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Come stay on an island where the jungle meets a sea turtle nesting beach! ALL meals are included and you will enjoy a very authentic Costa Rican experience. Our unique, rustic cabin is made from coconut trees, and is right on the beach! For best results--leave your phone and computer 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 (1 bunk bed, 2 full size and a queen). 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 is our video and shows the property and the construction of our house about 5 years ago (URL HIDDEN)
The map from this site is not accurate and I can not change it but we are located on the Caribbean coast see our other sites for a map.
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!
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).
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 to volunteer with the turtles, you will be provided with all training. You can do as many or as few turtle patrols as you'd 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 rainforest / 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 (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.
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 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 beforehand.
Bringing some items will greatly enhance your stay, such as:
1. head lamp
2. rubber boots
3. towel and pillow
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-June and you should plan on staying at least 1+ 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 will certainly help you to increase your odds.
Our mission of the Casa de Coco is to engage, educate, and inspire a new generation of volun-tourism with the creation of community sustainability initiatives. We hope your stay will be as rewarding as it is distinctive
Thank you for all your help with our project!
We are a grass roots conservation project and we want to share our passion with you and here are some guidelines of how you can help us to save the turtles while helping a small community out of poverty!
1. Please respect the Ocean
• Please do not swim alone
• The undertows can be fierce so please swim at your own risk
• Bringing life jackets are recommended 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!
• wear sunscreen hats or shirts.
• Spend time in the shade
• and avoid the sun between 11-2,
3. If you start to feel sick, please let us know as soon as possible! Prevention is the best medicine:)
4. Please wear boots and pants if entering non-maintained property
5. Please watch for falling coconuts (especially after a heavy rain)
6. Always knock out your shoes or boots before putting them on
7. Please keep the cabin clean and swept to prevent unwanted “guests”. We are a communal living situation so we request that you help with chores such as preparing meals, cleaning the kitchen, carrying firewood and water, and maintaining your living quarters clutter and sand free to prevent unwanted "guests". We clean and maintain the property every day
8. We do not use any pesticides so It is good to put food in bags and hang them and especially beware of any food or wrappers in your bags—ants will find it and they bite!
9.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 on the beach. Remember we are part of a very poor community and many have no alternative source of income.
• No formal safe is available so we recommend keeping valuables and electronics at home if possible. If not possible, we recommend using a small lock where you can lock your valuables in your bag
Please smoke outside.
Poor or disrespectful treatment of all animals is never acceptable!
We have a no drug or alcohol policy on work sites.
9-11:00 Clean kitchen, cabin, property and misc., chores such as collect firewood, and fill water buckers (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 voluntourism and we greatly appreciate your help with our project and respect your free time. Thank you for saving the turtles!
11-12:00 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
4-5:00 help prepare dinner
Clean up after dinner and bring all food and pots inside
Night patrols (optional)
To make your stay more comfortable we highly recommend packing the following items:
- head lamp
- mosquito netting
- rubber boots and rain poncho
- hats and clothing that block the sun's rays (sun screen is a last resort because it kills the plankton and is detrimental to the turtles)
- sheets, towels, and pillows (discounts given if you can donate any items to the project)
Current and future projects that we would like your help with*
Repair the fence (use branches from flowers and place in the ground)
Finish construction of the casa de coco
Build a cabinet for food and first aid items
Doors inside cabin
Build walls for kitchen
Bathroom and Kitchen roof repair
A bike powered washing machine
*10-15% of your donations goes to project improvement and 10-15% of your donation we use to pay the locals to work in the project. Thank you! Your stay here really does make a difference!
We really appreciate your help and hope your stay is as rewarding as it is distinctive! We promise not to over-work you! If you need to leave because of an emergency --our refund policy is very flexible and we will accommodate all emergencies! However, if you change your plans and decide to leave early we kindly ask that the unused portion of your stay be a donation for the cause-- both for the turtles and the community.
Thank you for saving the turtles!
Gaby & Sherri
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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My spouse Gaby and I are very passionate about the environment and social justice. We live minimally and organically without electricity because we are located on a prime nesting beach for critically endangered Leatherback sea turtles.
Our lifestyle is deliberate so that we may do all that we can to help these majestic creatures. Too much artificial light discourages the nesting mamas and confuses the hatchlings from returning to the ocean.
Our dream is to have a conservation project-- not just for sea turtles but also for all the animals that we share our planet with. In order to do this we must help the local inhabitants with alternative sustainable income so they no longer need to poach the turtles.
By choosing to come here you will help to save the sea turtles by providing a source of income for the locals, and by learning what you can do to help save the turtles. In the future we hope to expand to home-stays where you stay with all the locals on the island and all the money goes directly to them.
We are in a unique position to offer both volun-tourism and vacation experiences. You can customize your stay-- anywhere from helping us to improve and construct the project to just relaxing in a hammock on the beach!
We would be very grateful for your visit and would enjoy sharing our passions with you!
Thank you for saving the turtles!