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La Buena Vida

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Main Street (in front of school) | 600 Meters From the Beach, Santa Catalina 60745, Panama
La Buena Vida
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

La Buena Vida was able to accommodate my friend and I last minute after having a very frustrating experience with Coibahouse. We really enjoyed our stay here. The room was very spacious and very beautiful. The beds were comfortable, the AC worked great, and the staff was very friendly. Michelle the owner was helpful with recommendations and checked on us... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow! What an interesting, unique place. We spent 2 nights in the gecko room, and I never wanted to leave. The lights, shower, fittings, curtains, towels, bedspread and about everything else incorporate geckos. It took real skill, talent, imagination and effort to construct such elaborate themed rooms. There is a parrot room, and more. Unfortunately, I could not sample the... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice accommodation on the main road in Santa Catalina, close to restaurants, shops and diving centres. We had a two-storied, spacious room, with a huge semi-outdoor shower (pressure of hot water not super, but fine - and it's hot enough anyway ;-)). Colourful place, good breakfast (not included) and, if you're into it, the opportunity to do yoga.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The room was perfect. The owners were extremely nice, and my little amount of Spanish was enough to book the room with the receptionist (The owners did speak English). I wish I would've stayed here for my entire visit to Santa Catalina. Our next hotel was not quite as nice. Thank you for a great stay!! Wifi was meh, but... More 

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Maui
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is only my second visit to this sleepy town of Santa Catalina. This is the better of the two. It has its own private bathroom, the room ordered had two double beds as I shared the room with my daughter. Had room to spread out our gear and the WIFI worked. It's at the top of the entrance road... More 

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asever
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Dear La Buena Vida, thank you for the absolutely phenomenal stay we enjoyed in April. We couldn't have possibly chosen a better destination and I am so glad that my company works with your hotel. La Buena Vida is a lovely retreat, Michelle's tile work is unbelievable, and the new yoga studio looks fantastic. The breakfast is great - don't... More 

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El Segundo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We traveled over Spring Break for week to Panama with 3 families - 6 adults and 6 kids (ages 11-15). This was my favorite stop on our entire trip! It is the perfect place to relax and surf and really enjoy Panama. The rooms could not be better - so unique are artsy. All the creative touches made it so... More 

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

Thanks so much for everything Lisa and gang. We enjoyed having you and loved having your well behaved kids around. With all of todays technology it was so great to see a group of young adults keep themselves entertained with our cards, games and books. Sadly, that{s rare nowadays. We would love to have you all back for a longer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Life is so good at La Buena Vida! Michelle is an amazing yoga instructor. The studio is up a mountain and has incredible views. La Buena Vida is right at the center of everything. The food is the healthiest in Santa Catalina and it's so delicious! Get the Chunky Monkey smoothie, you won't regret it. The staff is great, Mike... More 

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

Thank You Taina!!! We hope to see you again!!! More Zumba in Santa Catalina... pleassseeee! XO -M More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

La Buena Vida was our last hotel before outside panama city before we flew back home. We stayed after two months travelling in Costa Rica and Panama 4 nights at the hotel. The bungalows were really beautiful! Big rooms, big beeds, everything clean, FAN and even some slow wireless internet (which can't be expected in such a village)! The restaurant... More 

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

Thank you for this Tobias!!!! More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

For 3 years me and my 2 brothers have come here from The Netherlands to enjoy a surf/dive holiday since we are avid divers/snorklers/surfers. there are not many places in the world where you can enjoys all these activities in such close proximity and with such ease. Surfing on a sandy beach, excellent for both beginner as expert surfers. And... More 

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

Bernd, FINALLY one of you brothers have written us a TripAdvisor after three years :). Congratulations, you have now successfully advanced to “favorite brother position”. I hope the other two will follow suit. We have so many laughs with you three, we hope we can get you here a fourth year. Maybe with your families next time. Thanks so much... More 

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