Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge – Panama

Punta Carasol overwater bungalows

Quite an unusual resort, the Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge consists solely of 9 overwater bungalows streched off a lonely section of an island off Panama. It offers very good value to those who want to stay in an overwater bungalow without having to go to Bora Bora and pay twice as much, but on the other hand this is more of a simple facility that might disappoint those seeking luxury.

The secluded location is a big part of its appeal, and the clear water beneath the bungalows is a novelty rarely found outside of the South Pacific of the Maldives. Each room also comes with breakfast and dinner in addition to a number of other activities and available equipment, so this is more or less an all-inclusive resort, which makes it an ever better value if that's the style you prefer.


The Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge is located on the southwest coast of Isla Colón, near Bocas del Toro, just off the Caribbean coast of Panama.


5 Punta Caracol Suites

Area: 538 sq ft (50 m²) plus 269 sq ft (25 m²) terrace
Beds: One kingsize (upstairs) plus two single beds

3 Luna Suites

Area: 646 sq ft (50 m²) plus 323 sq ft (30 m²) terrace
Beds: One kingsize (upstairs) plus two single beds

1 Master Suite

Area: 1,076 sq ft (100 m²) plus 646 sq ft (60 m²) terrace
Beds: One kingsize (upstairs) plus four single beds

Special room features

  • Entertainment system: No
  • Room service: Available
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Beach towels
  • Hammock


  • Low season online rates from US$265 per night
  • High season online rates from US$379 per night

Rates include breakfast and dinner daily. Booking available through Punta Caracol official website

Restaurants and bars

The main Punta Caracol restaurant and bar serves an included breakfast and dinner for each guest daily.

Resort features

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Honeymoon packages
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Flight over the Archipelago in a small plane


There is no on-site spa, but in-room massages are available.

Nearby activities

  • Visiting some of the most exotic and isolated virgin beaches located in the different Islands of the Archipelago
  • Snorkelling at the Coral Reefs of the bay to see lots different kind of corals, tropical fishes and starfishes
  • Boat rides through the Island visiting Indian Communities
  • Hiking in the rainforest to see the flora and fauna
  • Motorized Canoe River Trips to search the slots and the white face monkeys
  • Boat tours to meet dolphins in their natural living area
  • Visiting Bocas town to buy some handcraft and admire its afro Caribbean colonial architecture style
  • Scuba Diving.
  • Fly over the Archipelago in a small plane.
  • Yacht Trips.
  • Fishing tour

What the reviews say

Most reviews of the Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge are quite positive, but there are also some by those who feel the resort is misrepresented on its own website. The staff and service seem to get great reviews from everyone, but the rooms and their upkeep don't meet everyone's standards. Some even feel that the rooms are too close together, taking away from the privacy factor.

It's important to realize that this is a simple, and isolated, eco-lodge without the five-star amenities. Those who come expecting modern luxury bungalows seem to be unhappy, but those open to the simple concept of this resort seem to really love it.

Getting there

To reach the Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge you will first fly to Panama City and then take a 1-hour flight to the Bocas del Toro airport. Once there you'll be met by hotel staff and taken the rest of the way. It's also possible to drive to the Panamanian town of Almirante and then take a 30-minite ferry ride to the island.

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