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Coconut Hostel

Coconut Hostel

Destination: Puerto Viejo

True to its name, coconuts line the garden out front; some of them bursting at the seams as new palm fronds grow out of the old husks. A hollowed green pipa and a conch shell sit atop the miniature wood-core tables beside the sprouting palms and pink ginger flowers. Beside them, guests recline in deck chairs beneath shaded umbrellas on the patio outside Coconut Hostel.

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Nestled in the center of town, Coconut Hostel is across the street from Simon Bolivar Park in the main square of Bocas del Toro close to the town's restaurants, nightlife and marina.

Rooms

Walk the smooth pebble pathway and up the steps through the Coconut Hostel's reception and common area and into your room. Coconut Hostel has 12 shared dorms, $15 per night in dry season (Dec.-March). Each room has three or four single beds, a fan and screen windows. The hostel also has a camping area located on the hostel's top floor where guests can stay for $10 per night in dry season (Dec.-March).

Services & amenities

Coconut hostel has a fully equipped community kitchen; a living area with a couch, TV and a number of small seats; a computer, Wi-Fi and stereo usually bumping reggae music and bike rentals for $5 to $10 a day.  The hostel is also the local hub for daily boat/shuttle services departing to Panama City, San Jose or Puerto Viejo.

Shuttle departure times:

8 a.m. Puerto Viejo $25
8 a.m. San Jose $70
2:30 p.m. San Jose $70
5 p.m. Panama City $40

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