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Rancho Estero

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Calle Rio Estero | Above Estero beach, Santa Catalina 00700, Panama
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Rancho Estero
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  • Location
    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 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have stayed at two other places in Santa Catalina and, while the other places are very good, Rancho Estero is easily my favorite. Zigor and Eli are always very helpful with anything I have needed in my stays there. The location is perfect, at the end of the road right above Playa Estero, there are a handful of amazing... More 

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Vejle, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in a big cabina for 6 nights with our kids age 6&7 - and we loved it ! The view of the sea, the friendly staff made us feel more than welcome. The kind of place you want to visit again some day!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Rancho Estero, is for me one of the best places to stay in Santa Catalina for a couple : Amazing view of the sea directly form your bungalow window, private access to the Paya Estero Beach, nice kitchen, great staff !

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

My girlfriend and I stayed in one of the private and spacious cabanas with its own kitchen and bathroom for a few nights during out stay to Santa Catalina in January. What a view!!! It was easy to book a room and stay in touch via e-mail with Elli, the on-site manager/employee. When we arrived, one of the maintenance guys... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in a small cabina at rancho estero and felt very welcome by owners Eli and Zigor! The view from right outside our cabin was epic to say the least, great price on surfboard rentals. rancho estero is definitely for the outdoorsy types! We Highly recommend staying here!! Truly beautiful!

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A small cosy Rancho with 4 bamboo huts varying in size all on the hill overlooking Playa Estero. I could watch the surfers ride there waves from your hammock. Ideal place to go to learn to surf the sandy beach breaks (Zigor was a very good teacher and boards could be rented from the Rancho). The Rancho was clean with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I can't say enough good things about all that is Rancho Estero: cabins with ceiling fans (yes, ceiling fans!), the sounds of the ocean, lightening bugs, Elli and Zigor the caretakers, and the view and the surfing, and the cats and dogs (to get your pet fix), and local help and food, and frogs and crabs, and all that is... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My wife and I came to Santa Catalina to go to Coiba National Park. We booked early with Elli. As we were arriving very late, we got very clear information as to which room we would stay in and how to reach it. I thought the hut we were in was cute and nice enough, with electricity, etc. The facilities... More 

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Gouda, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We stayed for two nights at the Rancho Estero. Although we knew we would expect a accomodation which was simple and basic, we did not expect it to be worn and shabby ; the sundeck was partly prohibited due to the floor being not safe, the showers were poor and malfunctioning, the 'kitchen' was filthy and a mess, the (temporary)... More 

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Ranchoestero, Manager at Rancho Estero, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear about your unpleasant stay in Rancho Estero. And sorry that we personally haven't been there in those 2 days. We went to get supplies and the wood for fixing the sundeck, which we had to close partly for a short time, because of security reasons. Unfortunately the rainy season in Panama is hard on... More 

Munich, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I stayed there a couple of nights and can totally recommend it. The little cabañas are really clean and comfortable. The view is just amazing, you can see the ocean and the beach, which is direct at the hotel. You can spend the day in one of the hammocks or go to the beach, which is directly at the hotel.... More 

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