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“Great Place” 4 of 5 stars
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Pacific Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Bejuco
Zurich
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Great Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

We stayed at Pacific Bay resort in Feb 2010 and had a wonderful time. The staff was nice, especially Frank, who has a strong respect for nature. The location is breathtaking. There are several beaches to choose from each with it's own particular flair.
Since the resort is remote (you need a water taxi to get there), the price includes all meals (excluding drinks). The food was very good. Frank makes sure that the menu doesn't disappoint. And we never had rice, which was great because you usually can't escape rice during lunch and diner in Panama. The home made raviolis were delicious!
Since the place basically runs off solar energy, there is no air conditioning in the rooms, only fans. This was not too much of a problem for me and is what I would expect from an eco-friendly resort. Our room was going through some minor repair on the ceiling, but this didn't bother us. If you enjoy reading at night, I recommend you bring your own portable reading light, since there were no reading lamps next to the bed.
What I liked the most was the beaches, animals, and the sunsets. What I liked least was the lack of lighting next to my bed; a minor detail.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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North Carolina
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

From our arrival in a thunderstorm to being the only people on the beach to watching sea turtles and sunsets we were completely enchanted. It took some effort to find our way from Cerro Punta via buses and taxi to the boat dock. When we called for reservations, there was no one that spoke English. Based on my intermediate Spanish skills over a static-filled phone line we determined that a "big yellow boat" would meet us around 3:00 PM at the dock at Boca Chica. Folks at the dock didn't seem to know Pacific Bay Resort and all wanted to give us a ride to Boca Brava just across the sound. Be patient - the boat does come! The cottages were clean and spacious. Private with great views - though they are duplexes so you will meet the neighbors if there are any. The trails are amazing - howler monkeys in the trees, lots of birds. The food was gourmet all the way - but at times maybe a bit heavy for hot, humid, august at the beach. Staff was friendly and helpful. Beaches were fabulous. It is hard to do this place justice with a description. Bring enough cash for rooms and the boat ride as they didn't take credit cards. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank chai_turtle
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Portland, Oregon
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50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Barbara26
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Southern US
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Greymere
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Advance, NC
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank LoveMyFisherman
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank kdq1010
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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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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