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 the cabin please check my other listings.
Built on concrete foundations, each cabana has a raised thatched roof over a wood and bamboo frame. The bamboo used in construction was grown only a few miles away and transported to the site by boat. The wood was taken from sustainable trees in the area, and the cabanas were crafted by local artisans.
Inside each cabana is one large room with a small kitchenette and a separate bathroom. The kitchen is simple, but contains all you need for cooking and storing necessities during your stay. There’s an electric stove, sink, refrigerator, coffee maker and all the necessary utensils.
The bathroom has a toilet, sink and shower with hot water. Sleeping is well catered for with two queen sized beds.
Outside a couple of wooden steps lead straight from your private raised terrace onto the beach. Palm trees offer shade from the tropical sun and a few steps across the deserted sands lead you to the playground which is the Pacific Ocean.
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.
Wij vonden het een heerlijke (website hidden) cabine was erg leuk, basic, goede bedden, alleen de keuken mag wel beter, te weinig spullen.Bernard was een aardige vent, maar bij aankomst moest nog een hoop worden gedaan, en een hut heeft de tijdens het verblijf geen buitenverlichting gehad, dat werd steeds maar niet gemaakt.Kortom de service moet beter, maar desondanks hebben wij er heerlijk kunnen relaxen.
This is really a special place to be, the sea is incredibly calm and the beaches are quite large, almost no tourists and a fully local atmosphere. The cabinas are clean and nice inside and the terrace with the hammock is a great place to be in the shadow. Plus few mosquitoes and no sandflies. Bernard is a very kind person, also with great sense of humor - he and Bonnie made us feel very good, took care of us and we had extremely interesting conversations - thank you! If you are vegetarian like ourselves you have to shop in Puerto Armuelles before arriving there. There is a restaurant where you can have rice, beans, plantain and you can pick up some fresh fruit from the garden.
This is also the place with the nicest dogs we have ever been to, we were so in love with one of them that we were even thinking to take her with us. They don't have too much to eat there so if you go it would be nice to have some dog food with you (they also eat rice and fruits). And please take care and feed the most incredible and intelligent dog - Luna, a white one with big bat ears, she is great, hope you will meet her too!
An enjoyable stay overall.
Bernard looked after us for a whole month. We had coffee of a morning with him, and enjoyed listening to his stories!
Access to the local town Puerto Armuelles is pretty difficult without a car but not impossible if your flexible. Neighbours will take you if you let them know in advance or can car pool.
Water was an issue while we were there but it was an issue in the entire area. Be prepared to have plenty of drinking water on standby.
The beach is gorgeous and natural and unmanicured. There is a bar in close proximity and Panamanians like their music, but if it became too loud they were happy to turn it down a little if you asked politely.
Thanks again to Bernard and Bonnie for bending over backwards to make our stay an enjoyable one! Great communication from Dylan too.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.