2 Best Hotels in The Darien, Eastern Panama

Punta Patiño Lodge

$$$$ | Gulf of San Miguel, La Palma, 0501, Panama

This eco-lodge inside the Reserva Natural Punta Patiño sits on a hill with views of secondary forest and the sea. Its wooden bungalows are Darién's nicest accommodations, with private (cold-water) showers, air-conditioning, and balconies with hammocks that are good bird-watching platforms. Hearty meals are served family-style in the old ranch house, which has a small bar. Ancon Expeditions offers three-night packages at the lodge that include transportation, guided hikes, a boat trip to Mogue, and access to a beach. They need a minimum of four people for a tour to this remote spot. Surprisingly, there is decent cell phone reception at Punta Patiño.

Pros

  • Nice rooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Expert guides

Cons

  • Remote location
  • Takes seven hours to get here
Gulf of San Miguel, La Palma, 0501, Panama
507-269--9415-in Panama City
hotel Details
10 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Tropic Star Lodge

$$$$ | La Palma, Panama

The Tropic Star Lodge offers access to world-class sport fishing in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Built in the 1960s by a Texas millionaire, Tropic Star has since evolved into one of the world's great fishing lodges. Daily fishing on the lodge's 31-foot Bertrams is included in package rates, as are three meals per day. Hiking, kayaking, and massages are also available. Spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms have two double beds or one king bed, large baths, and a porch with views of Piñas Bay. No TVs or phones disturb the tranquility. Hearty meals, which always include fresh seafood, are served in the air-conditioned restaurant or by the pool. A minimum one-week stay is required during the high season from January to March, but three- and four-night packages are available the rest of the year.

Pros

  • Great fishing
  • Good food
  • Rate includes fishing, lodging, and meals

Cons

  • Expensive if you're not fishing
  • Three-night minimum stay
La Palma, Panama
507-396--6414-in Panama City
hotel Details
18 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Oct. and Nov., Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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