Bocas del Toro comprises an archipelago of islands, so make sure you know where your hotel is located! We highly recommend the incredible off the beaten path and alternative stays!
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1. Dolphin Bay Hideaway – Best Boutique Oasis **(Our Top Recommendation)
Named for it’s location on the picturesque shores of Dolphin Bay, the boutique hideaway is a welcome detour from the excitement of Bocas Town. With inclusive benefits including complimentary breakfast, dinner, three drinks a day, wifi, and transportation to and from Bocas Town, owners Erika and Jose succeed in making every guest feel at home. The rooms are airy, decorated with original hardwood furniture, and adorned with fresh flowers. Hammocks decorate the patio; perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing on the islands. The hotel is small and eco-conscious, so enjoy the opportunity to experience a gorgeous hotel that stays true to its roots in Panama.
2. Bocas del Toro Hotel – Most Central Locale
Bocas del Toro Hotel is located on Isla Colon, right in the center of dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops. If you love an exciting nightlife, you’ll have to walk no more than a few steps to find what you’re looking for. An extra plus: the restaurant has outdoor seating with a spectacular view of Bocas, and Happy Hour is complimentary from 5-7 PM.
3. Playa Tortuga Hotel and Beach Resort – Best 5 Star Luxury
Playa Tortuga does not skimp on the luxuries. With a fitness center, adult and children’s pool, free WIFI, and two restaurants, you get a lot for your money’s worth. One of the few 5 Star resorts in Bocas del Toro, Tortuga offers the modern amenities you desire in a tropical context, so that your Caribbean vacation still feels authentic.
4. Koko Resort – Best Waterfront Cabin
The six cabins at Koko are built on stilts that dip into the water of Saigon Bay. The cabins each include a full kitchen, a porch that overlooks the water, and free breakfast. If you’re looking for a destination that departs from your traditional hotel, Koko is a great choice!
5. Palmar Tent Lodge – Best Alternative Lodging
For travelers who want a beach vacation and alternative lodging experience, Palmar Tent Lodge is your choice. With private and shared luxury tents, Palmar is located on famous white-sand Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos. The hotel is the ultimate eco-resort: all water comes from rain catchment and all electricity is solar. Embrace the authentic beach lifestyle and you’ll come home with endless stories to tell.