Red Frog Beach Island Resort on Bastimentos Island in Panama’s Bocas del Toro Archipelago is a magnificent picture of nature at its finest.
It’s everything a resort in the Caribbean should be: A tropical oasis surrounded by a rainforest where sloths, monkeys, birds and red frogs play. It exudes privacy, yet it’s only a 15-minute water taxi ride through mangroves from Bocas Town.
Arranged around paved and unpaved roads, perfect for walking or exploring with a rented golf cart, the resort echoes the 20 square-mile island itself — lush, populated with unique ecology, fringed by pristine beaches and clear seas where the snorkeling is simply fabulous. The property lets guests swim with sunfish in coral beds and soak in striking Caribbean views while experiencing a climate that averages 82 degrees year-round in a paradise that sits within a hurricane-free zone.
A mixture of modern community and natural playground, the sustainable property weaves together an island community that shares socially responsible values, bringing together nature and people, while reducing the intensity of its environmental footprint. Red Frog Beach Island Resort is committed to preserving 80% of its diverse nature forever, more than 1,500 acres with five miles of Caribbean Sea beachfront, and, notably, the only Green Globe-certified property in in Panama to receive accreditation three years in a row.
The resort boasts a beach club, full spa, a market, marina and overnight accommodations that range from traditional hotel rooms to lodges and villas.
The white sand of Turtle Beach frames La Rosa Beach Club, serving authentic local cuisine and offering an Instagram-worthy waterfall that flows into the resort’s infinity pool. Nearby, a deep-water marina experiences a minimal tidal change and is beautified by the Marina Village’s gardens and rainforest.
Another rainforest is the setting for thrills at the Bastimentos Sky Zipline Canopy Tour, and if you’ve never ziplined a Caribbean canopy, you’re in for a thrill. Guests can clip in and ascend stairways to platforms and experience the rush and freedom of gliding through the air among the treetops with the birds and monkeys.
Other activities, which can be booked through the resort concierge, include boat excursions for dolphin watching, snorkeling trips, and visits to Playa Estrella where the starfish are plentiful. Once back at the resort, guests can unwind at El Susurro Spa, seamlessly hidden in a lush rainforest valley where large morpho butterflies flutter and the sounds of cascading water soothes you into your comfort zone.
Rates for this experience range from $279 per night for a one-bedroom Jungle Lodge Jungle View to $979 for a six-bedroom Villa Ocean View, so bring the whole family.
For more information and reservations for Red Frog Beach Island Resort visit the website at redfrogbeach.com.