After travelling for a month by local buses, 3 days here, 4 days there, we wanted to put down our heavy backpacks for a while and enjoy the sea, the beach and the scenery. We found all that at the small and friendly Hotel or Residencial Dos Palmas. We first made reservations for 3 nights on the internet with Dona Lovinia who was so helpful, but once there we decided to stay for 2 weeks and really enjoyed the sunsets over the Almirante Bay with the mountains in the background, the marina just across the terrasse, the quiet breakfasts I was able to prepare in the tiny kitchen before everybody else was up, reading when not too many people were talking on the deck or just watching the orange starfish and thousands of tiny fish from the deck. At night we could hear the water under our room since the hotel is built above the water, and there was no need for AC. The hotel is located just a little away from Calle 3, the main street where most of the bars and restaurants are, and is usually very quiet, was even so during Carnival. It is also very clean thanks to Monica's good work and Lovinia's pride for her family business! We could always find her sitting at the front, watching the kids playing in the park or selling them juices, and she loved to talk...
We were very close to Boteros Bocatorenos Unidos and booked three tours with them, to snorkel and visit other islands and sights. It was very easy to get fresh fruits at a local fruit market close by and to buy the delicious fried chicken from Pollo Rosti, almost next door, which we could savour on the deck with a glass of wine or a beer from Lovinia's fridge.
Thanks Lovinia, and the two Nelsons for a great place with friendly atmosphere!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dos Palmas Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon