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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.

*Feature photo from @bayanocaves Instagram

Bayano Ecolodge in Bayano

Approximately 2-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Bayano Ecolodge is one of the most unique places to stay for people looking for an ecotourism getaway outside Panama City. The glamping cabins are situated in front of the Bayano Lake where you can enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding. They have a range of options that start at tee pee tents to large cabins with a private jacuzzi. But the highlight is being able to explore the little-known Bayano Caves, which is off the beaten path for tourists in Panama.

Saboga Lodge Tree Nests in Saboga

Approximately 1.5-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Escape to Saboga Lodge’s Tree Nests, a haven for couples seeking a cozy nature retreat that’s easily accessible by ferry from Panama City. Immersed in lush surroundings, these intimate nests offer beachside serenity and a perfect blend of romance and nature. Unwind in our tranquil cottages, wake up to the sound of waves, and embark on unforgettable adventures together. Staying here means you have access to all the beautiful facilities of Saboga Lodge like a Bali-style swimming pool, restaurant, and evening bonfire on the beach.

Camaroncito Eco Resort

Approximately 3-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Camaroncito is a boutique resort located on the Caribbean side of Panama with just four oceanfront cabanas where you can enjoy personalized service. They operate with an all-inclusive model so you have your meals, drinks, and an open-bar all included in the price. Activities here include playing in the Caribbean surf, exploring the rainforest, horseback riding, salsa dancing lessons, or yoga classes, or spend the day lounging in a hammock under a coconut palm with a cocktail.

Nomadic Republic in El Valle

Approximately 2.5-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Nomadic Republic is located in the beautiful mountains of El Valle de Anton housed in a unique shipping container. They have a jacuzzi, on site-restaurant, and stunning views to wake up to every morning.

Nomada Republic in Punta Chame

Approximately 2-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Or if waking up to an ocean view is what you prefer, Nomada Republic also has a property in Punta Chame you can enjoy! This container hotel features modern rooms, on-site restaurant, swimming pool, and easy access to the beach in front.

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. You can also book a day trip here.

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. 

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.

The Jungle Lodge at Kalu Yala 

Approximately 1.5-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Take a break in Panama’s jungle at The Jungle Lodge at Kalu Yala. This is a great eco-tourism getaway 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). 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. 

Selvamar in Colón

Approximately 2.5-hours from Panama City BOOK NOW

Selvamar provides ecological glamping with 100% solar energy, surrounded by virgin Caribbean beaches, and features a swimming pool.

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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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