Gone Fishing Panama Resort Hotel
May 14, 2009
There's no better time than the present to plan your escape to an amazing destination. Becky and I took this trip mid November with accommodations booked at Gone Fishing Panama Resort. One week at this top notch five star resort, with friendly staff, great food, wonderful scenery, exotic plants and animals will last you a lifetime...Fishing with Captain Bruce and his 1st mate Joe was a dream come true for all fishermen. Becky and I highly recommend this vacation for anyone who wants to enjoy the peace, the beauty and worry free accommodations of this resort and great fishing! Leaving this fabulous place and staff was hard to do and can't wait to return. All vacationers need their hospitality at least once.....goodtimes009, Golden, Colorado
May 11, 2009
“Tuna, tuna, tuna & wahoo, wahoo, wahoo”
I first went to Gone Fishing in June 2008. I have been there 6 times since for a total of almost 3 months. I have fished most of the Caribbean and many places in the world. I agree with everyone on 1) how well appointed the accommodations are 2) how friendly the staff is and 3) the excellent meals. I am just amazed that some have not caught fish. We had one day in which we caught 28 yellowfin tuna. Another day we had a mixed bag with 16 wahoo. ---- 2 over 60 pounds! One day we did well on dorado so Bruce let my son deep water spearfish. My 14 year old son speared dorado!
Just like any other fishery, there are going to be days you don't do that well fishing. But, it has not happened to me yet.
fish_on_Fla 1 contribution, Florida (tripadvisor.com)
Attention to Detail Is the Name of the Game At this Wonderful Seaside Resort
My wife and I booked a honeymoon in Panama 3 weeks prior to our departure, so needless to say our planning was a little hasty. While we were looking for accommodations in Bocas Del Toro (on the Caribbean side of Panama) we mistakenly came across the Gone Fishing Panama web site not realizing it was actually located on the Pacific side of Panama. Before we discovered our mistake, my wife had already been "sold" by the pictures and descriptions on the resort web site. Gone Fishing Panama looked to be worthy of a change in itinerary, so we called and reserved our room and booked a connecting flight to David and before we knew it, we were in beautiful Boca Chica.
From the few days we had already been in Panama, we realized that it is difficult for out of the way resorts to be built with the detail that one expects in a nicer accommodations. This was definitely NOT the case here. The owners, Donna and Bruce, have gone to great lengths to ensure that GFP was tastefully designed and decorated, built with attention to detail, meticulously maintained, and staffed by locals that have really learned how to make guests feel like royalty. The food is great (especially the fresh seafood), the bar is always serving cold drinks and the infinity pool overlooking the ocean is a great way to cool off in the afternoon. To top it off, the resort sits in the tropical setting of Boca Chica, which is absolutely beautiful.
Donna and Bruce are always on site and go out of their way to make sure that guests are satisfied. I got the sense that not many people (if any) leave GFP unsatisfied. In fact, many of the guests we met during our stay were repeat customers, which is incredible when you consider that the resort is less than 2 years old.
The prices for room, food, beverage and activities are very reasonable. The private fishing excursions can be a little pricey, but not when compared to the US. Plus you get your own boat and a captain with over 30 years of experience. Due to our late planning, I didn't book a fishing trip and I really regretted it as I watched the other guests get back with their catch.
I would recommend Gone Fishing Panama to couples, families and anyone who enjoys world class fishing and top notch accommodations. We will definitely be repeat customers during our next trip to Panama.
Some tips to make your stay at GFP as perfect as possible:
1. Book a fishing excursion with Bruce ahead of time. Every day a group would go out on the resort's private sport fisher and bring back Mahi mahi, Snapper, and other fresh catch to be prepared for the guests at dinner.
2. Book early and reserve an upgraded room- the view alone is worth the extra $.
3. The road to GFP is best navigated by a local- if you are flying in to David, get a taxi or have the resort pick you up and take you back.
4. Get out and explore the area. Deserted beaches, exotic wild animals and more are all easily accessible via water taxi from the private dock at GFP (the staff can arrange the trips for you).
* This TripAdvisor Member:
o Liked — Luxury accommodations in an isolated setting
o Disliked — Leaving!
From: DSnook - San Diego, CA
Dear Bruce and Donna:
The first day we caught 8 sails and 1 blue marlin (300 pounds). The second day we caught 2 snook, 1 corvina, 1 sail, and 1 dorado We had an excellent time, the boat was perfect, food was good, and staff were pleasant and excellent at their job. We will definitely try to come back. Thanks, Doug Rollings, February, 2006
10th October 2006 22:26 - Bill: Boca Chica
Anyone going to the beaches of Chiriqui, especially if you are around Boca Brava, must go to Gone Fishing Panama Resort in Boca Chica. The setting is fantastic, the small resort, which opened about 6 months ago is great, and the accommodations are the best. The owners, Bruce and Donna, will provide you with anything that you require, including terrific meals prepared by their excellent chefs. Don't miss this place. Bill
6th January 2007 20:35 - Jon Arcuni: Gone Fishing Panama Resort
I spent four days at Gone Fishing March 06. Loved it! Great everything. Right now I am sitting at the bar there and have come back for a month! Once you come here, you come back. The road is being fixed, but you still need a high clearance vehicle to get in. Worth it. I just bought land in Boca Chica. This is THE place for a boat in Panama. Fishermans heaven! Good facilities, great launch ramp available in Boca Chica.
The Visitor (http://www.focuspublicationsint.com/)
A new resort with the wonderful name "Gone Fishing" has just opened in Boca Chica, a small fishing village, in the province of Chiriqui on the Pacific Ocean just one hour and fifteen minutes from David. Directions given by the owners for finding Boca Chica are intriguing: after turning off the Interamerican Highway at the sign pointing to Horconcitos, turn left at the Boca Chica sign. Gone Fishing Panama Resorts is located at telephone pole # 151. Though the resort did not open until Feb. 1, people who stayed there prior to that date, despite the ongoing construction, all said they will be back, (their experience exceeded their expectations). A grand opening celebration is scheduled for March 5 at 2pm and the public is invited.
Gone Fishing Panama Resort is a small, secluded retreat for sightseeing, relaxing, big game fishing, in-shore fishing swimming, surfing, beachcombing, honeymooning (weddings, are also catered for ). The resort offers upscale accommodations with fabulous views and serves tasty gourmet meals on an open-air terrace with a panoramic view of the ocean and islands. There is a large, vanishing- edge swimming pool and two boats for rent, both with complete safety equipment aboard. Additional dock spaces are being built for anyone that needs a slip for the night or for long term. Diesel and gasoline will be available soon also.
Boca Chica, Panama (http://blog.watercolorsails.info/)
In our travels from Costa Rica toward Panama City included the lovely island group of Isla Parida and then, Boca Chica. Here in Boca Chica, we have met the owners of a hotel/fishing/restaurant place called Gone Fishing Panama Resort. The owners are eager to continue helping the local school with their needs to support literacy in the community. Currently they are working with Rotary to get textbooks for the school and also want to support student reading through collecting children’s literature in Spanish, English and bilingual. Cruisers who travel down the coast of Panama, will find a great opportunity here to contribute to a local effort already underway to help the school children of Panama. If you are planning to come to Boca Chica, drop off donations of books and school supplies to Donna at Gone Fishing, right up from the sailboat anchorage. You may also donate funds to help with the project at Gone Fishing Panama (gonefishingpanama.com) The resort will be holding a fishing tournament this coming spring to benefit the local school as well.
We appreciate your interest in Gone Fishing Panama Resort!
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