I’m always on the look out for new, family friendly destinations. So when I started hearing several, unrelated families talk about heading to Bocas del Toro Panama for a beach getaway this Spring, I started researching this under-the-radar destination.
Made up of one large island, and nine smaller islands, Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama located in the far northwest of the country.
An old railroad bridge spans the river that makes up the border between Costa Rica and Panama, which is the border crossing used by most tourists going between the two countries.
While certain areas of Bocas del Toro are dominated by cheap backpacker hostels and offer a lively party scene, they are not always the best places for families to stay.
Enjoy the best Bocas has to offer by selecting a family-friendly hotel. Here are my picks for the best family hotels in Bocas del Toro Panama.
You Can’t Beat Red Frog Beach Lodge for a Luxury Hotel Experience in Bocas del Toro
Located on the island of Bastimentos, from the moment you are picked up by the Red Frog Beach Lodge for your transfer to the island, you’ll feel like a VIP guest.
Families love the roomy villas here, complete with full kitchens, which they will even stock with groceries on request! Daily breakfast is included in the price, and you can cook the rest of your meals in the villa so your family can relax after a long day in the sun. Kids also love the fact that each villa has a private pool!
Kids Love Sleeping in a Real-life Tree House at Al Natural Resort
While parents will love the fresh seafood and locally sourced gourmet meals served family style and an impressive wine list, kids will adore the tree house-style rooms at the Al Natural Resort in Bocas del Toro Panama.
All the bungalows are stilt houses and are situated right on the beach. They provide occupants with uninterrupted views of the water and surrounding flora and fauna.
The front part of the bungalow is open to the sea and the back is enclosed with 3/4 high walls. If you want to close the bungalows, it is very easy as they are equipped with canvas curtains.
This all-inclusive resort includes transportation from Bocas Town, food, drinks, kayaks and other water toys for use during your stay.
La Loma Jungle Lodge Affords Amazing Views of Bastimentos
This family-friendly hotel in Bocas del Toro offers all-inclusive pricing, for an easy vacation experience. La Loma Jungle Lodge boasts “eco cabins” perched on the highest point on Isla Bastimentos for stunning views of the bay and surrounded by cacao forest. The property is powered by solar energy and produce is sourced from their on-site organic garden.
La Loma’s 23 hectares stretch up from the mangrove shores of Bahia Honda, through tropical forest, groves of cacao (chocolate), banana, and coconut to one of the highest points on Bastimentos Island. Accessible only by boat, La Loma offers peaceful isolation from the bustle of Bocas town.
Book Palma Royale in Bocas Town for Town Location with Plenty of Room
While most of the best family hotels in Bocas del Toro Panama are located on the island of Bastimentos, Palma Royale is the best option if you are keen to stay right in Bocas Town. Despite directly facing the most popular bar in Bocas, La Iguana, the rooms are quiet and peaceful. The rooms here feature fully equipped kitchens and feel more like small apartments. There is a gourmet grocer located right next door.
You’ll love the wraparound decks that offer stunning bay views and a perfect place to catch the morning sunrise.
Sleep in Bungalows Over the Sea at Koko Resort
Located on Isla Colon on the outskirts of Bocas Town, Koko Resort consists of 6 waterfront cabins, all built on stilts over the waters of Saigon Bay.
Breakfast is included and served family-style next door at the sister property, Bahia del Mar. This is a great location if you’d like to be near conveniences of the city of Bocas Town, yet stay away from the island’s crowds.