Aqua Lounge, not a very original name. In fact, the landlocked city I hail from has had many a bar come and go by the name Aqua Lounge. Your city is probably the same. However, this bar, club and hostel on Isla Carenero actually lives up to the name! Aqua Lounge is a party over the water (and a lot of times in it) in the Caribbean paradise of Bocas Del Toros, Panama.
The lounge features swings and a trampoline for jumping in the water. If you have snorkeling mask there's lots of aquatic life to see below the waves. Whether you are staying in the hostel, eating at the restaurant or drinking at the bar, Aqua Lounge is one of the best values in Bocas.
At Aqua Lounge I met an interesting cast of characters, European travelers on gap year, Aussies on holiday, digital vegabonds like myself, gringo rastas, American's expats who call the island home, locals dropping by for a swim and beer who you can practice your Spanish with.
Aqua Lounge is a party hostel on Mondays, Wedsday and Saturday so if you stay there on those nights, don't plan on sleeping much but it is a blast! Also don't carry your cell phone if you are partying at Aqua, it's bound to capture photos of you in moments of intoxication and it stands a decent chance of falling in the water.
If there's one thing that's an annoyance at Aqua Lounge (and Bocas Del Toro, in general), it's that virtually every local young man you meet offers you drugs (Weed or Coke), sometimes soliciting you quite aggressively. While this is a great if you want to get high, it creates the impression that the only employment opportunities that exist for young men in Bocas is to be a small time drug dealer. The police do nothing about these peddlers and the establishment owners do nothing to keep them out.
Karin, Roxy and the rest staff do a surprisingly good job of running a hostel for people who party as much as they do at Aqua Lounge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only entirely over the water hostel in Bocas del Toro. Just 1 minute boat ride away from Bocas town, lies in wait the best time in Bocas. Walking distance from the beach and 3 surf spots. Comfy dorms, 3 and 2 person private rooms, hammocks....starting at 12 dollars a night, including free breakfast, free wifi, towel and snorkel rental, onsite laundry and in dorm lockers. We offer safe swimming areas, sea swings, ocean trampoline, sundeck, lounge chairs, hammocks, beer pong tables, indo boards, tour arrangements (fishing, spearfishing, beach, surfing, day trips, etc.), sister surf school, delicious restaurant, tasty beverages and a staff that loves their life is just the beginning. So come and enjoy Bocas del Toro in the best way possible, in a happy place for happy people. AQUA LOUNGE.... Paradises Playground. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Aqua Lounge Bar And Hostel
- Aqua Lounge Bar Hotel Bocas Del Toro Province
- Aqua Lounge Bar & Hostel Panama/Carenero Island, Bocas Del Toro