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La Buena Vida

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love love love this restaurant. I was in SC for 3 weeks and ate here almost every day without getting sick of it. The food is fresh and they have lots of healthy and vegetarian options (hard to find). They also make awesome smoothies and energy bars. Only downside is they don't do dinner :( staff is really friendly and...

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Reviewed 22 February 2017

My wife and I stayed here 4 nights to visit the Unesco Coiba National Park. We arrived by taxi($30) from Sona as the hourly bus was standing room only. We were met by the manager, Ian, who checked us in at the roadside restaurant/office and walked us 10 meters behind to their clean Butterfly Villa. The 1 room house(small balcony...

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Michelle M, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks so much Gene for all the details here! It helps readers and future guests to see just how centrally located we are, close to the majority of restaurants, all the dive/snorkel outfitters and both grocery stores. Plus, just one mile (about 15 minutes walking) to the point surf break or the Estero Beach. Sorry if you found the wifi...

Reviewed 11 February 2017

My friend and I stayed for days at La Buena Vida in January while diving in Santa Catalina. We stayed in the Bird Villa and we loved it. The staff was very friendly and professional. The villa was great. The restaurant serves the best breakfast and lunch in town. And the restaurant opens at 6am, which is very convenient when...

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Michelle M, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thank you Benjamen P for the great complement on the restaurant and your overall stay. We hope to have a better Internet option available in Santa Catalina soon. Until then, future travelers should know Santa Catalina still remains a great place to disconnect.

Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

My Boyfriend and I very much enjoyed out stay in la buena vista. There are a lot of nice artistical details to discover in the rooms and the restaurant area. We can highly recommend the yoga lessons! Also the staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was delicious. Still there is one little negative aspect; the beddings could...

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Michelle M, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thank you Jbaduizm for the 4 star review for our Artistic HOTEL, LA BUENA VIDA. We hope future guests take your advice and join us in the beautiful "Bird's Eye View" Yoga Studio for class. We always take care to wash and change bedding and curtains regularly because as you say, the humidity of the jungle can affect linens here...

California
Reviewed 9 January 2017

My husband, 2 teenagers and I stayed in the Butterfly Villa for 4 nights in December. It was big enough for all of us and we loved the outdoor shower. I chose this one because the boys would have their own beds, but the patio is quite small. Michelle, Michael and all the staff (shout out to Melissa and Ian)...

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Michelle M, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thank you guys for noticing :)! I'll be sure to tell Ian and Melissa that all their efforts are being appreciated as well. HOORAY! Coiba! A MUST SEE while here... and yes we still are... so come back again, stay and recommend us to friends!

Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay here. It was exactly what I was hoping for... Quiet, quaint, organic. The only issue we had was with the comfort. It rains a lot there and we really liked sitting on the porch listening to the sounds and unwinding. But neither the bed nor the wooden chairs were comfortable at all. We couldn't sit in...

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Michelle M, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks Cactus Girl for four stars! We'll have to see what we can do to make those chairs more comfortable. Now that the rain has stopped, everyone is hanging in the hammocks once again which is the perfect place for some R & R.

Stuttgart, Germany
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Thanks for a great stay in Santa Catalina! Feeling home is definitely easy with Michelle and Mike. Great place to start activities like snorkeling, surfing or just hanging out in the hammock and read a good book. Breakfast is definitely top-notch!;-)

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great time in santa catalina at the lovely small hotel buena vida. The small houses are nicely decorated with mosaic in all colors. The room of the birdhouse is suitable for a family of 4. The room had a patio downstairs and a balcony with fridge upstairs . The staff in very helpfull with information and even...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Trudy, It was a pleasure having you and your family here, such nice people! I heard Mike had to chase the bus down for you! Too funny! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and our suggestions. -Michelle

West Cape May, New Jersey
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Eight of us, four adults and four kids, stayed at La Buena Vida for two nights in July and fell in love with it. We rented the Casa Del Mar which is a big open-plan bungalow with two double beds, a futon, and a bunk bed. The whole place is custom built by owners Mike and Michelle and the mosaic...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this Woodcreeper! Happy guests like you make it easy to host. We were glad to have you, your friends and beautiful daughters! Send more great people our way and maybe we will see you again someday!! Saludos a todos!!! -M y M

Uppsala, Sweden
Reviewed 8 July 2016

We stayed one night at La Buena Vida. We loved their attitude towards the community and environment. We wished that we had stayed there longer. Their restaurant has great healthy vegetarian options and they have an amazing yoga deck. Don't get fooled by the pictures on their website. This place is much nicer than it looks from the pictures (at...

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Shogs1, Owner at La Buena Vida, responded to this review

Thank you Christian! We will have to do something about those photos on the website to showcase more art and our special attention to details here. Your review is much appreciated! -Michelle

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Comfortable, Artistic Hotel in the heart of Santa Catalina, Panama. All private villas have hot water, A/C and a mini frige. Beautiful garden restaurant (6 a.M. - 2 P.M.) And tree top yoga studio ... more   less 

Additional Information about La Buena Vida

Address: Main Street (in front of school) | 600 Meters From the Beach, Santa Catalina 60745, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Price Range: $66 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“Just ask Mike and Michelle. Great Place, Great Owners”
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