Living part-time in Boquete, Panama, we are always looking for quick road trips to explore new areas. My husband, Eddie, and daughter, Peyton, and I drove twenty minutes from the crazy-busy city of David the family friendly yet romantic Las Olas Resort. The drive is filled with potholes and is not much to look at but when you arrive, you will be glad you came. The Las Olas Resort is located on a beautiful stretch of the Barqueta Beach and is located in a planned community that features eighteen miles of oceanfront property.
The lobby in the Las Olas Resort is small, but trendy, and everything is within walking distance from their 48 hotel rooms. Our second floor efficiency consisted of a huge master bedroom, living room, and a spiral staircase up to a second bedroom. The units had window air conditioning units so it does take a few minutes to cool the room down. Our large terrace offered a table & chairs, ceiling fans, and overhead light. It also overlooked the pool area and beach. A big plus was that WI-FI was included, but a drawback was that the room was extremely dated.
There were two pools at Las Olas connected by a small waterfall. One was an infinity pool overlooking the beachfront and the other, a standard pool with uncomfortable lounge chairs. La Barqueta Snack Bar, an onsite concession area, was available for lunch, cocktails, and snack needs. My family enjoyed Chicken Kabob lunches with salad and had margaritas to drink. An area at the snack bar doubled as a swim up bar, but it was not staffed when we were there. Beside the restaurant was a small library and collection of games that could be checked out for use, which I thought was a nice added touch.
Beautiful Scenery at the Las Olas Resort
My family dined in the hotel’s La Abigail Restaurant for dinner, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but closed in between times. The restaurant was busy with families, which are a main attraction at the resort. Our service was extremely slow, I cannot emphasize how slow, but to my surprise, our dinners were extremely delicious. I started my meal with a house salad filled with fresh diced vegetables, and for dinner tried the Penne Toscana. The Penne Toscana was packed with fresh basil, juicy tomatoes, and zesty sausage. Yum! My husband and daughter also enjoyed their choices.
Though my family did not use these services at Las Olas, they were available to guests: Horseback Riding, Mangrove Tours, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, and Surfing Lessons. A 27-hole Championship golf course is coming soon.
FYI: Temperatures hover at Playa La Barqueta between 70 and 90 degrees year round.
Caution: The sand on the beach is extremely hot so use caution. Rip currents are also a risk so do not enter deep water, especially alone.
Tip: This area is great for sport fishing. The popular catch is wahoo, mahi-mahi, or yellowfin tuna.
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