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Reviewed 22 February 2022

My first time to TSL. From the pre-trip organization to our return to Panama City everything about the experience was first rate. The location is beautiful, our accommodations (Suite 1A & 1B) were great, the food superb, plentiful, and of a wide variety, the staff and service fun, skilled, and incredibly attentive, and our fellow guests became friends by the time we left. Though the bite was down a bit, our group of 3 all caught marlins (2 blacks and a blue) as well as sailfish and mahi mahi. We fished primarily offshore but people were getting decent results on cubera snapper and a few roosters inshore, Tuna were just coming in. They post fishing reports regularly on the website so check that out. Our captain and mate were excellent. Tackle was in great shape and boat was fine but is in line for a refurb (they are cycling them all through over time). Ours didn't have A/C as some do. You might want to ask about availability for that as it can get pretty hot out there. Highly recommend one of the visits to the village. Massage at the spa was welcome relief for sore muscles. We did the hike to White Beach on Saturday afternoon - beautiful and well worth it but though not terribly long it is a strenuous hike. I can't imagine there is another place like TSL. It is that special. (Note: I stopped with the responses below re: style and amenities. They really don't apply or are irrelevant to the TSL experience. You can be confident that you are taken care of at TSL)

Room tip: 1A/1B were great and centrally located with a great view of the bay from the deck.
Date of stay: February 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2022

Dear Flatlander2018,

We are so happy to have been part of an experience of a lifetime! Thank you for your compliments on our staff as well as the lodge itself. We agree a massage during your stay is a must. Tropic Star Lodge is a very special place not only for our unique location but where you arrive with a handshake and you leave as family. A special congratulations on your Black and Blue Marlin! Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a nice review of your stay. We hope to see you back at Tropic Star Lodge soon.

Best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed 16 February 2022

I struggle to find any criticism whatsoever. The staff commitment to my satisfaction and happiness was excellent. The cleanliness of my villa was perhaps the cleanest of environs I have ever stayed in. The food was good and there was plenty of it. Top shelf beverage offerings. Fishing was really good. Boats also good. Recommend getting the upgraded Bertram with the air conditioned cabin. A little break from the heat was nice.

Date of stay: February 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2022

Dear ryanbT4771MS,

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We’re so happy to hear it was a trip of a lifetime! The AC option for our 31’ Bertrams is certainly a nice break from the heat. By the end of the year we should have two more in our fleet. We’ll pass along your compliments to the team. We look forward to seeing you return again for your next fishing adventure.

Best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed 15 February 2022

We flew down to Panama on the 3rd, spend 1 day at the canal and the fished 6 days at Tropic Star. The trip was one of the best. The attention to detail was awesome! From the transfers around Panama and back and forth, everything was very smooth and seamless. The resort, I can't think of 1 bad thing to say! The food was amazing, the staff was so polite and helpful. The fishing, awesome!! It was a little slow the week we were there, but it was still good. We got 1 black, several sails and plenty of mihi. No inshore b/c they said it might not be good but 1 boat tried it and they got 3 rooster fish, you just never know. I highly recommend Tropic Star!

Date of stay: February 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2022

Dear dansV685VJ,

Thank you for leaving your five star review of your recent visit to Tropic Star Lodge. We’re glad to know that your trip down was seamless and that you enjoyed your stay at the lodge. Congratulations on the Black Marlin! We take pride in our fishery and the variety of species found here including Black Marlin to Roosterfish. We look forward to having you visit again soon.

Best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed 9 February 2022

Richard and Mallory are your host and hostess at this tropical fishing paradise. The lodge and its employees will exceed your every expectation. Go there prepared to relax and leave your cell phone behind. It is guaranteed to be one of your most memorable lifetime travels.

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Date of stay: February 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2022

Dear buisnesstraveler123,

We appreciate taking your time to leave a review of your visit to Tropic Star lodge. We’re so glad to know that it was more than just a bucket list vacation and a memorable one! We hope to see you back soon for your next fishing adventure.

Best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed 5 February 2022

Tropic Star is my # 1 fishing destination in the world!!! From the time you land in Panama City until the time you board the plane to leave the staff at TSL is hands down the BEST !! Yes, it's very laid back but the staff treat you like a King or Queen! The accommodations are first class! I loved the outdoor shower, the AC is cold, the lodge is beautiful, the grounds are lush & tropical, it’s all amazing!! The food is delicious, the beer is cold, & the craft cocktails are perfect. The days are filled with the best fishing in the world, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Rooster Fish, Snapper …. And more!! When you come in from 9 hours of fishing, head to the Blue Marlin Bar for tasty snacks, drinks, share new fishing stories of the day, and make new friends. If you bring your wife or girlfriend they can fish with you or they can enjoy the 1st class spa and pool while you're fishing. TSL has it ALL!! I just got home and I'm trying to book another trip, I can't wait to get back down there!! Let the great staff at Tropic Star Lodge take care of you !!! Billy & Dee Howell, Dallas, Texas 2022

Room tip: Everything was perfect !!
Date of stay: January 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2022

Dear johnhS2751JX,

Thank you for leaving such a kind personal review of your recent trip down to visit us at Tropic Star Lodge! Marlin Bar is our favorite place too! Best part of fishing apart from the catching is swapping fishing stories with friends. We’re happy to know that our staff treated you just as you should -a King and Queen. We very much look forward to seeing you both back soon to enjoy the lodge and the fishing!


All the best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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