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RE: Santa Catalina Panama« Reply #1 on: November 21 2008 15:11:00 »
Casablanca shut down a few years ago when Ricardo Icaza sold it, and the company that bought it has basically abandoned it. The best places to stay in Santa Catalina are Oasis at Playa Estero, Surfers Paradise right on the point, or Cabanas Rolo in town. DO NOT stay at Punta Brava Hotel... the owner Jose Crespo is a total fruitcake, he picked me and my group up 5 hours late from the airport, almost killed us on the 5 hour drive to the hotel, and the hotel food is crap. Eat at Biancas restaurant, she has the best wahoo or snapper.
RE: Santa Catalina Panama« Reply #2 on: December 23 2008 21:12:00 »
Punta Brava Lodge at Santa Catalina is horrible. I checked in with my girlfriend late in the afternoon, and we paid in advance for 3 nights stay. When we got to our room, we found that the bed sheets and pillows were dirty and smelled like moldy body odor, the floor was dirty and there was a dead scorpion under our bed. The bathroom was filthy, moldy and full of insects like roaches in the shower, and mosquitos. The air conditioner made a bad rattling sound and stopped working after 10 minutes. To top it off, the door lock was broken so we could not lock the door. My girlfriend refused to stay there, so we asked the owner, Jose Crespo, for a refund, and he refused to refund our money. DO NOT STAY AT PUNTA BRAVA LODGE IN SANTA CATALINA.
RE: Santa Catalina Panama« Reply #3 on: January 10 2009 15:01:00 »
Don't get my girlfriend started on Punta Brava!
We were there this summer, we left within a few hours.
The place is a disgrace!!
Dirty and falling apart
RE: Santa Catalina Panama« Reply #4 on: February 12 2009 12:02:00 »
Other than that, how was the town? thinking of going in early March.
RE: Santa Catalina Panama« Reply #5 on: February 12 2009 13:02:00 »
Don't know, saw 1 junction and I guess that was town center!
Few places to eat, few basic places to stay, all of them better then Punta Brava surf lodge, which is horrible.
Don't get me wrong, the wave at Punta Brava is really worldclass, but so are the 30 guess that are always on it!
RE: Santa Catalina Panama« Reply #6 on: March 26 2009 13:03:00 »
Santa Catalina (SC) is a sleepy fishing town that feels like it is going to explode soon with development and tourism. Located six hours west of Panama City on the Pacific Coast, SC has six good breaks ranging from sandy beach to point to reef. On the weekend before I arrived, the waves on the Punta Brava reef break were 15 feet high, but by the time I arrived, they were only 6 feet dropping to 3 feet on my last day.
See www.patrick.tc for more info