Hostels in Santa Catalina, Panama

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Get to know Santa Catalina (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Santa Catalina. To help you make friends with Santa Catalina before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Santa Catalina, Panama, is a tiny village located on the northern Pacific coast of Panama. Although incredibly small, it has been popular with the surfing community for decades and it's a great place to get a hostel. "The Point" offers swells that appeal to experienced surfers while beginners can seek lessons and smaller waves on the main beach. Coiba Island is also an hour's boat ride away and some travelers use Santa Catalina as a stopover before heading to the famous island. Island day tours, diving, and snorkeling are also offered at an expensive price.

The hostels in Santa Catalina are spread out, with some on the beach (a fifteen-minute walk from the town) and others inside the tiny village. Each one has its pros and cons -- the ones located on the beach are some distance from any shops and stores and the small amount of amenities that Santa Catalina offers. There are two small food stores, one laundromat, and a bakery, but no ATM. Any home cook will be disappointed by the very limited selections of ingredients.

Getting to and from the town can be tricky and long if you do not have a car or wish to splurge on an expensive shuttle (the shuttle companies know how much of a pain it is). You must take a bus from Sona that stops running in late afternoon. A trip from Panama City takes around eight hours door to door, so expect a full day's travel.

Santa Catalina is a lovely surf town with incredibly friendly people, a welcoming vibe, and great waves.

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Catalina hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Catalina hostels Fro

FAQ about Santa Catalina Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Santa Catalina. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Santa Catalina. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 5 Hostels in Santa Catalina. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Bodhi Santa Catalina is the best hostel in Santa Catalina for families. compares prices for 5 hostels in Santa Catalina, Panama. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Santa Catalina such as
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Hostel Villa Vento Surf is the best rated hostel for partying in Santa Catalina.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Santa Catalina

Your Packing List for Santa Catalina

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Santa Catalina and Panama.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Santa Catalina Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Santa Catalina, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$15 Average dorm price
$13 Cheapest hostel in Santa Catalina
Tiki Lodge Bar & Restaurant is the cheapest
3 Party hostels in Santa Catalina
Hostel Villa Vento Surf is the best rated
6.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Santiago (85 Km / 53 mi.)
Playa Las Lajas (90 Km / 56 mi.)
Valle de Hornito (98 Km / 61 mi.)
Isla Bastimentos (106 Km / 66 mi.)
Penonome (111 Km / 69 mi.)
Isla Solarte (112 Km / 69 mi.)
Boca Chica (116 Km / 72 mi.)

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