Studio Apartment Directly Overlooking The Beach
Lee and Jennifer Scott
About Lee and Jennifer Scott
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.
Lee and Jennifer Scott purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Lee and Jennifer Scott chose Saboga
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.
What makes this Apartment unique
There is a ferry that comes out to Saboga from the city, every morning and brings you directly to the dock where we will meet you and bring you back to the house. The ferry departs at 7:30 AM from the Flamenco Marina on the Amador Causeway. 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 400) 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.
Children allowed -
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The stay was good. The beaches are absolutely gorgeous. We stayed for 11 days and while we thoroughly enjoyed our time it was almost too long. The luster wore off after awhile and we may have benefited from splitting our vacation time between additional locations. It would be really cool to stay there during the whale season...also we were there in the dry season and learned that the time we visited the arctic currents bring the coldest water temperatures and roughest water for the year. It didn’t hinder us much but it would have been nice to know ahead of time.
The dry season (December through May) has the overall best weather - no humidity, cool breezes and clear skies. But the trade off is colder water for snorkeling! The rest of the year the waters are warmer, but it's also a little more humid and not as breezy.
Spring break on a peaceful and beautiful island
My wife and two sons spent March 25-29th at El Remanso on Isla Saboga.
We have been to many beach resorts all over the world and were still impressed by the accommodations with a pristine beach, white sand and clear water 50 yards away. We rented the Parrot and Eagle suites for the 4 of us and that was plenty of space. The rooms were clean and extra comfortable all with amazing views of the sunset through the palm trees.
The water was plentiful and clean for drinking. Plus the outdoor shower was so refreshing and a great way to get the sand and salt water rinsed off. What really made the stay extra wonderful were our host Jennifer and Lee who made sure that we had everything we needed without being intrusive. Jennifer drove us all over the Island in an ATV and was a wealth of information about things to do and what to see. We especially loved the trip to Playa Larga and seeing the grandfather tree. Really the natural setting was the highlight of El Remanso; it is sited amongst tall trees with plantings of fruit and flowers all around. Every day we watched the birds and butterflies from the deck and swam in the clear, warm water of a mostly deserted beach. Just what we were looking for. Although there is a restaurant just down the beach, be sure to bring food from the mainland. The kitchen in Green Parrott is well stocked for cooking.
Will definately return!
This property is exactly as described. We could not have been more pleased. Our hosts, Jennifer and Lee, were attentive and made every effort to make sure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. The multiple beaches accessible on foot on Isla Saboga are pristine and secluded. The Green Parrot Studio was immaculate and well appointed to stay for an extended period. We stayed 2 weeks and enjoyed privacy and a studio apartment with all the comforts of home. You will be steps from the beach and it is likely that you may be the only ones on the beach given the few number of rentals on the island. We came prepared with food purchased from Panama City so that we did not go without as there are limited grocery resources available once you arrive. This is a place to unwind and relax. It has turned out to be one of our top vacation destinations. We will definitely return!
We had an extended stay of 26 days at El Remanso and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to relax, unwind and enjoy the outdoors. The accommodation is extremely comfortable and all amenities are up to date. Hosts Jennifer and Lee are on site to assure that everything you need is available and quickly respond to any questions. From Saboga you can arrange visits to some of the other Pearl Islands, but without leaving the island there are many beaches to explore and for the most part you you have the beach to yourself. Jennifer and Lee readily helped with arrangements to make the most of our stay in the area. Beautiful sunsets were a highlight each day, and getting over to the nearby beach club restaurant gave us an opportunity to further socialize. As experienced travellers and users of vrbo and other similar rental sites, we found that Jennifer and Lee provided an unsurpassed level of service to us. We will definitely be returning.
Thanks for the wonderful review! You guys were wonderful guests and it was a real pleasure having you stay with us.
Had a wanderfull stay at El Remanso, the apartment has all the amenities one could possibly expect and certainly more than expected for such remote location with good wi-fi, Directv, hot water and a full kitchen. Location is espectacular and Lee and Jennifer are very accomodating hosts
I really want to say I hated it all! But only to keep ppl off the Island LOL
3 days, so many empty beaches! I felt like we were the only ppl there. We definitely need to go back, 3 days was not enough time to experience everything. Jennifer was awesome. Our room was awesome. Their dogs were awesome too! :)
That's all I can say. Awesome. Amazing. Awesome. Amazing.
Only negative was the down pour that soaked our luggage while we waited for the ferry. But can't blame our hosts for the weather. ;)
Thanks for your review! And sorry about the luggage getting wet. It's the rainy season, and those thunderstorms just can't be controlled! Our power was out for 24 hours, which has never happened before!
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.