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The Manglar Lodge; Remote But Familiar, Very Chic And Done With Ease in Panama

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It is called the Manglar Lodge because there Front sign for Manglar Lodge, El Palmar Beach, San Carlos, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingare three kinds of mangrove trees found on the property, which you see on the long wooded road to there, the road that never quite leads you to a view of the Pacific, but rather into an intimate place tucked into the nearness of fresh water and salt, land within the reach of sea, a four room structure of masculine sophistication, a boutique inn for surfers and beachcombers alike.
 
Entrance to Manglar Lodge, El Palmar Beach, San Carlos, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIt is situated down the lane from a surf camp and behind an ocean-side hotel, where across a stream that runs from the cloudy mountains and under the Panamanian Highway, a little fishing village with children in school uniforms walk to the store for afternoon treats and the men mend their nets on their boats facing a shallow shore.
 
Ivan on the front porch of the Manglar Lodge, El Palmar Beach, San Carlos, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe friendly owner Ivan Marquez, surfer, entrepreneur, handyman, concierge, restaurateur,  and recreational guide, is the young man who’s vision this is. He furnished our room in earth tone colors, a gallery of National Geographic-like photographs, a big flat screen TV, a modern bathroom, roomy storage space, a robust air conditioner,  two beds where towel swans calmly wait and  a balcony with a bench to overlook the surroundings.  The grounds consist of a close cropped lawn, a pavilion with tables, lounge chairs, and a crunchy gravel driveway and parking lot, that is kept reassuring lit throughout the dark night.
 
 On the first floor is the restaurant that serves the food for big and healthy appetites in a North American mode, and a selection of romantic deserts and cocktails that can be enjoyed insideCat on the porch of the Manglar Lodge, El Palmar Beach, San Carlos, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living or outside on tables made of giant tree trunks with their rings exposed.
 
It feels remote here but familiar, very chic, but done with ease, like the moving tide that laps the beach a stone’s throw away in black sand and foam.
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