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My sister and I loved our relaxing stay in the cabin with its beautiful surroundings and clear water. Leo was always willing to help make our stay special, and take us to different places on the boat. He also introduced us to delicious local fruits which we had never tried before. The kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment were a big plus. All in all, a great experience!
Awesome location and perfect service! However we were not very lucky with the weather (windy and rainy) we had a wonderful time. Leo showed us around at the farm; fresh tropical fruits tasten very good!
Amazing travel experience! Leo, the caretaker for the property, picked us up right at our private dock in Bocas. Spectacular views. Excellent for SUPing. Good for snorkeling. Perfect outdoor kitchen if you bring groceries from Bocas. Don't forget to dive head first from the roof top diving board.
From the moment I contacted the people at this magical reef cabin (it was Lazare who did all the corresponding) I felt welcome and cared for. Very prompt and considered responses to all my questions, and I was even accommodated without problem to change my dates when something came up at home. Lazare, a personal thank you for all your help and kindness. You helped make my trip a very special one. As for the place, WOW. It was a dream come true, staying in a cozy loft above a crystal clear body of water, not another soul around other than Leo the caretaker, his wife, and his adorable son. The kitchen was amazing, stocked with any extras you may need, and the shower was fresh and always had water available when you needed to rinse off. As for the bugs, they can be a bother for some people, but as per Lazare's suggestion a 5% neem oil to coconut oil mixture helped keep the no-see-ums away. Besides, the bugs are only during short periods of the day, and diving into the warm water helps if they are making you crazy. Take a walk in the jungle with Leo, see sloths and iguanas, drink fresh coconut water. Take the kayaks out for a spin, snorkel along the subtle yet colourful reef. I do suggest snorkeling deeper into the mangroves, the sights are hauntingly beautiful.
We will be back! Thanks Lazare, Leo, and Esther
Honestly, this place is absolutely Amazing. My girlfriend and I went and we weren't disappointed at all. We had such a good time beautiful view every single day. I was disappointed that we didn't catch as much fish, but that's about it. Leo made our trip worth while, he was absolutely the best. He would come down every single day to give us fresh coconut almost everyday and even took us on a tour around the property and got us guanabana. The whole experience was fantastic. I would go back if I could. Thanks, Lazare, and Ulrich, but most of all thank you Leo. For making it a fantastic time for my significant other and I.
This place easily fulfilled a bucket list item. It was the ultimate rustic/luxury camping experience. Right below your feet is one of the most pristine fringing coral reefs I have ever been on with magical bioluminescent activity at night. We had fabulous coffee every morning watching the sun rise over the surrounding rainforest (when it didn't rain). Leo was a wonderful host and made sure we had everything we needed including a thoughtful delivery of fresh coconuts for us to drink. He took us in his boat to a great local restaurant and drove us around the bay to see dolphins. His English is very good and he helped us understand some of the local fare. The three of us were very comfortable and everything we needed was provided including cook stove/utensils, fresh water, food storage area so the geckos didn't get into things, comfortable beds with mosquito netting, and a super friendly dog named Captain. We all talked about how we could get back again some day.
What can I say?! The tropical reef cabin was a little slice of heaven. Four of us stayed at the cabin on the water for 5 days and have only great things to say about our stay.
Communication with Lazarre throughout our stay was great (unfortunately we did not get to actually meet). Leo, the caretaker picked us up from the airport, quickly aquatinted us with Bocas town allowing us to grab a few groceries from a fresh market and some necessities from a local convenience store. Leo then boated us to Isla Cristobal to our amazing place on the water. We met up with Leo here and there for boat rides to Almirante and the pizza place across the way. He was also available for anything we needed including fresh coconuts and a trek through the nature trails.
As for the cabin itself... All four of us love to cook and we had every amenity you could think of. You must bring all your own groceries as this is a completely self catered place. There were almost too many things to keep us busy that we couldn't decide on what to do next. Snorkelling, kayaks, stand-up paddle, jumping off the diving board, lounging in hammocks, hikes, swings.... I could go on. For being so remote, we were never once bored.
This place IS for the adventurous type. Both beds are located at the top of the cabin and you must climb a ladder to get up and down (part of the fun for us). The shower is a rain shower... cold and refreshing. The toilet is a small walk away into the woods, but completely enclosed and safe. The only slightly negative thing you could say (which should be expected in nature) is the tiny little chitras (itty bitty biting bugs) will get you. I was the only diligent one with my bug spray and was comfortable the whole time...the others got a bunch of little itchy bites. Although I would get eaten alive any day to stay at this place again!
To sum up... All of us agreed that we would most definitely return. The experience was like nothing we have ever had. We made friends with the couple renting out the hill house for a longer term. Leo and his family were so very friendly and accommodating. Capitan the dog is practically the owner of the cabin whom we fell in love with and he made us feel safe. I could go on and on describing our fun... But you should make your own memories. Rent and enjoy! Thanks Lizarre & Ulrich.
We absolutely loved our time at the reef cabin! The cabin is beautiful, even better than the pics I would say, and has everything you need. Make sure you bring plenty of food and drink as trips to the mainland are pretty pricey. The supermarkets don't have loads of options but buy plenty of stuff for BBQs, pasta etc. There's a gourmet store on the left side of Bocas so try to go there first as it's better than the larger supermarkets.
We are three females and were VERY apprehensive about the bug/cockroach situation mentioned in other listings. I'm not sure whether the reviews were exaggerated or whether we were lucky but I cannot emphasise enough how few bugs we encountered! It was not a problem in the slightest so don't let that put you off. Lizards are the main pests here, and even then they're rather charming so not really pests at all. We did see a few cockroaches on the final evening but it really wasn't that bad.
Leo the caretaker is amazing - he went out of his way to make sure we were ok, and did little things like bring us fresh coconuts daily which we thought was a nice touch. Trips to the mainland are $50 each way (unless he's going anyway in which case he won't charge you), but if you're wanting a night out you're looking at $100 as he has to make two trips which is fair enough. Leo did this for us on New Year's Eve which was amazingly kind! One time he also stopped for a while in dolphin bay to let us watch the dolphins.
Quite a few of the guests mentioned they thought they'd booked the entire cabin and didn't realise the kitchen and dock area was shared. It is a shame it's not more private but this is clearly outlined in the listing. We tried to book both rooms to have more privacy but it was already booked out, and it turned out to be perfectly fine as the other couple was lovely so don't let that put you off.
The only down side to the cabin is that the toilet is quite far away which makes it pretty scary in the dark hours! But as it's a compost toilet it makes sense to position it well away from the cabin.
I would 100% recommend the cabin, it's a truly memorable place to stay!
How can I begin to explain how fantastically magical this place is? My friend and I spent 4 days (not nearly long enough) in the reef cabin and it could easily be one of the top 5 places I've ever stayed in the world.
The listing does a great job of explaining the setup of the cabin...it is a rustic stay for someone that enjoys a natural setting. I was pleasantly surprised with how fully functioning and stocked the kitchen was...a good sized fridge, oven with 4-burner stove and every pot, pan, dish, utensil and spice you could possibly need. The compost toilet was closer than I had thought it would be and was quite clean and nice for what it was. (Tip: Head to the toilet in the dark without a flashlight and you'll find some beautifully inspiring words to illuminate your path. Lovely touch!) Are there bugs and geckos? Yes, of course there are. But that's to be expected for a stay in the jungle and I actually didn't find them to be all that bad.
We were in the larger room over the kitchen which was spacious with a huge and comfy bed. We were lucky that no one was staying in the other room, so we had the cabin to ourselves during our entire stay. But guests should know that the common areas are shared for both rooms in the cabin, as well as the hill house. During our stay there was a great couple staying in the hill house, though they only came down once to enjoy the sundeck. They were lovely and we had a great time chatting and doing jumps off the diving board with them.
We had every intension of going out and exploring neighboring areas, restaurants, tours, etc. but we just couldn't tear ourselves away from our very own perfect little paradise. I heard that the pizza spot just across the way was really good, but we just cooked all our own meals each day.
Lazare was supremely responsive and helpful leading up to our stay and I was sad that he and Jody were unable to be there during our stay. However, Leo was incredibly sweet and was a fantastic host! He stopped by daily to check on us and see if we needed anything or had any questions. He was nice enough to take us on a hike through property, showing us sloths and cutting fresh coconuts for us to drink. The work he's done to clear areas of the property and plant various fruit trees is incredible.
I should mention that there is someone that lives at the cabin and his name is Capitan...he is the greatest dog ever! So sweet and ever the loyal companion. I miss him dearly.
I can only hope that my travels will bring me back to this splendid piece of paradise! Thank you, Lazare & Leo...please give Capitan a hug for me!
We just got done staying at the Reef Cabin for six days and had a fantastic time. I’d like to mention a few things for future visitors in hopes that they can have as great of an experience as we did. Warning: you will fall in love with this place. But before you do, consider the following. We (a family of 3) rented both rooms at the Reef Cabin for six days while another couple rented the entire Hill House for four months. I point this out because the Reef Cabin is essentially two different elevated rooms with a shared deck, kitchen & rain water shower. Because we rented both rooms, essentially we had the place to ourselves. One of the people from the hill house would come down once a day and use the paddle board or kayak, otherwise we did not see anyone else other than the wonderful Caretaker Leo and the local companion/protector dog named Captain. Here’s why this is significant: if we only had a party of two and there was another party of two at the other room in the cabin and a larger group up at the hill house that wanted to swim all day like we did, our experience would have been much different. I would have felt like I was camping with strangers. Party of 2? Get both rooms. Worth it. Don’t get me wrong, I like people, but I love solitude on vacation even more. So, consider the above when renting this space, we probably had the best scenario possible. Your mileage may vary. We’ve traveled all over the world and the Bocas Reef Cabin will rank in the top 5. This place is ideal for a small family or group that has a solid camping or “roughing it” background. If you’re that person this place will be luxury camping, possibly heaven. If you’re not used to wearing bug spray, using an outdoor toilet, or hanging out with a friendly dog you might not be the ideal candidate for this incredible place. Yes, there’s insects (sandflies, geckos, ants, etc) because this IS the jungle. But if you’re an experienced camper they won’t even bother you. You'll be too distracted by the beauty of the place. Before we arrived at the Reef Cabin I had multiple excursions planned (dolphin sighing, wildlife spotting, snorkeling, restaurants in town) but this location is so incredible that we did not have to leave the property to do any of them. The Dolphins swam right in front of the cabin as I was sitting on the 2nd story diving board, the sloths are only a few minutes into the jungle and the coral reef under the cabin is a home to many different kinds of fish, plants and animals. It’s so well equipped with adventure gear to explore (snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boards) and a kitchen with every pot, pan and spice you'll need that we spent leisurely days snorkeling, swimming, watching the wildlife and cooking our...
He is such an humour person,so much fun talking with him.He is such a smart and knowledgable guy, once i dont know anything, he could show me the information in a minute. Please ask him to share his adventurous stories when you meet him
Ulrich was a great guest and personable/easy to get along with. Left the room tidy and was respectful of the apartment.
Definitely recommend him as a guest.
It was a really funny meeting ...when Ulrich checking in our house. He was coming with electric unicycle!! And his friend,Lisa is a beautiful and nice person. They are used to traveling and very easy going, happy to sheare our place with him. I wanted speak more with them!
I've known Ulrich for many years and he is a fantastic friend and a really great host. He attracts really amazing people around him and you can be sure to meet some of the most intelligent, interesting, and all-around world class people you have ever met whenever he is around. The settings he chooses -- from a ship to a jungle home to -- well, whatever comes next! -- are guaranteed to be as well-appointed as they are unique. Staying at one of Ulrich's places will be a life-changing experience. Do NOT miss!
Jessica is a super friendly, smart, and talented lady who lives on a big icelandic ferry. Ask her about social entrepreneurship!
Jessica is awesome. And the ship is awesome.
And being the captain's gf, I've spent lots of time in the captain's cabin, and can attest to its awesomeness. Especially since I decorated it.
The ship is ridiculously awesome. Be sure to get a tour of the engine room.
Ulrich, one of the guys on this ship, was my housemate for 6 months. He's a fantastic guy, and you'll meet all sorts of wonderful entrepreneurial and creative souls who are that rare combination of being both exciting people who will intellectually challenge you and mature enough to pick up their socks after themselves. The boat is beautiful. As an engineer, I love seeing all the working parts of this retrofitted Norwegian icebreaker, and the views are fantastic. If I lived in San Francisco, I would definitely want to live on the Maritol.