My family (wife and 3 teenagers) have stayed at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and intimate B&Bs in Europe. We always find ourselves enjoying and remembering the local establishments over the bigger resorts. While I can understand why KoKo may not be for some people, all I can say is that we thoroughly loved the experience and it will be one of those places that we reminisce about years from now.
Take the time to read through the reviews and then you can determine if this place is for you. The following are my random comments
- Location - As stated in multiple reviews, you are embedded in a local neighborhood. To be completely honest, I was a little worried that I may have messed up the family vacation when the taxi dropped us off and pointed us down a path full of local kids. However, it doesn’t take long before you see past the comparison to the States and begin to revel in the environment. It was refreshing to see kids playing pickup soccer games that didn’t involve parent coaches.
- Cabins – Our cabin was clean and we loved it. You are not there for granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Throwing food scraps out the kitchen window for the fish is priceless.
- Safety – I never encountered one person or scenario that put me on edge. The coolest part of living just outside of the tourist zone is that no one ever tries to solicit you.
- Noise – In the mornings, there was a rooster that woke me up before I was ready. However, it is those experiences that I like to joke about at breakfast.
- Guests – We were fortunate enough to meet other friendly guests. I suspect that most people visiting are of a friendly nature.
- Jack and Lee – They could not have been better hosts. Jack is well connected and that really enhanced our stay. He can have a taxi waiting to take you to a far off beach in a matter of minutes. He knows locals with boats who will pick you up at the dock after breakfast and treat you to a fabulous day. We went snorkeling and visited some remote pristine beaches. In addition, my boat captain had a cooler of cold beers which was great after a snorkel.
- Trash – You will encounter some unsightly trash. While unfortunate, it can be a nice reminder that you are not at an artificial resort.
The bottom line is that my 3 teenage children want to come back for a longer visit and that is saying a lot for a place with no cable television.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 Minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koko Hotel Isla Colon
- Koko Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon