Travel Blogs from Bocas Town
... Toro port and start searching for our accommodation. Amanda found once again a sweet deal for us for a week - a studio apartment, queen bed, full kitchen, internet, cable TV and 2 glorious recliner chairs all this for $40 a night - STEAL!
With the full kitchen amenities available to us we started hunting for the best food on the island and make the most of cooking for ourselves. Finding a small grocery store called the “Super Gourmet” we went in to ...
... feel right,luckily two guys ,also lost in golf carts, got us to jump on and we saw then the errors on our way back.
Everyone worked hard this morning ,as we've decided to lay the boat up here and I will return home from here (somehow, either via Panama City,or San Jose, Costa Rica.)
We all separated this afternoon. Joe and Fred went in the water taxi to Bocas Town and Tony and I ended up on the beach at a big party for Semana Santa (Easter). The beer was flowing,there was ...
... in Panama we traveled in our non air conditioned van to Alicante for our speed boat to Bocas. This was quite a long ride in the ocean for such a small boat. We then arrived on the main island of Bocas and found a water taxi to our hotel on Isla Carenero. We were greeted by the lovely owners at our hotel and given an overview of the area and the tours. We then spent the evening at the ...
... Bocas Town. Arriving at the little taxi boat dock it was all coconut palms and colourful weather-boarded houses built on stilts out over the water. Off the beaten path, it wasn't- signs in English everywhere and a lot of other travelers out for breakfast, but it certainly wasn’t a jaded tourist trap either. It still looked very Central American, and there were plenty of locals going about their day too.
We’d not booked anywhere and ...
... which are populated by Kuna people (different to Panamanians - different language and different traditional dress etc). There are 369 islands and about 30-40 of them are village islands (with lots of families, schools, doctors, etc) while the others are just all paradise with nothing but palm trees, beaches, and bamboo huts! (and the odd souvenir shop). Some islands have a few huts and you can stay on them with just one or 2 families living there to run them (all ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tropical Suites Bocas Town
Un lugar fantástico
Me quedé en el Tropical Suites 3 noches con mi familia. Todo el personal del hotel nos trató tan bien y consiguieron que nos sintiéramos muy bien recibidos. La suite era grande, estaba limpia y equipada con aire acondicionado. Nos alegró tener cocina ya que así pudimos llevar nuestros sándwiches a las excursiones diarias. El hotel tenía un aspecto inmaculado y los chicos se lo pasaron genial deslizándose por el tobogán o buceando en busca de estrellas de mar en el muelle. ¡¡¡Bocas de Toro es el lugar más fantástico!!!
Stayed at the Tropical Suites for 3 nights with my family. We were treated so well by each staff member and really felt welcome. The suite was large and clean with cold A/C. Having the kitchen was great and we were able to pack lunches for daily excursions. The hotel was immaculate and the kids had a blast on the slide and diving for starfish right from the dock. Bocas del Toro is just the coolest pace.
The Hotel to Stay At in BOCAS DEL TORO!!!!
I stayed at Bocas Del Toro Tropical Suites Hotel this weekend. The rooms are amazing, you have all the amenities necessary, beautiful room, excellent view, on the water etc..
Amazing customer service, great drinks, personal service to the airport. The owners - our friends from Holland have helped us in every way, longer stay, extra towels, obtaining CAITO (our personal tour guide for the weekend). Amazing customer service - cordial, amicables where you can find people from all around the world. Personally, we met a Canadians, Norwegians, Americans, Israelis, British, Holland, Panamanians and multiple other Latin Americans. The # 1 place to stay in Bocas without a doubt, just make sure you bring yor shorts and bikinis to take a ride on the Zapatillas & Red Frog Islands. Ask for Hans and he will surely make your trip at Tropical Suites more than worth it!!!
Great place to stay in Bocas
Tropical Suites is one of the better resort hotels on Isla Colon. I stayed there last weekend with a friend. The staff at the reception and at the open bar were friendly and receptive and the owners were quite helpful , giving us tips on sights to see and even helped us get to the airport on the day of our departure. This hotel offers large rooms with cable television and nice views of the bocas town or the sea. There is a bar with a a view of the sea which is adjacent to a dock that ports kayaks, motor boats, and jet skis. The hotel is centrallly located next to the better hotels and restaurants and there is a scuba center and surf club on the same little street. This hotel is a hidden treasure, highly recommended for travelers looking for both R & R and water activities and boat adventures.
First time abroad
I stayed at Tropical Suites for two weeks in Feburary of this year. It being my first time abroad and my Spainish more than a little rusty. The staff were very helpful and friendly and seemed to really want my stay to be enjoyabable. I had a wonderful time at the swimmming area and cafe. Also, Caranval is in last week in Feburary and the fun is infectious. This stay really made my birthday one that won't soon forget!
Loved the Hotel Tropical Suites and Bocas!
I stayed at Tropical Suites in February of this year and really loved it! I didn't speak a word of Spanish--but the staff spoke good English and helped me out. They were all great and very, very friendly.
The service at the Tropical Suites is very good. The hotel is very, very clean and well-maintained. My favorite part was the dock and swimming area. They also have a nice bar and cafe.
I have stayed at other places in Bocas and this hotel is by far the best. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Also, try and go during Carnaval. It was a blast!
NO Customer Service
The Tropical Suites is one of the newer hotels and in a nice location. It is taking a failed apartment building and making it a hotel. So you have virtually no amenities. That's where the nice things stop. Upon arriving you will be asked to fill out exhaustive paperwork. I have not been asked for such detail since I visited a communist country. We then were informed for the first time, that check out was 10:00am. We had flown from Panama just to stay overnight. We were to meet the owner and she could not be found but were told by her crack staff that she was in a meeting. The purpose of meeting here was to arrange for our group of 10 a snorkeling trip for both Friday and Saturday. Well, Ms. Petri was a no show. We then decide that we could arrange the tours on our own. The point is the owner committed and did not come through on her promise. We checked in with the crack staff that had the rooms all goofed up. We had rented four rooms and two needed to be next to each other because there were small children involved. The staff could not understand this concept. I then asked the staff to have the owner call me BUT I then realized that there are no phones in the room. We went snorkeling with a native guide and had a nice time Friday night. Upon returning from dinner we had to pound on the door to wake the conscientious security guard. The problem is when we got up in the morning to go on a half day tour, we had to check out and get another room elsewhere that 10 people could leave there luggage and then shower in prior to jumping on a flight back to Panama.
The Tropical Suites has a lot to learn about Customer Service, like start at the beginning. It appears that it is run in a true Bocas del Toro Gestapo fashion. I would rather sleep on the beach and get "thieved" than stay there again.
Talk about a fun, relaxing vacation...
We did a lot of research before picking Bocas Del Toro and the Tropical. We got both right by far!!! The Tropical was an absolutely great place to stay! We didn't really get to meet Hans the husband part of the ownership, but we did meet Petri. She was an absolute delight! Friendly, smiling, gracious...to give a few descriptions. Not only that, but the staff was very friendly and helpful! They gave suggestions if asked, directions, called for taxis...one gal even gave the cab driver explicit instructions on what to do to make my excursion the best it could be. And, no paying until I wqas back at the hotel. The rooms were beautiful, very modern (we had a whirlpool tub and tons of hot water, and very clean. Maid service everyday. They washed our dishes which we would happily have done. The AC was awesome, when needed. The back deck opened up to the beautiful Atlantic and local music could be heard and enjoyed. Jet skis, kayaks, a slide...you name it, you could get it! I will be back!!!!
Best Place in Bocas to stay is Tropical Suites
March 20, 2006
Tropical Suites is, by far, the best place to stay in all of Bocas! I have been coming to Panama for the past two years at least two or three times a year. I love the country and the people. I have stayed in some nice places, but my favorite is Tropical Suites.
I loved the island view rooms too, but the view from the waterfront room is to die for! I woke up every morning to look out at several beautiful islands, mountains, palm trees and beautiful, sparkling water. I felt like I was dreaming. And at night, it was just magical to see a beautiful full moon gleaming off the water!
The rooms are very spacious, comfortable and immaculate. The bathroom is very large with a double sink and jacuzzi. I especially appreciated the a/c, in-room safe and very large closets!
Tropical Suites is very convenient to everything. Great locations. Also, the owners are great people. The staff are very friendly and always have a smile and a kind word. I felt so welcome there.
If you are staying for a week or more, the rates are even better. I highly recommend the hotel.
Mary from Kitty Hawk, NC
Great food, friends, fun and a room over the water
The Tropical suites is built on stilts in the waterfront of Bocastown. You can rent a scooter or bike here or catch a wter taxi to some nearby islands for 50 cents. You dont need a car and can easily walk all over town. Heck, the Airport is only 4 blocks from downtown, another 50 cent ride. 50 cets is a lot of money in a place where you can still buy a botle of beer from a street vendor for half that. To say Bocastown is culturally quaint is an understatement and the fact that the US Dollar is the currency of choice and english is the most widely spoken language only adds to the charm and character of this, as yet, undiscovered Caribbean paradise.
The tropical suites is a new hotel which was actually built as a condominium but the builder fell so in love with it that he kept it as a hotel. The rooms are comfortable with air conditioning and cable TV. The facility is very clean, the staff very professional and curteous, and holds the honor of having the only elevator on the island. Be sure to get a waterfront room. The views are incredibly and you can fish right off your balcony if you are so inclined. There are no telephones or kleenex tissues in the room. These were the only complaints my wife had. If you knew her my wife you would appreciate what a compliment this is for everything else there. You can relax on their private floating pier, catch a water taxi, or rent a jet ski.
The food and drinks are prepared by Joey and Louis. Joey was surfing through Central America when he bruised a few ribs and decided to lease the outdoor kitchen and bar from Hans, the hotel owner. Joey cooks a fresh seafood specialty every night. You can watch him clean the fish he's going to prepare right out on the pier in the afternoon. He's a great cook and his prices are very reasonable. Be sure to try a full breakfast there too, as it is fabulous. Joey stocks a full bar and make some wonderfully refreshing specialty drinks which he invented. Like everyone in the Bocas, friendliness and service are the trademarks. Enjoy.