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Stunning glass walled, thatched roof villa with an amazing view of the bay.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, beds for 8. 2 baths with El Fresco showers. Incredible jungle island

Mango Bay is like arriving at Jurassic Park. We are on a 400 acre nature preserve, we are the only full time residents on the island. If you like to see Dolphins, eagles, parrots, monkeys & catch & eat fresh fish, then you will love it here. This is nothing like an all inclusive resort. This is natural Panama, no discos or gambling. But we do have fantastic sunrises & calm water, perfect for paddling or water skiing. We give our guests great service (see our 5 star reviews) & have on site American managers & a knowledgeable local boat captain. We have 3 boats to get you to all the amazing spots so close to our island.

The villa is comprised of three 800 foot Steel, Teak & Bamboo platforms. Smaller parties need just rent one of the pavilions for the sleeping accommodations. Each of the rooms has an incredible view, as the walls are glass. The first room has 2 sets of bunk beds, end table & lamp. It also has a large armoire for clothing. The second room on the same platform has a nice queen bed, cool hardwood chair, armoire & two end tables with lamps. Both rooms are 200 square feet each. They share a bathroom right beside the rooms & it has a huge outdoor shower. The master is on its own 800 foot platform & has an attached 3 room master bath & its own covered porch with teak deck furniture. This room has a king bed, armoire, desk for your laptop, two end tables, chest & another ornamental cabinet.

The home has a Bali theme, furniture is also that theme & so is the thatch covered bamboo post & beam roof system. This 60 foot long roof covers the villa's three 40 foot long pavilions & the bodega which houses the laundry room, sporting equipment & the off grid power system. Yes, we have a large array of solar panels & a new large set of batteries to store the power of the sun in Panama. There is a back of generator for cloudy days.The walls are glass, which will give you the feeling of living in the jungle, but of course you have all the conveniences. AC in every room, high speed internet, Netflix's & crushed ice.

We are just making out 2 bedroom cottage available to rent to compliment the big villa or it could be rented on it's own. It also features a 240 foot covered veranda & a large table for dining. It has a convection oven, large fridge, 3 burner stove top, induction element & a barbecue on the large veranda.

There is a deep freeze in the attached boat garage for putting your catch of the day. Each room has an over head fan & we are installing ac this November. The cottage has Exterior Insulated foam system, acrylic stucco. Which means it is well insulated. The windows are dual pane, crank style which is also unlike what you usually find in Panama. It has a high vaulted ceiling. The kitchen is good sized with all the utensils , pans & a dining table for 4 inside.

The pier is just 50 feet in front & at high tide, we often just pull the boat out behind the place. Then walk onto our cement boat ramp that comes up behind the attached boat garage. So it is ideal for a small group of fishermen. It may also be used for an especially large group, or if there are over 6 men & they do not want to sleep in the same bed as another one of the group members.

We have our new high efficiency Perkins diesel generator. To ensure there is always a way to keep the rooms cool at night. We do not intend for our guests to stay in their rooms all day under the AC. That is NOT possible in an off grid environment. Not with out running a fossil fuel generator 24 hours a day. But we want to ensure guests a comfortable nights sleep.

The property was inhabited years ago, but was never logged off. So it has incredible trees, some fruit bearing, (Mango, Avocado, lime, coconut, bananas, pineapples & Plantains to name a few. View birds & monkeys for a truly tropical ambiance. The calm, warm waters are accessed by our 150 foot long pier. It is great to go for a swim, paddle from or to water ski off of. Access to all the fishing in the bay & out into the Hannibal bank is a must. One of our boats can get you right into the marina at Petragal in about 40 minutes. Petragal is just 4 minutes from the airport & only 10 minutes from the city of David. However it is only a 12 minute boat ride to the community of Chorcha. They just paved the road there & that cuts the time to town down to just over 15 minutes. I just love all these infrastructure projects being completed in Panama!!

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Shawn & Angie Money
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, If you are Spanish, I can have it translated.
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December 13, 2017

About Shawn & Angie Money

I grew up in central British Columbia, Spent my summers at our log house, water skiing & the winters snowmobiling & skiing at our local ski hill. Later I met my future wife at a Bible college. I moved to Edmonton, Alberta & have stayed here with Angie for 30 years. We are proud of being Canadians, how ever we both are not fond of the 5 months of winter we have to endure. Hence the search for a place to go as refuge from our harsh winters. Actually our property is just as appealing in the summer as the temperature in Panama are in the low 30's. So it is nearly perfect in Panama then. IN Alberta it can be cool & wet even in July.

I have been investing in Real Estate for 20 year, worked in lending for 5 years & have been in the construction sector for many years. We have just finishing construction on our caretakers cottage/boat house. Now we have a competent North American manager & his family to see to the upkeep & act as a sort of Concierge for our guests. as we are on an island, a boat is the only way you are going to explore the area unless you really like to paddle!! Just kidding. I like to paddle, it is great exercise & I get a wicked tan. I never get hot (I still fall in occasionally) or cold as the water is so warm! I am wanting to set up a community of like minded families / investors who want to own a place to them selves or one or two month share of a tropical home to enjoy personally & share with their family & friends.

Shawn & Angie Money purchased this house in 2010

Why Shawn & Angie Money chose Boca Chica

The airport just outside of David was just starting its expansion (it was completed over two years ago now, very nice now) it was like a tacky greyhound station when I first came to David. New infrastructure is always a key to property appreciation. It is just a matter of time before David starts to get international fights from Houston & Miami. The cellular coverage is good. However most Panamanians now just get mobile data & use the phone app, WhatsApp to stay in touch with family & friends anywhere in the country or world..

We have high speed internet & are able to use our Netflix account & a Magic Jack phone to stay in touch with friends & family in Canada & the US. Panama's explosive GDP growth is also a major influence on my decision to invest in this country. They are now paving the road to our nearest port. So we can make it to town in 30 minutes now!! We have a spring on our property so that is a must, most places on the island are not so lucky. The property is unique, as it is really an untouched nature preserve. The local university still brings students to study the fauna. It is literally like stepping onto the set of Jurassic park. The sounds are the same & the birds & trees are a wonder! When I first came to view the property, there was a large school of Dolphins swimming right by the shore. The fisherman still fish for red Snapper off the point of the island. Last week I saw 3 small fishing boats anchored out around the point of the island, 400-600 meters away. We sometimes send our Panamanian caretaker out with a boat & he will pick up 10 fish for $10-15. The local produce is awesome, we buy it in David or at the local fruit & vegetable stand not far from our port. Produce is abundant & inexpensive. The perfect compliment to all the fresh fish.

What makes this house unique

There is a walk for several kilometers along the top spine of the island, which allows you to see ocean & mountain views & see up close the vegetation that is unique to this area. The water in the morning is usually calm, sometimes it is like piece of glass. It has the nicest water for skiing I have ever seen. the water is 29-31 degrees & it is 24 degrees outside at 6 am. That is pretty much heaven for a guy with a slalom ski. The fact that there are few boats with an engine larger than 10 hp. makes for water with out wakes from boats. Something you could never find on a lake in Canada during the summer. Boca Bravo island or the one next to it (Sevilla) has miles of beach with not a soul around. I think there is some surfing there, many things have not been explored yet. It is like that here in Panama.


Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Just outside of David
Nearest Barpub
11 Kilometres
Many fishing lodges in Boca Chica have a bar.
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
We provide boat transport from Petragalor Chorcha
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Bouquette has a small course
Nearest Train
400 Kilometres
Panama City
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
The Pan Pacific is about 15 Kilometers away.
Nearest Restaurant
11 Kilometres
Hotel Del Mar in Boca Chica
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
We have small beach on the property
Car: not necessary

We are the perfect launch point to explore all the activities that the Bay of Chiriqui has to offer. Whale watching, snorkeling or exploring hidden beaches & caves, or you can stay closer in & fish in the channels or our own bay. We can arrange it,so our boat captain Victor, who use to be a local fisherman; takes you out to catch some fish or dig for clams. Perhaps you want to catch a massive Tuna or Marlin, we can arrange a deep sea fishing trip with a local captain we know for a fraction of the cost of doing the trip from a fishing lodge out of Boca Chica!!.

Water ski on the calm warm water in the bay all year long. Explore one of the hundreds of small island beaches. Find caves & maybe meet a surf school at Isla Silva for a day or two of lessons.

There are many things to see & do in the mountains as well. We can arrange a trip to go rafting or zip lining, it can be arranged from Mango Bay. If you have a car. The Port of Chorcha is only 10-12 minutes away. From there it is less than 20 minutes to David & about 1 hour to Boca Chica, A day trip is doable. However to really check out the mountains, we would recommend that you stay in Bouquette.. This would make those activities much closer & relaxing. They also can advise you on some local places to see & eat at. Be aware that the mountains can get heavy rain while our island often stays completely dry, or it rains much later in the day..

This being said, in the wet season ( May - November), it is very common to get thundershowers in the afternoon. If you are planning to come to the island, plan to leave around noon - 2 PM. After that, the chances you are going to get wet are high. Be prepared & bring a rain jacket, it can be a chilly experience zipping along the water in the rain soaking wet.


Boca Chica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower , Master has a seperate toilet room off the main bath room
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , outdoor shower , table, Bali style hard wood vanity & mirror
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , It has a 3 drawer cabinet, so you can put your toiletres in
  • The master bath is large with two sinks & a separate toilet room. It also has a large private outdoor shower. The bathroom is situated so that it is convenient to the kitchen. The bathroom in the lower cottage is more conventional, It has a tiled indoor shower, toilet & a nice cedar cabinet with drawers.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bunk room - 2 bunk bed , This room has an armoire, end table with lamp & ceiling fan
    Queen room - 1 queen , Room other side of bathroom, chair, 2 tables & armoire
    Master bedroom pavilion - 1 king , Takes up the entire 800 foot pavilion, has a covered deck
    Bedroom 4 - In lower cottage
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Smaller bedroom in lower cottage
  • There are 3 in the main villa, two in the lower cottage & a large loft that we could put several more in if we had to. Two bed rooms are on one of the pavilions, with a nice bath between them. It has a massive outdoor shower. The master bedroom is on the third platform. It could be rented alone by a couple, as our home is separated by the second living room / kitchen pavilion. Each room has an ac unit. We ask that great care be taken when using the air conditioning. We are off the power grid. Most of our electricity is being created by our large solar field. That said, it is not inexhaustible. So as it nears dark, we run our new high efficiency diesel generator & the five ac units are powered from fossil fuel for just a brief period of time. In an hour or two all the rooms will have been cooled. Then the ceiling fans keep it very comfortable.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Groceries could be brought in for you in advance. As well, evening meals could be made, kitchen clean up could be done during the day. We just ask that the dishes & cutlery be put in the dishwasher after the evening meal. It is very close to our main port of Chorcha. A cab can make it in 20 minutes from town. To tour the mountain region, it would be wise to just rent a place around Bouquette or stay at a B & B we could recommend to your party.


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Stunning glass walled, thatched roof villa with an amazing view of the bay.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Barrington Hills, IL/ USA

Tropical paradise (a true adventure!)

  • 5 of 5

We have traveled extensively in Central and South America. Isla de Muertos is by far one of the most interesting places we've visited. The island is remote, yet easy to reach thanks to Shaun's excellent network of contacts in Panama. It is a tropical rain forest with amazing vegetation and animals. My 3 high school boys had a phenomenal time spotting monkeys, birds, lizards and frogs. The changing sounds of the jungle are amazing.

The house is beautiful and very comfortable. Several islands with incredibly beautiful beaches can be

reached easily from the island. Victor is a wonderful host/boat driver. And be sure to book a deep fishing excursion with Daniel. We caught and ate Albacore tuna on the same day.

This is a place to return to! (and bring a book to read on the hammock)

My kids have already asked to go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barrington Hills, IL/ USA


  • 5 of 5

My wife, 3 teenage boys and I spent the last week of March, 2017 on Isla de Muertos. We have travelled extensively through Central and South America and usually judge the outcome of our trips by our children's reactions and comments. This was by far one of the best adventures we've had!

For a week we had an island and tropical rain forest all to ourselves. The vegetation and wildlife are stunning. Whether you look up or down you find something amazing: howler and spider monkeys, parakeets and several other multicolor birds, dart frogs and lizards to mention a few.

Throughout the day 'the voice' of the jungle changes according to which animal or insect prevails: it's phenomenal to follow from sunrise to sunset and when it is dark.

The calm waters off the property make it easy to explore the island by water using either the paddle board or canoe. The incredibly long beaches of Boca Brava and the small town of Boca Chica (for dinner) can be reached easily with Victor. Gamez and Bolanos have beautiful beaches that I would recommend visiting. One of our dinners was a grilled albacore tuna caught by one of my boys during a fishing expedition with Daniel who also took us snorkeling in a truly spectacular and isolated setting.

The house is very comfortable and well decorated and equipped. We loved it. We bought food in David for the 6 days we spent on the island. There are a few restaurants in Boca Chica, a 20 minute boat ride away.

Isla de Muertos is remote but easy to reach mostly because of Shaun's team that will take care of transportation once you hit the ground in Panama City.

My boys have already asked to return to Mango Bay!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Hampshire, US

Incredible and Amazing!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This property is truly amazing!!!! From the beautiful views on the boat ride to the property, the scenery is incredible! The villa has the most wonderful view and the sunrises are fabulous! The stars are so beautiful at night. On most vacations, it takes a few days to unwind. Not here, it is so quiet and peaceful, relaxation comes quickly. The kitchen has all the amenities you could want and then some. Nothing like you would expect being off the grid. The beds were so very comfortable, great shower, perfect beach etc. Victor is wonderful and extremely helpful! Shawn was so great to work with. Answered any questions we might have, walked us through certain features so that we were familiar, etc. There is a small cottage as well which has recently been renovated. It is right next to the water and the dock. There is almost always a cooling breeze that goes by in both locations.

This is really a wonderful place to spend a holiday!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome! Beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need is there except the grocery store. Victor was helpful with the generator at night with being off the grid. Really everything you need for cooking was available. We had a great time with Daniel snorkeling. Hardest part was directions with finding the boat ramp in Petregal since it wasn't at the big marina. We had fun with the paddle board, swimming from the dock and walking in the jungle.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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Fabulous vacation spot!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The house is just beautiful and well-designed, with glass walls all around, raised decks and separate buildings for the master bedroom, additional bedrooms and for the kitchen and common area. It is completely off-grid solar with generator backup, so it is necessary to keep the AC to a minimum (we only used it after dark and had the units set for 26 C), but with the breezes and the fans, we were always comfortable both inside and out (we live in NC though, and are accustomed to warmer weather). If you need to have the AC at 18 C and running all day, this isn't the place for you.

It is slightly buggy (it *is* a rainforest!), but we only used bug spray one afternoon (we stayed 5 nights) when we ventured out to explore the island a bit. We found that at dusk the no-seeums would occasionally be bad enough to send us indoors, but most of the rest of the time, we were fine outside without covering ourselves in noxious smelling deet!

The island is really spectacular, from dozens of different species of butterflies and moths, to geckos and howler monkeys (they really aren't terribly loud :) ) There are mango, lemon, coconut and avocado trees, and pineapple bushes. We were there when only the coconuts and lemons were available, but we enjoyed those!

The hosts, David and Linda (and their son, Russell) were always helpful and available to answer questions or help with arranging for transport to other islands,etc.

Speaking of transport - Victor, the boat captain - is great! He really knows his way around the islands and is a very experienced and careful navigator/driver. He took us out to see some hump-backed whales (a baby and mother!) and to a great snorkeling beach. I am a bit leery of small boats, especially when the water is choppy - but I absolutely trusted Victor.

The only small negatives I can think of (which are easily fixed) would be a) more hammocks. We fought over the one that was there. I was very happy the day I got to it first, because as I was lazily reading and occasionally gazing at the butterflies, I suddenly noticed a howler monkey, almost at eye-level and about 20 yards away. There were several more that were nearby, munching on leaves. The other suggestion I have is b) more lounging furniture. The couch is a very stylish, but not great for a family of 4 to lounge on together. A couple of large chairs that someone could curl up in would be nice.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous property on a secluded island

  • 5 of 5

The picture doesn't do this house justice, the actual property is stunning! It's almost like you walked into something from a design magazine. The Smiths (caretakers) and Victor (boat driver) were both super welcoming and helpful. We took day trips to different islands including Marine Park and Secas Islands and did some swimming and snorkeling. Victor also caught us some fresh fish that we grilled for dinner. Only thing I have to recommend for future guests is please plan out what you need (supplies, food etc.), because there is no stores around just all nature.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $105.32
Refundable damage deposit $507.1
Boat rental pickupreturn $62.41
Pet Fee $39.01

The round trip boat transport we are quoting is for a maximum of 5 people. It is from the port of Chorcha.
We can also pick up in Las Vueltas, add $40.
To pick up in Petregal add $80.
Larger groups can expect additional costs as we need to take 2 boats.
Sometime we will pick up a majority of the group & their luggage in Petregal as it is only 5 minutes from the airport, just outside of David. Then we take 1-3 others & get supplies for their stay. The driver would then take them to Chorcha & our boat would pick them up 2-3 hours later, after they have had a chance to shop.

The villa has 3 separate platforms. A couple would stay just in the master bedroom platform. A family with younger children,usually they use just the 2 bedroom platform as it is closer to their children. The villa is very spread out. It is 80 feet from the master bedroom to the bunk room where kids stay usually. In the middle of the pavilion villa, is the kitchen platform/pavilion.

We also have a 2 bedroom cottage below that can be rented. It can be used as extra private bedrooms or rented alone. Contact us for rates.

Panama is not Cancun. There are no discos in the Boca Chica area. If that is what you are looking for, this is not the right place for you. Stay if you like untouched nature, dolphins, monkeys, spectacular hike on the islands ridge, calm warm water, ideal for a paddle board or a knee board, with miles of totally empty beaches close by. If this is what you are looking for, then you will love the place!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.