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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


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


5.0 Excellent 233 Reviews
Seagull Cove LODGE! not Resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at the Seagull Cove Lodge, not Resort! The two are very close to each other, but I have no idea what the resort is like. I can only comment on the Lodge, which proved to be a most extraordinary place. No rooms but little cabanas with a splendid view over the bay and islands. A most forthcoming staff. We enjoyied conversations with the two managers, brother and sister, by the way, who provided us with most useful tips and recommendations for our further journey. The food was excellent and service by Gustavo like in a first calss restaurant. The only weakness of the place is the last kilometer of the road, which would almost require an SUV.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Best place to relax and spend quality time with loved ones. Staff is one of the best and food is top class. Seagull cove resort is amazing and beautiful. Will definitely go back there every year .

Thanks Seagull Cove Resort.

Reviewed 2 months ago

The team is so amazing and kind. The owners are such nice people. Thank you for everything Sue and Jim. Amazing stay.
The View is so beautiful and the best food served here.
You will see us more often.

Reviewed 2 months ago

We had a great stay here. Everyone was friendly and it is a gorgeous spot! Went out for a kayak in the beautiful area. Wish we had stayed longer!

Our room was very comfortable and we had aberynicenight.

Must visit!
Reviewed 3 months ago

What an incredible jewel! Completely relaxing and view inspiring. Sue and Jim really have made the Seagull Cove resort and wonderful place to experience and are great hosts. Melisa and Gustavo made every thing we needed happen seamlessly not to mention two of the nicest people you could ever meet. Food was great and reasonably priced, beer is cold :) and if you get a chance to get a massage Iris will turn you into melted butter.