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Seagull Cove Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 February 2009

My g/f and I spent 2 nights with Pilar and Flavio in Boca Chica, they have build an amazing property on the Pacific Ocean. They used to own the Boquete Garden inn and have learned from their experiences.

We landed in David and took a taxi for $40 to Boca Chica, if I was to do it again I would have rented a car in David and drove to Boca Chica.

Upon arriving you are greeted with warm hospitality behind their private gate. There are only 5 private villas that are available so you will have the place to yourself. We stayed in Frigate, the closest villa to the ocean.

This was by far the best food we had in Panama, Flavio is an amazing chef and prepared us some wonderful meals. The filet with peppercorn sauce was fantastic with a fresh Mojito.

Tips:
*They give a cash discount
* If your are debating between Gone Fishing or Boca Brava (STAY HERE) it is by far the nicest place we stayed at in Panama
* Try and get a 4x4 cab from David (The road is bumpy once your turn off the hwy)
* For $20 they will do your laundry, best $20 we spent on the trip since we were living out of backpacks.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2009

We stayed here from in early Jan. for 2 nights and had a wonderful time.

The bungalows are wonerfully appointed with simple yet stylish decor, quiet and VERY functional A/C, and small TV's with satelitte TV connection (which we never used). All of them have wondeful views of the bay and and are a few steps from the beach at the bottom of the stairs.

Beyond the rooms, the owner of the lodge (Pilar) is absolutely wonderful and really goes out of her way to ensure you have a great time on your stay. Her cooking is delightful (and relatively cheap, though not as cheap as across the way at Frank's), but it's SO much better. She was super-hospitable and even went out of her way to change my flight reservation for me while I went out snorkeling one day.

In terms of things to do from the lodge, Pilar can organize day trips snorkeling, fishing trips, and also rents out sea kayak's although your best bets for trips may be out of Frank's place on Boca Brava across the way ($1 boat ride and about 1 minute).

I would HIGHLY recommend this place for people looking for a honeymoon/romantic getaway.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank facted
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Reviewed 19 January 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights in dec 2008 as part of our honeymoon in Panama. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

The hotel itself is gorgeous with really comfortable rooms, a small private beach and beautifully landscaped gardens with excellent views over the sea.

The owners, Flavio and Pilar, are both really friendly and the service was the best we received anywhere in Panama and Costa Rica. The food was really good with the fresh fruit being a particular highlight.

We had a fantastic time and I couldn't recommend the hotel highly enough if you are looking for a relaxing break.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank csyuk
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Reviewed 26 October 2008

We stayed at Seagull Cove Lodge September 28-30. Our stay at this hotel was one of the highlights of our trip to Panama.

Pilar and Flavio, the owners, were warm and friendly and went above and beyond to make us feel at home. We cannot say enough about their hospitality.

The cabins, situated upon the hillside, had a spectacular view of the bay. The cabins were beautifully decorated and hot water was plentiful. Overall, there is a very romantic ambiance.

The pool also has a great view of the bay. Staff will be more than happy to provide pool-side service. In fact, they provided us with water, without us even having to ask.

We ate all of our meals at the hotel and could not get enough of Flavio's cooking! The food was excellent! There is a fixed menu of options from which guests may select each day.

This was definitely one of the best places we stayed during our trip to Panama. It's simply gorgeous and the owners provided THE BEST service!

We'd love to return!

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 4 September 2008

The Seagull Cove was a beautiful small lodge with wonderful food and hosts. The overall experience of humpback whale watching, snorkeling, and great food made for a perfect stay. The rooms were comfortable and private with hot showers and A/C if required. The owners really care and are willing to help you in anyway possible and the food is outstanding!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2008

We had such a relaxing stay at the SeaGull Cove Lodge. It is such a unique place to stay. When you enter through the front door you are automatically pulled to the balcony where you can observe the amazing water views. Each cabin is perched on the hill side with a private porch to enjoy the views. The rooms are immaculate. Super clean & comfortable. Great choice of linens & bath towels. The Restaurant is beautiful at night, there was a wonderful breeze as we sipped our wine & experienced a delicious meal. The owner is also the host. She makes you feel like you are so welcome & right at home, yet she gives you your privacy. We had a great stay! I would definately reccomend this place to others.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank seasearcher72
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Reviewed 4 May 2008

The Seagull Cove Lodge is comprised of 5 bungalows overlooking a quiet anchorage in a remote but remarkably beautiful place. The cornerstone of the property is an open air restaurant operated by the proprietors, Flavio & Pilar. Flavio is Italian. His wife is Spanish. They live on the premises and treat patrons as personal guests. The continental menu is sparked by a delightful collection of predominately European wines. The food is to die for. The Panamanian staff is eager to please--and they do.

This really isn't a "beach place". The cove is well protected from the open waters of Chiriqui Gulf by barrier islands so the waters are calm for those who want to swim but if feels more like a lake than ocean frontage. The Gulf of Chiriqui boasts an internationally recognized national marine park and some of the best deep sea fishing on the Pacific Coast. Charters are available from the nearby village of Boca Chica for excursions, diving or fishing.

The Inn is about 1 hour 45 minutes Southeast of the mountain resort/expat haven of Boquete. During our stay, car loads of American expatriots made the 3 hour round trip from Boquete for dinner. The food is THAT good!

The Inn is approximately 20km south of the Pan American Highway via a dirt/gravel road. The road was being paved during our stay in February 2008. Its a shame in a way. What will become of the cowboys when the trail becomes a street?

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Boca Chica,San Lorenzo, Boca Chica 507, Panama
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Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boca Chica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Price Range: £82 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Seagull Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seagull Cove is a small and intimate boutique hotel with five oceanfront bungalows nestled among swaying palms and tropical gardens of Boca Chica, in Chiriquí Province. ... more   less 
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Seagullcove Hotel Boca Chica
Seagullcove Hotel Chiriqui
Seagullcove Resort Chiriqui
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