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Casa Cayuco
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

The term "special place" gets over used but Casa Cayucos more than qualifies, at least from our experience of five days swimming, kayaking, fishing, visiting indigenous villages, exploring the surrounding rain forest and just laying about at this lovely small inn. Elegantly crafted from tropical hardwoods, the cluster of open-air casitas makes a light footprint between the forest and the sea on a tranquil stretch of island paradise off the northern (Caribbean) coast of Panama. To date, development on this island remains blessedly minimal. The rain forest hovers over Casa Cayucos with no lawn or manicured buffer between you and the jungle. There are bugs and geckos. You fall asleep to the splatter of a tropical downpour and wake up to the chatter of white faced Capuchin monkeys. The inn has a communal feel. Guests eat at one long table in the main lodge and are taken together by boat to fishing, snorkeling and surfing sites and to a nearby chocolate farm. If people want to be by themselves, the owners will readily accommodate, arranging candle light dinners for two on the inn's over water deck or leading private excursions to secluded beaches and surf spots. The food is hearty home cooking with Caribbean accents. A variety of freshly caught fish and locally grown fruit are the staples. Casa Cayuco's distinction owes much to the attentiveness of new owners Dave and Suzanne and to their genuine concern for their natural surroundings and for the well being of their employees. who arrive each day by foot path from a nearby village. The hard work and good cheer of these native islanders help make Casa Cayuco a welcoming destination.

Room Tip: Three of four cabins are virtually on the beach and benefit from sea breezes and views.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Shortly after we reached Casa Cayuco for our three-day stay, there was a moment where I was alone and ended up talking to myself. It was when I realized I had found the simplicity, tranquility and perfection of paradise. Here I was, in a "living room" perched over calm tropical waters punctuated by gentle waves, with a sandbar in front of me and the jungle behind me. Our hosts, a young couple who had bought the eco-lodge only nine months before, made sure that we had three beautifully-prepared meals each day, plus an afternoon snack, made from fresh local food, such as the freshly-caught fish that the local fisherman came to the dock to sell. And they made some wonderfully-creative drinks. Each night we slept well in our simple room to the multi-layered sounds of the jungle, which our room (and our shower) overlooked. During the day, we had numerous choices of things to do, ranging from a walk into the very different world of the indigenous village nearby, to a snorkeling excursion (led by the amazing indigenous free diver Sebastian), a fishing expedition, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming in the calm water that never seemed to get too deep, hiking through the jungle and around the island or just lolling around. Plus, we got to meet other guests who were interesting, adventurous and fun to be with. We hope to return soon with a bunch of our friends.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

My husband and I spent 5 wonderful days at Casa Cayuco in February. We traveled there with another couple and had a most glorious time. Dave and Suzanne are an enthusiastic young couple who are very dedicated to the enjoyment of their guests. Suzanne is a gourmet cook and, with the help of native women, prepared the most delicious meals. The meals are served either in the open air lodge or, in the evenings,out on their dock always with candle lighting - a very romantic atmosphere! Dave is very energetic and loves taking his guest wherever they want to go. We went on three snorkeling adventures with him and saw the most colorful coral, sponges, and sea life (including a yellow seahorse!) We stayed in the Delphin cabin from which we could see the beach only seconds away. Nestled in a tropical admostphere, we couldn't ask for a more ideal place to stay!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

I spent four days at Casa Cayuco. And it was very strange, I felt so relaxed that I had the impression as ifI had been there for at least a week. The place is really beautyfull. And the young couple who own Casa Cayuco are just great. They do care about their guests and their staff is very nice too. The cooking is fantastic. We had even lobster one night. They suggest very interesting excursions. What I liked most was the calm at the hotel. No sand flees at the beach, no moskitos while I was there, but many fish around the islands close by. There is even WIFI and that can be a plus. Nice private shower. Electricity. Purified water. Very good matrace and nice sheets. Moskito net. I loved the place!

Room Tip: I had a bungolow, I think it is called Pelicano and the view is wonderfull, you can see the beach an...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

My wife and I have just finished 3 months' of travelling around the world. Casa Cayuco was one of the very best places we stayed at for a whole variety of reasons. The location is fanatstic. The on the beach/edge of jungle setting is stunning, as was our room : we had the use of Pelicano on the beach. We swam and kayaked from the beach in stunningly blue water.
The resort is small so all the guests are on first name terms and the staff are fantastic. Suzanne and Dave are great hosts: they are very relaxed and friendly and this sums up the whole feel of the place. We loved the mangrove snorkelling: it was probably the most extraordinary snorkelling/diving we have ever done. The colours were fantastic and we spotted a yellow seahorse as well. The trip over to the Zapatillas Islands is also highly recommended. The food was great : the peanut butter cheesecake for pudding one night was as heavenly as the display of stars from the beach. The generous wine pour at dinner as advertised is just that and Suzanne mixes a mean cocktail too ! We were very sad to leave after 4 nights though I felt totally relaxed.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

We stayed there for 4 nights, in one of the beach front houses. If we could rate this place 6 stars we would. Everything was perfect, the hosts, Sue and Loydd, the staff, the food, the scenery, the trips, the other guests - we felt like being at home. The food made by Sue was just amazing. Unique and so tasty and with a variety - just incredible. The trips offered were perfect, boat trips to the islands for a day, snorkeling, paddeling, hiking into the rain forest, on the island or just relax. We did everything and did enjoy the unique location far away from Bocas town. (Boat ride to Bocas is expensive, but also not necessary). Unfortunatly Sue and Loydd have left the property to other hosts, so we cannot judge the new hosts. But the loacation and the place is the same, so this is what we can definatly recommend.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

My family and I spent 3 wonderful days last week at Casa Cayuco. Dave and Suzanne have created a gem. They and their staff from the local village took wonderful care of all guests. We loved the snorkeling excursions, complete with dolphins in the wake of the boat. The food was marvelous. I could not recommend Casa Cayuco more highly.

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Address: Punta Vieja, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range: £103 - £122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Cayuco is a truely unique and intimate eco-resort that sits directly on the only calm beach in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. If you crave beauty, nature, adventures on land and sea, seclusion, delicious food and local cultures - Casa Cayuco is the place for you. ... more   less 
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Casa Cayuco Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro

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