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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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    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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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El Segundo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

El Segundo, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We just spent two nights at La Buena Vida and had the most incredible time. The hotel is beautiful and Mike and Michelle are super cool. It's an artistic wonderland with beautiful tile mosaics and metal work. The yoga studio was made by love by Mike for Michelle. Every detail is thoughtfully and beautifully executed. Breakfast is excellent and the... More 

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

Thanks Michele! We hope there is a next time and you stay longer!!! Hello to all!!!! -Michelle More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Mike & Michelle are wonderful hosts! They made us feel at home & we appreciated their knowledge of the area which helped with our house hunt. La Buena Vida is a quaint hotel on the main strip in town. All the rooms have a different theme & we had the gecko room. Super cute! Everything was very clean & tidy.... More 

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

Thanks Guys! We'd love to hear how the rest of your trip was and which areas of Panama you liked most. I have a feeling we'll see you again, further on down the road. Good luck! More 

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We arrived shortly before nightfall having driven from Panama City - a good five hours! We were welcomed and shown to the Bird Suite. Plenty of space, hammock on the porch, gorgeous mosaic work by owner Michelle and bed frames, etc. in wrought iron by owner Mike. They made great suggestions for dinner and offer the best breakfasts in Santa... More 

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

Thanks so much for your and your wife’s general interest and enthusiasm for La Buena Vida and Santa Catalina Pancho M! We truly enjoyed having you. If you are headed back this way again, be sure to pre-schedule that massage as it would be a shame to come all that distance and I not be available. -Michelle More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Just spent three perfect nights at La Buena Vida. The whole place and rooms were each decorated in great mosaic work by the owners (+ each room had a outdoor shower. Nice touch.) They have a really nice breakfast and lunch restaurant, where they also can help you out with a lunch to go. The staff is very helpful and... More 

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

Thanks Niels!!! Hope the rest of your trip was great. We'll be here :). More 

Essex, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We spent a week at La Buena Vida with our 2 teenage children. We all absolutely loved the hotel, the food, the location, the whole experience. Michele and Mike went out of their way to give good advice and suggestions; it became a mantra of ours that "if Michele told you to (not) do something - you better follow that... More 

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

Thanks so much Anne! For those travelers who want to know my (Michelle's) words of advice which were so closely followed... well... some helpful hints would be .... Only go to the beach early morning and late afternoon. Take plenty of sunblock and more water than you think. As for our other recommendations.... you'll have to come on by, see... More 

Albuquerque, NM
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35 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We liked staying here. It is pricier than some hotels but worth it. Nice patio restaurant although we didn't eat there much. The only problem was we didn't have hot water for a few days and then we had almost no water pressure. That was fixed by unclogging the shower spray but it took awhile to get that done. The... More 

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

Hello "Zialucia". I apologize for the delay in your shower repair ---"MIGUEL"! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Panama. Thanks for everything. More 

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