The ocean breeze, Caribbean sea, and beautiful off-the-grid locations have been enticing people to overwater bungalows for years. Many people think you have to travel to some tiny exotic island in the middle of the ocean for an experience like this, but Panama is home to some stunning overwater bungalow getaways (and can be much cheaper than other destinations). These are my top picks for your overwater bungalow vacation in Panama.
Sol Bungalows | BOOK NOW
Location: Isla Solarte, Bocas del Toro – From $175/night
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.
Bocas Bali Luxury Water Villas | BOOK NOW
Location: Bocal del Toro – From $1,000/night
Bocas Bali provides the most exclusive luxury experience of any hotel in Bocas del Toro. Each over-the-water villa features 1,100 square feet of spectacular alfresco living, resting on stilts over the Caribbean Sea. In addition to a private pool and terrace, each villa features a king bed with sumptuous linens and an elegant hand-carved soapstone mural. While the $1,000/night price tag may be a bit of a sticker shock, it is all inclusive so all you’re meals and drinks are included with top-notch service.
El Clandestino | BOOK NOW
Location: Bocas del Toro – From $49/night
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! El Clandestino 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.
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge | BOOK NOW
Location: Bocas del Toro – From $127/night
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge 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.
Faro del Colibri | BOOK NOW
Location: Bocas del Toro – From $81/night
Located over the sea at Carenero Island, the Faro del Colibri features a unique aqua-style with a private beach area, wooden docks, free Wi-Fi throughout, and activities such as snorkeling.
Yandup Island Lodge | BOOK NOW
Location: San Blas – From $162/night
San Blas is made up of over 300 rustic islands inhabited by Panama’s Guna natives. If you’re looking for that unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience – this is where you need to go. Accommodation options tend to be pretty basic in the islands, but Yandup Island Lodge makes staying on a deserted private island as comfortable as it can be.
Urraca Private Island | BOOK NOW
Location: Bocas del Toro – From $195/night
Visit Urraca Private Island and encounter a new definition of Eco-tourism. This mangrove island paradise will welcome you with an authentic Bocas del Toro experience which includes countless possibilities to enjoy. Not only will you have the opportunity to share your visit with our other guests, but also 12 monkeys who live here on this paradise island.
Isla Wailidup | BOOK NOW
Location: San Blas, From $140/night
Situated on a beautiful island in the San Blas Islands, these newly built cabins provide a comfortable stay in paradise. Electricity is solar-powered and they have a large restaurant with freshly caught lobster and fish of the day.