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About Bocas del Toro
Bocas del Toro is an archipelago off the coast of Panama in the Caribbean Sea, reachable by water taxi from Almirante, a journey which takes about forty-five minutes. From Bocas there are easy connections to Changuinola to the Costa Rica border or to Panamanian cities such as David or Panama City. Temperatures in Bocas del Toro average at more than thirty degrees Celsius year-round but rains are common most of the year also.
If you are staying at a Bocas del Toro hostel and are interested in surfing, there is some excellent surfing in Bocas, though it is not possible to go surfing in Bocas town -- however, it is possible to take a water taxi to the surf breaks. Bastimentos Island also has some good breaks. Beaches in Bocas are reasonably nice. Diving is not highly rated because a number of rivers drain into Bocas, bringing the visibility down to a few metres.
Bocas has a reputation as a party town and this is what attracts most travelers who come to stay at Bocas del Toro hostels. At night, the backpacker bars are full of tourists and some locals for happy hours; some of the establishments in town also run promotions, including ladies drink free. A must-visit venue is Aqua Lounge, a two-minute water taxi ride offshore, where you can jump off the diving board, the swings, or the trampoline into the warm Caribbean Sea! Barco Undido is a well designed popular nightspot that is busy every night, as is Iguana.
There are more hostels than hotels on Isla Colon. All Bocas del Toro hostels have good locations in the small town. Some look to be rundown but are comfortable and have all the facilities needed.
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"Excellent Staff, Very Clean, Pool, Wifi, Free Shuttles, Cheap Rooms! - I was in town for the Feria del Mar, a lot of the nice hostels in town were booked, I was recommended to go to Pukalani, it was only $15 a night for a bunk in a room. (They also have a number of private rooms) They picked me up downtown Bocas at noon for free quick shuttle ride to their beachfront hostel. I couldn't believe how nice everyone was. The young couple that own...
"What I expected ... - After reading some of the reviews of Bocas Bound, I was a little concerned about staying here, especially about the lack of windows in the double rooms and lack of a private bathroom. The bathroom is only for 3 rooms and is close, so it was ok. We ended up in a room with bunk beds, because they had a window. The room was small, but ok. One of the mattresses was very bad, so we put that on the floor to sleep. I suppose my...
Gran Kahuna Hostal
"Clean, fun hostel! - Great atmosphere, free internet for guests, and helpful staff!" … "Horrible place. Do not stay here! - I stayed at the hostel few days and I didn't like the experience, would not repeate it. First of all the staff was not helpful at all, security sucks as anyone can enter the rooms without being stopped and cleaning. Well, I'll just say that we saw A MOUSE walking around our room!!!!!!! It was horrible to see. Also...
Mar e Iguana Hostel
"Great Staff and lovely grounds! - From the moment we walked into the hostel til the our last night, the staff was great! As we were checking in with a nice but quiet woman (who we found out later was one of the owners) the gentleman (which we also found out was also an owner and husband of the quiet woman) mentioned they'll be taking a boat ride to Dolphin Bay and Zapatilla the next day for only $35pp. Since we just got there we asked if we...
Panama's Paradise Caribbean Cabanas Rafael's House
"… the island. Rafael's house is situated right on Main Street, just meters away from the Park, the favorite hangout for the local people. Here you also find the Supermarket, the Police Station, the Hospital and public phones. You are in the center of Bastimentos Town! The front porch of Rafael's House gives you first class view on Main Street. From your hammock you witness all the daily activities that take place in the lives of...
Spanish by the Sea
"… Spanish by the River - Turrialba Hostel offers a variety of fun cultural activities, excursions and Spanish courses, including: - Botanical Garden - Surf Class - Red Frog Beach - Coral Reef Snorkeling - Stand-up Paddle Boat - Horseback riding - Sunset Tour - Catamaran Sailing - Bastimentos Cave & Beach - Sky Zip-line Canopy in Bastimentos - Oreba Cacao Plantation - Dolphin Bay – Coral Cay Islas Zapitillas - Bird Watching Tour...
"The International it's a very famous Hostel located on the Colon Island, in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Ideal for couples, groups of friends or Backpackers, and a perfect base to explore the paradisiacal beaches of Bocas! The hostel is located right across the street from where the boat drops you off in Isla Colon. Please note! Policy Cancellation: 1 day Payment accepted : Only Cash Check-in time:6:00 to 22:00 p.m. Check-out...
"… maker! We serve free coffee in the mornings. Guests can also use our free wifi, check out our book library, use our musical instruments, and play our board games and card games. Our tropical beach bar is open every day, serving local beers for $1, and Caribbean cocktails. Every Monday at Yemanja is 'Blue Monday,' and we have live music from our outdoor stage! Our pan-Caribbean restaurant will be open soon! Please note: Check...
Spanish by the Sea - Bocas
Calle 4ta, justo detrás del Hotel Bahía
"… for your tablet is free – you’re welcome! Please note : Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Reception: 7 a.m - 11 p.m. Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes not included - occupancy tax 10.00 % per person per night Breakfast not included. No curfew. Pet friendly.To...
Bocas del Toro Backpacker's Hostel
"There are five themed rooms--The Bird Room, The Fish Room, The Frog Room, the Butterfly Room and the SeaStar room. There is also an un-attended bar in back and the property is completely fenced in. There are bars on the windows. The rooms each have two bunkbeds; one room has three bunkbeds. There are two bathrooms. No smoking anywhere inside; outside only!" … 7ma Avenida G
"At first glance, Mondo Taitu looks like a rundown building, but most of the buildings in Bocas are similar. The hostel is slightly dusty, but this adds to the character of the hostel. The Location Mondo Taitu is located just off the end of the main drag in Isla Colon, the most popular of the islands in the archipelago. With the town being so small, it's a short, five-minute walk to the main street, which is almost exclusively...
"Hostel Heike has a great atmosphere where you can meet people to hang out and party with in Bocas Del Toro. The staff here are really helpful but speak mostly Spanish and a little bit of English. The Location Hostel Heike is in the perfect location in Bocas Del Toro, located right in the heart of Bocas town over the road from the park on the main street. You will find it to be only a five-minute walk from the water taxi and very close...
"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...
"International Hostel is a very basic hostel located on Isla Colon in the Bocas del Toro island chain. It is an economic choice for a budget backpacker looking to stay on the main street close to the bars, restaurants, and nightlife for which Bocas del Toro has become famous. The Location It is located directly on the main street and right downtown. It is a short walk to any of the amenities that you could desire from the water taxi...
"Tungara Hostel really is in the perfect location to explore all that this amazing region of the world has to offer and get down with some of the amazing partying that happens here! The Location Right in the heart of the downtown strip of Bocas Town, you will find the Tungara Hostel. It is a vibrantly coloured building right across the road from the park and only a five-minute walk from the water taxi that transports you in and out of...
"Casa Verde is a small, charming, and slightly rundown hostel on Isla Colon (the main island in the Bocas del Toro region). The hostel has a reasonably priced restaurant and bar. They accept American dollars as well as Panamanian balboas. The Location Casa Verde is located a few minutes' walk from the pier directly on the water. The hostel features a deck and dock area that is perfect for socializing, relaxing, or taking a dip into the...
"… a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a sleeping sofa. Vista Selva can use the back part of the dock as well, where there is a small roof and place for two hammocks.Both apartments have Wi-Fi and satellite TV. For $4 a day a person bicycles are included with your stay.Jon´s Place doesn´t have it´s own reception. Go to Panama´s Paradise reception across the street.Jon´s Place is built over the water, so be careful while...
"… is local TV.For $4 extra a person a day you have bikes from Bocas Bicis included with your stay! There are also small bikes and bikes with baby seats.Arno's apartment is not on the same property as Panama's paradise. We change towels every day, linen is changed every three days. We do laundry for $ 4 a load. You can also book all your tours and transportation at the reception.Please note:Cancellation Policy: 72h before the...
La Casa de Istmito
"… an area called la Cabaña or el Istmito. This is the smallest part of the Island. The house is built over the Saigon Bay and just crossing the street you are at the beach La Cabana. It´s a $0,60 taxi ride to Town, or a 15 minute walk. You can get bikes with your stay at Saigon Bay Hideaway for only $4 a bike at Bocas Bicis. Please note : Cancellation Policy : 3 days. Only cash payment accepted on arrival. Check-in time...
Casita Guesthouses by the Sea
"… groceries stores, dive shops, bike, boat rental, and tours. Our vibe is tranquillo, party in town and then come here to relax, watch the stars and hear the ocean waves while you drink your rum, beer or wine. Listen to music enjoying the view of the bay through the glass wall of your living room over the water. Water taxis are readily available to take you to nearby beaches, other islands, snorkeling, or restaurant.Please note:Check...
Bocas del Toro Travel Tips & Suggestions
Let me tell you, AC is important!
I love Bocas and have visited several times. You must go out to Bastiamentos and explore Red Frog.
— Joy West
This is the best place ever! Locals are helpful and beaches are fantastic. It needs a hostel on the water for swimming and relaxing, not on the main street, and with private rooms.
It's a great place to visit!
Try Hacienda del Toro on Isla San Cristobal.
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