Tierra Oscura Sanctuary

Tierra Oscura, Bocas del Toro, Panama
$ 315,000.00

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Date added: 09/22/20 Post Updated: 2022-10-03 18:15:13 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3
Floors: 1 Lot size: 8 hectares Status: Type:



Tierra Oscura properties are known for their thick layers of Magrove forest, that frame the land in bright green tufts and border the coast lines and deep water bays. It may be tempting to some investors to cut these forests down to open views or offer direct swimming access to the their ocean front homes, but it’s important to note that these eco-systems serve as homes and nurseries for many coral reef fish, sponges and anemones and the fishing targets Tarpon, Jacks, Gruper and Snook. A study on the Mesoamerican reef showed that there are as many as 25 times more fish on reefs close to mangrove areas than in areas where mangroves have been cut down. Mangrove forests are vitally important to coral reef protection , and in fact, your new real estate investment too! The dense root systems of mangrove forests trap sediments and prevents erosion from lapping tides and storms. Thankfully, it is illegal in Bocas del Toro to cut down these irreplaceable eco-systems.

The landscaping work at the Tierra Oscura Sanctuary is an excellent example of how working with nature, can inspire a beautiful result. The coastal garden on this property is what dreams are made of, using the natural ebb and flow of the gentle Caribbean tides, the owner has created a large pond where cranes and other preditors like Camen, arrive for their daily catch. The earth around the pond has been built up and a rock sea wall has been added to create a prominent divide between land and sea, while respecting the space around the mangroves, thus honoring the hundreds of species that call this property home. It is with this respect for nature that we encourage clients to design their lives. It is essential to tame parts of the jungle to live peacefully in Bocas del Toro, but the impact we have as developers should be as minimal as possible.



North Facing, the Tierra Oscura Sanctuary home avoids direct light in the interior throughout the day, and has windows and doors on all sides to invite the breeze and  maintain a cooler temperature. An open kitchen and bar looks out into the living and dining spaces,  where large windows expose a panoramic ocean view to the north and large sliding glass doors lead to the covered patio on the east. The home has 3 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms which offer plenty of space for guests, as well a a Cabana with a separate enterance, which needs finishing touches. The beginning stages of a pool are in place, all that needs to be completed is the tiling and filtration system.

A 5000 w Solar system powers the large home, water is sourced from a rainwater catchment system, as well as a well.



About 25 minutes by boat from Bocas Town on Isla Colon, and less than 20 minutes to the Town of Almirante, this tropical escape is on the Peninsula on the mainland of Bocas del Toro, inviting a greater array of wildlife to frequent the jungle surrounding.

From the covered boat house, bodega and large over the water veranda, you follow an illuminated path up the elevation of the land to the sprawling home. The road way is paved and would support a UTV or golf cart which could be parked in the garage at the entrance to the house.

There is a beautiful mix of jungle, manicured garden and fruiting tree orchard on this 8 Hectare Lot.  A variety of Bananas, pineapple, avocado, grapefruit, mango, papaya, star fruit, breadfruit and citrus grow for your enjoyment.



The Tierra Oscura Sanctuary is perfect for the Sailor:

The deepwater Bay out front is perfectly protected from the open seas, with layers of islands separating it from the open waters of the Caribbean Sea.

The Tierra Oscura Sanctuary is perfect for the Homesteader:

With so much land, a mature fruit garden, a year long growing season, and a fresh water source ( besides the rain) you could live here autonomously quite well.

The Tierra Oscura Sanctuary is perfect for Touristic Development:

Think rolling hills of lawn with elevation for views and flat patches to build cabins. Mainland jungle and coral Reef to explore. Fruit bearing trees for farm to table fresh breakfasts. This property is the perfect starter pack for anyone interested in developing an Eco-lodge.


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  • boat
  • boat house
  • boat lift
  • cabana
  • dock
  • full kitchen
  • garage
  • laundry
  • rain water collection
  • solar system
  • storage
  • water filtration
  • wifi


  • coral reef
  • crops
  • garden
  • island
  • jungle view
  • ocean view
  • sweet water source
  • waterfront