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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.


Palmar Beach Lodge

Book more than 4 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous 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 8.7

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    24 Aug 2022
    Beautiful! Super comfortable and relaxing. The restaurant has amazing vegan options.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    12 Aug 2022
    THIS PLACE IS INCREDIBLE!!! Incredible location, amazing staff, really nice rooms, what more could you ask for? I really can’t recommend this place enough, if you’re in Bocas del Toro, you simply could not choose a better spot!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    22 Jun 2022
    We enjoyed so much! The food was good, the staff was friendly, And we was supposed to get the bill, it was cheap!
    Poland, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    21 Jun 2022
    I stayed in palmar for couple days and had an amazing s right in the jungle and also right at the beach.what a great is tasty and affordable,employees and volunteers always have a smile/great s a great escape from bocas hustle and bustle.its super clean and well taken care of.dorms are very spacious with huge lockers.there is bunch of activities to do so no time for boredom.overall i higly recommend palmar to rest and stay in absolute paradise!
    Turkey, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    14 Jun 2022
    Loved it! Such a nice place by the beach to relax and evening activities are fun!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    16 May 2022
    Such a beautiful hostel in an even more beautiful setting, but what really makes this place is the staff. I've stayed in over 40 hostels at this stage and they're by far the best I've ever encountered! Sahira, Celcilio, Janika were absolutely amazing aswell as everyone else. The nightly activities are great and the volunteers made it fun each night. Scary being on a tab but also handy! Would definitely stay here again.
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    03 Sep 2022
    The place is amazing, calm, dreamy and like a paradise. The stuff was kind of annoyed, but in the end helpful. Big contra was no kitchen at all. You could not even have a coffee in the early morning, before you go diving. The breakfast times were really late. So it’s only worth if you want to lay at the beach the hole day, if you want to walk and have a day of activities, the lack of a kitchen will bother you.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    08 Sep 2022
    Really nice property on a beautiful beach. The rooms were big and comfy. The food was overpriced for what it was. The staff on reception were unfortunately rude to me on my stay which ruined my experience. They should have some meetings in customer service and how to talk to people with kindness.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    02 Jun 2022
    Nice place but on the touristy side. And fairly expensive for what you get. Beautiful beaches and water right in front of you
    Slovenia, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    12 Sep 2022
    The place in general is beautiful but the hostel vibe is missing. It’s more a hotel than a hostel, lots of couples and groups, not recommended for solo travelers. The rooms were ok but quite dark. The girls at the reception didn’t give all the information at the check in, where the room is, the bathrooms etc. There is no kitchen and you are depending on the restaurant. It’s good there but all in all the stay gets expensive.
    Germany, Female, 31-40
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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


  • 2022

    1st, EXTRAordinary Eco Warrior

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