The Hummingbird

The Hummingbird

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Our Bungalow Rooms have king sized orthopedic beds, high speed Hunter fans, private commode, waterfall showers and private patios
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#1 of 4 B&Bs in Bluff Beach
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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The Hummingbird is a small, boutique, 6-room bed & breakfast situated on Bluff Beach, a 7km unspoiled beach. With a rainforest backdrop our property consists of 2 detached bungalows, each with 2 individual suites. There are also 2 rooms situated on the ground floor of the owner's house. With touches of luxury throughout, all rooms have a private deck/patio overlooking the ocean and gardens. The restaurant is open Monday - Friday 4 - 6 for Happy Hour and then 6 -8:30 for dinner. On Saturday we have an Argentinean BBQ starting at 2 - 8.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Massage
Adults only
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Safe
Refrigerator
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Seating area
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

Bluff Beach, Isla Colon Panama
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 51 out of 100
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Bocas Del Toro Airport
Changuinola Airport
23.1 km
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Andrew D wrote a review Feb 2020
Glenview, Illinois1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I found this to be the perfect getaway in Bocas. The owners deliver a first class experience in a very remote setting. We found them to be incredibly accommodating across all aspects of your stay. Examples include fresh double-filtered carafes of chilled water on demand, a cooler for tours, vetting tour vendors, and handling taxis and other bookings and more. Furthermore, the hummingbird is a newer, open air, tropical resort located in the jungle on a beautiful and secluded beach. The layout and format of the accomodations were impressive. Best of all, the restaurant was led by experienced culinary professionals and staffed with passionate locals who make great cocktails and deliver a menu that rivals that of top urban establishments, but at very reasonable prices, and in an incredible setting. We rarely stay at same place twice, but we plan to make an exception for this one.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MorrisonTravelers wrote a review Feb 2020
Morrison18 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a treat to meet Gary and Betsy-they made our stay spectacular. Gary's garden was an amazing sight attracting many wonderful birds, frogs and butterflies. The care in his plant and shrubbery selections and their placement with the existing trees and foliage creates a magical and serene surrounding.

The dining and breakfasts are terrific. Dinner was outstanding and the portions were more than generous. The Brazilian barbeque on Saturday night is not to be missed.

The rooms are modern, spacious and tastefully designed. You can hear the ocean and birds while enjoying temperate breezes from the ocean in front and tropical forest behind. Everything looks brand new.

The property is quiet and safe near the end of the road, about 20 minutes north of Bocas via a $15 taxi.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Melinda Barber wrote a review Aug 2021
Huntington Beach, California6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pictures don't do this space justice. This was my first stay at an ecolodge and it did not disappoint! t's so beautiful and relaxing. You can hear the the ocean and the jungle. They've created the perfect little oasis where you can indulge in butterflies, geckos, howler monkeys in the am, a flourishing ecosystem in the garden. Yet no mosquitos!!! Huge win! The rooms are open and the ceiling fans keep them surprisingly cool. The food was amazing! My bf and I had fresh snook for the first time! It was so great. Gary and Betsey are awesome! They sent a taxi to pick us up. It was our anniversary and they had chilled champagne waiting in our room upon our arrival. They were both so helpful. If there's something you need, Or you have any questions, ask! Betsey can likely make it happen. They had everything you could need. Lounge chairs, sunscreen, umbrellas, I was so bummed to learn they even had yoga mats at the end of our stay. We fell in love with Bocas our first day because of the Hummingbird. The hospitality, the locals who stopped in for some dinner or a cocktail. Such good energy, good people...I can't speak highly enough about how magical it is. Betsey even came knocking at our door one night, to tell us there was a turtle out front laying eggs in the sand on the road. Then they went out to make sure it went back onto the beach, so it could lay eggs safely. Such a great experience. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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CR2015BXL wrote a review Jan 2022
Brussels, Belgium1,507 contribution198 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent 5 nights here in December 2021. The hosts, a UK-US couple, are very kind. The room was basic but nice and clean. Really liked the comfortable bed. The delicious breakfast had some variety every day but it was also not a lot to eat. Cleanliness of the public toilets, tables and chairs must clearly be improved – and I am not only writing this because of Corona. The toilet lid in my own bathroom was loose the whole time. Bed linen was only exchanged once – you sweat a lot here. The garden and plants are beautiful but should be better maintained & taken care of.

There are a few things you should be aware here:

(a) It is absolutely not possible to swim at this beach. In fact, it is very dangerous due to the extremely strong currents. This is a pity and I was not aware as my travel agency did not inform me about this. Apparently there are really beautiful beaches for swimming on this island.
(b) What I found outrageous was that for solo travelers still the full price for 2 guests is charged here – and it is not a cheap place, in fact it is quite expensive – there are places for 1/3 the price nearby. So I paid for 2 people but was alone here. Don’t understand this mentality.
(c) The drive from/to the airport is already an adventure as the cars can at max. only drive 20km/h. Not a good road, at least they pretend (!) to care about the nature – but throw trash out even while I was in the car. Drivers were not nice/welcoming. Should be thankful that tourists are coming in these difficult times.
(d) As the rooms are basically open and located close to the beach it was very difficult to sleep in the night because it does rain heavily and the huge waves are very noisy. This is nice during the day but it was an issue during the night.

The location is very remote, but this is what I liked a lot. A great place to relax, read a book and walk on the empty beach. But 5 days are also more than enough here. Hope my review helps.

Will write about the food (dinner) on the page for the restaurant.
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Date of stay: December 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Elizabeth wrote a review Feb 2021
Panama City, Panama8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I personally did not stay here but I spent so much time here the first week or two of our stay that I should have ! We had friends staying so every day after the beach we’d end up back at the pool, having the most delicious cocktails that spilled over into Dinner, which you can’t pass up. The food is amazing the atmosphere is insanely gorgeous and completely surrounded by hummingbirds ( if you didn’t guess by the name). But I really wanted to write this review because Betsy and Gary who own this perfect slice of paradise are just the coolest and kindest people you will meet ! They are so hospitable & they created something so beautiful, you can genuinely tell that they love what they do ! also they were always the first ones to point out all the amazing wildlife that flocks to their property!
You guys rock & hopefully we will be back soon!
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Date of stay: February 2021
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andy.karla wrote a review Feb 2024
Ottawa, Canada1,515 contribution534 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Call this gem located just a short 25-minute drive out of the main Boca town a B & B or a Boutique hotel, it makes no difference – They are the real deal and an absolute pleasure to spend a week or a weekend mini break as we did!

From the family dog who welcomes all visitors to Gary and Betsy who are the epitome of hospitality, our stay in the comfortable balcony room, to the bar and restaurant are all in sync creating the optimal guest experience!

Our eco ocean breeze cooled room was quiet and comfortable allowing us to fall asleep nightly to the sounds of the ocean. The balcony swing is the most comfortable seat in the house. However to keep couple harmony a 2nd swing would be a perk!

Our stay coincided with Saturday BBQ which was popular and we would enjoy a delicious Lobster meal after a happy hour with fellow guests around the bar!

Lucky us we did manage a swim in the Ocean hitting one of those rare days that it was deemed safe visually and by the Gary the resort meteorologist!

A massage by Maria is a defo – Her therapeutic skills performed on the 3rd floor balcony of the main house overlooking the ocean may just correct a decades long affliction or provide a relaxing massage as was the case with each of us having different requirements – Weeks later we are still enjoying the benefits!

Should our paths encounter a return to the island we are salivating at the thought of another visit to this delightful property. Thanks to all the staffs who made our stay extra special. Cheers – You all rock!
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Björn S wrote a review Jun 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, you enjoy listening to the crashing waves and you have an appreciation for nature’s beauty as well as animals the Hummingbird is just for you. Just 25 minutes outside of Bocas Town you will be greeted by the most welcoming hosts you could ask for - Betsy, Gary and Osa (sweet rescue dog). The hosts help with organizing excursions in Bocas del Toro or you can enjoy the amazing, off-the-grid property by hanging out at the pool, reading a book in the hammock under the gazebo or enjoying a relaxing massage. My wife and I stayed for four nights and can only highly recommend to stay at the Hummingbird when traveling to Bocas del Toro.
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andrea wrote a review Mar 2020
Whitley, United Kingdom19 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 5 nights on our 10 night visit to Panama.
It is about 25 minutes drive from the airport, the last 15 minutes was very bumpy but beautiful scenery. Greeted on arrival by Gary and Betsy who were wonderful hosts during our stay. The bungalows are very comfortable and an enormous amount of attention to detail has gone into the design. They are located in stunning gardens, which have again been planned to maximise the wildlife. There is a fantastic long beach on your doorstep, with huge waves which attract the surfers, and we enjoyed walking along and watching them in action. It also has a lovely pool with areas in the sun and shade, perfect for relaxing.
There is lots of lovely walks directly outside, both through jungle and to secluded beach coves. The breakfast is excellent. We ate at the hotel a couple of nights and also other restaurants nearby, all serving wonderful food.
We would highly recommend anyone to stay at The Hummingbird.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NikkiSmileBud wrote a review Mar 2023
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It took me a while to write this review, because I wanted to be thorough about my feedback. We stayed at The Hummingbird on Bluff Beach in Bocas del Toro for 5 days towards the end of October. Since we were there upwards of 4 days, transit from the airport to the boutique lodging was provided to us free of charge. The road coming in is rough, it is unpaved, and can be a bit bumpy. When we arrived, we found the lodging to be pleasant, peaceful, and immersed in nature. The room was clean, there was plenty of hot water, a fridge, and filtered drinking water provided daily. The gardens catered to the natural environment, welcoming many birds, butterflies, and insects onto the property.

Although we did not swim in it, the pool was lovely, very clean, and a good temperature. Since the rough surf on bluff beach makes it more ideal for sound bathing, walking, shelling, wildlife viewing, and stargazing in the evenings, the pool would be a welcome respite for those wishing to swim.

The owners, Betsy and Gary were very accommodating, but not smothering. They arranged activities and transit for us on several occasions. We also had our laundry done and the he price was reasonable. We dropped our basket off in the morning, and collected it in the restaurant with no issue in the afternoon.

The staff was phenomenal, as was their restaurant greeter, Osa who was always there with a cheerful demeanor. The restaurant itself featured a daily fixed breakfast menu with your stay, which we found quite tasty, and had quite a few delicious options for dinner. . The restaurant also housed many maps, tourism guides, and books on the various wildlife. We saw so many animals on site, including many species of hummingbirds, agouti, bats which roosted on the patio of our room, and montezuma oroprendole.

If you love nature, light pampering from very accommodating and knowledgeable hosts, peace with the exception of chirping hummingbirds and lapping waves, all in incredible isolated accommodations, this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sussexrowmark wrote a review Jan 2023
Rye, United Kingdom501 contributions222 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had high hopes for The Hummingbird before we arrived but in fact these were exceeded. A truly lovely place. Betsy and Gary achieve an environment that feels informal while being very well run. Our room with terrace overlooked the pretty pool and garden full of brightly coloured birds. A big comfortable bed and showers that were always hot. The food was excellent. It caters for vegetarians as much as for meat eaters. There was a safe and a small fridge. The information in the room - missing in other places we have stayed - was detailed and helpful.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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685inky66 asked a question Mar 2024
London, United Kingdom246 contributions29 helpful votes
Are the gardens large for wandering about and birdwatching?
Erin S wrote a tip Feb 2024
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Utilize Betsy and Gary's concierge service and local knowledge. Get yourself a massage while there."
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Jennifer G wrote a tip Nov 2023
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check out the nearby bars/restaurants! Hummingbird is the best, but provides some variety! Definitely hop on a bus to explore other areas! "
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Winston D wrote a tip Apr 2023
Saskatoon, Canada108 contributions59 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a secluded, quiet property so travelers should plan accordingly. If choosing to swim be aware of the real dangers of the riptides."
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Riaan G wrote a tip Jan 2023
Johannesburg16 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any of the four pool facing rooms"
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Scott P wrote a tip Jan 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Except for size, the rooms are largely similar (a couple can accommodate more people)"
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PRICE RANGE
C$246 - C$247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PanamaBocas del Toro ProvinceIsla ColonBluff Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Hummingbird
Which popular attractions are close to The Hummingbird?
Nearby attractions include Playa Bluff (1.2 km), Gypsy Travel Panama (7.0 km), and Enigma Bocas (6.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Hummingbird?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Hummingbird?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a dining area, and a pool view.
What food & drink options are available at The Hummingbird?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Hummingbird?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Hummingbird?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arboloco, The View at Oasis, and Leaf Eaters Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Hummingbird?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Hummingbird have airport transportation?
Yes, The Hummingbird offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Hummingbird?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does The Hummingbird have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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