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Join Surf&Chill Bastimentos for a chance to relax from your mundane daily life. This surf camp is for you if you feel the need to retreat into a lodge in the middle of nature and surf the waves of Panama. Besides surfing, you can also indulge yourself in various other activities such as tours and explore the beautiful Bastimentos Island.
Surf&Chill Bastimentos’ jungle lodge is the perfect place to relax and be surrounded by nature! It offers spectacular views of the jungle and the ocean. Here, you'll experience a relaxing atmosphere, great views, the sound of nature, pure and fresh air, and thousands of stars in clear nights. There are two bedrooms (one double room and one twin room), a bathroom, a kitchen and a veranda. You will be provided with quality mattresses, mosquito nets, and fans.
This jungle lodge is the perfect place to relax and to enjoy nature. You'll experience truly amazing views of the jungle and of the ocean right from your room windows! This is also the closest vacation home to beautiful Wizard Beach, allowing you fast access to a stunning scenery and world-class waves. Life here is basic and in connection with nature. This jungle lodge offers a relaxing atmosphere, great views, the sounds of nature, and thousands of stars in clear nights.
Upstairs, you'll find the two bedrooms and the bathroom. Downstairs there is the kitchen and an open veranda with a dining area and hammocks that invite you to relax and to enjoy the beautiful view and the natural environment.
Please make sure to check in before 6 p.m. and smoking in the bedrooms is not allowed. Smoking is allowed only in the outside areas.
Ernesto started to surf when he was 17 years old as one of the very first locals in Bocas del Toro. In 2015 he was featured in the documentary LAS OLAS directed by Joel Sharpe (https://vimeo.com/166796377). He's a patient and encouraging instructor who enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for surfing with people of all ages and levels.
Surf&Chill Bastimentos is located at the edge of the jungle in Old Bank (Bastimentos village) (Old Bank) on Isla Bastimentos, which is part of the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Northwest of Panama. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful tropical landscape; a broad variety of trees and flowers as well as animals such as parrots, oropendolas, red frogs, sloths, iguanas, and night monkeys. The place is located very beautifully at the edge of the rainforest, surrounded by lush greenery and amazing wildlife, as well as offering stunning ocean views. At the same time, it’s only at a few minutes walking distance from the center of the village. If you keep following the jungle trail that leads from the village to Surf&Chill Bastimentos, you will reach gorgeous Wizard Beach after 15 - 20 minutes.
As there are no cars in this part of Isla Bastimentos, you can enjoy the pure sound of nature and breath pure fresh air. This is the perfect place for nature lovers who are comfortable with walking in rugged terrain. The neighborhood is quiet and safe.
Surf&Chill Bastimentos sells cold drinks, fruit smoothies, and vegetarian snacks at the snack bar. It's located next door and is usually open during daylight hours.
Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport
Transfer not provided
There are daily night buses from Panama City to Almirante. You can buy tickets one day in advance at the bus terminal in Albrook, from where the bus leaves. There are also daily public buses from Davíd to Almirante (their final destination is Changuinola which is written on the bus) leaving frequently from early morning through evening. If you are coming from San José, Cahuita, or Puerto Viejo, you can take a public bus to the boarder (Sixaola), then walk across the bridge, that separates Costa Rica and Panama, and on the other side (Guabito) get a taxi or minibus to Almirante.
From Almirante, there are frequent taxi boats to Isla Colón (Bocas). It is recommended that you take a boat at Bocas Marine Tours, as their dock on Bocas is right next to the dock where the boats leave to Bastimentos. The Bastimentos boat dock on Isla Colón is located next to the office of Bocas Marine Tours on the main street (called 3a). Boats run regularly from morning through evening, the price for the 5 to 10 minutes boat ride is 3 USD.
There are daily shuttles from Boquete and Davíd to Isla Colón (Bocas).
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