We stayed last week for 3 nights, 4 days at Las Sirenas at Playa Santa Clara for a quick beach getaway after attending a wedding in Panama City. What a wonderful place! We requested (and received) Cabana # 11, which is the cabin closest to the beach, having decided that we did not want to climb the stairs from the beach to the larger mountain-top cabins (which had breathtaking views!) Because our cabana was right on the beach, it had the advantage of cross-breezes from the sea, and we were no more than ten steps from the beach.
You arrive at this property via a bumpy dirt road for about 1/2 mile off the main road. If you are not in a 4WD vehicle, go slowly in your rental car. We opted to use a car service to take us there and back, and had WONDERFUL service -- they even stopped at the El Rey supermarket in Coronado to help us stock up on groceries before we arrived.
Our cabana was a one-bedroom with air-conditioning in the bedroom, a king bed with a good mattress, and a living/kitchen area with a daybed and futon/couch (good if you are bringing your kids). The kitchen with breakfast bar and 4 stools was fully stocked with a new full-size refrigerator, a gas stove with 4 burners and small oven, and all the pots, pans, dishes, glasses and utensils needed for 4 people, including dish detergent and paper towels. Bath towels, beach towels, extra linens, and soap was also provided. The red-tiled patio off the kitchen, facing the beach on two sides, had a large hammock, a round wood table with 4 canvas backed chairs, a canvas beach chair with ottoman, and a wooden park-style bench. Also provided were two canvas folding camp chairs to take down to the beach, and beach umbrellas were available. Several large canopies were set up on the beach for guests.
Cabana 11 had lots of window on two sides, with great lighting, and great breezes during the day (we closed and locked everything atnight). The property has BBQ areas with covered picnic tables, and lots of seating for guests. Flowered walkways and beautiful views add to the serenity -- it was very quiet during our stay the mid-week after Carnival, but lots of families were arriving for the weekend when we left on a Thursday afternoon.
There are no stores close by, so you need to bring what you will need. There are two small beach-hut restaurants very close by, but none at Las Sirenas. The closest one is to the right, about 100 yards down the beach, but closes promptly at 6 p.m. (open at 11 a.m., cheap and good food and cold beer!) Just a bit further is another restaurant with a more varied menu, including seafood, hamburgers, chicken, at very reasonable prices -- they are open until 9 p.m.
The only downside is that there is no daily housekeeping service, but a broom was provided for us to sweep sand off the patio, and we really did not need it for a 3-nights stay! The owners/employees do not speak much English, but are friendly and helpful, and we had no trouble being understood when we needed something (though our Spanish is terrible!)
The cabana we stayed in was IMMACULATELY clean, and appeared to be recently painted with new appliances and plumbing fixtures. The white sandy beach was clean too, and we could walk for miles in either direction past some beautiful private homes. Go see this place before it gets too built up like Coronado is becoming! Las Sirenas was a wonderful bargain for $100 a night, and we will definitely return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach front cabins for four people. More than a hotel it's a piece of paradise on earth. Comfort and nature. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Las Sirenas Hotel Santa Clara
- Las Sirenas De Santa Clara - Beach Front Cabins Panama