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Elegant, luxury condo ocean view exclusive beach-front complex

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 365 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1/2 bathroom, sleeps five (sofa-bed in 2nd bdrm)

The apartment is luxuriously finished and delightfully spacious and breezy, with air conditioning throughout and ceiling fans which we rarely use because it is so fresh. It is situated in the most elegant new community on the Pacific coast--right on the ocean and very quiet, yet within reach (about an hour) of Panama City. In a delightful open design, the living room, its furnished terrace , the dining room, and kitchen look out on a 180° view (sunrise to sunset) of the ocean; at the back the bedrooms look over fifty miles all countryside and mountains. Large closets, big bathrooms, high-speed internet, cable television, up-to-date equipped kitchen.

Exquisitely manicured tropical gardens with 4 infinity pools with deck chairs stretch out below. The building is part of a private community on a broad beach, with an exclusive (for residents) bar and famous restaurant as well as spa, sauna, fitness room, children's gym.

The fitness center is equipped with professional exercise machines, spa with top-notch masseuses, manicure, pedicure, jacuzzi, sauna,; the infinity pools provide poolside service; grocery deliveries are available, 24 hr concierge. Playa el Palmar, a surfing community with excellent teachers, is only five minutes away, and Coronado, the closest biggish town, is 10 kilometers down the road and offers golf, horseback riding, tennis, many characteristic bars and restaurants, modern clinic.

Further details for this vacation rental

The fitness center is equipped with professional exercise machines, spa with top-notch masseuses, manicure, pedicure, jacuzzi, sauna,; the infinity pools provide poolside service; grocery deliveries are available, 24 hr concierge. Playa el Palmar, a surfing community with excellent teachers, is only five minutes away, and Coronado, the closest biggish town, is 10 kilometers down the road and offers golf, horseback riding, tennis, many characteristic bars and restaurants, modern clinic.

More Details

Marie Helene
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, greek
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Marie Helene

writer of novels

Marie Helene purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Marie Helene chose Río Mar

unusually beautifully grounds unlike many such communities on the Pacific coast


Río Mar Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 40 garden chairs
  • 40 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
spacious closets, oak floor in master bedroom, air-conditioned and ceiling fans, very cool and breezy. a sofa bed is included in the second bedroom. large double showers with both bedrooms. The apartment is thoroughly cleaned before arrival of guest and must be returned thoroughly cleaned. Therefore there is $32 cleaning charge.


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Elegant, luxury condo ocean view exclusive beach-front complex
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

A great place to chill out!

  • 5 of 5

The staff members here are very attentive and security was top notch. We enjoyed walks on the beach and of course swimming in their 4 pools with such a variety of cushy chairs plus large umbrellas for shaded reading was great.

All of the amenities in this condo were there as promised, TV, internet, beds, linen, furniture and the owners were available to respond professionally when needed. They even brought over two gift pails of lobsters on separate dates which were cooked up and very delicious for evening meals on our balcony overlooking the ocean.

No problem meeting other friendly tourists visiting here from Canada and the USA who were either renters or owners. There are very good restaurants in nearby Coronado, a great English speaking Dentist, we took the entire Panama Canal boat cruise from one end to the other which was quite an adventure along with several other days to many other interesting nearby sites.

Rio Mar is probably the best collection of Condos to choose from in this area of Panama and we wouldn't hesitate to return to Alain and Karen's particular first class unit here in the future!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure meeting this lovely couple extremely helpful in making the place perfect.
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  • 5 of 5

Pictures of this property do it no justice ! We arrived late on the 27th of December due to some problems at the airport with our rental car . When we opened the door and walked in and could hear the waves breaking on the beach it was worth the long day of travel . Alain and Karen have in my opppion one of the best condos in Rio Mar . With a very ultra mordern design and perfect views and sounds the description of this condo is spot on ! Having traveled and staying in Mexico , Nicaragua , Costa Rica for periods at a time Panama is by far superior . Alain and Karen are the best host and we want to thank you for your hospitality and welcoming us into your home for drinks and discussion . So looking forward to our return in December . The Neill's

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: They were a delightful family and we enjoyed very much meeting them. We are so happy when people like our place as much as we do. They looked after the place and left it spotless. What a pleasure it is to have guests like them. I hope they come back. Alain
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Rio Mar - Overall great place

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 blissful weeks at Rio Mar in Alain and Karen's condo; 3 weeks as a retired couple plus 2 weeks hosting family members including our 16 months-old-grand-daughter. More than enough room for everyone and actually very child friendly, both the condo and the pool areas.

The condo is exactly as in the photos and in fact, better: the gym and all the equipment is in perfect working order; the pools are great for fitness swimming and the patio areas have even more sun awnings and umbrellas. Also, things will keep improving as the ongoing construction is almost finished so daytime noise and dust will be a thing of the past. In the condo, we really appreciated the separate AC unit for the bedrooms as we used it but only for sleeping. The front AC unit was not necessary at all because of the terrific and consistant breeze.

The staff at Rio Mar are helpful and very approchable. The HOA is very active and very much on top of things so repairs do not keep and all common spaces are very well kept. Bonus, the residents of Rio Mar proved to be extremely helpful in regards to local information re local grocery stores, beach tides and the like.

Alain and Karen were excellent hosts from start to finish, answering to all our needs and questions. They were especially helpful in getting to know the nearby communities of San Carlos and El Palmar.

Of note, we found the use of a car very convenient for both touring (don't miss Santa Clara & Farallon beaches or the mountains in & around El Valle) and grocery shopping but beware, driving to Panama City can be very arduous as traffic can be real heavy at times.

We highly recommend Rio Mar and would return in a flash,

M & D

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delightful couple and we enjoyed meeting them. We were happy have people staying who find Rio Mar as enjoyable and pleasant as we do. Thank you for the great review.
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Rio Mar resort in Beautiful Panama!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this apartment twice and have enjoyed every moment. The owners Karen & Alain are the gracious owners we have ever met. The furniture is lovely and comfortable.

The apt. has a great Panoramic view and our daily walk on their beautiful beach is our daily meditation. Also food shopping is close. The staff is friendly and always helpful. Oh the restaurant in the resort area is fantastic!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Waouh ! What a great review ! Thanks.
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Rio mar

  • 4 of 5

The condo in Rio Mar was lovely and very comfortable. This is our second year staying at Rio Mar. The panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean is just beautiful.

The resort also has a fantastic restaurant with a great Chef. Our favorite is the ceviche and Salvatore's Sangria. We look forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rio Mar

  • 4 of 5

Lovely condo and great resort. We have stay in Rio Mar last year and enjoyed all the amenities.

Condo is perfect, view of the Pacific Ocean....very clean and staff is very professional. Great convenience is the restaurant on the premises with a great chef. We are coming back next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen- thanks! we enjoyed meeting you and your friends. We're putting air conditioning in the living room area as well just for your return! Karen
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Car: not necessary

the Riomar gated community is half a mile off the highway yet wholly secluded and private for its residents, nestling in a beautifully designed tropical environment and right on a Pacific ocean beach. It is located two miles from the popular Playa el Palmar surfing beach with its surf teachers and equipment, and about 2.2 miles from the village of San Carlos with pharmacy, local markets etc.And it is 10 kilometers from the larger market-town of Coronado which has numerous shopping centers, golf, tennis, horseback riding..

Nearest Airport: Panama City 90 miles

Nearest Beach: Riomar beach 300 miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $611.77

A through cleaning will be done before arrival and must be left in a throughly clean state on departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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