Usually when you see photos of thatched bungalows clinging to a dock, with the water surrounding them on every side, it’s not in Latin America. You’re usually reading about Tahiti, Fiji, or Bora-Bora. But you can actually get that overwater bungalow experience by flying a few hours south on the same time zone—to Panama.

We finally got one of our correspondents out to review Punta Caracol, which we have been meaning to cover for quite a while. It’s the swishiest resort in Bocas del Toro and is a favorite for fashion magazine spreads.

This serene and photogenic hideaway, practically synonymous with Bocas de Toro, has become a bit of an area landmark. Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge won’t disappoint the loving couples, the water enthusiasts and the need-a-break-from-it-all executives who embrace the idea of luxury defined more by pristine surroundings than by high-end modern convenience.

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