The 5 best hostels to stay in Bocas del Toro
If you are planning your next trip to Bocas del Toro or you still do not decide to choose one of the best destinations to travel in Panama or the Caribbean, we tell you not to look any more. In this article we offer you different options of hostels in Bocas del Toro for adventurous travelers looking for incredible places as well as meet new people from all over the world.
1- Hostal del Mar
This comfortable hostel is located on Colon Island in what is known as Bocas Town. This means that it is very close to the area of bars and restaurants. It is also relatively close to the airport (about 25 kilometers away).
At Hostal del Mar you can find everything you need within walking distance. For starters, this hostel has a view of the sea, so the beach is a few meters away. But you will also be only 5 minutes away from the central park of Bocas del Toro, as well as from the pier where the ferries leave for Isla Bastimentos.
As for the amenities, this is a hostel that has rooms with fans, private bathroom, showers, towels and bedding included. It is ideal for young travelers who want to meet people from all over the world and want to tour the attractions that Bocas del Toro has to offer.
2- Hostal Hansi
Hansi is a colorful and picturesque hostel also located in Colon Island that offers tranquility and a good location. In this hostel you will find 15 private rooms with private bathroom, shared kitchen, balconies, lounges with tables and chairs, and library.
Inside Bocas del Toro, this hostel is located a few steps from the main street, 30 meters from the sea, and what is better, very close to the airport (so much so that it is even possible to walk to the hostel).
It is also close to the pier in case you want to go to know the rest of the islands of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro.
In third place we have Palmar Hostel. This is a different proposal to the hostels that we were describing previously. Palmar offers you accommodation in some of its tents on the beach in a complex that obtains its energy through solar technology.
Palmar is located in Red Frog, on Bastimentos Island, so it will be necessary to take a water taxi on your way from Bocas del Toro airport.
This hostel is located in front of the beach and is nestled in a jungle environment full of intense green vegetation. Inside the complex is a bar and restaurant where you can eat and meet diverse travelers from all over the world. That’s one of the main ideas at Palmar.
What makes this hostel different is that it also offers Yoga and Surfing, as well as all kinds of adventures in the tours and activities it offers (visiting an organic farm, visiting Zapatilla Island, driving an ATV in the jungle, zip-line flying in a canopy circuit in the jungle and many more).
There is an interesting fact about tourism in Bocas del Toro: about 70% of tourists who arrive in this tropical paradise are backpackers. That’s why Selina is a good lodging option (and one of the most popular).
Selina has 2 branches in Bocas del Toro. The one that is located in Colon Island is in the same center of the island very near the airport. This is why many tourists decide to walk from there. The main feature of this accommodation is the party. If you are young or if you are looking to meet many people from different parts of the world, this is your ideal accommodation.
Selina has a bar that is open every night and they set up as a discotheque that plays the best music on the island. In addition they have available excursions of all type and classes of salsa and surf for their clients.
Their other branch is located in Bastimentos Island, more precisely in Red Frog. This hostel has access to the beach and is characterized by being a little quieter than its sister on Colon Island. To get there you will need to take a water taxi to Bastimentos.
Bambuda Lodge is another hostel and boasts being the only one with oceanfront location, large freshwater pool and 150 foot slide from the bar to the ocean. Bambuda is located on Solarte Island, in front of Colon Island and to access this hostel you must take a water taxi (lasting approximately 10-15 minutes).
A fact that makes Bambuda Lodge very attractive among tourists who come to Bocas del Toro is that it is among the top 10 hostels in the world by Lonely Planet (and other sites specializing in hostels and hotels).
This ecological hostel is ideal for those looking for tranquility in a place full of lush green vegetation and beach in the same place. In Bambuda you also have a bar (which closes at 10 p.m.) and also the slide mentioned before that, as the hostel is located on a hill, allows you to slide from the pool directly to the sea.