The SpaceOur property is located on a very remote island so getting here can be a bit of a challenge, but it will be well worth it! Think Manuel Antonio but without the entrance fee:) or maybe Gilligan's island? We are in the heart of the jungle and right on the beach so plan on traveling to the nearest town (Bataan) and then it is an hour bus ride on a dirt road and an hour boat ride--almost like the movie the African Queen!
This unique cabin is made from coconut trees and therefore is called the house of coconut. The structure is secure but open-aired--no glass on the windows. We often have hummingbirds, butterflies and birds fly right through our house when the shutters are open! This very remote location is a naturalist's paradise! Be prepared to wake up to the monkeys howling, and seeing, sloths, iguanas, toucans and a multitudes of other wildlife and fauna.
You can stay in a tent or in our volunteer bunk house. the bunk house has 3 rooms and 5 beds. It is bare bones but safe and wouldn't you rather spend your time outside? The kitchen is outside and open aired with a wood stove. One bathroom is attached to the bunk house and another compostable toilet is on the property. Bring a hammock to put on the property to enjoy the views. We also have more rooms available in the homes of the locals.
This is our video and shows the property and the construction of our house about 5 years ago (URL HIDDEN) Guest AccessThis unique island location has no hotels, restaurants, stores, or cars however, the Casa de Coco has one of the best cooks on the island and we provide 3 authentic Costa Rican meals a day ,that you help prepare! The basic Costa Rican diet is rice, beans, and vegetables (organic, vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO, Fairtrade, gluten and MSG free). We can accommodate most diets.
We also have a traditional afternoon coffee/snack break. Additionally, we offer a small pulperia (for "all the emergency needs for the volunteers" -- like chocolate :)
You have complete access of the house (3 rooms), the outdoor kitchen, and bathrooms, and full access of the beach and island! Interaction with GuestsYou will stay on our property with us, so there is onsite management 24/7. You will help us to prepare all your meals of local Caribbean cuisine (rice, beans, veggies, soups, pastas and of course coffee) and did I mention that Gaby is the best cook on the island? We look forward to meeting and talking with you. The cabin is very communal and we often invite other volunteers for food and into our little store that teaches about the turtles.
We also respect your privacy. You are able to customize your trip to as much or as little volunteer work/ free time as you like. The turtle patrols are optional, they happen at night (4 hours) and you can volunteer for as many as you like ($10 each). More details are available on site. We are grateful for you choosing us and helping to save the turtles!
You will experience a very unique home-stay program with a Costa Rican and American couple where -- both Spanish and English are spoken fluently (December-June) or perhaps your homestay experience will be with a different Costa Rican family (depends on availability). The NeighborhoodThere are about 30 locals who live on the island, and there are no other hotels, restaurants, stores or cars on the island, however we do have a little store that offers all the emergency needs-- like chocolate :) and did I say we have the best cook on the island!
This charming community is poor economically but rich culturally. Your stay helps to provide economic sustainability for the locals. We are a home-stay project so we have several different homes you can stay in, and all the proceeds go back to the locals. This helps to save the turtles by providing alternative incomes to the locals so they do not need to poach the turtles for their livelihoods.
The community is very impoverished and if you are able--bringing a few donations-- will greatly enhance the lives of the people living here such as first aid supplies (single use cold packs, alcohol swabs, antibiotic creams, bandages etc.), gumbo boots, school supplies for the local school including books, and chocolates are always greatly appreciated :)
Our guests are the most important factor in our sea turtle conservation efforts and we are very grateful for your support for both our project and our neighborhood! Getting AroundThe island is about 7 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide. Bataan is the closest city, and Bataan is about 2 hours north of Limon. There is a walking path and some bicycle access. With no cars or streetlights you are guaranteed optimal wildlife and star-gazing experiences. We have both a shaded path and beach access on the entire length of the island.
We will help you get to the island from wherever you are. The local busses in Costa Rica are excellent, very affordable and recommended but as always watch your personal belongingness at all times. Other Things to NoteWe are a voluntourism project and your stay will be most rewarding when participating! We'd like your help with preparing meals, bringing firewood, and general cleaning and maintenance of the beach, bunk house, property and community.
If you want to volunteer with the turtles-- then you will be provided with all training. You can do as many or as little turtle patrols as you like. The charge is $10/ patrol and all the money goes to a local conservation camp. We provide optional "Casa de Coco Rustico" tours ($10 each with additional charges for bait, boat rental, transportation costs and tips). These include fishing tours and rain forest / banana plantation hikes.
We are very remote so transportation to the island can be tricky. Budget for $60/person for transportation from Bataan to the island. This includes the taxi and the scenic boat ride down the Pacuare river to the mouth of the Caribbean sea. There are more details about transportation in the location/directions part of the site.
We recommend not bringing electronics but if you do-- we recommend bringing an external battery pack. We do not have any electricity but we have a small solar panel for emergency phone current and for a small fee you can pay a local to charge your other electronics. Minimal wireless internet is available on the beach but be sure to check with your phone provider or have your phone unlocked before coming and buy a prepaid Kolbi (only) card in Bataan. This is not a hotspot but we do have a modem to rent for a small charge
Bringing some items will greatly enhance you stay such as;
1. Head lamp,
2. rubber boots,
3. Sheets, towels, and pillows
4. mosquito netting,
5. First aid kit
bug spray (organic is preferred).
a small lock to lock valuables in a part of your luggage
Hats and sun resistant clothing are preferred instead of sunscreen (these chemicals kill the plankton and harm the wildlife).
If you are able to bring any of the above items and leave them as a donation for the project, then we will be able to offer a discount--please inquire when booking.
We have 4 sites if one is booked please check the others
The wildlife viewing here is amazing and it happens year round, however if you want to see sea turtles-- the best time is March-June and plan on staying at least 1-2 weeks. Viewing critically endangered species is a rare and wonderful opportunity-- but is also highly unpredictable! We cannot guarantee that you will see these majestic creatures but we can help you to increase your odds