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Dec 20th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Panama: Where to stay near Pedasi

My husband and I (along with our 4 year old) will be spending 2 weeks exploring Panama in March/April 2013. We've planned out the start of the trip but need some advice on the end - and any thoughts on our itinerary are welcome too!

Arrive PC - 4 nights in Casa Antigua apartment in Casco Viejo
Drive to Boquete - 4 nights in Finca Lerida Hotel and Coffee Farm
Drive to Bocas del Toro - 3 nights in Bocas Town at Palma Royale
Drive to Pedasi area (with a night stay in Santiago to break up the drive - not sure where to stay - has anyone stayed at Hotel Mykonos?)

The next day we will head down to Pedasi for 2 or 3 nights and I'm trying to figure out where to stay. If we stay in Pedasi itself, I've looked at and like Casa de Campo - but I'm thinking we want to be on the beach - someplace with a pool, good food, a bit pampering for the end of our trip. We'll have rental car so can easily drive into Pedasi to explore/hang out. I've looked at the places around Playa Venao. I think Villa Camilla looks wonderful, but it may be a bit out of our price range. I've come across Playa Venao Hotel Resort, which looks nice, but I can find very little information on it online. Has anyone stayed there? We are also considering Villa Marina. I know the area is developing at a brisk pace, so if there are other places that I'm missing, I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance!! Jen
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Dec 21st, 2012, 11:19 AM
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I have about an 11 page text of more info on Panama plus a website & blog. To answer your question, Casa Margarita in Pedasi is the best, then go 35k west to Playa Vaneo for a visit or night. Also La Sirenas Casitas "Moo Moo Cabins" will be going away after June for a new high rise resort/condo?:
Beaches including Azuero Peninsular :
Breezes Resort, Playa Blanca: http://www.vacationscostarica.com/pa...ls/breezes.htm
Casita Margarita B&B, Pedasí: www.pedasihotel.com email [email protected] phone 995-2898

Chitre, Wyndham Grand Resort : Alan Morrison [email protected]
http://www.cubitapanama.com

Coronado Bay Hotel/Condos & Golf:
Liz Larroquette
Sales Coronado Bay & Coronado Golf
Tel. 345-3900
Cel. 6981-1717
Email: [email protected]
www.movetocoronadopanama.com
Corowalk Inn, Coronado by the PanAm hwy & the El Rey Super Mercado, on the 2nd level of the bldg.
www.hotalesdelpacifico.com phone: 240-1516 FAX 240-1135
DeCameron Resort, Playa Blanca-Farallón
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...ya_Blanca.html
Gaviota, Coronado
http://www.hotelgaviotapanama.com/index-1.html
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort Rio Hato, See: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...-beach-resort/
Royalton Hotel, Playa Blanca,
http://www.latinexplore.com/services...l-playa-blanca More info, see: http://www.thepanamanews.com/pn/v_17...conomy_13.html
Playa Venao-El Sitio Resort & Surf Club Azuero Peninsular 6.5 hour drive west of Panama City, site of annual surf competition Email
[email protected] Phone (597)-832-1010 Web info: http://www.leisureresortliving.com/c...ao-Villas.html
Rio Mar Surf & Skate Camp, Owned by canal tug captain Alan Barnes, Email:
[email protected] Web info: http://prueba.riomarsurf.com/index.php Phones: 345-4010 or Cell 6675-2526
Santa Clara: La Sirenas Casitas http://www.lasirenas.com/ email: [email protected]
Telephone: (507) 993-3235
(507) 6671-7888
(507) 6550-2500
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Dec 21st, 2012, 11:25 AM
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P.S. from my 11 page doc on visiting Panama:

Tentative Itinerary (Tenative, work-in-progress, more coming later)
 
Day ?: Panama City: Panama Viejo, old Panama, original city destroy by the pirate Capt Morgan of the rum fame *Ü*, including shopping at an artisan center. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panam%C3%A1_Viejo
Casco Viejo http://www.cascoviejo.org/content/cnPanels.php?cid=10 including Central Ave walking mall & Sales se Puedes
Amador Causeway including Balboa Yacht Club, YMCA artisan center, & restaurants & shops on the islands at the end of the causeway; probably have a meal at Mi Ranchito, one of my favorite eating places in Panama.
Balboa, La Boca including the a visit to the Administration Bldg of the Panama Canal.

Day ?: Miraflores visitor center, museum & canal lock observation center http://www.pancanal.com/eng/anuncios/cvm/index.html , Pedro Miguel Locks, Summit Gardens & Gamboa including the Gamboa Rain Forrest Resort
http://www.gamboaresort.com/
Gamboa Jungle Lodge & tours: http://www.qg.com/smartools/ebook/ho...02e8f7b860ef12
 
Day ?: Atlantic side, Fort Sherman, Fort San Lorenzo-old Spanish Fort
http://panamaliving.com/FortSanLorenzo.html , Portobelo-old Spanish Fort http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portobelo,_Col%C3%B3n , Free Zone http://colonfreezone.com/ , maybe overnight at the Washinton Hotel, http://radisson67-px.trvlclick.com/c...1-01074/papaco .

Day ?: El Valle & Beaches: Gorgona, Coronado, Santa Clara, Farallón, Playa Blanco. El Valle is located in an extinct volcano & has a popular “flee market” on the week ends, several very nice B&B located in the area. El Valle is located about 1.5 hour drive west of Panama City. Beaches are located 1 - 2 hour drive west of Panama City.

Day ?: Interior, Azuero Peninsular, Chiriqui Province (David, Boquete, Volcan) Bocas del Toro, San Blas Islands, Contadora Island.
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