We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Shabby expensive and water in the bathroom smelled like sewage”
Review of Buccaneer Resort

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Buccaneer Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Carenero Island
Level Contributor
52 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Shabby expensive and water in the bathroom smelled like sewage”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We made our reservation, based on other trip advisor recommendations. This hotel is shabby, dirty, not maintained and the water in the bathroom smelled like sewage! I tried to find anyone to help with the revolting sewage water in the bathroom, to no avail. I was not given a refund for the one night we slept in a room with sewage water, but they did allow us to leave after the one night.

It is a shame, because it is located on a gorgeous cove, lush rainforest all around, and looking across a pretty bay to other islands.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank AW1008
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

125 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    34
    51
    8
    9
    23
See reviews for
11
58
3
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (11)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
bayside, WI
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

My friend and I didnt know where we were going to stay. A water taxi in Bocas town said he'd take us to 3 places to ck out. Buccaneer was #2. We fell in love with our sweet jungle bungalow. Elizabeth and her brother Gino who run the place bent over backwards for us.Beautiful and gracious people. We stayed for 6 unforgettable days.of all the tiny resorts on this island Buccaneer has the best swimmable beach. Like bath water. Breakfast ever day at BiBis down the beach. Buccaneer gives u a $5 off pp coupon to use.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank missgroove
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2014

The Buccaneer is in a silent beach, away from all the fuss of Bocas. We loved it, and partly because of the friendly service of Elizabeth! She makes everything possible, nothing a problem and everything comes with a smile.
The beachfront bungalow is redecorated and now goodlooking and clean. The first few nights we were aline in the house ( there are 3 other rooms in it), but when the other rooms were occupied it got a little noisy... Think that also depends on the other peeople.

In short: we loved it! If you enjoy silence and peaceful living, you will enjoy it. If you're looking for bars and nightlife, stay on Bocas.

Room Tip: The cabanas are more private, but the facilities of the beachfront bungalow seem slightly better
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank TanenBel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Playa Coronado, Panama
Level Contributor
33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Ok..the positive: Elizabeth and her brother who seem to manage the property are lovely, friendly people. They want their guests to be happy and were very helpful at making changes in our accommodations..2 of them in fact. We first chose a raised cabana, that had AC, no hot water, no wifi and no mini fridge. We were told a fridge would be brought to us from another room, however, after viewing a second story room from the outside, with a hammock, we asked to relocate to that room, and we were quickly granted our request. This room also had AC, it worked well, wifi that we could only access from Bibi's, the restaurant across the path, a sink, a fridge that didn't work at all, no hot water and two bedrooms: one with a queen bed, the front room with two twins. We slept in the queen bed, however, one of the " walls " in our bedroom was a set of louver doors , and provided great access for me to be eaten alive by no see ums all night, and earlier in the day..sand fleas. All of the Deet in Panama, and I used a boat load, didn't even phase these biting bugs. Hoping for a better experience, I explained my discomfort to Elizabeth, and she agreed to again relocate us a room below the was fully screened in.This room also had AC, a sitting porch with table and chairs, and again..no hot water, but a working fridge and again, wifi from Bibi's... but when Bibi's closes, so does the wifi. Aside from the bug bites, the rooms needed a thorough cleaning. The linens were just ok at best and the comments I had read previously by Chris and Jessica about remodeling, seemed to be just that: comments. We did not feel at all the it was a fair value for the stay. The beach is lovely, and it is a rustic place..that is taken into consideration, but I caution anyone to have a frank conversation about what you expect and what you will receive before checking in. And IF you are prone to the bug bites, avoid it all together. We learned AFTER checking out from literally every person we spoke to, that Carenero and the Buccaneer are KNOWN for this problem. Bibi's is great.,good food, friendly people, excellent drinks. If it weren't for the kindness of Elizabeth and her brother, and another young girl, I would rate it " poor ", but the three of them really did their best to make our stay pleasant. Even without the bug bites, I personally would not return to the Buccaneer. However, do check out Bibi's..they do a have great food and drinks with a really fun and friendly staff!

Room Tip: Stay in a fully enclosed, screened in space. Take mosquito coils and slather yourself in bug repelle...
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Kimberely412
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

In Bocas for a 10 day surfing trip, we didn't want to join the party crowds of Bocas town so stumbled apron Buccaneer whilst staying at Casa Acuario. We were looking for a less expensive room and as it was low season, Elizabeth in the office gave us a deal for the week. We had a cool looking hut, raised from the ground, that looked out to the water, only feet from the lapping waves. The space was cute, a bit damp but then it did rain every day and there were the craziest storms. No leaks though as I think the roofs had recently been done. I loved being close to Bibis ( the $5 off every mornings breakfast was a nice touch ) and we ate most of our meals there. We loved the staff and quite frankly the bar tender in the evenings makes the best fruit margaritas I have ever tasted! Try the passion fruit margaritas! Internet was available at the restaurant and sitting outside Elizabeth's office. There are sand fleas on this island and slathering on the insect repellant becomes the norm. But it is rustic, gorgeously unspoiled, quiet, close to town ( $2 boat rides ) and feels like a little community. Best of all my husband was able to walk along the path thru the trees and mangroves to the best wave in the whole area. I would go back here in a heartbeat, absolutely love it. If you are squeamish about little crabs in the sand, don't like camping, must have air conditioner 24/7 and a tv... you might not like it here.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank jenpenpics
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
bucresort, Manager at Buccaneer Resort, responded to this review, 25 August 2013
As of august 16, 2013 the Buccaneer Resort is under new management. We are remodeling and catering to any past issues addressed here on trip advisor from our guests. We will have new photos up soon and any other information. Hope to see you soon here at the Buccaneer!
Thankyou, Jessica and Chris
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2013

We traveled to Bocas with 3 other couples and picked this place to stay. We liked being away from Bocas Town but only a quick boat ride away if we needed action. I loved being so close to the water but in a cabin-like feel. The restaurant was delicious and if you absolutely needed to jump on wi-fi, it was available there. This was truly a unique experience, staying here. We weren't looking for 5-star, stuffy hotel so this worked out perfectly and very reasonable.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank ahploda
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 May 2013

We loved our stay at the buccaneer (or how the locals call it bucaneros). This was our destination for our honeymoon, and after seing the information on their website we made a reservation and headed that way. This hotel is not on the main island, which we found nice because it's not quite as busy and more secluded. It is important to mention that if you are taking this vacation thinking this is like the US, where everything is open 24/7 and everything opens on time then you won't enjoy Panama in general. People here are on island time, which we loved because that's what vacations should be like, relaxed and laid back. So with that said, we arrived to the island quite early due to our flight schedule and waited for the office to open. The staff was absolutely wonderful. Very caring and promtp to assist you with any of your needs. They can call boats for you, set up tours, advise which places to visit depending on what you want to see, ect. Be mindful that they do close at night so if you have plans to go to another island make sure you have a boat called to come get you before they close.
The room was very clean, and the price was great (we got a student discount!). It is rustic and simple, but when you have such beautiful beaches around who needs a tv. We didn't have a problem with bugs inside the room. When outside always put "off" or use the coconut oil that they sell.
There is a restaurant in the hotel, Bibi's, the staff is so nice and attentive. We loved the food, breakfast was so peaceful specially if you came right when they open because everything is so calm with a beautiful view of the sea. Dinner was my favorite because there are lights under the restaurant and you can see rays sometimes. Breakfast was about $5 per person, lunch maybe around $8, and dinner around $15.
Overall, if you love the beach and want a very relaxing place to stay with people who care about you then this is the place to go.

Room Tip: we stayed in the individual cabanas
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Niconpl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Carenero Island
1.0 mi away
Tropical Suites Hotel
Tropical Suites Hotel
#1 of 13 in Bocas Town
529 reviews
1.2 mi away
Hotel Palma Royale
Hotel Palma Royale
#3 of 13 in Bocas Town
414 reviews
1.1 mi away
Hotel Bocas del Toro
Hotel Bocas del Toro
#2 of 13 in Bocas Town
388 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.6 mi away
Hotel Caribbean View
Hotel Caribbean View
#2 of 3 in Isla Bastimentos
72 reviews
2.9 mi away
Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa
Red Frog Beach Island Resort & S...
#1 of 3 in Isla Bastimentos
497 reviews
1.6 mi away
Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Buccaneer Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Buccaneer Resort

Property: Buccaneer Resort
Address: Cayo Carenero, Carenero Island, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Carenero Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Carenero Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Buccaneer Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small resort/hotel on Isla Carenero across from Bocas on Colon Island. Recently purchased, and being completely renovated. A white sandy beach on the south-east stretch of the island provides a great starting point for many local activities. A new Royal 2-bedroom suite has been added with a full kitchen. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Booking.com and Priceline so you can book your Buccaneer Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Buccaneer Hotel Carenero Island
Buccaneer Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Carenero Island

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing