5.0
Excellent 2199 Reviews
Jetsetter Verified
This Hotel meets our standards
Our editors have been here and it has met our standards

What We Love

  • A secluded location on a quiet bay in Boca Chica
  • Just five bungalows with a simple, tropical style and ocean or garden views
  • Attentive service; all guests are introduced to a personal attendant on arrival
  • The raft of nature-focused activities, from sea kayaking and deep sea fishing to birdwatching and island-hopping excursions
  • Delicious Panamanian and international meals are prepared using fresh, local ingredients

What To Know

  • It’s a short flight from Panama City to the local airport, then a 35-mile transfer to the lodge
  • There are few nearby dining options, but the food at Seagullcove is delicious and varies daily
  • Nature and adventure tours from the lodge for an extra fee
  • Seagullcove Lodge covers a large, steep hillside navigated by lots of stairs
  • Free WiFi is not available in the guestrooms but can be accessed in the lobby, restaurant and poolside
Bedroom Classic Island property Suite cottage

Overview

The Review

On Panama’s Pacific coast, a short flight from Panama City, Seagullcove Lodge is on a hillside overlooking one of the hundreds of coves that define this stretch of Panama’s Chiriqui province. And since there are just five bungalows, you can enjoy all of it in privacy — or find yourself thinking of the charming staff and managers as your Panamanian family.

Built by an Italian architect, the five bungalows are like personal aeries for watching all the yachting and water sports activities on the bay below. It’s quite a backdrop, so the spacious rooms are smart but simple spaces, painted in tropical colors with luxe linens and bright throws, air conditioning and private balconies or terraces. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2900/prop-33498-1338313787-full.jpeg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Boca Chica is growing in popularity for its unrivaled bird watching and deep-sea fishing.”}The wooden furniture is all made by local craftspeople using regional hardwoods — a natural, elegant look that highlights the lodge’s connections to its surroundings.

A series of steep steps lead from the bungalows down to the dark sand beach (better for walks than lounging) and the raft of outdoor activities found along Chiriqui’s gulf coast. For nature lovers there’s whale watching in the bay and unrivaled birdwatching, while sporty types can try sea kayaking and diving or snorkeling adventures at nearby reefs. Relaxation seekers can book boat rides to neighboring, uninhabited inlets, or simply lounge in a hammock in the tiki-style overwater bar.

Like the rest of the lodge, the restaurant looks to Italy for inspiration. Aside from the fresh seafood, some of Panama’s best beef is raised just inland from the lodge; the meltingly tender beef boscaiola is not to be missed. Seagullcove Lodge attracts a well-traveled clientele with stories to tell over cognac and cigars at the tiled bar. And, lest you forget the lodge’s remote setting in this little-explore patch of Panama, the odd howler monkey and the low rumble of night boats trolling through the bay will provide a gentle soundtrack .

How to Get There

Seagullcove Lodge
Boca Chica
Chiriqui, 00000 Panama

Reviews

We had the most amazing time at Seagull Cove Resort...
jfosado

When the owner of the Seagull Cove Resort picked us up at the airport he said on thing about Boca Chica, and Panama in general, that stuck with me. He said that Panama was like the USA was 50 years ago. Imagine going to Maui 50 years ago!

The resort is magical in it's setting and views. You feel like you've been transported back in time when you visit the Seagull Cove Resort. The main difference is that you have all the amenities of the 21st century available. Time seemed to slow down and the stress of daily life was gone while we were there.

The staff and the food were simply amazing! Service was their motto and we received the best service possible. They were all so warn and authentically nice to us. They made us feel like were were the most important guests in the resort. It's small size really makes you feel like you have the whole place to yourself while you're there.

The owners Sue & Jim are truly passionate about making sure we had a great time. Sue arranged several activities for us and actually spent one whole day with us showing us around David and the surrounding areas. We had the best time while we were at Seagull Cove Resort. I would highly recommend coming on the weekend and spending Saturday night at the end of their pier in the Tiki room, a floating bar and hangout. The owners really know how to make you feel special and show you a good time.

Perfect Hotel - Perfect restaurant
honky_tonk89

I can fully recommend the Seagull. super nice hotel. We had the bungalow with garden view. Very nice. The bungalows with ocean view are great too. Great view of the Bay of Boca Chica and especially a great restaurant. the food is perfect. great price and great portions. just 5 points!

Impressive slice of paradise!
Kim G

We were traveling the coastal areas and can to investigate Boca Chica. We only poped in to see but stayed for a lunch. Seagull's is lovely and the location is gorgeous. Not much on offer in the actual village so this was an Oasis. Would definitely come back here with more time.