The SpaceThe island San Cristobal has no roads, trails, or electricity, but we have solar panels, rainwater collection, and wifi to ease our guests into off the grid living. A boat ride to and from the property is included in the fee.
The entire property is reserve-able when you book for 10 or more guests. We have a variety of cabins here to accommodate your large group.
Along the water front are 4 cabins and 1 house.
The Reef Cabin perched atop the island's coral reef, offers two private bedrooms , The Sunrise Room which has a king sized bed, and The Diving Board Room which has a queen size. These Cabins sit above the Kitchen and the common space, where meal services are provided. On this deck there is also a fresh water shower (biodegradable soap only, please!) the composting toilet is a 2 minute walk, on the land.
For seperate bookings of the Reef Cabin Rooms only please see: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/919910
On the water front as well we have a floating cabana with a queen sized bed and a king sized bed in the The Hidden Treasure Cabin, on stilts over the water.
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For separate bookings of the Hidden Treasure Cabin please see:
The house on the waterfront, the Dreamy Mangrove Treehouse, has 1 king sized bed and a convertable king sized couch in the livingroom. It has its own kitchen and composting toilet and an outdoor shower.
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The House up on the hill is made completely with lumber grown on site, and has a 180 degree view of the Tierra Oscura Lagoon. It has a master bedroom with a king sized bed; a screened-in loft space with 3 queen sized beds, which can be converted into a yoga studio or meeting space, and a basement dorm with 3 beds. This house has a septic system with a shower and 2 flushing toilets and a full kitchen.
Clean linens and towels are provided for all guests.
Meal services are offered on the dock, but spices, cooking oils, rice, and other kitchen basics are provided for your use, should you want to cook for yourselves, along with fresh young coconut juice, bananas, and other fresh goods from the property. (Cilantro, lemongrass, and citruses all grow around the Hill House!)
Tours are also available to neighboring beaches, rivers and towns, pricing varies by the number of guests. Round trip boat ride will take you to the town of Bocas del Toro, or Old Bank on Bastimentos, which have many bars and restaurants, a fun backpacker party scene, some very good food, some not-so-good food, an airport, several small supermarkets, local fruit and vegetable stands, and lots of local color and diversity. A similar boat trip will take you to the mainland (Almirante), a jumping off point for extended trips to Panama's incredible cloud forest or Costa Rica. We also offer tours to neighboring beaches and National parks, Zapatillas islands, Red Frog Beach and Starfish Beach are the most famous.
Bring your bug spray, your hiking boots, and your bathing suit! It's tropical adventure time!
!!! IMPORTANT: THIS IS A RUSTIC PLACE, NOT A RESORT !!!
It's for the adventurous, who want reasonable 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…..
GO OFF GRID: You will run out of running water if you take long showers or if the rains don't come. The solar panels are backed by a generator, but you'll need to remember to turn off lights and fans when not in use — especially when the clouds hang out for a few days.
WEAR BUG PROTECTION: 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 nice and relatively bug free in the house. That being said, a layer of coconut oil, or bug spray can keep you comfortable during "Chitra Hour" when the no-see-ums come out at dawn and dusk. These critters are generally predictable, so its easy to be prepared. Guest AccessWhen your group of 10 or more guests book the Tropical Island Jungle Retreat, 145 acres of jungle is yours to explore.
Fresh water is imported for your drinking, and bathing water is collected from the rain.
Solar panels allow you to keep up a good charge on your cameras and cellphones. They support our kick-ass WiFi, so you can post all your pictures on instagram! #Cocovivo
Meal Services are provided upon request, we cater to vegans and vegetarians and people with other nutritional preferences. We use local ingredients, either bought from our neighbors or grown right here on site. Breakfast and Dinner go for 28$ per day per person.
Snorkel gear and kayaks, as well as other fun floatation devices are here for your enjoyment.
Guided hikes of the property are free of charge.
Guests have a number of tours to choose from, priced dependent on the number of participants. Locally led Horse-back Riding, Chocolate tours, beach days, and town visits to mention a few. If there is somewhere you would like to explore that is not in our list of tours, the boat is available to charter with our captain Leo (He grew up here!) Interaction with GuestsWe 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 local people to help us with maintenance, building and cleaning. The NeighborhoodThis neighborhood is WILD!
You really become PART of the eco-system when you stay at The Tropical Island Jungle Retreat.
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 remember to bring bio-degradable soaps and bug sprays, and to be conscious of the trash you bring on site. Getting AroundOk Great, But How Can I Get There?
Travel by Air
There are 1-hour flights from Panamá City's domestic airport (PAC) into Bocas del Toro Airport (BOC). If you fly from Panamá City you will need to go from the international (PTY) to the domestic airport (30-minute taxi ride /$35), unless you fly with AirPanama, which departs from both airports. If you can book a flight from the international airport before 1:30PM you can make it into Bocas del Toro the same day.
If you travel from Costa Rica you can book a flight from San José (SJO or SYQ, 1 hour). Take into account that there is also a $28 international departure fee from Costa Rica. Always try to book flights to Bocas del Toro in advance, Skyscanner might help.
Once you or your group has arrived at Bocas del Toro airport, which is located on Isla Colón, the Virginia's Dock is a 10-15 minute walk or $1 taxi ride away. There we will happily meet you for the pre-arranged boat pick-up.
Travel by Bus
For an alternate, more cost-effective means of transportation, using the bus system may be the way to go. If you travel from Panamá City you can take a taxi ($35 from the international airport) to the Albrook Bus Terminal. From this terminal (night)buses leave to Almirante, which takes 10-11 hours. Unless it's a national holiday it's unnecessary to book your bus tickets in advance.
If you travel from Costa Rica you can save money by taking a bus from San José to the Sixaola/ Guabito Border. From there you can either take a bus to Changuinola and then another bus to Almirante, or take a shuttle from the Border straight to Almirante. The ride takes about 7 hours from San Jose, but take into account that the waiting time at the Sixoala border can be delayed in high season.
Once you've reached Almirante you can take a taxi ($2) to the marin gas station TERPEL, next to the Almirante Port where we will be glad to meet you in our boat REUS.
The Boat Shuttle
When booking with us, you'll be in contact with the host, in order to coordinate a pick-up from Bocas Town on Isla Colon, Old Bank on Bastimentos, or Almitrante on the Mainland. The cleaning fee ($60 ) includes the pick-up and drop-off by boat from one of locations (30-minute ride).