I am in the process of planning a winter vacation (and if you look at my posting history over the last week or so, you can see I haven't settled on a destination yet) and saw a great deal to head down to Panama in early December to the Royal Decameron Beach Resort. I have several questions.
Myfirst question is are there any official nude beaches nearby? I had seen a thread on here from 2008 that mentioned there was only one and it was on an island. But perhaps a new one has sprung up nearby?
Another question I have is unlike all the other resorts I've stayed at, this one doesn't automatically come with a stocked drink fridge as part of the all-inclusive correct? The resort's website mentions that superior rooms do have one but makes no mention of them being on the golf course. However, the tour company says those rooms are on the golf course, across the street from the resort. Are there some on the non-golf side?
I'm not against walking across the street, but it appears that the golf rooms come with 4 rounds of golf. If there are rooms that I don't have to pay for golf rounds I likely wouldn't use, but still have a stocked minibar that is what I'd want.
Conversely, if non-golf rooms don't exist, does the pro shop at the golf course rent clubs? If so how much are they? I figure if I am paying for 4 rounds of golf, I might as well use at least one. I haven't golfed in many years, but is the course a regular sized course (i.e. not a par 3)? Is it a regular American style course or is it a British style links course? Overall, is it a difficult course (with lots of sand and water hazards)? What do the complimentary rounds include? Simply green fees or do they include more like a motorized cart? I assume that the food/drinks at the pro shop and on the course (assuming either of these exist) are part of the all-inclusive package? Is there a dress code on the course? I know some course are ok with t-shirt and shorts and running shoes (or even sandals) whereas some require a golf shirt and long pants.
Are there excursions to Panama City? I am somewhat of a political junkie and would be interested in visiting the Parliamentary buildings there. Do they have tours that go there?
As far as traveltime, what am I looking at for doing a Panama Canal tour from the resort? Being Canadian a two or three hour bus ride (assuming the buses are large, air conditioned coaches like one would see in Cuba or Jamaica) wouldn't phase me since on a given weekend I'll drive two hours each way to go to Edmonton or Saskatoon.