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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This is second time I came to "The CosmicCrab", excellent place to be peaceful , very friendly staff. Healthy and delicious breakfast. I use the kayak on my last day at the hotel to get a view of the neighborhood. The owners are wonderful person. Thanks Jhoan!!!

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This place has to be seen to be believed. I've stayed here several times and will be back for the cool accommodation, stunning setting and location and the best home cooked food and fresh sea food in the area. They also have about 100 different type of cocktails too, which are to die for too. I'll be going back to...

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

We stayed at Careening Cay Resort for 6 nights. We were a bit late getting in but the owners and staff were more than accommodating. The owners, Steve and Joan, were very helpful in giving us info on the area and things to do. We had an over water cabin and it was perfect for our stay. People should keep...

Thank Jeffrey R
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed at the Careening Cay Resort for three days. I was really looking forward to it, as I saw the pictures on the Internet. It is a very nice Resort with lovely bungalows (seaside and countryside). They also have a restaurant, which offers fantastic food and the waiters / waitresses were also very nice. BUT sleeping there was DEFINITELY...

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JoanCrabtree, Owner at Cosmic Crab Resort, responded to this review

I am so sorry that your experience in Bocas was affected by your allergic reaction to the Chitras AKA Sand Flies or No Seeums. Different body chemistries produce different reactions. Unfortunately, yours was more severe, And yes for some, it is very itchy and uncomfortable. Dusk/early evening is the worst time of day for bites, and given that it takes...

Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We start the trip with a very good welcome, so great. Very nice place, comfortable, perfect for family or couple. Clean and spacious. The owners and the stuff always asking if you are ok. The bar is very good, the food and the drinks. Highly recommended 👌🏼

Thank Flor S
Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Reviewed 9 May 2016

We stayed here for my husband's birthday and had an awesome time. The grounds are full of pretty jungle flowers, it's right over the water (and hence much breezier and cooler than it is in town), you can swim right out front, and the location is perfect (quick $1 water taxi to town, but far enough away to avoid the...

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Arvada, Colorado
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Welcoming is the word. We flew into Bocas del Toro airport then took a $1/person water taxi to Careening Cay Resort. From the water, you can see the charming, pale blue, over-the-water cabinas. Victoria welcomed us with a beverage from the Cosmic Crab restaurant which is located in front of the property. There, we found an oasis where families and...

Thank katbonfiglio
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Wonderful little cabin over the sea. Clean and practical with good beds. Aircondition and nice big shower. The staff and were helpful and very friendly and strecht the service every day. We had a wonderful time and this place will absolutely be our first choice to stay next time we go to Bocas.

Thank ChrMal
Salem, Oregon
Reviewed 29 February 2016

Driving 31/2 hours from Boquete and taking two water taxis….is it worth it? Definitely! This well kept and well managed resort is lovely. You can stay at a little green and purple cottage on stilts over the water or in a garden cottage. They are clean and attractive. There is hot water in the showers and the bed is comfortable....

Thank Karen H
Sonoma County
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Over-water bungalow with breakfast for under $100. is absolutely amazing. We had a great time in Bocas and the staff at Careening Cay really helped to make a memorable trip. The food at the Cosmic Crab is fresh, delicious and plentiful. We were there during Carnival and the partying could keep you up with loud music, but the answer is...

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CosmicCrab, Guest Relations Manager at Cosmic Crab Resort, responded to this review

You guys were an absolute joy and I'm so glad you joined us at the Cosmic Crab! Thanks for the great review and I hope to see you in Santa Rosa! :-) --Victoria

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our waterfront paradise is on the island, Isla Carenero. The resort now encompasses 6 1/2 acres of lush, tropical landscaping and over 600 feet of waterfront. Our backyard is verdant rain forest. We sit on a point facing west, which captures the refreshing Caribbean breeze and offers up fabulous sunsets. We are just a two minute boat ride across the bay to Bocas Town. We enjoy the convenience of close proximity to town, yet are removed from the hub hub, noise, pavement, cars and heat, while on our own tropical island.The resort is peaceful and quiet. We have hummingbird feeders throughout. Many different birds, including parrots can be heard singing and conversing in the trees. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cosmic Crab Resort

Address: Carenero Island, Panama (Formerly Careening Cay Resort)
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Carenero Island
Price Range: $59 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Careening Cay Hotel Carenero Island
Cosmic Crab Resort Panama/Carenero Island, Bocas Del Toro
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“The rooms over the water are very small.”
  • View from the restraurant out into the bay.
  • This a view from Cosmic Crab looking at the town of Bocas
  • This is the cabana we stayed in has air conditioning and is quiet
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 of 5 bubbles LindaB1947, 1 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Cabins not on the water are spacious and very comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles katbonfiglio, 21 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Your choice, out over the water where you may here early morning boat traffic or in a garden cottage which may be quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles W2941BDkarenh, 29 Feb 2016 | Read review
“If you love the water, choose an over the water cabina. The water is so clear you just might get a glimpse of a starfish.”
  • Great drinks and great view.
  • Over the water cabinas at night
  • Sunsets and tasty dinner
 of 5 bubbles 39jenna, 25 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Economy room is small, but adequate. If you need space rent one of the larger ones”
 of 5 bubbles go4fun66, 15 Mar 2015 | Read review
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