Only Habla Ya Spanish Students are eligible for the special rates for extended stays that appear on this page when they make their reservation through us. These special rates are offered to our students due to the amount of traffic that we generate for these hotels. Most of our recommended lodging options are located within walking distance to our Spanish School in Bocas del Toro (from 1 to 15 minute walks).
In True Caribbean Style
An enchanting home built with rich native hardwoods located on the edge of Saigon Bay directly over the water, Saigon Bay House offers visitors an authentic Caribbean experience in true Bocas style. Surrounded by verdant mangroves and the tranquil Caribbean Sea you couldn't wish for a more splendid hideway on Isla Colón but still allowing you to be within minutes of town.
With outdoor deck space on both levels of the house (wrap around balcony upstairs and large patio area downstairs) you'll surely enjoy laying in a hammock and watching the sunset over the lush and uninhabited island to the west, or just contemplating in the distance life passing by in the local neighborhood of Saigon.
A Complete Vacation Rental
Casa Saigon Bay can sleep from 8 to 10 people comfortably. The master bedroom is air conditioned and high efficiency fans can be found throughout the rest of the house. For a soothing night's sleep, each bedroom has hotel quality mattresses (queen beds in three rooms, and two single beds in the third room) and direct access to the outter deck space.
With 2200 square feet (200 sq. meters aprox.) of indoor living space you will be able to enjoy an ample and fully equipped kitchen and dining room, living areas both upstairs and downstairs, a bathtub with rain water towers and utility room with washer and dryer
Total Access to Nature
A boat house and a boat dock are the perfect complement to Saigon House. Upon arrival, arrangements can be made to rent a boat and you're only a short swim or kayak ride to the Smithsonian Institute's dock. Snorkel gear and kayak are included as well. The first trip to the house by boat is included in the rental price but the house can also be accessed by land if you won't have access to a boat. To access the house by land you will have to make a short walk (5 minutes) down a path (sometimes muddy) and then down a long dock through a small indigenous village (not so clean unfortunately) until you come to the house that is set out by itself over the crystal clear Caribbean waters.
Relax and Chill while Studying Spanish...
Saigon Bay House is a great choice for families, couples, or groups of friends traveling together. You won't find a 3 bedroom house built over the water so close to town: it gives you the beauty of being immersed in a Caribbean setting over the water and the convenience of just walking a block and being able to catch a taxi into town. You'll only be a 3 minute ride by car to Habla Ya Spanish School (or a 12 minute walk) and a 5 minute drive to town (20 minute walk).
Saigon Bay House Rates*
* Please note: Reservations require a 50% deposit and may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to arrival with a one night cancellation fee (at the daily rate) and the rest will be refunded. There is also a $75 cleaning fee and a $500 security desposit at the time of check in. Total amount of stay is due upon check in. Security deposit is returned at the end of your stay. No-shows and reservations cancelled within 60 days automatically lose their security deposit. Depending on the time of the year and availability, for stays longer than 4 weeks, rates can sometimes be improved. High season goes from Christmas and ends with Easter. National Holidays are also considered high season.
A 12 minute walk away from Habla Ya Spanish School (or 3 minute drive), Saigon Bay House is located at the end of the Saigon neighborhood just before the Smithsonian Institute. From the airport follow the main street that leaves the airport (Avenida E) and take the first left on Sixth Street, then two blocks north, and then take another left once you have reached Avenida G. Continue until the end of G Avenue until it starts curving to your right and enters La Feria del Mar fairgrounds. Continue on this road until you reach 3/4 of the length of Playa El Istmito and take a left just before the gasoline station. Continue until just before the yellow 3 story apartment buildings and walk through the path leading towards the mangroves. If you arrive by boat to Bocas del Toro on First Street, go up north until you reach Avenida F, then take a left and continue two blocks until Third Street. Take a right and continue on Third Street which merges into Avenida G and continue as detailed above.
Location, Location, Location
This centrally located second story, two-bedroom apartment rental is located in the center of Bocas del Toro's town where everything happens, right above the Buena Vista Restaurant.
It boasts amazing sea views from its gigantic outdoor living space (with hammocks) as well as from the living room and its fully equipped kitchen. There is also a large town balcony for excellent people watching.
This is the place to be if you like to be right in the thick of things. You are within walking distance of the central park, many restaurants, shops, bars, bakeries, supermarkets, and tour companies. And just a short boat ride to world class surf breaks such as Carenero.
Make Yourself at Home
Buena Vibra House's two bedrooms are air conditioned and have a queen bed, ceiling fan and small bed side table. In the living room area there's also a sofa bed (American-style Queen size sofa-bed, not a futon style) so the house can comfortably accomodate up to 6 guests.
The kitchen is fully equipped including a stove and full-size refrigerator/freezer. In the living room area there is also a TV with cable television (not that you'd want to spend the day inside with so many Eco-Tours that Bocas del Toro has to offer). Wireless internet also included!
Access to Insider Knowledge
The landlords of Buena Vibra House also own the restaurant downstairs (which is open from 12 noon until 9:30 p.m.) and have been in Bocas del Toro for over 10 years. They know everything there is to know about Bocas del Toro and can assist you with arrangements for tours and sightseeing while you are here. They can also help you out to find a reliable and trustworthy babysitter!
Grab Yourself a Deal
Neighboring hotel rooms with only a tiny balcony, 1 bedroom, TV, and the bathroom go for $180 or more per night. Stay in one of Bocas del Toro's most popular areas for much less and have access to even more amenities. Daily maid service, a private cook, and/or a private boat with an extremely knowledgable captain are also available at an additional cost.
Buena Vibra House Rates*
* Please note: Reservations require a 50% deposit and may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to arrival with a one night cancellation fee (at the daily rate). Total amount of stay is due upon check in. Depending on the time of the year and availability, for stays longer than 4 weeks, rates can sometimes be improved. High season goes from Christmas and ends with Easter. National Holidays are also considered high season.
A 15 minute walk away from Habla Ya Spanish School (or 3 minute drive), Buena Vibra House is located on 2nd Street above the Buena Vista Restaurant. From the airport follow the main street that leaves the airport (Avenida E) and continue four blocks until you reach Second Street. Take a right, then two blocks south, and just after the bend you will see Buena Vista Restaurant. If you arrive by boat to Bocas del Toro on 3rd Street, go up north until it merges into 2nd Street and Buena Vibra House will be in the middle of the block. If you arrive by boat on 1st Street, walk south until it merges with Second Street and Buena Vibra will be in the middle of the block.
Blend in with the Locals by the Beach
Casa Playa Istmito is located just out of Bocas town, right at the beginning of the isthmus that separates Saigon Bay with Istmito Beach, also known as Playa Las Cabañas.
If you would like to get a real feel about how is life in Bocas del Toro and become immersed in the local culture, language and way of life, then Casa Playa Istmito is for you.
The house is built over the Caribbean waters of Saigon Bay, and in front of the house, on the other side of the road you will find Playa Istmito, which is a tranquil mellow child friendly beach and is lined up with local restaurants, a simple park, a basketball court and is where the local kids play soccer, baseball or just paddle in the water.
A Home Suited for All
Casa Playa Istmito can comfortably accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children. The main bedroom with a double sized bed is on the second floor and has an amazing private terrace overlooking Saigon Bay. The second floor is also shared with a smaller bedroom with bunk beds suitable for children (there is a door way with beads separating both rooms and they don't look directly into each other). Both bedrooms upstairs share a bathroom and there is also a balcony towards the front of the property.
On the ground floor you will encounter a fully equipped kitchen and ample living area which lead to a covered terrace area outside and the property's dock. From the covered terrace you access the downstairs bedroom which has a full sized bed and its own bathroom.
Caribbean Style Living
The outside terraces with chairs and hammocks overlooking Saigon Bay certainly put you in the right mood to just relax and chill. No wonder things are slow in the Caribbean: when life is so good, why hurry?
A Simple Life
Casa Playa Istmito is not air conditioned but receives plenty of fresh breeze from the beach across the road as well as from Saigon Bay. You're only a 5 minute drive into town and the local supermarkets are only a couple of blocks away. You'll have plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals, learn the Caribbean way of life and practice your Spanish skills!
Casa Playa Istmito Rates*
$1030 (3 months or more, $890 p/month)
* Please note: Reservations require a 50% deposit and may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to arrival with a one night cancellation fee (at the daily rate) and the rest will be refunded. There is also a $75 cleaning fee and a $500 security desposit at the time of check in. Total amount of stay is due upon check in. Depending on the time of the year and availability, for stays longer than 4 weeks, rates can sometimes be improved at $850 per month. High season goes from Christmas and ends with Easter. National Holidays are also considered high season.
A 5 minute walk away from Habla Ya Spanish School (or 1 minute drive), Casa Playa Istmito is located just out of Bocas town, right at the beginning of the isthmus that separates Saigon Bay with Istmito Beach. From the airport follow the main street that leaves the airport (Avenida E) and take the first left on 6th Street. Continue north two blocks until you reach Avenida G, take a left and follow the road until you're out of town and pass the arch that marks the entrance of the fairgrounds. Casa Playa Istmito will be to your left about 100 meters ahead. If you arrive by boat to Bocas del Toro, go up north until you reach Avenida G and follow instructions as above.
Treasures on the Beach
A truly exquisite and one of the very few beachfront vacation properties on the main island of Bocas del Toro, these beachfront villas are real treasures awaiting to seduce you. Located on one of the most gorgeous white sand, swimmer friendly beaches, the villas are only a 5 minute drive from Bocas town but secluded enough to make you feel in your own private paradise. You will be greeted by the sound of the water rolling in and will feel as though you just stepped into the tranquility that is the Caribbean vibe.
With two mini-apartment style rooms connected by an exquisite pool and patio lounge area (complete with covered grill, kitchen and dining area), it's ideal for couples traveling together, groups of friends or families, as you can rent either one or both of the villas. Each villa can accommodate a maximum of 3 guests each.
Tranquil, Private & Fully Equipped
This private gated property offers you the use of a beautiful pool and patio area to lounge in the sun poolside or relax in our overstuffed sectionals under the covered terrace of each villa. Our built in BBQ poolside kitchen area (shared between both villas), has a gas grill with side burner, 2 burner electric cooktop, large bar sink and a full set of pots and pans, grillware and cooking utensils. The attached custom built dining table is comfortable seating for 2 - 6 people. If you wish to dine out, a variety of excellent restaurants are nearby, or try a meal catered by one of our wonderful local chefs who can cook onsite for you.
The villas themselves offer both comfort, luxury and are furnished with 1 heavenly queen size bed and a built in twin daybed designed as a relaxing window seat and sofa. There is a microwave, toaster coffee maker, set of dishes, glasses and silverware for your use. A mini fridge (stocked with drinks such as beer, juices, soda and water) as well as a basket of fun munchies will greet you upon arrival and this is all included in the price. There are books, games & movies provided to help you pass the time and each suite has air conditioning, a 32" LCD flat screen TV and DVD player (no cable TV) and WIFI is available.
Also, you can't beat the security that this property offers as it is gated and locked to insure peace of mind at all hours of the day and night.
Pass the Day in Style
Spending a lazy day on the patio poolside and don't feel like cooking for yourself? No problem! Upon request you can have a delicious breakfast or dinner cooked to order (at prices equal to local restaurants), and enjoy it at either the built in dining table or plush lounge chairs that surround the patio area.
For those who want to to hit the water (a 30ft walk from the back gate), there are also boogie boards, snorkel equipment and beach toys available (some upon request) for all your enjoyment needs. Or take a ride into town or to one of the many popular beach spots using one of the two bikes included with each room.
In addition, each Villa also comes with a cell phone programmed with all the numbers you will need for your stay. So you will not have to waste time looking up information, but can just get out and enjoy your Bocas vacation adventure!
Beachfront Villas' Rates*
|Daily||$145 per villa ($260 for both)||$165 per villa ($285 for both)||
$185 per villa
|Weekly||$950 per villa ($1750 for both)||$1075 per villa ($1900 for both)||
$1295 per villa
* Please note: Rates include tax. Low Season goes from April 1st - December 15th. High Season goes from December 16th - March 31st. Reservation requires a 50% deposit. Refunds of deposit for a cancellation of reservation are given ONLY with a 90 day notice prior to date of arrival. Final payment is due upon arrival, and no refund is given for a terminated or shortened stay after final arrival payment is made. The deposit and final payment holds the suite for you, for the benefit of both parties. Check-in is at 2 p.m. If you arrive before, luggage can be stored at the Villas for you. Early check ins or late check outs can be offered depending on availability at $30 per day. No smoking is allowed on groun ds. There is no daily maid service. For a week stay we offer complimentary cleaning 1 time in the middle of the week. You will be notified at arrival of your scheduled cleaning day. Additional days of cleaning can be arranged at $20 a day. There is a $15 damaged towel fee, a $30 cell phone or charger replacement fee and a $150 Key replacement.
A 35 minute walk away from Habla Ya Spanish School (or 5 minute drive), the Bocas Beachfront Villas are located at the beginning of Big Creek Bay, just past Hotel Playa Tortuga. From the airport a taxi is suggested and should cost $2. Taxis pass frequently in front of the property and can take you back into town for $1. In case you're walking, take Avenida G, the road that passes in front of the school and leaves town. At the end of it, it will start bending to the right and lead you into the fairgrounds passing in front of Playa El Istmito. Walk the entire stretch of road that borders the beach, passing the Smithsonian Institute and reaching a small bay known as Playa Azul. At the fork continue straight (going left takes you through the island to Boca del Drago and Starfish Beach), pass Hotel Playa Tortuga and you will find the Beachfront Villas immediately to your right.
Beach Front Paradise...
Casa Caribbean Paradise is a bright, spacious, and airy 185+ square meter beach front house (2000+ square feet) located on Playa Paunch, about 8 kms out of Bocas town (5 miles). Its ocean front location and privacy allow you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Caribbean Sea, Bocas del Toro's exhuberant jungle, its tropical wildlife, and you simply cannot beat its proximity to some of Bocas del Toro's most renown surf breaks.
It's perfect for families or larger groups (can accommodate up to 12 people) and offers guests the perfect setting for a truly memorable Spanish learning vacation in the Caribbean.
Spacious and Relaxing
On the main floor (second level) there is an air conditioned Master Suite with queen sized bed, ocean view, balcony access and its own private bathroom with tub. The Junior Suite with jungle views has a queen sized bed too, is also air conditioned and shares a bathroom with the loft space which has two double beds. The ground floor (first level) has two rooms each with a set of bunk beds and a full bathroom shared between both rooms.
Stunning Caribbean Views
The house also boasts a living area with plenty of sitting room for all (with TV, DVD and stereo system), a large porch with majestic ocean and island views (with comfortable outdoor furniture) and a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils and cutlery, a charcoal BBQ grill, 2 refrigerators, stove, oven, sink, microwave, an espresso maker, coffee pot, bean grinder, juicer, blender, griddle, toaster oven, etc.
There is also a small balcony in the back to enjoy the alluring jungle scene. While sitting on the balconies, one can be serenaded by the ocean waves and jungle noises (birds, howler monkeys, tree frogs, etc). The balconies are perfect spots for enjoying the surrounding landscape filled with tropical foliage (plants, flowers and fruit trees) which draws a variety of tropical birds.
There is hot water available throughout the house. There is a large locked storage area for all your gear (surfboards!), as well as a washing machine. This dream vacation rental coms with 2 bikes, a double kayak, a safe to lock up your valuables and a complete alarm system. Ceiling fans have been installed throughout the entire house, as well as on the front balcony. Casa Caribbean Paradise is child-friendly, but caution is recommended if you have infants or toddlers on the balconies.
Dream Vacation Setting
This house is perfect for those who want to kick back and relax in a place where the untouched tropical rainforest meets the crystal blue waters of Bocas del Toro! A 12 minute drive out of town you'll be able to experience Bocas at its best while still being close enough to easily enjoy the local charm of Bocas Town. A taxi from town costs around $10 for a full cab, or $5 for 1 person. There are three full service restaurants close to the house, and many more just minutes away by taxi. It is a pleasant, culture immersing 45 - 60 minute walk to the center of Bocas Town.
Surfing, Swimming and Snorkeling
Tiger Tail, one of the first surf breaks that starts showing, is right in front of the property. Paunch, Dumpers and Bluff are just a short walk or bike ride away. When the swell is up, there are only a few spots close by where you can swim in the beach, but a five minute drive towards town takes you to the Big Creek area which has a nice protected bay with white sand beaches where you can swim all year long. When it's not surfing season in Bocas del Toro (parts of April, May, September and October), all the surf spots, as they are reef breaks, turn into gorgeous snorkeling sites! Or if you'd just like to relax and take it all in, just go for a walk by the beach.
Casa Caribbean Paradise Rates*
* Please note: Reservations require a 50% deposit and may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to arrival with a one night cancellation fee (at the daily rate) and the rest will be refunded. There is also a $75 cleaning fee and a $500 security desposit at the time of check in. Security deposit is returned at the end of your stay. Depending on the time of the year and availability, for stays longer than 4 weeks, rates can sometimes be improved. High season goes from Christmas and ends with Easter. National Holidays are also considered high season.
A 12 minute drive to Habla Ya Spanish School (or 45 - 60 minute walk), Casa Caribbean Paradise is right on Paunch Beach. From the airport follow the main street that leaves the airport (Avenida E) and take the first left on Sixth Street, then two blocks north, and then take another left once you have reached Avenida G. Continue until the end of G Avenue until it starts curving to your right and enters La Feria del Mar fairgrounds. Continue on this road until you reach a Y intersection locally known as the "Y griega" and continue straight, passing Playa Tortuga, the Big Creek Area and Playa Mango until the paved road comes to an end. Continue on the dirt road for about 3 or 4 minutes and you will see Casa Caribbean Paradise to your left. If you arrive by boat to Bocas del Toro on First Street, go up north until you reach Avenida F, then take a left and continue two blocks until Third Street. Take a right and continue on Third Street which merges into Avenida G and continue as detailed above.
Location and Convenience
Casa Bocas Town is located in the heart of Bocas del Toro, on Isla Colón. Originally built for one of Panama's vice presidents as a family retreat away from the politics of Panama City, the beautiful Caribbean-style house is just one block from the docks where boats arrive to Bocas del Toro and only minutes away from the most popular restaurants, bars, shops, dive shops and tourist attractions.
Although it's very near the center of activity, Casa Bocas Town is on 4th Street a much quieter area than the main streets of Bocas town (1st, 2nd and 3rd). The location is extremely convenient, opposite the grocery store most-used by the island's local people. There's plenty of hustle and bustle during the day, a people-watching delight, but it's quiet at night (plenty of distance from the bars) and, if you've been out for the evening, you don't need to take a taxi home.
Spacious and Comfortable
The house has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, sleeping up to 8 people which makes it great for families or groups of friends traveling together. Downstairs there is one bedroom with 2 twin size beds and a full bathroom. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with a queen size bed each and another bedroom with 2 twin beds. Two of the bedrooms upstairs share a bathroom while the other has its own bathroom. All rooms have air conditioning and a Cable TV.
Guests can enjoy Casa Bocas Town's two balconies with armchairs and hammocks located upstairs. One balcony overlooks the street in front of the property and the other balcony is at the back.
Everything you need
Downstairs you will have access to an open air living and dining room area (roofed and fenced in), as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. Wifi Internet is also available throughout the house.
The best value for your money
If you're coming to Bocas del Toro for several weeks and need several rooms, renting a house like Casa Bocas Town definitely gives you the best value for your money as you would end up spending so much more in hotel rooms. Added to that you will have the privacy that comes from having your own vacation home.
Casa Bocas Town Rates*
* Please note: Reservations require a 50% deposit and may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to arrival with a one night cancellation fee (at the daily rate) and the rest will be refunded. There is also a $75 cleaning fee and a $500 security desposit at the time of check in. Monthly rate does not include utility bills. Total amount of stay is due upon check in. Security deposit is returned at the end of your stay. No-shows and reservations cancelled within 60 days automatically lose their security deposit. Depending on the time of the year and availability, for stays longer than 4 weeks, rates can sometimes be improved. High season goes from Christmas and ends with Easter. National Holidays are also considered high season.
A 15 minute walk from Habla Ya Spanish School (or 3 minute drive), Casa Bocas Town is right in the center of Bocas. From the airport follow the main street that leaves the airport (Avenida E) and take a right after the third block (4th Street). Continue three more blocks south and in the middle of the fourth block, to your left you will see Casa Bocas Town. If you arrive by boat to Bocas del Toro on 3rd Street, go up north, first street to your left is Avenida C, take another left on 4th Street and the house is in the middle of the block to your left. If you arrive by boat on first street, walk south and continue until you reach Avenida C and go as above.
When you are looking for a house to rent in Bocas del Toro for more than a month, the best way to do it in our opinion is to come, stay at a midrange hotel for a couple of weeks and look around town for yourself because this will be the only way in which you'll be sure to find something that you really want. If you plan to rent for only a month, you might be better off staying at one of the properties featured above on this page, or at the Bocas Island Condos, Hotelito del Mar or Tropical Suites.
Most of the time, real estate agents will not have a lot of options on their hands if you are not willing to spend more than $1,000 per month. If you are looking forward to spending less, around $300 - $800 per month, the best you can do it in our opinion is to post on the following sites exactly what you are looking for and then you will get answers with specific houses or apartments that are available for rent. Most people find their house driving around Bocas del Toro, because a lot of places aren't posted on internet sites or with real estate agents.
- The Bocas Breeze: Bocas del Toro's local bi-lingual newspaper published each month. Look for their classified ads section at the end of the current issue.
- Bocas property for sale, rent, wanted Facebook Group: a group where members of our community can post items for sale or items that they're looking for. You can post here what type of accommodation you're looking for and maybe someone can help.
- Panama's Craiglist: the 7th most viewed English website in the world also has a section for Panama devoted to housing for sale and for rent, wanted and offered. We recommend posting your specific needs and you will receive specific answers.
- Viviun: International Property Listings with upscale more expensive offerings.
- Encuentra 24: just do a search for Bocas del Toro and then select what you are looking for (to buy, to rent, vacation rental, etc.) and it will normally deliver a good amount of results.
Finding the perfect place to rent without previously visiting the area can prove to be a difficult task. If you are looking for a long term rental you may benefit from exploring the area for at least 1 month before you commit to rent a place. This will allow you to see for yourself what options are available in the different areas of town and you will probably get a better deal in this way. Checkout our list of the best hotels in Bocas del Toro where you will be able to find the perfect place to stay at that will also suit your budget, and from where you will be able to setup your base of operations for that first month in Bocas.
- Bocas Vacations
- Beyond Bocas Real Estate
- Bocas del Toro Realty Services, Inc.
- Buena Vista Realty
The above are Real Estate Agencies that are known to have offices in Bocas del Toro. We hold no responsibility whatsoever for the business conducted between individuals and any company or individual related to Real Estate. Habla Ya Language Center is only a language school and provides this list of real estate agencies as a helpful tool for those students looking for a property to rent or to buy in Bocas del Toro, and therefore any situation that results as a consequence from using this list is your own responsibility.