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Palmar Beach Lodge

Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos , Bocas del Toro, Panama
Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent 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 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.

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 Bastimentos Dock on Isla Colon (on the main street next to Bocas Marine Tours) at around 10 am, 12 pm and 4 pm. This service is free for guests and limited spaces are given 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, 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 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.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 9.0


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    09 Nov 2018
    Incredible staff and vibe. Best place to stay in Bocas, in my opinion. Extended for a week and still didn't want to leave. Definitely recommend booking in advance, as a few of my friends were forced to move to Selina because they only booked for a night or two and weren't able to extend.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 Nov 2018
    I was blown away with how amazing this place was. Every moment it got better. The beds in the dorm were so comfortable, it was amazing. The food and service were impeccable. The beach was lovely and gorgeous. Everything was so great and I can't recommend it enough. Loved it!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    05 Nov 2018
    Paradise. The beach is perfect and fairly empty. The staff is friendly. I could of spent another week lounging around on this beach. The dorms are far enough away from the bar that they are always quiet. You can always find new friends to enjoy beers with on patio if that's what you're looking for but it is not party central.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 6.0

    Good

    06 Nov 2018
    I booked on the site after hearing good things and got ready to get the boat over with friends. Last minute I got an email to say my booking was void as they were already fully booked. I was pretty annoyed as how can you advertise a space if there isn’t one? Ended up having to stay at the Selina which was much more expensive with all the add-ons!
    England, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
Services
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table

Policies

  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Taxes Not Included

Things to Note

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 Bastimentos Dock on Isla Colon (on the main street next to Bocas Marine Tours) at around 10 am, 12 pm and 4 pm. This service is free for guests and limited spaces are given 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, 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 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.


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