The Firefly is for you if:
*you are a person who enjoys nature and adventure (or just kicking back with a book & a cocktail)
*you are a foodie who is always looking forward to their next meal. Our restaurant is tops in Bocas for a reason. With a casual lunch menu and an ever changing dinner menu, it’s like having two restaurants in one location.
*you enjoy traveling to rustic, off the beaten path types of places in a beautiful, natural setting yet you want to return to a super comfy memory foam mattress ,a hot shower and a room where attention has been paid to the details.
*you enjoy the intimate feeling of staying in a small, laid back, eco B&B as opposed to a 24 hr hotel with a large staff. Keep in mind this is our home that has been opened up to our guests and our staff, although small, are always willing to help.
*you want inside knowledge of all Bocas has to offer and enjoy a personal experience. It’s like having your own concierge! We will schedule tours, massages, dinners etc. Just let us know what you would like to do or we can come up with a custom itinerary for you.
*you want a local experience, not to be stuck behind walls where you never really see how locals live
*you are laid back and understand that “island time” can be an amazing concept in which to de-stress
* you want a hip environment in affordable rooms where attention is paid to design and comfort
*you are not bothered if the internet decides to not work one day or the power goes out unexpectedly ( because this does happen…frequently)
If this sounds awesome to you….keep reading about us!
The Firefly is a small, 5 room, eco bed & breakfast on Bastimentos in Bocas Del Toro, Panama geared toward couples who love the outdoors, a local experience, amazing food, and adventure. We are also a great option for a girlfriend getaway, yoga retreat or surf vacation. (Please note, we do not accept young children as all rooms sleep only two and we do not have cots to bring into rooms). We have opened up our home to allow others to see the beauty of Bastimentos and we run it ourselves with the help of a few Bastimentos locals. Our style is boho chic, surf-beach house with comfortable interiors, quality linens and a hip vibe. Our open air waterfront restaurant, bar and lounge area complete with sun loungers, daybeds & hammocks is the perfect place to spend the day with a book or a cocktail. We sit directly on the Caribbean and water access is easy on calm days. There is also a small, rocky beach just to our left and directly in front of The Firefly is a cleared area for easier water access.
Our location is close to everything, including a 7 minute, $3 boat taxi to Bocas Town, yet far enough that you feel like you are in your own island paradise. We are located just out of Old Bank, the town in Bastimentos; a 10 minute walk from the public boat dock. Our location is private and serene, yet the bars & restaurants of Bocas Town are only minutes away. We are in the middle of everything, including Bocas best beaches, hiking trails, surfing and snorkeling. Red Frog is known as the most beautiful beach in Bocas and it’s located on Bastimentos. We also have Bocas only zip line tour and our favorite excursion, the Bastimentos Bat Caves. Old Bank ( 5 min walk) offers a few great, local style restaurants including Roots and Alvin & Kecha. There are also convenience stores and a police station.
The Firefly strives to be earth conscious and eco friendly. Sustainability is high on our priority list as much of The Firefly was built out of plantation grown hardwoods, fallen trees and reclaimed lumber. We use a rain water catchment system for all of our water. We even use biodegradable, compostable straws in our bar made from a plant-based plastic. We compost as much of our refuse as we can in our quest to not create a lot of trash. We ask guests to bring a travel container for water as we do not sell bottled water but will provide you with a water carafe for your room free of charge with filtered water. Plastic is a huge problem here in Bocas and the recycling program is in its beginning stages. . We will be happy to re-fill your personal container for less than the cost of buying a bottled water. All of our other water needs (showers, sinks & toilets) here at The Firefly are provided by the rain. In keeping with our eco friendly mentality and water being a precious resource, your linens will be changed only if requested during your stay.
We built the restaurant/bar ourselves with the help of our friends and our local Panamanian builder, Augustine Vidal. The Firefly is a place for those with a respect toward our planet who still want stylish decor, a cool vibe & comfort. We are not a 5 star resort or large hotel chain preferring a more local, intimate island experience. Bastimentos is a bit rustic and we wouldn’t have it any other way. You will walk through the local village to get to us and we love our neighbors! The people here are kind and love a wave hello. We live amongst the local people and we love the islanders! We think you will find the people on Basti to be super friendly. Everybody here knows everybody and their way of life is much simpler than most of us are used to.If seeing the way locals live isn’t your thing, then we are not the place for you.
Here in Bocas, we have the occasional power outage. Bocas also tends to have a water shortage certain times of the year. This is an island wide issue as we can go without rain for more than a month. Most of the time, these are not issues and the rain can be plentiful, however we ask guests to be responsible with their water usage. The house was constructed in a rustic manner & although we have updated the fixtures, geckos will still find their way into your room. Never fear, they eat the bugs! :) Please realize that we are on an island and life is much slower here. Leave the pace of life at home, enjoy yourself and relax. None of the excursions/tours need to be planned ahead of your arrival time except diving. Everything else can pretty much be arranged the morning of.
We provide an amazing breakfast that is included for our guests. Everyday is something new, whether it’s banana pancakes, fritatas, or french toast with coconut or mango from our yard, it’s all fresh & yummy. Coffee is grown in the mountains of Panama and smoothies are made with local fruit. We believe in using local food & produce whenever possible.