Bocas Del Toro
by: Marcy Fitzpatrick
Me + @el_squid
View from the hills of Bastimentos Island.
Firefly outdoor deck.
Bungalow in the trees complete with canopy bed and hammock chair.
Private balconies and outdoor shower dreams.
Breakfast view and surf check from the Firefly communal deck.
House breakfast of local eggs and Panamanian coffee served daily.
Treat yourself to a sunset cocktail at the hotel bar.
Outdoor jungle pool and loungers, yes please!
Highs + Lows
Homemade citronella & coconut oil in rooms makes for a nice bug repellent and skin soother.
The outdoor shower is making me seriously rethink my current indoor shower situation at home.
A taste of luxury in the middle of the jungle. Hot showers, memory foam mattresses and double sinks.
Restaurant has limited hours so you might find yourself having to adventure elsewhere for meals.
Cash is king. Very few places accept credit cards, including the hotel, and you’ll only find one ATM on the main island.
Seclusion means limited amenities. Don’t expect AC in your rooms. You’re in Central America and you’re in a bungalow. Enjoy the simple living!
- Mini Bar
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Ocean front bed & breakfast.
Upscale seclusion. The boho beach style bungalows’ white wooden walls and the sounds of the frogs in the trees make the property feel like your own chic treehouse. Day loungers on the main deck and hammocks on your private balcony are an added relaxing bonus.
Bastimentos Island. The locals call it “Basti.” It’s a 35-minute ferry ride to Bocas Del Toro’s Isla Colon from mainland Panama followed by a short 10-minute water taxi to the island of Bastimentos. From the dock, it’s a quick five minute walk down the beach’s rock path. Seclusion at its finest.
5 rooms total (2 of them are stand-alone bungalows with private decks).
Bamboo iPhone speaker system in each room for tunes.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Owners and Los Angeles transplants Ryan Kelly & Lauren Ziemski.
Outdoor infinity pool with lounge chairs fits perfectly in the jungle setting. Yoga classes are offered multiple times per week on the property’s private deck.
Breakfast is included and it is definitely one of the highlights of the stay. Banana pancakes, papaya and pineapple smoothies, fresh Panama coffee. Yes, please. The restaurant is open nightly for dinner with dishes including spicy tuna tartar, green curry shrimp and popcorn fish with a sriracha, coconut sauce.
The restaurant bar serves up killer local concoctions made with fresh watermelon juice, ginger and pineapple. The rum punch is a favorite.
Yes. And for being so remote, it works surprisingly well.
Leave them with grandma.
Reasonable. $90/night for the smaller rooms. $170/night for the nicest private bungalow. Splurge, it’s worth it.
In the Area
Hike to Red Frog Beach
Red Frog Beach, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
The most popular beach on Bastimentos. A three-hour hike through the jungle and along the beach includes a stop at Wizard Beach.
Visit a Coffee + Cacao Farm
Bastimento, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Up in the Hill is a locally owned coffee and cacao farm offering daily tours and small bites. I’ve honestly never seen cacao grow!
Sunset Drinks at Buena Vista
Calle 1ra, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Located in downtown Bocas, this nine-year-old staple offers killer happy hour margaritas with a view from their dock overlooking the bay.
The Firefly, Bastimento, Panama