About Us

Sumayyah McCarren

Buena Vista Realty Owner


I first came to Bocas del Toro from San Francisco, California in l996 and moved here permanently in 1997. My late husband and I opened the first “gringo” restaurant, which is now owned by others and still open today. That was our first accomplishment in a foreign country with vastly different ways of doing things. We shared our experiences with fellow ex-pats and helped each other acclimate. We have witnessed a great many changes here over the years, and continue to incorporate what we learn from our experiences into our real estate business in an effort to provide better service to our customers, buyers and sellers alike.

JB Seligman

Real Estate Consultant


I came down to Bocas in 2003 via Texas and Florida. I was looking for Jimmy Buffett’s Key West Florida forty years ago and found it here. Entire communities built over the water. Natives paddling dugout canoes as fiberglass motorboats passed them. Island music everywhere and a true cast of ex-pat characters right out of a pirate book. My goal is to help you make the right decisions depending on your lifestyle as to where you want to live and play. Some like life in the outer islands for the solace; some like living close to Bocas Town for the action. I have gained invaluable knowledge that you get to tap into, which will save you time and money. I look forward to helping you live your dream.

Cynthia Dunne

Real Estate Consultant


After living in the Cayman Islands for 16 years my husband and I set sail on our 39’ sailboat and landed in Bocas del Toro in 2007. This is when we decided to make Panama our home. We lived in Bocas exploring the archipelago and learning about the culture. After 10 years we left the warm ocean breezes for the cooler mountain air and made Boquete our home.

I’m here in the mountains as the Boquete representative for Buena Vista Realty. And with my experiences of living both in the islands and the mountains I can help you find your paradise.

In addition to being knowledgeable about the real estate properties for sale in Bocas we can also offer you our insight into the local marketplace, gained from our personal experience with developing properties and building homes here in Bocas. Whether you are a newcomer or a tourist passing through Bocas you are welcomed into the community.

To purchase property here usually requires cash as Panama bank financing is mostly not available. Some private sellers will finance short term, Be prepared to make an offer in cash. After all our years collectively in Bocas real estate, we have learned a great deal about how to live here, which place fits you, who to recommend and where do you get things done.You are welcome to tap into our experience and by doing so will save yourself time,money and frustration.Moving to a tropical island should be a magical life experience.Let us turn that picture in your head into reality.

For more information about Buena Vista Realty, our listings and the various services that we offer, please browse through our website. We welcome you to contact us regarding real estate in Bocas del Toro.