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Whimsical Treehouse in Dolphin Bay on Cacao Farm

Treehouse hosted by Dorien & Papito
4 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the treehouse to yourself.
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12 recent guests complimented Dorien & Papito for outstanding hospitality.
Our whimsical treehouse in Dolphin Bay on the quiet Isla San Cristobal awaits nature-loving & romantic souls...

You can fill your days with free activities & go snorkeling, hiking or paddling in a cayuco, a traditional wooden canoe made by the Ngöbe natives. Fun paid activities: our chocolate workshop (from tree to bonbon!), horseback riding and Papito's exciting night tour, or trips to the beach.

The space
his is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, and a unique chance to share a tree with a sloth.

Remember this is a treehouse & this may have some disadvantages you need to be aware of:
-the rainwater we catch is stained by the tannins in the leaves. This can give the water a yellowish tint but there's no health risk involved. We provide drinking water from the store for brushing your teeth etc.
-very occassionally it happens that some leaves get stuck in the water pipes. We cannot predict when or if this will happens but it can cause a temporary interruption of your water flow
-there are more bugs around then in a room over the water, so if you drop food or sweet stuff in the room, the ants will find the room quickly

On the upper level of the treehouse you'll find the main bedroom & two small balconies from where you can enjoy the seaview. It has a double bed with semi-orthopedic mattress, cotton bedding, a ceiling fan, a small safe and mosquito netting. Downstairs you have access to a screened-in relaxing area, hammocks, a hanging table, some games... The perfect place to chill or play a game of domino!

If you come with 3 or more persons, we will get the bunk bed in the screened-in relaxing area ready for you too.

The wonderful, spacious semi-outdoor bathroom with flush toilet, shower & sink offers privacy & jungle views at the same time. It's located at the bottom level of the treehouse.

Guest access
- You have access to the new shared over-the-water rancho, dock & our garden, as well as to various walking trails leading to scenic views from the hill, jungle paths, a pond full of caimans or a nice snorkeling spot (bring water shoes to enter the water!).
- You have access to the jungle terrace at the main house to watch the birds, monkeys & sloths
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner (average price 8 USD per meal) are served daily in the Jungle Café on the terrace of the main house. We also make delicious desserts (2 USD & up), juices & cocktails (4 USD & up). All of this is made with a farm-to-table approach using fresh ingredients from ourselves or other farmers as much as possible.
- Our guests can use snorkelling gear free of charge.
- We have a locally made dugout canoe (cayuco) for 2, another one for 3 and a one-person sit-on-top kayak our guests can use free of charge.
- Guests have access to internet (up to 4 mbps) via WiFi on the "jungle terrace" of the main house. The Treehouse XL has WiFi in the room. 3G internet at the treehouse or dock can be obtained through the provider Mas Movil. We can purchase the cards for you before your arrival on request.
- Fun paid activities: we organise night tours, cacao workshops (learn to make chocolate from tree to bonbon!) & horse riding tours at Finca Montezuma. Papito can also take you on boat tours to any of the beaches (e.g. Playa Estrella, Red Frog Beach, Islas Zapatillas), to the bat cave, to Monkey Island, to our favourite snorkeling spot in Dolphin Bay... You name it!

Other things to note
-We offer scheduled pick up and/or drop-off in Almirante & Isla Colón (& most other islands) at 25 USD per trip for our guests. The schedule:

^Pick-up on Isla Colón: Departure at 3R Mall on Isla Colón at 2.30 pm
For pick-up in Old Bank Bastimentos/Solarte/Red Frog, just add 15 minutes.
^Drop-off in Isla Colón: Departure from our dock at 1 pm
^Pick-up in Almirante: Departure from Restaurant Tropical Happy at 10.30 am
^Drop-off Almirante: Departure from our dock at 8.30 am

Pick-ups or drop-offs outside of this schedule cost 60 USD each way, per reservation. Before 7.30 am or after 6 pm there is a surcharge of 20 USD, bringing the cost to 80 USD. It's also possible to organise your own transport with a private water taxi.

-A flashlight, walking shoes or water shoes & bug repellent always come along handy on this jungle island.
-We have a cat, dogs, sheep, horses, chickens, pigs & ducks on the property, but of course none of those in your rooms, imagine a horse in your bed :)
Our whimsical treehouse in Dolphin Bay on the quiet Isla San Cristobal awaits nature-loving & romantic souls...

You can fill your days with free activities & go snorkeling, hiking or paddling in a cayuco, a traditional wooden canoe made by the Ngöbe natives. Fun paid activities: our chocolate workshop (from tree to bonbon!), horseback riding and Papito's exciting night tour, or trips to the beach…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 single bed

Amenities

Wifi
Laptop-friendly workspace
Hangers
Essentials
Paid parking off premises
High chair
First aid kit
Private entrance
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Discover a different side of Bocas del Toro in Dolphin Bay... Enjoy the tranquil waters on the seaside & explore the jungle in the back, whether you're an avid birder or just an adventurous traveler.

Finca Montezuma, our cacao (& much more) farm, is a spectacular place for lovers of the outdoors thanks to the rather unique bioluminescent water, the fireflies, the non-lightpolluted sky full of stars, the wildlife & the birds...

Our guests have access to the shared walking trails of the Finca Buena Vida community through the jungle or to a small lagoon where you can spot caymans. We have another property close to the lagoon, where our private trail will lead you up the hill so you can enjoy wonderful views over Dolphin Bay with its many mangrove islands.

Sloths hang out all around the property. We also get visits from howler monkeys in the jungle right behind the main house & at night we get to see kinkajous. These are wild animals so of course they decide when they show up. My best advice is to just go & explore and take your time to observe!

Birders will love this place. These are a few of the birds that have been spotted here: gold-hooded tanager, mealy amazon, collared aracari, montezuma oropendola, slaty-tailed trogon, keel-billed toucan,...

It's also becoming a little botanical paradise with many varieties of tropical flowers & fruit trees in our own garden & the common area. Some examples are cashew trees, jackfruit trees, mamey sapota, soursop trees, fig trees, a cinnamon tree, vanilla orchids, rose apples, 4 types of passion flowers including the giant granadilla (passiflora quadrangularis), butterfly gingers, calla lilies,...

Snorkeling fans can also get their kicks here, our favourite little mangrove island in Dolphin Bay has a truly magical underwater garden with giant starfish, coral in all colours of the rainbow, fish, rays & impressive growth on the mangrove roots. There is another snorkeling spot you can access from the shore, wearing water shoes, after a 15 minute walk through an old cacao forest.

Dolphin Bay itself has year-round calm waters & has a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins that have their own set of unique genetics compared to other bottlenose dolphins. The dolphin watching activities can at times be disturbing to them as in high season many boats come to see them at the same time without respecting their boundaries, so if you wish to see dolphins without taking part in these activities, this is the perfect place to start as you can see them right from your balcony or the shared deck without harassing them.

There are a few good restaurants in the neighbourhood, but most need to be accessed by boat unless you are in pretty good shape & want to go by kayak or cayuco. On the opening days of these restaurants we often offer our guests a ride free of charge. We'll be serving you breakfast, fresh juices, chocolate desserts in our Jungle Café at the main house as well, and Papito or Dormelinda can make you a delicious lunch or dinner.

Papito opened "Papito's Caribbean Bar" in August 2019 on a neighbouring property. He serves ice cold beer for 1.25 USD, ceviche, soup, fried fish with patacones,... at very reasonable prices. We have created a walking trail that will bring you there in 10 minutes, and you can also ask Papito to drop you off at the dock. The place to be for a good game of domino!
Discover a different side of Bocas del Toro in Dolphin Bay... Enjoy the tranquil waters on the seaside & explore the jungle in the back, whether you're an avid birder or just an adventurous traveler.…

Hosted by Dorien & Papito

Joined in March 2012
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We're a Panamanian-Belgian couple who had a mutual dream to design & build a unique, cosy haven in the trees... Our first treehouse was born. We started renting it out on Airbnb in November 2016 and since then built a cabin over-the-water too. Our second treehouse is under construction & we can't wait to show it to you! Together with our kids, we look forward to hosting you here at 'Finca Montezuma' - an old cacao farm we bought 4.5 years ago. Apart from the cacao trees nothing else was here & since then a lot has changed. After a good clean-up it is now an active cacao farm that also produces pumpkin, papaya, pineapple, yucca, plantain & banana, amongst others. Our "finca" is still young so we have a wide variety of tropical fruit trees that are not bearing fruit yet but we strive to be as self-sustainable as possible in the future. We also have friendly horses, pigs, chickens & dogs (in a fenced area far from the treehouse). Papito has cows & sheep on his neighbouring farm as well. Dorien's dad used to work in the famous Belgian chocolate factory Callebaut when she was young, and ever since she got to visit the factory she has been fascinated by (and perhaps a little addicted to) chocolate. No wonder her favorite Roald Dahl book was 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory'! It's a dream come true to now be able to make her own 'single-origin' chocolate from scratch. Make sure to try one of Dorien's very chocolatey creations: brownies, chocolate mousse or... chocolate ice cream, mmm! Papito is a real jungle man & cut most of the wood for the treehouse himself & constructed it together with both local workers and volunteers from all over the world. He has excellent knowledge about the fauna & flora of the region. He'll also be your captain during your stay & knows how to cook great Caribbean meals too! We're more than happy to share our slice of paradise with visitors who want to learn more about an off-grid lifestyle or about harvesting cacao & making chocolate or who simply want to relax in a peaceful, natural environment!
We're a Panamanian-Belgian couple who had a mutual dream to design & build a unique, cosy haven in the trees... Our first treehouse was born. We started renting it out on Airbnb in…
During your stay
Someone will be around most of the day. Our own house is a short walk from the over-the-water cabin. You'll find free drinking water near your cabin, or you can come up to the main house & enjoy fresh juices, cocktails, desserts,... on our jungle terrace or use the WiFi. We're also happy to answer any questions you may have about life off-the-grid in the jungle :)
Someone will be around most of the day. Our own house is a short walk from the over-the-water cabin. You'll find free drinking water near your cabin, or you can come up to the main…
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House rules
Check-in: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed
Safety & Property
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