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Panama City, Panama
Reviewed 10 April 2014

I liked everything about this place. I came with my girlfriend and good thing I pick this spot as all the other places where packed with surfers. We liked the set up of the deck right on the Point. The lady in charge took good care of us. Ac, cable tv and hot water where all working. Surf was great!...

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 6 April 2014

I have just returned home from a short stay in Santa Catalina. I wanted to be near the point (main surf spot in Santa Catalina). This place blew my mind. It is located right in front of the famous wave. You dont even have to get up in the morning to check the swell - you can hear the waves...

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New York City
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Really tried to like this place. It is in a great location and I loved the view. Pros: the view and location and the nice lady who works at the place. Cons: no hot water, the pool is empty, no wifi and WAY over priced. This place is missing a lot and needs some attention. Ricardo, I guess that is...

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ONTHEREEF, Owner at On The Reef, responded to this review

Location... Location... Location...peaceful...quiet...relaxing...secluded...private....no ...you really don't get it but we do... Travelers Beware! The hotel this guy is recommending is a very crowded surf camp. At that place you have to walk all the way down to the beach to have a view. They have no facilities on the oceanfront. In fact there is no place like ours in Catalina...

Longueuil, Canada
Reviewed 11 December 2013

We got lucky, having this place for ourself all week. Best view on the break. Ricardo is amazing, he took us all over Santa Catalina and told use great stories about the place, surf legends and Panama in general and he is a great surfer. This place is rustic and clean, very well spotted in Santa Catalina. I had some...

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ONTHEREEF, Owner at On The Reef, responded to this review

Thank you bro! We know you are a famous dude in Canada so its a real complement when people like you apreciate my Surfing. Making the drop on the big ones past 50 is a real treat. I have to hit the gym every day to stay ready to charge! Thanks for the visit....we will send you great pics shortly...be...

Panama City, Panama
Reviewed 17 September 2013

I’ve been to On the Reef 3 times, and every time I go, I love it even more. It is the coziest and most relaxing place to stay. It has an amazing view, where you can see spectacular sunsets. In front of the hotel, there’s the “channel”, to go to The Point”, where surfers enjoy great waves. It is one...

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ONTHEREEF, Owner at On The Reef, responded to this review

Thank you Natalia...thats our trip...peace and quiet relaxation...we are right in front of the super wave machine and you know our Suites and Point Deck offers what no other place has in Catalina...oceanfront privacy, directly in front of the main surf brake... Hope you are well...come back soon... R.

Panama City, Panama, Panama
Reviewed 5 September 2013

On The Reef is, simply put, the best hotel in Santa Catalina, two weeks ago I stayed there for an entire week (the second time I go) and what a pleasant surprise it was to find that the kitchen is now completely open, 24/7, for all the guests to use! Everyday I would cook breakfast, lunch and dinner without paying...

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

This was my first time at Santa Catalina and it was an amazing experience thanks to On The Reef. The location is the best of all, right in front of a famous world class surfing break and minutes away from the main restaurants and shops in town. The rooms were clean and ready when my group arrived, which was great...

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 1 April 2013

We were not sure where we were headed when we booked our trip to Santa Catalina, but we were not at all disappointed! On The Reef fulfilled and exceeded any expectations we had, the place has the best location in town, with views to the reef break and beyond. The rooms are large, comfortable, and the staff make you feel...

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Panama
Reviewed 31 January 2013

Just spent five nights diving, and once again my stay at On the Reef made a big difference. No better place to stay. Ricardo and Ingunn are the best host I've ever met. They strive to make your stay pleasant, and go the extra mile to do It. And the stories...you just want to keep on listening. The club is...

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 January 2013

Spent a pleasant weekend with Ric and his team at On the Reef. My first time in Santa Catalina but a “must do” for anyone visiting Panama. Superb beaches, great diving, big surf, friendly cosmopolitan community and a wide variety of bars and restaurants. On the Reef a good choice for a place to stay. Intimate, secluded and private but...

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ONTHEREEF, Owner at On The Reef, responded to this review

Thank you David...you are too kind...we keep it quiet and private and thus the small number of reviews...we hardly ever check on them...we really just want to chill like all of our guests...our Surf Club Rules have guarantted peace and harmony here on the point for many years now...we thank you for your visit and I am glad you enjoyed...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our ocean front suites are the only rooms of their kind in Catalina. On The Reef is right in front of the Point. We are right at the end of the famous reef at the best possible location. 24 hour security at the gate and a guests only policy keeps our property very quiet and private. Lots of hammocks on private niches in a tropical setting gives further oceanfront privacy to our guest. ... more   less 

Additional Information about On The Reef

Address: Calle al Estero | Follow Signs After Coming Up to Hotel Area, Santa Catalina, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Price Range: $107 - $296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“Ground floor front right.”
 of 5 bubbles MalcolmH_10, 14 Mar 2015 | Read review
“#2 up to 2 people, #1 from 2 to 4”
 of 5 bubbles 151gianpaolof, 12 Dec 2014 | Read review
“Ask for the loft with a view of the break. You watch all the action while lying in bed, amazing.”
 of 5 bubbles Jyoti_Choi, 17 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Ask for one with Hamacas!!!”
 of 5 bubbles ElJoe13, 9 Apr 2014 | Read review
“All of the rooms are quiet. The best room is the biggest one. It has 2 beds on the first floor; a stone bathroom; and a room on the top floor; this room has the most amazing view, you wake up to a dream.”
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 of 5 bubbles nataliadediego, 16 Sep 2013 | Read review
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