We stayed 3 nights with a tour group from our local nature center as part of a trip with Ancon Expeditions. The Bocas Inn, from the water, looks a little ragged like most of these stilted buildings, but from the moment we stepped out of the water taxi, we were impressed. Staff was the best part of the place - Urusillia, the manager, had the best service of anyone we met in Panama - from greeting, to solving problems, even helping iron out a passport issue when delivering us to the airport. Orlando has a very sunny personality and other staff were great. Breakfasts were the best we had on the trip.
If you're looking for a QUIET place, this is not for you - one room overlooks the street with constant beeping taxis, the others overlook the water but are immediately next door to the Surf and Sport Hostel and the folks there are up to the wee hours every night - but the in-wall airconditioners or a set of earplugs drown out the sound just fine. However, sitting on the deck was great, the surfers aren't up so quiet mornings, and only 1 block from the main strip and restaurant areas - safe. There appears to a security person on the grounds at all time. Hot showers, great tours, Livingstone (boat driver) was great. Recommend trip to bird island if tropicbirds are nesting; starfish beach and snorkeling just about anywhere. Salt Creek Village tour was very well done, led by Salino and great wildlife sightings and welcome. Did NOT feel touristy at all - its a true small village making advantage of amazing resources that they know well. Rooms clean and nice, and the bar and deck are great places sunrise to sunset!
Bocas town was EXPENSIVE. Quotes for water taxi to a beach ranged $18 - 30, driving taxi to the nearest beach was still $18. Found a place a block away that rents bikes for $2/hour and quick and safe ride under 25 mins to gorgeous Flatrock beach. Riptide Bar OK, Reef Restaurant was nice, Pirate bar nice. For comparison, in panama city, took a taxi 25 mins from Amador to Bella Vista and was only $12 one way, $6 return. Had a fancy dinner at La Posta in downtown Panama City (in denver would be over $100 meal) for the cost of a lunch plate in Bocas area.
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- Also Known As:
- Bocas Hotel Bocas Town
- Bocas Inn Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town