My husband and I (age 27) recently stayed at La Rumba in Bocas. We really enjoyed the hotel and got the best room in the house w/ac and double bed for $50 a night. The hotel is new and opened in Feb '05. The owners are a wonderful couple, the husband from Colorado and wife from Panama. If you are looking for something cheaper they have a hostel style room in back with bunkbeds or you can get a room w/o ac.
The room was clean and nice and we had a great view of the water. The owners and the bartender/chef Paulo from Italy were all very gracious and accomodating. The food was great, make sure to try the pizzas and eat b-fast there.
La Rumba is a little bit outside of Bocas "downtown". We took taxis in and out of town. $1 per person each way. I preferred staying out of town though because the water that is in front of Bocas "downtown" is beautiful from far away but there is a layer of oil on top from all the boats. It's really easy to hail down a taxi at any time of the day. There is also a bus that runs every hour that is $.50 each way.
Places to eat and drink: Stop by the Big Bamboo. The manager Chris from NY is great! The shipwreck bar is cool right on the water. If you are there on a Monday take a water taxi to Bastimientos for Blue Mondays. Get some reggae and some $.60 beers. Food: We ate at the pricey El Pecado (very excellent thai food). We also ate at the El Limbo Hotel and enjoyed dinner there very much.
Things to do: Take the all day snorkeling trip! Visit Red Frog Beach! Take the bus to El Drago beach. Relax!
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