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:
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
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.
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
Good people. Good food!!!!
Tue Oct 09 14:15:59 EDT 2018
We were in the Hotel playa Blanca from Sept 20-Sept 27 and really , really!! we enjoyed our times over-there. What a wonderful times we had at this Hotel!!!. people from this wonderful country called Panama are so nice and friendly, really, really!! .The people are so friendly, so nice. so respectful!! the food was more than good. the breakfast was good, the lunch was good, the dinner was good, the beer was good...what more we can ask for!! We really felt like if we were king and queen!!! Everybody treat us very respectful!! We feel so grateful with so many people in this Hotel, special mention to Rosy the captain of the buffet, she is very good lady, also Jose Rodrigues, from SunWing vacation, what a nice man!!! ready to answer our question!! . very helpfully to us. And All The people whom work in the counter attending people , was always ready to help!! Also Gina and the other lady from Leon Nic., the 2 bar ladies whom served us nice drink and piña colada, very friendly ladies.!!. Also jose the nicaragua guy, very friendly and humble. Johanna the lady from Rio San Juan. very friendly. so everybody was friendly. even Jesus the venezuela guy was very friendly. Our room was always cleaned properly , We have nothing to complain of , Okay, we admit ,!! may be the sand in the beach in playa Blanca Hotel, was no Blanca at all. but we do not care if that playa was blanca, Black, yellow , orange or blue, brown as long as the room was clean, the food was good and the people was friendly and We had all of that!!!! The salty giant swimming pool was in construction so, we missed that. may be the next time.!! but We love Panama. we enjoyed, We really Enjoyed and of course, We would come again at Hotel Playa Blanca.!! absolutely, we will come back again ..!! thank you Panama. long live Hotel Playa Blanca. Silvia and Rolando..

A very mixed opinion for the resort expected a little more. I would say management should reevaluate the needs for those
Sun Sep 30 14:24:38 EDT 2018
Considering the hotel: 2 Very positive notes: The seafood restaurant was amazing The Italian restaurant was good and tasty. The beds and the rooms were super comfortable and we had no issue with the T.V nor the air-conditioner. The hotel is rundown but it did not bother me The staff was friendly, they made an effort to comply The salad bar was repetitive on a daily base over 30 assortments The hot meal buffet selection was satisfactory, but because of the number of guests food was all over the counters Desert section no innovation, mostly plaque deserts cut into portions No ice cream and jello was only served in the morning The morning breakfast provided all the basics with no thrills We were unaware their large salt water pool was in construction that was a disappointment The beach not friendly to debutante swimmers The beach was rugged, shells and seaweeds and at places volcanic sand Any issue which we had it was resolved eventually meaning the staff responded The chairs along the swimming pool and the beach needs a major clean up These comments will hopefully make the management aware of some of our experiences that could have also occurred to other guests Day one no shower mat nor face towels Day two only one chair in the balcony and that was broken First time in our lives there was no shower cap for the ladies in the bathroom Day two no towels until seven in the evening Had to go next door where the electrical panel was to replace the breaker because we had no electricity For 3 days we had to go back and forward at least once a day to reprogram our electronic keys For two days we had no hot water Although the hotel is kids friendly, we assumed the end of September not too many tourists. But, to our dismay for $30 a day the hotel was accessible to any person and their families. The abundance of the children running around wild placed another dumper to a classic state of mind traveling to a relaxing vacation I keep asking myself what other calamity awaited us had we not met the director general Mr. Barron and Mr. Carlos the owner of the hotel C'est la vie Que Sera Sera Jack Kalaydjian I am involved in the hospitality service area and food in general for the past 50 years

Last Minute passing through.
Staceyscuba, Illinois
Tue Sep 18 11:11:53 EDT 2018
I have to say..the bar and restaurant staff are GREAT. The Food was wonderful in the buffet area. The beach food..was the WORST. Stale chips and if you don't eat meat..there are no good choices. Chips stale and no salsa. Lettuce needed help and it was really only for the dressing if you didn't eat meat. All places need to think about people that do not eat meat options. Room was fine for one night..nice a cool. Beach was not something I would have stayed here for..Needed some work readjusting the layout!??!

Even with low expectations, don't go (dealbreakers explained)
Frederic M,
Sat Aug 25 07:12:54 EDT 2018
Stayed for a week in August as a single parent, 8/10-8/16. Reading the reviews, I figured this was a budget hotel with imperfect facilities & service but decent food. Okay. I kept my expectations accordingly low and did not want to be just another complaining gringo. But... I can't. Just can't. Even if the price was right, I wouldn't go back to Playa Blanca and cannot recommend it. See what else you can find for a comparable amount. Fork out a little more money. Find a better place. You deserve it. Dealbreakers: - Thin walls in the rooms + family resort with lots of kids + TV audible at low volume = noisy nights.What good is a resort if you can't sleep well? - The beach area is really black and terribly designed, which is funny for a place called 'Playa Blanca' (la playa NO ES blanca at all!). So it's generally better to hang out by the various pools. ...Which begs the question: why did I come all the way here if we cannot enjoy a beach? - And then the Kids' pool is not well-maintained (insufficiently chlorinated & not cleaned regularly). Water was milky white for several days, and then some green algae appeared at the bottom at some point. Really?! Yes, really! - Cue ear infection! - Eeeeeeeeeeew. Other minor irritants: - The other reviews are sometimes excessive, but will give you the gist. Service is, indeed, imperfect (lots of minor lapses). Some minor repairs are, indeed, required around the facilities. Hotel needs some love. Good points - Gotta hand it to them: the food was generally very good. The buffet was suitably varied and tasty, with healthy choices. The a la carte restaurants were a notch above and very good. - The staff is friendly and helpful, though you gotta ask. - *Lots* of kids, so your own offspring can make friends quickly. Friendly people. Lots of locals, especially on weekends, and visitors from the rest of Latin America, who are interesting to meet. Speaking Spanish makes things easier but there is a friendly vibe all-around. => But the positives do not offset the negatives enough. Really, try somewhere else.

Not What I Expected
68traveler1240, Phoenix, Arizona
Wed Aug 22 15:22:07 EDT 2018
It is an OK place. The staff at the front desk was not very friendly. Had the "could care less" attitude. The first night we had towels in the room (2) two coffees, one bottled water (for two people). The next night, no towels, no mat for the shower, one coffee, one bottled water. As the week continued, the housekeeping got worse. Had to call or go to the front desk to ask for towels, coffee, mat, water. No face towel or hand towel provided. Once you asked for them, hold on to them , because you will never see them again. Our package included transportation to an from the airport. Days before we were due to depart, I stopped at the front desk to confirm pick up to the airport. Was told that there was nothing indicating that we had transportation included. (We were picked up at the airport) so go figure. The next day, I showed them my paperwork indicating transportation. Again, nothing. they had to call our travel agent to confirm. It took ten minutes to walk from where we stayed to the buffet. No information given letting us know what was available and where. They have the salt water pool, but only available to the residents. Found the so call :gym" by mistake. The staff at the buffet was very friendly especially the daytime supervisor Rossi. She made up for all the bad and indifferent staff.

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