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Cala Mia


Cala Mia eco-retreat is set on a remote island off the southern Panamanian coast. Cala Mia is a gorgeous hideaway where you can unwind surrounded by secluded palm-fringed beaches and abundant wildlife. Just 11 rustic bungalows are set along a peninsula.

At a Glance

  • Boutique hotel and island eco resort flanked by untouched tropical beaches

  • World renowned sport fishing grounds for those who enjoy scuba diving and surfing

  • Beautiful bungalows set within meters of the ocean

  • Escape into nature with sights of howler monkeys, anteaters, turtles and dolphins

  • For those interested in a truly "Green" and environmental friendly experience

Off the beaten track, Beach, Eco/ethical tourism, Fishing

Insider's View

Book a sunset massage and relax your body and soul while overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Karen Chapman

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Cala Mia or take a look at our itineraries to Panama


Cala Mia is a charming boutique hotel located on a pristine island off Panama’s Pacific coastline, and is bordered by sandy beaches. The property is all about ’no shoes, no news’, and consists of 11 beautiful thatched-roof bungalow suites, and there are large seating areas with sofas and hammocks. The rooms are individually decorated with locally crafted furnishings and woodwork. The hotel restaurant is perched high up and boasts breathtaking views of the bay, and offers excellent organic Mediterranean cuisine with ingredients sourced from the hotel’s vegetable garden.

You can relax by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean, do yoga on a smaller island only accessible by a hanging bridge, or indulge yourself at the spa. Other activities include horse riding trips, tours of the mangrove swamps, surfing, and deep sea fishing.

There are also fantastic opportunities to view the spectacular wildlife, such as howler monkeys, anteaters, turtles, dolphins and whales as well as the colorful bird life.


The Bungalow Suites at hotel Cala Mia are all designed as a small and elegant home; Each of the 11 Bungalow Suites has its own Rancho seating area, with a beautiful thatched roof, handcrafted columns, large sofa and hammocks, and a nicely decorated bathroom with a large hot water shower.

All Suites are less than 10 meters from the sea, with a wonderful ocean view and of beautiful bays, islands, and surrounding nature. Some of them even have direct beach access by private trails.

The airy rooms are located in such a way that they take utmost advantage of the permanent fresh evening breeze, making its ceiling-fans almost superfluous and each suite is 100% solar powered. Furniture, furnishings, etc. are specially designed, and made by local artists and artisans, with utmost care for detail.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Cala Mia, however, there are no specific facilities available for them. Children under 7 years old stay for free.


The hotel offers a restaurant serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine with ingredients sourced from the hotel's very own vegetable garden, bar, library, infinity fresh water pool, spa and yoga deck


Activities offered free of charge at Cala Mai include sea-kayaking, sailboarding, and snorkeling. Paid activities include horse riding on Boca Brava Island, mangrove tours, surfing on the breaks of "Moro Negrito", deep-sea fishing on the banks of Coiba, yoga courses, dinghies available for rent, and scuba diving over the submerged mountains of "Los Ladrones".

Location & Directions


Cala Mia is located on the virtually uninhabited island of Boca Brava in the Archipielago of Chiriqui, which is part of the National Marina Park in the gulf of Chiriqui.

When to go

This hilly country is hot throughout the year and the only relief from the high temperatures and humidity is to be found up in the highlands, where conditions are cooler and crisper, especially at night. Rainfall in Panama is very heavy on the Pacific coast and less so (but still substantial) in the lowlands of the Caribbean coast. The rainy season runs from May to December and downpours can be torrential, so always pack good waterproofs if going at this time of year. Sunshine levels are highest in the winter months (January to April), so this is a good time to visit, especially if you can stay in the hills where the air is fresher.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Cala Mia or take a look at our itineraries to Panama

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