An alternative to the all-inclusive resorts that dominate this area, Las Sirenas' beachfront cottages have well-equipped kitchens, making them a good option for a family on a tight budget, or anyone who wants to do it themeselves, and can speak a little Spanish. Six of the one- and two-bedroom bungalows are on a ridge, with ocean views past the bougainvillea, and six are on the beach below, a few steps from the surf. Those on the ridge are brighter and more spacious, with
private BBQs in front, but all of them have tile floors, terraces with hammocks and chairs, and couches in the living room that can double as beds for young kids. The cottages fill up with Panamanian families on weekends and holidays, but are usually empty. There's a restaurant down the beach and a small grocery store near the highway, but the supermarkets in Coronado have a much better selection.
110 km (66 miles) west of Panama City on Careterra Interamericana, turn left at Santa Clara and bear left at Y, Playa Santa Clara, 0229–00140, Panama