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“A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth” 5 of 5 stars
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Pacific Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Bejuco
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

A wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The food and staff were outstanding! The owner was not only the "Jungle Whisperer, but our friend, guide, teacher, and made you feel right at home. He has a lot of love in his heart and great stories to share. You come to this place with a smile, and leave with one! A true JOY and experience in every way! The cabins are just beautiful, we were impressed!!!! It is like having your own private
sanctuary and island. Definitely worth the trip! :-)

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

I am writing to share our favorite discovery on a recent (July 2012) trip to Panama.

If your idea of a tropical getaway entails all-you-can-eat buffet, satellite TV, sub-zero air conditioning and jet skis, now would be a good time to stop reading. However, if you prefer to see Panama’s lush Pacific coast the way God made it, the Panama Beach Resort is your ticket. Accessible only by 20 minute motor boat ride from the tiny fishing village of Boca Chica, just off the Pan-American Highway en route to David, the PBR is actually a peninsula jutting into a sheltered bay, but with the slender neck of land connecting it to the shore covered in a dense green rain forest, it is best to think of PBR as a private island. The resort consists of just 10 reasonably priced, simply appointed, comfortable and immaculate cabins tucked into acres of unspoiled rainforest rich in wildlife and ringed with three football field length, pristine, white sand beaches.

The personable laid-back proprietor, who refers to himself fittingly as the “custodian,” Frank (frank@pacificbayresort.org,) turned his back on a successful career as a Boston-based restaurateur and real estate investor to follow his heart to this healthier, unharried, natural retreat. And PBR is a perfect mirror held up to his quest for renewal and reconnection. The entire estate is a model of self-sufficiency, sustainable use of resources and environmental sensitivity. From the solar panels that furnish all power, to home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, to landscaping materials from the surrounding forest, everywhere the resort experience focuses upon what nature provides.

Frank may have put a career as a restaurateur behind him but not his love of fine dining. PBR serves its guests three truly gourmet meals a day, achieving a remarkable subtlety and complexity using simple, fresh ingredients often including fish pulled from the bay within sight of the resort and a wide variety of homegrown groceries.

There may be no pool with a swim-up bar; but even when all the cabins are full it is common to have a lovely beach all to yourself! There may be no humming AC but the rooms are well cooled by ceiling fans and dependable sea breezes. There may be no para-sailing, but In just two days of roaming the extensive grounds, we had chance encounters with howler monkeys, deer, agouti, black squirrels, several large and colorful species of crab, and nameless legions of exotic birds. And the resort is happy to lend its guest a sea kayak to explore the shoreline or to arrange excursions to snorkel or dive nearby corral reefs or to watch whales and dolphins in season. There may be no TV, but it is heaven-on-earth to pass the day reading in a swaying hammock. And, in what is perhaps the most remarkable facet of the experience, at night, there is not a single artificial light – not one – to be seen anywhere on the resort or the mainland beyond!

To put it more simply, the resort really delivers on it motto, “harmony at the jungle’s edge.” There is nowhere else like this and we simply loved it.

Richard H. & Deborah B.
Belmont, Massachusetts
2012

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Pacific Bay Resort was the perfect way to end our vacation in Panama. Imagine a secluded tropical location accessible only by 20 min boat ride, in the middle of a tamed jungle with three white sand, isolated beaches, with comfortable cabins and the friendliest staff you will find anywhere. That is Pacific Bay! Owned by a former Boston resident (Frank) we makes you feel right at home along with the rest of the welcoming staff who work to make sure you have a relaxing vacation.

Highlights of our time at Pacific Bay Resort:
- On one of the 3 secluded beaches of the resort, the only two people there, peacefully hanging in hammocks hung especially for us in the shady spot of our choosing
- The sunset from the main house/restaurant
- The personalized tour of the property by Frank
- Petting a baby deer who Frank and the staff have befriended
- Listening to howler monkies while falling asleep
- Sea kayaking in the aqua blue ocean (if we had been a bit braver, we could have gone to nearby deserted island to explore)
- THE FOOD! The amazing Chef Andy made us the most delicious food we found in Panama! My favorite was the poached pear for dessert, the home-made foccacia bread, and fresh fruit for breakfast. And it's included in the price!

It is off the beaten path, so it takes some effort to get there . . . but that is part of the point! It is also an extremely good value (Frank specifically created this place as an affordable option for the average person to be able to enjoy). The resort does a lot to support the local community, which made us feel great about spending time here as tourists.

Will DEFINITELY be back!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

It's remote. And there are geckos in the shower (sometimes). And the monkeys might wake you up at night while they swing through the trees. And you might run in to a hummingbird while walking down the very steep path. BUT (okay, fine, I actually love the previous things), it's really the most amazing place ever. Best bang for your buck you'll ever get, with great food, beaches to suit every taste, views that take your breath away (especially when you're watching a thunderstorm pass through - wow!), a good book collection, and comfy hammocks you can spend an entire day reading in. We went in July of last summer for a week and were the only guests. The staff was incredibly kind and thoughtful, and always inquired about what we wanted to eat and at what time. We will be going back - hopefully many times. As previous reviewers have said, it's paradise! By the way, bring good gripping walking shoes/sandals - the steep paths get slippery, especially after it rains.

Room Tip: We stayed in the first cottage (pink) called Chiriqui, closest to North Beach. We could hear the qui...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Pacific Bay Resort is a hidden gem. It takes a bit to get to it but that is part of it's charm. It's a beautiful haven away from computers and cell phones. Nothing but the sounds of birds and howler monkeys. Frank has gone to great lengths to make sure he is and his guests are respectful of the animals and the land itself. You can feel good about staying here. Frank himself is a great character. Always quick with a joke but also has a deep caring side as well. People who stay there become like family. The staff are all friendly and very respectful. One thing we were not expecting was the amazing food! It was to die for! Great food, great people and beautiful surroundings.....perfect!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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La Center, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We just left one of the most amazing places! Pacific Bay Resort is accessible by boat only. No Internet, no electricity (there is some solar power) and no phones. This is an Ecco vacation that is not soon forgotten.

It may be a little remote, but well worth the effort. The views are spectacular, the food is outstanding and the staff are so accommodating. I tore my Achilles tendon a few months ago and walking is a little difficult. But it was no problem for Frank and his crew. They took me anywhere I wanted in one of their golf carts.

The beaches are secluded and you pretty much have your own private beach. Did I mention the food?

Pacific Bay Resort far exceeded our expectations, we will be back!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Words are not enough to describe how much we love this place, from the second we arrived we knew it was special and did not stop smiling the 4 nights we were there. this was definatly the highlight of Panama after a month travelling. The boat only access makes you feel like you are going to your own private exclusive island and in a way you are. Even though it is on 145acres, there are only 5 bungalows and frank only likes to take 12 or so people at a time so it is never crowded!! We had the blue bungalow overlooking north beach,below the restaurant, and the view was stunning. the bungalows are 2 rooms,you have one side and someone else has the otherside, but the balconies are totally seperate(or in our case there was nobody next to us so it was really private!). The rooms are HUGE, with windows all the way around so they are light and airy and there is a constant breeze, which you need as it is hot out there. they are nothing fancy, just basic,simple rooms, but so clean and tidy and well just nice! he has created a place that is not fancy when this could have been a real expensive exclusive place out of the reach of most 'normal' travellers, instead he has got the right balance of price, comfort and therefore a great mix of people coming here. The restaurant is the best bit, the views are just breathtaking, everytime you sit up there you are blown away. And the food, wow, we were not expecting that. They made such an effort to make us different tasty veggie food everyday,it was amazing, we eat here better than anywhere else in Panama, they serve breakfast,lunch and dinner in great portions, you will never go hungry and it is all fresh and lovely. The beaches are beautiful, kayaks great fun, and all in all this is just a wonderfull place to hang out. oh and the other great thing, Frank, the owner, he is brilliant, we love him. And all the staff, Andy and the girls, just lovely. There is not one bad thing about this place and i wouldnt change a thing. Love it love it love it.

Room Tip: The blue cottage below the restaurant has lovely views, but it is a steep walk up to the restaurant...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pacific Bay Resort
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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