This is paradise...
Welcome to Hostal Bastimentos! We are a locally owned and operated hostel on beautiful Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro. Established in 1994, we have the experience needed to bring the highest quality Caribbean experience to our guests. Hostal Bastimentos has 20+ rooms in all price ranges, from our tree house style 6 bed dorms with rates starting at just $10 a night to our luxury hand crafted wood suits fit for a king and queen!
We are located in the heart of Old Bank, a sleepy village with the population of just 1500. There are no cars or motorcycles on the island, just a 2 meter wide path way stretching from the picturesque point to the jungle fringed estuary. We assure you will enjoy the true essence of Caribbean culture backed up by the sounds of untouched jungle. From our front door you will have the option of walking to one of the most beautiful wilderness beaches on Isla Bastimentos, Playa Wizard, with golden sandy beaches and crystal clear water.
There are many adventures to indulge in, Polo Beach, surfing, Nvidia Caves, jungle walkabouts, Isla Zapatilla, Coral Cay, kayaking, camping tours, and many more. When it comes to enjoying paradise no one knows better than us! We take a great amount of pride in our culture, country and our islands. We continually share it with the thousands of travelers that make the voyage here every year. Our staff is more than happy to help you plan day trips or give you information on the surrounding areas and beyond.
• Free High Speed WI-FI
• Fully equipped kitchens
• Multiple hammock lounges
• Scenic views of Bastimentos, Solarte
• Day trip and excursion planning desk
• Safe, secure, and fun atmosphere
• Locally owned and operated 21 years
• Beautiful jungle garden full of tropical fruits, Red Frogs, Sloths, Iguanas
• Internationally recognized; Lonely Planet, The Rough Guide, Tripadvisor
• A truly unique Caribbean experience you will not forget!
You came to the right place, surfers paradise! From late November to late April the surf is on fire, from heart pounding reef breaks to beaches that rival the ones found in Hawaii, we have it all. Surfing here is not for the faint of heart and even the smallest amount of experience can take you a long way. If you are a beginner then there are some options in the area to accommodate you just be sure you are a competent swimmer and don't mind drinking a little bit of the sweet Carib sea cocktail (sea water.) Here at Hostal Bastimentos we have been catering to hundreds of surfers every season for over 25 years now, and well, that's a lot of surfers. We grew up here and fished these waters our whole life, we know not only what the waves will do in a swell, we know every reef, rock, and sandy pit under the water. While we have no official surf camp, instructor, or real program for taking surfers out, we do have some of the most intensive information on the island. That being said, if you are an independent surfer or a group with the lust & pure thirst for clear blue tubes, pulse racing lines down offshore swept faces, or looking for that lonely spot with pumping leg burners, Hostal Bastimentos is the place for you!
From Stormrider Surfguide "Christopher Columbus landed in Bocas del Toro in October 1502, unaware that if he had arrived a few months later, his crew would have had to fight through some decent surf to get to terra firma. Columbus left his name to the main island of this archipelago consisting of nine major islands, 59 smaller islands and a myriad of mangrove cays. Located off Panama's northwest coast, these islands are only 32 km (20mi) south of the Costa Rican border and slightly over 100km (60mi) away from the surf rich Pacific coast. Modern travellers will find much of the medieval natural environment that greeted the explorers, remains intact, however the inexorable march of progress and expansion is becoming more apparent. The city of Bocas del Toro exudes a decidedly Caribbean style and flavour, and is notable as Panama's only city built exclusively using wood. A building boom and accelerating growth are exposing many of the beautiful, virtually deserted beaches to more people than ever before. There are some remarkable surfspots in this zone but the two windows of surf throughout the year are slender."