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“Lovely remote setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Pacific Bay Resort
Punta Bejuco, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Bejuco
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Lovely remote setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

We stayed at Pacific Bay Resort for two nights in January 2009. Pacific Bay Resort is one of the most beautiful settings we found in all of Panama. Located on a large swath of tropical forest approximately 20 minutes (by boat) from Boca Chica, PBR is extremely private and remote. The duplexes are a bit rustic, but spacious and featuring stellar views. The resort's restaurant sits at the top of the hill with spectacular ocean panoramas. They serve simple but tasty food that is included in the room rate. The resort has three beaches, and we spent most of our time at the gorgeous south beach, where you can swim in the bathwater-warm cove and watch howler monkeys play in the trees. While there we also saw iguanas, deer and lots of hermit crabs. Just a couple minor words of warning: 1) The bungalows are widely spaced and on pretty steep hills, so be prepared to do some hiking (though sometimes you can arrange for the staff to pick you up with golf carts); and 2) They don't accept credit card payments, so make sure you bring cash to pay your bill.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Southern US
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2009

Four of us spent two nights at Pacific Bay Resort and we loved it. The setting is spectacular--a spot where you can have a truly peaceful, idyllic vacation. The staff was great, the food was very good, the value was excellent, and, overall, we had a fantastic time. That said, people should be forewarned because it is not the place for everyone. It is more rustic than might appeal to some people. There is limited electrical power in the cabins and it took us until our final morning to get someone to turn on the water heater in our cabin. More importantly, the terrain is extremely hilly so you must be ready for a steep climb if you want to go anywhere on the property. The climbs can be treacherous when the paths are wet--which, when we were there, was most of the time. Between the steep, wet paths and the need to wade in from the water taxi, it is a place only for the able-bodied. People should also be forewarned that the owner, Frank, is only there between October and March and during the remaining months you will be looked after very well by his staff, but they speak only Spanish, so, if you do not speak Spanish, communication may be difficult.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Advance, NC
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

I was pleased with the "all-inclusive" value, and all staff members were kind and helpful. The cottage was tidy, although my husband had a scorpion crawl up through the drain into his shower. Ask Frank to connect the hot water or enjoy cool showers. Our 2 yr old daughter enjoyed the monkeys, large beaches with coconuts to play with and the boat ride to Deer Island for a picnic with Frank. The resort grounds present a rolling and steep topography, which was quite a work out to push a stroller up so many hills (especially those that were not paved with concrete). Frank served many delicious carbohydrate/starch meals that were not high protein. We were disappointed in the lack of fruit available to us, but pleased with the quality of the drinking water. The winds were high, making snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing difficult (this of course was beyond Frank's control). This is a place for the physically fit. I left with an appreciation for Frank's responsibilities to the environment, but needing a massage and some air conditioning, craving a banana. Hope Frank invests in a pool soon, maybe a tv/dvd/satellite for the gathering place/restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2008

If you are looking for a place that is peaceful, welcoming and just has a great feel to it, you need to spend some time with Frank and his staff at Pacific Bay Resort! Plenty to do.....great beaches, lotsof trails for walking, beautiful views: you really shouldn't miss this place! PBR is the kind of place you wonder if you should be writing raving reviews about, for fear that thesecret will be out! We can't say enough about Frank's hospitality and can't wait to return!!!

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2006

The review from the people who had gone to Bocas del Toro intially could have been written by us! In fact if we had been able to access this review prior to going last week we would just have gone directly to Pacific Bay Resort. Bocas del Toro was a disappointment, though the place we stayed, Casa Acuario was delightful!

Pacific Bay was exactly what we were looking for. Beautiful, away from the beaten path, pristine, uncrowded beaches, fantastic, green powered generous accomodations with views of the Bay from each porch. Frank is quite a character and very entertaing. His staff is wonderful. We felt very well taken care of.

We are divers and went with Carlos Spragge of Buzos Boca Braca (----) to an island about 2 hrs away, Ladronas, for one of the best diving sites we've been to called "The Bulls". His boat was spotless, his captaining skills impeccable, the diving spectacular but not for beginners.

We are definitely going back!

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2005

Just returned from the Pacific Bay Resort in Panama and it is everything that the previous reviewer stated and more. If you are looking for something unique, off the beaten path, loads of unspoiled natural beaty, a resort that strives to exist in harmony with its natural surroundings, has great food, a host with a great sense of humor and a knack for storytelling, then the Pacific Bay Resort should be part of your travel itinerary on any trip to Panama.

Bring bug spray, light clothing, swimsuits , a sense of humor and a spirit of adventure and you won't be disappointed!

Please e-mail, if you have any questions!

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2005

My Husband and I went to Panama for a long overdue vacation. We went to Bocas Del Toro but found it quite disappointing. The constant rain (in dry season) was far too dreary. We made the decision to try the pacific side. The journey was long (90 mins from David) and the road unpaved. Yet we were so grateful we took the road less traveled as we discovered a hidden paradise when we least expected it. Pacific Bay Resort. The resort is absolutely beautiful. The white sand beaches are pristine, lined with palm trees. Tropical flowers are abundant as well as just about any fruit tree we could wish for. There are seven two-bed cottages spaced a good distance apart offering privacy and peace. The restaurant sits on top of a hill. Its open air style provides one of the most spectacular views and the cuisine is fabulous. Fortunately the meals are great value as they are all included in the cost per day. Fantastic Deal! The resort also offers boat tours and snorkeling trips at a reasonable rate. As well as sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, and amazing hikes through a tropical jungle. The staff is friendly and immensely helpful and accommodating. Although the best part, for my husband and I, was getting to know the owner Frank. He is a brilliant businessman with a flair for telling the most wonderful stories. He made us laugh and feel incredibly welcome. We loved our stay at Pacific Bay Resort. It truly was a paradise in the Jungle.

Pacific Bay resort is located about 70 minustes from David. Call the resort to be picked up from the airport or bus station. Their website can be found at ----------------

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Address: Punta Bejuco, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Punta Bejuco
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Bejuco
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Number of rooms: 11
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