Sunrise Inn: A Hidden Gem in Puerto Armuelles

Sunrise Inn, formerly called Tsunami Inn, is now under new ownership. I have personally stayed at this quaint little boutique hotel at least a dozen times. It is well worth a stay if you are planning a visit to Puerto – the only trick is finding the place!

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Sunrise Inn is located on the beach at the far west end of the town of Puerto Armuelles, and to arrive at the front entrance, you have to drive through a neighborhood called San Vicente, on a dirt road. The first thought that will go through your mind is “this can’t be the right way”, but keep going! You will either drive on a narrow paved road to the end of the street and turn left at the small sign nailed to a tree, or hug the beach on a bumpy dirt road until you see the colorful cabanas on your right. That’s how I found it the first time ~ by accident!

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At the time of my first visit, Tsunami Inn was pretty much the only beachfront option to stay in Puerto. There is already a lot of history behind the popular hotel, as long time residents can tell you. Today, under new ownership and bright new ideas for the future, we are witnessing a transformation that is sure to continue to make SUNRISE INN the #1 place to stay when visiting Puerto! The first change was the name – Sunrise is certainly more pleasant. 🙂

 

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Once you arrive, you will be welcomed by the owner, Ron Schings . He is always around and treats everyone like family.  The focal point of the hotel is a beautifully maintained small swimming pool and a rancho with a bar and tables behind it. The outside living area is surrounded by 7 colorful cabanas where the guests stay. Rates are $50 per night, with discounts for extended stays. Each of the private cabanas has an ocean view. There is even a resident monkey and 2 small parrots to entertain you!

 

 

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The entire hotel, including the rancho area, has wi-fi available. There are some kitchenette features in a few of the cabanas, which all have air-conditioning, although you may not need it with the ocean breezes. There are also laundry facilities available.

Cold Panamanian beer is for sale for $1 each. The fridge at the rancho is available for guests to store a few cold items. You have to bring your own food or eat at a nearby restaurant (a few offer delivery services, so be sure to ask). However, Ron is up at the crack of dawn and every morning there is fresh coffee and a light breakfast to greet you as you enjoy the sunrise in Panama. Then, take a swim in the pool or a leisurely stroll along the beach where you will probably not see another soul, except the occasional fisherman throwing a net.

 

You can find Sunrise Inn online at their Facebook page to make reservations

or contact them via phone & WhatsApp at (507) 6508-2896 or 6604-9369.

Enjoy your stay!

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