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Istmo Adventure Retreat Panama

Playa Grande, San Carlos, Panama Oeste, Panama
San Carlos, Other, PANAMA, Panama
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Istmo Adventure Retreat Panama  

Playa Grande, San Carlos, Panama Oeste, Panama, San Carlos, Other, PANAMA, Panama

  • Type:
    Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Adventure (multi)
  • Cost:
    $1,495 USD/week
  • Ages:
    7 to 99
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    22
  • Programs:
  • e-Brochure:
  • Summary Profile

    Istmo Adventure Retreat Panama answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Dive deep into the heart of Panama and gift your family an adventure that blends the thrill of jungle exploration, tranquil beach relaxation, and the magic of cultural immersion. From paddleboarding on serene lakes and surfing on pristine beaches to hiking invigorating volcanos and exploring enchanting waterfalls and an indigenous community, every day presents a new adventure. And, if that wasn’t enough, immerse yourselves in the rich tapestry of Panamanian culture, from vibrant local markets and soul-soothing yoga sessions to spirited salsa dancing, engaging Spanish immersion activities, and transformative visits to indigenous villages.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "At Istmo we pride ourselves on offering families unique adventure opportunities that get participants out of their comfort zone and expose them to the tropical paradise that is Panama. We strive to strengthen family bonds through outdoor adventure and cultural immersion. One week with us will give you tropical beach, rainforest, volcano hike, waterfalls, paddleboarding, surfing, indigenous village visit, local markets, spanish immersion activities, salsa dancing and much more. Believe it or not we also work in some downtime for parents. Each night you will retire with your family after a delicious meal to your private airconditioned bungalow nestled in the rainforest."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Istmo Family Camp was created by the owner and lifelong learner/educator Sean Davis. His previous career was in education- a classroom teacher and later as a school Director. In 2015 Sean and his wife Ayesha started Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat Center which has been and continues to be a successful retreat center. Missing the educational environment, Sean decided to create Istmo Family Camps to merge these two passions. Sean and Ayesha have 2 children who have gladly been the test pilots for all our activities. With a maximum 8 families for each camp, Sean is the main facilitator and guide for all activities. The kitchen, cleaning, and maintenance staff have been with Istmo since the beginning and are proudly part of the Istmo family"

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Registration process:
    1. Go to https://istmoretreat.com/family-camp/ and read all about the Istmo Family Camp including the FAQs. Any questions?- [email protected]
    2. Click "Proceed to sign up" and you will be directed to fill out an application and sign the waiver
    3. $500 deposit for each of your family members to secure your spot, via a secure credit card link sent to your email.
    4.The remaining balance is due via an international bank transfer 30 days prior to the camp's start date.
    The initial $500 deposit is non-refundable but transferable to a future camp date within the following calendar year if notified 30 days before the start date.
    The balance paid 30 days prior to the start date is non-refundable and non-transferable."



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Istmo Adventure Retreat Panama currently has 1 program available.

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    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Arts & Crafts|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Surfing|Yoga



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 2

    Discounts

    Discount if paid early $100
    Discount for 2nd child $300
    Discount for 3rd child $300
    Discount for 4th child $300
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Istmo Adventure Retreat Panama

    our take

    Istmo Adventure Retreat offers an exhilarating camp and family program that immerses participants in a world of adventure. The retreat is a blend of jungle exploration, tranquil beach relaxation, and cultural immersion in the vibrant heart of Panama. Activities include paddleboarding on serene lakes and surfing on pristine beaches to hiking invigorating volcanoes, exploring enchanting waterfalls, and visiting indigenous communities. The program also includes salsa dancing, Spanish immersion activities, and trips to local markets, creating a rich tapestry of Panamanian culture. Istmo prides itself on the unique adventure opportunities that strengthen family bonds through outdoor adventure and cultural immersion. The retreat provides comfortable accommodations in private air-conditioned bungalows in the rainforest. Each bungalow is equipped with modern amenities, including broadband internet for remote working parents. Sean Davis, the owner and facilitator, along with his wife Ayesha and their two children, are at the heart of Istmo. Sean's background in education, as a classroom teacher and school director, combined with his passion for adventure, has shaped Istmo into a successful retreat center. The itineraries cover a mix of adventure, relaxation, cultural exploration, and delicious meals catered to all dietary needs. This unique retreat promises an unforgettable family adventure, blending excitement, cultural immersion, and relaxation in the beautiful setting of Panama.


    Review(s) of Istmo Adventure Retreat Panama

    Gannon Wilson (Parent)Best Family Vacation Ever

    Our one-week stay at Istmo Retreat Center was absolutely amazing! My husband and I went there with our two kids, aged 9 and 14, and we had an incredible time. The tree-lined beach with black and white sand was just a short walk away, and we all loved swimming and playing there. We took a surfing lesson at a nearby beach that we enjoyed as much as our kids. We even got to see two really cool waterfalls nearby, which was super exciting. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Embera village. We spent a day there, learned about their culture, and our kids played soccer with the local kids on their slippery mud “soccer field” – so much fun! The owners, Sean and Ayesha, were really nice and made our stay even better. They made sure we had delicious food and felt at home. The food is outstanding; even our 14-year-old, who is picky, loved the food. This was honestly the best family vacation we've ever had, and we're already planning to go back to Istmo because it was just that awesome ... Read More

    Steve Sandborne (Parent)Great value for all the experiences we got in one week

    I can't believe how much we did in a week. My wife and I took our 8 and 10 year old and weren't sure exactly what to expect. Hiking, paddleboarding, surfing, time at the beach, waterfalls, and the visit to the tribe. Our kids had a blast! The pace of activities was fast but we also squeezed in some down time while our kids did some activities in Spanish, which was great because they got to use some of what they have learned in school. Seems like we did a months worth of activities in one week. We ate fresh fish, fresh fruit, veggies, and Sean made sure to cater to our son who is lactose intolerant. The attention to detail was impressive. Great value for all the experiences we got in one week. We would love to come back ... Read More

    Elanri Van Zil (Camper)We saw a sloth swimming in the river!

    We had so much fun at Istmo. The best part was the surfing, swimming at the waterfall, and playing on the beach. The food was really good especially the Cacao smoothies. We saw a sloth swimming in the river, it was so cute ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Playa Grande, San Carlos, Panama Oeste, Panama, San Carlos, Other, Panama



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    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Our bungalows 1 per family are equipped with air-conditioning and hot water. Each is surrounded by rainforest and has a small porch with a hammock.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Istmo Adventure Retreat Panama technology free? We encourage no screen time, however all bungalows have broadband internet for parents to connect/ work remotely. There is not much downtime for the kids. We leave it up to the parents if they allow their children to connect during down time



    Property Details

    Landscape

    • Beach
    • Forested Area
    • Nature Trails

    More details about property: We are a 6 minute walk to a beautiful sand swimming beach. On the property we have a nature trail, hammock areas, a walking meditation labyrinth, yoga studio, and bonfire area



    Rentals & Services

    Available for private rentals: Yes
    We are also a full service retreat center for all different types of retreat groups. Form more information write to [email protected]


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Sean Davis, owner/ facilitator
    MA Educational Administration, BA in Elementary Education, Physical Education, and Billingual Education

    Istmo Family Camp was created by the owner and lifelong learner/educator Sean Davis. His previous career was in education- a classroom teacher and later as a school Director. In 2015 Sean and his wife Ayesha started Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat Center which has been and continues to be a successful retreat center. Missing the educational environment, Sean decided to create Istmo Family Camps to merge these two passions. Sean and Ayesha have 2 children who have gladly been the test pilots for all our activities. With a maximum 8 families for each camp, Sean is the main facilitator and guide for all activities. The kitchen, cleaning, and maintenance staff have been with Istmo since the beginning and are proudly part of the Istmo family

    "We set out to create a vacation/camp experience that combines adventure, comfort, relaxation, and good food for you and your family. Why should kids have all the fun? We would like parents there as well. This is an experience that will strengthen family bonds through exciting activities and cultural immersion. Our Istmo location, surrounded by rainforest and close to a beautiful beach at the base of a large extinct volcano, is positioned to offer all of these activities in the area of our retreat center. We created something that we were looking for in a family camp experience. We could only find either a kids-only summer camp or an international family vacation where we had to hire a personal tour guide. We would have loved the idea to have an experience like this to share with other families with kids. If this resonates with you, then join us for our next family camp."

    Sean and family 

     

     



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