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.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:

Please message us directly for group bookings.

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
  • 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 9.6

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.6

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Jul 2021
    If you want a place with resort feel but hostel price and socialization opportunities, then this is totally the place for you. The staff were all very nice and helpful in helping us book tours, finding nightly activities, and booking transportation. Palmar is also right on the beach with the restaurant overlooking the ocean and plenty of seating and lounging areas. Highly recommend if you would like to stay on Red Frog island and are trying to choose between the different hostels.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    10 Jul 2021
    Great customer service. It's a great place in the rainforest. I plan to stay here again next month. However, please note they are not running the free water shuttle during the pandemic and the restaurant listed as the pick up spot said people come all the time looking for this shuttle that hasn't been there in two years. I would recommend contacting Palmar before your stay to verify if the shuttle is running or if you need a taxi.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    25 Apr 2021
    My favorite place in Panama so far! The location is perfect for some relaxation. The staff are friendly and the place is clean! Will definitely come back!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    19 Apr 2021
    An amazing jubgle/beach experience. Great staff
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    11 Mar 2020
    Stayed at Palmar beach lodge for 3 nights,amazing walk in from the taxi ride. The dorms are really clean amazing staff right on the beach.Red frog beach is amazing take a walk to polo beach.Would definently reccomend.👍
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    21 Feb 2020
    AMAZING place! The location is ideal: right on the beach and in the middle of the jungle at the same time! We even saw some sloths right on the property! I loved the activities that were organized and the enthusiasm of the volunteers! Only downside would be that the food at the restaurant was a little blend. The menu sounds amazing but it is not consistent with the plates.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    17 Feb 2020
    Feels like you get a lot for your money here, loads to do. Volunteers were great. Reception staff needed to be asked 5 times to check for a piece of lost laundry was the only negative, otherwise very helpful. Also some wildlife(sloth) info for guests would be good as people were using flash to take photos when their regular sloth climbed through which isn’t good for them and didn’t listen to us.
    Scotland, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 9.1


    26 May 2021
    Beautiful environment… just expect to get sand on everything.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    04 Mar 2020
    Stayed for 4 nights, relaxing+++. Great location right on the beach, life guard there so felt safe. Very uncomfortable loungers, but beautiful sand. Spotless clean. Dorm has code system to get in- didn't work and door pushed open on 2-3 occasions. Good lockers for valuables though. Showers hot, clean and plentiful (luxurious shampoo and body soap for free!!!). Food reasonably priced and good portions- but adds up quickly. Nice to have a pool table- but it's a bit old, felt needs replacing!
    Ireland, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.9


    06 Mar 2020
    Great place to relax but no kitchen to make your own food, you have to eat at the restaurant everyday...
    France, 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
  • 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