Before you make a reservation, please take the time to read the information below as well as to review information in our Travel Tips section.  It’s of the utmost importance that you are fully aware of these to ensure (to the best of our ability) that  there are no issues, concerns or unwanted surprises after you complete your reservation and once you arrive. Thank you in advance for your time to read through these.

Please note that the reservation and cancellation policies noted below are for reservations made directly with us, via our website, emails or phone inquiries. When making reservations through another platform such as AirBnB,, etc, the policies will vary based on the requirements and/or policy options available on each booking platform.

Reservation Policy
  • Availability changes daily and is not guaranteed until your reservation is confirmed via email. Reservations are not considered final and confirmed until payment of the deposit is received.
  • We require a 20% deposit for reservations (with the exceptions noted below) through PayPal and the balance is due in cash when you arrive. Payment of the balance via PayPal or Credit Card is possible, subject to an additional 5% fee.
  • Our rooms are designed to sleep up to 2 people only. No additional beds or cots are available.
  • Check in time is 2:00 pm. If you arrive earlier and your room isn’t ready we can hold on to your luggage while you relax on the property or venture into town.
  • The property is not suitable for children, we have a minimum age limit of 13 years old.
  • We are unable to accept pets at the property.
  • A government hotel tax of 10% will be added to the total for your reservation.
  • Up to two (2) bicycles will be provided for free for each room reservation. A $50 deposit is required prior to providing the guests with the bicycle(s).
Cancellation Policy

Surf Break at Paunch is a small operation so cancellations affect us greatly. For this reason, our cancellation policies are strict, as are most here in Bocas del Toro.

  • Cancellations made 60 days before arrival will receive a refund minus a 10% administration fee.
  • If you cancel between 30-59 days before your reservation, we will refund 50% of your deposit.
  • If you cancel 30 days or less before your reservation, your deposit is not refundable.
  • Please note, if you are making changes/amendments to your dates less than 30 days before arrival, you are still responsible for the full payment of your original committed dates, as it becomes harder for us to re-book the room on late notice.
  • No refunds or compensations will be offered for early departures.
  • We are not responsible for the weather, flight delays, acts of nature or mistakes you may have made with your reserved dates/itinerary or flight schedules during your trip. Thank you for understanding.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a booking and refund the payments made at any time.
House Rules
  • Check out is at 11am. If you would like a late check out, please let us know at least a day in advance and we’ll let you know if we can accommodate that.
  • All rooms are strictly smoke-free, a $250 room re-conditioning fee will apply to violations.
  • Candles are strictly prohibited in our rooms. All of our buildings are Carribbean style all wood structures – so it’s important to not have any open flames inside.
  • It is your responsibility to keep the bike locked at all times (a lock will be provided). A deposit of $50 will be requested at the time of check in. If you cannot provide the deposit amount, we will not be able to provide the bicycle for you to use.
  • We are 100% on a water catchment system, thus water conservation is particularly important.  We ask all our guests to be respectful of this and conserve water as much as possible.  Basic, easy water conservation tips are provided in the guest book that will be in your room upon check in.
  • Only beach towels should be brought to the beach.  Bath and hand towels must remain in the rooms.
  • Sheets and towels are changed after every 3rd night of your stay. If you would like or need to have sheets and/or towels changed more frequently, please let us know.
  • Many of our guests enjoy their privacy, and so we do not enter the room for any reason unless it’s requested or if we notify you in advance. Therefore, daily housekeeping is an option we offer upon request. If you know you’d like daily housekeeping, please let us know. Otherwise, we will check with you each morning to see if there is anything you need.
  • Free breakfast for guests is served from 9am – 11am. If guests have activities or tours planned for early morning departures, breakfast can be served as early as 8am with prior notice. We have alternative light breakfast options that do not require the chef or cooking if breakfast is needed prior to 8 am.
  • Our restaurant is open to the public from 9am to 3pm for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday (closed Mondays & Tuesdays). Breakfast is course still served to guests on the days when the restaurant is closed.
  • Guests are free to use the large deck area of the restaurant to lounge and relax until approximately 9pm (at which point we turn the lights off unless there is an event that has been arranged to go later). During this time, if you want to buy food and bring back to eat on the property (or if you’re staying in the Garden Apartment with kitchenette) you are free to use the tables and chairs on the restaurant deck.
  • The restaurant accepts cash only (very few places in Bocas accept credit cards). Please be prepared with cash as we cannot take credit cards, Paypal or any other form of electronic payment.
  • We can accommodate events in our restaurant area.  Costs would be discussed on a case by case basis, depending on number of people, if bar access and/or catering is required,etc. Large groups or events are not permitted on the property unless approved & arranged by management in advance.