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An Open Letter from the Developer, Shepard Johnson.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our island community of Isla Solarte, in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. We thought you might like to know how it all began.

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We discovered this area during a four year exploration of Central America in the early 90’s.  When we first arrived at the little town of Bocas Del Toro, our first impression was that it must have been what Lahaina, Maui, was like 50 years ago! We immediately fell in love with the area and soon began negotiations to purchase the majority of land on the Island of Solarte, just a 5 minute boat ride across the water from Bocas town.

We wanted to create a master planned island community for lovers of nature and tropical lifestyles that would be unique and environmentally sensitive as well. We have made over the past several years, a commitment to develop this property with a well thought-out plan that will blend the lots and homes into the natural surroundings of the magnificent tree-canopy, rain forest vegetation, beautiful beach coves and cliffs that overlook the clear waters of the Caribbean ocean. The first two homes, completed in 2,000, reflect this philosophy.

Tourism is growing year-by-year in Panama and the Caribbean province of Bocas del Toro has become one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. This is good news for appreciation of real estate values. Lots that sold just three years ago for less than $20,000 are now selling close to $40,000…Oceanfront lots three years ago were in the mid-$30,000 range..they are now in the high $60,000 range and more.

No one can predict the future of this area and its effect on investments, but one thing is certain, the lots being offered now are still among the lowest priced lots for this type of tourist/residential property anywhere in the Caribbean. Belize and Roatan were once at this stage of development a few short years ago…prices there have skyrocketed.

If you have ever said to yourself, “I wish I had bought that property 20 years ago,” this is the time to act. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it is too late again. Come see us, and enjoy the magnificent scenery, participate in the endless water activities available, and experience for yourself the pleasant way of life that this beautiful and still pristine, area offers.

The information and pictures on our website cannot possible describe adequately the beauty and lifestyle that we have discovered Bocas Del Toro, on Isla Solarte…you have to come and see that for yourself. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed your visit here, and the information we’ve provided about an area that is truly ‘one of a kind’…we also hope that one day you will join us as a friend and neighbor by becoming an island property owner…a ‘Solartarian’.

We welcome your e-mails and your phone calls, and we invite your comments and questions.

With Best Wishes from Paradise,

Shepard Johnson

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