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Reviewed December 4, 2020

This place is absolutely amazing. Richard & Malory run a top-notch operation from the time you step foot onto the property until you depart. They made a point to make our two boys (8&9 yrs old) feel welcome and they were entertained at all times. They went kayaking, night fishing, swimming, fishing from pangas, a trip over to a secluded beach, etc...

Now to the best part... the fishing... We fished on "Skandia" which is an updated late 60's/early 70's 34' Bertram. We caught 2 for 3 Blue Marlin 300+lbs, 5 Sailfish 100+lbs, 2 Yellowfin Tuna (one was 174 lbs.), 1 Almaco Jack, 6 Mahi-mahi (one 70lbs) & 1 Bluefin Trevally. That is 3 great days of fishing! Cheers to our captain Jose & mate Eladio which made this fishing trip a special memory that we will never forget. Also, if you have the chance to book Hannes Ribbner (a professional photographer from Sweden who specializes in shots for magazines like Marlin Mag) do so. He got some awesome pics of my wife's first Blue Marlin & a number of other great shots for our family.

We stayed in one of the upgraded villas and it was updated & very comfortable for a family. The food & staff were excellent in every way. You just can't beat the 5:30am wakeup call in your room with hot coffee being delivered and hot chocolate for our two boys. Again, I can't say enough good comments about Tropic Star Lodge! They are GREAT!!

Room tip: Upgraded Villas were great. Highly recommend.
Date of stay: November 2020
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2020

Dear wferg54,

We are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your fishing adventure with your family at Tropic Star Lodge. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your review and highlights from your stay. We love having families here and sharing in the excitement and thrill of your family’s catches and making memories is what fishing and Tropic Star is all about. Congratulations again on all those special catches and releases!

Thank you for your positive comments about our accommodation, food, and staff. Can’t really beat the wakeup call service in the morning! It was such a fun week for us and we very much look forward to having you back soon for some amazing fishing fun!

All the best,
Mallory and Richard

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Reviewed December 4, 2020

Having grown up in the Canal Zone from 1962 to 1974 this was a bucket list adventure. Tropic Star Lodge and the people that make it all happen is a lifetime adventure!!! I cannot think of another place in the world that can beat this place in it's uniqueness. Truly amazing. The Lodge, Boats, Tackle, etc... are beyond exceptional, but it is the STAFF that really sets them apart from others.

Room tip: I would work with the staff to determine what would be best for your group.
Date of stay: November 2020
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Thank 813vang
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2020

Dear 813vang,

Thank you very much for your review of Tropic Star Lodge and for joining us for an adventure of a lifetime! We agree that there’s not a place in the world quite like us! We take pride in our fleet of Bertrams and quality tackle so thank you for mentioning that as well as our passionate staff. We hope to see you back soon.

All the best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed December 3, 2020 via mobile

Tropic Star Lodge has been on my list for years. Took my son on the hunt for adventure. The staff is incredible at every turn. Richie White runs a perfectly timed symphonic blend of precision and accommodating requests. Patterson, Richard and Marvin all made everlasting impressions. Food service, accommodations and the Fishing! Whoa do these captains and mates know their business! Captain Mario and mate Ermel helped us land every fish we had hoped for...and then some! This is one place we will be returning to and bringing others to experience. Thank you for creating amazing memories.

Date of stay: December 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank DoradoMark
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2020

Dear DoradoMark,

Thank you for your review of your recent trip to Tropic Star Lodge. We appreciate you recognizing our fantastic service staff and boat crew. Congratulations again on all those fantastic catches during your stay! It was so much fun for us to be part of the excitement each afternoon. We look forward to welcoming you back soon to create more memories!

Best regards,
Mallory and Richard

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Reviewed April 27, 2020

I have been to Tropic Star Lodge twice in the past 3 years. It's perfection, pure and simple. Amazing fishing, a jungle-elegant property, delicious meals, and great bars/pool to kick back and unwind after long days at sea. Richard and the entire team do an incredible job making this an unforgettable experience. If you are lucky enough to be in a position to stay at Tropic Star, don't hesitate: life is too short and experiences like this are what it's all about :)

Date of stay: February 2020
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Thank P4638AIjonathanw
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2020

Dear P4638AIjonathanw,

Thank you very much for your five-star review. You certainly sum up the magic of this place. We really appreciate your kind words regarding our operation and team. We hope to see you soon for a return visit.

All the best,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed April 23, 2020

Tropic Star is a magical place. From the sweeping vistas to the stunning fishing, the experience of Tropic Star is THE best on the planet for any adventure seeker or angler. The fishing is a spectacle combination of on and off shore fishing Fishing depending on the season and the crew are experts in their respective fields. Not only is the fishing good, you’re also well taken care of whilst on the water for the day. With daily lunches and snacks packed with fresh homemade bread, fruits, empanadas (you MUST have these) you never return to the dock hungry, or with an empty boat. If travelling with a larger family who may not be so keen on fishing there is a stunning spa and multiple day trip activities including kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and swimming.

Above everything, and it’s seriously hard to beat the fishing, the staff is incredible. I have been 4 times and after the first I already felt part of the family. I can safely say Tropic Star has the best staff and service of all places I’ve ever visited. To be clear, it’s not the best just because it’s the most luxurious (you’re in the jungle but even then it exceeds most 5 star resorts) it’s the best because the level of service and commitment to greatness far exceeds anything I’ve seen worldwide. The staff truly care for your wellbeing, day in day out.

Most importantly, don’t let the journey down there put you off - the flight into the jungle and the stopover in Panama City is all part of the adventure - no need to be in a rush, enjoy every minute of it.

- Sam

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank samuellY6616NV
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2020

Dear samuellY6616NV,

Thank you for your kind words and review of Tropic Star Lodge. We’re happy to know that you feel the same way as us! This lodge is a very special place with a magical quality with its unique location in the Darien Jungle with no roads for over 100 miles. We are so proud of our fishing crews and staff so thank you for taking note of their abilities and highlighting the service you received.
We agree, empanadas are a must out on the water!

All the best,
Mallory and Richard White

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