Rancho Estero - Beachfront Bungalows

Bungalow/Cottage/Hut • Private Room • Santa Catalina, Panama

Beachfront cabañas with views on the beach break
  • 6 maximum guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 beds
  • 1 bathroom

The Property

Located in Santa Catalina, Panama, Rancho Estero has a series of 6 cabañas for our guests to enjoy all year round. We have fresh water, electricity and free internet access. Each cabana has comfortable beds, clean sheets, pillows, fresh towels and a tiki-tropical flavor you deserve when basking in this paradise we call home. There is a central shared kitchen that can be used to prepare meals. We can also provide breakfast and many restaurants are nearby. We have a great patio area and wonderful decks that overlook the Pacific Ocean and Playa Estero. There are plenty of hammocks and chaise lounges to relax on.

The attraction to Santa Catalina, Panama is the amazing foliage, ocean views, and some very nice villagers. With its beautiful black sand beaches and excellent surfing conditions, Santa Catalina is the starting point for fantastic ocean adventures and a peaceful fishing village.

If you're looking for a great place to stay in Santa Catalina, or anywhere in Panama, that is on the beach, laid back, and offers affordable daily and weekly rentals with direct access to great waves then Rancho Estero is your choice!

About the Neighborhood

Rancho Estero is located at the end of the road to Playa Estero and is on the bluff overlooking the beach and the surf. The view from this property is simply amazing.

We are a bit further from town (2 min drive/15 min walk), but Rancho Estero is a very popular choice because of its priceless views, location at the beach and friendly vibe.

This property is located near the beach El Estero. It offers a nice sandy beach and smaller waves breaking both left and right. A great spot for beginner and intermediate surfers.

This property is also located near La Punta Santa Catalina. 'La punta' (The point) is as it says, a point break for more advanced surfers. This spot is a 5-10 min walk away. The waves at Santa Catalina can reach world-class status with one of the heaviest and best-shaped waves in the country. This is the reason surfers started coming to the area! It's a long right and a shorter left break, tall and powerful waves. Best at high and medium tide. Low tide should be left for very experienced surfers with a lot of local knowledge. Very consistent break 80% of the time with the other 20% being knee to head high.

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Sleeping Arrangements
  • Bedroom 1
    3 Queens
Nearest Break

El Estero

Santa Catalina, Panama 0.2 miles from this house
Nearest Airport
Coto 47 Airport (OTR) 262 mins driving from this house

Amenities & Services

House Amenities
  • Essentials (Towels, linens, and toilet paper)
  • WiFi
  • Outdoor shower
  • Fully equipped kitchen - shared
  • Hot water
Safety Amenities
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Lock on door with key
  • Exterior lighting
Surf Amenities
  • Boards to rent on-site (contact for more info)
  • Surf lessons offered by host for additional cost
Additional Amenities and Services
  • Airport pickup available at additional cost
  • Cook available at additional cost
  • Yoga on-site at additional cost

El Estero

Nearest break at 0.2 miles

Also known as Playa Estero. El Estero is a mellow, normal to long beach and river mouth break that offers lefts and rights. The friendly waves and sand-bottom are the most welcoming and forgiving for beginner surfers. Longboards are best here. Consistency is year-round with the biggest swell in the summer (rainy season).

General Details

  • Skill Level
    Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Consistency
    Year round, Biggest swell in summer
  • Wave Length
    Normal, Long
  • Wave Direction
    Left, Right
  • Board Type
    Longboard, Funboard, SUP
  • Type of Break
    Beach, River mouth
  • Swell directions
    W, SW
  • Best wind directions
    E, NE
  • Crowd levels / week
  • Crowd levels / weekend
    Few to Crowded
  • Seabed
  • Best tides
    Mid, Rising
  • Power
  • Access By
    Public Beach, Paddle out, 4WD

Other surf breaks near this property

Santa Catalina
  • Distance
    0.6 miles
  • Skill Level
Rancho Estero - Beachfront Bungalows
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Hosted by Rancho Estero

Rancho Estero Joined in October, 2019

House Guidelines

  • Suitable for infants (2 and under)
  • Suitable for children (2 to 12)
  • Smoking allowed outdoors
  • Check in after
    13:00 hrs
  • Check out before
    12:00 hrs
You must also know
  • Pets live on property
  • Some spaces shared

Cancellation Policy

Full refund to guests if they cancel with at least one week before check-in day and time. If they cancel less than one week in advance, they will receive a 50% refund.