The beaches of central Panama are broad and beautiful. Most have white or grey sand and border calm sections of the Pacific Ocean. Water sports, such as kayaking and jet skiing, are popular here. Trips can be made to the highland town of El Valle for hiking, horseback riding, and even zip-lining (still a novelty in Panama). The Altos de Campana National Park is also close and offers additional hiking opportunities.
The Playa Blanca Beach Resort is an all-inclusive resort along Panama’s Pacific coast. The resort is large and impressive. The property spreads along the beach and includes a laundry list of facilities, including what is dubbed the world’s second-largest swimming pool. The pool is a 17-acre (7-ha) saltwater pool that has an average temperature of 84 °F (29 °C). The pool has a large water slide, swim-up bar, and two Jacuzzis nearby. It’s a fun place to swim.
The resort spreads around the swimming pool. The Mediterranean-style buildings are three and four stories high—some of the rooms have beach views and others have views of the pool. The rooms have a simple yet stylish décor. All have one king-size or two queen-size beds, as well as air conditioning, satellite TV, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini-bar, and balcony.
There are three restaurants—one buffet, one seafood, and one that’s set along the coast and shaped like a sailboat (this is, however, only open on weekends). There are also several bars, including a sports bar/karaoke bar, a lobby bar, and a late-night disco. These serve a wide range of foreign and domestic alcohol.
The resort has a spa/beauty parlor that offers a variety of treatments. In terms of activities, there is a nine-hole putting course, tennis courts, a sand volleyball/soccer court, a playground, and a small outdoor amphitheater (for shows or concerts). The hotel’s activity center offers kayaks, ATVs, mountain bikes, jet skis, sailboarding gear, sailboats, and surfing lessons.
As this resort is all-inclusive, a stay here includes all meals, domestic alcohol, daily activities, and use of non-motorized aquatic gear.