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Lake Arrowhead, California, United States
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Tropic Star Lodge is an entirely unique world class fishing, travel and lodging experience. Located in Pinas Bay on the Pacific coast of southern Panama, the setting is spectacular. Tropic Star is the only developed property in Pinas Bay, and consists of a simple but very comfortable lodge facility with rooms, outdoor pool and lounging area, dining facility and bar...

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mark L, Nothing better than fresh seared ahi or sashimi and a cold beer by the pool! We are happy to hear that you had a pleasurable experience. We appreciate your business and look forward to having you as our guest again in the near future. Tight lines!

Fort Worth, Texas
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Tropic Star Lodge is noted as one of the best places to fish in the world....and it lives up to the hype!! Our four day total of fish consisted of 5 Blue Marlin, 41 Pacific Sail Fish, 2 Giant Bull Dorado, 1 Giant Rooster Fish, several Yellow Fin Tuna and other Mackerel species. And this was considered slow, at least...

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Joby P, We are so happy to hear that you and your friends had such a great time. We look forward to hosting you all again so that you may relive the wonderful memories all over. Waking up every morning with a cup of hot coffee delivered by Mr. Patterson and enjoying the beautiful view from the palace is...

beirut
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Well we made it after 16 hours in planes and 2 days in Panama City.It was really worth it.A dream come true.I've been traveling for fishing since 1997,and nothing compares to Tropic Star Lodge,everything was perfect from A to Z.I learned a lot,from fishing tips to the best Pina Colada etc.... I want to thank the whole family of TSL,specially...

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Wahib, We are honored that you chose Tropic Star as your fishing destination and we are thankful that you had such a pleasurable time. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018...The Piña Coladas will be just as good as you will have remembered!...

Santa Rosa, California
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Beautiful setting. first class treatment from th e beginning to the end of the trip. My 12 yr daughter was definitely impressed with daily services. Great fishing crew on the Costa Rica, even with fishing being a bit slow, their level of effort was excellent. And she met Guy Harvey. We will return again in the next year or two.

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

Dear mmadoc, We are happy that you took the time to post your review here. What a treat for you and your daughter to have met the legendary Dr. Guy Harvey! We strive to make sure that our guests have a wonderful time while at the lodge and I am very happy to know that you both enjoyed your time...

Debary, United States
Reviewed 15 August 2016

I can't praise the Tropic Star experience too highly --- not just the great fishing, but the quality of the entire experience. Being met at the Panama City airport, whisked through the lines and driven in air-conditioned comfort to the hotel. The flight to Pinas Bay in that cool little plane was a pleasure. The rooms at the lodge were...

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Greg R, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We strive to make everyone's experience a pleasurable one. We look forward to having you as our guest again next year! Until then... Tight lines and good fishing always!

Columbus, Nebraska
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Best vacation ever. Service is amazing, food is fantastic, grounds are impeccable, rooms are comfortable ... Etc. But above all this is a fishing trip, and the fishing is unbelievable. Our captain and mate had 45 years combined experience and it showed. They ran the boats like the proverbial well oiled machine and put us on more huge fish than...

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

The team at Tropic Star Lodge thanks you for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at the lodge and had the chance to experience first hand the epic fishing we are famous for. We look forward to having you return as our guest to relive your unforgettable memories. Until then...tight lines and good fishing...

jupiter
Reviewed 30 July 2016

From start to finish, Tropic Star gets 5 stars! Fishing is excellent, the fish here are on steroids! If you are a true angler, you must visit!! They cater to your every need and "No" is not an option. Thanks to Adrienne, Richard, The excellent wait staff, Captain Vicente and mate Levine, Interns Heather and Summer and everyone else. We...

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Cschiller, We are very happy to know that your Tropic Star Lodge experience was great for you! We look forward to having you back down here again catching those big fish on all natural steroids! Wishing you good fishing and tight lines...

Franklin, Massachusetts
Reviewed 7 July 2016

We just returned from Tropic Star Lodge yesterday. What a memorable trip. The experience all around was first class and adventurous. We were met at our gate in Panama City and escorted from the gate through customs and delivered to our local hotel. The next day we were picked up at the hotel and traveled to the resort. the trip...

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Adrienne R, Guest Relations Manager at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Heidi D, We are happy to hear that you had such a memorable experience! We are fortunate to have such a wonderful team here at the lodge as well as our Panama City and Orlando office. We look forward to having you return very soon and enjoy what is truly a national geographic experience. Tight lines, Adrienne

florida
Reviewed 5 July 2016

My husband & I along with another couple finally made it to Tropic Star lodge & cannot wait to return. We loved every minute of our time there. Excellent service from the moment we arrived to the moment we departed. This is such a fantastic facility located in a beautiful place. The staff is so accomodating and all smiles and...

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Dear Floridatraveller1, We thank you for being our guests of the lodge! We're so happy to hear that you and your group had such a great time. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Tight lines...

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Reviewed 11 June 2016

This is an outstanding resort, excellent fishing, 5 star resort food, great staff and outstanding dockside service. The boats are very well maintained but a bit noisy (2 Detroit diesels) Enjoyed all the service at the lodge and in Panama city. Everything was very well taken care of.

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Thank you CaptJAS for being our guest at Tropic Star Lodge. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your fishing trip. We look forward to seeing you again! Tight lines! Adrienne

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Breakfast
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Tropic Star Lodge is a veritable paradise cut out of the side of a mountain at the edge of the Darien Jungle on the Pacific coast of Panama. The Lodge is situated 150 miles south of Panama City. It can only be reached by boat or plane, since there are no roads within a hundred miles. A charter plane lands on an airstrip in Pinas Bay. You then take a ten minute boat ride to Tropic Star Lodge. Our spacious cabins and rooms are air-conditioned, with a beautiful view of Pinas Bay. Each room has twin beds and private bath/dressing room areas. A king-size bed can be requested. The cabins have surrounding porches with chairs. Kayaking around the bayThe Lodge has a fresh water swimming pool and bar. A jungle trail has been cut across to La Playa Blanca, where you may enjoy swimming, sunning, and shelling on the beautiful white sand beach. This trail is over a small mountain and takes thirty to forty minutes to hike there. In order to really enjoy this walk you should be in very good physical shape! Kayaks are also available to enjoy the bay and Pinas river on your own. A jungle river trip to bargain with the "indigenous" Indian tribes is a fascinating experience, which can also Local Indian girlbe arranged. However, this trip can only be made during certain tides. Many guests bring sugar free candy for the children, and special "gifts" for the Indians, such as cloth, thread, needles, or other items that can be put to good use by the tribe. School supplies for the children are always welcome, as well as used tee shirts and children's clothes. Please pack these donations in a separate bag/box and identify this as "excess luggage." It will then travel to Pinas when space is available. Each afternoon when the boats return to the Lodge, "fish stories" are swapped while guests relax in the fresh water swimming pool, or drink pina coladas and eat fish fingers or sushimi on the veranda overlooking the bay, or in the air-conditioned bar. Multi-course dinners, complete with wine, are served in the scenic bay-view dining room each evening. The chef prepares various specialties, such as Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee, black bean soup; fresh baked pies and bread, ceviche, and many more varied and delectable dishes. A fresh "catch of the day" is offered, as well as our regular main course selection. Staff at the Tropic Star LodgeTropic Star guests are catered to by over 100 employees, whose "personal touch" makes your stay a memorable one! Since the Lodge can only accommodate a total of 36 guests at a time, early reservations are a must; otherwise, you might have to be wait-listed for a possible cancellation. Evening relaxing with friendsTropic Star Lodge enjoys a very large repeat client business. It is known the world over as an exclusive fishing lodge where quality and a quantity of fish come together in Pinas Bay! While we strive to maintain our get away from it all Tropic Star Experience, we do offer limited Internet and phone service. We have a television and DVDs in the bar, used solely for the purpose of viewing fishing videos. Please bring any cords or adapters needed for your video equipment. ... more   less 

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Address: Pinas Bay, Panama
Region: Panama > Darien Province > Pinas Bay
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Tropic Star Hotel Pinas Bay
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“If you are a group of 4 to 6 - book the palace!”
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“All rooms have great views”
 of 5 bubbles fishorelse, 12 May 2016 | Read review
“August is the best month for inshore fishing, bring your own light tackle.”
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