Both Sue and Lloyd were completely knowledgeable about the area and the local culture, and Lloyd took us on incredible boating and snorkeling trips where the reefs were unlike any we had seen in the world. If you are a person who likes to snorkel, the mangrove island reefs will really blow your mind. We snorkeled 4 of the 7 days we were there as we just couldn't get enough. We also saw a ton of dolphins on our snorkeling trips and even spotted a few sloths in the mangroves out in the ocean. We also borrowed kayaks and went kayaking through the mangroves which was very cool. Take a trip to Zapatillas Keys if you get a chance. The beach is gorgeous, and the hike into the interior was so pretty!
The property at Casa Cayuco is beautiful, and there are some nice short hikes on the island with diverse plant life, poison dart frogs, parrots and the like. There are lots of night monkeys that hang around the property as well, though they are hard to spot. The beach in front of the property is great, and the water was warm and good for swimming. Bring your water shoes as there are sea urchins and rays hanging around, but they’re easy to avoid if you shuffle your feet in the water.
We stayed in Rana which is a really nice open air room above the lodge, and we managed to spend a few nights in one of the gorgeous beach front cabins as the staff was happy to move us when a cancellation came up. The rains at night are so wonderful for sleeping, and the open air design of the cabins provided a great breeze. Plus lizards are free to come in and visit, one of my favorite things!
We traveled with our four year old daughter, and Sue and Lloyd were so kind to her and made her feel like family. She also LOVED Bella and Angus, the English bulldogs, and we’re all still talking about them regularly. Favorite afternoon activity: pina colada at the bar with Angus and Bella sitting up on bar stools watching us play Uno while we chatted with Lloyd and Sue and the other guests. Favorite afternoon snack: Greenfries, which were small fish netted under the dock which Sue seasoned and fried like French fries. Favorite dinner: curried kingfish- I have to reiterate what an amazing cook Sue is. Favorite dessert- caramel bread pudding!
I can’t say enough good things about this place and the people who run it who I now consider my friends. It is freezing today in NYC, and we spent the morning remembering our time in Panama which will get us through the rest of the winter!
- 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