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“Our Amazing stay in Panama at Playa Serena Condo”
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Playa Serena social area, bahia and the ocean beyond
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Playa Serena social area, bahia and the ocean beyond
The pool and the ocean beyond
living room of the condo looking toward the patio
Living room furniture looking toward the kitchen
2nd bedroom with views of the countrside
3rd bedroom with side and back views of the countryside
Our beach at early morning looking toward Chame
3 Miles down the beach looking back toward Playa Serena
Our beach looking toward Coronado from the south building
The front of our east tower; 23 stories
Ocean and beach views from the patio
Views of the bay and the fish market area from our patio
BBQ Gas Grill With Gas Canisters Provided
Kitchen area looking toward the back
Large front load washer - dryer
Kitchen area and the hallway to the bedrooms
Kitchen area looking back toward the living room and the patio
Large prawn shrimp for a fraction of what we pay back home
Living room looking toward the TV and the hallway to the bedrooms
Playa Serena beach looking down from the south building
Playa Serena beach looking toward Coronado
Our patio looking toward the bay area and the mountains
Karen's 94YO mom cooling off in the pool at Playa Serena
A corner of the pool and the bahia in the social area
Social area, the pool and the ocean beyond
Shrimp boat at dawn looking down from Playa Serena
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Nueva Gorgona, Panama Province

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Karen H
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Our Amazing stay in Panama at Playa Serena Condo”
Reviewed 28 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

Had a wonderful time and enjoyed the amazing views from the 19th floor of Playa Serena Condo over looking Gorgona beach. Tom and Karen Szewezyk are the wonderful owners of condo D on the 19th floor. They gave us plenty of suggestions and information about the condo along with the area. We enjoyed the local restaurants, La Ruina and Bahia Tiki bar were pretty much our favorites the staff and atmosphere were very relaxing. Our Big adventure for a day was an ATV Excursion with El Valle Mountain Tours to visit the jungle mountain waterfalls. We loved to see the locals and all the little shops, over all a fantastic experience and hope to return in the near future.

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slj65
New Jersey
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Condo, Great View!!”
Reviewed 2 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Booked this condo through TripAdvisor for first week of April. The owner Tom was very helpful with his communications and had everything you needed in there. The driver he set us up with was TRULY a gem (Oscar Rodriguez), that spoke excellent english and I can't praise him enough as he was the highlight of the entire trip!! The condo was perfect as we all had our own rooms with comfy beds and top notch air conditioning & closet space. The balcony, a bit on the small size, had great views in either direction. The condo is close enough to a little market that you can walk. The condo building next door had a restaurant, while the food was just OK (edible) and the waiter/waitresses spoke little to no English, the view is great (right over beach).
We spent some hours on the beach where the guy working there would get a couple lounges or chairs for us (I would get a couple more of those cushions for the condo as the lounges were pretty hard without cushions). The beach was empty for the most part & very nice to just sit and watch the various water birds and the waves crashing!! We had Oscar take us for the day to see the jungle (hummingbird sanctuary & monkeys), saw a huge container ship come through the new section of the Canal, Gatun Lake (had a closer encounter with a couple capuchin monkeys, and then late lunch/early dinner in Casco Viejo (Casablanca). I could have spent at least half the day there walking through the narrow streets and admiring the restored homes & restoration process of others... It was a very long day but Oscar went above & beyond fantastic customer service!! He was very knowledgeable!! For local driving Oscar even set us up with a local guy for going out to dinners named Tony Gomez (his English was a bit rough) who was very nice & prompt!! Thank God Tom had a pre-paid cell phone in the condo because AT&T apparently never updated my international calling portion of my service. We didn't even use the AC in the living room as the WIND on the 19th floor is intense and refreshing!!
OK now for the down-sides:
There was a young man at security that gave me a hard time about getting a driver to go to dinner on Sunday night... I noted his name was Joel... I assumed he was kidding about not being able to get me a taxi at 5:30... but he batted his eyes at me and said "No". (this is how Oscar led us to Tony). I think the reaction would have been totally different had my father been with us 2 women.
The brown bath, hand towels were very skunky even after we washed them. We wound up using the beige & striped beach towels.
The area is very quiet unless its a weekend so the first 2 nights the music was blasting but with windows closed & AC pumping it didn't keep us awake.
Apparently Panama has a garbage issue... not only was there garbage everywhere we went but it seems to be the norm for everyone to burn their garbage in their yards (not so pleasant).
All in all it was a great time - Condo is highly recommendable...
Thank you again Tom!!

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Management Response
4 May 2017
We're so glad you had a wonderful time and that Oscar did such a good job for you also. Thank you for letting me know about the towels. ALL of them will be replaced immediately.
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grigors20...
Guysborough, Canada
1 review
“This is an 'Awesome Condo'”
Reviewed 8 April 2017 for a stay in February 2017

We arrived at Tom and Karen's condo on Feb 2, 2017 and stayed for a month. We loved it from the minute we walked in. The apartment was well furnished, lots of dishes and kitchen equipment, great TV channels and Netflix, plus free phone calls home to Canada. What more could you ask for. Being on the 19th floor gave us an amazing view of ocean and mountains.With an open window on one side of the apartment and sliding door on deck partially opened we received a refreshing breeze throughout the day. No air con needed most days and only used in at night in the bedroom. The condo has three spacious bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We loved the common areas and enjoyed sitting on the beach out front and watching the sun set. We would definitely stay there again. Tom and Karen's condo get a 2 thumbs up! Thanks for a home away from home.
The Grigors from Nova Scotia

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818diana
Clearwater, Florida
1 review
“Restful vacation getaway in paradise”
Reviewed 22 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Definitely 5 Stars! My husband, 9 year old daughter and I stayed at the condo for a week. The pictures do not justify the views. One side the ocean the other views of the mountain. We felt very welcomed when we got there.

We enjoyed all of the amenities that were included. Tom thought of everything.

If you are looking for a relaxing getaway this is the place to stay.

Thanks Tom!

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Management Response
23 Jul 2016
We are always so happy to hear from our guests having an enjoyable time and liking the condo so much. Karen and I have put a lot of thought into the decorating, furnishing and amenities so that we have all of the comforts of home when we're in Panama and our guests use the same accommodations. So glad to hear you had such a nice time Diana. Tom & Karen
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Timket
Windsor, Canada
1 review
“Slice of Paridise”
Reviewed 2 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016

To start off I would give this Condo Rental a five star rating.

My wife and I stayed at 19D Playa Serena in Neuva Gorgona, which is located right on the beach for the month of Feb 2016.

The Condo location and surrounding area were as wonderful and beautiful as it gets in Panama.

The beach was soft white and black sand with very few rocks or seashells to bother your feet as you walked the long stretch of beach in either direction with your feet in or out of the ocean.

Waking up in the morning to have coffee on the large balcony to hear the ocean waves crashing onto the shore and feeling the warm breezes wafting through the air with the smell of the ocean made it feel serene and calm every day. This was one of my greatest pleasures in the early morning hours.The view from the balcony was breath taking.

The condo was equipped with everything you need to eat in if you so desired, but the restaurants in the area and in Coronado, a 15 minute car or cab ride away, were spectacular.
The three bedrooms were all equiped with queen beds with very comfortable foam matresses, the linens and towels provided were also very nice.
The TV's were newer flat screen models and had HDMI access.

The local supermarkets were full of name brand products and reasonably priced but the best buy for local fruits and vegetables were the road side stands.

The staff at Playa Serena was all very friendly, and although most did not speak English very well they would always wave and say ola with a smile.

Our month stay there seemed way too short as we were just getting used to the place when we had to pack up and come home to Windsor Ontario Canada.

I would go back without hesitation, if it is available.

Tim & Cathie

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Liked best: Walks on the beach
Liked least: Living room couch
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Shara I
Bartonsville
1 review
“Reallyterrific, fun- filled family vacation week in Panama”
Reviewed 13 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015

We had a wonderful week in Panama and at the Condo with our 4 kids ages 13-21. The place was meticulously clean, comfortable and welcoming. Everything I could think of was there - boogie boards, blow dryer, scotch tape, baggies, and wraps, all cooking supplies, and much much more. Tons of towels, pillows, etc. Views were gorgeous from all sides. We walked out the back door of the building each afternoon to the pool and then down some steps to the beautiful beach where we watched the sunset each night. New Year's Eve - and beyond- fireworks were amazing. Security on both sides of the building was 24 hrs - I never ever felt unsafe. We spent most of each day touring within an hour of the condo - and had fun filled days, ziplining, boating to monkey island, snorkling, hiking in rainforests, near waterfalls, seeing the Canal museum, exploring downtown Panama City and more.
Great vacation and family time!

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Management Response
14 Jan 2016
We just love to hear from guests, especially when they enjoyed their entire stay and did a lot of things. It often gives us ideas to suggest to others. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Tom & Karen
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panman3
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“great stay”
Reviewed 18 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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The condo has plenty of space, 3 bedrooms, two full baths. Has cable TV and WiFi. It also has free telephone usage to call back to the states, but we did not use it. Right on the beach.

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