|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Mango Bay is like arriving at Jurassic Park. We are on a 400 acre nature preserve, we are the only full time residents on the island. If you like to see Dolphins, eagles, parrots, monkeys & catch & eat fresh fish, then you will love it here. This is nothing like an all inclusive resort. This is natural Panama, no discos or gambling. But we do have fantastic sunrises & calm water, perfect for paddling or water skiing. We give our guests great service (see our 5 star reviews) & have on site American managers & a knowledgeable local boat captain. We have 3 boats to get you to all the amazing spots so close to our island.
The villa is comprised of three 800 foot Steel, Teak & Bamboo platforms. Smaller parties need just rent one of the pavilions for the sleeping accommodations. Each of the rooms has an incredible view, as the walls are glass. The first room has 2 sets of bunk beds, end table & lamp. It also has a large armoire for clothing. The second room on the same platform has a nice queen bed, cool hardwood chair, armoire & two end tables with lamps. Both rooms are 200 square feet each. They share a bathroom right beside the rooms & it has a huge outdoor shower. The master is on its own 800 foot platform & has an attached 3 room master bath & its own covered porch with teak deck furniture. This room has a king bed, armoire, desk for your laptop, two end tables, chest & another ornamental cabinet.
The home has a Bali theme, furniture is also that theme & so is the thatch covered bamboo post & beam roof system. This 60 foot long roof covers the villa's three 40 foot long pavilions & the bodega which houses the laundry room, sporting equipment & the off grid power system. Yes, we have a large array of solar panels & a new large set of batteries to store the power of the sun in Panama. There is a back of generator for cloudy days.The walls are glass, which will give you the feeling of living in the jungle, but of course you have all the conveniences. AC in every room, high speed internet, Netflix's & crushed ice.
We are just making out 2 bedroom cottage available to rent to compliment the big villa or it could be rented on it's own. It also features a 240 foot covered veranda & a large table for dining. It has a convection oven, large fridge, 3 burner stove top, induction element & a barbecue on the large veranda.
There is a deep freeze in the attached boat garage for putting your catch of the day. Each room has an over head fan & we are installing ac this November. The cottage has Exterior Insulated foam system, acrylic stucco. Which means it is well insulated. The windows are dual pane, crank style which is also unlike what you usually find in Panama. It has a high vaulted ceiling. The kitchen is good sized with all the utensils , pans & a dining table for 4 inside.
The pier is just 50 feet in front & at high tide, we often just pull the boat out behind the place. Then walk onto our cement boat ramp that comes up behind the attached boat garage. So it is ideal for a small group of fishermen. It may also be used for an especially large group, or if there are over 6 men & they do not want to sleep in the same bed as another one of the group members.
We have our new high efficiency Perkins diesel generator. To ensure there is always a way to keep the rooms cool at night. We do not intend for our guests to stay in their rooms all day under the AC. That is NOT possible in an off grid environment. Not with out running a fossil fuel generator 24 hours a day. But we want to ensure guests a comfortable nights sleep.
The property was inhabited years ago, but was never logged off. So it has incredible trees, some fruit bearing, (Mango, Avocado, lime, coconut, bananas, pineapples & Plantains to name a few. View birds & monkeys for a truly tropical ambiance. The calm, warm waters are accessed by our 150 foot long pier. It is great to go for a swim, paddle from or to water ski off of. Access to all the fishing in the bay & out into the Hannibal bank is a must. One of our boats can get you right into the marina at Petragal in about 40 minutes. Petragal is just 4 minutes from the airport & only 10 minutes from the city of David. However it is only a 12 minute boat ride to the community of Chorcha. They just paved the road there & that cuts the time to town down to just over 15 minutes. I just love all these infrastructure projects being completed in Panama!!
I grew up in central British Columbia, Spent my summers at our log house, water skiing & the winters snowmobiling & skiing at our local ski hill. Later I met my future wife at a Bible college. I moved to Edmonton, Alberta & have stayed here with Angie for 30 years. We are proud of being Canadians, how ever we both are not fond of the 5 months of winter we have to endure. Hence the search for a place to go as refuge from our harsh winters. Actually our property is just as appealing in the summer as the temperature in Panama are in the low 30's. So it is nearly perfect in Panama then. IN Alberta it can be cool & wet even in July.
I have been investing in Real Estate for 20 year, worked in lending for 5 years & have been in the construction sector for many years. We have just finishing construction on our caretakers cottage/boat house. Now we have a competent North American manager & his family to see to the upkeep & act as a sort of Concierge for our guests. as we are on an island, a boat is the only way you are going to explore the area unless you really like to paddle!! Just kidding. I like to paddle, it is great exercise & I get a wicked tan. I never get hot (I still fall in occasionally) or cold as the water is so warm! I am wanting to set up a community of like minded families / investors who want to own a place to them selves or one or two month share of a tropical home to enjoy personally & share with their family & friends.
Shawn & Angie Money purchased this house in 2010
The airport just outside of David was just starting its expansion (it was completed over two years ago now, very nice now) it was like a tacky greyhound station when I first came to David. New infrastructure is always a key to property appreciation. It is just a matter of time before David starts to get international fights from Houston & Miami. The cellular coverage is good. However most Panamanians now just get mobile data & use the phone app, WhatsApp to stay in touch with family & friends anywhere in the country or world..
We have high speed internet & are able to use our Netflix account & a Magic Jack phone to stay in touch with friends & family in Canada & the US. Panama's explosive GDP growth is also a major influence on my decision to invest in this country. They are now paving the road to our nearest port. So we can make it to town in 30 minutes now!! We have a spring on our property so that is a must, most places on the island are not so lucky. The property is unique, as it is really an untouched nature preserve. The local university still brings students to study the fauna. It is literally like stepping onto the set of Jurassic park. The sounds are the same & the birds & trees are a wonder! When I first came to view the property, there was a large school of Dolphins swimming right by the shore. The fisherman still fish for red Snapper off the point of the island. Last week I saw 3 small fishing boats anchored out around the point of the island, 400-600 meters away. We sometimes send our Panamanian caretaker out with a boat & he will pick up 10 fish for $10-15. The local produce is awesome, we buy it in David or at the local fruit & vegetable stand not far from our port. Produce is abundant & inexpensive. The perfect compliment to all the fresh fish.
There is a walk for several kilometers along the top spine of the island, which allows you to see ocean & mountain views & see up close the vegetation that is unique to this area. The water in the morning is usually calm, sometimes it is like piece of glass. It has the nicest water for skiing I have ever seen. the water is 29-31 degrees & it is 24 degrees outside at 6 am. That is pretty much heaven for a guy with a slalom ski. The fact that there are few boats with an engine larger than 10 hp. makes for water with out wakes from boats. Something you could never find on a lake in Canada during the summer. Boca Bravo island or the one next to it (Sevilla) has miles of beach with not a soul around. I think there is some surfing there, many things have not been explored yet. It is like that here in Panama.
Everything you need is there except the grocery store. Victor was helpful with the generator at night with being off the grid. Really everything you need for cooking was available. We had a great time with Daniel snorkeling. Hardest part was directions with finding the boat ramp in Petregal since it wasn't at the big marina. We had fun with the paddle board, swimming from the dock and walking in the jungle.
The house is just beautiful and well-designed, with glass walls all around, raised decks and separate buildings for the master bedroom, additional bedrooms and for the kitchen and common area. It is completely off-grid solar with generator backup, so it is necessary to keep the AC to a minimum (we only used it after dark and had the units set for 26 C), but with the breezes and the fans, we were always comfortable both inside and out (we live in NC though, and are accustomed to warmer weather). If you need to have the AC at 18 C and running all day, this isn't the place for you.
It is slightly buggy (it *is* a rainforest!), but we only used bug spray one afternoon (we stayed 5 nights) when we ventured out to explore the island a bit. We found that at dusk the no-seeums would occasionally be bad enough to send us indoors, but most of the rest of the time, we were fine outside without covering ourselves in noxious smelling deet!
The island is really spectacular, from dozens of different species of butterflies and moths, to geckos and howler monkeys (they really aren't terribly loud :) ) There are mango, lemon, coconut and avocado trees, and pineapple bushes. We were there when only the coconuts and lemons were available, but we enjoyed those!
The hosts, David and Linda (and their son, Russell) were always helpful and available to answer questions or help with arranging for transport to other islands,etc.
Speaking of transport - Victor, the boat captain - is great! He really knows his way around the islands and is a very experienced and careful navigator/driver. He took us out to see some hump-backed whales (a baby and mother!) and to a great snorkeling beach. I am a bit leery of small boats, especially when the water is choppy - but I absolutely trusted Victor.
The only small negatives I can think of (which are easily fixed) would be a) more hammocks. We fought over the one that was there. I was very happy the day I got to it first, because as I was lazily reading and occasionally gazing at the butterflies, I suddenly noticed a howler monkey, almost at eye-level and about 20 yards away. There were several more that were nearby, munching on leaves. The other suggestion I have is b) more lounging furniture. The couch is a very stylish, but not great for a family of 4 to lounge on together. A couple of large chairs that someone could curl up in would be nice.
The picture doesn't do this house justice, the actual property is stunning! It's almost like you walked into something from a design magazine. The Smiths (caretakers) and Victor (boat driver) were both super welcoming and helpful. We took day trips to different islands including Marine Park and Secas Islands and did some swimming and snorkeling. Victor also caught us some fresh fish that we grilled for dinner. Only thing I have to recommend for future guests is please plan out what you need (supplies, food etc.), because there is no stores around just all nature.
I found this unique house located at Isla Muertos t be very convenient for my fishing trips, since We usually leave from mainland, close to David and head out to the islands of the Gulf of Chiriqui to catch our dinner. I had a group of 6 fishermen staying at the house for 10 days and everything was as expected for a fishing trip. House was clean and well equipped, including generator, air conditioning and a full kitchen. Fresh water can be a problem when the rain is poor, but was not an issue as the manager could store enough for showers and so on. The air conditioners help to cool down the house and it was very nice to go back after a full fishing day and have a cool house to relax and enjoy the sunset. Internet was good and kept us connected with our families. Very nice place to explore the Paridas Islands and the mangroves around the Boca Chica and Boca Brava area.
We chose Mango Bay Villa so work couldn’t find us! We decided on Panama as a destination because it is in the same time zone as the East Coast of the U.S, is on the dollar and, with direct flights to Panama City, we were able to relax more than travel during the week. Shawn (the owner), David and Linda (the caretakers), and Jose (David-town taxi driver) communicated with us regularly before we even left the States which eliminated much of our travel anxiety and made our arrival in David-town and transition to the Villa seamless. Jose took us to a grocery store for our staple items then showed us the best place to get amazing fresh fruit and local Panamanian cuisine before we left the mainland. Once in Pedregal we were introduced to Victor and his son Victor Jr. who transported us to the Villa via a breathtakingly beautiful water taxi trip. His knowledge of the mangroves as he maneuvered through the many islands and around the sand bars made our 9 year old daughter comment more than once, “this is better than going to Sea World.” (She had never been on a boat before—and enjoyed being on the open water). Upon our arrival, we were met at the dock by David, Linda and Perro (Mango Bay Villa’s unobtrusively sweet resident pooch), who were very helpful in getting us settled on the island. Once we were situated, David and Linda oriented us to the Villa’s amenities and explained how we could be in contact with them if needed. Our time at Mango Bay Villa proved to be exactly what we wanted from our family vacation. We woke each morning with the sun, to the sounds of the water in the front and the howler monkeys in the trees behind us, and to the sights and sounds of parrots who roosted near our bedroom. On our second day at Mango Bay Villa, Linda and David arranged for “the Victors” to pick us up early to explore Parqué Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí. Our first stop was a beautiful beach on an island that felt as if no person had stepped foot onto it in years. We found several wonderful large and intact shells, interesting volcanic rocks and even discovered a massive and natural swing created by a mangrove tree (great for family selfies!). We then traveled out further into open water where “the Victors” followed the pelicans to schools of fish. With “the Victors” as our trustworthy guides, we were able to snorkel offshore from another amazing island, see beautiful white coral amidst a backdrop of a black volcanic floor, startlingly colorful and crazy-lo
My family of seven had an amazing vacation at Mango Bay. We were met at the airport in the city David by Jose who transported us and our groceries (Jose purchased groceries for us in advance so we could get to the island asap) to the boat landing. Captain Victor, picked us up with two boats at the landing, and we had our first exciting boat ride. The islands are so beautiful. Caretakers David and Linda met us at Mango Bay, gave us a tour of the villa, and we got settled in. Each day was an adventure.
One day, David & Linda setup a tent and chairs for us on the beach on Isla Boca Brava! Victor and his son, Brian, transported us there and back. We played in the ocean. Hunted for shells. We found abundant sand dollars! Make sure to plan activities early in the day! Then you can rest in the afternoon at the way cool Mango Bay! And prepare wonderful meals. We used the grill for most of our cooking. The solar system is way cool too! It is a good thing to be off the grid. We worked carefully with David and Linda on timing of AC usage, so we could minimize the use of the backup generator. One afternoon Victor cut down fresh coconuts for us all, and he skillfully used his machete to prepare them. We were able to drink the coconut water!
Another day, Captain Daniel took us way out in the ocean to many islands! Daniel knows the people here. He is intuitive about what we would like to experience. With him we went to great island get aways. We saw crocodiles, sting rays, 100 year old trees, eco lodges, hidden beaches, dolphins, pelicans, two places where he has lived, his dear friends... We were able to snorkel, catch big fish, eat awesome watermelon, and experience way out there ocean and island stuff! Daniel also helped us with the boat ride back to Pedregal, which is close to the city of David. The fish that we caught with Daniel provided two wonderful evening meals.
One day we just chilled at the Mango Bay Villas. Enjoyed the cool breeze, the warm sun, the high and low tides, the relaxing shaded decks, the magical howler monkeys that became our good mysterious friends and guardians through the week.
We added a trip to Boquete on the end of our adventure. Jose was the perfect driver and guide to Boquete, and back to the David Airport.
Shawn helped us connect with wonderful dear people who guided us in Panama
City, in the city of David, out at Mango Bay, and in Boquete.
We learned unexpected things from the people and nature every day!
We are the perfect launch point to explore all the activities that the Bay of Chiriqui has to offer. Whale watching, snorkeling or exploring hidden beaches & caves, or you can stay closer in & fish in the channels or our own bay. We can arrange it,so our boat captain Victor, who use to be a local fisherman; takes you out to catch some fish or dig for clams. Perhaps you want to catch a massive Tuna or Marlin, we can arrange a deep sea fishing trip with a local captain we know for a fraction of the cost of doing the trip from a fishing lodge out of Boca Chica!!.
Water ski on the calm warm water in the bay all year long. Explore one of the hundreds of small island beaches. Find caves & maybe meet a surf school at Isla Silva for a day or two of lessons.
There are many things to see & do in the mountains as well. We can arrange a trip to go rafting or zip lining, it can be arranged from Mango Bay. If you have a car. The Port of Chorcha is only 10-12 minutes away. From there it is less than 20 minutes to David & about 1 hour to Boca Chica, A day trip is doable. However to really check out the mountains, we would recommend that you stay in Bouquette.. This would make those activities much closer & relaxing. They also can advise you on some local places to see & eat at. Be aware that the mountains can get heavy rain while our island often stays completely dry, or it rains much later in the day..
This being said, in the wet season ( May - November), it is very common to get thundershowers in the afternoon. If you are planning to come to the island, plan to leave around noon - 2 PM. After that, the chances you are going to get wet are high. Be prepared & bring a rain jacket, it can be a chilly experience zipping along the water in the rain soaking wet.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 May 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£613|
|Boat rental pickupreturn||£98|
The villa has 3 separate platforms. A couple would rent the master bedroom platform. A family with younger children, the 2 bedroom platform & the kitchen platform. Party & break the glass walls, that is the end of your stay.
We also have a 2 bedroom cottage below that can be rented. It can be used as extra private bedrooms or rented alone. Contact us for rates.
Panama is not Cancun.There are no discos in the Boca Chica area. If that is what you are looking for, this is not the right place for you. Stay if you like untouched nature, dolphins, monkeys, spectacular hike on the islands ridge, calm warm water, ideal for a paddle board or knee board, with miles of totally empty beaches close by. If this is what you are looking for, then you will love the place!
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.