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“An unbelievably spellbinding island experience”

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Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa
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Farallon, Panama
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“An unbelievably spellbinding island experience”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

We've lived in Panama for 8 years and heard questionable things about Red Frog. Don't believe any of them. It is an unbelievably beautiful resort. Expect to see sloths, monkeys and parrots everywhere. We also saw boa constrictors, dolphins, plenty of turtles and the famous red frog.

Absolutely beautiful flora and fauna. Beautiful beach views everywhere. And no cars! That's right. The only way around the resort is either walking or in golf carts.

Highlights: The zip line tour is the best we've done anywhere and the manager (an ex SF soldier) and his crew are safety conscious, funny, and friendly. Went spearfishing/snorkeling with my son and had the time of our life. Fantastic snorkeling and coral/fish. The beachside restaurant is also outstanding. The three nights we ate there were very good... Order the Coco Loco (3 different rums and coconut milk in a coconut).

The accomodations were very nice. Beautiful homes on a hill looking over one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches we've been to.

One of the highlights: One of us left our backpack at the boat dock in Bocas del Toro (Bastimento). Larry who is the head of guest services called the boat dock and had the manager grab the backpack. Larry then waited as we took a boat all the way back to Bocas to pick up the backpack and return to Red Frog to make sure we got it back and had a ride back to our villa. That's first class service.

A really amazing experience. And would highly recommend this. Once of the best vacations we've had anywhere.

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  • Stayed March 2014
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Johnstown, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

After having been to Hawaii, the Caribbean and various places in Mexico, we decided to try Panama. Red Frog Beach is simply stunning! You feel as though you have an entire island to yourself as you take the 5 minute boat ride from Bocas del Toro to your quiet oasis. The villas are exceptional and affordable...an upscale home away from home. Punta Lava restaurant is reasonably priced for an island resort and the food was excellent, especially the seafood and peanut butter gelato! Turtle beach, which is only a short walk from Red Frog Beach, is breathtaking. Even though we visited Red Frog during a busier time of year, we had the entire beach to ourselves for a whole day! Our villa had jungle views from the back and unobstructed ocean views from the front. The fresh water pool was a great bonus. Wondering how you get around the island? Golf carts, which was a nice change from other vacation spots that we have been to, where you have to walk or take a taxi everywhere you go. The staff is very helpful and they all speak English, so no worries there. The zipline/ropes course was by far the best one we have experienced in all of our adventures. Red Frog will always have a special place in my heart as we were engaged at "The Point" in March 2014. There could not be a better place or more romantic setting than Red Frog Beach. We will definitely be back, hopefully for our Honeymoon, 1st year anniversary, 2nd year anniversary etc. :)

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

The resort was amazing - a beautiful location and a very relaxing atmosphere. The view from the Villa was like a piece of heaven. The service and food at Punta Lava was exceptional - great steaks, fresh fish - absolutely wonderful.

The staff at Red Frog Beach made our vacation extremely stress free from the moment we landed at the airport in Boca.

The scenery and atmosphere are beyond words. The nature walks were great and the zip line was the best we had ever experienced.

I would recommend this resort to anyone!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Think of a gated community in the US that is half built and in the jungle and you'll get the idea. Sadly it seems that no one purchased enough homes so now they'e trying to make it a "resort".
Were the beaches great and the jungle beautiful? No doubt! But there are better places to stay in the area if you're on vacation. There is painfully little infrastructure that one would expect at a "resort". The roads were half built and because it's a development the distances that need to be covered between your villa (actually a full blown vacation home) are vast. You can indeed rent a golf cart for extra $$'s which is a must and quite fun but they don't really tell you this. Many of the roads are dirt/ mud with big hills and no lights so just going to dinner would be a hour hike in the dark. There is only one restaurant. The owners were new and were making a go of it. It was also a fun place to hang but not without it's issues. The menu was limited (but good) and things like breakfast were a bit inconsistent as to whether or not someone would even show up.
The "villas" do have full kitchens and if they would let you know in advance you could show up having shopped for groceries in Bocas town. We weren't expecting to have to self cater and weren't there long enough to make it worth taking a water taxi back to town to get supplies.
Other annoyances were that when we showed up in Bocas town and went to their office to sort things out and get a water taxi over to the island no one was there. Mind you it was in the middle of the day during regular business hours. They just took the afternoon off.
After a few phone calls (to a call center in the USA) we got the info on what water taxi to take and we managed to get the very last one over to the resort. On arrival it all seemed a little confused about what we had booked and it turns out that they were going to put us in a "shared villa". What this means in plain english is that you will be staying in a vacation home with someone else that you don't know. You will have a bedroom and they will have a bedroom and all the common areas in the house are to be shared....weird!!
If you want a vacation home to rent with family or friends in a beautiful part of the world where you mostly fend for yourselves then this is a great option and a great deal.
If you're looking for a luxury resort/ lodge with amenities to match then look elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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NYC
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

My stay at Red Frog was top notch from start to finish. The beauty of the surrounding area is truly amazing, bocas has such a great set of small islands and I love the water taxis from town and to and from restaurants. Red Frog beach is one of the nicest I have ever been to, hands down. The Punta Lava restaurant food is truly exquisite and their drinks are great too! My 3 year old loved riding around in the golf cart and all of the wildlife. While we were there we saw monkeys 2 different times (about 8 monkeys or so), sloths (and a baby one), red frogs, large toads, amazing birds, and even a hermit crab that he played with all afternoon. The Villas are incredible and I loved just having lunch, going for a swim in the pool and sitting outside reading my book and then the next day going on an amazing adventure! Can't say enough good things about this vacation, this place has it all! I will definitely be back and am telling everyone how amazing this place is. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: The villas are soooo worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

This has been one of the best destinations I have ever traveled to!From the moment you arrive at Bocas Airport,its one new experience after another.Eventhough you know you are going to visit an island,it's kinda cool to have to get a boat across.Once there this place is amazing!
From the quirky way of getting about(your own private golf car)to the lovely relaxing beachside restaurant and your own pool at your villa pure bliss.After two days we hit the zip line,another totally different experience,whizzing past monkeys at tree top has to be a rare event in ones life and terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.On our final evening ,we had a massage on the balcony of our villa,overlooking the ocean and listening to Parrots and woodpeckers was special and is oftebn remembered with great fondness and dare I say longing in Irelands cold,dark,winter.
Red Frog comes highly recommended and I for look forward to a return visit in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

My stay at Red Frog Beach resort was wonderful! I felt like I was in paradise. I went with a group of friends to attend a wedding. We stayed in a 3 bedroom villa. The villas are amazing! It's like you're staying in a very fancy house surrounded by jungle and beach. I think you definitely get your money's worth for the type of place you're staying in. The people at the resort were all very friendly and helpful. There's amazing wildlife on the island-we spotted monkeys, sloths, beautiful birds, iguanas, and cute island dogs. The activities are really fun and the beaches are gorgeous. I recommend signing up for the outings like ziplining/snorkeling etc. We went on a great one to some of the nearby islands to go snorkeling and eat and go dolphin watching!
TIPS:
1. Be sure to rent a golf cart if you can (do it beforehand) because you'll use that to get around the island. You can walk, but it gets very hot there and the golf cart is just easier. Also, it is VERY dark at night so you likely won't want to walk through the forest/jungle to the restaurants or beaches after dark. We weren't sure if we would use it when booking because we're in good shape--and then we did ALL THE TIME. Get one!
2. Buy groceries/beer/wine etc. in Bocas Town before you come to the island. There isn't a grocery store on Isla Bastimientos. The closest you'll get is at Kayukos (a cafeteria/recreation type restaurant), where they have a small store. You'll have a great big kitchen in your villa so it's fun to be able to have your kitchen stocked. If you forget you can take one of the ferry boats. There are two restaurants on the island which we ate at a lot Kayukos (cost effective) and Punta Lava (Nice but more expensive) so you can also easily eat there all the time if you don't bring food.
3. Buy BUG SPRAY in Bocas Town! There are lots of bugs and mosquitos. We wore bug spray every day, multiple times a day. I think they also sell some bug spray at Kayukos restaurant.

This place is amazing. It takes planes and boat rides to get here but my friends and I would definitely go back. Enjoy!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa
Address: Bocas del Toro, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Frog Beach offers upscale villas to rent with private pools and so much adventure to enjoy on Isla Bastimentos. If you like nice beaches and exploring jungle--this is the perfect place. Two restaurants, 4 beaches, Zipline, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, sailing and famous cave tour. ... more   less 
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