Our place, called Bamboo Bay, is a small oceanfront destination on an idyllic Pacific beach in the state of Chiriqui, Panama. Bamboo Bay offers a unique experience for those who wish to embrace the stunning and diverse nature this area has to offer.
Here there are no high-rise buildings or tourist hotels. This is a vacation opportunity for those who want to wander along a truly deserted beach, nodding a greeting to the local fishermen as they haul their small catch back to dry land. If you yearn to discover one of the few places left on our planet where tourists are still the exception rather than the rule, then you need look no further.
The three separate accommodation options offer nature lovers the unique chance to stay on an independent basis in an as-yet undiscovered area. Bamboo Bay is the perfect spot for those who want to get away from it all, but still have the security of the few families who live close-by and will be happy to give a helping-hand if necessary.
There are three separate accommodations to choose from – two simple cabins and one house. This listing is for the house. If you would like to rent one of the two cabins please check my other listings.
Offering a little more space and luxury than the cabins, the house is slightly more substantial being as it’s built from concrete. However, it still remains eco-friendly and true to the local style with a raised thatched roof.
Once inside you’ll be greeted by a bright, spacious area with plenty of windows affording a 360 degree view. The house has a larger kitchen area than the cabins with a central island housing a propane-powered stove. Once again, all the essentials for your stay are provided.
As with the cabins, the house has a terrace at the front leading straight onto the beach and all the glory which Mother Nature has to offer.
You can purchase food to self-cater in the nearby town of Puerto Armuelles. However, if you fancy letting someone else do the cooking, one of the neighbors runs a small bar where it’s possible to get a meal. The bar is generally open seven days a week, although don’t be surprised if you’re the only customers. The owner will be happy to see you, be it for a meal or just a chat and a cold beer.
This stunning location is owned by an American couple from New York City, and your vacation will be capably overseen by Bamboo Bay’s manager, Bernard Bahary. Bernard is an American (Iranian by birth) and, having made Panama his home, now runs a rare jewel of a restaurant at Enrique Malek airport in the city of David. Bernard will be available for any queries you have during your stay and provide any assistance you may need.
We suggest that you rent a car (a 4×4 is preferable) from one of the many rental agencies at Enrique Malek airport. If you prefer not to drive, then it’s possible to arrange a lift with Bernard. If you’re without a vehicle during your stay at Bamboo Bay you can catch a ride with the vans that drive to and from the town of Puerto Armuelles. You could also call a taxi. However, if you choose this option you may have to wait a while for it to arrive.
The unpretentious area of Bamboo Bay is perfect for those who are looking to leave the stresses of the modern world behind. Here it’s possible to kick off your shoes, forget the frenzy of the city and rediscover the simple things in life.
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If you want to get off the beaten track in Panama this is your spot. The cabins are rustic but nice. The beds are comfortable and everything works. There is no AC so be prepared to be hot. After all you are in the tropics, on the beach. We went fishing with a local guy ($50 for a half day vs. $250 at the gringo owned place up the road), afterwards his mom fried up the fish and it was the best meal we had in Panama. There is a bar next door to the cabins that serves $.80 beers that are ice cold. Hard to complain about that!
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We live in New York City but our local "getaway" home is in Dingmans Ferry, PA.
I spent most of my 20s and 30s traveling the globe and living in places such as England, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Panama. I understand what makes your stay memorable and both our Pennsylvania lake retreat and the Panama beachfront eco cabins are those types of places!