Overwater bungalow resorts in Panama

We are constantly asked if there are any of those amazing overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, and many people are disappointed to learn that there are only a few options, and none of them really resemble the stunning overwater bungalow resorts in Bora Bora or those in Moorea.

Most people seem to be hoping that those amazing hotel rooms on stilts perched over a crystal clear lagoon are available in the Bahamas or elsewhere near Florida, so it's a shame that they aren't, at least not until the year 2012 or beyond.

The good news is that there are three excellent overwater bungalow resorts in Panama, plus three others in nearby Honduras, so those who are willing to venture to the Caribbean coast of Central America do have some great choices.

Overwater bungalows in Panama

Cosmic Crab Resort – Panama

  • Overwater bungalows: 6
  • Total rooms/suites: 12

A small resort featuring the same amount of overwater bungalows as it does land rooms, the Cosmic Crab Resort rests on the beach with views of the water and the lush jungle behind it. Here guests will find small rooms decorated with Caribbean flare and featuring Wi-Fi, air conditioning and wooden furnishings.

Guests will also find over 6 acres to roam alongside 600 feet of waterfront property to relax at and enjoy. Because this resort caters to the most adventours, you'll find many different types of water sports to choose from, with some well suited for the younger visitors in your group.

Overwater bungalows starting at US$76 per night
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Coral Lodge – Panama

  • Overwater bungalows: 6
  • Total rooms/suites: 6

Currently closed for re-construction.

If you are looking for a small boutique eco-resort, in Central America, you've found it. Featuring just 6 overwater bungalows plus two restaurants and a spa, the Coral Lodge is in a secluded part of the San Blas Islands in Panama. The bare-bones and eco-friendly approach means there is no TVs or internet here, so a distraction-free vacation is nearly guaranteed.

The resort also offers “romance packages” and several other extras, so this is still quite luxurious. The Coral Lodge also is great value, with some of the cheapest stand-alone overwater bungalows in the world. There's great diving and snorkeling, as well as horseback riding nearby, so the Coral Lodge could be perfect for those seeking an active vacation, or those looking for a remote and romantic resort.

Overwater bungalows starting at US$345 per night
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Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge

  • Overwater bungalows: 9
  • Total rooms/suites: 9

Another eco-hotel, the Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge consists only of 9 overwater bungalows stretching out from an island near Panama. The bungalows are fairly large, and are powered by solar panels only, so there is no television or entertainment system. Breakfast and dinner is included in the room rate as well, so this is an affordable all-inclusive-style resort.

Here you'll find excellent snorkeling plus a wide variety of boat trips, including visits to Indian communities nearby. Things here are a bit more posh than at the other resort, but still it's very good value considering that the room rate includes two meals for two people each day, and eating is never cheap at secluded overwater resorts in general.

Overwater bungalows starting at US$350 per night
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Eclypse de Mar Aqua Lodge – Bocas del Toro, Panama

  • Overwater bungalows: 6
  • Total rooms/suites: 6

Located just a short boat ride away from the main town on Bocas del Toro in Panama, the Eclypse de Mar Resort has 6 overwater bungalows, two of which are Honeymoon Suites. Rooms here are more basic than you'd find at the 4- and 5-star resorts in Bora Bora, but the price is also much lower as well, and the list of water sports and other activities is long.

This is considered an eco-resort so there's no air conditioning and not much in the way of in-room entertainment, but there are ceiling fans and one of the few glass windows in the floor to observe the sea life below. Those looking for an overwater bungalow and great diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean should find the Eclypse de Mar to be good value.

Overwater bungalows starting at US$275 per night
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Other options in the Caribbean

Check our main Caribbean overwater bungalows page for information about every resort in the region, as well as updates on several that will be opening or reopening in the coming years. Three nearby resorts in Honduras should be of particular interest, especially for those who love (and live) to scuba dive.

The best overwater bungalow resorts in the world?

If you are planning a honeymoon or anniversary trip and you have dreamed of spending a week in one of those fabulous overwater bungalows at a deluxe resort you've got two main areas to focus on. The resorts where you see mountains and volcanic islands in the background are all in the South Pacific, mainly on the islands of Bora Bora and Moorea.

Those coming from Europe can find those to take a long time to reach, so it's lucky for them that they've got over 70 choices in the Maldives, which is just southwest of India. They are called water villas in the Maldives, but they are the same thing as the South Pacific ones except for they are all on small private islands and the islands are all perfectly flat instead of mountainous. The Maldives has a huge selection of these resorts, ranging from affordable 3-star all-inclusive hotels to ultra-deluxe 5-star properties.

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