Nice hotel. A room and a nice bathroom, little balcony. $50/nite I think. Clean, nice bar area with patio over the water. Happy hour prices were $1 for a beer.
Not on Main St, which was nice and quieter. On the water.
We stayed on the island of Isla Caranero in Bocas Del Toro. It felt really like living on a island. There was no cars, traffic or paved roads anwhere. Just alot of palm trees, good views and very relaxing and quite place. The is what you will not find in Isla Colon where the main island is at and where most hotels are at. The good thing is that it was only a 2 minute boat ride from where we stayed. Close but yet so far away. The hotel has all the modern ammenities for exampl wifi, internet, Satellite Tv. The owners are also the managers of the hotel and its more a a personal service. The owners arranges tours from the hotel and other excursions they explained to us. The rooms are clean the surrounds are quiet and peaceful. They also have a private dock where you can take some sun or just be lazy and hang out on their hammocks.
It has great views wifi, personal service, laundry service and they explain many tours and places of the beaten path you would like to go
We stayed at Playa Bluff lodge 6 days. By far this was the best location we stayed in Bocas del Toro.
The lodge is direct at the beach. Because of the waves we where not able to swim, but the owner organised horses and we went to a nice bay where we could snorkel.
The rooms are big, bugprove and very clean. We had breakfast in a tropical garden full of wildlife.
Every day we saw monkys and parots and there are poison frogs living in the garden.
We recommend Playa Bluff lodge to people who like to be in the midle of nature and enjoy the beach.
Tropical garden full of animals. The most remote and beautiful beach direct infront of the lodge.
Free transport to Bocas town. Nice pond full of tropical fish and frogs.
Big Leather back turlles on the beach. Great food.
The Duch owners have a great knowledge of the nature of Bocas del Toro.
Usually we are happy with houses rented through VRBO but Casa Rosada on Saigon Bay has made me wary. The house has no security and we were robbed during the night when someone entered the house - and our bedroom- as we slept. The owners felt no responsibility and said we should have locked ourselves in better - this would have meant not only no air in our children's rooms but no way for them to reach us during the night. Warning: if a rental on VRBO or some other site like this does not have "Guests Comments" you should assume that they are hiding these comments for a reason! Luckily we only lost some things and nothing more serious occurred though my daughter, who witnessed the robber going up to our room, is probably traumatized for some time to come; the owner felt no responsibility but claims that she is putting up bars on the windows. Do not rent this place without being sure. Location is interesting but not worth $100 or $150 a night even if we weren't robbed! There is no near beach, must taxi to town and there are a lot better areas than this to rent.
Located on the bay. No security.
Istmito is the beach nearer to Bocas town but is nothing special. Koko resort is found there. It consists of wooden cabanas on stilts above the water completely furnished with a well-equipped kitchen and all the amenities the demanding guest will ask for. The only thing you have to do is relax and enjoy the beautiful views! It is near the main streets of the island and you can easily visit the supermarkets, craftshops, restaurants and bars. Prices for 2008-2009 are 286$ for a single, about 400$ for a double and about 500$ for a triple. They include transportation, daily maid service. Kayaks and bicycles, and laundry. Major Credits Cards are accepted.
I didn't stay there cause I couldn't afford it but those who can don't forget to bring repellent because the 'chitras' here are agressive...! Enjoy!
I have just listed a few more hotels in case you need more.
Bocas Inn hotel is a beautiful clean and comfortable hotel in a tropical garden right by the sea. It offers gorgeous views of the Bocas gulf with small boats passing by. Rooms are about 88$. Avenida I.
Casa Max is on Avenida H and has nice spacious rooms with private bathroom and hot water. There is a pleasant sitting area in the front yard. Double rooms cost 30$. 757 9120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Another upmarket hotel is Punta Caracol with luxurious cabanas on the stilts! And equally luxurious prices... For 2008-2009 singles are at 316$ doubles at 344$ and triples at 456$. phone:(507) 6612 1088/6676 7186 www.puntacaracol.com www.puntacaracol.com.pa
Being a Sagittarius myself I thought they would take special care of me! (joking). The truth is I could find nothing at an affordable price when I arrived so I booked a room in an awful, noisy, and packed up budget place and the next morning I booked a room in Sagitario. The lady running the place was very sweet and talkative and we had a good communication. The same happened on the large veranda where co-travellers used to gather in the evening and meet each other. Generally budget accommodation is difficult in Bocas so either book in advance, or if you are my kind of traveller - I never liked booking in advance! - just find any room for a night and early next morning go out to check for the rest of your stay.
Sagitario is nothing special but it is a safe and quiet low budget hostel. The common veranda unites the guests' spirits and the simple rooms have cable TV, hot water bathroom and very good beds. Some are dark with no view but don't ask for much... My room view was the solid wall of the next building just one meter away!
Prices are 15$ for 1 person, and 20$ for 2, with fan. And 25$ to 45$ depending on the room, for Air conditioned rooms.
Heike's twin hostel, Mondo Taitu, which was completely booked up, is not far away. It is known for its crazy – in the good sense - night parties and its cozy atmosphere. I met one of the hostel managers and he confirmed the fame that the staff is very sufficient, polite and knowledgeable. There are hang out places and seats in the nice green garden and a nice bar for the thirsty ones... Everything prepares you for a cheerful stay though not so quiet... There is access to the kitchen and a good restaurant.
Even if you are not a guest it's a good idea for a drink!
This popular with backpackers hostel has only dorm rooms. They are very clean and have excellent beds and mattresses, and hot showers. The only problem is the rooms are small and there is not enough space. However the atmosphere is very warm and cozy and travelleres seem quite happy. On the roof terrace there are hammocks for the hours of relaxation. The kitchen is available and generally it's a great place to meet other travellers. Surf boards are available for rent.
There is 24hour access.
Dorms cost 9$ and 11$ with Air Con.
Unfortunately it takes no reservations and it is usually booked up !
It is on Calle 3rd facing the Park.
All these names for one hotel with a very popular restaurant. It is located in the narrow part between Bastimentos and Popa islands. The thatch-roof huts, are connected by wooden piers on sturdy stilts. The sea water underneath is miraculously clear and the colour is a pleasure to the eye! Colourful fish are visible in the clear water swimming around as they are used to be thrown pieces of food to attract them. It is a 20 minute boat ride from Bocas.
A lot of tours bring tourists here for snorkeling and an enjoyable breezy lunch on the thatch-roof balconies. The restaurant serves mainly fish dishes at average prices for Bocas standards. Mains are around 10$, shrimps are 12$ and the tasty lobster I tried was 13$.
Other services the hotel is offering are transportation to the hotel, 2 meals included in the price, snorkelling gear, use of kayaks and hammocks, access to the kitchen and one tour of your choice.
Prices for 2008-2009 are about 150$ per cabin.
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In Bocas del Toro you'll find lots, and lots of different guesthouses and hotels. The hotels being focussed on the public who look for a classy place to stay, the guesthouses for the backpackers who only look for a cheap place. Hotel Cayo Zapatilla belongs to the second group: with double bedrooms of 15 dollars per night it is one of the cheapest places I could find in town.
The guesthouse is perfectly located: not too far from the harbour where the boats to the mainland depart, not too far from the Parque Central and right in the middle of the area where you can find the bars, the restaurants and the shops. And: right below the hotel there also is a big supermarket that is owned by the same Chinese people that own the hotel.
The hotel is pretty good value for money. The rooms are quite big and have a private bathroom; it all is pretty tidy. It does get pretty hot here: there is no fan on the ceiling, only a standing version that doesn't have a lot of power. But: it definitely is a good option!
Also important to know is that there is not real reception at this hotel. The keys can be picked up and left behind at the cashiers of the supermarket, and this is also where you
It´s hard to describe La Rumba, it is part hotel and part hostel, and part B and B. The hotel only has about four rooms for two, they also have two dorm-type rooms that can hold up to 12 people. The restaurant has ample room for forty or more people. They have a full bar, too.
The owners are an American and his Panamanian wife, who also speaks English well, so if you call for reservations, you shouldn´t have a language problem.
Our room had a beautiful view of the bay, it was on the ground floor, and had a split A/C. Some of the rooms do not have A/C, so make sure you tell them what you need.
They do offer a B and B package, and the food was quite good. They offered chorizo and tortillas or French Toast and fruit and had juice and coffee or tea. They have a pretty large menu in the restaurant that features mostly sea food, of course. They also will make hamburgers or pizza, if you want them. For us, they pretty much made what we wanted for our wedding reception dinner and charged a very reasonable price for it.
Nice view from some rooms and restaurant of the bay. Very quiet and peaceful area, not right in town. Decent food and decent prices. I would stay again.
Entering the hotel lobby, I felt like I was in a small hotel in Europe. Dark panelled walls, carpeting, stairs with curved wooden rails leading to second floor. The (small) rooms surround the small pool behind the lobby. The lighting was probably the worst I have ever encountered. Some rooms have small balconies overlooking the street behind. Our room had a view of the neighboring house and their water tank. the hotel has an annex of additional rooms in the street behind the main hotel, as well as a second pool looking out over the bay a block or so away. This pool has a snack bar as well as pizza and a grill. There is also a lovely Italian restaurant connected to the main hotel, with delicious food. (Hotel owners are from Italy.) The town of Bocas del Toro is only a few blocks long. The hotel sits at one end of the town, just beyond the shops. You can walk anywhere easily. It's two blocks from the plaza and three blocks from the docks or airport.
Pretty lobby, good restaurant, pleasant pool.
I DIDN'T STAY HERE BUT I HEARD THE PRICE IS RIGHT. 20 SOMETHING PEOPLE HERE FROM AROUND THE WORLD COME TO PARTAKE THE LOCAL LIFESTYLE
While I was staying here, a man followed me back, broke into my room and attacked me. I was able to fight him off after a long violent struggle, but I write this in regards to the staff and owner's appalling and hurtful response. Once the man fled, I went to the innkeeper's door begging her to come out and help me, which she did not. Only after her sons arrived, 10 minutes later did she emerge explaining that she was too frightened to help. The police were never called and after returning home to the US, I found and contacted the owner Joan. During our conversation I learned that Elia, the innkeeper, never even told her of the attack. I also explained my desire to work with her and the Embassy to try and make sure this never happens again. Upon hearing this, she started saying, "How dare I do this to her, I have some nerve reporting this to them and she has worked 10 years to build this business." The owner and her staff is not only unwilling to help it's patrons in a time of crisis, but vehemently refused to work together towards protecting the safety of it's future patrons as well.
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