Palmar Tent Lodge, Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Our eco-friendly, affordable beachfront accommodations are one of a kind in Bocas del Toro. Palmar is a place where you can really experience the natural side of Bocas as you spend your days lounging on beautiful Red Frog Beach and your nights falling asleep to the peaceful sounds of the jungle and the rhythm of breaking waves.  Activities abound, from hiking the trails of Bastimentos Island, exploring the surrounding beaches and reefs, flying the sky on a canopy tour or just relaxing in a hammock with a cocktail. There is something here for everyone.

Accommodations range from comfortable, private, safari-style tents to shared dorm safari tents, or for those who want an authentic camping experience, we have campsites where you can pitch your own tent or rent one from our supply. 

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Latitude: 9.343618 Longitude: -82.178726 Elevation: 34 ft
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Kristin Panke

Specialities and Highlights

Palmar has a completely unique concept for lodging that is unparalleled in Bocas del Toro. Staying in a safari tent allows you to be immersed in the sounds and sights of the jungle while not sacrificing comfort.  Our location directly on Red Frog Beach allows guests to fully relax and enjoy all the beauty that Bocas has to offer without having to boat/hike/bike all over the islands--it is all right there!

Hours Open

Bar and Reception are open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 (ish) p.m.

Seasons Open


Price Style for this Establishment

Private safari tent with 1 double bed: U.S $44/night

Private safari tent with 2 single beds: U.S. $44/night

Shared safari tent (3 single beds): U.S. $15/bed/night

Rent a camping tent: U.S. $9/person/night

Pitch your own camping tent: U.S. $7/person/night

Actions taken to promote environmental or social sustainability

Palmar Tent Lodge makes efforts to work towards environmental and social sustainability in a number of ways.  We utilize the power of the sun for the majority of the electricity at the lodge. The lamps and fans in the safari tents are powered by car batteries that are recharged daily.  All water comes from rainwater catchment. We use foot pumps for all sinks and the community shower to conserve water and to make guests aware of their water use--you don't need as much as you think when you're pumping it yourself!  We compost organic materials for use in our community gardens that supply guests with fresh herbs and vegetables and teach guests how to cook the plantains and breadfruit that grow in abundance on our property. We strive to involve our indigenous neighbors from the Red Frog community in our project, and we work with one fantastic local family in particular for our staffing.

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Contact Information

Chris Mein - Palmar Tent Lodge
Red Frog Beach
Bocas del Toro, 1 PA
Kristin Panke - Palmar Tent Lodge
Red Frog Beach
Bocas del Toro, 1 PA
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