Looking for somewhere out-of-the-ordinary to stay in Panama? I’ve rounded up a list of places that you will never forget! From castles made out of plastic bottles to jungle treehouses to private beach escapes, here are the most unique and unusual places to stay in Panama.
Plastic Bottle Castle
In Bocas del Toro, Panama you can find the one and only Plastic Bottle Village where “one man’s trash is another man’s condo”. The unique concept behind the village is to reuse all of the plastic bottles littered around Bocas and use them as the inner insulation for housing construction. Within the village, they have created a castle made entirely out of plastic bottles that you can actually stay at! Castle Inspiration has four levels and contains 40,000 PET bottles. The castle includes two guest rooms accommodating 4 people per room on the first floor, a Royal suite accommodating up to 12 people on the second level, a dining/bar area on the third floor, and a gathering level with a fantastic view on the fourth.
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Continuing with the castle theme, Bambuda Castle is an affordable hotel & hostel in Boquete, Panama. The property features a pool, jacuzzi, and an outdoor rock climbing wall! According to guests, “A truly unique experience, a must do again. Food was excellent and prepared by a chef on site from Chile with a 10+ rating for presentation. The pool and hot tub was great and the grounds around the Castle was amazing. View from outside sitting area was truly spectacular.” The hotel also offers reasonably priced tours to Boquete’s most amazing outdoor experiences.
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Bambuda also has another incredible property in Bocas del Toro with affordable & beautiful accommodation. Guests at the Bambuda Lodge oceanfront getaway can enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, and the most unique thing about this property is the water slide that goes from the lodge to the ocean.
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Staying in a treehouse is the ultimate way to fulfill your childhood fantasy and luckily as an adult, you can finally make dreams come true! Nestled within the jungle of Bocas del Toro, the Jungle Treehouse is your chance to sleep in an undisturbed natural habitat. The treehouse is suspended 10 m above ground, 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.
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Villa Caprichosa is a unique property that looks like it’s straight from a fairy tale. It is located on Taboga Island, which is only 30-minutes from Panama City by ferry. The property was constructed by internationally renowned designer Diane Burn and took over seven years to build. With all of the intricate details, you would never guess it was made entirely out of concrete. It has been operating as a luxurious bed and breakfast (often getting a 10/10 rating from guests on booking.com) on the island and now has the addition of offering visitors an incredible gourmet dinner.
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Lost and Found Hostel
Lost and Found is a unique hostel situated in a cloud forest in Valle Las Minas, Panama. This is the ultimate place to stay for anyone interested in ecotourism in Panama with activities like treasure hunts in the jungle, visiting waterfalls, night hiking, coffee and wine tours, and more.
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Luxury Camping Panama
Glamping has made its way to Panama and at Luxury Camping Panama located in Altos de Maria, 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 large comfy bed. Definitely the most comfortable camping experience you can have.
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Bodhi Basecamp is located in Kalu Yala, a remote jungle community in Panama that boasts to be building the world’s most sustainable modern town and they have made staying in the jungle an extremely comfortable experience. The hostel is made up of multiple covered areas: a social area with couches, games, and hammocks, and three areas for sleeping. Something I love about the structures though is that there are no walls so you’re always immersed in the outside surroundings, but have a tent when you need some privacy. Each tent is equipped with an air mattress with clean sheets, fleece blankets, and plush pillows. There are also nice private showers and bathrooms off to the side to make this the most comfortable camping experience possible. All of your meals are included in the price which makes things easy and affordable.
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Villa Tavida Lodge
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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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 by 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, modern kitchen, a private sandy beach, 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).
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El Valle is one of my favorite quick getaways from Panama City. It’s a quaint small town that has taken up root in a dormant volcano crater with comfortable spring-like weather year-round. One of the most unique bed and breakfasts here is Casa Mariposa. What makes this place unique is that besides having friendly hosts and a gorgeous property is that the hosts have rescued a few sloths. As a guest, you have the chance to learn about the sloths and interact with them while they’re awake.
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San Blas Sailboat
La Vie Yacht Charters gives you the chance to hop aboard a luxurious catamaran and discover the pristine San Blas Islands. Each day’s activities will be up to you! You can go snorkeling, explore a new island every day, go fishing, and more.
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Bird House is a one-of-a-kind tropical ‘outdoor in’ home located in Gamboa featured in design magazines in Europe and the Americas. This home gives guests a unique opportunity to experience tropical nature next to one of the modern wonders of the world, the Panama Canal. It features double height ceilings, a fabulous kitchen, and an expansive deck connected to a 10M pool from which to enjoy the tropical world in the backyard. Wake up each morning to the ‘fly over’ of hundreds of parrots, go hiking in the nearby jungle, or end your day with cool drinks enjoyed from the master bedroom balcony while glimpsing huge ships transiting the Panama Canal.
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Rio Mar Surf Platforms
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).
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