Boarders Haven, Santa Catalina, Panama

The Boarder's Haven is a surfer’s pad-cum-hostel. It is small, cosy and cute, so small that if you get a group of 7 friends together you could book the whole place out and for the price of a dorm bed each, be renting a house. (Just call ahead to make sure it is available.)

Staying at Boarder's Haven feels like going to your friend’s beach house. The owners have gone to considerable effort to make it feel homely and have added colourful arty touches such as surfboard shaped m irrors and doorways, large mosaics, paintings and plenty of surferesque charm.

From the hostel, everywhere in Santa Catalina is within walking distance. Just two minutes walk down the road and you have passed a few local restaurants, the dive shops and arrived at Town Beach. Town Beach is where any fishing, diving, snorkeling and island tours will leave from. To get to the surf it is a 8 minute walk to The Point and 15 to Estero Beach.
The Boarder's Haven has beds for 7 people, 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds and 1 bedroom with a double and single bed, all are $10 per person or $70 for the whole house. Special rates are available for long stays. Each room has a fan, a lockable door and is named after a local surf break. The rooms are rented out like dorms but if you are a couple or a group of 3 you will probably find yourself in your own room. The haven has 2 bathrooms with a toilet and hot water shower in each, so no waiting in line here. They provide a simple kitchen with a fridge and gas stove top. The communal lounge room has a TV, DVD player and plenty of DVD's. There is a washing machine and dryer available for guests who stay a few nights or you could just go surfing and have your laundry done for $7 per load. An added bonus is the 2 lemon grass plants in the front yard. If you like lemon grass tea, it’s free.
How to get there...
Santa Catalina has one road into town. As you arrive on the bus from Soná the Boarder's Haven is on the left hand side. Look for the sign under the roadside trees. It is just after La Buena Vida Hotel(also left hand side).Head to La Buena Vida first to find someone to help you check in.
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Report & Photos by: James Galletly & Alicia Fox
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Santa Catalina
(00507) 65720664
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