"Surprisingly wonderful and BEST decision I made..."
I had read some complaints about the Tortuga so was a little skeptical when booking for myself plus family....but it ended up being a very wise decision....
When you finally get down there you see FAST what your alternatives actually look like...and if you are with a family and not looking to party till 3AM....the Tortuga is the smartest choice. The employees were all very nice and accomodating. The pool is nice, the restaurant is great, overall we were very pleased.
The hotel is a nice walk away from the others and nestled near where the locals live. It has an awesome sitting area in the dining room with hammocks by the water.The lounging area on the 2nd floor is also very relaxing. I would definitely stay here again.
Tucked away in the hills above Boquete on a 45 hectare farm, this is a great mountain getaway. It's really a 15-20 minute drive north of the town, so you have to be willing to drive a windy road if you're doing tours, but it's worth it. We were in quiet comfort, surrounded by birds who were attracted by the food left for them by the staff. We saw more birds here than we did on any of our walks. You can wander around the grounds and go off on several trails, as well as traipsing through the coffee plants--we got lost at one point and just headed through the trees in the general direction till we hit the hotel grounds again. A large breakfast was included and, although we were disappointed that the restaurant is under remodeling, the bar restaurant had excellent food--just a limited menu that was always the same.
The family that owned it for generations had to sell three years ago so there is new management. We had hoped to meet the family so that was a surprise, but there is a lot of history anyway.