About Garden of Eden

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro in Panama is situated on the northwestern coast of Panama in and around the Bay of Chiriqui. This isolated region of Panama has only recently been discovered by international travelers. It is for this reason that much of the island chain remains in pristine and untouched splendor. It is a diver and outdoor lovers paradise with unspoiled coral reefs, deep-sea fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling and long sandy deserted beaches. Traveling to Bocas, as the locals call it, can either be as simple as taking a 40 minute flight from Panama City or as adventurous as going over land by bus and water taxi. Either way it is a destination unlike any to be found elsewhere in Panama. Isla Solarte, also known as Nancy Cay, is an 8 km2 island located only 1.5 km east of Bocas del Toro, where Garden of Eden is located. 

El archipiélago de Bocas del Toro en Panamá se encuentra en la costa noroeste de Panamá y alrededor del Golfo de Chiriquí. Esta región aislada de Panamá sólo recientemente ha sido descubierto por los viajeros internacionales. Es por esta razón por la que gran parte de la cadena de la isla permanece en esplendor prístino y sin tocar. Se trata de un buzo y los amantes al aire libre paraíso de arrecifes de coral vírgenes, pesca en alta mar, paseos en bote, kayak, buceo y playas de arena desiertas. Viajando a Bocas, como lo llaman los lugareños, ya sea puede ser tan simple como tomar un vuelo de 40 minutos de la Ciudad de Panamá o tan aventurero como viajar por tierra en bus y taxi acuático. De cualquier manera es un destino diferente a cualquier que se encuentran en el resto de Panamá. Isla Solarte, también conocido como Cayo Nancy, es una isla de 8 km2 situado a sólo 1 milla al este de Bocas del Toro, donde se encuentra Jardín del Edén.

Basic Information:

  • Holiday season December 20 – January 4 requires a minimum 3 night stay (beginning December 1 you are welcome to inquire if we have 1 or 2 nights available based on scheduling)
  • All rooms are non-smoking
  • The Cabanas can accommodate a maximum of three (3) adults
  • The Starfish Suite can accommodate a maximum of (4) adults
  • The Butterfly Suite can accommodate 2 persons
    (this unit is only available for large groups or holidays)
  • Inquire for pricing to rent the whole island (2 Cabanas and a Suite)
  • Our facility is not suitable for persons under the age of 18
  • We are not handicap accessible
  • We do not accept pets

Smoking is permitted only in the garden areas or decks. Please consider the comfort of our non-smoking guests. Anyone smoking in a guest room will be charged a $100 cleaning fee.

We are Off the Grid

What does off the “grid” mean? It means we collect fresh rain water for all of our water needs and generate our own electricity from solar and diesel generator. We do not have TVs or AC. We do have free wifi internet for checking in with the loved ones. Typically our guests are looking for the time away from technology and getting unplugged. We strive to provide a quiet relaxing vacation away from the stress of life. Being off the grid we provide a comfortable relaxing holiday with as few of technological crutches as we can handle.

Check-out: 10:00 AM Check in: 2:00PM

Check-in time is between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Should your travel arrangements bring you to the Island earlier than check-in time, please feel free to come on out.  If your room is ready, we will gladly check you in and get you settled.  If not, we will hold your luggage while you begin your adventures in Bocas del Toro. No check ins accepted after 6:00 p.m. unless airline delays.

Check out time is 10:00 am. We would be happy to hold your luggage until your departure if you are leaving the Bocas region later than 10:00 a.m.

Early Morning flights: We can get you into Bocas town with no problem to make your flight. The first daily flight for Air Panama flight leaves Bocas del Toro for Panama City at 7:30 a.m. We recommend leaving the Garden of Eden between 6:00 and 6:15 a.m.

Your On-site Hosts

Dave and Su are your hosts for your stay in Tropical Paradise. Hailing from England, by way of many Caribbean/South American Countries, they are now long time residents of Bocas Del Toro and have grown up in the area for the last 14 years. Their knowledge about the local area, including indigenous and ex-pat communities is extensive and depending on your desire – truth or fiction – they can weave a good tale about how the archipelago has grown (or not grown) over the last two decades.

If you are looking for an excursion, adventure, or business deal during they can provide in-depth knowledge about who to believe and where to go. If it is a good story about the area and history, definitely share a glass of wine with them over dinner for some great English wit and insights of the land of Pirates.

Dave and Su along with, Miquel (Chef and right hand man) strive to make your stay at the Garden of Eden the best it can be. While living or vacationing in a tropical paradise comes with a very different attitude about nature Dave, Su and Miquel can help put it all together into a vacation that you will always look back on fondly.

About Your Stay at the Garden of Eden

We are a small Bed and Breakfast located in the tropics, which means you can count on rain and bugs. You will encounter these all over Central America so do not think you are special just because you chose The Garden of Eden. Rooms are attended to daily, however, we only replace linens and towels after the third day of your stay to help conserve water and energy. We do not provide the toiletries in small, cute, environmentally unfriendly bottles. However, if you should have forgotten or run out of some critical need, please ask your hosts. Typically we have the essentials from bug spray to shampoo.

Booking & Cancellation Policy

Confirming a Reservation: 
• We require a 50% deposit of your total scheduled stay to confirm the reservation. The balance will be due upon check out.
• Room rates do not include taxes and gratuities.

Cancellation policy:
For cancellations made greater than 30 days before a reservation a full refund will be provided. For cancellations made 30 days or less before the arrival date a refund will be made for any nights that can be rebooked minus a $25 administration fee. Example: original reservation is for 6 nights and is cancelled with a 15 day notice. A rebooking occurs for 3 nights (50% of the stay) then a refund of 50% of the deposit less $25 administration fee will be made. Every effort will be made to re-book cancelled rooms.


Early Departures:
Refunds for early departures (not staying for the full reservation) will be provided if we are able to rebook the room.

Credit Card Policy: 
We accept credit cards (VISA and MC) for remainder of the balance on room and food. We offer a 5% discount for any portion paid in cash