Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)
Christopher and Maureen
About Christopher and Maureen
Being typical Canucks (Canadians), we had the pleasure of experiencing the southern climate during our numerous trips into the Caribbean Islands. Being in the Education profession we were only allowed to escape the cold winter weather by getting away during the March Break. We certainly got hooked with the warm climate, gorgeous scenery and diverse cultures. So we began to put our retirement dream into action. As we were both eligible to retire by 2010, we were determined to spend our winters in a warmer climate. After a trip into Costa Rica on one of our March Break get-a-ways, we fell in love with the perfect year round climate of 80+ degrees, warm breezes off of the ocean and diverse topography including mountains, beaches and rainforests. As we researched, we discovered Panama was identical and real estate prices were much lower. In 2006, we set out to work the dream of purchasing something in Panama. Reality happened on our fourth day of our week long stay. After viewing mountain, city and beach properties we bought into a pre-constructed gated residential condo known as Playa Serena ~ a beach home ‘Paradise’ right on the Pacific Ocean. We were able to spend two weeks over Christmas 2009 with two of our three children as we were still in the work force. Finally, we moved into our dream Panama home away from home in December 2010. God does work in mysterious ways, as we have been truly blessed! Playa Serena Residential Resort Project is a vacationer's paradise! It offers a beachfront experience with a resort environment and all of the necessary amenities are within a ten minute drive. One could also say that Playa Serena is a community where strangers can enter and become friends! Hopefully you will experience Panama too and fall in love with all it has to offer!
Christopher and Maureen purchased this Condo in 2009
Why Christopher and Maureen chose Panamá Oeste
Before retiring we were travelling to the islands in search of a place to call home during the Canadian cold winter months. We wanted to own a condo in a beautiful location, that was on the ocean, offered consistent warm weather year round, had a stable economy and safe from natural disasters i.e. hurricanes and tornadoes. As well we wanted a place where we could go on new adventures, explore new areas, rest, socialize and meet new friends. We realized that this quest was a tall order but Panama fit the bill! Our search ended when we found the beach community on the Pacific Ocean, in the quaint village of Gorgona in Panama. Playa Serena is truly a vacationer’s paradise!
What makes this Condo unique
Staying at Playa Serena allows us to pause from our fast paced daily routine of activities back in Canada, rest, socialize and rejuvenate. We are consistently struck by the intensiity of a sunrise or sunset over the Pacific Ocean, the majesty of the mountains and the beauty of the lush flowers and vegetation. Playa Serena allows us to leave obligations and responsibilities and let things happen. We can go for undirected walks, explore new territory and be ready for the next adventure to turn up.
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awesome first trip panama
beautiful condo on the ocean . spacious and easy to get to coronado. people very friendly and helpful. only draw back not close to snorkel or scuba diving spots. fishing lake gatun great recommend and atv beautiful panama iin mountains a must.
Our stay at Playa Serena
My Wife & I are planning on retiring in Panama. We contacted Christopher & Maureen Rivers several months ago about renting this condo as this is the area that we plan to relocate to. They responded fast and answered all of our questions, we even spoke on the phone. The cost was pretty reasonable with an initial payment to hold the reservation and a 2nd payment to pay the balance. A reasonable amount of utility costs are included with the rental charges. Charges above & beyond the set amount is your responsibility. We used the A/C a little and still did not come close to the max. allowed with the rental fee. The condo is a 2 BR, 2 BA. It is modestly furnished with everything one would need for any length of stay. Wi Fi is furnished which worked very well. We did not use the TV or cable so I can't comment on that. The rooms are very spacious and the open kitchen/living/dining areas make it seem even more spacious. Lots of windows and natural light. The showers are very spacious as well as is the master bath. The guest bath is pretty much a "common" size but this does not detract from anything by any means. This condo is on the 11th floor. Out the front of the building is the ocean & beach area while out the back of the building is the mountains and rain forests. Beauty is all around. The grounds are kept up nicely. The common areas are big, the pool is refreshing & all of the workers are very friendly & polite. We opted to rent the available SUV. It was cheap as far as car rentals go and did the job getting us around the area to explore. The transportation service to & from the airport that Christopher & Maureen recommended was excellent. The property manager greeted us and was available to us all the while we were there for any questions we had. There are a couple of mini markets close by & Coronado is not too far away with bigger grocery stores, gas stations, mini malls, pharmacies, etc. With the help of the property manager, we were shown a fresh seafood market. The prices are amazing for fresh seafood and the taste is second to none. You will find many roadside fruit/vegetable stands. The selection is great, you can't beat the prices and the taste is also second to none. We ate in most of the time so I can't say too much about the local dining. When we did eat out, the food was good & reasonably priced. We had a great stay and would recommend anyone interested in visiting the Coronado area to contact Christopher & Maureen. We give this 5 Stars.
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your Panama vacation and that our condo met all of your expectations. It was a pleasure having you, and when you return to Panama, you would be most welcome at our place.
Sound of waves 24-7, buy fresh fish on the beach!
The condo is outfitted with everything you could need for a vacation that feels like home. The property managers were very helpful, and available around the clock. Really, there is nothing to complain about. I would suggest that an upgrade of the cable TV to some English speaking channels that can watch news and sports would be appreciated. But really, otherwise, the condo is outstanding!
Delightful, Sunny, & Relaxing
The condo was as described and very lovely. We enjoyed our time there, finding it relaxing and friendly. The breeze blowing through kept the condo comfortable during the day and using the air conditioner for a while in the night, cooled the bedroom to a very nice temperature. Enjoying the sound of the ocean and watching the pelicans and other fishing birds dive and fish in the ocean from the balcony is a fabulous way to relax and unwind.
These owners raise the bar for owners on VRBO. Their care and attention to all issues down to the Property Managers who met us there comes through in renting from them. Thank you Chris and Maureen.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Playa Serena and hope that you developed many fond memories. The welcome mat is out if you ever decide to return to Panama.
Chris & Maureen
We knew the condo would be perfect as soon as we walked through the door. The full wall of windows in the living room and windows across the dining room and kitchen made the unit bright and spacious and of course the ocean view was incredible. We kept the blinds closed from 9:30 am to noon to keep the hot sun out of the unit and then we always had a breeze and the sound of the waves crashing.
The condo was spotless and much larger than we expected it to be. The kitchen was well stocked with tools, pots, pans, glasses, plates etc and I learned how to use a rice cooker for the first time!
Mark and Brenda are very kind and knowledgeable property managers who gave us a complete tour of the condo and property when we arrived and answered any questions we had during our stay. It was great to see them enjoying the pool with us during the Monday morning Aquafit class.
We loved having the option of quick access to the pool or beach and plenty of shade. We were also amazed at the constant breeze which made the temperature seem cooler than it actually was. The condo had pool noodles, body boards, lawn chairs etc for the guests to use.
We rented the owner's Suzuki Jimney and were grateful to have it for quick trips to Coronado for groceries, up to El Valle to the market, to Rio Hato Fish Market and San Carlos to take my daughter to surfing lessons.
I also experienced the Gorgona to El Valle bus with new friends I met at Playa Serena. The bus system is reliable, affordable and there are many buses going everywhere. The local people of Gorgona are very friendly and always said hello when we were walking through the village. The fishing village on the beach was an experience to watch and it was nice to buy fresh fish and shrimp from the fishermen.
Chris and Maureen were a pleasure to deal with from our very first inquiry on the property and every step of the process. This is a great condo in a perfect location and we look forward to returning in the future.
Fantastic Place! Home away from Home
My friends and I had a great time! The condo was very clean and we very much felt at home, Had everything we needed!
Walking, running or cycling on the beach. View the Chame River with it's continuous topograhical changes during low and high tides, which is within walking distance. There is a fish market within walking distance to purchase fresh caught fish, spiny lobster and large langostinos fresh out of the ocean.
Panama City and the Panama Canal is 1 hour away; El Valle is about 40 minutes away and has a market to go shopping, zoo, hiking, zipline, biking, horsebackriding, archeological hikes, restaurants, thermal springs; Other nearby activities are: jet skiing, boating, waterskiing, tennis, golf, restaurants; Surfing at the condo beach or other great surf spots nearby; Altos del Maria has a great walking/hiking trail that is a great mountain escape to see fresh water swimming area with a breath taking waterfall; There are many more places to see that we can provide to you when you get here.