The Manglar Lodge was the nicest place we stayed in Panama. The room was lovely, beds were terrific, rooms clean and nicely decorated, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The Lodge was less than half a block from the ocean. The restaurant served the best food we had on our trip -- pesto was my favorite. And the prices were reasonable.
We've been to many beaches in the Caribbean and Latin America, and this one is now my favorite. When we chose it, I was concerned it was mostly a surfers beach not
suitable for swimming. Was I wrong. January and February are the calm months. The water temperature was perfect, the black sand amazing, and just past the wave break the water was chest high and perfect for swimming or just bobbing with the waves. In the morning we often had the beach to ourselves. In the afternoon there would be a few families or surf students in the water, but it was never crowded (weekdays). There is not much to do but enjoy the beach and relax -- only one other restaurant in town, and no shops. San Carlos is a 20 minute walk or a $2 taxi drive (well worth it). If we return to Panama, we'll definately book again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you like nature and comfort, you'll enjoy your stay at Manglar Lodge. Located at El Palmar beach on the Pacific coast of the Republic of Panama, Manglar Lodge offers the visitor four cozy and clean rooms, WiFi, a lounge terrace and gardens where you can relax on the sun, read and watch birds and butterflies. Sometimes you can also see iguanas, squirrels and opossums. The high tides will bring you nice sunsets next to the mangrove and, depending on the river and swell conditions, you can also try surfing or bodyboarding. ... more less
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