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Bocas Del Toro - 'Casa Bocas' of Saigon Bay - Celebrate the Islands!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Home over Water, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Welcome to our Bocas Del Toro rental The Casa Bocas, a real Panamanian gem!

You will get the best of both worlds, a relaxing secluded island hideaway, and a proximity to town that is fun and useful. You can easily walk to downtown from the house in 20 minutes, or catch a taxi for $0.60 each.

Soon you will be able to lay down in your hammock over the blue waters, crack open a novel, and let the warm wind blow through your hair. Live the Caribbean dream in a fully loaded home, with natural hardwood finishings.

Less than two hours after leaving Panama City you are sitting in the hot sun, on one of the most beautiful pieces of water in the world! The home is located Less than two mile from the islands’ airport and central Bocas town. Airlines offer many flights a day to the island from Panama City or San Jose Costa Rica.

The home has been beautifully built with rich native woods, high efficiency fans, air conditioning, hotel quality mattresses, lots of hot water, fully equipped kitchen and tons of space to relax and enjoy life. There is internet here and a cell phone that comes with the house for your use. You can purchase time cards at the grocery stores.

Enjoy a variety of amazing adventures. Take pleasure in walking miles of picturesque sandy beaches, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, kayaking or rent a bicycle.

We can also arrange boat tours with a boat captain or a visit to a local Chocolate farm.

Weekly & monthly rates are available and are set based on the season.

Email us your request and we will promptly get back to you. A 50% deposit is required – with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

Included in your stay:

- Full use of the 2200 square foot home and decks - three bedrooms and a loft room (Three rooms with queen beds and one with four twins).

- Masks & snorkels can be made available so you can see the sea life right off the deck!

- Property manager can guide you to have a great time in Bocas – contact information and suggested tours

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About The Owner

We are from Berkeley California and decided to build this retreat for our families in 2009 - Come stay at our place, and get some sun!

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Saigon

Read the reviews - this is the best location on the islands for downtown and airport access, while still secluded and over the water!

What makes this house unique

Our guests have stayed to relax, read or even write a novel, or to party. Walk across the street to a beach, jump off our deck into the Caribbean, or surf at Tiger Tail only 2 miles away. You can have it all from Casa Bocas.


Saigon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Convertible Sofa in Loft room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom - Overlooking Bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private Room with Bay and Mangrove Views
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , Bedroom with 4 Twins and a closet
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Loft Room with Queen and Sofa
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Bocas Del Toro - 'Casa Bocas' of Saigon Bay - Celebrate the Islands!
average rating of 4.2727275 based on 11 reviews
Berlin Germany

Spacious hideout

  • 5 of 5

We searched for a place where we could really relax as a family of four and we found it. We had more space than we needed and all amenities we expected and then some (such as the kayak or the dryer). While it is not as separated from the village as it may seem on the picture, you can be all by yourselves. Still, in no time you can be downtown with a cab (60cents). The kids loved to go back by watertaxi. Chris was a great manager and he reacted right away when contacted but never disturbed us in any way. If you stay in Bocas del Torro you must consider this house. It will host easily a small crowd of up to 10 people. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Don't investigate where the plumbing goes

  • 2 of 5

There are several positive aspects about this rental; that you can sit on the deck and be over the water, you can look through the floorboards in the house and see the water below, and the breeze off the water means you will almost always be comfortable. The floorplan is spacious, 7 of us stayed here quite comfortably, with lots of room to find a nook to read or take a nap. The kitchen is large, the bathrooms are spacious as well, the beds (at least mine) was comfortable and the linens are of good quality. There is a kayak to borrow, and plenty of beach-y items like hats, toys and ice-chests.

Not so good; the house needs a good once-over to replace what might have gone missing or never was. There are very few dishes, utensils or cookware pieces in the kitchen. Seven of us had to share 3 spoons, for instance. Not enough cups for everyone to have coffee at the same time, and wine? Two communal chalices... but hey, it made it intimate! Don't plan on cooking unless you intend to buy every single item you will need, from salt, pepper, and vegetable oil, to the sponge and soap to clean them with after.

Some have commented on walking through "the shantytown". This might have been charming for some, in a weird way, but reality is, you walk through a pretty sketchy neighborhood. I live in Central America, so I'm not assigning this classification lightly. We walked right past a crowd gathering for a cock fight (feathered variety) and the walkway to the house passes within 3 feet of people's front doors... it's hot and humid, the doors are open, you see what is going on and you hear everything.

The walkway to the house itself consists of a series of boards (in varying degrees of decay) that are nailed together to create a bridge. Quaint the first time in the daylight, challenging the second-fifth time, and plain disgusting after that when your olfactory sense and brain finally conclude the houses you're passing are dumping all their waste into the mangroves which you're gingerly treading over and hoping not to slip off the wobbly, slimy wooden walkway, into.

Then, when you have the chance (unfortunate) to be sitting outside the front door and hear something hitting the water below the house, you stoop down, and yep, directly coinciding with the sound of flushing inside is the plop plop outside. Shower well after your kayak trip, and avoid swimming in Saigon Bay.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry that you felt so strongly about these areas. I wish we could have connected during your stay, and headed off some of this bad press. My property manager said that they did not hear anything about this during your stay, and would have tended to anything that you needed. I am friends with all of the neighbors. I take your word that the people that you saw seem “shady” however they are possibly people from outside the area. A call to the police would have immediately taken care of the issue, and helped keep the area safe. The management company will be surveying the area to see about this. As for the other comments, all I can say is that we have been trying to get the locals to come up with solutions, and we are also not use to some of these items. We hope that you can adjust your comment slightly to reduce the negative level you are rating us. We take your comments to heart and want to continue to have a beautiful place in the Caribbean for everyone to enjoy.
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St. Petersburg, FL

Just Okay

  • 3 of 5

I'm not sure where to begin this review. I booked and paid my deposit in Oct of 2014, in December I received an email saying my reservation was being canceled. After emails and international phone calls, Tyson, the prop manager, finally convinced the owner to let us stay the dates we reserved since NOTHING else was available. The house does set on a nice bay, but it is surrounded like much of the island in garbage (not really the owner's fault, just be prepared). There is only air conditioning in the "master bedroom" upstairs. The upstairs bathtub/shower leaks onto the KITCHEN counter when you use it, the guy in the office said "I know, sorry". They leave you absolutely nothing in the house except dishes and toilet paper, no dish soap, nothing to scrub dishes with, NOTHING. So be prepared to buy every single thing you might need. The water taxi is very expensive from the dock, you have to walk up the road a little to the gas station (covered in trash) to get a taxi for about 4-5 bucks into town each way. I have traveled all over the world and I mostly stay in homes. This was not my best experience. It was rather messed up from day one and filled with many misconceptions.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Over the water living with access to town

  • 4 of 5

Spacious property with great views over the water and a resident heron perching just outside. Everything inside (including air con in main bedroom) works, though some crockery has not been replaced as it gets broken and paintwork could be refreshed.

Far enough out of Bocas town to be reasonably quiet and tucked away but not isolated. A five minute taxi ride to town for $1: though the route to the road (and small supermarket) where one can pick up a taxi is via a narrow boardwalk and muddy shanty town lane so access with luggage is easier and more pleasant by boat.

The management staff are mostly pleasant and efficient but we had the misfortune to be met on arrival by the exception: a guy with the appearance and personality (if not quite the intelligence} of a stick insect who gave us wrong information about which key let us into the house so we were stuck outside in the dark for some time.

We much enjoyed lounging on the spacious and comfortable outside decks looking at passing pelicans. Boat trips to other islands were easy and fun by ferry. We made one organised boat excursion to the north of Colon island including a perfect beach at Starfish bay, the bird island with amazing tropic birds, and freshly caught lobster lunch at a beach restaurant: Kamania tours set up the trip for a very modest price and picked us up by boat direct from the house with a friendly English speaking boatman.

Despite our minor niggles, the house was excellent value with comfortable space for several more people than the 2 of us.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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London England UK

Large property at a reasonable price

  • 4 of 5

The house is spacious and well laid out inside for a large group although there were only two of us. The deck over the water goes all the way around and gives good views of the surroundings. We probably saw more boats and planes than wildlife but the local heron kept us entertained. The downsides are that the house looks a little tired and the equipment and particularly the crockery was an odd assortment which was not really adequate. The walk from the house to the gas station through the local shanty town was not particularly pleasant but once there this served as a good hub for taxis to town and it also had a small supermarket. The taxis are good value at $1 pp. We warmed to the town but mostly enjoyed the trips out to other parts of the island and across to the other islands. We got used to travelling everywhere by boat and found the cost of these quite reasonable. Our meet and greet service from Dominic left a lot to be desired but Stephanie in the Bocas office was helpful and our maintenance problems were sorted out efficiently. We would recommend the house to a group on a budget looking to be in a rural area but still accessible to town.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Bocas

  • 4 of 5

Just got back from Bocas Del Toro. Had a great time with my family and loved Casa Bocas. It was everything it said it would be.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Miles
Bocas Del Toro
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
2 miles away
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
500 feet away
Car: not necessary





Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $250
Boat to House $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.