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My partner and I are currently looking for a place to buy a property and Bocas Del Toro is the one of the places we are considering. We spent 3 nights at Dolphin Bay during our stay and we had a lovely time. We stayed in the guest house which was bright and airy and had more room than we needed.
The property is extremely serene and although we did a lot of exploring we felt extremely relaxed during our stay. Dolphin Bay is away from Bocas Town so it's ideal for those who want a place to kick back and have some "me time".
Penny and I had regular swims off the dock and were even treated too a snorkeling trip to a small local island by Jelle and Diana.
This is one of those places you have to visit to appreciate how wonderful it is. It's a far cry from the hussle and bustle of the 9-5 lifestyle and a taste of what life is really about.
We had a very relaxing time with Diana, Jelle and Janicke! The location is very nice and the cabaña (incl. Private bathroom) was beautiful and lovely furnished! You can hangout in a hammock, discover the Jungle path behind the cabañas or take the dugout and have a nice time on the water. The breakfast (7$/p.P.) and the dinner (12$/p.P. incl main dish, wine, water, dessert) was very delicious! And there was always a vegetarian option! (Maybe you should bring some snacks for lunchtime). We enjoyed the conversations with the hosts and the other guests. All in all it was such a nice stay and we can highly recommend this spot!
If your looking for someplace off of a postcard this is it. Absolutely wonderful! Very clean, meals are delicious, and Jelle and his family are great people. Always trying to make your stay better. Took the Hobie cat out and it worked flawlessly. Trails behind the property are a lot of fun also. Thank you for a great time that will be talked about for years.
Wonderful experience - secluded and a nature-lover's dream. Thank you also for the wonderful company!
Thanks to Janneke, Diana and Jelle. We had a very relaxing time at Dolphin Bay and will highly recommend this place for everyone looking for a quite vacation within tropical nature. We also loved having dinner and breakfast together with our hosts and other guests.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Jelle and his family at Dolphin Bay Cabanas. What a beautiful little island only about 25 minutes from Bocas Town by water!
The property has many gorgeous plants and trees and two pavilions right over the water with hammocks-- so relaxing. You may swim there as well.
The cabanas are quite private. The bed was very comfortable with a needed mosquito net. The bathroom and shower are very clean. I appreciated being able to handwash and hang some clothes out to dry on the front porch of the cabana.
The food Diana and her mom prepared was very healthy and delicious with lots of fruits and vegetables complimenting the main dish. Dinners together were lovely. Breakfast on the front porch was equally delightful.
Jelle provided transportation in his skiff to and from Bocas for a reasonable fee, and he referred me to a water taxi to take me to Star Fish Beach. He also arranged a tour of the local chocolate farm-- don't miss that!
Bring a rain poncho, sunblock and bug repellent. After all, it is a rainforest! Also, bring a flashlight.
Oh, and yes, I did see dolphins in the bay! You will love this place!
We had a really relaxing stay at Dolphin Bay Cabanas. We were well looked after and the food was delicious every evening. Highlights include a day trip to Red Frog Beach, which was stunning (we recommend the fish tacos and margaritas from the beach bar) and breakfast at the communal area (relaxed mornings with great breakfast, coffee and views). The rooms at Dolphin Bay were comfortable and they overlooked the water with chairs to lounge on just outside the hut. Two words of advice: Cover up in the early mornings and evenings because there are sand flies (they are not harmful but they do bite) and keep an eye out for dolphins!
The food at Dolphin Bay Los Cabanos was great. We had initially planned to cook for ourselves in the cottage's kitchen, but the food was so wonderful we changed our minds. The octagonal great room perched on the water is such a great place to be and the hosts so pleasant it seemed like a no-brainer. We saw the occasional dolphin breach as we sat on the porch there.
Even though it rained quite a lot (end of May) we were able to find large periods of time with no-rain to do activities. The owner Jelle was really helpful in suggesting what to do. These activities included a guided tour of the adjacent Chocolate/Cacao farm, hiking on the large property, sailing in the hobie cat, snorkeling, going to Bocas in Jelle's water taxi (which is a fun trip in itself), yoga in Bocas, taking a large catamaran trip to Bocas and meeting and dining with the adventurous ex-pats who have settled down there. There are many other things to do but this is what we did.
Jelle, Janneke and Diana are great hosts. They made every effort to make our stay at Dolphin Bay entertaining and relaxing. We highly recommend Dolphin Bay Los Cabanos.
Just PERFECT! We spent 4 nights at this wonderfull place. It was really clean and the food was delicious. Diana, Janneke and Jelle gave us the feeling to be at home. We would recommend this place to everyone. We would come back for sure. We hope this place will stay for years that a lot of people could see there small paradies. Thanks a lot.
Nous avons passé 5 jours merveilleux dans ce petit coin de paradis, vivant au rythme de la nature, à prendre le temps de ne rien faire d'autre que d'admirer la paix de cette petite baie. La gentillesse de Jelle et et le sourire de Diana nous ont vraiment séduit!Ils ont su tout faire pour que notre séjour se déroule au (website hidden) rencontre avec Janneke,la mère de jelle a été une très jolie rencontre aussi et sa présence nous a été très agréable. Les cabanes sont simples mais très confortables et très très propres. L'endroit est encore plus beau que sur les photos. Nous recommandons cet endroit aux personnes qui veulent se ressourcer dans un endroit simple, qui ont juste envie de se reposer loin du tourisme, de profiter un peu de la vie à l'écart de l'agitation. Nous prenons les petits dejeuner et diners tous ensemble et la cuisine etait très bonne, les rencontres avec les autres hôtes sympathiques. Nous avons bien écouté les conseils de Janneke et du coup nous n'avons pas été embêtés par les "nonos" qui piquent forts(il faut vraiment prévoir un pantalon long pour bien se couvrir le soir et le matin!!). Nous esperons vraiment retourner les voir!!
Jelle and Diana are a very nice couple and enjoyed the cabin very much.