About This Listing
Nestled a short stroll from the beach and all of the amenities that Coronado offers, you’ll discover an enclave of four vacation homes surrounding a refreshing pool and flourishing gardens. These casitas offer the perfect choice for your vacation.
Panama is a country rich in culture, beauty and architecture. Visitors are often spellbound by Panama's lush backdrop, beaches and vistas. Leading the list on many "must-see" places in Panama is Coronado, just over a one hour drive from the cosmopolitan city of Panama City. As Panama's first resort development, Coronado offers every amenity and service desired; from gourmet restaurants to quaint ocean-front cantinas, from remote beaches to championship-caliber golf courses. With an average temperature of 84 degrees (29 Celsius), the gated community of Coronado is the perfect place to pursue your pleasures under the warm tropical sun.
Here is more information about my Coronado property and casitas for you.
Nestled a short stroll from the beach and all of the amenities that Coronado offers, you’ll discover an enclave of four vacation homes surrounding a refreshing pool and flourishing gardens. These homes offer the perfect choice for your next Coronado vacation, allowing you privacy and social interaction with other guests as desired around the shared pool or gardens.
The enclave includes:
1. Casa Gaviota – a lovely one bedroom casita located in the front garden of the grounds. A self-contained casita featuring a king-size bed, this home is beautifully tiled, includes an updated, private bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen. The home also enjoys A/C and cable TV.
2. Casa Tortuga – is a brand new (as of June 2013!) one bedroom casita located near the pool. This casita includes a queen-size bed, desk, en-suite bathroom, A/C, and attached fully equipped kitchen for your use.
3. Casa Toucan – is a one bedroom casita located near the pool. This casita includes a king-size bed, desk, en-suite bathroom, brand new A/C, and fully equipped kitchen (built, brand new Dec 2013th with full size fridge, brand new stove, pots/pans etc. )
4. Casa Grande – is a self-contained one bedroom home featuring a queen-size and double bed in the bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, living room and full bath. The home also includes A/C in the bedroom, a TV in the living room and desk.
The Coronado enclave also includes:
•High speed, wireless internet
•Games including board games and ping pong
•A large pool in the backyard, hammocks, and inviting chairs/table etc. in the garden
•A washing machine for your use
•A local cell phone is also included for your use with each home; you need to only purchase credits.
We offer security and peace-of-mind with an English-speaking property manager and two on-site caretakers (Vilma and Luis who live in the apartment in the front yard, and are like famly to me!) who are available should the need arise. If you require cleaning and laundry services during your stay, this can be organized through one of the caretakers at a reasonable added cost.
Vilma and Luis have been with me looking after the property for the 7 years that I've owned the house. They dont' speak english, but are very patient and kind and can anticipate the needs of my guests. Normally, I am here, but if I'm traveling.. you are in more than capable hands with them. If you are looking for a true Panama experience and lovely grounds and pool (my backyard is referred to as an oasis.. evenings are special too with the colourful outdoor lights in the palms and fountain..heaven!), with all the practicalities of a comfortable stay (fully equipped kitchens, private entrance to your casita, good quality linens/towels etc).. this is your paradise!
I hope that you will consider spending your vacation with us in my Coronado enclave. It is my utmost goal to offer each guest a stress-free vacation, in comfortable and well maintained surroundings, all at a price that will help you stretch your vacation dollar further.
Guests have the luxury of the combination of privacy and social time. Each casita has it's own kitchen and space, so private. Outdoor areas are all shared, gardens, pool, patios and often guests get together for a potluck, BBQ or just a friendly chit chat. Lifelong friends have been made on this property!
Interaction with Guests
As the owner of the house and property, I am most often here and can assist guest with travel plans, questions and we often socialize together. In the rare event that I am traveling, I have caretakers and a property manger to ensure the guests are comfortable and have all they need, and I am always in contact by email in the seldom event that I am out of the country.
I live in the BEST neighbourhood in Coronado. In fact most of the amenities near the beach (hotel/golf, corner store, bars, restaurants..) are walking distance from my house. The major supermarkets are more located at the highway, so only a 5 minute drive
Most folks have a rental car. If you don't have one, no problem! Local buses go every few minutes to the grocery store and highway.. 35 cents. Also, I have a golf cart for rent. Many places are easily walkable.
Other Things to Note
If you have found this listing and book.. , you will be one of hundreds of happy guests who will never forget their Coronado experience in this friendly and happy environment!
This property is a great vibe property and I have received the most awesome , polite and fun guests over the last 8 years. Not too many rules.. just the basics (ie no overnight guests that have not been registered, and no fireworks at 2 am!)
- Respect for other renters if present (ie late night noise/parties)
- Shower before using pool
- Being respectful of electricity costs and minimizing a/c use, while turning off when not using or when out.
- rinsing out sand from clothing before using washing machine
- no smoking inside, and even when outside, keep a distance from casitas to not bother other guests.
Although Sarah wasn't in Panama at the moment of the reservation communication was
friendly and uncomplicated. Ana Maria - the woman in charge at our arrival- was genuinely kind, as Vilma, the housekeeper.
The room was spacious, and even if the interiors are a little bit outdated, the comfort of the king size bed mattress compensate the basic decor.
The garden and the pool are in good conditions so was relaxing to lie down on the grass and enjoy the sunny weather. Escaping to Coronado, specially during the week , is a perfect way to slow down and get a break from the urban flow.
Greeted us warmly when we arrived later than expected.
"Toucan" is not technically a casita, as it is joined with "Tortuga" and Vilma's unit under one roof. "Gaviota" is as described. The neighborhood is roughly as expected, though more densely populated with vacation homes.
Sarah was helpful with local information. She was a relaxed host who did not bother one with anything. What she provides is an intermediate price/comfort range that does not seem available elsewhere in the area.
The overall experience was a really good one. The apartment has a great view. Being two friends it was perfect to have two bedrooms each with its own bathroom. The equipment is good. Washing y drying machine in the apr. local mobile ph and so on.
Almost forgot the space to park our car. It's a very good idea to drive if you want to explore the sorrpindings.
Nothing is perfect so just want to add that the apt is a bit noisy for the heavy traffic on a street nearby. And the location even though is close to the touristic area is far to go walking. We couldn't find good restaurants at walking distance. Anyway I strongly recommend staying there. Jose and Sara ate excellent hosts
This was my second rental from Sarah and both were as advertised. Sarah is straight forward to deal with so there should be no surprises.
Jose works with Sarah and provides taxi service/tours, guidance and oversight of the property if Sarah is not available. You will find him to be honest, available and responsible.
If you are not a city person, be sure to ask Sarah about her other properties. You can't go wrong.
We had a great time in Panama City and Sarah's place was just terrific. We had a view to the Pacific Ocean and when we sat down for dinner a view of the city. The place was very clean and all accomodations were as expected. The simple walk to the supermarket and fish market made it wonderful for eating in and just relaxing. Sarah's manager Jose was terrific in explaining all that we need to know and his service of picking us up and bringing us back to the airport. We will definitely use Sarah's place again.
In booking the Bella Vista apartment, Sarah reached out to me immediately, and was very communicative. She very quickly answered all of my questions, and had everything sorted.
Upon arrival to the country, Jose, Sarah's tourism partner picked us up from the airport and delivered us to the apartment, and gave us a walk through of all the amenities. It's obvious that Sarah and Jose have put some though into the things people will need when traveling to panama for the first time. There is a guide book in the unit that lists out many things you will want to know - recommended restaurants, places to see and go, where to buy necessities, and tips on navigating the city. The building is centrally located, and provided very easy access to cites and the city.
The view from the apartment window is amazing! I was able to take some incredible photographs of Panama City from the apartment window. On a couple nights we got a fireworks display, as well.
It was great to stay in Sarah's Bella Vista penthouse, and to anyone thinking of taking a trip to Panama City, I would highly recommend this option.
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About the Host, Sarah Jane
I am a Canadian, living in Panama for 9 years, and I LOVE hosting fellow travelers from all over the globe! In fact, it's my second favourite thing to do.. that is, after traveling the globe myself (and I use airbnb exclusively for my solo travels - you just meet the most interesting people!)
I own and rent fully equipped apartments in Panama City , as well as casitas on my property near the beach in Coronado (about 1 1/4 hour from Panama City) and a brand new 2 bedroom Coronado Golf Condo located on our famous Tom Fazio golf course in Coronado as well as a beachfront studio Condo in Coronado. I know how expensive traveling can be, and I really try and keep my rates reasonable. Excellent value for the money are comments I receive regularly.
Interested in other services? I am also a Buyer's Consultant with a reputable REAL ESTATE company in the Coronado Area. I have helped many people realize their retirement, relocation and investment dreams, and I have wonderful contacts in just about any field you can think of. I am happy to help you with everything Panama!
I started (with a dream, a prayer and a loan from a friend! ) a property management company in Whistler in the 90's and owned / operated Whistler Peak Properties, managing 85 high end ski in/out condos and townhomes, along with my wonderful team. After selling my company in 2001 I traveled SE Asia for 2 years, then moved south and put my experience and expertise to work in Mexico and now Panama. I have renovated all my properties and have learned so many interesting and valuable lessons, about the countries and cultures and really love living in Latin America.
Personally, I am friendly, easy going, spontaneous and my friends compliment me on my spirit. I really love adventures and my greatest passion is travel. I am curious and interested in other cultures and strive to learn languages and get to know the locals. In essence, it inspires me....
Am originally from England, but grew up in Canada and moved to Mexico then, onto Panama . My business , and passion is real estate investing, renovating and marketing / renting vacation rentals in Panama City and country areas, as well as Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I sincerely believe in a high level of service and my motto is "Everyone deserves a world class greeting". I also make a huge effort to keep my properties current, constantly renovating / upgrading items and furnishings. Most importantly, service and true hospitality!
Because of my love for travel, Panama has proven to be a fantastic hub, and I've visited almost every Central and South American country with only a couple more countries left on the bucket list.
I hope you will come and visit us in Panama!
I have had the BEST experience with airbnb.. first as a renter, then host, now both! I have used this site extensively in my travels to the Middle East, India and Europe as a guest, and even more extensively as a host.
Please contact me for the best local experience.
Bienvenidos a Panama y Mexico, Sarita