$194 / night
Total guests, Nights

BirdHouse next to the Panama Canal – Home 2986221 House

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 4 nights min stay

BirdHouse next to the Panama Canal – Home 2986221

  • House
  • 5 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  • 4 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Swimming pool
  • Child Friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Home Away Content:

Bird House is a one-of-a-kind tropical 'outdoor in' home featured in design magazines in Europe and the Americas. Our home in the historic Panama Canal town of Gamboa provides our guests a unique opportunity to experience tropical nature next to one of the modern wonders of the world, the Panama Canal.

Designed by Patrick Dillon, Bird House features double height ceilings, a fabulous kitchen and and an expansive deck connected to a 10M pool from which to enjoy the tropical world that is our backyard. Wake up each morning to the 'fly over' of hundreds of parrots. Enjoy coffee from our Boquete farm on our deck while listening to monkeys howl from the adjacent Cerro Pelado jungle. Or end your day with cool drinks enjoyed from the master bedroom balcony while glimpsing huge ships transiting the Panama Canal.

Our pool is a great place to cool down after a day hiking or biking the trails around Gamboa, or birding on the world-famous Pipeline Road. We are a 15-minute walk to the public dock where you can hire a boat and a captain for a morning or day of fishing for peacock bass, snook and the elusive tarpon. Rent kayaks from the Gamboa Resort and hope that manatees roll under you as you paddle up the Chagras River, while searching for caiman on the river banks. Gamboa also hosts the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and is the take-off point for crossing the Panama Canal to the world-famous Barro Colorado Island and Nature Monument (access with advance reservations only).

Bird House is a 25-minute drive (longer with traffic) to the beating heart of Casco Viejo, the historic center of Panama City. The Casco teems with small outdoor restaurants, unique cultural venues and wonderful views of Panama Bay and modern Panama City. We are a 15-minute drive to the Pan American Highway that will take you west to the beaches of the Pacific Coast (and our Rio Mar Surf Platforms in San Carlos - 70 minutes), or east to the Transisthmian highway, and then north to the coral reefs, blue waters and Captain Morgan's pirate enclave on the Caribbean Coast.

Our tropical house brings a new design to the former Canal Zone territory of Gamboa. This three-story house is a one-of-a-kind space, designed to respond to the natural and cultural attributes of Gamboa.

The home features an environment-friendly design constructed in concrete and plantation teak louvered walls. The ground floor has A/C while the first and second floor do not; the oversized eves shade the sun and the louvered walls and large screen doors direct the airflow of prevailing breezes, keeping the 1st and 2nd floor well ventilated. The open layout of the house permits an inside-outside approach to living with nature that accentuates the sounds, smells and views of the surrounding tropical forest and Panama Canal.

Bird House has three floors (second, first and ground)

* The second floor features a master suite with a balcony that overlooks the interior courtyard, the pool, and views of the Panama Canal. This room was designed to take advantage of the daily path of the sun and natural site air movements to create a bedroom with wonderful light and natural ventilation. There is a walk-in closet and beautiful high-end finishes are featured in the double bathroom.

* The first floor has a modern open style kitchen with large marble countertops connecting to a spacious living and dining room with a 25ft ceiling. The kitchen is well equipped and a delightful space for cooking and entertaining. The dining/living room has a family table with bench seating and end chairs for 10, and beautiful custom-made couches and chairs, designed by the owner. Two large decks open off the kitchen and living area via large sliding wooden doors. When opened, there is a seamless connection between the outdoor and indoor spaces, creating both visual and physical expansiveness.

The larger deck overlooks the interior courtyard and features: built-in bench seating, a 10-meter swimming pool, a Japanese style shower house, deck furniture and a gas BBQ. This is an ideal place to relax by the pool, watch hummingbirds dance around the interior courtyard and enjoy dinner with views of the tropical rainforest.

*The ground floor is the only space in the house with A/C. The ground floor has three single bedrooms, each approximately 10’x12’. Each room has a built-in bureau, closet, desk and relaxation nook with views into the interior courtyard. Each room opens into a large, 20’x30’ air-conditioned space with a pool table and day beds that are great for lounging. The ground floor bathroom area has three sinks adjoining two bathrooms, one with a toilet and bathtub and the second with toilet and two showers.

Rio Mar Surf Platforms: One of the many unique features of Bird House is opportunity to use our Rio Mar surf platforms in San Carlos. Located about 70 minutes from Gamboa near a beautiful Pacific beach, our platforms permit our guests a wonderful beach experience

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Twin bed
    Bedroom 3: Twin bed
    Bedroom 4: Full bed
    Beds in other rooms: 2 Twin beds
  • 3 Full baths, 2 Half baths


  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Table tennis
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • DVD player
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

There is limited public transportation to Gamboa in the form of a bus that comes out to Gamboa via Albrook Terminal. Otherwise renting a car is highly recommended if you want to see other parts of Panama than Gamboa. If you are only interested in Gamboa you do not need a car. It is possible to call an uber but they charge about $60 to pick you up and take you to Panama city center.

Interaction with guest

We will interact with guests as much or as little as they desire. We are always a Whatsapp chat away. Our hosts live nearby and can help with any questions or needs that you may have.


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $500.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Responsible renter should be 21 years or older. Parties are not allowed unless agreed upon before in a written contract. Loud music is not allowed. No smoking inside the house.


About the owner

Chimene L.
Average reply time:
1 hour 48 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 May 2024
Years listed:
Based in:
United States
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Languages spoken: English

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4 reviews

Very Good

“Amazing place to stay”

Reviewed 15 Jan 2023

We just returned from staying at this ridiculously nice, huge house in central Gamboa. Actually only 3 members of our family stayed there, but we took advantage of the huge kitchen to host dinners for… More

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Reviewed 24 Apr 2019

This place was fantastic in every way. First off Chimene could not have been more helpful both in booking, and recommending tours, restaurants, general tips on area. The location is AMAZING - near eno… More

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“Gorgeous Canal House on the edge of the rainforest”

Reviewed 3 Oct 2018

I have stayed at a lot of airbnb's. In the US, Europe, Latin America. This is hands down the best experience yet. Chimene and Biff have a very special home... and I use the word 'home' … More

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“Amazing, unique place to stay for those that love the outdoors alongside comforts of a modern home”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2015

My extended family of 8 stayed at the Bird House in Dec 2014 for six days. Our group consisted of my wife and I, our 2 children (ages 8 & 11), and our 4 parents. The house is a wonderful, unique… More

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Response from the owner Eric, is was wonderful to host you and your family in our house. It's great when a group of people enjoy the concept of a truly "open" house design. Have a wonderful New Year and we look forward to you and your family returning to Panama in the future. Best, Chimene

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

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