Koko Resort, Bocas del Toro, Panama
This is my second trip to Bocas del Toro and my first visit to Koko Resort. The town has matured and grown since my previous trip over 10 years ago. It has definitely been discovered. It was teeming with young people with surf boards and Rastafarian hairstyles. It added to the charm.
Koko Resort is a good 15 minute walk from the center of activity but this is good because it is quiet, is on and over the water and laid back with an exclamation point. Facing West/Northwest the sunsets are beautiful and there always seem to be a cooling breeze under the large back deck. At night, the gentle lapping of the water underneath the cabin adds to the night sounds.
Koko Resort however is in need of repair. Apparently, the dock system and a neighboring cabin were destroyed in a storm so the photo used by the resort is definitely misleading. It is a little more rustic than I imagined for the price. Our hosts were friendly but through no fault of their own, the island lost electricity and water on the second day. Breakfast without coffee and a toilet without water made my wife inquire if there was another option. However, breakfast was as advertised…delicious and huge. One thing to remember is never drink the water unless it is bottled.
I always ask myself whether I would return to wherever I have stayed and the answer is qualified: Bocas Del Toro is friendlier than my first visit now that they appreciate the value of a tourist dollar but we would look for another option of places to stay. With that said, the island does not offer many upgrades but from the building that is going on, it will for a price.
We enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at the El Pecado in the center of town across from the bakery. The chef knew what he/she was doing. I had Mahi Mahi in a sauce flavored by basil. What were truly extraordinary were the roasted potatoes. I asked for the recipe but was politely but firmly refused. One of our party had pizza and it was quite good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 Minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koko Hotel Isla Colon
- Koko Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon