to Gov Grings , T.O. and their local knowledge. Rather than having to haggle with a local taxi, Red Frogs has you covered with a pick up in the morning for transit to the location of the day. If the winds are hitting it, the team knows where you can hide to take advantage of the swell, in any condition. One day we had to check a few spots, and wind was up, crowds were prevalent, but eventually our guides put us in the best spot; nobody was in the water. After our daily surf, we were welcomed back at Red Frogs by a delicious lunch & cold beer and drink. A snooze in the hammock or down time on Red Frog Beach was the perfect post surf exercise. At night, Bobo prepared the finest of cuisine accented with his own local flavor. After dinner, relax and watch surf videos (Scott’s collection is fantastic), or hop a ride into town to catch some action. Either way, Red Frogs has it all to offer and it’s a must experience for the adventurous surfer or anyone looking to get away to a remote location. Scott and Team, Your favorite east coasters will be back. Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Just got back from another trip down to Bocas, my first staying at Red Frogs. I have been traveling to Bocas del Toro for over 7 years now and Red Frogs is hands down the best experience and operation going on down there! Scott and his whole team go to all lengths to provide you with the best food, guides, local experiences and time that you can ever imagine for a surf trip!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank cjt1013
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Nantucket
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

If you are looking for an increadibly unique experience and the possibility of some of the greatest surf in the Caribean, then Red Frog should be a must on your list. The accomondations are super cool hand crafted bungalows from Bali totally off the grid solar powered with peacefull outdoor showers and plenty of room for post surf session hanging out. The garderns are literally out of this world, and clearly lovingly maintaned. The Real shining stars of Red Frog are Scott and his great crew of guides and staff. The cook BoBo does a great job of keeping everyone well fed and Matt and TO not only will put you on the best waves but are just great guys and fun to surf with. I would highly recomend spending a week or two at Red Frog. The combination of the incredible island of Bocas Del Toro, the jungle, the Caribean and the great staff at Red Frog will make it hard to leave and will having you scanning airfares trying to get back. Thanks for an awesome week.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Red Frog Bungalows
Address: 808 Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos 96779, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Frog Bungalows in an all-inclusive eco-resort on the world famous Red Frog Beach. Located 15 minutes from Bocas Del Toro, Red Frog Beach is a mile long white sand beach. Red Frog Bungalows are Balinese bungalows rebuilt on this gorgeous beach. Our maximum capacity is 12 guests in 3 units. We are a small resort which allows us to tailor your entire stay. The amenities include private outdoor showers, exotic Balinese furnishings, private chef, beachfront palapa with hammocks and beach chairs, surf board rentals and private professional tours. We have our own guides and boats to make sure all of your tours are safe, informative, and enjoyable. We specialize in making sure you have the most enjoyable vacation of your lives. We offer 3 gourmet meals a day in the tranquility of the Panamanian rain forest, hiking, surfing, beach combing, fishing, Standup Paddle-boarding, and snorkeling. Basically anything that has to do with the ocean. Red Frog Bungalows would love to show you around this beautiful place in the world! ... more   less 
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