Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Beautiful 2 bdrm apartment over the water in Almirante Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Vista Mar Apartment is a very nice, new, well constructed 2 bedroom Apartment over the water in Almirante Bay. With our unique location on the Isthmus of Bocas Isla. we get nice sea breezes from the Caribbean and breathtaking views of Almirante Bay with the mainland mountains in the distance. It is a great place to watch the sunsets too. We are a 60 cent taxi ride or 5 minute bike ride from all downtown attractions and just enough out of town enjoy the serenity.

Sterling Hopman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

About Sterling Hopman

My Name is Sterling. I moved here to Bocas Isla from Hawaii in 2003 and I am loving it here more and more every day. I chose Bocas not only for it's beauty and laid back culture but also because I love the ocean and water sports. I finished building Bocas Beach Villas Condos in 2008 and have used them for long term rentals but want to try offering the condos to short term renters as well. I am also starting a water sports equipment business on the premises for those that love waters sports as I do.

Sterling Hopman purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Sterling Hopman chose Central America

Vista Mar Apartment is a very nice well constructed Caribbean style apartment built with nicely finished hardwoods. Its setting over the water give it the feeling of being on a boat with exceptional views. There is a nice dock with a large covered area at the end with hammocks and chairs to lounge around in. I have Kayaks, SUP boards available to those who want to explore the bay or the Caribbean on the other side as well as surf boards and other water sports equipment.

What makes this apartment unique

Aside from it's unique location over the water and on the Isthmus it being on the main island has lots of benefits. Most boat tours start here on Bocas Isla and there are lots of things to do and places to explore right here on the main island. The majority of the restaurants and shops are here as well. In about 15 minutes you can walk to downtown or take a taxi that pass by regularly for .65 cents per person.


Nearest Airport
0.5 Miles
Bocas Del Toro 'Isla. Colon' Panama
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Rip Tide
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
La Palanca
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
El Picado
Nearest Beach
Ismito Beach, Playa Bluff

Vista Mar Apartment is a very nice, new, well constructed 2 bedroom on the water. It is located on the Almirante Bay side of isthmus of the island with the bay on the one side and Izmito Beach on the other side. Being on the Almirante Bay it has exceptional views of the bay with the mainland mountains in the distance. It is a great place to watch the sunsets too. It's far enough out of town for a little peace but also walking distance to downtown or a .65 cent taxi ride. The apartment is located on Bocas Isla. also named Isla. Colon in the archipelago of the district Bocas Del Toro is considered Panama's top tourist destination. With it's brightly colored buildings, colonial architecture and Caribbean culture the Caribbean flare is abound. Aside from the culture tourist are attracted to Bocas by the beautiful beaches, sightseeing, surfing, water sports, the many different ethnic restaurants, just to name a few things. I moved here from Hawaii 9 years ago and love it more and more every day.


Panama Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 full bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 bedroom. One is a very large suite with king size bed. I also have a mattress that can be put on the floor for additional guest.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

85% Complete
14% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Beautiful 2 bdrm apartment over the water in Almirante Bay
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
Austin, TX

Great property!

  • 5 of 5

We were in Bocas del Toro for two weeks and we spent a few nights at Vista Mar, a two bedroom apartment at Sterling's place. The little complex is great, several condos and villas grouped together, the people staying there were very friendly and the grounds were nice. It is located in a good part of Bocas, just outside the noise of the main city but close enough to get a quick taxi ride for about $0.50. We were very comfortable in the apartment and it had everything we needed for our stay, the view off the back dock was beautiful. Sterling was helpful and quick to respond to any needs. We would stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. It was a pleasure hosting you guys. You are welcome any time. Cheers
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great place!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in Bocas at Sterling's place.

The apartment is very clean and well maintained. Sterling and his staff were all very responsive to all of our needs.

We were a bit disappointed in the ability to cook. There is a kitchen but it is small and the cookware is limited. We had planned to do some outdoor grilling but a grill was not available.

The unit entrance is located on the second floor so there is no outside deck located off of the unit itself but there is a public dock area with great hammocks and chairs.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Loved this place and cannot wait to stay again!

  • 5 of 5

This place was awesome!! Sterling was a great host and the house was even more amazing in person. We could not have asked for a better experience and are looking forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

What a neat place. Right on the water, far enough out of town yet we were able to walk to town when we wanted to, or catch a taxi. Sterling had kayaks and paddle boards that we could use and they house was very clean and well appointed. We would highly recommend this house!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful place. Great locatioon. Sterling was quite helpful before and during our stay. Good times!

  • 5 of 5

We were traveling with our 17 year old daughter. Very clean. Downstairs bedroom was very cool at night. Great for sleeping. AC worked great downstairs. Upstairs was warmer--but we still slept fine. The location was perfect for us. A quick 5-10 min bike ride into town or a 10 minute ride to watch the surfers at Bluff beach. Sterling was a gracious host--highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Livonia, MI

Excellent condo located conveniently to all activitiies.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 months, mid-January to mi-March, 2014. The condo is very comfortable and well equipped for an extended stay. The listing description and photos accurately reflect the property, which was clean and well maintained. Sterling (owner) was very responsive to all of our needs and always available when needed. Some of the most spectacular beaches in the world are within a short taxi or bike ride on this island, or a 15 minute water taxi to one of the nearby islands. Red Frog, Tortuga, Polo and Wizard beaches on the island of Bastimentos were especially beautiful. There are also some quality restaurants nearby, Guari-Guari within a 5 minute walk of the condo, or El Refugio, OM, and Mayacuna in downtown Bocas. The owner also provides kayak and bike rentals at very reasonable rates. I would definitely recommend this rental to anyone interested in exploring this beautiful region of Panama.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure hosting You and Linn. You guys know how to live life to the fullest. It was a real inspiration to see you guys doing off doing rigorous adventures every day. I hope that I am in shape enough to do the same when I am your age. You guys are welcome any time. Best Regards, Sterling
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

pay half at the time of reservation and the other half on arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund