Hostal El Jaguar is one of the best established guesthouses in Bastimentos, and has been owned by an Panamanian native for 16 years as a family run business. Our cool comfortable double room has 1 double bed, a private bathroom, fan and plenty of space. We're conveniently located right next to the water taxi dock and just minutes on foot to all the restaurants in Bastimento.
Our guesthouse is built right out over the Caribbean ocean on the calm side of Bastimentos island, which means that you can swim right off our dock. The common area is an open air deck which includes our hammock garden right over the water, plenty of tables and seating, two communal kitchens for guest use and a reception area which is also a fully stocked bar.
Guests have access to the open air communal area on our large dock over the water, as well as our upstairs deck with a lovely view. We have two full kitchens with all utensils, bowls, plates and glasses. We also have 2 ovens and stoves with 4 burners each, 2 refrigerators, & coffee maker. Guests will have full use of kitchen, paid bar with beer, wine and cocktails, direct sea access, options to go on tours, hire kayaks and snorkels.
Our property is only 12 rooms, meaning that guests always have space in our large common area to use the facilities, and interact with our wonderful host Arnulfo who is an island native of 16 years and has all of the insider information about Bastimentos! Arnulfo is a teacher on the island, so our property is also assisted by our friendly volunteer travelers, who are here to help, answer questions, and socialize from the reception desk from 8am to 10pm. They also man the bar and make our delicious tropical cocktails!
PLEASE NOTE THAT BASTIMENTOS DOES NOT HAVE A CASH MACHINE (ATM). All local businesses accept cash only, including our hostel, so please plan accordingly by taking out enough cash for your stay in Bocas town (the nearest ATM).
Wi-Fi is free and we have strong, reliable service for the island, but it works in the common area only. All showers on the property are cold water only (it is very hot year round here so most people don't find this to be a problem).
We offer guided cave tours & fishing adventures. Our boat captain offers daily excursions to all popular destinations including Wizard & Red Frog Beach. We also have kayak and snorkel rentals.
As we have a licensed bar on site for guests to purchase drinks, guests are not permitted to bring outside alcohol. We keep our space clean, and ask that you do not leave any food or belonging out in the common area, especially overnight. We also take pride in the cleanliness of our communal kitchen; guests are expected to clean up promptly for the next person to use. Unfortunately we do not accommodate children under the age of 2 years.
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