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 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
  • 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 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 9.5

  • Security 9.8

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    17 Nov 2021
    Best place to stay on bastimentos!!!!
    Netherlands, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    10 Nov 2021
    I really loved palmar! Especially when it is sunny. The hostel is right on the beach so you can enjoy it 24/7. I loved the food menu and thought it was worth what you’re paying for. The bar staff are lovely and the hostel just has a good vibe. Would highly recommend!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    07 Nov 2021
    Nicest hostel/lodge on the most beautiful beach. Crystal blue water and soft sand ! Restaurant on site is reasonably priced and the beds in the dorm are super comfy. The volunteers run fun activities every day and night for free also! Creates a good vibe and easy to meet people :)
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    26 Oct 2021
    We absolutely loved this place! Definitely the best stay we had in entire Panama!
    Germany, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 10.0


    23 Sep 2021
    I absolutely loved my time here. Beware that this is NOT a party atmosphere and that is what I loved about it. This place was so peaceful and has its very own beach. Come here to rest and just enjoy the sounds of nature. The only downside is the food aspect. They have good food and at reasonable prices but there isnt much variety. If you stay for a while you'll get a bit sick of the food. There arent other restaurants or an available kitchen to cook in.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    20 Sep 2021
    The best place, not even a hostel, feels like a luxury 5 star resort. Obviously this isn't in the main town but the location is Beautiful, right on the beach where you can pick coconuts and drinks beers. Atmosphere is great, such fun people and things going on every day. Hated leaving this place, kept extending and i hope to come home. Only downside is the lack of a kitchen but the food from the restaurant is good! Miss this place so much
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    10 Nov 2021
    Fantastic place, more of a resort that happens to have a couple dorm rooms. Right on the beach. They open a tab so you only have to pay for food/drinks at the end. Food was some of the best I had in Panama and cocktails were amazing. They offer the same day trips as hostels staying in Bocas Town, so why not stay on a beach? Only downside is the top bunks in the dorms can get hot (no A/C, but they have a room fan and mini-bedside fan). Rain shower-heads were warm and refreshing.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    03 Nov 2021
    This place was really amazing an magic, the facilities great, staff super kind and always willing to help you with the best attitude, this place is stunning placed at the most beautiful beach. The food at the restaurant is 10/10, everything was really gooood, I enjoy a lot the connection with nature, having good food and drinks, amazing beach all in the same place.
    Panama, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    11 Nov 2021
    Absolutely gorgeous location. The dorms are in the jungle just steps from red frog beach. I loved staying here it was the perfect beach getaway. Bring bug spray! And make sure to coordinate water taxis with other people, as a solo traveler this was difficult unless you paid a bunch extra.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    05 Nov 2021
    I really enjoyed my stay here. Good value.
    USA, Male, 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