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Calle Rio Estero | Above Estero beach, Santa Catalina 00700, Panama
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Rancho Estero
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Stayed one night in a triple queen bed casita. It was clean and nice, the grounds are beautiful and it was great to have a beer and swing in the hammock. The outdoor kitchen is great to have, there aren't that many food options in Santa Catalina. Easy walk to the sandy beach for beginner surfers. Zigor was really nice... More

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Cambridge, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I have been to Panama twice now and visited Santa Catalina both times as I absolutely fell in love with all it has to offer. Between surfing for the advanced or beginners, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, relaxing on the ocean, meeting great people,and eating great food. At Rancho estero you are overlooking the ocean at the perfect spot where... More

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Seignosse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Loved it! Stayed in the family cabin for 10 days,it was pretty basic but all we needed for relaxing between surfs and a fantastic view to boot.It was great to have such easy access to a safe swimming and surfing beach,I have been looking for a spot like this where my wife and kids would be at ease without having... More

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sun prairie
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Spent five nites at rancho estero,great location with wonderful views.Very peaceful most of the time,lots of action on beach during weekends.Nice walk into town,lots of activities to do.Coiba was great place to visit pristine with snorkling,etc.Best rests.pizza jamming,penginos on beach.Great bus system in panama and very cheap.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for three nights. The thatched huts were perfect to stay in. Beautiful view of the ocean, private walkways to the beach, relaxing place. At night we sat outside the hut, looked at the stars, and listened to the waves. Can't get much better than that

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

Solo female traveler and i really enjoyed this place. Fell asleep listening to the sound of the waves and could wake up and look out the window to see how the surf was. The bungalows were nice and clean and had that rustic feel which was also very nice. The people that owned and ran the place were very helpful... More

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Kent, England
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Simple, clean huts with good communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Walk down the steps to a fantastic beach which has some great surf for beginners and those learning the craft. Zigor and Ellie are great hosts with time for everyone. Really good value for money in a beautiful location, didn't want to leave!

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We spent this year's vacation in Santa Catalina, Panama, a great place for everyone who wants to escape the Xmas mayhem. We stayed at Rancho Estero which is located at the beach front of Santa Catalina with an awesome view on the beach and the waves. We stayed in a small, cozy cabin. The place provides everything needed. The staff,... More

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Oslo, Norway
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We came to stay for a week but just couldn't leave. Stayed for over three weeks! The friendly staff and the atmosphere at Rancho Estero made it really hard to leave even after three weeks. Zigor who manages the place is extremely friendly and helpful, making you feel at home and that you have everything you need. Also the local... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

I have 3 trips to Sta. Catalina and couldn't imagine a better experience. Inexpensive, and clean the rooms are comfortable and separated enough to afford privacy. I'll be back this February to take advantage of the ocean, friendship and ease of living that staying at Rancho can bring.... If something bothers you it's probably because you are still on "sity... More

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Address: Calle Rio Estero | Above Estero beach, Santa Catalina 00700, Panama
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Location: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Rancho Estero Panama/Santa Catalina

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Rancho Estero is located at the end of the road to Playa Estero and is on the bluff overlooking the beach and the surf. The view from this property is simply amazing. We have a series of small cabanas that can accommodate 1 to 3 people each. We recently renovated the entire property and now offer TV and free internet access. There are plenty of hammocks, chaise lounges and decks to relax on. We are a bit further from town (2 min drive) and the main break, Rancho Estero is a very popular choice because of its priceless views, location and friendly vibe that always exists here. ... more   less 
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