I just returned from a visit to the Red Frog Rainforest Resort, the former Red Frog Beach Club on Bastimientos Island in Bocas del Toro. The change of name is appropriate. This is the same amazing place with 3 miles of white sand beaches and 1600 acres of pristine rainforest jungle, but with a whole new focus. Red Frog is now focused on becoming a major Bocas tourism destination. To start, they”re building a two kilometer Jungle Canopy Zipline which will be up and running in August. Very exciting news for Bocas-these same ziplines are major tourism attractions in Costa Rica and Boquete Panama- and is sure to be a big hit in Bocas.
Red Frog beach is arguably the most beautiful beach in Panama. To make Red Frog beach an even more attractive destination for day trippers, they have also built an attractive restaurant featuring burgers and barbequed chicken and a bar for sodas and drinks at the far end of the beach.
Good news for all, the “resort community” plans have changed drastically- only a fraction of the homes and condos in the original plan will be built. Red Frog is adjacent to and part of Bastimientos National Park which is a World Heritage Site for its extraordinary nature. The residential “foot print” will be minimal. Instead, Red Frog is developing itself as a nature preserve with nature attractions and activities.
Red Frog has 10 luxury villas for rent. These villas are probably the finest I have seen anywhere in Panama. Many of them have ocean views and pools. They are perfect for romancing couples, surfers and families.
Bocas Bount is another new attraction-a beach/surfing hostel . You can get a bed here for just $13 a day. Several beaches near Red Frog are excellent for surfing. If you just want to sunbath on the most beautiful beach in Bocas and hike thru rainforest- this is the best place to stay for those on a budget.
A marina which is now Bocas most successful marina is operating and a spa is under construction.
I met several of the new Red Frog team who live at Red Frog- they are young, visionary, idealistic and very talented folks . They are determined to make Red Frog Rainforest Resort an oasis of protected nature and world-class tourism attraction. With that location and that team, I am very optimistic about the future of Red Frog.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Cielo Paraiso Residential and Golf community just outside the town of Boquete to see the progress they have made. I was quite impressed. Cielo Paraiso is set on 300 hectares of beautiful natural settings of soft rolling hills with majestic mountain surroundings. A number of handsome homes are already now buil. Tthe owners, Canadians Radeep and Colleen Lal tell me 60% of the first phase is sole. I toured several homes and met the happy residents. The homes are beautifully crafted with all the latest things including one home what had a pizza oven in its chimney. Each luxury home has a large terrace with vast mountain views -you can even see the Pacific Ocean. The temperature is so perfect that no one needs air conditioning. Homesites are large for maximum privacy, serenity, and comfort.
The day I visited they were celebrating the soft opening of the first 9 holes of their golf course and the club house. The golf course has a rolling course with ponds, and amazing 365 degree views of mountains and even the Pacific Ocean. The next 9 holes will open in the next 6 months- this championship course is designed by J. Michael Poellot. Cielo Paraiso owners envisioned a Paradise where residents could feel surrounded by and close to nature and enjoy a luxury home and total safety. Congrats to Cielo Paraiso because this is what they have already accomplished.