What an unbelievable experience. Unfortunately We took the long way there...A five hour flight and an 11 hour bus ride that was nothing but exhausting and stressful. But as soon as our water taxi dropped us off at the dock and we met Calvin, instantly, and I mean instantly, all the stress and fatigue melted away like it never happened. Calvin brings a vibe that makes you feel at home and as if you've known him your whole life. Before you do anything with you bags, it's sit and enjoy a fresh picked coconut, top popped off and a straw for sipping. All this while sitting out on the patio, looking out, through a tropical jungle above the Caribean sea. Words can't explain the view and what you feel while you relax and take this all in. The island is amazing, one thing to take into consideration when choosing an island in Bocas, most of the islands are surrounded by mangroves, which breed a nasty insect called chichas (or something like that) which when they bite, they leave nasty irritated blisters. So....you'll have to always wear smelly bug spray. But not on Calvin's Island. Bastimentos is one of the only islands that has no mangroves on this particular side of the island, so no chichas. As a matter of fact, I don't believe I was even bitten by a mosquito. Plus the island has two small grocery stores, which means, no water taxi to the main island for beer, wine and snakes (like the other islands) :0. At breakfast, Calvin whips up the most delicious frozen Banana, mango papaya smoothies along with gourmet coffee. When Calvin gives advise on tours and places to see and eat, take his advice. He knows the islands and everyone nows calvin. when you catch a water taxi, just tell them your going to Calvin's and they know exactly what island and where to drop you.
Calvin, I just want to thank you. It was by chance we ended up there, but I can tell you it won't be the last. See ya soon my friend, I'm still dreaming of this place that so few know about. I almost hate to let such a secret out to the world. Cheers!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a eco-friendly boutique hotel. We are always trying to have less of an effect on our surroundings. Our place offers a great view of the ocean and an oasis from the cold world. All on a tropical island in the Caribbean. Just up the hill from Old Bank Park on the cement side walk straight ahead. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Free Spirit Oasis Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro