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Elegant, luxury condo ocean view exclusive beach-front complex

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Costa Esmeralda Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Marie Helene
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, greek
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About Marie Helene

writer of novels

Marie Helene purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Marie Helene chose Panama

unusually beautifully grounds unlike many such communities on the Pacific coast


based on 6 traveler reviews

Elegant, luxury condo ocean view exclusive beach-front complex
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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: Feb 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: Jan 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: Jan 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: Jan 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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Haliburton, Ontario, Canada

Panama Beautiful Discovery

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Rio Mar Condo for one full month. My husband and I cannot say enough about the condo and the property. There were 3 beautiful pools to enjoy, and a little restaurant/bar. The grounds on the complex were immaculate, the staff were professional and very friendly. The condo itself was the best that we have ever stayed at with VRBO or Home Away. There was always a beautiful breeze coming thru the condo, therefore only used the A/C once or twice during our stay. The owners, Karen and Alain were the BEST !!!!! They were both well versed in the Spanish language and therefore assisted us with any communication problems that we encountered. Alain introduced us to the San Carlos local co-op fishery where we bought fish right off the boat, as well as prawns the size of your hand. How great it was !!! Karen and Alain could not have been more gracious hosts, and will certainly miss them. We are hoping to return in the near future to enjoy their condo. I would recommend this property without hesitation. Nearby restaurants were by the abundance and a must to experience. We visited El Valle de Anton, a nearby town in the mountains, several times during our stay, and would recommend it highly as a side trip. We recommend this property as a "must stay" if you are considering travelling to Panama. Such a beautiful Country !!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A delightful couple. They arrived New Years day to complete Panamanian chaos -- no car rental- crowded roads-- no taxis for shopping--and took it all in their stride. We enjoyed their company and hope they come back when we are here
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Delray Beach, Florida

Family Fun in Rio Mar Panama

  • 5 of 5

Rio Mar is a sentimental place for us that we have visited and surfed at many times. We watched the Rio Mar community being built and were a little skeptical about disrupting the raw beauty of this once isolated beach. But, when we saw this vacation rental we thought why not give it a try and stay right at the point of so many fond memories for us. Now we have many more!

The listing description for this apartment is very accurate. The amenities and pools are spectacular! There is not a big crowd yet as they are still developing so most days are VERY quite. However, one should know that there is current construction going on for the new tower being built next store. This unit is not within eyeseight of of the other tower so it wasn't a concern for us but you will hear the noise during the weekdays until 4pm or so.

But, if you venture down to the beach or beach side pool you wouldn't even know it was going on.

Customer service on behalf of the owners was excellent! I had some initial trouble with the internet password and they called me long distance immediately to fix the problem.

The decor is modern and luxurious.

The kitchen is spacious but the oven doesn't work well and the sink faucet splatters water. (minor complaints)

I would've liked for there to have been more beach side activities, they had surfing class only one Sat. We have a toddler so more stuff for her would've been great. She loved the beach, hunting for crabs and there's a nice, small playground except it's on a dangerous hill so you have to be careful with little ones.

The restaurant didn't have much variety, if any. Some days they were out of a lot of stuff but some days there was no one in sight so I could understand why they wouldn't over stock. But the drink options are great and there's a gorgeous deck next to the pool where you can view a romantic sunset...wish I had the chance to do so without the baby.

The front desk staff are very friendly and we always felt very safe and secure.

We would not only recommend this apartment in Rio Mar to family and friends but we would love to have the chance to stay there again ourselves!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Victoria S, we warmly appreciate your wonderful review- and especially as you were our very first guests! We ourselves fell in love with the place- we loved especially the open design of the living room and terrace and the beautiful grounds; we congratulated the management on having maintained and created such a beautiful setting, because many of the builders on the coast raze everything and then plant a few bushes and call it landscaping! I want to address some of your very useful criticisms- as I said yours was our first rental and the stove was brand new, and should have worked perfectly. Dismayed to hear it didn't and we'll see to it right away with the management. Regarding the activities, these will grow at Riomar in the coming year as the apartments are taken, but in the meantime there is a residential community just 2 kilometers down the road (where we live) called Playa el Palmar where plenty of surfing lessons are available, beautiful beaches as well as a very pleasant restaurant on the ocean. 10 km farther on is Coronado with many facilities- golf, tennis, horseback riding etc.And a couple more km down the road is Gorgona where sailing and fishing trips are available. I thought- I hope!- we had tod you about this in the details about the Riomar properties. And, by the way, if one doesn't have a car taxies are cheap and plentiful to get to these two towns. Thank you for having left the apartment in such impeccable condition and we look forward to meeting you if you come back in the Panamanian summer 5Dec.-March) when we e there. Alain
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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


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Costa Esmeralda Apartment Rental Rates

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Jan 3 2016 - Jan 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

$15 daily charge for gas, electricity, water and internet payable with final payment
A through cleaning will be done before arrival and must be left in a throughly clean state on departure.

50 percent deposit is due on booking--full rental payment one month before arrival. deposit rental payment is not refundable except if property is relet

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Costa Esmeralda Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • 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
  • children 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:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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