The Pacific Bay Resort is a place of exceptional beauty. The view at sundown from the hill at sunset is one that we will long remember. The property covers about 150 acres, most of it undeveloped. It has three gorgeous beaches which we had almost entirely to ourselves. (We liked South Beach the best for its combination of shade, hammocks and sandy bottom.)
The arrival by boat sets the stage for the experience. It is a beautiful half-hour ride through undeveloped coastline. If the term resort conjures up sitting by a pool with pool-boys bringing you pina coladas, this is not not the place for you. Lodge would be a better term for the place than resort. The cottages are basic but very roomy and comfortable. There is no pool. But who needs one with all that ocean available?
Frank, the owner, is a great fellow. After a few hours, we felt he was an old friend. He is a great story teller and a great steward of his land. As a former Boston restauranteur, Frank runs an excellent kitchen and we were amazed at the wonderful meals he was able to produce in this remote location.
To respond to a couple of previous entries: Yes, there is a pretty steep walk up the hill from the cottages to the restaurant. But there were four of us in our 60's and we did not have any trouble at all. Pacific Bay is in a hot climate and a bit of planning is in order to enjoy the day. Plan to do most of your activity in the morning before it gets too hot. Take a siesta after lunch. Top off the day with a late afternoon stroll to one of the beaches for a swim.
And to the worst suggestion on the Trip Advisor link: Please, Frank, no TV or DVD in the restaurant area. It would ruin the entire ambiance of the place. The point of coming to a place like this is to get away from the blare of the television and enjoy the sounds of the sea and the land and the pleasure of good company.
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- Also Known As:
- Pacific Bay Hotel Punta Bejuco
- Pacific Bay Resort Panama/Punta Bejuco