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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.

Sol Bungalows

Sol Bungalows offers an affordable & luxurious overwater bungalow experience on Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro. The bungalows have glass floors, thatched roofs, deck hammocks, direct water access, and snorkeling right in front, among many other great amenities. 

From $175/Night | BOOK NOW

Riva B&B

Riva B&B is located on the relaxing Isla Carenero where you’re a short walk to restaurants, beaches, or can take a quick water taxi into Bocas Town. The rooms here are simply stylish with with a gorgeous oceanfront sundeck in the common area to truly relax and feel like you’re on vacation. Guests here also love the beautiful breakfast that is included each morning. They have a 9.6 rating with over 300 reviews so they must be doing something right!

From $100/night | BOOK NOW


At Nowhere you can stay in a uniquely designed dome nestled in the middle of the jungle. While being in a remote location, they are sure to cater to modern travelers and feature a coworking space, swimming pool, shared kitchen, free bike use, and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

From $110/night | BOOK NOW

Villa F&B

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 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


If you’re looking for an exclusive, all-inclusive luxury experience in Bocas del Toro, Nayara is unlike anything that has ever existed in the area. You can choose to stay in one of their overwater bungalows or whimsical treehouse cabins where you’ll have a whole island to explore yourself. Amenities include a uniquely designed floating beach, gourmet dining, craft cocktail bar, gym, swimming pool, spa, and the stunning natural landscapes that surround you.

From $1,000/night | BOOK NOW

The Firefly

Photo credit: @charlesaydlett

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 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

El Clandestino

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

La Coralina Island House

La Coralina Island House brings the Bali-vibes to Bocas. The architecture blends perfectly into the surrounding nature while maintaining luxury standards that will satisfy any traveler. The hotel is right on the beach with a beautiful swimming pool, wellness spa, and fabulous restaurant.

From $225/night | BOOK NOW

Bambuda Lodge

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

El Caribeo

El Caribeo is all about enjoying the beautiful views in Bocas. The hotel features an oceanfront swimming pool, free kayak use, restaurant with breakfast included, and welcoming hosts.

From $150/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


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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 10+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. I now rotate between living in Panama City, Bogotá, and Lima. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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