Hacienda del Mar is a high ticket rustic resort on a paradisaical deserted island located on the Pacific Ocean, some 60 miles from Panama City, Panama, I use the word "rustic" because there is nothing fancy about the installations. The cabins have air conditioning, hot water, clean sheets, and a clean bathroom. And that's it.
The island has some 50 miles of dirt roads that cut thru the tropical rain forest. You can rent an ATV and enjoy watching birds, feral pigs, and assorted critters. The view from the hotel is fantastic. There is a nice beach of white sand next to the resort. The food is decent if you stick to the fresh catch of the day. The pool has somewhat murky water delivered from a local river. You can also rent a rather run down boat and very probably have a wonderful day of fishing. You might get lucky and run into a great deal of fish, including tuna and sailfish.
So far so good. You have spent a lot of money, you start to relax being away from a cell phone connection, a TV, Internet, your soul starts thanking you for the awesome view and the peace and quiet... and then zillions of voracious no-see-ums attack. And then you just want to leave the island in a hurry. No-see-ums seem to prefer ladies, but only slightly. Pretty naked legs and arms are gifted with hundreds of nasty, nasty bites by the end of the day. No-see-ums are relentless, day after day, all year around, all day long but they are absolutely unbearable early in the morning and late at night. And no one seems to care to do anything about them; it is offensive.
Hacienda del Mar in Panama is a wonderful place to visit if you are one to enjoy extremes. Extreme beauty... and extreme pain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda del Mar offers the most stylish adventure in the Pearl Islands of Panama. Our hotel's unique and spacious air conditioned accommodations blend island charm and modern comfort, all just steps from our majestic white sand beaches. The vacation resort consists of 17 cabanas, each with its own balcony, offering breathtaking panoramic views to the beach, the sea, and the triple canopy forest of the island. Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, ATV tours, Night Safari's, Incredible Inshore and Offshore Fishing......Or relax at the beach or poolside with your favorite drink while watching the Toucan's and Maccaws fly by freely...A Private Island Paradise. Call us!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Del Mar Hotel San Jose Island
- Hacienda Del Mar Panama/San Jose Island