Best Budget Hostels in Bocas del Toro, Panama | Bocas Hostels

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Great Hostels for Budget Travelers...

Simply put: the best low-budget hostels in Bocas...

  • 421 Guest House: the ideal low budget option for Habla Ya students only a block from the school, with superb customer service and friendly owners onsite.
  • Bocas Surf School & Hostel: cozy hostel with an intimate and peaceful vibe located right over the Caribbean Sea in the back part of Bocas Town perfect to soak in the tropics and relax.
  • Hostel Heike: another choice to soak up what's happening in town. Its 8 dorm rooms and 2 private rooms are perfect to hang out and socialize, but be aware that it's not possible to make a reservation in advance.
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Only Habla Ya Spanish Students are eligible for the special rates for extended stays that appear on this page when they make their reservation through us. These special rates are offered to our students due to the amount of traffic that we generate for these hotels. Most of our recommended lodging options are located within walking distance to our Spanish school in Bocas del Toro (from 1 to 15 minute walks).

421 Guest House

Travelers hanging out in front of 421 Hostel in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Just around the corner from Habla Ya

421 Guesthouse is by far the ideal low budget option for Habla Ya students, situated at only one block or 2 minute walking distance from the school in a quiet residential area.

421 has been set up in a traditional Caribbean mansion, entirely made of wood, giving it the unique homey feel. Its spacious rooms and common areas with balcony in the front and in the back, will make you feel like you’re in a huge vacation villa instead of a hostel. Guesthouse 421 is definitely more like an "upscale" budget option which offers all the amenities of your average Bocas hostel, including wifi, but with nicer facilities, AC, and hot water (which is rare in Bocas del Toro for budget options).

Dorm Room at Bocas 421 Hostel Guest House in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Various Room Options

421 has dorm rooms, shared private rooms and private suites, as well as a completely independent apartment in the back. All rooms are comfy and clean.

The dorm or group rooms have 5 beds in each, two bunk beds and one single bed as well as one bathroom with hot water. You'll struggle to find budget lodging in Bocas with hot water.

The shared private rooms have 2 single beds in each of them and are connected with one other private room through the shared bathroom. This option is ideal for friends traveling together who don’t wish to share a bed, and want some privacy as opposed to sharing a room with other travelers.

421 Guest House Kitchen in Bocas del Toro, Panama

The private rooms with shared bath have double beds in them, and share the bathroom with one other private room. This option is ideal for couples who want to have some privacy, yet don’t want to break the bank.

This is the cheapest option you’ll find for a private room because the bathroom doesn’t have hot water. However, that’s really no big deal here in Bocas, as “cold” is more like lukewarm, since temperatures are high all year round.

The suites are entirely private with their own private bathroom, hot water, and you’ll be able to enjoy a comfortable king size bed.

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Top Balcony at 421 Guest House Hostel in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Owners Onsite = Quality Service

If you are studying with us for several weeks, you also have the option to live in the independent apartment in the back. You’ll have your own kitchen and bathroom, which is ideal if you need to cook your own meals independently from other guests. The apartment has a little stove, a refrigerator and a double bed.

All the rooms are equipped with AC and wifi for you to stay connected. The large communal area with a sofa and cable TV as well as some books will allow you to just relax, enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a cold beer and chat with fellow students or travelers.

The owners, Luis Alberto and Juan Fe, are best buddies and experienced surfers, so they will be able to point you in the right direction if you are looking for some good surf breaks (or ask us!). They also live on-site so without any doubt, you'll always be looked after.

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Rates
  Dorm Private Room Suite Apartment
Price Per Night $15 $20 $35 $45

* Please note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates DO INCLUDE Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. Reservations require a valid credit card payment of a 30% deposit. No shows and cancellations within 1 month lose 30% deposit.

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Just a 2 minute walk from Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, 421 Guest House is literally just 1.5 blocks away from Habla Ya Bocas del Toro. The physical address is Avenida Norte between 8th and 79th Street. If you arrive by boat with Bocas Marine Tours you'll be dropped off right on main street (3rd Street): just take a right (up north) walking up the main street for 6 blocks (you'll pass the park), until you reach the end of that road and you'll have reached Avenida Norte (North Avenue). Take a lef hand walk five and half blocks and you'll find 421 Guest House to your left. If you arrive on 1st street with any other of the boat companies, just walk through the park until you reach 3rd Street and from there continue north and follow the instructions as just described above. If you arrive by plane walk down the street leading away from the airport and make a left turn on the first crossing. You'll be walking north up 6th Street. Walk for 3 blocks and take a left, and walk another block and a half. You'll find 421 Guest House in the middle of the block to your left. From any of the boat stations or the airport you can always catch a taxi to your destination.
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Bocas Surf School & Hostel

Peaceful Relaxation over the Caribbean
Bocas Surf School & Hostel over the Caribbean Sea in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas Surf School & Hostel on the other hand is the perfect choice if you're looking for a low budget accommodation with a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Not every traveler on a budget likes to be close to the party scene or share a room with a lot of people. If you want to stay in a hostel but still be able to enjoy your own personal space, this location will be the perfect fit for you.

It's ideal for Spanish students, as it's only a 4 minute walk door to door from our Spanish school, and also because it's right over the water!!! If you're coming to an island in the Caribbean, what more could you ask for than to be directly over the sea? Fancy a swim in the paradisiacal turquoise waters of Caribbean Sea just before or after class? Done! The waters in this area of Isla Colon are always without waves so it's perfectly safe to take a dip or go sea kayaking right off the hostel's deck.

Private Room at Bocas Surf School & Hostel in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Located just 2.5 blocks from Main Street (3rd Street) you're still close enough to easily walk to restaurants, clubs, and bars, but far enough to be able to relax in peace away from the center of town. This neighborhood, just as with our Spanish school, is in a much more "tranquilo" and laid back part of town.

Small Hostel = Cozy Atmosphere

The small size of the hostel (11 beds total) makes for a cozy environment, the complete opposite of the other three hostels featured on this page... although this also means that you have to book in advance if you want to save your spot! Sure, you'll have to pay a little bit more than if you'd stayed at Tungara or Heike but if you can afford it and really need a place like this, it's well worth it.

Private Cabina at Bocas Surf School & Hostel

The large Caribbean house that was redesigned to function as the hostel has one dormitory which sleeps up to 4 people (two bunk beds), as well as a private room that can accommodate up to 3 people (on a bunk bed that has a double bed at the bottom, and a single bed on the upper part). These two rooms are downstairs and share two full bathrooms between both of them.

Last but not least, there is also a private cabina located above the hostel with its own private bathroom, hot shower, sink, mini-fridge, air conditioner and private balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea, ideal for couples in search of some romance or solo travelers who just fancy the additional independence.

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Enjoy the sun and the Caribbean Sea from the private dock at Bocas Surf School & Hostel in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Embrace paradise: students can enjoy the private terrace with ocean views in the back of the hostel to do their homework, read, surf the internet, or sunbathe on the private docks. If you get too hot just jump off and take a refreshing tropical water dip with the fish.

Also worth mentioning, if you don't feel like eating out every day and want to save some money, note that the hostel has a communal kitchen for everyone to use at their leisure. In addition, you can also enjoy the free wireless internet connection, a living room area with books and sofas, and hammocks on the terrace, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

And finally, if you want to learn how to surf (or already surf and need a board), the manager of the hostel also runs a surf school and camp, and has plenty of boards for rent as well as providing daily surf lessons both in the mornings and afternoons.

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Rates
  Per Night 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks
  LS HS LS HS LS HS LS HS LS HS
Bed in Dorm Room $20 $24 $133 $161 $252 $308 $357 $441 $448 $560
Private Room $52 $58 $359 $392 $700 $756 $1029 $1092 $1344 $1400
Private Cabina Currently not available.

* Please note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates DO INCLUDE Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. Low Season (LS): Apr 16 - Oct 31. High Season (HS): Nov 1 - Apr 15 (includes Feria del Mar Sep 14 - 18). Reservations require a valid credit card. No shows and cancellations incur in a 1 night penalty fee (at the normal rate), with the exception of weekly or monthly bookings that will have a 50% penalty of the entire stay.

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Just a 4 minute walk from Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Bocas Surf School & Hostel is literally just 3.5 blocks away from Habla Ya Bocas del Toro. The physical address is Avenida Norte between 6th and 7th Street. If you arrive by boat with Bocas Marine Tours you'll be dropped off right on main street (3rd Street): just take a right (up north) walking up the main street for 6 blocks (you'll pass the park), until you reach the end of that road and you'll have reached Avenida Norte (North Avenue). Take a lef hand walk four and half blocks and you'll find Bocas Surf School & Hostel to your right. If you arrive on 1st street with any other of the boat companies, just walk through the park until you reach 3rd Street and from there continue north and follow the instructions as just described above. If you arrive by plane walk down the street leading away from the airport and make a left turn on the first crossing. You'll be walking north up 6th Street. Walk for 3 blocks and take a left. You'll find Bocas Surf School & Hostel in the middle of the block to your right. From any of the boat stations or the airport you can always catch a taxi to your destination.
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Hostel Heike

Please note: Heike does not accept reservations. The only way to get a room or a bed is to check if they have availability upon arrival.

A Great Place to Socialize
Front of Hostel Heike in Bocas del Toro, Panama

An undeniable favorite amongst the backpacker crowd Hostel Heike will make you feel right at home thanks to its amazing staff and great customer service. Located right on Third Street in front of the park and right next to Tungara Hostel, Hostel Heike is the perfect place to socialize with fellow travelers and have a real feel about how's life in Bocas del Toro. With a total of 8 dorm rooms and 2 private rooms, Bocas del Toro's largest hostel has an established reputation as a place where you can easily find a great group of friends to explore the archipelago, party hard at night or just laze around in true Caribbean style.

Rooms and Facilities
Roof Terrace at Hostel Heike in Bocas del Toro

Of its 8 dorm rooms Hostel Heike has two 10 person rooms (one of them with AC), two 8 person rooms, three 4 person rooms and one 6 person air conditioned room. Both of its private rooms have a double bed and a bunk bed. The rooms that don't have air conditioning are equipped with conveniently placed fans and every bed has a free personal locker besides it.

When you're not out and about taking Spanish lessons, surfing in Bocas del Toro or just enjoying uncrowded stretches of golden sand beach, Hostel Heike offers its guest an amazing roof terrace with sweeping views of town where you can grab a hammock to chill out and relax, read a nice book from the book exchange rack or take advantage of its two public computers to catch up with email or facebook.

Travelers hanging out at Hostel Heike in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Don't forget to enjoy a cold beer while hanging out on the balcony and taking it all in (after practicing your Spanish and doing your homework of course). And the sunlit communal kitchen opening to the street-side action is the perfect place to prepare a meal amongst friends before hitting the streets to party hard at Bocas del Toro's bars.

Staying at Hostel Heike comes with several perks: besides being able to use a couple of public computers, you'll have access to free wifi access, free-unlimited pancake breakfasts served late into the morning, a roof-top sunbathing deck, free towels, a high tech purified water treatment system within the hostel, international calls, cheap surfboard rentals, and great contacts and advice to do certain tours and activities on your own.

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Rates
  Per Night
Bed in Dorm without AC $11
Bed in Dorm with AC $13
Private Room $24 for 1 - 2 persons, $36 for 3 persons and $44 for 4 persons

Note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates INCLUDE Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. Hostal Heike does not accept reservations in advance. The only way to stay here is checking if they have availability upon arrival.

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Just an 11 minute walk to Habla Ya Spanish School, Hostel Heike has a great location in the middle of town, halfway down the main street (3rd Street), in front of the massive trees of the central park. Hostel Heike is the blue and orange colonial building and very easy to spot. If you arrive by boat with Bocas Marine Tours you'll be dropped off right on main street: just take a right and you'll find Heike 100 m on the left hand side of the street in front of the park. If you arrive on 1st street with any other of the boat companies, just walk through the park and you'll see Heike. If you arrive by plane walk down the street leading away from the airport make a right turn on the third block (third street) and Heike will be the third building to your right. From any of the boat stations or the airport you can always catch a taxi to your destination.
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