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Main Street (in front of school) | 600 Meters From the Beach, Santa Catalina 60745, Panama
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La Buena Vida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars NEW via mobile

On a recent trip to Santa Catalina I was told of a place that one could have a great meal, practice yoga and even receive an excellent massage. Well I tried all 3 and it was amazing. I signed up for the 4 yoga classes and ate there for breakfast and lunch many times. I also had Michelle's 90min massage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the gecko room and loved it. Great yoga space to practice! Great food. There's no place in town with as much character. Hands down a repeat stay kind of place. Highly recommend if you like to be in a funky spot in an out of the way place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Congratulations to Michelle & Mike. They've taken a lot of time and effort to make this little hotel into a novel experience, with all their artistic touches, plus great service from their friendly staff, and clean and comfortable rooms, with their individual design themes. And good food to go with it, too.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Buena Vida has a ton of character and a friendly laid back ambiance. The entire staff (from owners to housekeeping) is beyond friendly and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The food is excellent (Huevos Ranchitos for breakfast probably my top vote). Rooms are clean and the amenities exceptional. I will definitely return and believe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the Gecko cabin and just loved it. It was a bit more private and had hammocks on the balcony - great way to spend a quiet evening. Mike & Michelle are very nice and the food at their restaurant was delicious. I would definitely stay there again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Stayed here with my cousin and our families for two nights and it was pretty good! We stayed in the Casa del Mar, and it's a stand-alone house that can host up to 8 people. It has a kitchen, but only one bathroom and shower. As mentioned on their website it is a studio - there are two twin beds,... More 

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Kotbar, Thanks for your honesty here. The house you stayed in, the Casa del Mar actually has two double beds (oposed to twin) and two twin bunks beds, plus one sofa bed. I am always quite honest with all future guests whether each villa will suit their individual group's dynamics/needs. We want our guests to have a comfortable stay with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We loved our stay at Buena Vida. He rooms are stylish, comfortable and very clean. We felt like home from the very second. Very relaxing place. The restaurant served good food and staff was very friendly. Unfortunately wifi did not work during our stay. Be aware of the long walk to the surf spots! No taxi, bus available. Bikes only... More 

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Hello! Thanks for the great review despite the Internet. As you state here we do our best at La Buena Vida to make sure your stay is clean and comfortable in our artisitc villas. Unfortunately the Internet speed and service is still out of our hands. Our wifi should be working at all times, sometimes just very slowly. Santa Catalina... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Mike and Michelle are great at La Buena Vida. My friend and I stayed a week and had the house with a private bbq and porch out back. The place is huge! Outdoor shower is super inviting and the high ceilings just make it feel so open. Really enjoyed our own kitchen as well as the grill and blender. Smoothies... More 

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks for this Gypsy On! It was nice to get to know you and share some local adventures. Let us know where your journey finally leads you. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We stayed 3 nights with them. Michael and Michelle run the place and are connected to the very heartbeat of Santa Catalina. Anything you need (that can be had that far out) they can help. It's very comfortable and Michelle's tasteful, intricate and beautiful mosaic work and Michaels ornate metal work decorate the entire place. There are even vanilla vines... More 

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks guys!!! We hope to see you back again soon. Keep up the yoga :))) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

I highly recommend staying at La Buena Vida! Michelle and Mike are warm and welcoming and they have created a magical place. Not only are the villas beautiful and handcrafted, but the entire hotel is filled with love and happiness. They create a great community and provide exceptional service! The villas are comfortable and very clean. The restaurant has the... More 

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks so much Roni Y! We enjoyed having you, especially for yoga class. Hope to see you here again soon! More 

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Address: Main Street (in front of school) | 600 Meters From the Beach, Santa Catalina 60745, Panama
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Location: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
La Buena Vida Panama/Santa Catalina

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