Posted by: luisabaldwin | April 11, 2012


The Boca Chica Plantation Club and Resort

Club and Resort Manager: Sra. Claudia Lombardo
Cell phone:  011-507-6625-7909

By: Luisa Baldwin

April 11, 2012

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Photography by:
Luisa Baldwin
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We really like to explore out of the way diamonds in the sun; the roads less traveled so to speak.  So we decided to have a little adventure down to the coast.  We live in the mountains of Boquete, Panama and sometimes one just needs to see the sun glistening on blue waters, or hear the sounds of waves lapping on the shoreline, or enjoy an inspiring ocean filled sunset and sunrise.

The inviting entry-way beckons to the guest, “Come, see what we’ve got for you”.

The Boca Chica area is perfect for those of us who live in Boquete because it is only a half-hour drive towards Panama City from David and then fourteen beautiful serene back country miles to get to the coast.  Additionally, this part of the Panamanian coastline doesn’t get as hot as other areas, hence adding to its desirability.

Our destination was the Boca Chica Plantation Club and Resort.  This hotel is located on a gorgeous 466 hectares beachfront plantation of well-maintained Teak and African Mahogany trees.  Recently, 30,000 pine trees were added to the plantation.  Majestically situated on a hilltop near to the shoreline we found the well-constructed two-year-old hotel.  As we drove up to the welcoming entrance Jim looked at me and said, “Hmm, I’m certainly not disappointed.  This is very nice.”  I just smiled quietly.  For you see, when you live in paradise, it’s hard to get into the car and think something can top it.  But that’s what it was like with each step we took.  It just got better and better.

Sra. Claudia is a gem and makes The Plantation Club what it is!  She is the personification of all that is good and genuine about the lovely Panamanian people and culture.

A warm and genuinely friendly smiling face came out to greet us.  Her name was Claudia and we immediately felt like we were at home and all of our needs would be attended to. Sra. Claudia is the gem that makes the Plantation Club what it is and she is the personification of all that is good and genuine about the lovely Panamanian people and culture.  You just immediately feel accepted, relaxed, at home, and surrounded by family.

I just wanted to jump right in and swim to the edge! The ocean views were nothing short of inspiring.

The grand tour took us through the extraordinary fountain entryway to the outdoor terrace, where an inviting infinity pool with a million-dollar ocean and island view greeted us.  Happy white clouds dotted the brilliant blue skyline.  Sigh – I was ready to drop everything and start right there.  But the tour continued with an introduction to the well-appointed living and dining rooms.  We were delighted by what we saw, but the best was yet to come.

Understated and relaxing, the living room is a great place to relax with a good book or your laptop.

When Sra. Claudia showed us to our suite we were really impressed.  It was decorated like a page out of a well-appointed Benny Hanna tropical paradise.  Big, beautiful, and quality furnishings!  Every detail had been well thought out and that is because Doris Elmore, an accomplished interior decorator for many years, furnished the rooms with a

The dining room was warm and inviting. We were delighted to discover great cuisine!

well thought out combination of designer items from the Design Center in Dallas, Texas and uniquely integrated them with locally purchased Panamanian furnishings.

The suites were decorated like a page out of a Benny Hanna paradise!

Once again, another surprise was waiting  – the huge king-sized bed.  As I dropped down into it a smile peacefully crossed my face for I knew I was going to have a really good night’s sleep.  I know I sound like an old fogy but we spend one third of our lives in the prone position so it might as well be the best.  This bed was definitely the best I’ve slept in here in Panama and I’m not just saying that.  It really was.  The silky soft and ironed sheets made for an

I’m not kidding, this is absolutely the most comfortable bed I have slept in here in Panama!

eight-hour paradise.  Just think, no sounds of cars or airplanes.  A quiet but really good air-conditioner and the sound of waves lapping against the shore were just the ticket for really refurbishing body and soul.

Dinner was served in the dining room and it was delicious.  The service was genuinely sweet and attentive.  The meals were quite good and were served hot and promptly.

Doris Elmore, the Dallas, Texas decorator didn’t miss one detail. Check out the dressing room in this suite.

I enjoyed a plate full of fresh (not frozen) delicious and not overcooked fish, really more than I should have eaten.  Jim had a filet, which was grilled the way he ordered it and had a tasty sauce.

Sunrises inspire the body, mind, and soul. The Boca Chica sunrises did just that! This is the view from the hotel.  Click on this picture!

Satisfied, we sauntered over to the suite, soon to drop into a long restful slumber and awaken to a gorgeous sunrise, natures tropical wake-up symphony, a good cup of coffee, and staggering ocean views.  Oh my, it doesn’t get better than this.

Breakfast and lunch are served pool-side. The food was great and breakfast is included in the price. Great way to start the day!

After a delicious poolside breakfast (which is included in the price) we decided to go down to the beach and do a little exploring.  This beach is called Playa Hermosa (beautiful) and it truly is beautiful.  There are islands off of this beach.  In fact, the Boca Chica area has forty islands offshore!  Lots of views to take in and islands to explore, don’t you think?  Just ponder this for a moment.  You can take a little water taxi to an uninhabited island with a pristine beach and have a nice swim, do a little snorkeling, and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Playa Hermosa in English translates to beautiful beach. Well, that was an understatement! Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe it. Best of all, we had the whole beach to ourselves.

That will do for a day’s fun in the sun and unforgettable memories!

Or, you can charter a boat and go fishing or go whale watching, if they’re running.  How about riding a canoe through the mangroves surrounding the estuary, which runs for miles from the ocean inland past the village of Horconcitos.  Or, if you like, Sra. Claudia will arrange for a tour where you get to see the indigenous howling monkeys.  There are lots of activities to enjoy and Claudia will make the arrangements for anything you would like to do.

Gorgeous beach front mansions were built at Playa Hermosa.

But going back to Playa Hermosa.  When we got down to it, we found a little community of gorgeous beachfront homes.  Well, maybe I misspoke; these weren’t just homes, they were big, beautiful mansions and nobody was there.  We had the whole beach to ourselves – go figure!  Now this beach was a shell picker’s haven.  There were so many of them that it was hard to keep your head up and enjoy the feast for your eyes and ears.  Islands offshore provided mystery and curiosity into the restful equation.  Very nice, very nice indeed.

So let me ask you. How would you like to spend a day under this palm tree at Playa Hermosa? Will that do for a place to sit? You’ll most likely have the whole beach to yourself!

Coconut palms lined the beach so you could sit in the shade and just quietly look and listen.  Playa Hermosa was just that, a beautiful near white sand beach.  And white sand beaches are hard to find on the Pacific Ocean side of Central America.  We felt lucky to have made this discovery.

The view from the tiny fishing village of Boca Chica. There are some forty islands out there! Wouldn’t you love to spend the day on a deserted beach with a pick-nick basket and a pair of snorkels and fins? Wonderful memories await those who come here!

Later on we decided to meander into Boca Chica, a tiny coastal fishing village, to have lunch at the Seagull Cove Lodge.  The lunch was also very good and the view was something else.  But we were anxious to get back to the Plantation Club with that lovely pool and our gorgeous suite.

Oh yes, the Boca Chica Plantation Club and Resort is our definite choice for the area.  It’s quiet, it’s inspiring, and its luxury personified.  In Panama we have a saying, “… con tranquilidad”.  As translated, the words mean with tranquility.  The Boca Chica Plantation Club and Resort is tranquility personified.  And if you fall in love with the place, as we did, there are lots for sale priced to fit many budgets.  You can build your dream get-away vacation home.  The best that Panama has to offer is yours for the taking.  Check it out!

Sunrise at the infinity pool at the Boca Chica Plantation Club and Resort. Great way to start the day!



  1. My oh my! That is certainly one beautiful resort and, from your photos, one nice area for a holiday! Next time I’m in Panama (I’ll be back in June), I’m going to schedule a vacation in this Boca Chica ‘gem’. Good article, great photos, and very informative! Thanks,


    • It was great! I’m ready to go back.

  2. Hi to all, how is all, I think every one is getting more from
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    • Thank you for your compliments!

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