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Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our stay here. It was exactly what I was hoping for... Quiet, quaint, organic. The only issue we had was with the comfort. It rains a lot there and we really liked sitting on the porch listening to the sounds and unwinding. But neither the bed nor the wooden chairs were comfortable at all. We couldn't sit in...

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Stuttgart, Germany
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Thanks for a great stay in Santa Catalina! Feeling home is definitely easy with Michelle and Mike. Great place to start activities like snorkeling, surfing or just hanging out in the hammock and read a good book. Breakfast is definitely top-notch!;-)

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great time in santa catalina at the lovely small hotel buena vida. The small houses are nicely decorated with mosaic in all colors. The room of the birdhouse is suitable for a family of 4. The room had a patio downstairs and a balcony with fridge upstairs . The staff in very helpfull with information and even...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Trudy, It was a pleasure having you and your family here, such nice people! I heard Mike had to chase the bus down for you! Too funny! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and our suggestions. -Michelle

West Cape May, New Jersey
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Eight of us, four adults and four kids, stayed at La Buena Vida for two nights in July and fell in love with it. We rented the Casa Del Mar which is a big open-plan bungalow with two double beds, a futon, and a bunk bed. The whole place is custom built by owners Mike and Michelle and the mosaic...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this Woodcreeper! Happy guests like you make it easy to host. We were glad to have you, your friends and beautiful daughters! Send more great people our way and maybe we will see you again someday!! Saludos a todos!!! -M y M

Uppsala, Sweden
Reviewed 8 July 2016

We stayed one night at La Buena Vida. We loved their attitude towards the community and environment. We wished that we had stayed there longer. Their restaurant has great healthy vegetarian options and they have an amazing yoga deck. Don't get fooled by the pictures on their website. This place is much nicer than it looks from the pictures (at...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thank you Christian! We will have to do something about those photos on the website to showcase more art and our special attention to details here. Your review is much appreciated! -Michelle

Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Very nice place and good value for money. Run by very nice American couple! Mike took us surfing and gave local tips for the spot and Michelle is giving yoga classes Good healthy food available at the restaurant as well To be recommended

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thank you Remi for this great review!!! We are currently offering special "green season" rates, if you have an opportunity to visit us again soon, or know anyone coming to Santa Catalina, please recommend La Buena Vida. We've been working on some innovative new lunch specials as well.

Geneva, Illinois
Reviewed 3 April 2016

LBV was located just a block from the center of town one can walk to everything (Beach, Surf area and Snorkeling and Scuba trip area. The owners Mike and Michelle were wonderful hosts and are willing to share there knowledge on the area. Breakfast/lunch is awesome and can be offered in a package deal. Breakfast/Lunch and menu has many tasty...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks John! Yes, check out our Yoga, Surf, & even COIBA packages on the website for next time. Hope to have you and your family here again some time soon.

Panama City, Panama
Reviewed 19 February 2016

The owners, Mike and Michelle are very helpful,nice people, and have created a small oasis. Just a short walk to the center of the town are--great jumping off area for boat, diving, snorkeling, and surfing excursions. Food and service in general was great!

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks so much Lyle! We look forward to having you and your wife here again sometime soon. Remember we offer discounts to repeat visitors!!! Take Care.

Reviewed 7 February 2016

The hotel is centrally located so you can walk anywhere in town, even to the beach. We were able to get breakfast from their restaurant before heading out for snorkeling for the day. The owners, Michelle and Mike, are very friendly and helpful. They are the artists that built this little slice of heaven. Each room is a different theme...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

You are welcome Lisa.... anytime :). Thanks so much for the great review. Could be the first mention of my "Spanglish" yoga classes. Take care and hope to see you again.

toronto
Reviewed 8 January 2016

Such a great place. The owners take such pride in everything about this place. The villa we stayed in was perfect. Hammocks on the front porch, comfy beds, ac, small little fridge on our balcony and no TV...perfect to unwind. The breakfast was fantastic, complete with fresh juices and smoothies. We also ordered a few of the home made granola...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks so much! Our hope is that our guests will truly disconnect, enjoy the natural surroundings and exotic flavors the hotel and restaurant has to offer. Sounds like you did just that. Hope to see you again in the future! -Michelle

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Comfortable, Artistic Hotel in the heart of Santa Catalina, Panama. All private villas have hot water, A/C and a mini frige. Beautiful garden restaurant (6 a.M. - 2 P.M.) And tree top yoga studio ... more   less 

Additional Information about La Buena Vida

Address: Main Street (in front of school) | 600 Meters From the Beach, Santa Catalina 60745, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Price Range: £39 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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