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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Casa Cayuco Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Casa Cayuco Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro