Isla Bastimentos is not very touristy, so there are only a few places to stay if you choose to make this island your base. There’s the popular Red Frog Beach Resort, but majority of the lodging are hostels, vacation rental homes, B&Bs, inns, and eco lodges. The idea of an eco lodge was very appealing – typically remote, set in pristine natural environments and run on solar and rain water. This would have been a new experience and different for us! We considered Casa Cayuco but unfortunately they had no availability for our stay.
We continued our search mainly on vacation rentals and discovered an amazing gem of a place right in Old Bank: Casa Del Mar (“House of the Sea”) is a breathtaking gorgeous property a few steps away from the ocean.
Casa Del Mar, is a beautiful wooded structure surrounded by lush vegetation. It features 2 bedrooms each with a full bathroom, while the living room can be converted into a 3rd bedroom. The house features large open windows/doors, a beautiful deck perfect for enjoying wine and gorgeous sunsets. The house runs on rain water (pretty cool!). The sounds of the ocean heard through the house was one of my favorite things about the house.
How to Book: We found and booked the property on Tripadvisor. We kept in touch with the caretaker via Whatsapp prior to and through our trip. This made it extremely easy to ask questions, get local tips, etc.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend it to anyone who would like to stay in Isla Bastimentos. The host (Carolyn) and caretaker (Clarissa) were both wonderful and accessible through the rental process and our stay. We found the rental pricing to be very reasonable as well.
Here’s a video I made of the house. Enjoy the pictures and tips below!
A frontal view of beautiful Casa Del Mar surrounded by the lush vegetation and trees. View from Casa Del Mar, steps away from a gorgeous rocky beachMany sunsets and wines were enjoyed from this lovely deck!First bedroom at the front of the house with its private bathroom. I loved the open glass doors that were great to open up during the day.Second bedroom also featured the large glass door, windows, and private bathroomThe living room was large and spacious and the couch converted nicely into a very comfy bed at night. The doors folded back for a gorgeous view of the beach. There is a small kitchen area but it does not have a stove (as of June 2017). It had a fridge, microwave, and toaster oven. This was not a problem for us as we planned to enjoy the culinary delights of the area.Just a few steps from the beach house is a gorgeous and very unique rocky beach. There’s an area cleared of rocks for swimming access.Oh the sunsets from the Casa Del Mar! A treat every night! Here’s a short video I made.
Thank you for coming along on my adventures!