With a diverse landscape of beaches, mountains, and jungles to explore, you don’t have to venture far from Panama City to enjoy the outdoors. Eco-lodges and glamping (glamour camping) provide a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoor aspect of camping with modern amenities and allow yourself to reconnect with nature – plus there are some SUPER UNIQUE places to stay. From floating lodges, tiny cabins, teepees, and more – here are the easiest eco-lodge & glamping getaways from Panama City, Panama.


 Jungle Land Floating Lodge in Gamboa 

Approximately 1-hour from Panama City – BOOK NOW

The Jungle Land Floating Lodge is a hidden gem nestled in the waters of the Gamboa Lake. While staying here you’ll be able to get up close to monkeys and wildlife while also being able to participate in adventures like swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and a night safari. Their accommodation package includes food and drinks (even alcohol) as well as all activities in the price. Overall one of the most unique spots to disconnect and reconnect with nature. 


Selina at Kalu Yala 

Approximately 1.5-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Take a break in Panama’s jungle at Selina in Kalu Yala. This is one of my favorite eco-tourism getaways because even though it feels remote, it’s easily accessible from Panama City (you can use the new metro to get most of the way there). Selina has created a glamping experience where you can stay in a bohemian teepee, which includes all meals during your stay. Days here are spent swimming in the natural pools formed by the river, hiking to waterfalls, drinking rum from their on-site distillery, or just sitting in a hammock and listening to birds and howler monkeys. They do have solar-powered high-speed internet just in case you need to get a little work done. 


Sonny Island Resort on Isla Bolaños

Approximately 1.5 hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Heading on a ferry to the Pearl Islands Archipelago is Sonny Island Resort located on Isla Bolaños. This chic eco-resort has several cabanas where you can camp overnight, surrounded by the soothing sound of waves. Or if you’re not into camping, they also have beautiful wooden cabins with AC and a private bathroom. While on the island you can enjoy activities like snorkeling, paddleboarding, hiking, fishing, volleyball, and swimming in the super clear water. 


Saboga Lodge on Isla Saboga 

Approximately 1.5 hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Also in the Pearl Islands sits Saboga Lodge, a bohemian chic oasis immersed in the middle of the forest. While here you can take a splash in the pool, practice yoga on the deck (mats included), and walk to one of the several beaches on the island. They also have a staff member available that can assist you with booking tours, food, or any special requests. 


Rio Mar Surf Platforms in San Carlos 

Approximately 1.5-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

The Rio Mar Surf Platforms allow you to relax and enjoy our views and expansive, uncrowded beaches and surf breaks. Two large open-air, covered platforms perch amongst fruit and native trees atop a small hill overlooking treetops to the Pacific Ocean. Five minutes walking and you arrive at a white and black sand beach, with three surf breaks and a lazy river, or a surf camp if you want to rent boards and learn to surf. Booking is available via Airbnb (if you haven’t used Airbnb before, sign up through this link first for $25 off your first stay).


Tiny Cabin in Cerro Azul 

Approximately 2-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Enjoy a super secluded, rustic cabin in Cerro Azul only 2 hours from Panama City. The cabin is situated right in front of the river so you’ll have amazing views and get to enjoy the sounds of the river while sleeping. A quick walk up the river leads to a waterfall and natural swimming pool. You’ll get to enjoy the surrounding nature in complete privacy, and many guests have mentioned seeing monkeys and toucans. Electricity is solar-powered (no cell service or internet in the area) and cooking is done on an open fire so this is for people looking to totally disconnect. Booking is available via Airbnb (if you haven’t used Airbnb before, sign up through this link first for $25 off your first stay).


Luxury Camping Panama in Altos del Maria 

Approximately 2-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

If you’re looking for an upscale glamping getaway, Luxury Camping Panama is located in Altos de Maria, where you can stay in a decked out yurt with stunning views of the mountains. Each yurt has its own private terrace, a modern bathroom, and a large comfy bed. Definitely the most comfortable camping experience you can have.


Villa Hermosa B&B in Altos del Maria

Approximately 2-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Connect with nature in a stunning fully glass-walled cabin at Villa Hermosa B&B. The cabin transports you to the feeling of being in a treehouse with unobstructed views of the surrounding forest where you can relax or be active and enjoy the surrounding hiking trails. The weather here can be “chilly” (getting down to 65 degrees Fahrenheit) which is a much-needed break from the heat and humidity in Panama City. The owners also have a driver on hand that you can hire to take you to the beach, El Valle de Anton, Cajones de Chame, or anywhere else you need to go. 


Mamallena Eco Lodge at Laguna de San Carlos 

Approximately 2-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Escape to the nearby mountains for a super relaxing eco-getaway at Mamallena Eco Lodge. The property has hillside and river cabins that let you fully enjoy indoor/outdoor living. While here you can enjoy the gorgeous natural swimming pool formed by the river, hiking trails, an outdoor fire pit, and plenty of hammocks to sit back and relax. 


Villa Tavida Lodge in Penonome 

Approximately 3-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Villa Tavida Lodge gives you the chance to stay in a cabin right next to one of Panama’s most massive waterfalls in Penonomé. The lodge includes beautiful cabins, on-site restaurant, and a spa with jacuzzi. Plus you are surrounded by nature to enjoy scenic hikes and of course, go for a swim in the waterfall.

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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 7+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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