Travelers’ Stories

Descubre los atardeceres mágicos de Boquete en nuestro hostel, frente al majestuoso Volcán Barú.

Travelers’ Stories

Dive into the rich tapestry of journeys that have shaped Joe’s Layover Hostel. Here, we chronicle the myriad adventures, discoveries, and connections that have turned our guests’ stays into lasting memories. From the first blush of dawn over Volcán Barú to the camaraderie of starlit nights by the fire, each story is a thread in the vibrant fabric of our shared experiences. Explore the pages of our past, draw inspiration for your next journey, and add your own narrative to our collective legacy.

EXCELLENT
20 reviews on
Kaydence Simpson
Kaydence Simpson
Can’t express my love for this hostel enough. If you are coming to David or the area definitely stay at this hostel! The owners are so kind, genuine, and make this place as special as it is. You wake up every morning to a beautiful waterfall which you can swim in and jump off. They have a restaurant on site, and the hostel owners even make an amazing dinner every night which you change purchase (I highly recommend). Would come back to Panama just to stay at this hostel! Amazing place, amazing staff, amazing hostel!! Only good things to say about this place :)
Yir MR
Yir MR
This is the place to stay. Book it and thank me later. Joe and Roger are amazing hosts and they'll manage to make you feel at home and welcome to a new experience. Booked one night and stayed for almost a week. Miss being around. xx
Patti
Patti
If you practice mindfulness and want to meet likeminded travelers, this may be the place for you! I’m a solo female traveler and I felt very safe. The host, Roger is thoughtful and kind. He pays attention to the small things that matter. He is fluent in several languages, including English. There’s a well on the property so there’s water in spite of drought conditions in the area. The bathroom was clean and I was invited to share dinner yesterday, along with other travelers. Roger drove me into town to purchase things I needed and he purchased 2 huge bags of ice when he noticed that I liked my beverage with Lots of ice! He pays attention to the small details.
Mathilde Blin
Mathilde Blin
Such an Amazing place with full access to a waterfall and beautiful garden ! Room are clean and comfy, and hosts could propose some local activities around the area (surfing, hotsprings, waterfall, hiking...) Hosts are also aware and disponible if you need help for something. Family atmosfere where you could cook and share all together. Definitely a place to stay in Panama. 🙂
Lisa Jie
Lisa Jie
Joe and Roger made this place feel like a home from the moment I arrived. They are so welcoming and showed me the most secluded and amazing spots in the area. Would recommend, many thanks!
Calley Wasser
Calley Wasser
A little late on this review but Joe’s layover hostel is the homiest hostel you will probably ever visit. The guys make you feel welcome immediately and showed me a local’s David/Panama! If you’re in David you need to stay here!
Tifanny Geglio
Tifanny Geglio
I had a great experience, everyone is very kind and friendly and the place is very peaceful and cozy
Leon Trustram
Leon Trustram
Joe and Roger are two absolute legends who have found eachother in life and run this hostel to share their passion with everyone who steps through their gates and make them feel at home. They go all out on giving you a great and personal experience and organise all kinds of activities around the area for very cheap. Writing this review while still on the road on a 9 week solo trip and I'm not missing my home but I sure as hell miss these guys and this place! Initially booked 2 nights but stayed for a week or so.