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 spent just over a week at Red Frog Beach Resort. It was AMAZING. So secluded and beautiful. We stayed in a private home we had rented. We had 3 couples and plenty of room. I highly suggest renting a golf cart to get around. They do provide transportation but it may take a while. The golf cart allows you much more freedom for getting around. Currently they are making/laying pavers for the roads so some are still rough. We flew into Bocas del Toro and grabbed a water taxi to our destination. I would recommend getting some groceries in town before heading to Red Frog. The resort also has a grocery store but with limited offerings. Although, the pizzas and sandwiches were really good! The folks at Red Frog were so inviting and helpful. We spent lots of time on the beach as we came here to get away and relax. They did offer many tours and we did do a few. We went to the "Up in the Hill" chocolate tour as well as zip lining in the treetops (a MUST do). Both were amazing. There was one restaurant open while we were there and one on the beach which was under construction. Food was very good, but always good to have some on hand at your own place. We walked down the beach to couple hostels where there was also some really good food and a little night life. Things quiet down pretty early which is nice. The villas are private and clean. Very well kept. We saw some sloths, monkeys, tons of birds. Our concierge was wonderful. She had so many suggestions of things to see or do. She greeted us every day and was so personable. The lobby staff was a wealth of information as well. So, make sure you talk to them for great local places to go/see. We definitely would love to return.
We had a 2 bedroom jungle lodge. Fabulous view and a huge 2 story villa with a wonderful view and use of a private pool. There is a lot of walking involved in this resort. We used the shuttles most of the time but occasionally they weren't available so we walked. Not a problem for us but it could be an issue for others. Just be aware. On the plus side, a couple of times, workers at the resort on the way to or from work, offered us rides to where we were going on their golf carts. If possible, I think renting a golf cart would be a good idea too. There are several food options here and all we tried were good. Be aware that not all the restaurants are open every day. Fun resort with a lot of variety. We had a couple of minor maintenance issues that were never taken care of but mostly the room was great!!
Our visit to Red Frog Beach was the trip of a lifetime! We stayed in a Villa on the beach and loved the balance of exquisite comfort and convenience. Our section of beach offered great privacy and short gorgeous walks to restaurants. The staff was friendly and personable and went above the call of duty to make our stay exceptional. The zipline was a fun challenging adventure. We can't say enough good and would highly recommend this resort to ANYONE!
Red Frog Beach Resort is one of the most tranquil locations I have encountered, with the resort taking up only 10% of the island, there is much to take in and experience. The beaches are beautiful and clean; there are breathtaking views from everywhere. The staff is extremely friendly and the accommodation are exquisite. I will definitely be back and encourage everyone to experience it first hand.
We visited Red Frog Resort with two other couples this past fall and enjoyed an ocean front villa together! We had an incredible experience. The water was perfect, the villa was well kept and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. It was an experience we will never forget and my husband and I plan to bring our 5 children back one day to also enjoy this authentic Panama experience. We all highly recommend it!