Home Stays with Local Host Families
If you would like to get your family truly immersed in the Latin American culture, experience our way of life and expose your kids as much as possible to the Spanish language, then a family home stay is the way to go.
You'll get a unique perspective about the way of life in Central America and everyone will easily be able to practice their Spanish after class.
We currently collaborate with more than 70 host families in Boquete, 15 in Panama City, and with about 20 in Bocas del Toro, that make our Total Spanish Immersion Program a reality. A good deal of those families also have young children and teenagers, and homes suitable to accommodate a couple with several children (either in the same or in separate bedrooms). In order to ensure that we select the most appropriate host family for your family, please submit your Home Stay Interview with as much as anticipation as possible. In this way, we will know your specific needs and have more host families to choose from.
If your family is on a budget then we've selected the best hostels in each location.
At Habla Ya we work with several highly rated budget hostels that offer private rooms and beds in a dorm, where you'll be able to enjoy your stay without breaking the bank.
In Boquete, Panama we recommend:
In Bocas del Toro, Panama we recommend:
In Panama City, Panama we recommend:
All of them are located in town really close to our Spanish Schools, within a 15 minute walk. If you're looking for a bit more peace and quiet, then you can't go wrong with Pension Topas, Hostal Refugio del Rio or Hostal Gaia in Boquete. In Bocas del Toro on the other hand, Hostel Heike and Tungara are just across the central park, about a 8 minute walk from the school, where everything is happening. In Panama City, Panama House B&B is literally just across the road and Baru Lodge is on the street behind us.
Mid-Range B&Bs, Cabins & Vacation Rentals
There are several places that we recommend for families looking for a cabin, a midrange b&b, a suite or an apartment to rent during their Family Spanish Program in Panama.
- In Boquete, Panama
- In Bocas del Toro, Panama
- In Panama City, Panama
The above are tremendously convenient and appropriate for families with children, and are very reasonably priced for short to mid term stays (4 - 12 weeks). Each of the above have their own unique features that make them suitable for families with different desires and needs. Click on the above links for more details about each option.
There are also other types of properties available for rent in Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro, Panama. If you're considering studying Spanish for four weeks or more, you might benefit from having your own vacation rental. Within our website we provide links to several sites that list vacation rentals in Panama, and we also provide links to different real estate agents in Boquete and in Bocas del Toro (as we are not real estate agents ourselves). For more information about vacation rentals please click here...
Upscale Boutique Hotels
Our preferred luxury hotels in Panama City are The Bristol and Hotel El Panama.
In Bocas del Toro our favorite upscale hotels are Tropical Suites and Palma Royale. Tropical Suites is built directly over turquoise Caribbean waters, with 16 guest suites, a three bedroom Presidential Penthouse, and a Luxury Studio Apartment. Simply put Tropical Suites is Bocas del Toro's premier upscale boutique hotel. Palma Royale, Bocas del Toro's latest upscale boutique hotel, is located at the end of main street, only 20 meters from the Caribbean Sea and has 15 suites with marble and bamboo flooring, handcrafted cedar doors and beds with pillowtop mattresses.
There are also other types of properties available for rent in Bocas del Toro, Panama. If you're considering studying Spanish with us for 4 weeks or more, you might benefit from having your very own vacation rental. Please contact us for more information about rentals in Bocas.
In Boquete, the Valle Escondido Resort, Golf & Spa is the perfect place if you would like to have access to certain amenities during your medical Spanish program. With a full service spa, a 9 hole executive golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and racquetball courts, and first class restaurants, Valle Escondido will certainly keep you entertained after your daily Spanish classes, eco-adventure tours and/or volunteer projects. Valle Escondido is situated at the edge of town, about a 15 minute walk from our Spanish School, in a hidden valley, on the banks of a rushing river, with enough natural beauty and peace to make you not want to leave.
For Spanish students staying in Boquete for up to 3 weeks of Spanish we recommend staying at a suite or bungalow at the Valle Escondido Resort.
For longer stays or even more independence, a rental of Valle Escondido's vacation villas or condos can also be arranged.
Whether you're staying at the Valle Escondido Resort or at one of vacation villas or condos, you'll be able to enjoy:
- 9 Hole Golf Course
- Outdoor Tennis Court and Indoor Racquetball Court
- Country Club, complete with
- Spa and Age Management Program
- State-of-the-art Life Fitness Equipped Gym
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Sauna, Steam Baths and Jacuzzis
- 1 Outdoor Pools
- A Spanish Colonial Village with
- 1 Fantastic Restaurants
- 500 seat amphitheater
- Meeting Space for Groups of 75 - 400 people
Besides staying at Valle Escondido you can also consider The Haven Spa & Hotel or Valle del Rio.