Come stay on an island where the jungle meets the beach! ALL meals are included and you will enjoy a very authentic Costa Rican experience. Our unique, rustic cabin is right on the beach! For best results--leave your electronics at home :)
This unique cabin is handmade 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 see sloths, iguanas, toucans and a multitude of other flora and fauna. Most mornings you can see dolphins in the Caribbean sea!
Our volunteer bunk house has 3 rooms and 5 beds. We are off-grid so we use only solar power. The kitchen is outside and open aired with a wood stove. One bathroom with a shower is attached to the bunkhouse and uses reclaimed rainwater. There is also a second compostable toilet on the property.
Our 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! We will be here to help every step of the way. Plan on traveling to the nearest town (Bataan) and we can meet you there!
This 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 break! The basic Costa Rican diet is rice, beans, and vegetables (organic, vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO, Fair Trade, gluten and MSG free). We can accommodate most diets.
You have complete access of the bunkhouse, the outdoor kitchen, and bathrooms, and full access to the beach and island!
Interaction with guests
You will stay on our property with us, so there is onsite management 24/7. You can even learn how to prepare local Caribbean cuisine. We look forward to meeting and talking with you!
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). June through November, Gaby is in the island alone and he does not speak English--Spanish only.
Other things to note
We are a voluntourism project and your stay will be most rewarding when participating! We'd like your help with preparing meals, collecting firewood, and general cleaning and maintenance of the beach, bunk house, property and community.
If you want a tour to see the sea turtles, the charge is $10/ person 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 rainforest / banana plantation hikes.
We are very remote, so transportation to the island can be tricky. Budget for $50/person for transportation from Bataan to the island (often it is less). 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. (you will have access to this information once you book)
We recommend leaving your electronics at home, but if you can’t, we recommend bringing an external battery pack. We do not have any electricity but we have a small solar panel for an emergency phone. Minimal wireless internet is available on the beach, but be sure to check with your phone provider beforehand.
Bringing some items will greatly enhance your stay, such as:
1. head lamp
2. rubber boots
3. towel, sheets and pillow or sleeping bag
4. rain Poncho
5. bug spray (organic is preferred).
Hats and sun resistant clothing are preferred instead of sunscreen (these chemicals kill the plankton and harm the wildlife). Quick dry clothes and flip flops for the beach are great, and good walking shoes that can get wet for patrols are recommended.
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.
The wildlife viewing here is amazing and it happens year round, however if your entire goal is to see a sea turtle, then the best time is March-October and often sever night patrols may be necessary. 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 will certainly help you to increase your odds.
1. Please respect the Ocean--Please do not swim alone and watch for RIP tide(URL HIDDEN) If you are able to bring life jackets and if you can leave them as a donation for the project then we will be able of offer you a discount--please inquire when registering.
2. Please respect the sun. We are located very close to the equator and you can burn in 10 minutes here!
(URL HIDDEN)wear sunscreen hats or shirts. Spend time in the shade and avoid the direct sunlight between 11-2.
3. Please watch for falling coconuts (especially after a heavy rain).
4. Always knock out your shoes or boots before putting them on-- gumbo boots are good for nature hikes
5. We appreciate you helping with chores-- see the schedule below.
6. We do not use any pesticides, so it is good idea to put food in bags and hang them, and especially beware of any food or wrappers in your bags—ants will find it!
7. Watching the house and all our belongings is the job of all of us always. Please close and lock the windows and doors when everyone is off the property or on the beach. No formal safe is available.
8. Poor or disrespectful treatment of all animals is never acceptable!
9-11 clean kitchen, cabin, property and misc. chores such as collecting firewood, filling water buckets, keeping bunk house sand and clutter free to prevent “unwanted” guests (more details are available in the camp). Other possible projects could include property repair and construction, beach maintenance for the turtles, gardening, and animal husbandry projects. It's volun-tourism and we greatly appreciate your help with our project. Thank you for saving the turtles!
11-12 help prepare lunch
After lunch please help to clean your own plate and the communal pots and pans
1-4 free time
2-3 coffee break
4-5 help prepare dinner
Clean up after dinner and bring all food and pots inside
Night patrols (optional)
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