I can hardly believe it's still here! First stayed in 1966 (when it seemed spanking new) when our car broke down on our way back to the States, 2 km away on the I-A Highway. Went back in 2001 with my family and it had hardly changed a bit. And from other reviews, it still seems the same! Okay, it's a bit retro-primitive, with its cold showers and spartan rooms with a Donald Judd-like minimalist decor. But I don't travel to sit playing gin in my room. Even in 2001 the restaurant was decent - especially if you like the local fish, corvina, which I do. And the grounds were actually very pleasant when you got outside of the rooms. In 1966 was there in March and saw an amazing iridescent series of breaking waves as the surf rolled in - fantastic! You can walk for miles on virtually deserted white and black sand beaches. And close to El Valle - don't miss it if you go to Panama -with Panama City, the Canal, former Canal Zone where I served for almost two years an hour away, and a hop to the Atlantic/Caribbean.
I guess I'm sentimental, so I might just try to stay here again when I revisit Panama next year.
If you are adventurous, give it a try.
- Also Known As:
- Rio Mar Surf Camp Hotel Panama City
- Rio Mar Surf Camp Panama/Panama City