The whole eco lodge place and concept is really good, the tents are well done, beds very comfortable and you just hear the sound of the jungle and the sea. The location of course is also great. It's good for surfing since the beach is oriented to open sea. For snorkeling there are better places elsewere in Bocas since the sea is rough. You can follow trails along the beach to other beaches of the island but it can be sometimes difficult since the jungle arrives right to the sea. There are no hiking trails inland, just some horse trails that get really muddy and lead to the luxury villas that are in the Red Frog project.
The negative points are that staff and owner are unprofessional. I agree with another reviewer that they spent most of time talking to each other or entertaining themselves. They were not friendly to us, specially the owner that didn't speak to us the whole time. The kitchen is dirty and bad organized. We had our food spoiled and the staff was unapologetic about it blaming the monkeys, we are in the jungle bla bla bla, when in reality was due to the dog of the owner. We saw it happened to other people as well when we were there. And this was really annoying since you cannot buy bread an other food in the island, just a few snacks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palmar Beach Lodge has eco-friendly, affordable beachfront accommodations that are one of a kind in Bocas del Toro. Spend your days on the beach and your nights falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle and ocean. Accommodations range from fully equipped bungalows to safari style tents and a cabin dorm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palmar Beach Lodge Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro