@ LazySj – The fact that you brought luggage, indicates you were expecting something nicer.
Bocas Bound is a very nice and clean hostel, however, it lacks all the charm that makes staying at hostels fun and adventurous. The dorm rooms are kinda set-up like jail-cells, very clean and sterile. The bathrooms however did get flooded from showers usage, but this is do to others not using the shower curtain AND the shower door. There were a few ants in the bathroom, but nothing crazy. Although you are sleeping inside, were bug spray as I woke up on my first night with 40 bug bites on the arm I left outside the sheets.
The staff are all very chill and laid-back. They make less than anyone I know, so don’t expect much –that said, you are on island time, go with it. Relax. I found the staff all very friendly and welcoming, but yea, they need some work. One of the best things about staying in a hostel is being able to group together for touts, but this hostel doesn’t do that. They only sell the ZipLine (very cool) and everything else you have to arrange on your own or find your own group –no help even though they offer the services.
The food is good, however the prices are steep for the area. $2.00 for a beer may seem cheap, but it’s actually expensive when you can by it for .80 at the store.
Bocas Bound is spread out, so to see the area, bring hiking shoes so you can explore the jungle trails (AMAZING) and trench through the many trails. If you stay at Bocas Bound, you are staying there to be closer to nature and the outdoors. There is no nightlife, although if traveling with a group, you’ll have a blast on your own.
It does get expensive to taxi back and forth, $7.00 a day round-trip. Most annoying, is the boats leave early a lot and you miss your boat, sometimes you have to by another ticket or wait two more hours – really frustrating when there are schedules posted everywhere that cannot be followed. Additionally, the transfer time is not 10-15 minutes as advertised, more like 20-30 minutes one-way. On one “express” service, the guy made 7 stops before taking me to Bocas Bound….I was pissed.
The red frogs are kinda easy to find, but sometimes you have to go deeper in the jungle. The kids on the beach do hold them in leafs or jars, but do not cause any harm to the frogs. Keep in mind that these kids live in poverty, they do not grab you or force you to pay. The cute little kids approach you with big smiles and offer the frogs for view since many visitors never get to see one – they are quite beautiful. For .25, it’s a nice way to say “thank you” for allowing US to visit their island. If you don’t want to pay, simply say, “no thank you” as I did and that’s that. To prevent this from becoming a problem, you should NOT give anything more than .25 –some people gave $1 and even $10 –this just makes them ask for more and more.
I would probably only recommend staying 2-4 days at Bocas Bound as all the tours depart from Bocas Town early. However, do make Bocas Bound a part of your trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a living rainforest, on a Caribbean island, Bocas Bound is the place to stay and visit in Bocas del Toro. Bocas Bound provides immediate access to surfing, rain forest hikes, kayaking, and beautiful beaches. Bocas Bound is an exotic destination in Bocas del Toro that attracts back-packers, surfers, and cost-conscious families looking for a place that is extraordinarily different from a typical Bocas hotel. Trails from your doorstep lead you through dense jungle to breathtaking beaches and hidden coves. The nightly chorus of nature will cause you to truly appreciate Isla Bastimentos.* 8 min walk to Red Frog Beach * Beach Activity Center* Hiking Trails and Canopy Zipline* 15 minute water taxi to Bocas Town* Air-conditioned rooms* Full Restaurant Bar and Lounge * Community kitchen * Free Breakfast & Coffee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bocas Bound Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Bocas Island Lodge Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro