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“Comfy, clean, relaxed, affordable & on the water!”
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Casa Acuario
Vail, Colorado
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11 reviews
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“Comfy, clean, relaxed, affordable & on the water!”
Reviewed 11 June 2012

After much searching, we felt like we found the best spot here at Casa Acuario! The owner Joanna was a lovely host, very interesting and welcoming. The room was spacious, comfy and clean and the price is right. All of the rooms open directly on to the dock, where you can see dolphins, starfish and tons of fish in the turquoise water outside your door!! The rooms also had a/c and a t.v., which were added bonuses! Our room was on the main level, next time we will ask to be on the top level, better view and then people will not be walking by your window. There is not a ton of things to do on Isla Carenero, but luckily it is only a $1 boat ride to Isla Colon. It is worth walking around the island, but parts of it are a little dingy. For us, it was a much better option that Isla Colon though as it was much quieter and more relaxed. Was never a problem to get a water taxi, just flicker the light on the dock and one will speed over! We had an early morning flight, and even at 6am, we had no problem.
Breakfast was available for purchase, but fresh coffee is free every morning. We felt so comfortable just hanging out in the common area where there is internet and little kitchen stocked with beer and water. We enjoyed getting to Joanna as well. Joanna's staff is friendly and helpful in assisting with excursions and even did our laundry!!
We would definitely go back!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Plano, TX
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

My wife and I were incredibly lucky to find this hidden gem! Price was very reasonable. Eclectic decor and beautiful view made this our best vacation stay ever. Owner and her staff were incredibly pleasant and helpful. We will definitely stay here again when we return.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Cannot recommend Casa Acuario highly enough. My girlfriend and I spent 3 nights here in March and it was perfect. The room was large and spacious with a large balcony perfect for lazing away in the hammock looking at into the ocean. You can swim right off the casa into the sea which is great or there is a small sandy beach right next door. The owner Joanie is really friendly and has a really interesting life story! Plus Edgar who works there is really efficient as well. The lounge area is quiet and there is water/fruit/honesty bar all there. Also Toni the local fisherman works with the hotel and he tooks us out for a whole day on his boat for just $70 - an amazing day.

Carenero island is much quieter than Bocas Town and is a great option for couples. If the sun shines and the sea is aqua blue there is nowhere I'd rather have been! Thanks!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Holland
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We had a great stay at this hotel. Stayed in two different rooms, both beautifully decorated and made you feel like you're staying on a boat. We came here without reservations. The hotel is overlaying the water. There's a lot of boat-traffic in front of the hotel which makes it a little noisy. Only a meager continental breakfast is included and if you want eggs, you'll have to pay for them.
They should give you a nice breakfast for the amount you're paying for the room.
Staff is friendly, especially the lady that works here daily. She speaks great english and is very gracious. All in all a very good experience and sad to leave!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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New York City
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Great choice if your heading to bocas. Great location. Close to town, close to breaks, bring ear plugs.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Hoisdorf
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

From the huge wooden balcony of our big big room on the first floor, we could clearly see the big star fish on the ground of the super-clear water. And all the colourful fish. The pelicans - two different kinds - were flying all around the house, a perfect place to watch these wonderful birds from the hammock on the balcony. The room was lovely, all made in wood, and spotlessly clean. There is no bar or restaurant, but a shop is close by, as well as a restaurant (Bibi's on the beach). People are very friendly. During our stay, there was a water shortcut, but before we even realized this, we received two huge buckets with water delivered to our door. This place was paradise.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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81 reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Some hotels offer ocean view, ocean front, sea view, etc... this hotel is right on the water! your view from all sides will be clear waters. The rooms are very comfy and clean. Getting a taxi boat to and from the hotel is easy, never had a problem not even at 4 AM. The staff is friendly and helpful (when they're around), perhaps that's the only downside of this property, that staff is not always around and it doesn't offer restaurant or bar services, just breakfast, but it's good!

I highly recommend this place. Take a week off and visit Bocas, stay at Casa Acuario, have a nice cold Balboa beer, and relax on your hammock.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Acuario
Address: Carenero Island | Bocas Del Toro, Carenero Island, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Carenero Island
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Carenero Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa Acuario 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
King suite overlooking crystal clear water abundant with tropical fish and sea life. Great swimming and snorkeling spot with pretty sandy beasch.This spacious suite situated upstairs offers one king bed and one double bed with A/C, Cable TV, WiFi, private bathroom with hot water, hardwood floors and french doors opening out to your own private patio overlooking water with mountain views, hammock and seating. Full and continental breakfast with local fruits offered. Enjoy the covered leisure terrace wired for wireless internet and kitchen area. Guest fridge is avaialble for guest use. The Inn is located on a tropical island, Isla Carenero, directly across from Bocas del Toro and a three minute boat ride. This island features world class surfing, hiking nature trails, pristine beaches, restaurants, bars, kayak, surf board and paddle board rentals and other amenities. We will help you arrange your island adventures, diving trips and surfing tours with a pick up at the inn. The price of the rooms is as follows: King suite double occupancy $99. Per night . Queen suite double occupancy $88.Chrildren under 10 for free. Extra adults $10. Each . ... more   less 
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Casa Acuario Hotel Carenero Island
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