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Last updated: 03/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
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Boca del Drago house description

CARIBBEAN BEACHFRONT HOUSE FOR RENT

This pristine, 3000 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is the perfect place to take your next vacation. The Mediterranean home has a master bedroom with king sized bed and private bathroom, and a second bedroom with two double beds. The house sleeps six comfortably and features a covered porch that extends around the entire house. The front porch is home to a beautiful and large wood table (seats 10), hammocks and other comfortable seating options. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax to enjoy the view, play games, read a book, and have big dinners.

The house is located on property in Boca del Drago, 45 minutes out of the town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon in Panama. The house looks over 600 feet of very private beachfront and a direct view of Isla Pajaro or “Bird Island” (a bird sanctuary with Booby nesting grounds and Tropix birds). The beach is completely private and is great for laying out, swimming and snorkeling.(seasonal) There are a few hammocks by the beach for optimal relaxation. The rest of the property is on 7 hectares of beautiful land, covered with native flowers and fruit trees.

Beyond the beautiful view and great beach – there is much to do and see in this private location. Howler monkeys, sloths, parrots, and hummingbirds are among the animals that live and play near the house. Additionally, the surrounding area provides ample opportunity for great jungle hikes, long beach walks (where you will see starfish), kayaking, snorkeling, bird-watching and horse back riding. The best seafood restaurant on Bocas del Toro is only a 10 minute drive away – or if you are feeling adventurous – a 40+ minute walk away.

It the perfect spot for those looking for rest and relaxation, nature and solitude, and/or a private vacation with family and/or friends.
Because it is about 45 minutes away from Bocas town – this home is probably not the best vacation spot for those looking to be entertained by the Bocas nightlife. Additionally, the house is entirely “green.” It uses sun and rain for energy and water and we may only ask you to use electricity responsibly when energy is low. We usually do not use blow dryers, curling irons or anything with a heating coil, as they use large amounts of energy.
As a side note: We are happy to have watched over 100 Baby Turtles hatch at our beach November and December of 2009 and again in August of 2010 and four more nests in 2011. At the larger Playa Largarto Beach we were able to watch Leatherbacks laying eggs and later Baby turtles hatching. Ask us for pictures!

Side notes:
(1) The owner and two friendly dogs live on the premises, in the Studio apartment above the house ( separate units, same house) The dogs do like to visit with our guests. We are here to assist you.
We have some very spotty internet service available now upstairs.
You can also enjoy a deep tissue or relaxation massage, myofacial releases, right here at the house at only $50 per hour.
50% down is required to secure your reservation 50% at your arrival, as well as a $200 security deposit and $50 Cleaning Fee
Contact: By phone, (see number listed below) or via internet

Keywords: Slightly remote, very private, great beaches.

Property Type

  • House
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Nude Beach
          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 double

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          • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 child bed

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          • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Baby Cribs (2) 2 CRIBS

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen
          • Oven
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Toaster

          Amenities

          • Washing Machine:

            Shared with Owner, please buy your own laundry soap...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Initial set up,one change provided...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Please bring your own beach towel...moreless

          • Babysitter

          Entertainment

          • Video Library:

            About 80 DVDs to Select from, bring your own DVD Player...moreless

          • Books

          Communications

          • Telephone:

            We are happy to let you use for the fee...moreless

          Outdoor Features

          • Deck / Patio:

            10 ft x 50 ft front, 4 x 60 ft side and 8 x 50 ft back covered porch...moreless

          • Boat:

            We can arrange boat/snorkeling tours for you...moreless

          • Outdoor Grill

          Theme

          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic

          Location & View

          • Beachfront:

            Very Private, Two Sandy Beaches, Great Snorkeling in Calm Seas(Dry Season) 200 ft from House on Private Property...moreless

          Activities

          • Snorkeling/Diving
          • Kayaking
          • Groceries
          • Medical Services
          • ATM/Bank
          • Hiking
          • Surfing
          • Fishing
          • Swimming
          • Cycling
          • Bird Watching
          • Horseback Riding
          • Beachcombing
          • Restaurants
          • Botanical Garden
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Massage Therapist
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Boating

          Other Activities

              • We are on the North/West end of Isla Colon. It is a very private setting with Nature all around...moreless
               

              Reviews

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              • Wonderful Place to relax and enjoy nature

                Wonderful Place to relax and enjoy nature

                • Guest Cato D.
                • Date of stay 02/10/14
                • Review Submitted 02/26/14
                What a wonderful and enjoyable time we had! The house and garden is immaculate and the peace and quiet something to cherish. Not for people who want the hustle and bustle of city life. No TV, no internet and mostly local cell phone reception, but that was what we needed and never had a dull moment. Dave and Gundela were excellent hosts, very informative and always willing to please. They helped with trip arrangements to Bird Island and Starfish Bay as well as an emergency trip into Bocas Town. Paradise for bird watchers and hikers. Beautiful private beach and view on Bird Island. We stayed for a week and it was too short, definitely going back - thanks Dave and Gundela!

                Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, people with disabilities, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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              • Fantastic time -- we will be back!

                Fantastic time -- we will be back!

                • Guest Alison C.
                • Date of stay 12/30/13
                • Review Submitted 01/26/14
                We stayed 5 nights at Casa Manana. It is located on the north shore of Isla Colon in Boca del Drago, 45 minutes away from Bocas Town by car (quite a ride!). Gundula kindly arranged for a taxi to meet us at the airport and stop for groceries for the week on the way. Casa Manana is a solar house on 20 acres, situated on a hill up from the beach, beautifully landscaped with flowering ginger and other tropical flowers, mangos, papayas, breadfruit, cashews, bananas, etc. Gundula has planted all of this and she is willing to share her knowledge with anyone who asks, as well as her knowledge about the wildlife in the jungle that surrounds the property. The view from the house is breathtaking! The beach is sandy and the surf was fun - the water was a wonderful 81 degrees. Magnificent location, if you are looking for a laid-back vacation off the beaten path where nature abounds. A wonderland for any age. As for the house, Gundula and Dave live upstairs and rent out the lower level of the house, and they are available as much or as little as you want them to be. The shutters on the doors and windows of the house fold back, without screens, opening up the house to the great outdoors and the magnificent views (you do have to close them at night because the lights will attract bugs). I had to laugh because I would never do this in upstate NY because of the mosquitos; I came to Panama expecting mosquitos and was not bitten once! The beds were comfortable, the showers were clean and modern, the kitchen was well-equipped. However, we spent little time inside as the outside beckoned. The surrounding jungle was magnificent and we took daily hikes in search of wildlife. The howler monkeys visited daily and two 3-toed sloths made their home in a tree near the house where we watched them through binoculars. We had frequent visits from hummingbirds, bananaquits, oropendula, and many other birds. We had a wonderful time and we all agreed that this was the favorite part of our 16-day Panamanian vacation. We will be back!

                Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.

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              • Excellent Time

                Excellent Time

                • Guest Kimberly L.
                • Date of stay 11/23/13
                • Review Submitted 12/16/13
                Our family stayed at Casa Mañana for 3 nights. If we ever have the opportunity to go back, we will be sure to stay longer. The house was great and has a spectacular view. There are many things to see, both on and around the property as well as around the islands. Our three boys had a great time on the beach, exploring the property and with the dogs. My husband and I both had massages from Gundula - a must. We saw Bird Island, Starfish Bay and went snorkeling. Gundula took us around the property and showed us all sorts of things. We encountered sloths, a boa constrictor, poison dart frogs and much more. We'd recommend this vacation spot for just about everyone. It will not disappoint.

                Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, families with teenagers.

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              • Paradise!!!!!!!!!!!

                Paradise!!!!!!!!!!!

                • Guest Lucy Z.
                • Date of stay 08/07/13
                • Review Submitted 09/14/13
                My husband and I brought our 4 small children (ages 4 through 9) to Panama on a great adventure for 31 days. Our trip started off in the Pacific side and stayed in 6 different rentals/hotels all over Panama. Some of the places we stayed were nice, some not quite as described. I can say without a doubt that Casa Manana was our favorite by far. Gundulah and Dave were amazing. They were around the house to help us out with showing us all the edible plants and fruits. They took us on a long walk showing us various different beaches and jungles. When we needed them, they were around, but gave us plenty of space and privacy. Our kids loved being with Gundulah (as Dave was busy with his other projects), and she made sure she was around to play with them. She took the kids out in the open water to snorkel, pick beach glasses and shells, dig up yuccas as well as cutting down plantains for us to eat. They are the best hosts you can possibly imagine. Now, for the house and the beaches. I couldn't believe how spectacular this house was. It was HUGE! The pictures just did not do justice. The house was impeccably clean, the kitchen was better stocked than my own at home and the outdoor space is every vacationer's dream come true. The house sat on the most beautiful garden that Gundulah personally planted and manages and the beaches are unbelievable. My kids truly spent hours and hours playing in the sand. The view of the bird island was spectacular. We were lucky enough to see baby turtles make it out of the sand and back to the ocean. What a treat this place was! We can't wait to go back to Panama and when we do, we will make sure to stay at Casa Manana again, hopefully for a longer time. Love, love, love this place! See you soon and the kids miss you guys very much! They say "hello" to Strider, Kenya and Shatze (sp?). They talk about your dogs all the time.

                Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.

                Owner response: Thank you Lucy!!

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              • Great experience in the Jungle!!

                Great experience in the Jungle!!

                • Guest SHS (Spain)
                • Date of stay 08/03/13
                • Review Submitted 08/17/13
                We spent 4 nights at Casa Manana and it was just a wonderful experience! The house, the porch, the garden, the beach are even better than they look in photos. Gundula is always helpful, accomodating and a wealth of knowledge. She arranged us a trip boat arround the islands, one meal at Yarisnori, and a trip to Bocas Town. Besides she was always ready for a walk through the Jungle, to the lagoon or a swim in the beach¡ For my three children it was a great experience that they will never forget, they were astonished with the monkeys, the sloths, the birds, the private beach and of course the three guardians Straider, Kenya and Shatty ( as we call her!!!) We would truly recommend this place to anyone who wants a different experience in a great scenery with a wonderful company and a comfortable house.

                Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers.

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              • Second trip better than ever

                Second trip better than ever

                • Guest Randy J. (United States)
                • Date of stay 06/16/13
                • Review Submitted 06/23/13
                What a great place!! This was our second visit to Gundula and Dave's. We say a Sloth, heard some Toucan's and monkeys, and slept with the sound of the surf at night. Large apartment with porches front and back. Right in the middle of a beautiful jungle. Large empty sandy beach for relaxed strolling. Just a great place!!!

                Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.

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              • Worth the drive!

                Worth the drive!

                • Guest Ina (California)
                • Date of stay 03/10/13
                • Review Submitted 05/14/13
                This was a great place to take my parents on their first trip to Panama. The porch overlooking the lush landscape was a great place to have breakfast and plan out the day. Gundula gave great tours of the property and shared some of her favorite swimming areas and private beaches! The fresh bananas, coconuts and breadfruit were just icing on the cake. I would highly recommend this property for anyone looking to get away and relax. I would also suggest doing a boat tour to the surrounding islands and snorkeling spots (which can be arranged by Gundula). It was so much fun to zip around and stop where ever you wanted!

                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car.

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              • Paradise in Panama

                Paradise in Panama

                • Guest Holly (Austin Texas)
                • Date of stay 03/04/13
                • Review Submitted 03/20/13
                We just returned from Casa Mañana. What a wonderful place. The house, grounds and property are lovely, even more beautiful than the photos. The owners, Gundula and David (and the dogs) were helpful, accommodating, and a wealth of knowledge. Gundula knows the plants and has created a paradise. She showed us many edible plants, fruits and vegetables that we used nightly for dinner. We are all bird watchers and we were introduced to a neighbor who took us birding around the area. Gundula also arranged a boat ride for additional bird watching and snorkeling around many of the islands. Yarisnori restaurant was great for fish dinners. Our only regret was that we did not stay long enough. I also forgot to mention that Gundula is a massage therapist! This place is the entire package!

                Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, tourists without a car.

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              • 9 Days in Paradise at Casa Manana

                9 Days in Paradise at Casa Manana

                • Guest LindaJohn99 (Ohio)
                • Date of stay 01/27/13
                • Review Submitted 02/22/13
                We booked this beautiful home loving referred to by it's owners as Casa Mañana in Bocas del Toro for one week in late January 2013 and were delighted with our stay. We loved it so much we extended our stay for two more days. Even then, leaving wasn’t easy. Gundula, the on-site-owner, and her three dogs (Strider, Kenya and Schotzie) are so welcoming that we felt like we were saying our goodbyes to family. Our group was two couples. Everyone was in awe of the beauty of the house and the beautifully landscaped grounds that Gundula has created. To top this off, you have an ocean view from the house and within just a couple minutes walk, you are on this beautiful beach that you have all to yourself. The beds are very comfortable and the kitchen is very well equipped. The bathrooms are modern, Everything is clean and well cared for. There are lots of fun things to do during your stay or you can just stay put and relax in the hammock or the deck lounge chairs. Gundula can arrange many for you. She knows the best operators on the island and certainly this added to the enjoyment of our trip. One day we rode horses in the jungle with her German friends who were very nice and interesting people. Another day we took an all day boat trip where we saw dolphins, red frogs, lots of interesting fish where we snorkeled at Crawl Cay, and visited Bird Island. The boat captain customizes your trip based on your interests and it’s your own private tour. Two days we went to town and went diving with Bocas Water Sports. Saw some interesting fish underwater and our friends finished their their open water certifications. Gundula is also a very well known sports massage therapist and you will be happy you spent an hour with her as she works magic on your aching muscles. During our stay, we spent a lot of time looking for birds which could be photographed. The area where Casa Manana is located is famous for lots of interesting bird life. If you are interested in seeing the bird photographs of this area, visit whywelovebirds.com and click on Panama. If you would enjoy staying at beautiful place on Isla Colon where it’s laid back and relaxing and the beauty of the jungle is right there at your doorstep as well as the ocean, this is the place for you. We will go to Casa Manana's facebook page and post pictures from your trip then you can see even more of the beauty of this amazing Paradise!!!!

                Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, families with teenagers.

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              • Perfect “off the grid” getaway

                Perfect “off the grid” getaway

                • Guest Amy (Killdeer, ND, United States)
                • Date of stay 09/12/12
                • Review Submitted 01/27/13
                This was a wonderful vacation experience for my husband and me last fall. We stayed at Casa Manana from September 12th – 20th. It was truly an “off the grid” vacation rental in a very remote spot on the island, and exactly what we needed. The house runs solely on solar panels, rainwater, and a little bit of propane for the refrigerator. Our gracious hostess, Gundula, picked us up at the airport and took us grocery shopping first thing. We stocked up enough groceries so we didn’t need to shop again during our trip since the ride into the small town of Bocas took so long. Along with our groceries, Gundula kept us stocked with coconuts, bananas, plantains, cacao, yucca and peppers from the property! She is truly a wealth of information about the plants and wildlife on Bocas. We enjoyed her company, and were overjoyed to wake up and find her dog Strider waiting on the porch to check in on us each morning. We went with no agenda and let the surrounding jungle and ocean plan our days for us. We chartered a boat one day and Captain Amando took us around to snorkel the surrounding beaches and reefs, and stop in for a close-up of Bird Island, for a very reasonable price. Other than that, there were miles of private beach and jungle to explore. It only rained one day and spending it on the large porch, overlooking the ocean, sipping coffee was just perfect. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone needing a relaxing getaway.

                Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Summer
              May 1 - Nov 30, 2014
              3 night min stay
              $120
              $850

              Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

              Christmas Holidays
              Dec 12 - Feb 2, 2015
              3 night min stay
              $160
              $1,050

              Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay
              $140
              $950

              Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest


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              Fees:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
              • cleaning fee $50
              • Taxes Not included

              Cancellation policy:

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              Location

              • Nearest Airport: Bocas del Toro at 15 Miles
              • Nearest Barpub: Bocas del Drago Restaurant Jarisnori at 3 Miles
              • Nearest Restaurant: Jarisnori at 3 Miles
               

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              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              Very quiet and secluded Beachfront Property with lots of room to roam in our Tropical garden. Fresh water lagoon on Playa Largarto a 15 min walk. Turtles nest on our beach..Great for Bird watchers, we have many species right here in the neighborhood,( Oropendulars Parrots Bird of Prey, Hummingbirds,Tananger, Grass -quit and many many more, Sloth Howler Monkeys and White Face Monkeys freoently hang out around the house. .See us on Facebook Casa Manana Bocas del Toro


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              Photos

              • Side Porch

                Side Porch

              • Kitchen

                Kitchen

              • Master Bedroom

                Master Bedroom

              • Mater Bedroom Bath

                Mater Bedroom Bath

              • Second Bathroom

                Second Bathroom

              • Bird Island view from the front porch

                Bird Island view from the front porch

              • Beach with view of Bird Island

                Beach with view of Bird Island

              • Sunset at the beach

                Sunset at the beach

              • Two toed Sloth

                Two toed Sloth

              • House on the beach, view from the sea

                House on the beach, view from the sea

              • Living

                Living

              • Master Bedroom

                Master Bedroom

              • Second Bedroom

                Second Bedroom

              • Relax on the Beach

                Relax on the Beach

              • Boys at play on our beach

                Boys at play on our beach

              • Bird Island up close

                Bird Island up close

              • Sunrise

                Sunrise

              • Garden

                Garden

              • Turtles hatching 2012

                Turtles hatching 2012

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