The SpaceThis 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! This very remote location is a naturalist's paradise! Be prepared for monkeys, sloth citings, a multitude of animals, and other wildlife interactions.
We are in the heart of the jungle and right on the beach. You will hear monkeys just outside your room and a wide assortment of animals from the rain forest. We are not on any map-- so plan on traveling to Bataan and it will be an hour bus ride on a dirt road and an hour boat ride-- like the movie the African Queen!
We are 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?
This is our video and shows the construction of our house a few years ago (URL HIDDEN) Guest AccessThe 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, and an afternoon coffee/snack break. We also offer a small store for "all the emergency needs for the volunteers" -- like chocolate :)
You have complete access of the house (3 rooms) the outdoor kitchen and bathroom and full use of the beach! Interaction with GuestsYou will stay in our house with us so there is onsite management 24/7. We will prepare all your meals of local Caribbean cuisine (rice, beans, veggies, soups, pastas and of course coffee) and 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. We respect your time and are grateful for you choosing us!
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 Costarican 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 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 goes 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. We value the tourists and the volunteers! Our guests are the most important factor in our sea turtle conservation efforts and we are very grateful for your support! 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. Bikes can be rented for a minimal charge. We have both a shaded path and beach access on the entire length of the island. Other Things to NoteYou have the choice, you can volunteer and help us with our project or just enjoy yourself with lots of R&R! It's your call --as much or as little volunteering as you'd like. We are happy to share our wildlife experiences with you!
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 where all the money goes to a local conservation camp and the locals.
We provide free of charge all "Casa de Coco Rustico" tours (with minimal charges (such as for bait, boat rental, transportation costs and tips). These include fishing, and rain forest / banana plantation hikes.
We are very remote so transportation to the island can be tricky. Budget for $100 for transportation to and from the island. This includes the scenic boat ride down the Pacuare river to the mouth of the Caribbean sea. Often the cost is less since this cost is split between all persons sharing the taxi/boat but it is best to plan ahead. There are more details about transportation in the location/directions part of the site.
There is no 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 electronics.
Wireless internet is available on the beach but be sure to have your phone unlocked before coming and buy a prepaid Kolbi (only) card in Bataan
Bringing some items will greatly enhance you stay such as; Head lamp, rain poncho, rubber boots, mosquito netting, quick dry towel/ clothes, bug spray (organic is preferred). Hats and sun resistant clothing are preferred instead of sunscreen (these chemicals kill the plankton and harm the wildlife).
We have 3 sites if one is booked check the others
The community is very poor and if you are able--bringing a few donations will greatly enhance the lives of the people living here such as first aid supplies, gumbo boots, supplies for the local school including books and chocolates are always greatly appreciated :)