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 ???? 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
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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 Bocas Surf School at 10 am, 12 pm and 4 pm. This 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).

Unfortunately, there is no space to store your luggage at the dock. If you have some time to kill before the shuttle, you can grab a smoothie at the batido bus on the lawn and wait at the restaurant there. Please do not go to the Surf School dock to wait, as that is a hangout area for their guests only.

Please note that if you take a private taxi, you will need to show proof of your reservation with us to avoid paying the $5 entrance fee. They will not ask for proof when arriving with our shuttle. 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 9.4

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Jun 2019
    WOW! This place is on another level. What an experience. The walk from the boat doc to the hostel was like walking through a beautiful jungle and when we got to the main reception I couldn’t believe it. We stayed in an 8 bed dorm and it was so spacious and comfy. The staff were amazing and food and drinks so cheap and tasty! Something different to do every day and night too. The hostel dogs are so cute! The Yoga class was the best Iv ever had. Paradise! I didn’t want to leave! Will be back soon!
    Scotland, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    05 Jun 2019
    My stay at Palmar was amazing!!! I was surprised how nice the dorm was for the cheap price I payed! Also very cool sleeping in the jungle being steps away from the beach!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    04 Jun 2019
    I absolutely loved my time at Palmar! It’s one of the best places I’ve stayed and the location is unbelievable— right on the beach! Red frog beach is beautiful & there’s some fun exploring to can do. It’s also set in the jungle and I saw 4 sloths here!! The dorms are simple and kept clean. Showers are lovely and hot! The menu at the restaurant is great and food delicious. If you’re looking for an amazing and unique experience, you have to check this place out!!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    31 May 2019
    Amazing place! Beautiful and very peaceful here. Did not want to leave. This is a top knotch location and facility. Loved my stay here!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    27 May 2019
    One of the best hotels I have ever stayed! When I was checking out I felt like I am leaving behind something special. I am definitely coming back. The level of relaxation you get there can become dangerous)))) if you enjoy nature and quite environment, if you want to get away to an almost uninhabited island far away from everything and everyone - this is your hotel. My respect and cheers to the owners!
    Russia, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    19 May 2019
    Amazing vibe, and great place to relax, unwind and disconnect. The name belies the true nature of the space; calling it a "lodge" is a disservice. It's kind of like a glamping hostel resort. There are dorm rooms, glamping tents, even better bungalow style rooms called "jungalows" and a sweet jungle vibe that is right on the beach! You have access to one of the nicest beaches in all of the Bocas area, Red Frog Beach, right at your doorstep. The food is great, the social life sweet, two thumbs up!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    15 May 2019
    HIGHLY recommend. Right on the beach. Beautiful location. Great bar/food. Comfy beds in the tent. Best showers around. The only thing that we disliked (and can't be controlled) are the sand flies on the beach. We walked away COVERED in bites - but you're in the jungle so bites are to be expected.
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 8.3


    21 May 2019
    Loved this place so much, esp the rainwater harvesting/solar energy etc. Staff v friendly. I stayed in the dorm, which was a joy - I loved the windows to the forest next to each bed, the stairs up to the top bunks and the big lockers. The downside was the chargerd only take USB - no good for laptops/SLR cameras. Also there is NOWHERE to hang anything - there needs to be somewhere to dry wet gear from the sea/forest. Also seems a shame not to have wildlife walks round the lodge.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 8.0


    16 Jun 2019
    Its definitely worth taking the trip out to this hostel but I'd recommend staying more than one night as it can be a bit of a bother to get there. However once you're there you've got a stunning place to base yourself from. But if you're scared of the dark like me there is a wee walk through the jungle to get to the dorm room so bring a friend and some running shoes lol don't want the crabbys to get ya toes hons!
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    05 Jun 2019
    the Dorms are so nice here with clean sheets and pillows! The bunk beds are easy to access to the top bunk. There are big cubby’s to put your values and bags in it. I would suggest bringing your own lock. The dorms stayed pretty cool at night. Bring shower shoes.
    USA, Female, 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