We arrived in Panama on a read-eye flight from the US. Everyone was pretty beaten up but after we got our rental the mood improved. The owner has provide an extremely detailed directions to the property. The house is well positioned on an easy 1.5-2 hour drive from the airport. Traffic on the first several miles was the worst because of construction. Try to get some kind of GPS guidance. We missed the exit for the house as well. It's not readily visible from the main road and we had to come back. That gave us the opportunity to see the neighborhood. There are plenty of supermarkets and restaurants close by. We found some fishermen in Playa Blanca and got fresh fish for $5/lbs. Very delicious on the BBQ in the house.
The property itself is very private. There was enough room for two families, one of them with kids. We had a third family rent a house nearby. They spent every evening at our property and the pool. The BBQ was indispensable for most of the evenings. We don't speak Spanish and couldn't communicate with the live in property keeper. Victor and his wife, however, were easily accessible and kept everything clean. We could at any time call or email Mario and he would solve any problem. The kids noted that the DVD player was not working but we never ever needed it. We had great time with our friend, the pool, the BBQ and more beer :) My wife said that the kitchen needs remodeling but it served our needs perfectly. The weather was hot and humid but the air conditioning inside was working well although a bit noisy upstairs.
There was a great, almost private, beach nearby and we walked to there several times. In the morning it's all for you to enjoy. Some locals come to the beach in the afternoon and on the weekends. We did a lot of day trips to the nearby towns, jungle and beaches. A car is a must.