Eco-tourists. Wildlife lovers. Underwater explorers.
Monkeys, fresh lobster and a cold glass of rum. Nature at your doorstep. Seeing coral from your porch during the day and bio-luminescent plankton at night.
December to August. Avoid October and November, because of high precipitation.
Urraca Private Island is a magical ecolodge on a small mangrove island, 30 minutes away from Bocas del Toro, Panama. As you arrive, you will be greeted by the island's owner Francine, as well as a gang of friendly monkeys - the main residents of the island, along with Quiso, the kinkajou.
There are 5 bungalows, connected by wooden paths with nothing but water below your feet. Each bungalow has a private patio and an outdoor shower. Relax on the dock or on one of the hammocks and watch the distant blue horizon and the uninhabited Cayos Zapatilla Islands.
Water lovers will enjoy snorkeling above the rich coral reef or kayaking around the island in local cayucos. Do a day trip and see what Bocas del Toro has to offer. End the day by watching the magical bio-luminescent waters.
Catch of the day.
Take a domestic flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro International Airport. Urraca Private Island is a 30 minute boat ride from Bocas del Toro, and the transportation can be arranged with the hotel.
Everything on the island is powered by solar panels and all the water comes from a rainwater collection system. Francine also works with and provides jobs for the native Ngobe people.
*Photos property of Urraca Private Island.