Starr Sanford Design | Starfish | Bocas Del Toro | Panama


Starfish is an eco-resort with energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable measures that will minimize the development impact on the environment. It is located in Isla Colon within the province of Bocas del Toro in the Republic of Panama. The site is unique in that it has vegetation of various types; palm groves, mangroves, pine lands, grasslands, and a tropical rainforest. The flora and fauna within the entire property are rich and remained a priority in its preservation.

The master plan is composed of a town center with two villages. A narrow access travel lane connects all the villages together and an extensive network of trails and pedestrian cart ways complete the neighborhood structure. Starfish has an extensive variety of unit types and some with very unique conditions, among them; water villas, mangrove villas, and tree houses. The development provides opportunities for several high-end resort hotels as well as an equestrian center, organic farm, spa, marina, several interior lake beaches, and many other typical amenities found in New Urbanist communities and resorts.

Project Team
Client: Axis Realty Trust
DPZ Latin America/Urban Environments Design Group, Planner
Starr Sanford Design, Conceptual Architectural Design, Charrette