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Hostelz.com's Review
Aqua Lounge has it all -- it's surrounded by crystal clear waters, featuring Bocas's best parties and boasting swings and trampolines that propel you into the sea. This is one of the best custom-made hostels in the world.

The Location

The hostel is based on Isla Carenero, only a thirty-second water taxi ride from the main harbour in Bocas Town. Since it is home to the best parties in town, all water taxi drivers know the location, and charge a small fee to make the short journey from the main island.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The two dorm rooms have six sturdy, wooden bunk beds -- our only criticism of these are the mattresses, which are sunken and need replacing. Nevertheless, they are reasonably comfortable, and after a heavy night in the hostel bar, they are unlikely to disrupt your sleep. The wooden lockers are next to the bed, featuring two compartments. The first will easily fit your large backpack, with the smaller one intended for your daypack and valuables.

There is one bathroom/shower for twelve people, which is cleaned daily. Servicing so many people can often be a problem and there are regularly waiting times to use the facilities. This said, there are two other toilets in the bar area if needed. There is no hot water in the showers, but with the climate, this is unlikely to cause a problem.

Common Spaces

The layout is excellent and common areas are ample. The first deck as you walk into the hostel features sun loungers and three swings from which you can jump into the sea. The other outdoor area features two large holes used for diving into the natural swimming pools. To the right of this area is the trampoline that is used to bounce into the sea.

Inside there is a guests-only area, next to which food is available until 8 p.m. The food itself is of decent standard, with the usual mix of burgers, fries, and wraps being offered for a reasonable price. In the main area there is a well-stocked bar, in front of which there is a dance floor, with hammocks hanging during the day. At the back there is another bar (open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays), and a small kitchen where the free breakfast (coffee and waffles) is served daily.

Summary

Since it's well organised, with amazing facilities and parties that are acknowledged as the best in town, it is hard to find any negative points for Aqua Lounge. Drop them an email and cross your fingers that they have space for you!

by Elgrumpygringo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
February 2013

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