El Remanso - Isla Saboga
B&B | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Isla Saboga is a nature lover's paradise. Unspoiled beaches and tropical jungle only 35 miles from Panama City, at the gateway to the Pearl Islands. If you can imagine what Hawaii must have been like 100 years ago, before all the development during the 20th century, you can perhaps begin to appreciate what Isla Saboga and the Pearl Islands has to offer. It is perhaps one of the world's last unspoiled archipelagos, and the fact that it is only 35 miles from vibrant Panama City makes it even more special.
Our home is part of the El Encanto beach development, an eco-friendly grouping of tree-top villas overlooking the beaches on the west side of Isla Saboga. El Encanto has a palapa-style restaurant on the beach, and it supplies kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas, and also coordinates activities such as fishing and sailing for guests.
Our studio apartment is located beneath our main house, and is a hotel-room sized unit with a queen bed and an additional queen sofa bed to accommodate up to 4 guests. It has a well equipped kitchen, flat screen TV with USB port, satellite TV, DVD player, and fully tiled bath.
Air conditioning and a ceiling fan are included as well for those few days when the sea breeze lies down.
A wood deck with patio furniture and a concrete patio overlook the beach only 75 feet away.
A 1 hour and 45 minute ferry ride from the Trump Tower brings you directly to the Isla Saboga, where, if the tide is right, you will walk down the gangplank directly onto the sand. If not, you will transfer into a small launch to complete your trip to the beach.
For US TV history buffs, the first season of 'Survivor' was filmed on here Saboga, and two additional seasons were later shot here in the Pearl Islands as well. 'Survivor' is now an international franchise, and Turkey has just completed filming its own 'Survivor' on neighboring Mogo Mogo island.
Whale watching is a favorite activity during the months of July and August, when the humpback whales from Antarctica migrate here to the Bay of Panama to give birth to their calves and escape the cold Antarctic winter. Whales are regularly observed directly from shore, and you can hire a boat to get an even closer look. The Panama Whale Watching Tours operates out of neighboring Contadora, and offers daily tours during July and August.
If your party is larger than the studio apartment can handle, we also have 2 additional bedrooms available. Each bedroom has a king bed, en suite bath and a beautiful view overlooking the beach. Please inquire for additional details.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, Video player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Panama Province region
The Pearl Islands are a group of almost 200 islands located in the Bay of Panama southeast of Panama City. If you can imagine what Hawaii was like 100 years ago, before all the development during the 20th century, you can perhaps begin to appreciate what the Pearl Islands have to offer. It is one of the world's last unspoiled archipelagos, and the fact that it is only 35 miles from vibrant Panama City makes it even more special.
Several of the islands have small fishing villages populated by the descendants of the African slaves who were brought here to farm the pearls that gave the islands their name. Most of the islands are uninhabited, however, and are great places to explore. Diving and snorkeling among the coral reefs, sailing, and sport fishing are all popular activities.
The weather in the Pearl Islands is noticeably cooler and dryer than the mainland of Panama. The Humboldt current brings cold, nutrient-laden water from Antarctica up the west coast of South America, and it produces cool, dry sea breezes on land. It also feeds the incredibly rich diversity of sea life.
Isla Saboga is a nature lover's paradise. Unspoiled beaches and tropical jungle only 35 miles from Panama City, at the gateway to the Pearl Islands. Saboga has a small fishing village of about 300 residents on the east side of the island. The rest of the island is all forest and tropical jungle.
There are a number of archaeological sites on the island, remnants of the native American peoples who lived here before the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th Century. Shell middens, bits of pottery, and even several still-functioning rock corrals that trap fish at low tide remain to be explored today.
Old volcanic rock flows extending out in to the sea make beautiful seascapes with the Pacific swells. Deserted beaches of white sand and coconut palms make you feel like you're in a scene from the movie South Pacific.
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19 Feb 2014
"Beautiful house, perfect hosts, lovely island"
Exactly the same feeling as the other comments posted here.The house is perfectly located, just a few meters from the sea, and (deserted) beaches are everywhere around the island so the most difficult… More
8 Oct 2013
We went during the WE to El Remanso with family and friends. The place is wonderful, the rooms are comfortable enough to fit our family of 4, with a great view from the balcony. Jennifer and Lee -our … More
Thank you for the wonderful review! You and your family are welcome back at any time.
19 Sep 2013
"Paradise found in Saboga!"
We're still fairly new to Panama and working our way down the “must see” list. The Las Perlas Islands are, of course, on the list and when we lost a reservation on Isla Contadora last weeken… More
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