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Palmar Beach Lodge
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Hanging at beautiful Red Frog Beach on a gorgeous and HOT day, we stumbled on to this sweet tent lodge. While we didn't stay there, we had an excellent sandwich, two cold, cold beers, met amazing people..employees and travelers alike, chilled in the comfy adirondack chairs and were totally taken in by the vibe, art and serenity overall. Hope to return as overnight guests at some point, but will always visit for a least a brief stop whenever on Red Frog Beach. LOVED IT!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Let me manage your expectations, our entire time glamping we were covered in a fine layer of sand that just wouldn't wash off with the rainwater showers - sound like something you are up for? Then get to Palmar immediately. We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed every minute, the tent camp is on lovely Red Frog Beach and yes we did see the frogs on our walk to Wizard Beach next door. Amazing world class beaches. Palmar is very chill and the volunteers and guests are very friendly. We relaxed in hammocks and the beach chairs and took yoga every day. Our private tents were as nice as could be expected in a rainforest, just be prepared for heat and humidity (note that my hair never dried). Only downside and this applies to all Bocas and Bastimentos is the sand fleas, coconut oil doesn't stop them, if you are coming, load up on garlic pills. Assuming you are coming with the right attitude this place is paradise.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

This place is run by volunteers. Most of then love the job, 'run' for you and are friendly. Because the zipper of our tent was broken they upgraded us to a better tent and give us a free beer. Next to the fact that they took our problem serious and immediately undertook action.
Every night you can sign up for dinner. And allthough it's good food we found it expensive. But happy hour every day!
There is no wifi but a 5 minute walk along the beach you'll find a restaurant with wifi, food and drinks.
The lodge is beautiful situated at the beach. Al lot of things to do and they rent stuff (surfboard etc) for a good price. Snorkels are for free.
The tent itself is spacious, good bed, mosquitonets, locker and towel.
There's 1 shower and 2 toilets. Too bad that wasn't always clean, out of toiletpaper and for days the same wet towel. We loved it here but it's a bit overprized. But who is complaining if you are in paradise.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

I stayed at Palmar back in March on a Visa run from Costa Rica and absolutely LOVED it. I have been traveling through South America for the past few months and continue thinking how I wish there were more hostels around like this. It really is something to find such a place at such an inexpensive price.

Me and my two friends stayed in one of the dorm tents. The rooms were clean with beautiful painting on the floors. Big lockers and comfy beds. Literally walking 100 m and you are at the beautiful Red Frog beach. The common area is comfy and nice and easy for meeting and talking with people. There is a kitchen which I always love especially as there isn't much of anything else nearby on the island. There are rental SUP boards, kayaks, boogy boards, snorkel gear plus some others. It's a fantastic place to relax and enjoy the sun and I highly recommend hiking down to Wizzzard beach as we found ourselves alone the entire stretch and had a private beach. But dont take valuables.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Chelseyzz
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights, we stayed in a private tent with our own shower. The tents are spacious enough with a trunk safe, mozzie net and lights. There was a slight damp feeling in the tent, but it was due to rain. The shower water is stored in a black bag and must be used sparingly due to the fact it's rain water it was a bit of a struggle sometimes. The toilets I found were clean but did occasionally run out of loo roll. You can hear the sounds of the jungle and the sea every night which was nice. The staff were friendly and helpful enough there is a slight laid back attitude but maybe that's eco living in the jungle. Army ants sometimes raid the place and you are better off avoiding the bar until they clear as they can give you a bite! The beach is nice and we also liked taking a boat to basimentos town and having a walk round and lunch at roots. We ate dinner at the lodge both nights the pizza, salad and chicken rice were tasty as were the margaritas! the yoga class is also great. This place seemed to have a lot of backpackers, we have been there and done that and were on a holiday, so it was just for the experience. If you love nature and love the whole eco vibe,.you will like this place.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank ChilliLondon
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