About the property
- House1000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Whole House Rental! Sleeps 6! Perfect for a family or a small group of friends.
Shorebreak on Bastimentos is an eco-friendly custom waterfront home. Step off the deck and place your feet directly into the warm Caribbean. Only a few small steps from the ocean water this custom home is located on the Island of Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Amazing views! The entire front of the house is rotating glass doors allowing you to scope out the surf breaks while enjoying your meals. Rainwater collection, hot water, open floor plan, sleeps 6 and children are welcome (2 queen beds, 2 singles (bunkbeds), and hammocks to rest in!). Large natural stone bathroom with dual shower heads. Caretaker on site for all inquires.
If you enjoy water activities, this is the place! This home is located directly on the sea with major surf destinations visible from the front porch. And yes, one is directly in front! Enjoy amazing snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding or kayaking while island hoping! Each island in this chain is only a few minutes apart by boat. Water taxis are available to take you from island to island or on a guided tour. Or stay in.
Bastimentos Island has wonderful untouched white sand beaches, including Red Frog, Wizard and Polo Beach. You can also enjoy zip lining through the canopy or taking a guided cave tour, plus surfing, bars, restaurants, and so much more.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 19, 2018
About Jillian/ Juliana
I am a monumental sculptor and Roni is a structural engineer. The pair of us designed and built this custom home. It all started brainstorming with a pad of paper and some local colored pencils!
Jillian/ Juliana purchased this House in 2007
Why Jillian/ Juliana chose Isla Bastimentos
We stumbled onto Bocas Del Toro, backpacking through central America: puddle jumper style. But once we landed, we didn't leave. The islands are breathtaking. The people are healthy, fun and speak multiple languages fluently; including English, Spanish, Guari Guari, and Local tribal languages too. Bastimentos Island is calm, local, and there are no cars! It is paradise, plain and simple.
What makes this House unique
We designed and built this unique house. It is a family style open floor plan with handmade moveable privacy screens throughout. The entire front of the home is a glass rotating wall overlooking the ocean. We even designed and built most of the furniture in the home from scratch! Here is a list of this homes amenities: We just replaced the entire roof and added ceiling fans too! :) Full kitchen (Gas stove w/overhead vent+fridge+cooking ware). Dual Shower Natural Stone Bathroom including a Rock formed sink. Lots of sleeping spots+ (Two queens, One full futon, & Two singles via bunkbeds) and 3 hanging hammocks to enjoy! Kitchen, dinning and living room overlooking the ocean. SUP Paddle Board available to cruise the islands. Plus we have two guest surf boards to go hit the breaks! Yes! We let you borrow our toys to enjoy the amazing ocean out front!! Full Wrap around House Deck and a lower lounging deck. Caretaker on site. Maid service every Monday (for long term guests) or in-between the short stays.. To clean the casa and launder the sheets and towels. Additional Information: This listing is a full house rental. Max of 6 people due to rain water limitations. Caretaker is on site to aid with all your needs during your stay. Property is 1/4 acre with 250 feet of oceanfront. Caretaker will meet you at Island of Bastimentos Park for ease of check in.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
a quick stop in Bastimentos
Great amenities. There is a guitar, bass, and ukulele in the house. The kitchen is stocked pretty well... we cooked most of our meals. The house has a stand up paddle board that we took out every morning. Great location close to town but still secluded on beach. It is situated nicely facing the ocean with a steady breeze. We could've stayed for months and still not seen everything.
Excelent house as a base for your Bocas activities
Well managed property. Perfect for a family vacation. All the amenities you need. Ocean front.
What a Beautiful House!
My boyfriend and I just spend two weeks on the Island of Bastimentos. For the second week we rented the Shore Break House! I am so so glad we did. The house is perfect! Sleeping at night hearing the waves crash, having access the beautiful views of the ocean and being a short boat ride away from Bocas was exactly what we wanted. Bomby was so wonderful and very helpful. He joined us a couple nights when we cooked dinner. The town of Bastimentos is a special places. I loved watching the island come alive as you walk down the side walks. I recommend this place to anyone who does not want to be right in the action of Bocas but close enough to experience it and then leave at night or anyone who loves to cook! We cooked out on their grill almost every night. They also have a wonderfully equipped kitchen. It was wonderful to buy super fresh seafood and cook it immediately. Great place and I hope to return!
Not good for family with kids!!
We Just got back from staying in this house for a week. Our first reaction was beautiful setting and it really is. I loved drinking coffee on the porch every morning and there is enough space to do yoga. There is only 1 small table and 2 chairs on the porch so if you have more then 2 people with you, you have to bring out chairs from the kitchen. The whole house is open floor plan with no doors except on the bathroom. Our friends have a toddler almost 2 and it was really rough. I would not stay here if you have children. The water is just a few steps away but there are rocks and urchins that sting when you step on them so very unsafe. The house was very dirty when got there. I had to wash all dishes before using them due to the dust all over them. Due to the humidity in the air the floor always feels dirty so we never took off our flip flops while in the house. The windows on the top did not open so in the evening once we went to sleep we were not able to have fresh air. They do have fans which helped keep us cool. The locals on the island love to party, we had 4 out of 7 sleepless nights due to loud music all night long. Just know you do not flush toilet paper in the toilet you have to throw it in the trash can. The water pump started to go out on the last 2 days so we were stranded half way through showers for 5 min until the pump kick on again. There was old food left in the fridge when we got there that I had to through out. If I was the owner I would have the cleaning lady come before visitors are staying and freshen everything up. The towels are very smelly due to the detergent and mustiness. It is a tropical island and I understand the humidity is very high and would be hard to dry clothes on the lines. Also due to humidity the couch was very moldy smelly. Just beware there are little biting gnats that make your stay very itchy. Our water taxi guy Karl was great and took us anywhere we wanted to go. I really recommend using him if you stay on the island. Oh the internet stick cost $5 for the week but never worked so I had to go to Bocas to use the internet which was a problem. Over all we will never go back. We are not picky people and have traveled to a lot of south and central America countries so we know about the tropics this house just isn't worth the money. Our friend tried to surf but there are so many rocks that it was unsafe. I love paddle boarding and was excited to board but due to so many rocks I just didn't want to try.
This is our first group in which our staff requested to never allow a return visit. Our maid of two years quit our service after this group departed. The concept of "green" and "rain water dependent" was obviously a foreign concept to this group. They demanded all the beds linens be changed every single day and they soiled over a dozen towels each day. Maid service is provided only once a week with rentals and in between each guest. Our water tanks simply can not handle this extreme use. They also had our caretaker running toiletry errands for them by the china store. Yet, they never paid for their items or their extra maid/laundry services. Even the restaurants and local businesses' had stories to share regarding their disrespectful ways. Homeowners please be cautious in opening up your private home to people who surely require the staff of a hotel at their beckon call.
Awesome House For A Girls Trip Getaway!!!!!
Three of my best girlfriends and myself rented this house for a week. We had the best time ever, based on the reviews, we went to the 99 Supermarket in Panama City before we boarded our flight and bought tons of alcohol, food, and candles to bring to the house. We met Bombi once we arrived on the island and a man with a wheelbarrow took all of our luggage to the house for us. Once we ascended the stairs to the top deck of the house, the true fun began!!!! Crazy ocean views from every part of the house, Bob Marley playing on the stereo, the most comfortable beds we had since back home, a full kitchen with everything you needed!!!! The bathroom is awesome, a rock shower with dual shower heads and hot hot water all the time. The owners were available via phone and text to help me with anything I needed!!! The house is close to everything and we found ourselves making quick trips to the restaurants Caribbean View and Roots all the time!!!! Bombi was able to get us reservations at the Firefly for our last night and we had a great dinner. Everyone on the islands knows of the Shorebreak House and it is probably the best constructed house on the island!!!!!!!
We travelled to the Island for our Honeymoon, This place was exceptional! The pictures really do not do this home or location justice. It is a real gem on the perfect location of the Island. (I will touch on this later)
Upon arrival to the island we met Bombi, Bombi was great!! He led us on a quick walk to the location and gave us a great introduction to the home, ensured we knew where everything was located, how everything worked. Bombi really made us feel welcome and comfortable after a long few days of travelling.
The home is very well kept and clean. You can tell the care and attention to detail this home has received in no doubtingly an environment that can be harsh and require significant upkeep. The home contained everything one could need to enjoy your stay. We found ourselves cooking regularly for ourselves and the kitchen was well equipped and clean.
The bedroom was quite comfortable, the fans made even the most muggy and warm evening a non issue, the bathroom was very nicely decorated and clean.
As this was our first time to the region we feel very fortunate to have found such a great locations. We were prepared for the bugs to be an issue, however the location of this home allows a breeze to limit the bug and provide relief from the heat, other area do not provide this. The glass doors were opened almost every evening while enjoying the cool breeze and sound of the waves. We both also loved the location and Island for its "traditional feel" Don't get me wrong "Bocas Town" need to be explored and is alot of fun, however we found it overwhelming some evening and really looked forward to getting back and just enjoying some relaxation on the deck.
Another gem is the food. Just a small walk to the right is The Firefly. Hand down probably some of the best food I have experienced anywhere. Ryan and Lauren are a great team, we spent several evenings relaxing and chatting at The Firefly. On one of our last evening Lauren prepared a freshly caught red snapper and we are still raving about this meal. Truly a special place that need to be visited.
We really enjoyed our stay on the island, Your place is perfectly located, and we feel very fortunate to have found this location. Too all future guest, enjoy this home, get to know the people (very interesting stories and unique people who have left the island and come home), explore the islands. We enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to returning.
If you are into water activities; this is the place! This custom home is located directly on the Oceanfront with 7 major surf destinations visible straight from the front porch. And yes, one is directly in front! Enjoy amazing Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paddle Boarding, Free Diving, and Kayaking while island hoping! Each island in this chain is only a few minutes apart by boat. Water Taxi's are available to take you from island to island or on a guided tour. Day tours average $20-$25 a person while water taxi's range from only $1-$5 to jump from island to island. Or stay in. Bastimentos Island has the best untouched white sand beaches. Wizard Beach is a 20 minute hike through the rainforest or hop a boat to Red Frog Beach and Zip Line through the canopy. Enjoy a cave tour, hiking through the rainforest, surfing, bars, restaurants, and so much more.
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Renter assumes financial responsibility for any damages to this property during their stay. Renters will not hold the owners liable for any injuries or accidents that occur here during their stay. Disclaimer: We want to be clear that we have no control over the weather during your stay. This region is a rainforest. It has varying days of rain and drought. House water is rain water dependent.