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
  • 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 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 the Buena Vista Restaurant on the Main Street (next to Azul Paradise Hotel) at 10 am, 12 pm and 4 pm. If you arrive early, the restaurant is open daily with a selection of delicious food and beverages. The shuttle 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). 

Please note that if you take a private taxi, 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 9.3

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Aug 2019
    Palmar was my favorite hostel in Panama. Not only is it right on a beautiful beach, but the cabins are a short walk through a lush jungle. The restaurant has very eclectic and delicious options and the drinks at the bar are perfect (not too sweet and nicely priced). It’s easy to make real friends with other travelers here. Make sure to check out the beachside yoga classes and the tour of the bat cave! I wish I could have stayed for much longer at Palmar.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    04 Aug 2019
    Palmar is magical! A perfect blend of jungle and beach. They have fun daily activities that really bring all the guests together which is great for solo travelers and couples looking to meet new people. The daily yoga classes were the perfect way to start the day and both teachers were incredible. The restaurant has a diverse menu and plenty of options for all dietary backgrounds. My only complaint is that I wasn’t able to stay longer!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    24 Jul 2019
    Excellent hostel, would definitely recommend staying here - super clean, helpful and friendly staff, comfortable, cozy dorms, an AMAZING shower, awesome location right on the beach, free shuttle to and from Isla Colon. Also, the owne do a lot to make their hostel sustainable and eco-friendly, which is a plus. Just note that there are not any self-catering facilities, and there isn't a market anywhere nearby, so be prepared to spend some cash on food at their restaurant (delicious and reasonable)
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    05 Jul 2019
    Very nice hostel runs by the local. There's a surf school on the hostel ground and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to surf. The place is clean and the staff are very friendly! Had an awesome time there and definitely will come back!
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    04 Jul 2019
    Really great hostel. Location was perfect, nice restaraunt and happy hour was good value. Highly recommend
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    24 Aug 2019
    Genuinely the best hostel I’ve stayed in the last 10 months. - High quality facilities - Exceptionally clean given beach location - Highly trained, attentive staff - Excellent, fairly priced food - Hot showers in the jungle run from solar power
    Wales, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    01 Aug 2019
    Very nice place to stay if you want to be a bit more far from the party trouble. make sure you catch the last shuttle to go there, because at night the transportation fee will be much more expensive. and make sure to not be a female alone at night. i had a very bad experience when i took the boat back to palmar at night. i have to add that this was not the fault of the hotel!!! the location is stunning and everything felt like a 5 star hotel. best "hostel" ever!
    Luxembourg, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    19 Jul 2019
    amazing beachfront hotel. beautiful dorms with a lot of space. nice chill area with pool table. the water they use is saved rain water and the drinking water stations give the best drinking water in whole bocas. The food in the restaurant was nice but after a week the menu gets really small and expensive if you have 3 meals a day. The waitors could work better, they forgot a lot of food we ordered and since everything goes on one bill you pay at the end, we weren‘t sure if we payed too much.
    Switzerland, Couple, 18-24
  • 9.4


    13 Jul 2019
    Beautiful hostel right on the beach such nice vibes b in t the food is v expensive and non other choice
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 6.9


    08 Jul 2019
    Not sure why this place has such good reviews, food was poor and expensive. The dorms and staff were nice but besides the beach (can’t really swim in the sea as currents) there’s nothing to do. In the evening there isn’t much of an atmosphere and there was quite a lot of families. Staff didn’t confirm our onwards transport (even thought we paid a deposit) resulting in us nearly missing our flight.
    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
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi