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Panama Beach House: Punta Barco

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Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 28 June 2006 11:12
Punta Barco is one of Panama´s most elite housing communities. It rests about an hour outside of Panama City and is easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. I had heard that the coastline of Punta Barco was dotted with the most posh residences in all of Panama, nurse so I had to have a look for myself. While oftentimes, cialis sneaking into elite beach clubs can be mentally and physically demanding, ed this time round I had an in.

The small dirt road that runs off the main highway reminded me of Costa Rica.

“This road sucks,” I said. “They oughta repave it.”

“Maybe it's to keep the riffraff out,” someone offered up.

There's a word you don't hear much these days, I though to myself. Riffraff. I pictured the riffraff as some kids with rusty bicycles in ripped clothes and dirt on their faces. “We can't go down this road,” they would say. “It's got too many holes. We, riffraff simply cannot go down it.” Then they'd continue on their journey in search of a smoother road to terrorize.

Casa Vista Mar is a pretty amazing Panama beach house on the edge of a cliff—designed in the shape of a bent horseshoe, the inner bedrooms offering delicious views of the ocean and horizon. It has an area of about 8,000 square feet and can sleep something like twelve people. There's a killer pool and perfectly shaded Jacuzzi, both of which look out over the vast Pacific. Also, the cute little stone dining area was a jewel on my eye. Below the house, is a private beach and the surfing conditions appeared to be gnarly (surfer lingo for heavy or intense waves).

I have moral issues with describing it this way, almost like we're talking about tinted windows in a car, but Casa Vista Mar comes with a maid and a personal chef. The place is definitely designed for relaxation. Contact me below about the information of the owner, who is looking to rent it out by the week to vacationers.

We grilled out on the patio and I had one of the best steak sandwiches probably ever built. I slapped on some teriyaki-sizzled steak, roasted broccoli florets, smoked Vidalias, and an avocado-habanero chutney. It was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

“Did you guys see the sandwich I made?”

“For the last time. Yes, we saw your sandwich” they said.

“But look at the way I toasted the bottom so it doesn't get soggy. And look at the care I used in...” At which point someone'd raise a sharp utensil in the air, threatening me like a ninja. “Say one more thing about your damn sandwich, I dare you.”

“You people just don't have any appreciation for the arts. Ya'll are savages.” I snarled.

Punta Barco seemed super exclusive, some of the houses the nicest I've ever seen. Because the area is only about an hour outside of Panama City, its ideal location for a weekend getaway or even a cozy afternoon cookout on the beach. It's about 5 minutes from Coronado—and its Fazio designed championship golf course and equestrian club. There's a renowned surf spot off its coast called Teta which produces both right and left breaks; this varies depending on the wind and water current.

In the morning I did some delightful laps in the pool, looking out over happy little surfers bobbing in the ocean. The morning mist off the water was fresh and clean. The house can be rented out for around $5,000 during high season and $3,000 during low. In Malibu or Laguna Beach where I used to live, it's a $10 million house. Punta Barco was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Perfect weather, delicious sandwiches, and above riffraff. Oh, and the photo at the top of this story was taken off some site and looks nothing like the Punta Barco house. :(

Rent it Out! if you are interested in getting in touch with the owner of the house...

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