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The Firefly Bocas Del Toro is excited to offer yoga, wellness, stand up paddle board, and surf retreats. The new covered yoga pavilion is an ocean front space with lots of uses! Enjoy rejuvenating yoga practices next to the beautiful beach. The yoga sessions will be lead by a professional teacher that has lots of experience. Immerse yourself with magnificent nature of Bocas del Toro. Disconnect from daily activities and enjoy the magnificent retreat that you will never forget!
You will be accommodated in Panama City and at The Firefly in Bocas Del Toro.
The Firefly is a small, rustic, eco bed and breakfast geared toward couples who love the outdoors, a local experience, amazing food, and adventure.This locally built home is boho chic, surf-island home with comfortable interiors, quality linens, and a fun vibe. The open air waterfront restaurant, bar, infinity pool, and lounge area complete with sun loungers, daybeds, and hammocks are the perfect place to spend the day with a book or an evening with sunset cocktails. There is a small, infinity plunge pool for the guests and a covered yoga pavilion that is used for classes, retreats, and private dining.
There are five rooms here at The Firefly. Three are located on the lower level of the house and two are stand alone bungalows. Design attention has been paid to the rooms with unique art, high-quality linens, comfy, memory foam mattresses, and a boho beach cottage feel. The Firefly Bocas Del Toro is proud to feature organic, coconut oil soaps from Punta Coco (made locally in Bocas) in the guest rooms.
All of the rooms have private bathrooms with hot water showers, four poster beds, iPod speakers, and in-room safes. The room also has an industrial fan and comfy, queen size, memory foam mattresses. Room 1 and 2, as well as the bungalows, have private, ocean front decks. Room 3 sits on the side of the house and has a view of the surrounding jungle scenery and the infinity pool.
The largest of the three in house rooms, includes a sitting area with chaise and private deck. The ocean is steps away and the view is stunning. This room sits next to the yoga space and is closest to the restaurant / bar.
Smaller than Room 1 yet it has a private deck and same amazing view.
Room 3 sits on the side of the house away from the restaurant and bar, making it slightly more private. No ocean view but you can still hear the ocean as it is steps away. Glass doors look out onto the beautiful garden jungle scenery and the infinity pool.
The bungalows are the most private rooms which named after the elements of air and water. Both sit next to the main house, built into the hill with amazing ocean views. The Firefly Bocas Del Toro has built these bungalows from scratch making them more luxurious than the rooms in the bed and breakfast. Both feature double sinks, Balinese style outdoor showers, and private decks with hammocks.
Water is the lower of the two bungalows and sits directly above the infinity plunge pool. Both bungalows are identical in layout and include industrial fans, private decks with a hammock, seating area, memory foam mattress, Balinese style outdoor shower, four poster bed with mosquito net, double sinks, outdoor, hot water shower, iPod docks, and of course, ocean view.
Same features as the water bungalow including ocean view. However, this bungalow is set higher on the hill. If you don’t like heights, this bungalow is not for you. For others, the thrill of being level with the trees is amazing. Stairs to this bungalow are pretty high but the view is rewarding and being above it all makes this the most private room.
Located on Isla Bastimentos in Bocas Del Toro, a quick, eight-minutes boat ride away from Bocas Town with plenty of water taxis going back and forth between the islands. The Firefly is located in the neighborhood of “oceanside” off a little path from Old Bank going to the ocean side. The position on the ocean side instead of the bay side gives the advantage of at least five degrees cooler and an awesome breeze.
Old Bank sits on a calm bay where the local people live in houses that sit on the hill or out over the water. The center is located around the point from Old Bank, sitting on the ocean, not the bay. Because of this, the breeze is nearly constant and the ocean is in a front yard. At night, the waves can be heard from your room.
Bastimentos has a very chill, Caribbean vibe which is not found on the other islands. Locals here are Afro-Caribbean descendants of Jamaican immigrant workers hired to work on the banana plantations in the early 1900s. The locals here speak Guari Guari, also sometimes referred to as creole English, but really the language is patois English blended with Spanish and Guayamí (Ngobe-Buglé) words.
Bastimentos is an island of no roads, just a sidewalk running through town. There is a very small beach by the property which sometimes disappears when the tide is high. There is also a swimming hole cleared of rocks to allow swimming access when the water is flat. Water shoes are still a good bet to bring with you as the entry is rocky. Snorkeling and stand up paddle board can be done directly in front of The Firefly when the water is calm.
Bastimentos also provides the ideal location, close to town yet feeling as if you are in your own jungle paradise. If you enjoy the buzz of bars and restaurants in Bocas Town, yet want to come back to something a bit more untouched, natural, and less touristy, it is the perfect option.
The property sits directly on the Caribbean and the popular beaches of Red Frog and Turtle Beach are a short boat ride away. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike for 35 minutes to Wizard Beach through the beautiful interior of the island. There’s also a popular hike to the organic farm and cafe called Up In The Hill.
Bastimentos also has the island’s only zip line canopy tour. Just a few minutes walk away from The Firefly are several restaurants, including local favorites Alvin and Kecha, Chavela and Mom’s Place. There are also two convenience stores in Old Bank and a police station.
During this retreat, you will have light breakfast every day with locally made coffee, tea, or fresh juice, four lunches, and four gourmet three to four-course dinners. Filtered drinking water, coffee / tea are also available during meal times. Welcome rum punch cocktail with fresh island juices and healthy smoothies made with local fruit / greens served before class is also available.
The Firefly Bocas Del Toro provides an amazing breakfast that is included for the guests. Every day is something new, whether it’s banana pancakes, breakfast tacos, or french toast with coconut or mango from the yard; all fresh and yummy. Coffee is grown in the mountains of Panama and smoothies are made with local fruit.
The Firefly Bocas Del Toro believes in using local food and organic produce whenever possible and everything such as sauces and ice cream in the restaurant is made in house. There are always vegetarian dishes or can adjust some dishes for vegetarians / vegans. However, if your diet is especially strict, please realize that you are on an island and only have certain items.
Massage can also be scheduled for you to enjoy on your private deck.
Crystal clear blue waters are endless in Bocas. The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can arrange a trip for you to some amazing spots or you can snorkel right in front of the center when the sea is calm. Guests have spotted many different fish, squid, octopus, rays, and turtles. Snorkel equipment is available free for you. All of the best spots are close to you including Hospital Point (five minutes) and Coral Caye (20 minutes). Private snorkel excursions vary depending on how many people. It is about 20 - 35 USD per person.
The waters around Bocas have all sorts of amazing wildlife and the diving is spectacular, especially in the low season when the waters are calm. Whether it is your first time diving or you’re a seasoned pro, Bocas has dive spots for all levels. Dive a wreck or with a nurse shark, it’s all within reach. Starfleet Scuba in Bocas Town or Scuba 6 here on Bastimentos is recommended. Dive certification is 275 USD and up. Discover scuba is about 65 USD.
Riding through the jungle on horseback is a beautiful way to see the islands. Dave Hopper has rehabilitated many horses and his tours are responsible and give back to the local Indian communities. There are half or full day tours through the jungle, over the hills, and to some amazing view points.
There are a few awesome companies here in Bocas that do day sails around the islands. Daily group excursions with the Jager Nights or The Jade Dragon are an awesome way to spend the day island hopping.
If you would like a lesson, The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can get in touch with Luis at Escuela Del Mar or Bocas Surf School. They will take you out and give you the skills you need. If you are experienced The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can hire a boat driver for you to take you to whatever breaks are firing. All of the major breaks are within minutes of the Firefly. The Firefly is in the best location for surfing.
There are tons of beaches around the islands. Whether it’s a perfectly secluded white sand beach (Wizard Beach), a beach with a volleyball net, and a beach bar (Red Frog Beach), or a beach with fresh fish cooked just for you (Polo Beach). Or if you just want to get out and see Bocas, The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can recommend places to stop, including The Blue Coconut, an overwater restaurant on stilts with cold beer, and a reef to snorkel while you wait for your lunch.
The Flying Pirates are the best ATV rental company in town. The only company with amazing jungle trails that will take you to hidden spots you wouldn’t find otherwise. The Flying Pirates cares for the island and will give you all the info you need on how to enjoy the ATVs in a responsible way. In high season, you must call ahead for you to reserve. In the rainy season, ATVs are a fun, muddy excursion even in the rain. The favorite spot to head to is the hidden Blue Lagoon. Rates vary by season.
The sky canopy tour is located on Bastimentos a short five-minute boat ride away from the retreat at Red Frog. The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can call and schedule your morning or afternoon session. The price is 60 USD per person.
The Zapatillas are part of the Bastimentos Marine Reserve and are a pair of beautiful uninhabited islands. The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can pack a lunch for you and hook you up with a cooler. You can snorkel or go on an island jungle walk. The Zapatillas is also a turtle nesting ground. There is 10 USD national park admission fee. These islands are a 45-55 minutes boat ride away and are hard to reach when the sea is rough and the surf is up. Price is 25 - 50 USD per person depending on the number of people.
The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can point out trails where you can fully explore the island. Whether you want to end at a beautiful, secluded beach or go uphill to Up In The Hill Cafe where you can enjoy a local fruit smoothie, ask The Firefly Bocas Del Toro to point you in the right direction.
For the avid fisherman, The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can arrange a tour with Scott at Bocas Del Toro Sport Fishing for a full or half day tour. For those who don’t want anything fancy, The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can call a local driver / fisherman to take you out in a panga for the local fishing spots. They will cook what you catch.
There are a few schools in the area where you can sign up for group or private lessons including Spanish by the Sea and Habla Ya.
Visitors can learn about the island, conservation efforts, and the local wildlife in weekly tours.
Perhaps the most favorite tour, this combines an amazing jungle boat ride down the Bahia Honda River, a jungle walk, and a hike / swim in the cave. The guide, Rene, will guide you through the jungle, pointing out sloths and other wildlife to the mouth of the cave. From there, you will put on your headlamp and explore inside.
The caves are wet so wear your swimsuit and water shoes. The price is 25 - 35 USD a person depending on the number of people.
The Ngobe Village of Salt Creek on Basitmentos is a great way to learn about the local culture here in Panama. Half day tour can be combined with The Bat Caves or done on its own.
The grounds here have been lovingly developed and cared for by Lyn and Kiwi. They offer garden and birdwatching tours of their 25-acre property. Come spot all sorts of wildlife amongst the beautiful grounds.
Interested in living the dream and seeing what Bocas has to offer? The Firefly Bocas Del Toro can schedule a meeting and property tour with Mark and Jacy at Bocas Paradise Found Realty. His expertise and knowledge of the islands will help you find your piece of paradise.
Bocas Del Toro International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Bocas del Toro "Isla Colón" International Airport (BOC) or Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The Firefly Bocas Del Toro will pick you up from the airport.
Take a taxi from Costa Rican / Panama border in Sixaola, which is about a 35-minute drive from Puerto Viejo. You then cross the border into Panama by walking over the bridge paying the fee and getting your passport stamped. After crossing into Panama, hire one of the many taxis waiting to take you the one hour drive to the boat docks in Almirante.
Once at the boat docks in Almirante, there are two taxi boat services, Boca Marine Tours and Taxi 25. The 35-minute boat ride cost 6 USD a person to Bocas. You arrive at the Bocas boat dock where you take a boat directly across to Bastimentos which is less than 10 minutes and 3 USD per person. Tipping is not expected.