Whimsical Treehouse in Dolphin Bay on Cacao Farm


Treehouse hosted by Dorien

4 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 bath
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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.

What this place offers

Pets allowed
Patio or balcony
Luggage dropoff allowed
Pack ’n play/Travel crib
Children’s books and toys
High chair
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Where you’ll be

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!

Hosted by Dorien

  1. 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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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed

Health & safety

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No smoke alarm
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Climbing or play structure

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