It is an all wood design three bedroom house on a very private stretch of secluded beach. Also, this house give you access to all the services of the eco-resort Al Natural Resort.
The beach villa is very recent and is equipped with 1 master bedroom with one king size bed with its own complete bathroom with hot and cold water with double sinks, tilted shower, toilet, one 2nd bedroom with a Queen size bed; a third bedroom with two single beds (which can make another king size bed), a separate complete bathroom with hot and cold water with a tilted shower, double sinks and a toilet; a large eat-in kitchen with full size stove, electrical fridge and a double kitchen sinks, two large open living spaces including a dining area with a large wooden table , an inside sitting area and another sitting area facing the water in an oversized terrace with hammocks and astonishing sea views, all with design furniture. Each bedroom and the living room is equipped with ceiling fans and the house has a safe. The villa is brand new and completely furnished and fully equipped (linen, towels, kitchen ware). The electrical system is solar and the house runs with rainwater. Please use them economicaly.
The rate includes running water, electricity, free use of sit on kayaks of the nearby by resort, the pick-up at Bocas airport, the boat transfer between Bocas town and the villa in Bastimentos island and the return to Bocas town at the end of the stay at the below schedule. At your arrival, we will take you around town to facilitate the buying of the grocery and all you need to get befire your departure to the islands. The boat transfer from the Al Natural Landing in Bocas town to the villa is a very scenic 45 minutes boat ride though the waters of the Bastimentos Marine park. Please note that you are welcome to go along to Bocas with any of Al Natural’s already scheduled trips to Bocas for a nominal fee of $10.00 per person (both way, children free). A special boat trip to the town of Bocas del Toro is from $50.00 to $65.00 (both ways).
Location, location, location! It is on a little beach very private looking towards the near reefs. This house is very conveniently located, in a secluded setting within the boutique eco resort Al Natural Resort on a very private stretch of the beach of Punta Vieja ; this give you access to all the services of the hotel, including its restaurant, tours and diving club. More info can be found at www.alnaturalresort.com . Please note that during the low season (May to Nov), it is possible that the hotel will not be open every day and some of the services might not be available.
The surrounding area of the villa is beautiful, very peaceful. The beach in front of the house is made of very fine sand, it is fine to stroll, and to go swimming right there. Wider beach are nearby, a little down the beach. Swimming in the lagoon in front of your house is safe. There is other beaches around the point, wilder and more exposed to the waves of the Caribbean sea, and more dangerous too, that you can walk to. You can explore the reefs just in front of your place, by yourself by swimming from the beach or by using the kayaks. When available, you can also do a tour offered by the resort, which will take you to the best snorkel spots in the archipelago (Zapatillas islands, corral Keys, and other secret spots). Also, there is the large idyllic white sand beaches of Zapatillas islands that is very attractive. Long beach, in the national park of Bastimentos island is also accessible either by boat (when the sea allowed it) or by trekking. Also Al Natural organizes various trekking along the beaches of Bastimentos. There are also boat tours through several mangrove rivers with a visit to the Indian villages of Salt Creeks, to Dolphin Bay, to Red Frog Beach or to Bastimentos town, which is at a short walk distance of First Beach. Please note that now Al Natural is also offering their own diving tours and certification. Al Natural is the best spot to offer the most exclusive dives in the whole archipelago; please contact me if you are interested. Detailed and current arte can be found in the wed site of Al Natural at the TOURS page.
You can also join the table of Al Natural Resort for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Please reserve your presence at least half a day in advance. The cost of a breakfast or lunch is $15.00 per person, a dinner is $35.00 per person, including a cocktail and a three course delicious meal. Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 11:00. Lunches and dinners are served family style and at fixed hour (1:00 PM for lunch and 8:00 PM for dinner). This is a great occasion to try our kitchen and meat great people.
For your convenience, please bring a flashlight with you. We provide beach mats, but no beach towels, sorry. Also sun’s cream, insect repellent and light rain wares are good items to take for a carefree tropical vacation.
Thank you to make sure to indicate to us by e-mail your arrival and departure info as soon as you know it.
Domestic airline tickets can only be bought at Air Panama at www.airpanama.com. Please note that the first morning flights out of Bocas operated by Air Panama has not the most convenient time schedule. Their planes arrive to Bocas at 7:30 AM, which is fine, but their first morning flight leaves at 7:45 AM, which very early. Air Panama is adding more flights with a later departure time, please check with the airline to see what are the difrent departure time available the day you want to leave. So far the best is to arrive to Bocas with the morning flight that arrives at 7:30 AM and leave Bocas with their afternoon flight, as described below.
Should you have difficulties to make your reservation with Air Panama, we can help and do it for you directly from Bocas.
In order to limit our carbon footprint, please note that we are trying to do only one trip per day between Bocas and the hotel. We have only one boat leaving Bocas between 11:00 and 12:00 every day. Most people do opt for the Air Panama morning flight that takes you to Bocas at 7:30 am (or at a later time, but before noon). We organize the pick-up at the airport and will take you to the Al Natural Landing in Bocas town where you can leave your luggage and will indicate to you a place where you can have breakfast, if you want to. Shall you choose an afternoon plane arrival, or if you miss our morning boat, just indicate us your arrival time to us and we will set an extra boat transfer for you; we charge for an afternoon boat transfer a low extra cost of $50.00 for the trip. Our afternoon boat leaves Bocas between 3:30 and 4:30 PM. If you travel with the plane that arrives from Panama City at 6:00pm to Bocas, which we do not recommend as it is too late and you risk to arrive to the hotel after night fall, the extra charge is $65.00.
On your departing day from Al Natural, we try to have only one boat leaving the hotel Al Natural any time between 8:00 and 9:30 am, depending on the guests schedule requirement. Please book the intermediary Air Panama Flight that leaves around midday. If there si no other option that booking the 7:30 AM Air Panama morning flight, we will take you in time to Bocas to catch that flight, please note that you need to leave the hotel by 5:30 am and that this transfer carry an extra cost of $50.00 (if we need to do that day our regular morning transfers).
Should you choose to leave the hotel in the afternoon, please note that 1- the afternoon transfer is between 1:30 and 2:30PM, depending on the guests schedule requirement ; 2- that if you have arrived in the morning and leave in the afternoon, there is an extra cost of $15.00 p.p. for the lunch on your departing day which is not included in your daily package; and 3- the Check-in time is 12:00 am and the check-out time of the bungalow is no later than 11:00 am if the bungalow is rented the day you leave and that the guests are arriving in the morning. For your convenience, there is a place where you can leave belongings, change clothe and take a shower at the resort.
If this schedule above does not fit your own, please note that sometime we are able to offer you an afternoon arrival and/or early morning departure without the $50.00 extra cost (for instance if we do not have to do our regular morning boat transfer that day).
In summary, to get to Bocas from Panama City, it is best to buy a ticket for the plane that leaves Panama at 9:00AM or for the plane that leaves at 3:30PM (there might be an additional cost of $ 50.00 for the boat transfer of the afternoon, as indicated in my first mail). The plane leaving at 6:30AM is OK too, but you will have to stay a bit in Bocas because, as indicated, our morning boat leaves Bocas between 11:00 and noon. The plane leaving at 5:00PM is NOT ok, it's too late (you might end up traveling by night in boat which is not recommendable here) and that late boat has an extra cost of $65.00.
To leave Bocas to Panama City, the best is to buy a ticket for the plane leaving Bocas at 10:15AM or 3:40PM. The 6:10PM is OK too, but you will have to stay a bit in Bocas because, as indicated, our afternoon boat departs no later at 2:30PM from the hotel. We do NOT recommended the flight that leaves Bocas at 7:40AM because it is very early, as has you need to leave the hotel by 5:30AM and it has an additional cost of $ 50.00.
FYI, please note that the office/landing of Al Natural is easy to find in Bocas. It is a two story wooden house in construction located on the water side of the main street, five houses down after the ferry dock and the Hotel Bahia. There are signs of the hotel on the house.
Please note that the check-in time is 12:00 (noon) with a departure from Bocas between 11:00 and 12:00. The check-out boat leaves usually between 7:00 am and 10:00 am depending on your necessity. The check-out time is 11:00 am if the house is occupied the night that fellows your departure. If the apartment is not rented the night of your departure, you can stay in the apartment up to 2:30 pm and leave with our afternoon boat.
Should you need any help during your stay, please contact either Irellis, the administrator of our office in Bocas, if you are in Bocas town, or Abner and Vincent, the administrators of the Al Natural Resort, while you are in Bastimentos and Demetrio, you is your "concierge", very practical as he lives in a house close by, and is always available at any time of night or day shall you needed anything and in case of emergency.
This is a very special, very peaceful, surrounded by a beautiful nature.