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Waterfront Dolphin Pod - Bocas' best snorkeling!

SuperhostCristóbal Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Private room in hut hosted by Ulrich And Elisabeth
4 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 shared bath
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This cozy waterfront cabin can fit up to four people but is ideal for a couple or tight-knit family. On the lower level, a ‘floating’ queen-sized bed overlooks the water and can double as a couch. Upstairs, you'll sleep comfortably on a king-sized bed with spectacular views of our dolphin-filled bay. The room is totally screened in for comfort, but doors open onto a private patio with its own toilet, sink, and shower. When night falls, bioluminescent plankton illuminate the water - magical!

The space
Welcome to our jungle paradise! CocoVivo sits on the Southern tip of Isla San Cristobal in the Bocas Del Toro Archipelago, a pristine paradise untouched by roads. Nestled between the magic of the jungle and the spectacular beauty of a coral reef, CocoVivo is an eco-conscious paradise where guests can connect with the beauty and biodiversity of the Bocas while still indulging in maximum relaxation. In each of our waterfront cabins, nature is right at your doorstep. Prepare to fall asleep to the sound of bioluminescent waters lapping beneath you and wake up to magical sunrises and sloths hanging out in the mangroves just feet from your window.

Our private cabins are all within five minutes walk of our communal Reef Center which is the gathering place for guests and staff alike. At the Reef Cabin, you’ll find free snorkel equipment, kayaks and standup paddle boards, hammocks, a diving board, lounge space, and our communal dining table where guests can enjoy mouth-watering meals prepared by our private chefs. Our menu features innovative fusion dishes with ingredients grown right here on the property. At the Reef Center, you can also fill up on drinking water, help yourself to fresh fruit, and purchase cold sodas and beers. A perfect place for co-working, the Reef Cabin also has the strongest wifi signal on the property.

Magical encounters with flora and fauna are a daily occurance here at CocoVivo, including…
ANIMALS: Sloths, howler monkeys, kinkajous, frogs, dogs, and dolphins.
PLANTS: CocoVivo got started as a reforestation project 18 years ago, and today the forest is flourishing. Keep an eye out for coconuts, avocados, many varieties of bananas, pineapples, mangos, biriba, soursop, water apple, guava, limes, and many, many more.

Bookings for larger groups (up to 16 people) and yoga retreats are possible via:
http://www.airbnb.com/h/eco-retreat

Guest access
The cabins are designed for privacy, tranquility.

Shared areas include:

-The Reef Center, our communal dining, snorkeling, and co-working area.

-Complimentary standup paddles boards and kayaks are available at the end of the main dock. Keep in mind, we are one of the few resorts that offers these resources free-of-charge, so please leave the equipment in the same shape in which you found it (including inflating the boards) so they are ready-to-go for the next set of guests.

-Two composting toilets and one flush toilet are shared by everyone on the property.

-All the hiking trails on our 55 acre property are open for your exploration. For longer hikes and to learn about the biodiversity of the jungle, we encourage you to sign up for our $12/person jungle tour to make the most of your adventure.

Other things to note
!!! IMPORTANT: THIS IS A RUSTIC PLACE, NOT A LUXURY RESORT !!!

It's for the adventurous, who want comfort in a remote setting, and want to experience realities of rural life in the tropics. In addition to the abundant pleasures of the lush forests and reefs, you should expect to…..

WEAR BUG PROTECTION when being outdoors during dusk and dawn: We are bug conscious in the design of our accommodations. You will see dozens of geckos feeding on the insects on the outside of the screens that keep you bug free in the house.

THERE ARE NO RESTAURANTS nearby CocoVivo and only one of the cabins (the Mangrove Treehouse) has a kitchen, so most guests choose to participate in our mealplan. Our rotating teams of private chefs offer delicious communal meals for an additional fixed fee. When you message us, please tell us what your plan for food is, or ask us to provide more information about the mealplan.

TO GET TO COCOVIVO, please ask us about our rideshare service, which is included in the $60 AirBnb cleaning and transporation fee that you are charged at booking. We offer daily trips to either Bocas Town or Almirante. If you’d like to participate, please mention it in your booking message, and we will try our best to coordinate your pickup and dropoff with the needs of other guests, and ask for your flexibility.

FEEL, SEE, HEAR, AND SMELL NATURE: Maybe the howler monkeys will wake you up. Maybe you will see spiders of unreasonable size. Maybe there will be a tropical storm, blowing warm lush rain in all directions. Our cabins are designed for maximum nature experience, and to bring in the breeze - and sometime with it some moisture. Maybe it’s a perfect, calm night, and while you are looking at a perfect reflection of the milky way in the water, you notice the natural smell of a healthy mangrove forest. All these things can be part of the experience.
This cozy waterfront cabin can fit up to four people but is ideal for a couple or tight-knit family. On the lower level, a ‘floating’ queen-sized bed overlooks the water and can double as a couch. Upstairs, you'll sleep comfortably on a king-sized bed with spectacular views of our dolphin-filled bay. The room is totally screened in for comfort, but doors open onto a private patio with its own toilet, sink, and shower… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 queen bed

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Dedicated workspace
Private entrance
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Cristóbal Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama

This neighborhood is WILD!

You really become PART of the eco-system when you stay at CocoVivo.

We take sharing this paradise very seriously and we want to keep it comfortable for our animal neighbors too. The fish, the dolphins, the sloths, the howler monkeys, the herons, the parrots, the kinkajous and the iguanas were all here before us, and luckily still are. Please be conscious of trash you bring; remember that cold beer and soda are available for a reasonable price, in bottles that will be reused. No need to bring beer/cans/plastic bottles.

Most sunscreens can harm the coral reef; if you plan on using sunscreen when snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking, please bring reef-safe sunscreen or ask us for it.
This neighborhood is WILD!

You really become PART of the eco-system when you stay at CocoVivo.

We take sharing this paradise very seriously and we want to keep it comfortable for our anim…

Hosted by Ulrich And Elisabeth

Joined in June 2011
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We love exploring the world and its people, ideas, and minds. In 2002, while driving from California to Patagonia, Ulrich fell in love with Bocas del Toro and bought a semi-abandoned cattle farm on the shore of a remote tropical island. Together with locals, we planted thousands of trees, all native species, to help offset the CO2 emissions my travels have produced, to restore the degraded environment, and to give future generations access to the beautiful hardwood lumber that used to be plentiful in Bocas. Now that we have restored the land to a healthy, balanced ecosystem, together with some amazing friends, we set up a unique eco retreat, an experiment in combining the inspiring experience of raw nature and life in the tropics with amenities that make the place accessible for adventurous spirits who want to experience a different lifestyle, for days, weeks, or month. Come visit!
We love exploring the world and its people, ideas, and minds. In 2002, while driving from California to Patagonia, Ulrich fell in love with Bocas del Toro and bought a semi-abandon…
During your stay
We are on site to keep jungle life comfortable.

Two hosts will be living on site, to answer all your questions about off the grid living and to cook your meals. We employ the locals to help us with maintenance, building and cleaning.
Ulrich And Elisabeth is a Superhost
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