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Surf Break at Paunch

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Romantic Cabin, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking | 1 bedroom, premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Romantic Cabin, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking | Balcony

Overview of Surf Break at Paunch

Surf Break at Paunch

2.5 star property
Convenient for Wizard Beach

9.2/10 Superb

11 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Connecting rooms available
Paunch Beach Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro
Main amenities
  • Housekeeping once per stay
  • Near the beach
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Water dispenser
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
Feel at home
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Premium bedding
  • Limited housekeeping

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Bocas del Toro (BOC-Bocas del Toro Intl.) - 2.3 miles/3.7 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Ciao Pizza - 16 min walk
  • Octo - 12 min drive
  • Raw Fusion - 13 min drive
  • Buena Vista - 13 min drive
  • Om - 13 min drive

About this property

Surf Break at Paunch

Surf Break at Paunch offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 5 per person one-way. Freebies such as WiFi and self-parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby scuba-diving, snorkelling and surfing/body boarding. A terrace and a garden are other highlights.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 4 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 4 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests will receive an email 2 weeks before arrival with check-in instructions; your host will greet you
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 4 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (13 years old and younger) are not allowed
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • On-site parking only available on request
  • Free uncovered on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking is limited (max. 1 space per unit)


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Private dining
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Beach access
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba-diving nearby


  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • No lift (single-level property)


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Window screens

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Mini fridge
  • Free bottled water


  • Housekeeping (once per stay)
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Restaurant dining guide

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Cash Breakage deposit: USD 100 per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 5 per person (one-way)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 5 per cent

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from February 1 2022 to December 31 2023 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)


  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve on-site parking

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

This property does not have lifts.

On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Surf Break at Paunch Bocas del Toro
Surf Break at Paunch Bed & breakfast
Surf Break at Paunch Bed & breakfast Bocas del Toro

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Surf Break at Paunch?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Surf Break at Paunch?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Surf Break at Paunch?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Surf Break at Paunch?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 5 per person one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Surf Break at Paunch?
You can check in from 2 PM - 4 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at Surf Break at Paunch and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as fishing, powerboating and sailing. Enjoy amenities such as a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Surf Break at Paunch?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Octo (3.8 mi), Raw Fusion (4.1 mi) and Buena Vista (4.1 mi).
What's the area around Surf Break at Paunch like?
Surf Break at Paunch is located near Wizard Beach, only a short 1-minute walk from Up in the Hill Organic Coffee Farm and 16 minutes' walk from Ciao Pizza.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

If you would like a quiet place off the beaten path (as I did), this place is a nice option.
Nicole, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Comfortable and friendly host
David was a friendly host and the accommodations were very comfortable. I enjoyed the location within walking distance to a nice beach and a couple restaurants. The kitchenette and balcony with hammock were a real treat! The balcony was great for wildlife viewing, including a sloth. Please note it is on a hill so may not be easy for all to walk and if you get a taxi, a truck is best.
Stephanie, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Charming room and deck, in a jungle setting, just overlooking a great surf break. Our hosts were very helpful and accommodating with setting up and recommending fun adventures. Be ready for big, healthy breakfasts with fresh juice, fruit bowls, pancakes, eggs and more. Lots of fuel for the day, which I needed due to my obsessive surf habit. Definitely rent a quad while you’re there, as taxis get expensive quick. We definitely had an amazing time. If you’re looking for a resort style hotel- this isn’t the place. But if you’re good with a rustic, cabin villa style bed and breakfast with a warm friendly vibe, it’s a no brainer. Oh and the Wi-Fi worked well too.
9-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great place
Great place to stay. David the owner takes care of everything. Excellent breakfast also!!
Anthony, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing and unique wood cabin with great breakfast
Unique and amazing cabin on the trees in the jungle, also 3 minutes walk from the beach. Great quiet location outside busy Bocas town. David the owner is great and breakfast is delicious.
Alon, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Would most definitely recommend Surf Break at Paunch to anyone staying Bocas del Toro. Especially if you are not big into the the night life scene that is all over Bocas town or are just looking to get away from city life and want to be in nature
Andres, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Rapport qualité / prix très décevant
L'hôtel est dans un endroit magnifique, au milieu de la jungle avec une terrasse grandiose. David nous a accueilli très convablement. Cependant, l'hôtel n'était pas à la hauteur du descriptif (pas de service de nettoyage quotidien, pas de restaurant sur place, terrasse de la chambre partagée avec les voisins, hamac déchiré inutilisable). Nous n'avions pas d'intimité car les fenêtres sans rideaux opaques donnaient sur le parking et il n'y avait aucun insonorisation. Nous pouvions donc entendre tout ce que racontaient nos voisins et réciproquement. Très déçu car le prix est très élevé.
Thomas, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Le meilleur petit dej du Panama
Mignonne guest house en retrait de bocas à proximité de la jungle ce qui nous aura permis de voir des singes et paresseux le matin au réveil . Petit dej merveilleux , hôtes d’une extrême gentillesse , merci à David et sa compagne. Vélo dispos sur place et indispensables si vous ne voulez pas payer le taxi à chaque virée en ville (entre 6 et 10$ pour 2 selon l’humeur des chauffeurs ) ou faire 1h30 de marche Une adresse à ne pas manquer Merci
Jerome, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Super Hostel auf der Hauptinsel Isla Colon. Nur 15min mit dem Taxi vom Hafen entfernt. Möglichkeit mit Fahrrädern kostenlos die Insel zu erkunden, zum schönen Strand "Playa Bluff" sind es nur wenige Minuten. Frühstück war ausgezeichnet, Besitzer David und seine Mum sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Der Paunch Strand an sich ist weniger schön, da er als Straße benutzt wird. Zimmer sind sehr geräumig und schön, kein TV. Allerdings sehr hellhörige Bungalows.
2-night trip
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