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Cabanas Naranjo Chico

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GunaYala Rio sidra, 1015 Panama
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Naranja Chico
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Beach
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Open-air bath
Convenience store
Paid public parking nearby
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Vending machine
Snorkelling
Fishing
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Private beach
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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GunaYala Rio sidra, 1015 Panama
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Ustupo-Ogobsucum Airport107 kmSee all flights
Playon Chico Airport69 kmSee all flights
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Adam P wrote a review Feb 2020
Panama City, Panama5 contributions1 helpful vote
Unfortunately a lot of the islands are covered in plastic and trash. One morning we even experienced one of the locals canoeing out on open water to dump trash in the ocean. Furthermore, we had no running water for 3 out of our 4 booked nights, in addition to a flooded bathroom floor which gave a smell of sewer, despite paying approximately 250$ a night. A working toilet+shower were some of the main reasons we booked this expensive accommodation to begin with. Instead we had to shower with a bucket and kiss our remains goodbye using the same bucket. We asked several times, when the water would be back, but they kept answering “soon soon” - obviously not interested in helping us. We tried to explain to the host that we were unhappy with the situation and tried to cut what we believe was a fair deal. The final offer we were given was to either pay the full price and stay the last night, or pay for 3 nights and leave immediately. Given the circumstances and the hostile energy, we didn’t want to spend another minute in this overpriced cash machine. They did not speak English, but the language barrier was not really the problem. When trying to communicate in a polite way with the hostess, they seemed extremely indifferent and annoyed by the situation, which obviously made us feel very unwelcome.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kelly M wrote a review Dec 2019
13 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a good few days relaxing on the island and were fed well in the Cabanas, lobster, crab, lots of fresh seafood. However the accommodation is very budget for the high price. Do not come expecting it to be anything but basic. We had no lightbulb in the property and had to ask several times for this until we got one on the second day, even then only in the bathroom and not the main room. The beach side of the island has great views and some good snorkelling but the island has so much rubbish on it that it really taints the experience. There are a few locals that seem to rake the beach twice a day picking up the logs and seaweed that arrive but no attempt is made to clear the bottles, nappies, flip slops, plastic etc that are all around. The guys that run the cabanas were friendly enough but it does seem like a bunch of lads running the accommodation and definitely no womans touch. If you want to be off the grid and arent too fussy about the accommodation then go for it but I think it was way too expensive for what you get.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Irish311 wrote a review May 2019
San Antonio, Texas339 contributions167 helpful votes
Words and pictures don’t do the true beauty of San Blas justice. We stayed 3 nights in the overwater bungalow. It was simple and primitive and was amazing for decompressing and just getting away from it all. The hospitality by the family who took care of us was amazing. As a caution if you are a pretentious traveler this isn’t for you. There were no outlets, no modern hotel perks, limited shower water, certainly no WiFi and the lodging is as close to nature as you can get. With that being said it was sensational to be able to just live and be in the moment. This place is great for anyone trying to reconnect with themselves without the spoils of technology. Food was exceptional and simple. I’m willing to bet if I put the fried chicken and potatoes that were served to us against any highly touted restaurant in the whole world blindly. It wins. Seafood was caught fresh while we took part in our excursions. The coral around the islands is great for snorkeling and fish observing some spots we went were on par with Great Barrier Reef. The beach and coral on this particular island is great. You are on an island smack in the middle of a village literally living side by side. We had a few cultural opps moments as we wandered into the forest section that isn’t for tourists but you live and learn. The excursions themselves are solid like literally some Robinson Cruso stuff. Just an island or a sand bar in the middle of no where. Just stunning stunning beauty. This is the cautionary portion of the review. Go now like in the next year. They are ruining what should be an absolute global gem. Trash is just thrown in to the ocean at an disgusting pace. The reason we were asked to leave forest is 2 of the elders of islands were throwing trash into ocean. I want to come back and visit in the future but if something isn’t done soon they will poison their very existence into extinction. All in all I loved this place more then any place I’ve been. If your headed to San Blas put your phone and technology away and plug in to reality. Stay here you won’t be dissatisfied.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carlos V wrote a review Nov 2018
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I stayed in naranjo chico with my wife in one of the cabins on the water. This was a unique experience, the people, the ocean, the veiws, the seafood and excursions all excellent. I rented an AWD to go through the mountais and the ride was somewhat rough. There were too many pot holes on the road. All and all at the end when we arrived the port in carti and although there is no technology is well organised. It was all worth it. Thanks to Aucel we reserved the cabin from the states and he forwarded all the pertinent instructions. Rgds, Carlos
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stefan wrote a review Mar 2018
Vienna, Austria52 contributions43 helpful votes
We stayed there for 4 nights and were very happy about it. The island is incredibly nice, also the staff cares very well. They offer activities like snorkeling, visit to other islands, visit to the central island of their tribe. The 'rooms'/hut are kept simple but are clean and offer an authentic experience. After a few days you feel like belonging to their tribe. The comfort reminds me a bit about the early days when I was travelling around with basic comfort and rucksack. But you get an authentic experience on an area of incredibly wonderful Caribbean islands. You should not have a problem with boats, also smaller ones, as you will take a lot of (short) rides.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
US$193 - US$220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PanamaGuna Yala RegionSan Blas IslandsIsla Naranja Chico
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cabanas Naranjo Chico
What are some of the property amenities at Cabanas Naranjo Chico?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Cabanas Naranjo Chico?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Cabanas Naranjo Chico?
Yes, free parking and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
Does Cabanas Naranjo Chico have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Cabanas Naranjo Chico offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cabanas Naranjo Chico?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.