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Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge
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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
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“Great place, great service, great food, great people”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

Stayed here over the holiday and it was a wonderful time. The grounds are like walking through a botanical conservatory and the cabanas are spacious and nice. Renee, Jim, Jay, Natalia, and Ramon were so friendly and would bend over backwards to make sure you had everything you needed. From the time they meet you at the airport till the time they drop you off (thank you Jay!), everything is taken care of for you. There are many things to do (caving with Natalia was a blast) and you can just relax, too. And the food was very good. After an active day, we looked forward to meeting in the main house, having drinks and appetizers, and then sitting down to a nice meal each night. Highly recommend.

Mark, Donna, and Oliva Carey

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Great family trip!
Loved the Owners!
Employees were Outstanding!
Great accommodations!

My kids said this was the best trip they ever had within the first 3 hours.

But the best thing about the trip were the Guides. They went out of the way to make this a great trip for me and my kids.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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San Clemente, CA
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Many thanks to Jay, Jim and Renee for the outstanding time I had a few weeks ago at Tranquilo Bay Resort. What a beautiful place! Great staff, good food, and comfortable and lovely accommodations. I was there mostly for the fishing, and despite being off season, I caught 4 nice tarpon and an assortment of other game fish. The owners have a great operation. I would totally recommend Tranquilo Bay.

Casey - California

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

We loved this place. Jim, Jay and Renee, the Texans who own and run it, are simply awesome people and go out of there way to organise your day- snorkelling, surfing (world class on the right day), bird watching, jungle hiking, fishing, animal spotting, kayaking, etc. Jim and Jay built the place themselves and spared no expense and effort doing so. And it shows. The location is marvellous-- the side of a jungle-covered-island that sits next to ocean reefs and mangroves. This place is pricey but the experience makes it well worth it. It is an ideal place for a young family and anyone who loves the outdoors. What makes it extra special is the dedication of jay and Jim when they take you on tours. Make sure you get Jim to take you through the jungle: he knows it like the back of his hand. And get the boys to take you to secret surf spots as well--- the area is a great place to explore.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

All I can say is WOW! what a wonderful place,complemented by even more wonderful people!!
My friend ,his son and I had 7 short days with Jim,Jay, Rene,Franklin,the kids, Natalia/Turtle,Ramon and the crew it seemed like it passed in short hrs. The entire crew made us feel like family from beginning to end!! We all felt like we had made true friends.There is so much natural diversity to see and live that 2 or 3 weeks would be a better time block to plan for my next trip to Tranquilo!
This was my 5th trip to panama/4 Pacific side 1st to the Atlantic side, what a hidden gem!
Watch Out! we will come back...
Thankyou for a wonderful vacation!
Marty

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Our family of 4 (kids aged 9 and 7) visited Tranquilo Bay for 3 nights over spring break. We all loved it! The personal attention of the guides (Natalia and Ramon) and owners (Jim, Jay and Rene) made us feel very special and helped us create a personalized adventure experience that was just right for our family. We had a wonderful guided hike through the rainforest and saw many beautiful birds, monkeys and frogs. We also kayaked through mangroves and the snorkeling was fabulous since the water was very warm. The newly constructed bird tower was a great way to see the birds from a new perspective. The accommodations were very clean and the AC felt nice after a day of activities. Laundry service was also a treat, especially since we had a lot of dirty clothes by the time we arrived! All meals were included and the food was very good. We would highly recommend a stay at Tranquilo Bay! It is one of our family's favorite places we have ever stayed.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Santa Cruz California
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

From the minute Natalia met us at the airport to the taxi, boat, and short walk to our cabana we felt welcomed and a part of the group we soon met at breakfast. Tranquilo Bay has a special niche in the travel world. Rene, Jim and Jay, the owners, as well as Natalia and Ramon the guides, have warm welcoming personalities, are rich with knowledge about the history and culture of Panama as well as any other thing you could possibly discuss. Every one of them is around doing different things on the property. The kids, Trace and Boty are darling,They are geniuses for what they created. Also I think it was quite smart to bring in Natalia and Ramon, who we bonded with right off the bat. Tim and I took many excursions with them, including the bat cave and underwater jelly fish. Amazing stuff. We spent a week here and really loved all of it. The cabanas are nicer than they look on the web site. If you can afford it and want a different kind of experience I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge

Property: Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge
Address: Facing Zapatilla Cayes, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Bastimentos
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquilo Bay is a deluxe lodge providing comfort and adventure in the jungle. Our packages include activities, delicious meals, beverages, transportation and very comfortable accommodations. Contact us directly for reservations. ... more   less 
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Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro

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