Playa Blanca Beach Resort & Spa

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Set on the Pacific Coast, nestled between scenic lagoons and 3,200 square feet of pristine beaches lies the all-inclusive Playa Blanca Beach Resort. This beautiful beach getaway is set on 200 lush, tropical acres. The area where Playa Blanca is located is commonly known as the Arco Seco (Dry Arc) in Panama - meaning there is drier weather in this area throughout the year!

Huddled directly on the beach, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this all-inclusive Mediterranean-style beachfront resort features a miniature golf course, marina, two outdoor swimming pools plus two Jacuzzis, and a kids' club.

Your all-inclusive dining experience includes a choice of five restaurants (three la carte, one snack bar, and one buffet), and six bars. Enjoy two pools and a kid's' pool, two Jacuzzis, tennis courts, and a fitness center. On-site water sports include Jet-skiing, windsurfing, paddle boating, and many others. This beautiful oasis also harbors an assortment of nightly entertainment, including themed shows.
Located directly on the beach in Cocle, Panama, our tropical getaway is perfectly positioned to provide a truly unforgettable Panama beach vacation experience. Playa Blanca is located 1 hour and 30 minutes from the city of Panama.
Address: 115 Km Via Interamericana
Playa Blanca

Local Phone: 011 507-264-6444
Fax: 507-264-6773
Website Address:
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (Majestic Casino/3miles)
Shopping Mall Nearby
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Swim-up Bar
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Court Fee: Compliemtnary
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
Motorboats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Luxury suites on a spectacular Pacific Ocean beach. The largest saltwater swimming pool in Central America. All inclusive convenience, gracious hospitality and resort amenities.Tennis, ocean kayaking and just about every watersport imaginable. Beach: Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Total Rooms: 220
Year Opened: 2003 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
1 king bed or 2 queen bed, located in Town Center Luxury Suites, coffee maker, safe deposit, kitchen, bathroom with shower, private balcony
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Playa Blanca Beach Resort & Spa features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 8 Restaurants at Playa Blanca Beach Resort & Spa:
Miller Sport Bar & Restaurant - Enjoy amazing appetizers, such as nachos, Buffalo wings and mini sliders by Chef Pedro Martinez. Open from 12:30pm to 12:00am. Capacity: 50 people
Make Sushi Restaurant - Serves Japanese food with Sushi Bar by Chef Julio Aguilar. Options of imported sushi and special rolls at additional cost. Open for dinner from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Reservations required. Capacity: 50 people.
Grill Restaurant on the Beach - Visit Grill Restaurant on the Beach to enjoy beach views and al fresco dining on the sand.
El Velero Restaurant & Bar - Thai and seafood grill menu by Chef Edward Lee. Open for lunch (12:30pm to 3:30pm) and dinner (7:00pm to 10:00pm). Reservations required for dinner. Capacity: 100 people
Lagoon Restaurant - Exclusively available to Town Center Suite guests, the Lagoon Restaurant offers spectacular views of the largest saltwater pool in Central America.
Panama Canal Restaurant - Enjoy an international buffet prepared by our Executive Chef Roberto Segura from Costa Rica. Open for breakfast (7:00am to 10:30am), lunch (12:30pm to 3:30pm) and dinner (7:00pm to 10:00pm).
Italian Restaurant - Cozy Italian restaurant serves authentic cuisine in a warm, relaxing setting.
Snack Bar - Enjoy fast foods such as pizzas, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, French fries and more! Open from 10:00am to 12:00am. Capacity: 60 people
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Variety of activities, sports, live shows every night and beach disco. Kids Club offers scheduled crafts and activities.
Kid's Club featuring a playground, scheduled crafts and activities for children and even a small zoo of tropical birds and creatures!
Applicable Ages: up to 12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: $
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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What to expect

TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Decent depending on the price; keep track of your ID
usherMocha, Panama City, Panama
Sun Apr 22 11:31:29 EDT 2018
We live near Panama City and booked this at the last minute as a weekend getaway. For the price we paid, it was good enough. Nice beach and pools. There appear to be archery and shuffleboard facilities but we weren't able to use them. The rooms reflect the price. Our beds needed to be replaced long ago and the lock didn't work on the patio door, which we didn't discover until the day we left. Checking in was a bit of a hassle as they tried to get us to sit through a sales pitch for the condos or an upgrade or something before giving us our keys. I'm sometimes patient enough to let them go through their spiel but at the time, the front desk was super busy and I just wanted to get through all the people and get to my room. We were there on a weekend and it was pretty noisy well into the evening. I woke up after 1am and there was still music playing somewhere. Being from the area, I was prepared for this but keep it in mind if you're new. Regarding the ID: they gave us a printout of our reservation and apparently had re-used paper by printing it on the unused side. However, the side that WAS used had photocopies of other people's IDs. They didn't seem too concerned about it when I brought that up but that practice alone means I'm not comfortable at all handing over my ID to anyone at the hotel, which likely means I won't be back.

Nice small size resort - but huge in fun
NikkiDetroit, Detroit
Sun Apr 08 12:53:53 EDT 2018
I really hate the super large hotels - high rise type. Seems you fight for pool chairs and restaurant seating. We chose this resort because it had less than 250 rooms - beach front. Pools and beach: Two large pool areas. Roped off for kids and much deeper as you go in. LOTS of lounge chairs. Pools opens at 10 and NO ONE saves chairs - there are plenty. Mostly in sun, though there are quite a few in the shade and under some palm trees and huts. Same with beach - tons of chairs and huts. You'll have to move a bit to follow the sun or shade. OH, take suntan lotion or sunscreen from home - if you buy in the store it is about $20 for 8oz bottle!! The beach is miles long - you can walk to other resorts. There are plenty of security around everywhere - you can't get in if you don't belong! Food: Great huge buffett with hot food bars at each meal - omelette station, ham, beef, fish. Salad bar and lots of fresh fruit and full dessert bar(same stuff). Plus a sushi bar, Italian and seafood restaurant (you had to reserve at 8am that day) never very crowded so service was fast. Oh yeah, plus a Japanese restaurant meal that cost $15/person - worth it to see the show. Breakfast is open at 7am so you can eat before you go out on a tour. People sit around until the pool opens at 10 - then they slowly head for the pools. Hotel: We booked late so didn't get the rooms at the resort (3 floors), about 9 buildings, some were under repair so not available and a little noise drilling and cleaning. We stayed in the Town Suite(3rd floor facing lagoon), huge room with good comfortable king bed, great shower and roomy bathroom. Nice balcony facing a great patio and the lagoon view. The lagoon is the largest salt water pool in CA. We walked around it every morning. You can walk to the designated pool area for the resort(other areas around lagoon are for residents) or take a boat ride or train ride to the area. There is a great snack bar there(all inclusive) - you can swim at the beach and take a walk or ride to this snack bar for lunch - better than the buffett or snack bar at the pool!! Food is ordered and hot!! Nice. BTW, if you are around during the day in your room, they come by with beer and sodas and wine and you can fill your fridge (free). Full kitchen in the Town suites. Nice. Activities: Music everyday - loud too - at pools closest to beach. Other pool is quiet. Water aerobics, water volley ball. Games like jinga, shuffleboard, battleship - all available and free. Towels available with a card. Water toys like inner tubes and noodles - sign out. Other: Onsite there is a small casino (slots only). Convenience store with beach wear. Sports Bar, Lobby bar, swim up bar, bar at Town Center, bar at Lagoon. Other stores at the high rise Town Center Suites - clothing, pizza, bars, ice cream store, others. NOTE: on Saturday and Sunday the resort is open to locals. It will be crowded even in the buffett but there is plenty of room and plenty of chairs by pool. Also locals bring in these gigantic pool toys!! And lots of kids. There are a couple of tour companies in lobby. Book as soon as you get there so as not to miss out. See the canal/locks, jungle, rainforest, city. However, you are about 2 hours away from it all. Take water with you - long ride. Some trips are with a huge bus and others might be with only 15 or so people - much nicer but you won't know until that day. Other resorts are involved. We also golfed at nearby Buenaventura Golf Club - very nice but little shade (other course was at Royal Decameron - didn't make it there). There is entertainment at night. It starts with a kids show first where kids participate. Kinda the same each night. Then the adult show. We never stayed for it so don't know what went on. We did see the entertainers in great looking Vegas style costumes. We settled on nighttime cocktails at the lobby bar.

Would not return...
Amy P,
Sat Apr 07 07:08:50 EDT 2018
The hotel definitely has its up and downs. Positives: the food was great! The pools are nice too. Definitely a busy resort meant for families. Very kid friendly. Negatives: the staff do not speak English. It’s a 2 hour drive from the airport to the resort (we landed In Panama City) The first room they put us in was a moldy pit with no hot water. After complaining we were switched to a room that we originally paid for. No wifi. From other reviews I’m reading you had an option to pay for it. That option was not given to me. Everyday was a constant battle for towels. Housekeeping never left us a single towel, leaving us having to go or call front desk. Half way through our stay we started having issues with our water. I will say this room had hot water, but it would stop and start during a shower or even washing your hands. Sometimes as long as a minute you would be standing in the shower waiting for the water to start up again. The hotel itself is run down and needs a major face lift!

Never Again!
Tina R,
Fri Apr 06 10:02:21 EDT 2018
Where to Begin!!! My room was a disaster, furniture old and damaged, no hangers in the room, no clock, no iron or ironing board, no water, one towel, dirty floors, safe did not work . As a General Manager of a hotel myself I like to give properties and staff the benefit of the doubt however this was the worst travel experience of my life. The room I could somewhat handle however the service was very poor. I practically would have to beg to get coffee and water at breakfast and or beverages at dinner, as mentioned by another traveler the tables were dirty for long periods of time. The majority of the guests were local travelers which is fine, however they were rude and took over all the pool areas most of the time in drunken states with their radios blasting over the already loud pool DJ. The pool constantly had garbage floating around, the pool washroom had vomit in it for the whole week, all night parties at the beach which lead to ppl in severe drunken states in the hotel hallways, banging on doors and fighting with their partners, I was actually fearful for the first time in my extensive travel history. Then the worst of it started when while sitting on a chair with my beach bag on the back someone swiped it, losing $, expensive sunglasses, etc , that same day my beach towel was stolen from my lounger and in the evening when I turned my head for literally a minute while being distracted my cell phone went missing. When I asked to use their business centre to contact my phone provider, my hotel, my family and friends, they informed me they did not have a business centre, what hotel in 2018 does not have computers or tablets? There were a few ladies at the front desk that let me use the back office, where I spent that last 2 days trying to get things settled. The Rep that worked for the travel company I booked through was rude and disrespectful to all the staff at the hotel and only cared about booking excursions not any help. When I told him of my story, he looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and said "yup, if the phone was turned off immediately you're out of luck". I forgot to mention as a animal lover I was devastated to see skinny cats, and a poor skinny dog running throughout the hotel obviously looking for water and food. I think this upset me more than anything, I spent my time on the beach giving water to this poor dog. I hope no one does anything to harm these animals, ppl were taunting them which was sickening. Anyone who will be flying into RIH please make note that it is a military airport that is not air conditioned and the vending machines were not in working order to purchase water or any snacks(which was not fun when the plane was delayed). If you are looking for rest and relaxation, this is not the place. I have asked for a full refund on my trip from the tour company which I think is reasonable considering it was the week from hell. I would post pictures, however my phone being stolen made that impossible.

Okay but not great
orechios, Chicago, Illinois
Thu Apr 05 12:11:49 EDT 2018
This hotel is an excellent choice for families. They have a kiddie pool and playground. They also offer a kids show that my daughter enjoyed very much! We stayed in the town center section and went to the salt pool once, I would have stayed in the resort side since all the "action" is on the resort side. The majority of the guests are from South and Central America and Canada which made the experience very nice and new for my family. We did not like the service from the staff. At the buffet restaurant the tables were always dirty. When we sat down and asked for utensils and water they never came back and brought any until we asked a few times. The food was excellent at the buffet we didn't try the other restaurants. The beach was always busy so we went there a couple times we enjoyed the "passive pool". The room itself was nice I wish the bathroom had a little more privacy as it a glass door and you can see and hear everything. All in all we enjoyed our time at the hotel.

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