We stayed here in May 2014 in a 1 bedroom bungalow and couldn't believe our luck in finding such a beautiful place to stay for such a bargain. Careening Cay is nestled in a lovely garden teeming with life on Isla Carenero - you can choose from a house on stilts over the water or a tucked away bungalow right in the 'jungle'.
The facilities are amazing, fantastic air conditioning, brilliant warm shower, little deck outside with gorgeous rocking chairs where my friend and I sat on a warm summery evening reading our books! You even get breakfast included which is absolutely gorgeous and fresh; fruit, french toast, pancakes, perfect scrambled eggs (and I am a perfectionist when it comes to eggs!), tea, coffee the works.
It's a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant (Cosmic Crab), the staff have a great rapport and made us feel very welcome (we stayed for 2 weeks!!), the wifi was really strong (enough for us to watch breaking bad on netflix when it rained) and there are 3 beautiful, well behaved doggies.
Joan and Steve (the owners) are very attentive, welcoming and professional - they tended to our every need. We are both vegetarian and Joan even specially made guacamole for us (not even on the menu). The food itself is of a really high standard, there's a huge menu of delicious fresh fish / meat and veggie dishes. The restaurant takes sustainability very seriously which was a huge plus for us.
All in all, I couldn't say a bad word about the place and recommend anyone considering a stay in the Bocas, who would like a relaxed atmosphere in gorgeous yet affordable private cabins to come and stay at the Careening Cay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our waterfront paradise is on the island, Isla Carenero. The resort now encompasses 6 1/2 acres of lush, tropical landscaping and over 600 feet of waterfront. Our backyard is verdant rain forest. We sit on a point facing west, which captures the refreshing Caribbean breeze and offers up fabulous sunsets. We are just a two minute boat ride across the bay to Bocas Town. We enjoy the convenience of close proximity to town, yet are removed from the hub hub, noise, pavement, cars and heat, while on our own tropical island.The resort is peaceful and quiet. We have hummingbird feeders throughout. Many different birds, including parrots can be heard singing and conversing in the trees. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Careening Cay Hotel Carenero Island
- Cosmic Crab Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Carenero Island