Bocas del Toro is one of Panama’s top tourist destinations and once you visit you can totally see why. This pristine paradise has been attracting surfers, beach seekers, and young partygoers for years. A recent tourism ad for Bocas boasted “Cancun, we see your swim up bar… we raise you a swim-up village.”
The archipelago of Bocas consists of 9 principal islands and 52 cays, with the main one being Isla Colon, also know as Bocas Town. This is where you’ll find the island’s main restaurants, bars, and epic parties within walking distance of wherever you stay. But if peace and quiet are what you’re after, then you can retreat to one of the more relaxing islands like Isla Bastamientos or Isla Carenero and then water taxi over to Bocas Town whenever you like.
Here is a round-up of some of my favorite accommodation options in Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Casa Comunal is a stunning architectural home based on the waterfront of Bocas del Toro. The walls are made almost entirely of glass so you are completely immersed in the views of the tropical surroundings. The home has been designed with luxury finishes with furniture handcrafted by local artisans, handwoven textiles, hammocks, hanging beds, suspended lounging nets, a modern kitchen, a private sandy beach, a sustainable rainwater catchment system, and more. You can either rent the whole house which fits 14 guests or half, which will fit 5-9 guests. Booking is available via Airbnb (if you haven’t used Airbnb before, sign up through this link first for $25 off your first stay).
From $250/Night | BOOK NOW
Villa F&B was recently opened by a French couple in Bocas and they have created a stylish environment in a peaceful corner surrounded by nature. Guests here can enjoy free use of the snorkeling equipment, kayak, and paddles. You’re also just a 10-minute water taxi away from the center of Bocas Town if you ever want to visit there.
From $100/Night | BOOK NOW
Secret Jungle Treehouse
Nestled within the jungle of Bocas del Toro, the Secret Jungle Treehouse is your chance to sleep in an undisturbed natural habitat. The treehouse is suspended 10 m above ground with a “secret” drawbridge leading to it, high in the trees with breezes and a view of the ocean, with no walls to obstruct your views. The property strives to be as eco-friendly as possible and uses rainwater and solar energy. You are also a short walk from a small private beach and a freshwater swimming hole.
From $210/Night | BOOK NOW
The Firefly is a beautiful rustic retreat on Isla Bastimientos in Bocas del Toro and features a restaurant, bar, pool, yoga studio, and lounge space. This is the type of property down to earth eco-lovers will enjoy as you’re immersed in the beautiful nature. An amazing rotating breakfast will be prepared for you each morning that utilizes fresh, local ingredients. “Every day is something new, whether it’s banana pancakes, breakfast tacos, or french toast with coconut or mango from our yard, it’s all fresh & yummy.” The staff is also able to assist you with booking local tours to explore the other islands of Bocas del Toro.
From $139/Night | BOOK NOW
Bocas del Toro is where you can fall in love with Panama’s quirky island life and there are so many cool places to stay! I just discovered El Clandestino while doing research for this article and it offers an incredible value for the price. The facilities are new with thoughtful design touches, making it the perfect, secluded accommodation option right on the water for relaxing in Bocas del Toro.
From $65/Night | BOOK NOW
Nomad Tree Lodge
Ready to go completely off-grid? You’ll climb up 60 stairs to get to this magical treehouse cabin in the middle of the rainforest jungle. The cabin is fully screened so you can enjoy the surrounding views without having to worry about bugs. You’ll also have access to the properties swimming pool, restaurant, and nearby beach.
From $85/Night | BOOK NOW
Purple House Over The Water
The Purple House Over The Water is the perfect option for people who want to be close to Bocas Town without all the partying and noise that comes with it. This two-bedroom property has been stylishly designed and is the ultimate place to relax. The best part is the amenities included! As a guest here you have unlimited access to snorkel gear, kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes.
From $73/Night| BOOK NOW
Bambuda Lodge is located in the tropical rainforest in Bocas del Toro. The property features a coral reef off its dock and a swimming pool with an on-site bar and music all day long. WiFi access is available for guests. The property offers individual beds in dormitories or private rooms. At Bambuda Solarte you will find a small gym and kayaks for rent, free snorkeling equipment is available for guests and there is a water taxi from the island available for USD 5 each way.
From $50/Night | BOOK NOW
Eclypse de Mar Acqua Lodge
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 and offers complimentary breakfast.
From $109/Night | BOOK NOW
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge
Punta Caracol is a collection of eco-friendly wooden cabins is located on Panamá’s stunning Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Situated in the water, the cabins are built on stilts and feature a private balcony with a hammock.
From $250/Night | BOOK NOW