Tropic Star Lodge is a world-renowned fishing resort carved into the hillside on the Pacific coast in Pinas Bay, Panama. Over 300 IGFA World Records have been broken at Tropic Star Lodge. In the native language, Panama means “An Abundance of Fish.” This remote lodge with its beautiful grounds, comfortable rooms, and high end service and cuisine is the crown jewel of Central America fishing.
The Tropic Star is open from December through September each year. Pricing varies by season and the example itinerary below is for March, July, August and September, 2017. The Lodge offers multi-day, all-inclusive trips with the following pricing based on double occupancy accommodations and four people per fishing boat:
- 4 nights, 3 days fishing for $3,400
- 5 nights, 4 days fishing for $3,875
- 7 nights, 6 days fishing for $5,600
A transfer fee of $600 per person in not included in the rates above. Much of the peak season times are reserved months in advance. December, January, and February are often reserved a year in advance.
Below is a sample four-day fishing package. We will customize your package and can add activities before and after your stay at the Lodge.
You arrive at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport. A lodge representative will meet you at the gate to escort you through Immigration & Customs. Transportation to your hotel from Tocumen International Airport will be curbside as you exit the terminal.
In the morning, you are taken to Albrook Airport, approximately fifteen minutes from the Sheraton or Bristol Hotel, to board a charter flight to the Lodge. The remainder of the day will be spent relaxing, swimming, and preparing for a fantastic week of fishing. Also, kayaks are available for your use that afternoon. a Welcome Cocktail Party is held that evening around the pool area, followed by a buffet dinner, where you can get to know your fellow anglers.
Days Three to Six
Fishing, swimming, kayaking, beach-combing, exploring jungle rivers, watching fishing videos, meeting new friends, swapping fish stories, and just basically being spoiled and pampered by our friendly staff; and, oh yes, did we mention fishing, fishing, and more fishing!
After your last breakfast at the Tropic Star, You are transported via boat to the Pinas airstrip for your flight back to Panama City, where you will be transferred to your hotel. The evening is open to be spent as you choose.
Tropic Star fishing packages vacations have seen more world fish records broken than any other place on earth. Blue, black, and stripe marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado and more. Piñas Bay along the southern Panama coast is home to more the 300 world records. A unique combination of water currents, winds, underwater structures, inland rivers, and seasons makes Panama one of the premier salt water sport fishing destinations on earth.
Panama is the meeting point of cool water traveling in the Humboldt Current up the west coast of South America and warmer water coming south down from Costa Rica. The Humboldt Current flows from the Antarctic northward creating deep, nutrient rich water that helps create many marine ecosystems including those in the Galapagos Islands. The Current intersects with warmer water off the coast of Panama and also encounters under water structures including the Zane Grey reef in Piñas Bay which forces nutrients up to the surface water. The rich waters produce plankton which attracts bait fish that attract other fish which then attract bigger fish and ultimately the world record fish in these waters for the ultimate in Panama fishing vacations. Our Panama Fishing page has additional information about Panama fishing vacations.
The Tropic Star Lodge comfortably accommodates up to 38 guests in 19 comfortably appointed, air conditioned rooms. Rooms and cabins have twins beds or one king and some rooms have two double beds. Each room has a private bath and wonderful views of the grounds and the bay from the porch. The Tropic Star also has The Palace—a three master suite house large enough for a special group getaway. The Lodge includes a restaurant, two bars, and a pool.
Breakfast is served starting a 6:00 am and lunch for guests not fishing is served at noon on the veranda. Each Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday dinner is served buffet style pool side so you can enjoy the outdoors. On other evenings, a four course meal is served in the dining room and a menu card with meal selections is provided at breakfast. There is complimentary wine and beer at dinner. Tropic Star Lodge is cut out of the side of a mountain at the edge of the Darien Jungle on the Pacific Coast of Panama. The spacious cabins and rooms are air conditioned, have surrounding porches with chairs and a beautiful view of Pinas Bay. Each room has twin beds and private bath and dressing areas. A king sized bed can be requested. The palace (which was the original owner’s home) has three bedrooms with private baths, and can sleep six. It has a sunken living room, outside terrace, and a beautiful panoramic view of the Bay and surrounding mountains. The palace can only be reached by cable car or a vertical hike up the mountainside of 122 steps. Multi-course dinners, complete with wine, are served in the scenic bay-view dining room each evening. Since the Lodge can only accommodate a total of 38 guests at a time, you will get the personalized attention that you deserve.
Tropic Star is located on the edge of the Darien Jungle. In addition to the world class fishing and for people that prefer not to fish, there are many other activities where you can break out the camera and get outdoors including:
- Boat and jungle tours
- Whale watching
- Beach combing
- Indian village visits
- Bird watching
- Swimming and snorkeling
- Just relaxing by the pool or on your porch enjoying the great service of the very attentive staff
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I would love to talk with you about anywhere you would like to go. There are many things to consider on every trip. The time of year you want to go, species of fish you want to catch, and the specific things your group wants to experience are just a few. Give me a call at 855-711-7773 or complete the contact form below and I will work with you to customize your dream luxury fishing vacation. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you on the water soon.