Panama Road Trip - Pacific Beaches near Panama City

The final post about our recent Panama road trip - details on our stay on Panama’s Pacific Coast jut outside of Panama City.From Santa Catalina we comfortably drove back Eastwards towards Panama City but stopped short and stayed in at the beach in Santa Clara. I’d done much research looking for the ideal place to spend the final two nights of our Panama road trip holiday, but the Pacific Coast just West of Panama City is rather devoid of small, mid range hotels. Las Sirenas looks great but was a little expensive, and the nearby huge Decameron Resort just isn’t my type of place. So we opted for the Las Veraneras in Santa Clara. The huge beach can be walked for miles and is one of the prettiest on this section of Panama’s coastline.  However Las Veraneras is overpriced at $65 for a sea view cabin. The hotel and restaurant, which serves cold food when it should be hot, is in need of attention. Doors don’t shut properly, the service was excpetionally poor, hammocks on the balconies are old and knackered and the rustic cabins are full of insects. As such, I wouldn’t recommend Las Veraneras to anyone.

Panama is a very small country, and one that is very easy to travel around. Panama is also a country with a huge amount of fantastic travel attractions - I’ve visited twice, and spent almost a month visiting Panama City, El Valle de Anton, the Pacific Coast near Panama City, the Azuero Peninsula, Santa Catalina, Coiba Island, the Pearl Islands, Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Islands. However, there’s many other regions that I’d love to travel to and explore, such as Boquete and the Chiriqui highlands around Volcan Baru, the Chiriqui Gulf Marine Park and Pacific Coast near David, the Caribbean Coast both East and West of Colon, plus the Darien National Park and theindigenous Embera communities to the East of Panama.  No wonder that both the tourism and real estate industries are starting to boom in Panama - the country has so much to offer the visitor.  I’ll have to return soon….

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One Response to “Panama Road Trip - Pacific Beaches near Panama City”

  1. Brahm Friedlander on March 28th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I also stayed at Las Veraneras with my wife and 16 year old daughter. We found the accommodation’s abysmal. Unfortunately we paid a week in advance and they would not refund any of the money. We left and went down the road to Decameron where the accommodation’s were wonderful - the food excellent - the beach fabulous and because it was so big we were able to live there as we wanted to.

    We went to Las Veraneras because it was recommended by a travel book “Moon Handbooks”.

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