Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast on the beach is included in the Jetsetter rate
- More than 60 percent of this eco-friendly resort is a dedicated nature preserve; look out for wild animals like dolphins, monkeys and sloths
- Spacious villas have full kitchens, private pools and large patios
- Eight miles of jungle trails leading to five isolated beaches and the rainforest spa
What To Know
- The resort has a private plane to take guests to/from Panama City and Bocas del Toro; airport transfers (including a water taxi) take a scenic route through the nature preserve
- The island, Isla Bastimentos, is off the mainland, but the many tours and activities (ziplining, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking and more) make exploring Bocas del Toro simple
- No room service, but private in-villa chefs can whip up superb meals
- Punta Lava Beach Bar & Grill is closed for dinner on Mondays
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
Located on Bocas del Toro, a serene island commonly referred to as the Galápagos of the Caribbean, Red Frog Resort is comprised of 41 private villas that sit on a hillside overlooking the turquoise ocean and lush rainforest. Here, Caribbean-chic decor melds modern elegance with tradition. Expect a tropical yet sophisticated vibe thanks to airy open floor plans and fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Each villa also features a spacious patio with BBQ equipment and a private plunge pool. A 10-minute walk from the villas brings you to five pristine beaches where you can catch waves on the north shore or snorkel in the glass-smooth water on the south shore. The activity center arranges cave tours, canopy zipline rides, dolphin and bird tours, visits to indigenous communities and more. El Susurro Spa, just off the resort’s Marina Village, blends seamlessly with the natural landscape and offers a variety of amenities, like the massage casita, which hovers over a bubbling spring in the middle of the rainforest. Punta Lava Beach Bar & Grill specializes in fresh seafood dishes with a menu inspired by the catch of the day and local ingredients.
In the Area
Get personal with the wildlife on a hike, and keep your eyes peeled for marine life when you take a water taxi to go to any of the surrounding islands. Bocas Town is the center of the island chain and has more than 20 restaurants — we recommend open-air eateries like Capitán Caribe for mouthwatering burgers, smoothies and burritos (try the coconut rice, grilled pineapple and sweet plantain wrap) and El Ultimo Refugio for upscale Caribbean fare including seared sesame-crusted tuna and ceviche with local aji chombo peppers and fresh lime. Expect sides of live jazz and reggae music. Visit Bastimentos National Marine Park, the largest in Central America (it can accommodate megayachts up to 250 feet long!), then head to La Amistad National Park to check out one of the great World Heritage Sites.
How to Get There
We recently visited and had a positive experience. It was low, rainy season. Only one restaurant was open which I wish they told us ahead of time. We spent time in Bocas Town before we headed over and would have
Brought more food. The resort store was VERY limited as far as fresh fruit and veggies.
We rented a 2 bedroom villa and it was not only spacious and clean but really lovely. We enjoyed our time on the veranda quite a bit. We did not mind walking around but were limited due to the rain no problems getting rides though.
We enjoyed all amenities except for the spa. Going on the chocolate farm tour was a highlight.
We were very pleased with the cleanliness of our villa and the resort in general. We came for total relaxation and that is exactly what we got. High marks to Camilla - the marketing director for engaging us and offering wonderful suggestions on where to eat.
If you like infinity pools overlooking the crystal clear water, villas that are clean and well appointed, local friendly staff, nature at its best, relaxing with no where to go and nothing to do if you choose, sloths, iguanas, snorkeling, red frogs, swimming....then Red Frog Beach Resort is for you.
We had a fantastic time. Spent a day in Bocas del Toro and even hiked the 2 hours to Bastementos from our villa (not for the unadventurous). This is a great place for couples, singles, families or a group of friends. We are already trying to figure out how to return in the next year or two.
Make this a destination - you won't regret!
Beautiful beach with great snorkeling . Loved the serenity of this place. Saw monkeys, sloths, and lots of red frogs on our walks. The point restaurant had great drinks and excellent hospitality . The food was very good but not great . On a different note, LaRosa (Beach Club) was less desirable. After they put so much money into that place you’d think they’d have a better chef and menu. I hope they change things and get it together! Honestly, this place has lots of potential but is not happening. We ended up taking the ferry to Bocas town to get a good meal for dinner numerous nights. That being said, no regrets staying in this beautiful spot.
I organized my wedding there and I must say it's been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life! Not only because I married the girl of my dreams that weekend, but because the service, attention, weather (even just taking in consideration the island itself), were AMAZING! It felt as if the wedding and honeymoon were one and the same! I also want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the resident wedding planner, Jarisa Garcia, for all her diligence and hard work in making our dreams and expetations come true.