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Tropical Oasis - Secluded, Unspoiled Beaches on Saboga

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Last updated: 05/15/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

*Please note - if your party is larger than 4 people, VRBO's pricing matrix will be incorrect. The studio apartment will sleep 4 maximum. Larger parties will need one or both of our upper bedroom suites as well. Please contact us for a quote if you need the additional space. *

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 accommodate up to 4 guests. It has 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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Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast

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 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

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. 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. With a few hours notice, the cook at the restaurant can prepare meals and deliver them here to the house on days the restaurant is not open....moreless

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sky TV satellite in studio apartment only...moreless

  • Television:

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

  • Video Library:

    A small but growing collection....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

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
 

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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

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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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Last updated: 05/15/2016
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Location

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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Contadora Island
200 Metres
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 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.

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 are technically a B&B rather than a traditional vacation rental where you would be renting the entire home. We have a studio apartment with full kitchen, and two extra bedroom suites available for guests. Ideally, we can accommodate up to six adults and six children (2 adults and 2 children per room)

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 Bed And Breakfast:
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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Photos

  • Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

    Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

  • Studio apartment

    Studio apartment

  • Kitchenette

    Kitchenette

  • Main Deck

    Main Deck

  • Upper deck - Hummingbird Bedroom

    Upper deck - Hummingbird Bedroom

  • Main deck overlooking the beach

    Main deck overlooking the beach

  • Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

    Studio apartment deck overlooking the beach

  • Studio apartment

    Studio apartment

  • Queen Sleeper Sofa

    Queen Sleeper Sofa

  • Tiled bath with shower

    Tiled bath with shower

  • Sunset from the deck

    Sunset from the deck

  • Main Deck

    Main Deck

  • Hummingbird Bedroom

    Hummingbird Bedroom

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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