My husband and I recently stayed for four nights at Sol y Mar owned by Luis Silva and we had a wonderful time. Luis organized a private tour (8 hrs) to Coiba for us ($350) and we enjoyed it immensely. We toured the prison and snorkeled. . My husband had a terrible cold so the cost benefit was well worth it considering we weren't sure if he would be able to do all the activities if we were in a group. Our tour guides (Victor and his Dad) spotted a whale shark on our way back to Santa Catalina and we interacted with the whale shark for about 15 mins which was priceless. The whale shark was rubbing against our boat and curiously swimming towards our hands when we put them i n the water. Don't worry whale sharks only eat plankton.
The best part about Sol y Mar is Luis' hospitality. He is very friendly and goes out of his way to make sure you have a good time. Sol y Mar also has the best high speed wifi in Santa Catalina and in my opinion the best restaurant. It's also VERY affordable! The chef prepared a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner for us. The breakfast included is fantastic with a menu of hot prepared food to choose from. We recommend the banana pancakes!!! Almost forgot Sol y Mar takes credit cards which is very hard to come by in Santa Catalina. The power went off to the whole town for about five hours and Luis just turned on his generator (by the way we were without power for 30 hrs in Bocas del Toro with no toilets working and no running water bc of the hydroelectric water systems in some parts of Panama so we appreciated the generator). The showers have hot water and the bathrooms are all modernized. The pool is also very nice to have at Sol y Mar. The second best part about Sol y Mar is Luis' awesome dog Blackie. It's very nice to stay at Sol y Mar as Luis and his beautiful family live on the property and he is always available and happy to assist. We stayed in room 5 which I recommend as its close to the restaurant, wifi, pool etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along the main street in Santa Catalina,600 meters from Santa Catalina beach,on a hill overlooking the ocean,Sol y Mar offers 9 spacious rooms, all with air conditioned, private bath with hot shower, satellite TV, mini-fridge,safe-deposit box,terrace, internet (in restaurant area). Six of the rooms have two double beds and a sofa-bed, so they can accommodate up to 5 people Some of the rooms has an additional bunk bed,so can sleep 7.There are three new rooms each with a King bed. We also have a restaurant with pool table,ping-pong and a swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol y Mar Hotel Santa Catalina