You can walk from the hotel to nearby restaurants, as well as shops, pharmacies, and friendly local watering holes. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the beachside town of Pedasí, which has a few visitor services just a short distance from uncrowded, white-sand beach. From here you can leave on sport fishing expeditions — this part of the Pacific is known for its tuna. You can also take a boat ride from Pedasí to visit the Iguana Island Wildlife Refuge for diving expeditions. Divers can expect to see octopi and moray eels, as well as humpback whales from June to November. 17 miles (28 m) north of Las Tablas you’ll find Chitré, which has a few nicely preserved examples of Spanish architecture.
Hotel Presidente has a colonial design and a Spanish-style courtyard. Visit the terrace to take a dip in the small pool. Order a drink at the bar and get a convenient meal in the hotel’s restaurant, which also serves a free breakfast. There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, as well as a business center with internet access. Business travelers should take note that this hotel has meeting rooms, a conference area, and a banquet hall.
All of the air-conditioned rooms come decorated in muted colors and folk art. You can watch satellite TV and keep drinks cold in the mini fridge. When you leave for the day, you can safely tuck your valuables away in the safety deposit box. If you feel like dining in, feel free to order room service.