6 of my dearest friends (think, "friends who become family") and I travelled to Panama from San Francisco for my roommate, another friend, and my birthday in mid-February 2016 and stayed at Andres' compound [let's be honest, it's a compound :)] for 5 days of R&R. Let me put it simply, we couldn't have drawn up a more perfect location, residence, or scenery if we tried.
The pictures Andres has shared will make you fall in love and want to be there immediately, but they do not even come close to doing it justice. From the wooden picnic bench to the many hammocks to the mosaic floor, you're constantly smiling while staring at your home.
Jackie and the gentleman (I forget his name, sorry!) are there to cook for you every day and they do a marvelous job. They also make up your beds and organize the bathrooms for you each day. They are so kind, and make you feel at home.
There's access to the beach from the side of the property - a beach that is generally EMPTY. If you walk more than a few hundred yards in either direction, you will not see anyone for however far you choose to walk until you return.
The skies are filled with stars all evening leaving you lying on the grass, listening to music, sharing wonderful conversation with your friends - exactly what you would want!
It is a short drive to the town of Coronado, which has 2 terrific supermarkets on the main road and a plethora of delicious restaurants to choose from. The local residents are among the friendliest and warmest people I've met anywhere in the world. Take the time to talk to a few of them, they surely will leave your heart full.
I cannot recommend this house or the town enough. Thank you Andres for making your home available to folks like us!
PS. Stop by Cholo's (bar and restaurant), ask for Cesar and tell him Brendan and Alex from San Francisco sent you :)