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Breathtaking Views-Caribbean Island Villa at Starfish Reef

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One of the Beautiful Villas-Villa Vista is 3 bedrooms and 3 baths

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Last updated: 02/17/2010

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Shepherd Island villa description

Beautiful Caribbean Island Villas for Rent in Bocas del Toro, Panama on Shepherd Island. This Villa can be rented in whole or part. In addition, we have 3 similar Villas for rent adjacent to this one. Very comfortable accommodations with orthopedic mattresses sized for Kings and Queens. Quality linens in over sized guest rooms with incredible views of the ocean, mountains, and jungle. Coral reef wall skirts sand bar rimmed salt water lagoon off of the beautiful & small manmade white sand beach. Lush jungle hiking trails produce ample sightings of butterflies, birds, frogs, lizards, flora, and fauna. Paddle Boat, cayucos, snorkel gear, water skis available for use. Chocolate tours and jungle tours on site. Tours for beachcombing, dolphin sighting, botanical gardens, fishing, diving, butterfly farms, yoga/spa treatments, Zapatilla Keys (Survivor series filmed), Red Frog Beach, Bocas town shopping, Indian Village, to the mountains (overnight tours/3-4 hr drive each way) for white water rafting and coffee tours are all available, and much much more. Or you can relax on the beach and take in the view.

In relation to Bocas town . . . we are secluded from the 24 hr noise of Bocas yet only a 20 min. taxi ride away. In addition our beach water is calm for snorkeling, floating, swimming, canoeing without breaking waves or dangerous undertow.

We can accommodate small groups for yoga retreats, weddings, dive package vacations, family reunions, corporate retreats, fishing groups, etc. We are available for planning and setting up your Destination Wedding on site. The same goes for planning yoga,corporate retreats, dive, fishing, and family reunion vacation packages.

This Villa has high quality stainless steel appliances in the full kitchen complete with coffee maker, blender, toaster, and microwave. Laundry service is available, family style meals and/or romantic gourmet dinners can be purchased with advance notice, or you can hire your own cook with 2 wks advance notice to prepare meals in your villa. There is a movie and book library, snorkel gear is available for rent, or bring your own, great swimming, snorkeling, fishing, lounging, floating, paddling, exploring, birding, boating, relaxing, resting, hiking, learning, etc.

Starfish Reef is located on beautiful Shepherd Island which is 10 minutes away from Almirante on the mainland and 20 minutes by boat away from Bocas Town in tranquil waters. There are water taxis available for transportation between island and mainland locations. This is an ACTIVE Outdoor Lifestyle community. You will get exercise unless you do not leave your villa. Our calendar is almost never full as we have several accomodations very similar. We have a 3 night minimum stay.

About Us-We are from Austin, TX where we spend time when we are not here in Panama. We have a small cabin property on Lake Travis in Austin listed on VRBO #178554. It is in a great location on the lake with a lot of fun places to go nearby.We have just recently put in small comforts as it is a small cabin. Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World" and there is ALOT of great live music. Check it out! Email any questions on either property.




Keywords: Villa, house, beach house,casita, bungalow, flat, condo, townhouse

Property Type

      • Villa

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            The salt water swimming lagoon is max depth of 5' with gradual slope into the water and calm water. We also have shallow water snorkeling for beginners or children. Bring childrens snorkel sets & toys....moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • Convertible bed(s)

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          • King size beds (1) King beds are in the large bedrooms., Queen size Beds (1) The Queen sized beds are located in our Deluxe private bedrooms with private bath. These rooms also include a sofa., Twin or Single Beds (1) Whenever needed, Twins can be combined to make a King., Child Beds (1) Pack & Play for babies and toddlers., Bunk Beds (1) Can be added wherever needed....moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Small Manmade White Sand Beach, Sand Bar rimmed Salt Water Swimming Lagoon, shallow Coral Reef & 20' coral Wall for diving snorkeling, chairs for sunbathing on the sand bar in the water...moreless

              Entertainment

              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Treehouse Villa has satellite Sky TV-English and Spanish in community floor....moreless

              • Television:

                Panamanian Television in Spanish. US English television in community area of the Treehouse Villa. And Slingbox via internet....moreless

              • Video Library:

                We have several DVDs to choose from or you may bring your own....moreless

              Leisure Activities

              • Boating
              • Horseshoes
              • Shelling
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View
              • Ocean View:

                250' of Cacao Tree Grove, Large Mangos, Coconut Palms, tropical flowers, and a tree canopied walk/hike/ATV trail are all that is between your villa and the beach...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Water Skiing

              General

              • Air Conditioning:

                Starfish Reef is a small Caribbean island eco-community. By eco we mean ecological. We are totally self sufficient with our own power plant, running water, and sewer system. Living Room only AC if needed when the generator is on. It will not be on in the night but it is typically cool at night and we have plenty of fans....moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                High Speed Wireless internet is available free of charge in the Villas....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Same as washer ...moreless

              • Computer Available:

                There is a computer with hi speed internet available in the Treehouse Villa....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                Again-we are an eco island community. We conserve energy, water, and waste. Please help us conserve our resources by using the same linens for at least 4 days before requesting them to be laundered. We will provide extra if needed at charge....moreless

              • Telephone
              • Washing Machine:

                The washer and dryer are located in the Treehouse Villa where we will launder your clothing for $6/load separated. disclaimer-we will do our best to launder your personal laundry but cannot be responsible for any damage to your clothing...moreless

              • Wireless Internet

              Kitchen

              • Catering Available:

                With 2 wks minimum advance notice....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen:

                Stainless Steel appliances and granite countertops. Includes toaster, microwave, coffee maker, and blender on request....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Refrigerator

              Outside

              • Balcony
              • Deck / Patio
              • Lanai / Gazebo
              • Outdoor Grill

              Payment Type

              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

              • Communal Pool:

                Our salty pool is the beautiful Almirante Bay with a coral reef to explore....moreless

              • Private Pool:

                Our sand bar rimmed salt water lagoon. This is a human friendly salt water pool in the lagoon....moreless

              • Sauna:

                The Natural Rainforest we are in is a wet sauna....moreless

               

              Reviews

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              3bed/3bth Villa-LOW Season $180/nt(min 3)& $1050/wk. HIGH  $200/nt & $1175/wk.
              2bed/2bth Villa-LOW Season $155/nt(min 3) & $900/wk, HIGH $170/nt & $975/wk.
              Holiday Rates 12/15-1/15   3/3 $225/nt(min 3)& $1300/wk, 2/2 $190/nt & $1100/wk.
              Other options are Main Floor Suite and Queen Suite-ask for rates.
              We also have monthly and annual rates. Any form of payment can be made thru
              PayPal (its easy & ask if you don't know), cash, or direct deposit to our
              US Chase Bank account or Banco Nacional in Panama.
              Discounts given for longer stays. See website for details.
              

              Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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              Location

              Tour Boat, Paddle Boating,Cayucos (dugout canoes, Sun/Beach Bathing, Floating, Chocolate Tours, Bird and Butterfly Watching, Rain Forest, Jungle, Hiking Trails, darts, water volleyball, croquet, washers, ring the nail, etc

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2006

              About the owner: Jack and I fell in love on the shores of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas and were married there in 2005. both of us were Real Estate investors looking for our next and best great adventure. Together we pursued our dream and landed on Shepherd Island in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We never had any idea we would end up multi tasking farmers growing chocolate (cacao) and other tropical fruits while creating a beautiful oasis for ourselves and others to co-habit with nature.

              Why the Owner Chose Shepherd Island:
              It was love at first sight for the archipelago of islands. Then, it was love again at the sight of Shepherd Island (Isla Pastor in Spanish), located within that same archipelago. We looked at many properties and kept coming back to this island where we decided on 25 acres on the leward side. In 2006, Jack and I were elated to buy beautiful lush jungle/rainforest island property surrounded by a colorful coral reef. In 2007, we began building four villas. In 2008, our first guests had come and gone and in 2009, we really enjoyed our life on this island. It is 2010 an we are busier than ever. It is beautiful here . . . a National Geographic nature experience everyday. We are here as hosts to our guests to help them learn and enjoy this incredible place as we have.

              The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
              Starfish Reef, as we call it, is a small Caribbean Island Nature Retreat with eco-villas which have comfortable accomodations with orthopaedic mattresses sized for Kings and Queens. Quality linens are provided in over sized guest rooms with incredible views of the ocean, mountains, and jungle. A colorful coral reef wall skirts the lagoon. We have a beautiful private, small, and secluded manmade white sand beach from which you can enter the sand bar rimmed, family friendly, salt water swimming lagoon. Here you can put chairs in the water for a cool sunbathing experience. Lush jungle hiking trails produce ample sightings of butterflies, birds, frogs, lizards, flora, and fauna. Paddle Boat, cayucos (dugout canoes), snorkel gear, water skis are all available for use. Chocolate tours and jungle tours on site. Our own Private Tour Boat is available for custom excursions of relaxation, beachcombing, dolphin sighting, reef snorkeling, surfing, botanical gardens, fishing, diving, butterfly farms, bat caves, Zapatilla Keys, Red Frog Beach, Bocas town shopping, and a Land Rover for land tours to a model Gnobe-Bugle Indian village . . . all available and much much more . . . For larger groups, we offer Cacao to Chocolate Vacation School where groups up to 20 work on the plantation participating in the fruit harvest and following steps to creating chocolate. Also offered are Cacao to Chocolate Hiking Tours culminating with a heavenly treat made from our homegrown chocolate. Private 4 Wheel Jungle Tours for small groups available on Hibiscus, our red Kawasaki Mule. Afterward cool off on the sand bar, relax on the white sand beach, and snorkel our colorful reef. We are here to help make your Caribbean vacation as pleasant as possible.


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              Speaks: english

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              Photos

              • One of the Beautiful Villas-Villa Vista is 3 bedrooms and 3 baths

                One of the Beautiful Villas-Villa Vista is 3 bedrooms and 3 baths

              • A Day at our Beach

                A Day at our Beach

              • Beach Night Dinner & Campfire Party with a very fun group of Argentinans or YOU

                Beach Night Dinner & Campfire Party with a very fun group of Argentinans or YOU

              • Jungle Walking Tour  cacao plantation (chocolate) and other fruits and fauna

                Jungle Walking Tour cacao plantation (chocolate) and other fruits and fauna

              • Wet weather waterfall in the back hiking area of the property

                Wet weather waterfall in the back hiking area of the property

              • Upper Veranda Views from villas

                Upper Veranda Views from villas

              • Beach party limbo dancing-doing the crab walk

                Beach party limbo dancing-doing the crab walk

              • Living area of Villa Vista

                Living area of Villa Vista

              • Underwater beauty seen here snorkeling-purple brittle star, zoanthid, sponge

                Underwater beauty seen here snorkeling-purple brittle star, zoanthid, sponge

              • Villa Vista  comfortable King Room with walk out to beautiful veranda and VIEWS!

                Villa Vista comfortable King Room with walk out to beautiful veranda and VIEWS!

              • Beach & outline of sand bar rimmed pool which has gradual slope to 5' & reef

                Beach & outline of sand bar rimmed pool which has gradual slope to 5' & reef

              • Beautiful juvenile Eagle Ray swimming in the lagoon. They often swim close by

                Beautiful juvenile Eagle Ray swimming in the lagoon. They often swim close by

              • Cruising in one of our cayucos- still the most common form of indigenous travel

                Cruising in one of our cayucos- still the most common form of indigenous travel

              • Blue star on yellow sponge in the lagoon snorkeling

                Blue star on yellow sponge in the lagoon snorkeling

              • A kitchen in one of our villas with modern appliances

                A kitchen in one of our villas with modern appliances

              • Kids play jungle jim on ATV-used for carrying humans,luggage, groceries to villa

                Kids play jungle jim on ATV-used for carrying humans,luggage, groceries to villa

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              3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

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              Member since: 2008
              Speaks: english
              • Calendar last updated: 02/17/2010
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              512-487-7655

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