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Tropical Oasis - Secluded, Unspoiled Beaches on Saboga

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Last updated: 08/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Saboga bed and breakfast description

Isla Saboga is a nature lover's paradise. Unspoiled beaches and tropical jungle only 35 miles from Panama City, at the gateway to the Pearl Islands. If you can imagine what Hawaii must have been like 100 years ago, before all the development during the 20th century, you can perhaps begin to appreciate what Isla Saboga and the Pearl Islands has to offer. It is perhaps one of the world's last unspoiled archipelagos, and the fact that it is only 35 miles from vibrant Panama City makes it even more special.

Our home is part of the El Encanto beach development, an eco-friendly grouping of tree-top villas overlooking the beaches on the west side of Isla Saboga. El Encanto has a palapa-style restaurant on the beach, which supplies kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas, and also coordinates activities such as fishing and sailing for guests.

Our studio apartment is located beneath our main house, and is a hotel-room sized unit with a queen bed and an additional queen sofa bed to accomodate up to 4 guests. It has a well equipped kitchen, flat screen TV with USB port, and fully tiled bath.

Air conditioning and a ceiling fan are included as well for those few days when the sea breeze lies down.

A wood deck with patio furniture and a concrete patio overlook the beach only 75 feet away.

A 1 hour and 45 minute ferry ride from the Trump Tower brings you directly to the El Encanto beach, where, if the tide is right, you will walk down the gangplank directly onto the sand. If not, you will transfer into a small launch to complete your trip to the beach.

For US TV history buffs, the first season of 'Survivor' was filmed on here Saboga, and two additional seasons were later shot here in the Pearl Islands as well. 'Survivor' is now an international franchise, and Turkey has just completed filming its own 'Survivor' on neighboring Mogo Mogo island.

Whale watching is a favorite activity during the months of July and August, when the humpback whales from Antarctica migrate here to the Bay of Panama to give birth to their calves and escape the cold Antarctic winter. Whales are regularly observed directly from shore, and you can hire a boat to get an even closer look. The Panama Whale Watching Tours operates out of neighboring Contadora, and offers daily tours from July through mid-October.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Bed And Breakfast

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Not Suitable For Children:

                Due to the spacing of the balusters on the deck railings and stairwells, and the height of the house above ground, the property is not suitable for toddlers and small children. Children 6-12 years of age are welcome to stay in our studio apartment, but not the upper bedrooms. ...moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                25 and older....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 6-12

              • Studio Apartment: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

                Sofa bed is queen size...moreless

              • Hummingbird: 1 king, 1 child bed

                Deck overlooking beach. Inflatable mattress for children...moreless

              • Eagle: 1 king, 1 child bed

                Inflatable mattress for kids. Bed can separate into twins....moreless

              • In the studio apartment, the kitchen and bedroom share the same space. The room has a high wood beamed ceiling with a ceiling fan and split-unit air-conditioning. A flat panel TV is mounted on the wall opposite the bed. A leather couch/sofa bed serves to handle the extra sleeping accomodations when necessary. Just outside the sliding glass doors is a wood deck with railings overlooking the beach. One of the upper bedrooms (Hummingbird), has a private deck overlooking the beach. It also has a king bed and tiled ensuite bath. The other bedroom (Eagle) has a king bed, tiled ensuite bath, and terrific view of the jungle and the beach below....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Studio Bath: toilet, shower

                Fully tiled bath...moreless

              • Hummingbird Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Ensuite with twin sinks....moreless

              • Eagle Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Ensuite with twin sinks...moreless

              • The studio bathroom is fully tiled, floor to ceiling, with very attractive large Italian tiles....moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining:

                Cafe table with two chairs in the studio apartment. Outdoor patio tables with benches as well. Main level has patio tables with seating for 10....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                The kitchen has a gas stove with oven, microwave, coffee maker, pots and pans, and plates and flatware service for 4...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Plates, bowls, cups and flatware service for 4...moreless

              Amenities

              • Towels Provided:

                Bath towels and beach towels provided....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                Split system in all bedrooms...moreless

              • Linens Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Grocery shopping on Saboga is very basic. You can bring your food with you when you come, or you can eat at the beach club restaurant nearby. With adequate notice, we can pre-stock the studio apartment with the food and beverages of your choice so that all you have to do is fly in and get on the ferry the next day. Please inquire if you desire this service as it will need to be planned in advance and will incur an additional charge for the food and delivery service to the island. We also try to keep a well stocked inventory of food and supplies here for our own use, and these are available at a reasonable charge to supplement your own stocks when desired. ...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Television:

                    32' Flat screen with HDMI and USB connections in all bedrooms...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Sky TV satellite in studio apartment only...moreless

                  Communications

                  • Telephone:

                    Magic Jack with US Phone number...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Boat:

                    38' sailboat available for day sails, whale watching and island hopping....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Available for rent from the beach restaurant....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Location & View

                      • Beachfront:

                        On the west side of Isla Saboga, looking out over the Bay of Panama...moreless

                      Activities

                      • Beachcombing
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Swimming
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Sailing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Surf Fishing
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Shelling
                      • Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Whale Watching
                      • Walking
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Surfing
                      • Fishing
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Whale Season
                      Jul 1 - Oct 14, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      $175
                      $980 $2,700

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      Low Season
                      Oct 15 - Nov 30, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      $150
                      $875 $2,400

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      Christmas Season
                      Dec 21 - Jan 5, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      $195

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      Carnival
                      Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      $195

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      Holy Week
                      Mar 30 - Apr 5, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      $195

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $175
                      $980 $2,700

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      Rates quoted are for the studio apartment. The two additional bedrooms are each $25 less per night than the studio apartment. Please enquire for photos or more information.

                      All prices subject to change until confirmed booking.


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                      Last updated: 08/19/2014
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                      Location

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                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Contadora Island
                      200 Metres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Ferrylasperlas.com or Sealasperlas.com
                      20 Metres
                      Nearest Beach
                      El Encanto
                      200 Metres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      El Encanto Beach Club

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      Isla Saboga is a nature lover's paradise. Unspoiled beaches and tropical jungle only 35 miles from Panama City, at the gateway to the Pearl Islands. If you can imagine what Hawaii must have been like 100 years ago, before all the development during the 20th century, you can perhaps begin to appreciate what Isla Saboga and the Pearl Islands has to offer. It is perhaps one of the world's last unspoiled archipelagos, and the fact that it is only 35 miles from vibrant Panama City makes it even more special.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2012

                      About the owner: Jennifer is a retired Army Lt. Colonel., and Lee is a retired computer programmer from Birmingham, AL. Jennifer grew up near Sturbridge, MA, but with a career in the Army, has lived all over the place. We first visited Isla Saboga in October of 2009, looking for a place to retire and do some sailing, and immediately fell in love with the island. We went home, sold our house, quit our jobs, and in June of 2012, we sailed our sailboat here with our two toy Australian Shepherds to begin a new life.

                      Why the Owner Chose Saboga:
                      On our first visit, we were stunned by how natural, unspoiled and undeveloped the Pearl Islands are. They are perhaps among the last of the original tropical island environments left on the earth. And to be located only 35 miles from Panama City and its international airport is truly remarkable. The quantity and variety of sea life, birds, whales, etc. in the bay of Panama is amazing. Isla Saboga is located just next door to Contadora Island. But, Isla Saboga is nothing at all like Contadora, however. Where Contadora is almost fully developed, with roads, some shopping, restaurants and hotels, Isla Saboga is, in contrast, a nature-lover's paradise. Unspoiled, deserted beaches, with miles of tropical forest to explore, Saboga is just now beginning to be developed, and the development is being done in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. What made us select this particular location was the view of the ocean. We are set back just enough from the beach that our view includes not only the water, but also the trees, mangroves, and palms that make the house feel a bit private and secluded, even though we are right on the beach. There is a steep hillside to our left, and the edge of the El Encanto property to our right, so we are in our own private world, with our own private beach in front of us. The beach, while technically public (as are all beaches in Panama), is only accessible from the adjacent beach at low tide.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
                      The ferry from the Trump Tower (www.ferrylasperlas.com) leaves you right on the beach on Saboga, from which it's a short walk up to the house. Another ferry (www.sealasperlas.com) also comes to Saboga leaving from the Balboa Yacht Club. El Encanto itself has a nice beach club with a restaurant. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available, as are activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and beach volleyball. Fishing, scuba diving, sailing and exploring the neighboring islands can be easily arranged as well. Contadora, the most developed of the Pearl Islands, is only 15 minutes away by panga. At present, other than the small fishing village (population 300) across the island, there is only one other expat family living here. There are a couple of small stores in the village, but they sell little more than eggs, bread, milk and beer. So, most of your groceries will need to come with you. Contadora has a better selection of goods, but the cost will be about twice what it would cost you in the city. For longer stays, groceries can also be delivered out to the island by the ferry.


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                      Photos

                      • Main deck overlooking the beach

                        Main deck overlooking the beach

                      • Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

                        Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

                      • Front of the house

                        Front of the house

                      • Studio apartment

                        Studio apartment

                      • Queen Sleeper Sofa

                        Queen Sleeper Sofa

                      • Tiled bath with shower

                        Tiled bath with shower

                      • View of the house from the beach

                        View of the house from the beach

                      • Sunset from the deck

                        Sunset from the deck

                      • Main Deck

                        Main Deck

                      • Upper deck - Hummingbird Bedroom

                        Upper deck - Hummingbird Bedroom

                      • View up from the beach

                        View up from the beach

                      • Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

                        Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

                      • Studio apartment

                        Studio apartment

                      • Studio apartment

                        Studio apartment

                      • Kitchenette

                        Kitchenette

                      • Saboga Beach Club

                        Saboga Beach Club

                      • Home at El Encanto

                        Home at El Encanto

                      • Sunset at El Encanto

                        Sunset at El Encanto

                      • Main Deck

                        Main Deck

                      • Hummingbird Bedroom

                        Hummingbird Bedroom

                      VRBO #479392

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                      This listing was first published here in 2013.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

                      $150 - $195 per night (USD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 12

                      View calendar: Updated 08/19/14
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