This review is long overdue. I suppose putting off writing the review was my way of not letting my trip be complete. Upon arrival into Bocas airport we were met right away by a quiet gentleman, taken by taxi-truck to a shanty along the waterfront and told to sit in a shabby boat in clear barnacle-filled water. The rain had started and we zoomed off into the vast waters for what seemed too long to be possible (less than 40 minutes) all the while, dodging the rain while the quiet man smiled. This man we found out later was Sebastian, the main go-to guy that help out Lloyd and Sue at the lodge. As our trip progressed we saw what a valuable person Sebastian was to have around as he was so kind, talented and hard working. Before getting to the lodge, the boat stopped at a gas station oasis and supplies were picked up. Such a strange start to what became a wonderful experience! BTW, the store there sells freshly made empanadas for 30 cents each and are delicious!
We pulled up to the lodge and it was still raining. The other guests were just finishing up their breakfast and Sue invited us to dry off and eat while Lloyd and Sebastian carried in our belongings. After breakfast we met the stars of the place – Bella and Angus, the resident bulldogs. Sue gave us a quick orientation of the lodge and the grounds. We were free to explore!
The nice thing about a place like Casa Cayuco is that one can do as much or as little as one pleases. I am a do-er so we walk along the water, chatted with the locals, helped a local child catch fish, spotted red frogs in the forest, kayaked over the reef, paddle boarded and played with the bulldogs. These are all activities that were to be done steps from the property! Day tours included too many things one can do in the time allotted. I high recommend the trip to the secluded Zap II Island. This is a place people usually only see on postcards and travel magazines. The clearest water where one can see at least 30 feet down to the ocean floor. This was the best snorkeling I have ever experienced as the variety of marine and plant life were vast. We also did the bat cave tour. While the bat cave itself was just ok, the kind guide, Milton, a local Gnobe indian, was an experience in itself, along with Sebastian boating us along the islands trying to locate him and shouting into the forest, trying to get him to come out!
We had reserved the Delphin cabin, which has a queen bed and 2 twin beds along the wall. It was very spacious, tidy and the bathroom had hot water and a properly flushing toilet. It is an open air cabin and geckos are welcomed regular visitors as they eat mosquitos. The Delphin cabin is located 2 cabins from the water. You can still the beach from your room as it is only a 10 second walk to the beach. Keep in mind you can hear the other guests in the cabin in front if they are not using a hushed tone. If you want the most secluded cabin, opt for the 2 bedroom jungle cabin one as it is located by itself behind the main lodge.
The meal and appetizers are included which is a time everyone looks forward to. Sue makes the most remarkable meals with what she is provided with. My guy was worried before we arrived that he would be hungry since he is a big eater. Going hungry was never an issue. We had fresh fish, fresh coconut, amazing hummus and other gourmet delicacies. Sue is a seriously good cook and anyone would be lucky to eat her food!
Many people think Sue and Lloyd have a dream job. Sue and Lloyd do a fantastic job in making their job look like a dream job. The lodge is located in such a pristine, beautiful, secluded area and they work very hard to make sure their guests have all their needs met. They are on the clock 24/7 working plus are always available for a friendly chat. They have mastered the balance of professionalism and friendliness.
Casa Cayuco is a place that needs to be experienced. Go and play with the bulldogs for me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Cayuco is a truely unique and intimate eco-resort that sits directly on the only calm beach in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. If you crave beauty, nature, adventures on land and sea, seclusion, delicious food and local cultures - Casa Cayuco is the place for you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Cayuco Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Casa Cayuco Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro