Cala Mia, Boca Brava, Panama


Boutique Hotel Cala Mia is on Isla Boca Brava, Panama, and surrounded by numerous islands. It’s a perfect playground for snorkeling, diving, fishing, and more. (How to get there is what matters — a knowledgeable travel agent is recommended! – but once you arrived it is fantastic.)

Each of their 10 thatched-roof bungalows are located within 40 feet from the ocean. None have either A/C, phone or TV which some travelers will miss. Some of the units are better for families where two bungalows are interconnected to become a 2-bedrooms/2-bathroom home. One also has a full outdoor kitchen. A family from California’s Central Coast was staying here at the same time, a couple with their 3 young kids. It was their second stay at this property and they were extremely happy about their vacation.

The food served at their restaurant was really good. Vittoria and Max, the owners (respectively Italian and Dutch), also live on the island and told us it was a paradise for lobsters –which is what we had for dinner. Cala Mia also offers a spa and several hiking trails where you can see exotic birds and monkeys.

Although close to the water, there are quite a bit of bugs at night. It is not a problem in the bungalow if you keep your indoor lights off. As a honeymoon specialist I’m always on the lookout for ideal accommodations, and Bungalow # 5 is great for honeymooners.

Cala Mia is a GREEN HOTEL. Electricity is operated with solar panels. There are just a few white sand beaches on the Pacific Coast, most have a dark/volcanic color. But still the snorkeling is great as the water is really clear.