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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Unique Caribbean seaside destination,

Discover Red Frog Beach Island Resort, a unique, new island oasis that offers undiscovered Caribbean beaches combined with luxurious accommodations and the quite allure of Panama’s beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago. Take advantage of the resort’s opening special offer and enjoy one night complimentary when you book five by August 31 and stay by December 19, 2013.

Virtually unchanged since Christopher Columbus dropped anchor on the island in 1502—or later when surfers discovered the unspoiled paradise--Red Frog Beach Island Resort is located on beautiful Isla Bastimentos off the scenic northern coast of Panama. The resort features miles of lush rainforest, an adjacent national marine park, unique island tours  and a spectacular location overlooking its namesake beach—designated as “One of the World’s Best Secret Beaches” by The Travel Channel.

The strikingly scenic area has been attracting travelers looking for a less commercialized setting that offers more than a great beach. “Panama’s Caribbean archipelago is a destination still being discovered,” resort director Steven Riely said. “It draws people from around the world mainly for the amazing beaches. But once here, our guests quickly realize that the authentic island culture, the emphasis on natural amenities, and the dynamic geography that melds  seascapes with the rainforest really set this place apart,” he said.

Tucked within Red Frog’s beautiful natural beachfront setting are its private accommodations, Bocas del Toro’s finest. These include well-appointed one- to six-bedroom villas and suites, spaced widely apart and ranging in price from just $149 to over $1,000 per night (with All Inclusive packages available). Each villa features stunning Caribbean Sea and rainforest views paired with amenities such as private plunge pools, private patios and the sounds of nature and crashing waves all around. “Guests especially like the jaw-dropping views from our villas, and the feeling of being in your own personal vacation home with a lot of privacy and lush surroundings,” Riely said.

While the Bocas archipelago’s remote location gives Red Frog Beach an authentic island vibe, however, it is by no means isolated. Onsite activities at the resort include several beaches, a beachfront restaurant, a spa (opening Fall of 2013), a picturesque IGY marina, a nearby activity pavilion, and a Zipline Canopy Tour—one of the best in Central America. Explore the island’s nature trails that lead to stunning beaches and encounter playful Capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths, squawking parrots, giant morpho butterflies and other native wildlife. The resort also has a beachside activity center with a full line of watersports equipment rentals available. Kayak around the mangrove eco-systems or down a foaming coastline, cruise through glassy waters on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), or take to the waves on with a surfboard or boogie board.

For guests who want to explore the surrounding area, Red Frog also offers a variety of tours to neighboring keys. Set out by boat to see the dolphins, enjoy snorkeling amid colorful fish and reefs, immerse yourself in an indigenous Indian village, visit a working chocolate farm, or explore underground island caves. “Red Frog Beach is an island-hopper’s dream, the perfect destination to explore the archipelago’s nine inhabited islands, along with its nearly 300 islets,” Riely said.

Guests can add even more variety to their Red Frog Beach escape with resort packages that combine the secluded island experience with the best of urban Panama. “The last flight to Bocas from Panama City departs from Albrook airport by around 3:30 p.m., so you need to arrive in Panama City by about 1:30 p.m. if you want to get here from the U.S. in one day. “Otherwise, guests can enjoy spending a night in Panama City and see the Panama Canal,” Riely said.

All Red Frog guests are greeted at the Panama City airport by a resort representative. If staying overnight, they are taken by the driver to a partner hotel (the Sheraton Hotel and Casino or the boutique Tantalo hotel) and can enjoy the outstanding restaurants and nightlife in this safe, friendly city. The next morning, tour the Panama Canal and the renowned Mira Flores Locks before embarking on a scenic, 45-minute flight to the hidden islands of Bocas del Toro. Flights also arrive from San Jose, Costa Rica.

Upon arriving in Bocas del Toro, guests are greeted by a Red Frog Resort Host and given a short tour of Bocas town before being taken on a magical, 10-minute boat ride through the archipelago, rounding mangrove eco systems. Upon seeing the beautiful yachts at the Red Frog Beach Marina, you know you have arrived on Isla Bastimentos, the location of Red Frog Beach – your personal island paradise.