Before our move to Colombia in December, we wanted to take one last beach road trip with the “kids” – and Susan’s birthday a couple of weeks ago gave us the perfect opportunity. We had our usual requirements: a dog-friendly place with a nice pool, easy beach access, good food, and an extra-large helping of tranquilo.
Our friends Sharna and Bryant had mentioned a place they’d visited on Playa Morillo, the Punta Duarte Garden Inn, so we decided to check it out. The Inn is about a 4.5-hour drive from Boquete and far down on the western side of the Azuero Peninsula at the end of a bumpy gravel road. Although it’s not terribly easy to get to, we’re so glad we made the trip.
The Inn met all of our requirements and offered us a perfect dog-friendly escape. Gaby, the owner, was a wonderful and caring host and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. On top of that, she’s an outstanding chef. For Susan’s birthday dinner, she treated us to one of her German specialties, pork with plum sauce and spaetzle. Her fresh ceviche was fantastic (this does need to be requested ahead of time), and her Cóktel de Casa is da bomb!
The resort itself is a bit on the rustic side and could use a bit of a facelift here and there. But the pool is great and the wonderful private beach is steps away. Rosie and Tango had the time of their lives exploring the beach and the volcanic rock formations at low tide. We drank in the lush, tropical surroundings, woke to birdsong, and went to sleep with the sound of crashing surf. We didn’t even miss the lack of hot water (see: rustic)!