Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • 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 4 weeks prior to arrival. 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.

Additional Terms and Conditions

The property reserves the right to cancel any reservation made for 4 or more rooms according to our group policy. In addition, the property reserves the right to cancel any reservation made for 8 people or more according to our group policy.
Individual reservations done under the same person will be categorized as group reservations as well.

Additional Info:

Please message us directly for group bookings. You could find our contact details in our website.

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
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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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 with a water taxi 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, outings to town, poker, and game 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 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, otherwise you will be charged 100% of your reservation.

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:

From the airport, take a taxi ($2 pp) or walk (10 min) to the Bastimentos dock on Calle 3. From the Bastimentos dock, hire a water taxi to take you to the "Palmar dock at Red Frog" (a fair price is $8-10 pp). After a scenic 15 minute boat ride, the boat will bring you to a small dock on the bayside entrance of Red Frog Beach. You will then have a beautiful ten minute walk to Palmar across a jungle path where you can see monkeys, sloths, red frogs and caimans if you keep your eyes open!

Please note that 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 8.9

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 8.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 May 2022
    Such a great wellness retreat. The staff is very friendly and I love the free entertainment that they have each day. The food can get a bit pricey after a while but is very yummy. Such a beautiful beach and there is a nice free polo beach day excursion if you want something to do. I loved the morning yoga and the showers are very nice. Overall extremely satisfied with my time there that I ended up staying longer. Highly recommended and will see myself going back there in the future
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    29 Mar 2022
    Absolutely amazing and safe facilities right in the jungle and with straight access to a wonderful beach. Good food and drinks. Staff in the restaurant is polite and professional. Hi to my lovely Cecilio and coworkers. Dorms are spacious. Beds comfy. Towels included. Clean shared bathrooms. Never busy. Loved this place.
    Germany, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    29 Mar 2022
    Love it! What a great atmosphere and location. Really enjoyed this, one of my favourite hostels I’ve stayed at. I especially loved that you could pay for all your food & drinks when you checked out, so you don’t need to carry cash with you during the day
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    01 May 2022
    I am very satisfied with my stay at Palmar and will definitely return in the future. The staff is super welcoming and accommodating, the food is delicious and reasonably priced, and you can't beat the location. Events happening almost every day if you want to participate and nice showers with warm water! I stayed in the dorm and enjoyed the simple design of the room. The only challenge is drying anything if it gets wet, but they do have laundry service if you have enough items to be worth it.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    25 Apr 2022
    I looooved this place! It feels like paradise when you walk in, and the location right on the beach is just the best. The dorms were really nice as well and had a lot of space. All the staff were amazing, they made me feel like a queen. Thank you so much, I would always come back here! Only thing that was missing for me is a kitchen where you can cook your own food.
    Austria, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    07 Apr 2022
    What an amazing & incredible team of staff this property has: Jimmy, Sahira, Cecilio, Luis… just to name a few. The property has a “zen” vibe feel to it. Surrounded by jungle & ocean; either with the sun rays gazing down or with the downpour of the raindrops falling, the sound of wildlife, flora & waves will leave you mesmerized. It would of been more so memorable if the massage sessions had vacancy…otherwise, it was a fantastic stay. Thank You; I shall return one day…
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    02 Apr 2022
    We had a great two night stay here and especially enjoyed Cecelio's friendly service and humour. There were nightly organized activities that were good for getting to know others, though there were a lot of couples here. Everyone was friendly anyways but it's something to note if travelling solo or with a friend. Very beautiful beaches and the lunch restaurant next to Palmar has some great tacos!
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    17 Mar 2022
    The entire property is amazing!! The staff is helpful, nice, and always making sure the property looks clean. Meals were super good, yoga was great, and the beach is right there!! For solo travelers it can be a little hard to interact with others as most guests are couples or traveling in a group but the dorms make it easier to mingle. A very special place
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    21 Mar 2022
    If you want to stay inside the jungle and on the beach on Red Frog Island you should stay there! This hostel is amazing! The dorms are super nice, big with comfy beds and lockers. The only downside is that they don’t have AC but you really don’t need one. The dorms cabinets is with mosquitos nets so you can have wind without the bags. In addition this is not much a hostel, the people that arrived there are couples or groups so didn’t find any solo travels there.
    Israel, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    26 Mar 2022
    A hostel in the middle of the jungle the location was beautiful and also right on the beach too. The staff were amazing and so friendly!! However the hostel dorm were so Sandy and not that clean. The toilets are outside and mixed so no male or female and shared with quite a lot of people. Also as a solo traveller I feel it could be hard to meet people as a lot of couples and groups and no group activities are organised .
    England, Female, 18-24
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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
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi