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Tropical Oasis - Secluded, Unspoiled Beaches on Saboga

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Last updated: 12/04/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Studio Apartment Directly Over The Beach

Our listing is for one of our two studio apartments on the lower level of our home. Each apartment will accommodate 2 adults and up to 2 children. We also have 2 upper bedroom suites for larger groups that cannot all fit into one of the apartments.

*Please note - if your party is larger than 4 people, VRBO's pricing matrix will be incorrect. The studio apartments will each sleep 4 maximum. Larger parties will need one or both of our upper bedroom suites as well, Please contact us for a custom quote if you need the additional space. In total we can accommodate parties of up to 8 adults and 8 children.*

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 apartments are located beneath our main house, and are hotel-room sized units with a queen bed and an additional queen sofa bed to accommodate up to 4 guests. They have a well equipped kitchen, flat screen TV with satellite, 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.

For US TV history buffs, the 7th and 8th seasons of 'Survivor' were filmed on here Saboga, and an additional season was 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.

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/04/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 and older....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • 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

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The ferry ride may require transfer to a launch to reach the beach, so a reasonable level of fitness and agility may be required....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12

  • 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

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

    Sofa bed is queen size...moreless

  • Green Parrot Studio Apartment: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    ...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 (Eagle), has a private deck overlooking the beach. It also has a king bed and tiled ensuite bath. The other bedroom (Hummingbird) has a king bed, tiled ensuite bath, and terrific view of the jungle and the beach below. It has a small deck overlooking the beach....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Hummingbird Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Ensuite with twin sinks....moreless

  • Eagle Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Ensuite with twin sinks...moreless

  • Green Parrot Bathroom: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Sandpiper Studio Bath: toilet, shower

    Fully tiled bath...moreless

  • The Sandpiper studio bathroom is fully tiled, floor to ceiling, with very attractive large Italian tiles. The Green Parrot studio Bathroom has a tiled floor and shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Grocery shopping on Saboga is very basic. You recommend you bring your food with you when you come, or you can eat at the beach club restaurant nearby. If you don't have the time or inclination to grocery shop before coming out, we can recommend the concierge service we use. They will shop for you and deliver the items to you in the city, or they can deliver them directly to the ferry on the morning you depart. We also have a neighbor who prepares meals to order. With a few hours notice, she can prepare meals and deliver them here to the house....moreless

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sky TV satellite in studio apartment only...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Media server has music, and each room has a Bluetooth music player....moreless

  • Television:

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

  • Video Library:

    Media server with movies, TV series and documentaries available through wifi and Chromecast....moreless

Theme

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    On the west side of Isla Saboga, looking out over the Bay of Panama. The beach is only 20 meters from the house, and is very secluded, almost like your own private beach....moreless

  • Village:

    Saboga has a charming traditional fishing village on the east side of the island, with Central America's 2nd oldest church. The village has 4 small stores, a couple of fondas, and a cantina....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people

General

  • Telephone:

    Magic Jack with US Phone number...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels and beach towels provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Available on request...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Sugar, milk and ground coffee supplied....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

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

  • Kitchen:

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

  • Microwave:

    Counter-top...moreless

Outside

  • Boat:

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

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wood deck with concrete patio ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

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

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane grill...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Carnival
Feb 24 - Mar 1, 2017
4 night min stay
$195

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

Holy Week
Apr 12 - Apr 17, 2017
4 night min stay
$195

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

Low Season
May 1 - Jun 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$150
$875 $2,400

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

Whale Season
Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$175
$980 $2,700

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

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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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

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

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 one of the world's last unspoiled, undeveloped archipelagos, and the fact that it is only 35 miles from vibrant Panama City makes it even more special.

Several seasons of CBS's 'Survivor' TV series have been based here in the Pearl Islands, and two seasons were filmed here on Saboga.

We have 2 studio apartments with full kitchens, and two extra bedroom suites available for guests. We can accommodate up to 8 adults and 8 children (2 adults and 2 children per room). The basic rental is for 1 studio apartment, not the entire house.

The small fishing village on Saboga is about a 10 minute walk from the house, on the other side of the island. There you can buy very basic grocery items like eggs, milk, bread, some vegetables, and the like, but fancier things would need to come with you from the city. There is an old church in the village that is supposed to be the second-oldest church in Central America.

There are several archaeological sites on the island that are the remains of the Indian villages that were here when the Spanish arrived in the mid-16th century. The Indians built several stone fish corrals that are still in use today to trap fish at low tide.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Jennifer is a retired US 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, Panama:
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 House:
The ferry from the Trump Tower leaves you right on the beach on Saboga, from which it's a short walk up to the house. Another ferry 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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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/04/2016

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Photos

  • View from the House

    View from the House

  • Green Parrot Studio Apartment

    Green Parrot Studio Apartment

  • Green Parrot Studio Apartment

    Green Parrot Studio Apartment

  • Green Parrot Bath

    Green Parrot Bath

  • Sandpiper Studio Apartment

    Sandpiper Studio Apartment

  • Queen Sleeper Sofa - Sandpiper Studio Apartment

    Queen Sleeper Sofa - Sandpiper Studio Apartment

  • Eagle Suite

    Eagle Suite

  • Eagle Suite

    Eagle Suite

  • Hummingbird Suite Deck

    Hummingbird Suite Deck

  • Green Parrot Studio Apartment

    Green Parrot Studio Apartment

  • Green Parrot Studio Kitchen

    Green Parrot Studio Kitchen

  • Green Parrot Studio

    Green Parrot Studio

  • Sandpiper Studio Deck

    Sandpiper Studio Deck

  • Sandpiper Studio Kitchen

    Sandpiper Studio Kitchen

  • Sandpiper Studio Deck

    Sandpiper Studio Deck

  • Eagle Suite Deck

    Eagle Suite Deck

  • Eagle Suite Bath

    Eagle Suite Bath

  • Hummingbird Suite

    Hummingbird Suite

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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