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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.
  • Saigon Bay Bed & Breakfast: 3 room over the sea hotel in Saigon Bay with comfortable social area and full kitchen.
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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

  Dorm Private Low Private Up Suite
  LS HS LS HS LS HS LS HS
Price Per Night $15 $18 $25 $35 $35 $45 $45 $65

* Cancellation policies and conditions further below.

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 and AC (which is rare in Bocas del Toro for low 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. 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.

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, and you’ll be able to enjoy a comfortable king size bed.

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

As you'll be studying with us for several weeks, you also have the option to cook your own meals in the communal kitchen. The communal kitchen is ideal if you want to cook your own meals without having to eat out all the time. The shared kitchen has a stove, a refrigerator and dining area.

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.


SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT 421 GUEST HOUSE... Rates
  Dorm Private Low Private Up Suite
  LS HS LS HS LS HS LS HS
Price Per Night $15 $18 $25 $35 $35 $45 $45 $65

* 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. LS (low season): May 1st - Nov 30th. HS (high season): December 1st - April 30th. During national holidays, a surcharge may apply.

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT 421 GUEST HOUSE.. Location

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT 421 GUEST HOUSE..
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 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 left 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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Saigon Bay Bed & Breakfast

  Room #1 Room #2 Room #3 Room #3
(Triple Occupancy)
  LS HS LS HS LS HS LS HS
Price Per Night $45 $60 $45 $60 $40 $54 $55 $65

* Cancellation policies and conditions further below.

Deck and Saigon Bay Bed and Breakfast
The Real Caribbean Experience

Saigon Bay Bed & Breakfast is a 3 room over the Caribbean Sea hotel located in the local neighbourhood contiguous to our Spanish School's, home to authentic Caribbean living and the very best sunsets of Bocas Town. Here you'll be able to experience Bocas as locals do.

The bed and breakfast has a comfortable social area as well as a large deck to relax and take it all in. Immersed in Saigon Bay the over the water home is painted and decorated in colourful Caribbean flair.

Different Room Options
Room at Saigon Bay and Breakfast

Two rooms have en-suite bathrooms while the other one has the bathroom just outside the door. Each room has fans and screened windows. Being on the bay with lots of windows allowing the breeze to flow through makes for an enjoyable and truly authentic visit.

Room #1 is the most spacious room with a queen sized bed, futon and an en-suite hot water shower and private bathroom. Room #2 is the surfer room with queen sized bed, and bathroom separated by wooden French doors and en-suite large hot water rain shower. Room #3 has a double sized bed, and a single bed above, with an en-suite large hot water rain shower and the bathroom is just outside the room, exclusive to this room.

Hosts and Activities
Living room area at Saigon Bay Bed and Breakfast

Angie was born in the Panama Canal zone and grew up in Panama. Nicolas was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Both have been living in Bocas del Toro for nearly 15 years. They love the outdoors, training and are pretty mellow. Angie works from home and Chapo is a surf instructor and tour guide. Their three dogs live with them in their upstairs apartment as well as their cat but sometimes also chill on the deck.

Your superhosts 'Chapo' and Angie are on site offering full service concierge for whatever you desire. The greatest spots to see, visit, activities, island trips, surfing, diving, four wheeling, zip lining, horseback riding, shuttle trips, advice on how you can get there, or we can put you with the right people to take you.

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT SAIGON BED AND BREAKFAST... Rates
  Room #1 Room #2 Room #3 Room #3
(Triple Occupancy)
  LS HS LS HS LS HS LS HS
Price Per Night $45 $60 $45 $60 $40 $54 $55 $65

* Please note: prices are in US Dollars for up to double occupancy unless specified. Low season: March 1st - June 30th and September 1st - December 19th. High Season: July 1st - August 31st and December 20th - February 28th. Weekly Rates: 10% OFF per night. Monthly Rates (30 nights): 20% OFF per night. Rates DO INCLUDE Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. Reservations require a valid credit card payment and a 50% deposit. 50% refund is granted up until 1 week prior to arrival.

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT SAIGON BED AND BREAKFAST... Location

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT SAIGON BED AND BREAKFAST..
Just a 7 minute walk from Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Saigon Bay Bed and Breakfast is just 6 blocks away from Habla Ya Bocas del Toro. The physical address is at the end of G 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 left hand walk one and half blocks until it merges with G Avenue between 4th and 5th Street. Continue walking 11 blocks until you reach the end of G Avenue and you will have reached your destination. 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 until you reach G Avenue and continue as above. From any of the boat stations or the airport you can always catch a taxi to your destination.
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