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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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"Pukalani Hostel is a small, social hostel in Bocas del Toro. It is not located in the town proper, which is great if you're looking for a quieter place, but inconvenient if you need to go into town more than once a day. The Location Pukalani is located a few kilometres from Bocas town and is accessible by taxi, bicycle, or on foot. It is a five-kilometer walk one way, but it very feasible. A better option would be to rent a bike in town...
Gran Kahuna Hostal
"Gran Kahuna Hostel is a small hostel with a surfer vibe on a small island near Bocas del Toro. The location would be a perfect quiet spot, away from the busyness of the centre of town area, but unfortunately there is surrounding noise both during the day and at night. The Location The hostel is located a few minutes away by taxi boat from the docks in Bocas town. It is not far, and the taxi boats are not expensive, but the cost can add...
Mar e Iguana Hostel
"Mar e Iguana Hostel, which provides basic hostel facilities, is located on the outskirts of Bocas Town in a brightly coloured building, with a relaxed environment and a few hammocks for relaxing. The Location Mar e Iguana Hostel is located a bit out of Bocas Town, about a fifteen-minute walk from the main docks, and a fifteen-minute walk from the airport. The surrounding area is quiet in comparison to Bocas Town, however there are...
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
"… 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 - Bird Island - Playa Bluff – Jungle Tour - Mimi-timbi Hiking - Turtle Nesting/Hatching (only in the season) - San San Pond Sak...
"… you. Bicycles and scooters are also available for rent, at a discounted price for guests. Not accommodate more than 6 people per room, so it's not a typical crowded hostel ! We offer : - BREAKFAST - FREE WIFI - HOT WATER - FREE COMPUTER - COMMON KITCHEN - TABLE GAMES - BEER PONG TABLE - PING PONG TABLE Please note : Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you...
Spanish by the Sea - Bocas
"… to hang out on easy chairs under the palm trees! Surroundings We are located in the center of town near to all bars, restaurants, stores, internet cafés and the bank with the ATM. We are easy to find in town: main street is third street and we are on fourth street, right behind Hotel Bahía that can be found on the southern end of main street. Why should you stay with us Our hostel is known for the good atmosphere while not being...
"… 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...
"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...
"… 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 and Caribbean cocktails. Our new restaurant is amazing. We make all sorts of Caribbean dishes like Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Cuban style roast pork, spicy Caribbean-style burgers, and all sorts of other treats. Come try our homemade chocolate ice cream! Please note:...
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...
"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 time: 11:00...
"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...
"… 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 travelling with small children....
La Casa de 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 : 14:00. Check-out time : 11:00....
"… 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 arrival Method of...
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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