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Urraca Private Island Eco-Lodge

SuperhostBocas del Toro Province, Panama
Private room in island hosted by Francine
16+ guests6 bedrooms13 beds4.5 shared baths
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Urraca is the only adults-only hotel on a private island in Bocas del Toro. Our self-sufficient mangrove island is also home to the Monkey Island Foundation. We have 6 private bungalows for rent and a restaurant in site. We specialized in providing unique and unforgettable experiences. If you'd like to rent the entire private island (fits up to 24 people) please contact us to schedule your reservation.

No minimum stay required. $25 cleaning fee per room. Breakfast included. Guest must be +18

The space
We have 6 over the water bungalows on the island, 4 regular bungalows that fit two people, 1 honeymooner hut that fits two people, and 1 bungalow for grou that fits up to six people. All rooms are equipped with electric fans and semi orthopedic mattresses. There’s free WIFI everywhere on the island, and hot water in every indoor and outdoor shower. Rooms description:

- Our regular bungalows are for two people, but each can fit up to 2 additional guests for an extra fee. One of the regular bungalows comes with 2 twin beds and 1 double bed; while the remaining three come with 1 queen bed and 1 double bed. Two full bathrooms with hot water are located outside the rooms. Each bungalow has a private terrace, an outdoor freshwater shower with hot water and a deck overlooking the ocean. The sun rises right in front of these bungalows year-round.

- Our honeymooners hut fits two people, and is the ultimate accommodation to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, or romantic getaway with your significant other. This 2-floor hut includes a lounging area overlooking the mangroves, a private full bathroom with hot water, and the newest, most secluded private deck of the island with direct access to the ocean. Upstairs you will find a spacious closet, a rustic dressing table, and a queen bed. For an additional price we can arrange a romantic setup with a chilled bottle of champagne on your lounging area…perfect for proposals and romantic celebrations. No extra guests are allowed on the honeymooners hut

- Our spacious two-level bungalow for groups is perfect for parties of up to six people. It comes with 2 twin beds and 2 queen beds. On the first floor there’s a spacious ocean deck, a private full bathroom with hot water, and a lounging area with a bar and a swing over the water. The sleeping area is located on the second floor, and features spacious glass panel windows that provide sweeping views of the ocean and a very nice breeze throughout the day. The sun rises right in front of the family bungalow year-round.

Island description:

Set out at sea Urraca Private Island is located in the calmest, most pristine area of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama. Only 30 minutes away by boat from Isla Colon you will find this secluded paradise.

An adults-only eco lodge on a mangrove island with no actual land, where every structure is built on stilts over the water, connected by docks. Suspended over turquoise crystal clear waters, you will be able to spot amazing wildlife everywhere you turn. Our close proximity to mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs will allow you to easily explore different ecosystems.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the famous Zapatilla Cays, two idyllic islands located right in front of Urraca, and just minutes away by boat. Between Zapatilla Cays and our island there’s a barrier reef that provides us with calm waters, similar to a lagoon, but in the middle of the sea; this translates into mirror-like ocean reflections of beautiful sunrises and sunsets year round. At night the island is surrounded by bioluminescent waters under star-filled skies.

Francine, the French Canadian owner, built Urraca Private Island with a love for nature. She wishes to share her passion for the environment and the monkeys with those who come visit the island. She also wishes to give back to the land, and the native Ngäbe by providing jobs for them and letting them be a part of her dream. Her dream is to live a simple life with nothing other than her beloved monkeys, a plate of fresh lobster and a cold glass of rum.

Welcome to this amazing experience!

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There are multi-use decks perfect for sunbathing, yoga, reading, and more. A shallow natural pool with a volleyball net is the perfect place to end your day; in the afternoon currents of warm water will make you feel like you’re swimming in a climatized pool. There are multiple picturesque swings over the water throughout the island, and a hammock-therapy terrace with panoramic views located on the second floor of Urraca’s main bungalow. The dining area is also located in the main bungalow.

There’s an enclosed lobster garden where they’re kept alive and in the ocean until moments before dinner. If you’re up for the challenge, our team will teach you how and you can catch your own lobster by yourself. Straight ahead from the lobster garden is our sunset deck, where we offer massages during the day, and romantic dinners for 2 at night. It’s safe to swim and snorkel in all areas around the island. Make use of your complimentary snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and cayucos to explore our surroundings.

We are here to make sure your stay is as relaxing or adventurous as you’d like, and will do anything we can to meet your expectations. If you would like to explore other areas around Bocas del Toro we can schedule many tours, activities, and expeditions once you’re on the island.

Other things to note
- All guests must be over +18 years of age, no exceptions allowed. You should know that 12 rescued monkeys live permanently on the island, and some of them will be roaming freely on the island through the day. All the monkeys are healthy, have their vaccinations up to date, and are well habituated to interacting and being around people.

- Please let me know if you or anyone traveling with you has any food allergies or intolerance to specific ingredients. Keep in mind that fish and seafood are our specialties.

- If you or anyone traveling with you follows a vegan or vegetarian diet please let me know in advance so that I can offer many tasty & balanced vegetarian and vegan alternatives for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

- The cost of transportation is not included and will vary depending on how many people are coming on the boat on that day. You will be transported to Urraca by a very punctual & responsible boat captain, who will pick you up at the Restaurant "El Pirata" located in Calle 3ra, Isla Colon. Pick-up time: the boat departs from the restaurant El Pirata at 1:00pm. If you'd like to be picked up after 1:00pm there will be an extra fee set by the captain, and I need to be notified in advance. After check-out, the boat will depart from Urraca between 11:00am and 11:15am, so plan on arriving back at Isla Colon around noon (12:00pm approximately).

- Please note that check-in is at 2:00pm, and check-out is at 11:00am. Depending on our availability, you can request a late check-out for an additional fee; transportation costs will be higher for late check-outs. If you need to be in Isla Colon to catch a flight before noon, transportation costs will increase as well.

Price Includes:
- Tropical breakfast
- 10% tax and gratuities not included
Urraca is the only adults-only hotel on a private island in Bocas del Toro. Our self-sufficient mangrove island is also home to the Monkey Island Foundation. We have 6 private bungalows for rent and a restaurant in site. We specialized in providing unique and unforgettable experiences. If you'd like to rent the entire private island (fits up to 24 people) please contact us to schedule your reservation.

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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
2 queen beds, 2 single beds
Bedroom 6
1 queen bed

Amenities

Wi-Fi
Breakfast
Pool
Essentials
First aid kit
Lock on bedroom door
Fire extinguisher
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Set out at sea Urraca Private Island is located in the calmest, most pristine area of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama. Only 30 minutes away by boat from Isla Colon you will find this secluded paradise.

An adults-only eco lodge on a mangrove island with no actual land, where every structure is built on stilts over the water, connected by docks. Suspended over turquoise crystal clear waters, you will be able to spot amazing wildlife everywhere you turn. Our close proximity to mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs will allow you to easily explore different ecosystems.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the famous Zapatilla Cays, two idyllic islands located right in front of Urraca, and just minutes away by boat. Between Zapatilla Cays and our island there’s a barrier reef that provides us with calm waters, similar to a lagoon, but in the middle of the sea; this translates into mirror-like ocean reflections of beautiful sunrises and sunsets year round. At night the island is surrounded by bioluminescent waters under star-filled skies.
Set out at sea Urraca Private Island is located in the calmest, most pristine area of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama. Only 30 minutes away by boat from Isla Colon you…

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Joined in May 2013
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Of passionate, positive and determinate, Francine has a course off the beaten track. At the age of 49, she reviews her life. Too much stress, work, as many, her has madman's rhythm in urban zones, As many, she dreams about one somewhere else of a sailboat in the Caribbean...but as few, she gives her the means to realize its dream.  She listens to her intuition " finding herself she even but also surpassing herself " She learn to go beyond her limits and beyond her fears with the same determination to say himself " I am able " She begins by navigating 6 months a year, only, then wishes to make share the passion of the sail, of the sea and the Caribbean by making of the charter … From 2000 till 2005, it is one of the first women captain of sailboat alone. She discovers the Caribbean islands up and down, from east to west. From an adventure to the other one, as many, Dream Francine to learn Spanish, but as little, she gives the means to go to study several months in Honduras and in Ecuador … We are in 2005, a murderous year caused by Hurricanes, the adventuress wishes to investigate farther quiet waters … While arriving at Bocas Del Toro to the Panama, Francine to cast anchor and in every sense of the word. The loving sailor of the journeys and the discovery finds its Paradise. A soft mixture of exoticism, the heat of the local population, the wild aspect of these islands of Mangrove, the energy which loosens this region seduced him … From an adventure to the other one, Francine dreams about an island, she is lucky to be at the right place at the right time, because she buys some in one affordable and quits prices definitively Quebec But if we take out the sailor of its boat, we do not take out the sea of the sailor, to make a transition gently, it makes build its on piles house, with local materials and traditional architecture. Even there, Francine wishes to make share this passion for the environment, the Indian Ngöbe community, but we do not make a charter flight with an house over water. Never mind, provided with a rule and with a marked out in squares sheet, she draws Eco Lodge with 4 bungalow on her most beautiful island. Plunged in the heart of a Mangrove with a natural swimming pool, the drawing of Francine takes shape. While respecting the nature, its Lodge so becomes integrated that we would say that it went out of waters of itselfé Inspired by the Ngöbe knowledge, Urraca is a harbour of serenity, or we float between sky and sea. Determinedly and its small boat, Francine makes hundreds of routes to bring of Bocas to Urraca, water tanks, plumbing, freezers, mattress … Of explorer, Francine chose of being Robinson, who wishes to transmit a return to the source, the history of the natives, the local products … For Francine, it is not enough to dream its life, it is necessary to realize its dreams transmit what Ngöbes taught her, to be happy with not much a spiny lobster and a glass of rum
Of passionate, positive and determinate, Francine has a course off the beaten track. At the age of 49, she reviews her life. Too much stress, work, as many, her has madman's rhythm…
During your stay
We have a restaurant on the island where you can purchase lunch, dinner, drinks, and cocktails (breakfast is included in the price of your stay)

I will always be available during your stay to help you choose and schedule tours and activities. My team and I will go above and beyond to ensure every moment of your vacation meets your expectations. I look forward to meeting you and helping you discover all the beauty that this unique region of Panama has to offer.
We have a restaurant on the island where you can purchase lunch, dinner, drinks, and cocktails (breakfast is included in the price of your stay)

I will always be availab…
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
Safety & Property
No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm

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