Oceanfront Home with Beautiful Sunset Views
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Bastimentos house description
The Ideal visitors to 'Casa Roca' are active people looking for adventure while also wanting some creature comforts. Casa Roca is a 5 to 10 minute walk along a stone and crushed shell walkway from the water taxi landing in Bastimentos town. At times when the surf is small you can arrive and disembark from the dock in front of the house. We believe our home in Bastimentos is located on the best part of the island due to its sunset views and perpetual cool breezes. The home is built at the water's edge and backs up to the jungle. The house is also elevated for maximum breezes off the ocean. The master bedroom is complete with full stone-tile bath and the second bedroom has a half bath with loft access. The second bathroom has easy access to the outdoor shower and a washer and dryer are located in storage area below the house. Our property manager will pick you up at the airport in Bocas Del Toro and take you to 'Casa Roca' about a 10 minute boat ride away. For your convenience, we can also have the kitchen pre-stocked with all of your food and drink needs for your trip as well as provide assistance making day trip arrangements through one of our local providers. Day Trip activities include sightseeing, surfing, snorkeling, fishing, dolphin watching, etc. If you are looking for 'The Ritz', Bastimentos is not for you. That being said, if you would like to explore the real culture of the the Caribbean and Panama... you will see a true slice of it here. The ocean front includes a dipping pool and manmade sandy area.
Keywords: Oceanfront, Bungalow, tropical, island
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1.75 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Air Conditioning
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Deck / Patio
- Sight Seeing
- This is a fully furnished home. We recommend that our guests be in reasonably good health because of the walk to town and due to the fact that all transportation in the area is by boat and water taxi. When the surf is flat, a boat can be used to pick up and drop off guests right in front of the property....moreless
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This was our first time to Panama. Cosa Roca was just the house we were looking for. Rain was plentiful in July, so there was no lack of water usage in the house. I HIGHLY recommend visiting the 'FireFly' which is litterally a stone throw from the house. It's an American owned outdoor resturant, with menu items like Lobster, Filet Mignon, Curry, soups, and a whole lot more. They also have a very neat list of specialty drinks. Perfect way to end your day. I wish we had a FireFly back home... I also recommend visiting 'Red Frog'. It's about a 10 minute boat ride up the island. If you're visiting the beach, make sure to catch a free truck ride from the dock, (otherwise you'll be walking up and down and around trails for a while). We scheduled a Zip Lining Tour through the hammocks ahead of time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you're not affraid of heights. Beautiful canopies through the rainforest. There are a couple of neat resturants at Red Frog as well. We used the boat driver Ricki for the first few times, but learned he was very expensive to the american tourists. I suggest using any of the local drivers, BUT ALWAYS ASK THE PRICE BEFORE HAND. We took a day trip on day 5 to Bocas Del Toro, where we got our food for the remainder of the trip. I sugest visiting Bocas within the first day or so of your trip. The Super Gourmet had a nice selection of food. Suggestions for visitors: -Learn basic Spanish words, questions & phrases!!! I thought I knew enough to get by, but it was tough at times :) -Buy your own salt! Since it is so humid there, the salt doesn't last long. It cost about $1 for a good size bag. -Bring matches or a lighter to light the gas burning stove. -Bring an umbrella for rainy months. July being one of them. -Wear water shoes. Shoes that won't come off of your feet easlity. Flip Flops aren't recommended. -Bring a flashlight. The trails are a rough terrain and aren't lit. We used our cell phones to guide us at night. Enjoy your trip! We hope to be back again one day!!!
- Guest Jen & Brandon (Florida)
- Date of stay 07/19/13
- Review Submitted 09/10/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
We really LOVE this place!!
We really LOVE this place!!
We love Casa Roca and our time in Bocas del Toro!!! The house is in an amazing place, just in front of the sea. The sunset from the balcone is incredible! Everything was fine except the Sky that didn`t work and the bed of the second room that makes too much noise. The guy that takes care of the house, Antonio, is very nice and helpful. I have just one suggestion for the owners: maybe you can find a way to use the water from the sea or the sinks for the toilettes to reduce the chances to lack water in case of lack of rain. We hope to come back soon!
- Guest Angela (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil)
- Date of stay 05/05/13
- Review Submitted 06/04/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Manager response: Thanks so much for the review Angela. So sorry about the satellite tv problem, I think we have that solved. Also, I will have our crew fix the noisy bed. It's fairly rare that we don't have enouth water, but it can happen as the whole Island depends on the rain. I will look into your idea about the seawater. Hope to have you back again. Jerry
This is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. All of the comforts of home and oh so peaceful. The experience we had here was truly remarkable, we will be back!!!
- Guest Ree (Massachusetts)
- Date of stay 04/01/13
- Review Submitted 04/21/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Relax in Paradise...
Relax in Paradise...
We had a phenomenal stay at Casa Roca during February break. The property was immaculate and beautifully maintained, and the staff was wonderful and very helpful to address all of our needs. We loved spending time with Antonio, the caretaker! The house was better than the photos, I still picture myself relaxing in the hammock overlooking the ocean drinking my coffee. My children, ages 8 and 6, returned to school telling of the geckos and crabs that they loved trying to catch in Bastimentos! A couple of nearby activities that are do not miss include Up in the Hill cafe, the hike to Wizard Beach, Red Frog Beach, and definitely a tour of the bat cave! Ricki was a very helpful and reliable water taxi driver that took care of us all week. The owner and the manager were both available for all questions and concerns that we had before, during, and after our stay. I highly recommend Casa Roca to anyone who is looking for a relaxing adventure in paradise!
- Guest Kristine (Rochester, New York)
- Date of stay 02/16/13
- Review Submitted 03/14/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
The setting of this rental was picture perfect, although a little difficult to get to as my husband had hurt his knee elsewhere in Panama but still loved it. The house was well set up with the dishes, appliances etc. and clean, (would suggest perhaps though that the linens be updated/freshened up a bit as they were worn). The caretaker was a very kind, courteous man who was very diligent in his duties and the owner that we dealt with was very good at answering any enquiries we had. The only concern we had, is that it had not rained on the island for awhile and water supply was down , but the skies opened up a couple of nights and we were OK. Was not overly impressed with the property Manager but worked around that. All in all a very great week. .
- Guest Charlie123 (BC/Canada)
- Date of stay 02/08/13
- Review Submitted 03/05/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Casa Roca was excellent. The house exceeded our expectations we had from the pictures. It is a little bigger than the pictures appear. It is 5-10 minute walk to 'town' in Bastimentos along the ocean, its a nice walk. The beds in the house are real comfortable, with the exception that the second bedroom bed is extremely squeeky. I mean it is squeaky to the point of being comical. Maybe the owners could do something about it. This is no deal breaker by any means, just somethign that could be fixed. The AC is both rooms work really well, though not necessarily needed. Shower in the master bath is nice. The caretakers (1 during the weekends and 1 during the week) were friendly and helpful. They were always around to keep an eye on the house. It is worth noting, as was expected, that the house has self contained water system based on rainfall. Keep this in mind for when you travel. I expected this based on my travels through South America, but figured it was worth mentioning. The house is a 35 or so minute walk (10ish being through town and the rest on a beautiful jungle trail) to Wizard Beach. This beach is fantastic. Secluded and beautiful. Well worth the trek unless it has rained A LOT and then the trail is pretty muddy. It is a 10 minute boat ride to the red frog beach compound and another 10 minute walk from there to get to red frog beach. Another nice beach with a restaurant or two, very beutiful, but not as secluded as Wizard. As another review mentioned, Tyson the property manager set us up with Ricki (a local boat driver) when we first arrived. We got Ricki's number. Although he is a little bit more expensive it seems than other boat drivers, he was the nicest and was very reliable. We only saw Tyson once, but he answered or called back immediately the few times that we called him for advice. The owners of the house were very responsive to all emails within a short time period. I talked to one of them on the phone during the booking process and he was a real nice guy. Find Bushmans. Its a little house that is also a restaurant in Bastimentos on the left side of the main walkway past the dock heading from the house. It is extremely slow, order at 4 get food at 6, but is expected as island time plays in. Either way, some of the best food we have ever had. Overall, the house was excellent and if and when we return to Bastimentos, we will stay here again!
- Guest Rod (North Carolina)
- Date of stay 12/21/12
- Review Submitted 01/09/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Manager response: Thanks Rod for the great review. Sorry about the squeaky bed, Tyson is on it! You guys are just the thpe of adventurers that Casa Roca is made for. Hope to Have you again in the future.
This place was even better than we expected. As many reviewers had said, it feels like a little slice of paradise. The house itself is comfortable, with very good air-conditioning which we used all but one night. But the idyllic spot is what takes the cake--with the waves of the Caribbean lapping up to the rocky shoreline just below the expansive, wrap-around deck, glorious views with calming jungle and sea everywhere you look. Morning coffee on the deck was a joy. I spent hours in the hammock reading each day, and into the night. The house is on the breezy side of the island, so every time we'd round the bend from town, the temperature dropped and the breeze began and we felt like we were home. Some days were barely wanted to go anywhere. We'd cozy up to one of the local dogs we temporarily adopted and just stay put. The house is an 8-10-minute walk to the small town of Bastimentos (Old Bank). Some reviewers found the town and the walk to the house tough to get used to. We didn't have this experience. If you're used to leafy American suburbs, this may be unfamiliar terrain. But that's why we travel! Most of the local residents are indifferent to vacationers, which is usually refreshing compared to places where visitors are constantly harassed. The town has a dusty general/grocery store and a handful of cute restaurants--basically shacks over the water serving pretty yummy food. In addition to the "downtown," there are a few outposts that offer lovely spots to eat, drink and relax, including Up in the Hill café and Mantis--both worth the 20-minute hike to visit. The highlight of our stay was eating, drinking and relaxing at the new Firefly, a small B&B with a few guest rooms and a gorgeous seaside deck and bar. It's a 2-minute walk from Casa Roca. Lauren and Ryan, the super-friendly American couple who run it, serve food that is joltingly good--hard to believe you can be in this remote outpost and savor tastes like that. Just a few negatives: We were expecting just the basics, and that's fine, but there were some items a house like this should have. There were no matches to light the stove, and no indication it needed them to light! There was no salt in the salt shaker. There was no DVD player as advertised. And there was no flashlight, which is a must if you plan to go anywhere at all at night, as the beach path is booby-trapped with rocks and small ditches. Finally, realize the house is not totally secluded, but is visible to the next door house.
- Guest Nathaniel F.
- Date of stay 12/12/12
- Review Submitted 01/08/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Manager response: Thanks Nathaniel, we really apreciate your review. Love turning thre corner from town and experiencing the cool trade winds! Sorry about the few problems that you had. We will get another DVD player. Salt, Flaslights and matches are also on Tyson"s list. It's experienced and adventerous travelers like you that we love having stay at Casa Roca. Hope to have you again! Jerry
We want to love Casa Roca....It has a few quirks.
We want to love Casa Roca....It has a few quirks.
We want to love this place, it grew on us during our stay and we miss it now that we are home. Not the Ritz! It is very funky & with the very bare basics. It is difficult to access by water taxi, if the surf is too high. There is no beach out front & a hike to the nearest beach is about 45 minutes. It is situated in a beautiful private remote area of the island. The dock was destroyed from a recent storm and we arrived by water taxi from Bocas Town to Bastimentos town in the dark. Property manger Tyson (A younger ex-pat from the States) met us at the airport and took us to Bocas Town for groceries. Bastimentos Town has a crappy store with a rude shop owner that speaks no English. Only use it if you have to. We wish we had time to shop at Super Gourmet in Bocas town but they were closed when we arrived. We discovered it the next day, the best place to shop in Bocas town. The walk from the Bastimentos Town to Casa Roca takes getting used to. It is a 10 minute walk through extreme poverty, trash, un-neutered dogs sometimes fighting and lots of chickens. The locals glare at you, as you walk past them. English is definitely not spoken on the island, as it is in Bocas town. Make sure you know some Spanish. Caretaker Felix was with us for one night and then Antonio and his family arrived for the next 4 days. They stay next door. The best part of the trip was trying to communicate with each other. Antonio & his family were delightful. They try to help you in every way possible, They are very poor and we bought them some groceries a few times. They helped us to obtain water taxis, we finally were able to use the dock out front and that saved walking to town for supplies and the water taxi to Bocas. Having the dock out front made all the difference. You will love this place if you want solitude and are ok with funky. It is definitely for the more adventurous. We loved eating at local Alvin Cafe, meeting Calypso Joe and meeting Amy at Mantis Cafe up the big hill. Just remember to buy everything if you are going to cook. There is nothing in the kitchen, no big deal - Just a mention and buy lots of big jugs of bottled water, paper towles and extra toilet paper and a wine opener and you will be fine and cash to tip the caretakers, who were a delight. They are around only when you need them. We will be back, more prepared. Just make sure you are ready for a hike to and from the Casa and to the nearest beaches. Rent this place for soiltude and you will be fine.
- Guest Michael & Janet (-)
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 10/21/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Manager response: I hope visitors to our website will read the other reviews about our house and especially the town and people of Bastimentos. We make a point to tell everyone that Casa Roca is not for everyone, Visitors should be in good shape and not have a problem with the 5-10 minute walk from Bastimentos Town. The dock should be treated as a bonus, sometimes it is usable for arrival/departures but when the surf is up, it is not. The plus side to our location is that it faces right into the prevailing trade winds and it is always much cooler that town. We have to take exception a bit with the comments about our caretakers being "very Poor" as we pay them substantially more than the going pay rates and cover their families medical expenses and social security as well as paid vacations.The people of Bastimentos for the most part are poor but they are very friendly and always ready to help. I don't think these people consider themselves poor, in fact there is much to be admired about there basic lifestyle, centered around family, school and church. So many of our guests feel meeting the locals was one of the best parts of their trip. Yes, the house is basic, but considering it's location on the edge of the rain forest, it is fairly well equipped, Satellite TV, Internet access (yes it can be slow) AC's in both bedrooms. If you are looking for a resort, Casa Roca is not for you. If you are open to adventure, nature and seeing the culture the way it really is , you will probably really enjoy your visit.
A taste of paradise
A taste of paradise
Awesome, awesome location. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle then Bastimentos is the place to go. No roads, no cars. The house is in a great location too. It is about a 5-10 minute walk to the little dock and store on the island. So close enough to pick up water etc but far enough that you cannot hear any noise (they like to play reggae loud on the island). We spent a month there and loved it. The place is right on the waterfront and although there isnt a beach there is a spot to swim and snorkel. Owners are great and very helpful. Felt safe and secure there. Overall absolutely loved the place (secret tip: turn right out of the house and walk 30 minutes along the ocean front and you'll come to a lovely little private beach that really IS paradise (and you'll not see anyone there the whole day ... well ... maybe now I've given it away you will). My only criticism is that all the stuff in the kitchen is literally the cheapest one could possibly buy. I think the price is high enough to warrant some decent knives, chopping boards, pots and pans. It is a minor gripe, but it would have improved our stay to have access to pots that had handles that hadnt fallen off (we cooked every day for ourselves as there isnt much vegetarian food available)! The place is nice, but could probably do with a bit of a freshen up. Thus my 'good' rating rather than 'excellent'.
- Guest Andy (UK)
- Date of stay 04/24/12
- Review Submitted 05/23/12
Manager response: Thanks so much for the review. It has been hard to buy quality kitchen supplies locally (everything is from China) Thus we have instructed our property manager to use a service that will re-supply our kitchen with Items purchased in David. Thank you for your input.
We couldn't have been happier with our stay at Casa Roca. It was everything and more than we hoped for. We were looking for a place to rent for two weeks in Panama so meet up with our Daughter and Son in law who are backpacking thoughout Central America. Casa Roca was perfect. Every morning we would get up and open the place up and drink coffee and plan what we would do that day! Some days were perfect just hanging out at the house. We enjoyed the walk to Old Bank, although you have to be in good physical shape to do this. There are no cars or bikes on the entire island. The people in Old Bank were lovely. Never did we have someone trying to hustle us for anything. So refreshing!!!! Boat taxis were very easy to get we paid $3.00 pp to Bocas Town. Our favorite place to go was Red Frog Beach, The price varried to go there as the boat taxi would arrange for our return as well. It is the prettiest Beach and it has a lovely little bar & grill that we made full use of! We met a family of brothers that live in Old Bank and they were very helpful. One brother Carl, and his boat "Shaunice" took us out for a day of fishing. We caught over 80lbs. of Spanish Mackrel! He and his brother taught us how to handline fish as they do down there. We all decided to keep using poles! Casa Roca was so great to come back to every afternoon. We were very secluded and we never felt uncomfortable with that, We were looking for a great place to have quality time with our kids. We would sit out at night and enjoy the lovely sunsets and stars then we would close up the house and we had two bedrooms that were air conditioned so sleeping was great. Felix the grounds keeper was great to have around, most helpful. By far the best vacation we ever had! We were in Paradise for those two weeks!
- Guest We're not in Kansas anymore Toto (Wichita, KS USA)
- Date of stay 04/10/12
- Review Submitted 05/06/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Low Season - $750/week plus $65 cleaning fee (May 1st through November 30th) High Season - $850/week plus $65 cleaning fee (December 1st through April 30th) Holiday Week (Christmas, New Year's, Easter) - $1,000/week plus $65 cleaning fee
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Year Purchased: 2006
About: 'Casa Roca' is owned by two families from Florida who use the home as much as possible. Our hobbies and sporting interests include surfing, diving, fishing, and hiking.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The town on Bastimentos is approximately a 5 minute walk from the house and has a few small food markets for basic living supplies and a few restaurants that many call better value than any restaurant you'd find on the surrounding islands. Wildlife is abundant on this island and there is always a possibility of seeing some of the local sloths, red tree frogs, and even a monkey on occassion.
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Unobstructed ocean view from the deck.
View of the House and Property From the Water
Rock Jetty in Front of Home
Living Area with Expansive Ocean Views
Master Bedroom With King-Sized Bed
2nd Bedroom With Queen-Sized Bed
Trail leading to town.
Early Morning Fishing in Front of the House
Nice time of day to relax on the deck.
Soak in the Ocean Breeze From the Hammock
Sandy Beach in Front of Home
Kitchen and Dining Area
Master Bathroom Shower
Casa Roca named after 2 giant rocks that frame the stairs leading to the house.
Beautiful Sunset View From the Front Deck
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