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“Great place to stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Marlin Resort

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Blue Marlin Resort
Ranked #15 of 22 Hotels in Isla Colon
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“Great place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2006

My girlfriend and I recently spent 10 days in Panama and had a unbelievable time exploring the country. We stayed in the Bocas Del Toro area for three nights and on one of those nights we had the pleasure of staying at Blue Marlin Resort.

The Blue Marlin Resort is on Isla Carneros which is about a 2 minute water taxi ride ($1 per person) from the main Bocas town. The Blue Marlin Resort is not well demarcated, thre are no signs for the hotel in town, or on the island when you reach the dock. You'd be better served to ask the taxi to take you to the Pickled Pirate Restaurant on Carneros because they'll know where that is, and it is same dock used by the hotel.

The room we had was nice, it had a great cabin vibe to it. I found evertyhing to be quite adequate and somewhat spacious. The staff was hard to find sometimes but they were friendly and helpful. The island is beautiful, very tranquil and away from the hustle and bustle of Isla Colon and Bocas town. There are nearby beaches on Carneros within easy walking distance of Blue Marlin where you can do some light snorkeling and swimming.

Only criticism of this place is same of any other place that is not in Bocas town, if you want to go out at night it's very hard to find a water taxi. Most stop running after 10 p.m. When we made this reservation we knew we would want the first night to relax so it was perfect. We enjoyed the serene setting of the island, and had some refreshing cocktails and beers at the Pickled Pirate Restaurant (30 second walk from room). The next two nights we were ready to live a little so we stayed in Bocas town.

Would definitely stay here again on a return trip when wanting to relax for a night or two.

  • Stayed April 2006
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2006

The Blue Marlin Hotel, and Pickled Parrot restaurant on Carenero Island are fantastic.I stayed for 2 weeks. The host, George and Yessica are fun people who know how to make guest feel at home. The food in the Pickled Parrot was fantastic. The 3 lovely local ladies that work there make the meals a pleasure. My room was directly on the beach with windows that opened out. The rooms were large and clean. A nice size front sitting room and door leads to the bedroom and bathroom. I checked all of the other hotels on the Island and this was by far the nicest and largest rooms.And it's secluded at the far end of the Island but, close enough to walk to the middle of the Island where the locals and ex pats. live.The food was good the rates are great. I would go back tomorrow if I had the time. But I will return soon. Yessica and George are truly good vacation ambassadors.They made you feel at home without being over bearing. it's 5 minutes by water taxi to Bocas , where all the action takes place.On Bocas there are lots of Internation tourist preparing to go off to different Islands for a Panamanian adventure.This place is not to be missed. Oh, it's very natural. Like taking an Eco tour on your own.
Go and enjoy.

14 Thank singtravel
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Property: Blue Marlin Resort
Address: Isla Carenero, Isla Colon, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Isla Colon
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Blue Marlin Hotel
Blue Marlin Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon

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