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Rancho Estero

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I guided recently seven people on a trip in Panama. I read about Rancho Estero and wanted to give it a try. Even before my visit I was surprised by them being overdemanding with booking. I was in panamian mountains, one day before coming to Santa Catalina, without internet and they pushed me when I called them to pay booking...

Thank Radek K
Ranchoestero, Manager at Rancho Estero, responded to this review

Dear Radek, I am very sorry about your bad experience with us. I just want to clarify the situation a little bit. We are a small hotel of only 6 cabins and half of them were already occupied. I think it is not unusual to ask for a deposit if a big group wants to reserve several cabins. And that...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was very easy to get to Santa Catalina from Panama city. There are several buses a day. Elli from Rancho sent me all the necassary information to get to this magical place. Its about 15-20min easy walk from "town" along the beach road to playa estero. I'm absolutely happy that I booked a whole week and really enjoyed staying...

Thank Freency_h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We absolutely loved our stay at Rancho Estero. First of all the people who work there are phenomenal. Elli and Zigor are personable, friendly, helpful and sweet. They were always around and always made sure we felt comfortable. The location is right by the water, unlike many other places in Santa Catalina. Waking up to the view of the water...

Thank Jess E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our stay at Rancho Estero & wish we could have stayed longer. There are 6 cabins on the property, but we elected to stay in the new wooden versions. They are very nice & include a private bathroom. Inside are two double beds with a third double bed in the annex. You can sleep very easily with cool...

Thank Erik V
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Reviewed January 13, 2017

We came to this place in December 2016 and had a fabulous time there. Our bungalow overlooked the beautiful beach Playa Estero. The little cabins are simple but idyllic and there are hammocks everywhere. The outdoor kitchen is fully equipped and there is free coffee in the morning. Furthermore, the hosts are super friendly. They even went surfing with me...

Thank Benni F
Ingolstadt, Germany
Reviewed January 2, 2017

We spent 4 nights at Rancho Estero and really enjoyed it. It was calm and relaxing as it is located directly at the beach and there aren't that many beds (= not that many guests), so it is nice to hang out in the garden without plenty of other people around. The surfing lessons were awesome and we had a...

Thank paige89261
Warsaw, Poland
Reviewed November 11, 2016

It's simply the best :) We stayed in very basic bamboo hut with shared bathroom and we loved it. Bed was not very comfortable but OK. There was almost no light in our hut because of some electrical issue but who cares? We spend most of time on the beach and in hommocks on the sundeck .The view on Estero...

Thank MikeFinger
Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

This place is pretty fantastic. It is perfect for hanging out and relaxing after a day of surfing or snorkeling or diving. Picture swinging in the hammocks overlooking the beach outside your own little bamboo hut. If you get too hot you can just wander down to the beach, which is generally pretty empty of people because you're far enough...

Thank Amanda B
Leiden, The Netherlands
Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Rancho Estero is fantastically situated a bit out of town right above Playa Estero, a beautiful surf beach. We stayed in one of the new wooden cabins which was basic but more than adequate. The shared kitchen area could have been better (cleaner and better equipped) and there could have been more loungers on the lovely deck, but we were...

1Thank egrekao
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Rancho Estero is located at the pacific coast of Panama in the small town Santa Catalina! Its a beautiful place and Estero Beach also a great spot to surf! Specialy for beginners its a good break to learn. The surflessons are highly recommended. The manager of Rancho itselfs is giving usefull tips and makes your stay in the water as...

Thank Lilola H
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 cabins that can accommodate 1 to 6 people. We offer free internet access and a common kitchen. There are plenty of hammocks, chaise lounges and decks to relax on. Several restaurants are located close by. The town and the surf break "La Punta" are in walking distance. Rancho Estero is a very popular choice because of its priceless views, unique location and friendly vibe. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rancho Estero

Address: Calle Hacia Playa Estero | Above Estero beach, Santa Catalina 00700, Panama
Location: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Price Range: $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Rancho Estero Panama/Santa Catalina
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“We were very happy with our cabin with privat bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles paige89261, Jan 2, 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are nice, the one with the deck looking out to the beach seems especially nice though.”
  • Deck overlooking Playa Estero
  • Single bed cabaña
  • View to Playa Estero
 of 5 bubbles 338trentonm, Apr 4, 2015 | Read review
“Cabina in the garden are quiter”
 of 5 bubbles Balane1802, Apr 2, 2015 | Read review
“There is a grocery store in town. Go there to pickup supplies and drinks instead of relying on anything at the hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles travelbug10498, Jan 22, 2015 | Read review
“The family cabin was perfect for 4”
 of 5 bubbles jezd2014, Mar 3, 2014 | Read review
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