We stayed here for 4 days, 3 nights as a large group (2 families, 10 people total) toward the end of our Panama spring break vacation last week. After a lengthy and most interesting journey to get there (4hr bus trip from Boquete including getting stuck for hours in some local political protest in the middle of the jungle with temperatures topping 90 degrees in the shade) we were just anxious to arrive. We were not disappointed. As a disclaimer, personally I was not that big of a fan of Bocas Town. Perhaps I would've enjoyed it more 20 years ago, just married, childless and carefree, but with kids, a wee bit older and wanting just a little bit more comfort this was just not my scene. I'm not judging - it is what it is, it's just not for me. Eclypse de Mar on the other hand is absolutely perfect! It is a small, exclusive eco-resort with six luxuriously decorated over-water bungalows and two rooms in the main building. Malena, the owner, and her staff are just delightful, friendly and extremely helpful with everything. The vibe is Caribbean and mellow, but very safe and never lacking in attending to the guests' needs. This resort is perhaps not as secluded and quiet as the *other* luxury over-water property in Bocas, but this is made up with the much more appropriate (read: not overpriced) room charges, excellent local cuisine, and ease of getting around. The resort includes a large jungle area with a hiking trail where we spotted sloths, the famed red poison dart frogs, turtles and caimans. While the bungalows are not on a beach but near mangroves, the water is shallow and the ground sandy, and it is very safe to swim and snorkel (no stingrays!). It is also but a super short boat ride to Red Frog Beach. All in all, we had a wonderful time here and nobody wanted to leave. We would most definitely come back here in a heartbeat!
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- Also Known As:
- Eclypse De Mar Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Eclypse De Mar Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro