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Jardines Vista del Mar Condos
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Isla Colon, Panama
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24 reviews
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“Home Away From Home”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

First I need to say Muhammad and Rosie are great people and will do whatever is reasonable to help their guests. My wife and I had a destination wedding and we had four different families staying here, including my future mother-in-law. All of our guest said they felt very comfortable here and it felt like they were in their own vacation home. The beds were great, kitchen was great and the AC works well. The view here is wonderful. I would suggest Vista del Mar for anyone that needs that feeling of home because this is home.

Room Tip: I rented all the rooms that were available and they were all good.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed 23 May 2013 via mobile

We were five friends who stayed here for a week in May. When we arrived by ferry at Bocas town we called Mohammed, the owner, and he sent a cab straight to pick us up. This was very helpful for new visitors to the island!

This condo is about a 5 minute cab ride into Bocas town, so I would recommend it if you would prefer to be set back from the more noisy/touristy scene of Bocas town. Dont worry about the distance as getting cab rides to/from anywhere is super easy and cheap, as the island's only gas station is right next door.

Mohammed was very friendly and gave us lots of tips and suggestions for things to do and places to eat during our stay. We did most of them and loved them all!!

There is a great restaurant next door that serves a delicious 6 course meal for $25. Mohammed will make a reservation for you and this is definitely something to do as it was a wonderful meal.

The pool is great to have and was kept clean. There is a beach across the street which provides a nice view for sunrise but is not good for swimming.

Downsides to this place are few, but would be lack of laundry en-suite and a non-functioning coffee maker.

Overall, great value for price!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

The condo is about 15 minutes outside of town, at the island's only gas station, so it is plenty easy to get a taxi to town, and on your return, just as easy to find. The neighborhood is primarily local people, with the three condo units side by side among small rustic houses with large yards. The location is on the very slender piece of land, so you can see the waves crash from the front deck/stairs and the calm bay off of the lanai off the back.
The condo was perfectly clean, though a bit worn in places like the pain on the doors. Each room is equipped with an independent air conditioner, allowing individual rooms to control the temperature. This was great for our group of 2 couples. The TV includes satellite with a gazillion channels if you're inclined. The kitchen has enough equipment and supplies to eat in, but is lacking any staples to accompany cooking (no salt, pepper, etc.)
The rates are super reasonable, even with the $0.60 per person/each way taxi.
Muhammed is a delightfully kind and accommodating man, I could not imagine a more responsive inn-keeper.
We did not use the pool, though it looked clean, it was not very inviting with its location just a few feet from one of the other condo units. Also, to enter or leave the property you must walk a narrow path directly next to the other condo units. It appears that the majority of these units are lived in full time, with a few units for vacation rental. The unit directly next to us seemed to be a full-time home, as we often heard a baby crying and the lanai was very crowded with built in storage units we could see through a partial barrier wall.
The unit has wifi, though we could only get a steady signal after 10 PM.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Muhammed was great, he picked us up at the airport even tho our flight with panama air was over an hour late. The condo is exactly how he described it. Muhammed gave great advice on tours and meals, and we had a very pleasant stay. We caught bad weather while in Bocas but made the best of it.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Muhammed and Rosie are extremely warm and accommodating hosts. All our needs our tended to in a flash. The apartment we rented on the ground floor lacks the views those on higher levels do, but at least you view is of lush jungle gardens. Impeccably clean and well maintained, we have been delighted with condo so far and its brand new appliances. It's a 60 cent cab ride into town per person or a 20 minute walk. Very safe and quiet area near a good super market (though getting fresh veggies is a challenge in Bocas), and also about 25 meters from Guari-Guari and about 200m from El Beso del Dragon (amazing Caribbean food).

Great little pool on site for fresh swim.

I would definitely recommend Vista del Mar's condos.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

We were picked up from the airport by Muhammed. Which was very friendly and took care of all our needs. Even when one us got hurt at the beach, did every thing he could to help us out. Have great instructions on how to get to the best places in isla colon and even the other island. We will definitely get a place from him again. A+ service.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

The condo was really nice, and the area was very quite and safe. We didn't swim in the pool but it looked clean and well looked after. Muhammed is great host, and takes care of his place and the people staying there. We will go back for sure!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Jardines Vista del Mar Condos
Address: 4 P.H. Jardines vista del Mar, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 01010100, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 40 Speciality Lodging in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Jardines Vista del Mar Condos 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
450 to 900 sq ft condos at prices lower than that of a decent hotel room, with a full kitchen and large seaview balconies or terraces in bright and breezy modern buildings. Located in a non touristy part of the Town of Bocas del Toro, 70 meters from a white sand safe swimming beach and a four minute, 60 cent pp taxi ride from all the action in the Town Center, the condos has many of the amenities you are used to. These include a swimming pool, air conditioning, cable TV, free high speed wifi Internet, a full kitchen, comfortable furniture and furnishings and comfortable beds. We offer 450 sq ft one bed room one bath condos, Standard 750 sq ft two bed room, one bath condos and Superior 900 sq ft two bed room, two ensuite condos. The two bed room condos have large balconies with sea view and the one bed room condos on the ground floor have small private terraces This is a great place to get the Caribbean flavor of Bocas del Toro. Four minutes to night clubs, bars, restaurants, tour operators,and easy access some of the nicest snorkeling spots, the best surfing beaches the best diving spots and the spectacular Red Frog and shady, tranquil Drago and Starfish beaches. The most highly rated International restaurant, Guari Guari, is a two minute walk and reputedly the best Caribbean style restaurant, El Beso de Dragon, less than five minute walk away. There is a small grocery store within 70 meters of the condo.The locals are welcoming, friendly and always ready to go out to of their way to help. Many of our guests have made new friends, not only with the locals but tourists from all parts of the world. The magic of Bocas is that you make new friends easily.Our guests have told us that they have enjoyed going to sleep to the sound of the gently rolling waves rather than that of the loud music that plays till early hours in the Town Center,Muhammed and Rosy believe that they have been lucky to have some of the greatest people as their guests, of which many have become friends. They are dedicated to do all they can to help their guests enjoy their stay and take back wonderful memories of Bocas. ... more   less 
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