Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
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Property Description

Palmar is the only beachfront hostel in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Cruise across the bay from the main island on our free boat shuttle, which leaves three times a day from town, and arrive on Isla Bastimentos, home of the Bastimentos National Marine Park. From the dock, walk ten minutes across the island, through the jungle, to find Palmar situated directly on the famous Red Frog Beach. Stop by our reception desk to learn about all of our available tours. Take part in our free daily activities including coastline hikes to the national park, bonfires, hookah, bbq, outings to town, poker, and movie nights. If you're looking for adventure, let us book you a zipline, ATV, cave, or deep boarding tour. If you're looking for relaxation, treat yourself to a morning yoga class, and spend your day reading on one of our luxurious beach loungers. There is something for everyone.

Our restaurant and bar are fantastic, but there are other spots to check out within walking distance. If you're in the mood for something unique, let us book a special outing for you to one of our favorite spots.

The jungle is our home, and protecting it is very important to us. Palmar runs entirely on solar power, and all of our water is rain caught. Experience the magic of showering in fresh, filtered rainwater at natural temperature, free of any chemicals or additives. Take note of our high efficiency systems, minimal impact construction with local hardwoods, and recycling throughout the property.

The dorm cabins are located in the back of the property, tucked away under a canopy of rainforest. Each dorm bed has a semi-orthopedic mattress, high-quality linens, a personal window, fan, reading light, and accompanying locker.

**Please note: The Basic Double Room is actually a Tent**

Palmar Beach Lodge Policies and Conditions:

Check in from 14:00 to 22:00.
Check out before 11:00.

Cancellation policy: 72 hours before arrival.

Payment upon arrival by cash, or by card with a 5% surcharge.

Taxes not included - 10.00%
Breakfast not Included
Please note that there is no common kitchen. Do not bring any food, as it may attract animals and insects to the rooms.

General Info:

The Palmar Shuttle boat leaves three times daily from the dock at the Buena Vista Restaurant on the Main Street (next to Azul Paradise Hotel) at 10 am, 12 pm and 4 pm. If you arrive early, the restaurant is open daily with a selection of delicious food and beverages. The shuttle service is free for guests and limited spaces are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you need any help with your luggage, please make sure to arrive on one of these shuttles. If you cannot make it at these times, you can hire a water taxi from one of the public docks and ask to be taken to the Palmar Dock on Red Frog Beach ($8-10 per person). 

Please note that if you take a private taxi, you will need to show proof of your reservation to avoid paying the $5 entrance fee. From the dock, follow the trail signs for 10 minutes until you reach Palmar. 

Reception is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Check-in time is at 2:00 pm, but we are happy to store your bags if you arrive early. If you are arriving after 6, please make sure to bring a flashlight! Our restaurant is open from 8 am to 10:30 am for breakfast, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm for lunch, and 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm for dinner. Please plan accordingly if you are going to arrive late or leave early. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.6

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    23 Nov 2019
    Paradise! That’s the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Palmar. It’s definitely the nicest hostel I’ve ever stayed in, and even has a resort vibe for how well they treat you. The variety of this place is awesome too. It’s easy to meet other travelers whom you can party with during the day/night. It is also just as easy to find many quiet spaces to chill, relax, read a book etc. I already miss this place and would’ve stayed longer had they not been booked out!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    30 Oct 2019
    It’s hard to explain how amazing this place is! Absolutely gorgeous and unique property tucked away in the jungle, steps from the best beach in the entire archipelago! The entire staff went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and at home, and they organize daily activities that range from beach volleyball, hikes to snorkeling spots, and a highly entertaining trivia night! Special thanks to Jimmy, Ray, George, and Juan for their hospitality! Only downside is it’s impossible to leave :)
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    26 Oct 2019
    The most wonderful place on earth. You wake up and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean AND the jungle. The food is great, staff are super welcoming and friendly, and with the resort accommodating around 40 people, this is a fantastic place to take a real break from civilisation. I did not want to leave!
    Poland, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    22 Sep 2019
    The place is amazing! Would definitely recommend to others and I hope to come back one day. Very clean, nice people, great atmosphere and very comfortable beds!
    Israel, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    19 Nov 2019
    This is an amazing place. Very comfy beds in the dorm, friendly staff and they have their own slice of the beach. The dorm is in the jungle so it's quiet and cool during the night. I liked the food and it's not too expensive (except for the beer). Great value for your money!
    Finland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    30 Oct 2019
    I cannot even put into words how amazing our stay was here! The owners were amazing. They were very humble and down to earth. The staff were a blast! Everyone got to know us by name by the end of our stay and it felt very homey there. We stayed in a tent, which we did not realize we booked at first(anything other than the dorms and the cabins are in tents) but it was so great! They were very spacious and the beds were comfy. It was cool to be located right on the beach and also within the jungle
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    27 Oct 2019
    Beautiful set up, lovely location, good food and nice staff. Cannot fault it. Better for couples/friends than solo traveller. Sand flies ruined my time. Remember to bring coconut oil as apparently it s the only thing that repel the b***s.
    Italy, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    21 Oct 2019
    Absolutely amazing, for a chilled break there is not better place I’ve been
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    13 Oct 2019
    Excellent facilities with a lovely beach right on the doorstep. Good that they provide a shuttle boat for free and liked the codes for doors instead of keys on the dorms and tab system. Comfy bunks and convenient with plugs and lights etc. Food was excellent and fairly priced. Warm showers were a plus. Can’t fault anything except that the floor in the dorms got super sandy. Better instructions to all to use water to rinse off before entry or more regular cleaning of the floor could help this.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    14 Nov 2019
    We had a great time at Palmer lodge, the location is beautiful and felt like a resort rather than a hostel. Dorm rooms are small and bed fans aren’t the best but beds were clean and comfortable. Food at the restaurant was okay, western menu and prices with small potions.
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi