Panama Hostels & More is a great site that is relevant to travelers that want to see the "Real Panama."  It focuses on unique adventures between Boquete and Bocas del Toro.  If you start your trip near the Costa Rican border or arrive in Chiriqui after landing in Panama City, you might want to consider using this site to link the provinces of Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro.  The site offers every unique hidden gems that can be discovered between Boquete and Bocas; such as, hotsprings, coffee tours, trekking, indigenous villages, organic chocolate farms,waterfalls, jungle hikes, night safaris and much more.

To make the most of your trip through Panama it is essential that the first hostel you choose be an unbiased base to plan a trip.  In Panama City that hostel is Mamallena's  Here you can find objective information about sailing trips to Cartegena and book a trip to one of Panama's highlights: the San Blas islands.  Mamallena's is also the base to explore Panama.  Panama needs at least 3 or 4 days to see everything... see the canal, have dinner on the Causeway, venture out to an indigenous village or hit the town.  If the steep cover charges to the night clubs blow your budget then hit the casino for cheap drinks and save your liver for Bocas where your dollar buys more.  The place to start the party in Bocas is Mondu Taitu and the boys there can set you up with more than one place to stay.  

Bocas can have great diving but visibility fluctuates.  For the big fish dive near the former penitentiary island of Coiba.  Use Santa Catalina as a base which is also one of the best surfing spots in the Caribbean.  Contact Hibiscus Gardens for places to stay and diving connections. La Buena Vida is also a great place to stay and great source of information. 

If you are heading to the highlands of Chiriqui for hiking in Fortuna Forest Reserve or to relax in the charming mountain town of Boquete then David is your transit point.  David has hot weather and often a hotter party scene during festival time and nothing is better that having a pool in your hostel.  Only one hostel in David offers this – Bambu. David is also a transit point to visit Panama's only cloud forest hostel that offers not only hours of hiking trails but tours in the area at a fraction of the price Boquete tour companies charge.  The Lost and Found is Panama's top hostel in the mountains.

Lost & Found Recommendation


– Snorkel the San Blas

– Dive Coiba

– Party in Bocas

– Hike the trails of the Fortuna Forest Reserve

– Take the Wine and Coffee Tour at The Lost and Found

– Relax in the gardens of Boquete

– Indulge in Panama City Vice

– Surf Santa Catalina 




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