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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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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Guadeloupe
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 4 nights there and had a great time. The butterfly cottage was large enough for the 2 of us, and we enjoyed the outside shower ! The breakfast was prime, homemade by nice ladies from the village. You have got to try their smoothies, especially the Papaya Dream. Michelle was always helpful and had a solution for any... More

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Davos, Switzerland
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10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I stayed three nights in this very nice place. I enjoyed a massage from Michelle, and this is highly recommended. Michelle and Mike are very helpful. The menu is small, but the food was very good. The room is large, clean and decorated with lots of love. Appreciated I have the AC and fan are in the room and also... More

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Had a fantastic time returning to Santa Cataline after so many years and this time to experience staying at La Buena Vida! Congrats to Michelle and her team for reassuring that my experience was far and beyond from what I had expected. Breakfast was incredible as well the entire staff! Nice décor and suited for the area for sure!

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Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Thank you very much La Buena Vida team!!! for your hospitality. Michelle, Mike,Elena... Very nice place, close to typical restaurant and French bakery, that's the place to be if you are couple or friends. Good information and advice from them as well.

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Spent the Easter weekend with Michelle, Michael and the team at La Buena Vida. Arrived on Thursday evening a little frazzled after a 7 hour drive from the city in holiday traffic but quickly into Santa Catalina mode. My room was in a separate building a few steps away from the main property, compact and nicely furnished with a fridge,... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Pretty Rooms, great outside shower, good breakfast (not cheap) Friendly people! I would recommend this! If you want to go diving, book in advance! Because everything is full (100 $ per person minimal)

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We have been on two trips to Santa Catalina and both time stayed at La Buena Vida. We staying in two different rooms and both were lovely. The second time in Santa Catalina we experienced some black-outs (just something that happens in Santa Catalina) but candles were provided in the rooms. We ate at their cafe each morning and everything... More

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I was not lucky enough to stay at their place because I was visiting someone who lived in town so I cannot comment on the rooms but if they are anything like the dining then they are amazing! This is a quaint spot in a small town. The ambiance is top notch and artistically beautiful. But more than any of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

When a couple of friends and I stayed in Santa Catalina in Mid Feb 2014, this was our favourite place to eat breakfast. The smoothies are delicious (we loved the ones with the banana) and very filling! The Medditerianian eggs was another favourite along with the baked slices. We attended four of Michelle's yoga classes (which you can buy at... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Michelle and Mike were wonderful hosts - super helpful and friendly, and they consistently went out of their way to help us. Lovely laid-back feel to the place. Very clean and comfortable accommodation. The food at their restaurant was delicious - best breakfast in town. I highly recommended La Buena Vida.

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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): $
Also Known As:
La Buena Vida Panama/Santa Catalina

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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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La Buena Vida is a small boutique hotel located in the heart of Santa Catalina, Panama. All private cabanas have hot water, A/C and a mini frig. There is a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch and a gift shop that sells local artwork. Come experience the good life. ... more   less 
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