Often called the Bridge of the Americas, Panama is the narrow isthmus that connects North America to South America.  Undoubtedly it is best known for being home to the Panama Canal, one of the world’s modern marvels.  Panama is also a country with abundant bio-diversity, diverse history and amazing fishing that often gets overlooked due to it’s tourist juggernaut neighbor to the north, Costa Rica.

Folklore and indigenous tribes define the word Panama as “abundance of fish.”  Looks like not much has changed from the time the Spanish arrived 500 years ago to now as Panama currently holds over fifty IGFA world records for striped marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish.  With over 1,500 miles of coastline between the Caribbean and the Pacific, nearly 500 islands, and the freshwater Lake Gatun there are no shortage of fishing hot spots to enjoy.  No matter if you are looking to fly fish the Panama Canal for peacock bass or go trolling for monster yellow-fin tuna off the Hannibal Bank in the Chiriquí Gulf you are in the right place.

The important question, is which are the hottest hotels to complement a perfect fishing vacation in Panama? Here are some of our favorite award winning hotels in Panama:

1.  The Waldorf Astoria Panama

You’ve probably heard of the esteemed brand name before, now you can experience it (and afford it!) in Panama.  The Waldorf Astoria in Panama City is the first and only Waldorf in Latin America, and in a metropolitan city with no shortage of options this one still manages to rise above the competition.  If you are looking for fine dining, impeccable 5-star service, decadent and spacious accommodations the Waldorf Astoria is perhaps the best option in Panama City.  Featuring two restaurants, two bars, a full service spa, and a rooftop open-air pool the Waldorf offers unbeatable comfort and a convenient location as it is walking distance to the high-end banking district as well as the nightlife district of Calle Uruguay . It’s the best way to start or end your next fishing vacation to Panama!

Awards:

  • 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellent. 
  • 2014 Trip Advisor – Top 10 Hotels in Panama.
  • 2013 Fodor’s 100 Top Hotel Awards.
  • 2014 Latin Flyer Awards – Top 10 Hotels in Panama.

Perfect for: Honeymooners, Anglers, Business Travelers, Families with older Children, High-End Travelers.

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2.  Panama Big Game Fishing Club

Fishing at Panama’s Hannibal Bank for huge marlin and giant yellow-fin tuna is probably on almost on every saltwater angler’s bucket list.  Located on the island of Boca Brava in the Gulf of Chiriqui, The Panama Big Game Fishing Club welcomes fishermen from all over the world to enjoy their 5-star service and accommodations, and of course the legendary fishing.  After going though a multi-million dollar renovation in 2011 guests now enjoy gourmet meals in the air conditioned club house, an infinity edge swimming pool with swim-up bar, heated jacuzzi, and four luxurious and spacious private cabanas.  Each of the 600 sq ft cabanas comes with king bed or twin beds, air conditioning, 42″ flat screen smart TVs, large bathrooms, and a pre-stocked and customized mini bar included in your stay.   They have a 300 ft dock for their fleet of first class boats (all with air conditioned salons), an official IGFA weigh station, a full time mechanic on staff, and the finest Penn & Shimano equipment so you never miss a fish.  If you are seeking to land your trophy marlin or tuna while having a great time with fellow anglers this is the place to be.  By the list of accolades below we clearly aren’t the only ones who think so.

Awards:

  • Guy Harvey Magazine – #1 Boutique Luxury Fishing Resort in Central America – 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Bluewater Magazine – Favorite Central American Game Fishing Lodge  – 2013 & 2014
  • Florida Sport Fishing – #1 Lodge of 2013
  • Trip Avisor – Certificate of Excellence – 2013 & 2014
  • IGFA Review – Five Star – Setting the bar for exceeding excellence –

Perfect for: Anglers, Families with Junior Fishermen, Bachelor Parties, Romantic Fishing Getaways.

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The hot tub / pool / swim up bar at the PBGFC.

Marlin fishing at Panama Big Game Fishing Club

Marlin fishing at Panama Big Game Fishing Club!

 

 

3.  Bocas del Mar

Located in the small fishing village of Boca Chica, Bocas del Mar is a perfect combination of warm service and a modern and eclectic concept.  Surrounded by lush gardens and offering beautiful scenic views of the Gulf of Chiriquí the hotel offers 16 spacious private bungalows complete with satellite TV, wifi, mini-fridge, AC, and huge one-way windows to maximize your Pacific views.  The hotel features two pools, a full service bar & restaurant, and a dock perfect for swimming, kayaking, or easy access to your fishing boat in the morning.  This is a great value option for those who aren’t looking for the fishing lodge atmosphere or who are traveling with families.

  • 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards – Top Small Hotel – Panama
  • 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards – Most Romantic Hotel – Panama
  • 2014 Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor

Perfect for: Honeymooners, Romantic Getaways, Families, Large Groups, Anglers.

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4.  Riverside Inn

This tranquil and relaxing small boutique inn is located in Boquete, about forty five minutes away from the David Airport.  The hotel is in one of the most peaceful areas in the entire country as it’s surrounded by mountains with the Palo Alto River flowing on the property.  Each of the six rooms here feature Direct TV, DVD player, free wifi, stereo system, and large bathrooms with large bathtubs to soak in.  Imagine yourself waking up on a crisp morning to the sound of birds and the calm river flowing, and then having a cup of tea next to the fireplace.  The nice thing is that Boquete is it is also Panama’s major adventure location, so if you want to go zip lining or white water rafting you can enjoy of this as well!

Awards:   

  • 2014 TripAvisor Certificate of Excellence

Perfect For: Families with grown up children, Honeymoons, Romantic Getaways and Nature Lovers.

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