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Located in Bastimentos, Eclypse de Mar Acqua Lodge offers private bungalows and rooms with individual hammocks and stairs that provide access to the ocean. A restaurant is also on site. The place is fantastic!! Embedded in a natural reserve is an excellent place to be with nature and respect the environment you are surrounded by. The service is outstanding, and the attention to all details is in the heart of all the people who work there. This trip was our fourth time in Bocas, and we have discovered a different place at the hands of Nico and Alejandro, our tour guys, who have shown secret locations and delivered one of the unique tours we had!! From the place, all amenities to the food and the tours, this trip was a unique experience at all levels!!
With a terrace and a restaurant, Carmen's place is located in Bastimentos and provides free WiFi. Some units include a dining area and/or a balcony. Our stay at Carmen's place exceeded our expectations. Upon arrival, Carmen and Marcel gave us such a warm welcome, and made us feel like family. They go above and beyond to ensure that you enjoy your stay. Their hotel is completely off-the-grid and sustainable, which we enjoyed learning about. On both nights at Carmen's place we shared a delicious home-cooked meal with Carmen, Marcel and the other guests. We had lots of laughs and made some great memories. Their hotel is a short boat ride away from the main island and a great location to get to other surrounding islands in Bocas del Toro. On one of the days, we went out of a private tour, which Carmen arranged for us. We saw sloths and dolphins! The following day, we went fishing with Marcel - something that shouldn't be missed! Marcel knows all the best spots to fish! If you are looking for a laidback, memorable stay, book here. We will definitely be back!
Located in Bastimentos, Ataraxia has accommodations with free WiFi and a garden with a terrace and sea views. There's a fully equipped private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. Very beautiful lodge in the woods with great view on fhe ocean. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. Dinner and breakfast were very good at a beautiful terasse.
Los Bastimentos is so much nicer than Bocas, I would greatly recommend staying here instead of on Isla Colon. A real Carribean feel, friendly inhabitants, not overly touristy. Excellent snorkelling just a watertaxi-ride away at Hospital Point.
I like all the island nearby that all had uniqueness and individual charm. We visited 7 various spots and stayed in 4 islands accommodations. All seemed to be noisy at night with either jungle animal sounds, local bars blasting music or boat traffic. Day time hammock naps are a must!
We liked the snorkeling adventure, but with high surf some of the better snorkeling spots were off limits. If snorkeling is high on your list, be sure to allow for the proper time of year with more calm seas. We saw several sloths on sloth island during a tour and on Bastimentos. We enjoyed the natural beauty of red frog beach and playa bluff. When going to playa bluff, take the local shuttle or taxi as the roads are challenging.
Basti was fantastic. The people are so friendly and the island has such a laid back atmosphere. There are no cars on the island, which I thought was awesome. You get a real feel for the culture here, while also getting a nice beach getaway. We stayed in Old Bank, so we enjoyed watching the boats and locals. Definitely bring more cash than you expect though, most hostels on the island don't accept credit cards, and to get anywhere by boat costs money, as well as entry to the beaches. We blew through our remaining cash quite quickly, and there are no ATM's on Basti.
Bastimientos is easy to access from Bocas Town by boat taxi, but it is a different world... much quieter and more basic and natural, with good access to lovely beaches. Bastimientos is the option in Bocas if you want something quieter and more simple.
I stayed, relaxed, ate and drank at Palmar Beach Lodge and I have to say, one of my favourite places so far. The atmosphere was very relaxing, great staff and a big shout out to Jimmy, the best waiter/barman/entertainer! I stayed in an 8 person dorm, had a great bad, no troubles sleeping and the beautiful beach is just waiting for you to get out of bed. I stayed for 7 nights, which was a little too long in my opinion, as there are many islands around that I could have also explored, however, the regular trips organised by the Palmar Crew (also a super friendly and nice bunch of people) made up for my lack of pre-planning. Greetings to the entire team and hopefully see you again in the future at some point.
The food was incredible. Chef Victoria did an incredible job taking the food from the jungle and turning it into a fabulous meal. We also loved that they delivered chocolate tea first thing in the morning to enjoy in our hotel room. The property was gorgeous and incredibly well built. Additionally, the wild life was incredible. We saw at least a dozen capucin monkeys from our hotel room. We were overcharged but Jose gave us a refund. Thanks to the staff for an incredible honeymoon.
Everything was just perfect ! Carmen and Marcel are the best hosts we've ever had in our trips. Staying at Carmen's is like being part of the family. They took care of us at every moment. Breakfast and meals are delicious and the room had a beautiful view on the Caribbean sea. Perfection is at your fingertips !
We enjoyed our stay at Selina! The staff were helpful and nice. They have a really nice patio/common area to hang out and excellent food at the bar/restaurant! They also have nice arts and decorations through the hotel. Nice location too, between the marina and beach!
After not sleeping well the first night, we got a new and bigger room with a balcony. They did take this seriously. The hotel is located right in the middle of everything and close to the two stores on the island. You also get decent outdoor areas with waterfront views.
Palmar Beach Lodge is located right across the Red Frog Beach in the middle of a beautiful forest. It’s location, the facilities, the rooms are so beautiful you feel like you are in heaven. The restaurant has a very rich menu, and the best smoothies.
The owners are very generous and friendly hosts. And it is less like a hotel and more like staying with friends. And the meals are great too.
private room was great. great place on bastimentos. communal area very big and nice place to hang out. Staff is very friendly.
This is a wonderful Eco resort, not a City hotel. All meals are excellent…. Kudo to the Chef. The host , Michel, is the best.
Manager very helpful in creating air reservations from Bocas to Panama City. converted my disaster to happy return home.