a luxury villa, 2 stories, 2 decks, 2 bedrooms and two bath (one large one upstairs connected to masterbedroom and one small one downstairs), full kitchen, shared pool, private stairs down to beach, nice gardens, optional mule, cart rental. 1-6 people, might be requested Villa has private beach access and has nice views of the ocean from the upper deck. (pool is shared pool and we are not always informed on which days its out of service.
“Everyone in our party had a great time. The Villa was very clean and comfortable. Ilene met us on the beach and helped arrange a golf cart for our stay. I would definitely recommend renting a cart as there are many great beaches to visit and not all close by. Also thanks to Ilene for her recommendation of Coral Dreams boat tour, which was a highlight. The beach was very close and it was alos nice having Gerald's restaurant so close. I look forward to my next Contadora visit and another stay in Villa in Contadora.”
Discover Panama's best kept secret in San Blas Islands, a set of 365 Caribbean Islands for 365 days of sun. The Islands are owned by our Panamanian Natives "The Gunas" who will be very keen to welcome you and share their culture. Enjoy our crystal clear water, beautiful sunshine, white sand and wake up in the morning to hear the waves of the Ocean and see a spectacular scenery from your room. A well hidden Paradise awaits you in this unforgettable trip that will give you memories for a lifetime
“Stop! You need not search any further. This is the place to book. Another couple who had been to San Blas twice before invited us to come and experience San Blas Islands. I searched YouTube and Googled and read countless reviews, most having mixed feelings and making me unsure I would go. Some thought their island (there are over 300) was nice but the toilets were nasty. Some didn’t like their “rooms”. So I thought I would take a chance and check Airbnb and found only one- Jonathan and Big Orange Island. Jonathan is a super host with 100% -5 star ratings, and having used Airbnb before knew that I couldn’t go wrong. I came to realize I made a wise choice. First off- since San Blas is so isolated with no WiFi and a Panama visit itself has so many moving parts, Jonathan’s communication was outstanding and 100% accurate. No glossing over, no over selling, no hiding facts. When he says the roads through Guna Yala are very hilly and curvy and you may experience motion sickness it is 100% true. No one in our group got sick and this was part of the entire experience. You are not headed to a Honolulu Beach condo but a true authentic, primitive dessert island to fully unwind and engage in an unblemished Guna culture. Jonathan gives it to you straight. 2. Pricing- pretty much controlled by the Guna so shopping around is just a waste of your time. But where else in the world can you step out of your bedroom onto a deserted moon lit beach and in 10-15 steps be ankle deep in the clear, warm Caribbean water for $100 per person per night? This is an amazing value! 3. No crowds. This island as I recall has 5 or 6 huts and was “fully booked” so our group of four shared it with five other people. A wonderful private experience. We always felt like we were the only ones there, and mingled with the others when we wished . 4. The rooms are circular palm thatched huts probably 15 x 15 feet, made not as some tourist trap facsimile but in an authentic rustic Guna Indian style. My wife and I each had a double bed. Originally the room had only one, but I am a tall guy so we asked and immediately had a second bed installed with mosquito netting and the sand beach for the floor. The only other thing in the room was a table. This is what made the experience so authentic and wonderful. But the huts are very clean, fresh and well kept. No bugs and no mosquitoes in February. There was one large public shower and toilet facility that could accommodate two people at at time. Primitive as expected yet super clean and everything working. I am Not sure if there was hot water but with the heat of the day the water temp of the shower was very nice and no one complained. 5. The staff. Jonathan is a Panamanian who lives in Panama City. His partner Elvis is a very modern Guna who speaks perfect English. They have a very close relationship with the Guna and act as the booking agent for Big Orange Island which is owned and “operated” by the Guna. As mentioned, Jonathan was always in communication with us and as I discovered, the Guna staff on the island, to make sure we were completely happy (which we always were). The Guna speak their own language and Spanish. And while Jonathan is correct in saying that they do not speak English, the main staff members do know some English words and are so delightful and helpful, somehow their was no breakdown in communicating. It helps if you remember a few words from your high school Spanish classes (hey, after all you are traveling to Panama, a Spanish speaking country), but don’t worry if you don’t. All will be well and you still have an awesome experience. 6. Food and water. You can bring your own snacks, water and beer, but the Guna sell water and beer for $2 US. No snacks for sale though. When Jonathan tells you the food is authentic Guna, believe that. Again it was part of what made this such an authentic wonderful life time experience. But if you are a very picky eater, bring your own food. Lunch and Dinner is cooked fish-the whole fish. While we never did, another person on the island upgraded to fresh lobster for one dinner, which I believer was an additional nominal cost. Very tasty yet nothing on it except some ketchup or hot sauce on the table. It included Cooked plantains and yuca and a little fresh salad. Watermelon for dessert. Portions are adequate but if you are a huge dinner guy you will want to supplement, but our group was totally satisfied. Breakfast was scramble eggs and pancakes. Jonathan’s description was spot on. 7. Transportation to and from the island. My fellow traveler is an international businessman with his office in Panama City. He suggested we use his limo company, but Jonathan politely talked me out of it. This could be a bit confusing and chaotic. Let Jonathan arrange this for you. Like everything else with San Blas, the Guna strictly control who comes and goes into their territory and regulate entrance fees, etc. I am an experienced European traveler and would have been frustrated had I gone ahead and booked my own transportation. Prepay Jonathan the fees and let him do it. The hotel pick up and delivery was on time and flawless and the drivers very courteous and helpful. They made sure we got on and off the right boats and never left us until we did. 8. Speaking of boats, the ride to and from the island, you guessed it, are controlled by the Guna. They are very sea worthy skiffs which can handle probably 10-12 people each. The Guna are”
Beautiful country B&B located just 1 hour away from the city. We offer a delicious Panamanian Breakfast, comfortable rooms and great company!! We provide transportation, city tours, tourism plans (San Blas) & other services (at additional cost).
“Mariel and Fernando (as well as their three dogs – and not to forget the cat) gave us a heartily welcome. Also during our stay they were always attentive (and funny). They offered to spend time at a private place with a clean river, which we truly enjoyed. At breakfast time they fed birds close to the table so that it was hard to focus on the delicious breakfast and not to the birds only ;-) The little house we lived in was clean and nicely decorated, the aircondition worked well. The outdoor kitchen contains a fridge and an oven. The area is quite and in the dark we could watch the fireflys in the huge garden. Therefore, we could totally recommend this place. Mariel and Fernando: Thank you for your hospitality! Caroline & Ronald”