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Southern Tip of Isla San Cristobal, Isla San Cristobal 0101 Panama
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#1 of 4 Specialty lodging in Isla San Cristobal
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Join us at CocoVivo for the experience of a lifetime, stay at a tropical island paradise. Surround yourself with the tranquility of island life, while enjoying all the comforts and adventures our rustic retreat has to offer. Dive into emerald green waters, snorkel among the colorful coral reef, crack open a coconut to quench your thirst, and simply relax in a hammock to read or stay in touch online. Enjoy water sports of sorts: wakeboard, kayak, paddle-board, and scuba dive. Don't forget to hike CocoVivo's wild backyard jungle, while searching for delicious plantains that make for excellent "batidos" or smoothies. You will almost certainly encounter a sloth! CocoVivo is truly for the adventurous soul, but the team does their best to make off-the-grid living as comfortable as possible. From free Wifi and exceptional restaurant service, to personal and group tours to visit main tourist attractions that the archipelago's other islands have to offer (Islas Zapatillas, Red Frog Beach, Bocas Town, the Cacao Farm, and more), rest assured that you will be well taken care of.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Water park
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Sun terrace
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Private beach
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Dutch
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Jason wrote a review Sep 2020
Honea Path, South Carolina61 contributions6 helpful votes
This place is unlike any other. From the sloths, monkeys, nature hikes through the jungle, snorkeling in one of the most coral reefs right in front of your cabin, to the most friendly hosts I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying with. El Capitan made the stay that much more enjoyable reminding me of my beloved dog back home! If you are even considering this place go ahead and book it it’s an experience of a lifetime!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Elisabeth de Kleer, Owner at CocoVivo Retreat
Responded Sep 30, 2020
Capitan misses you! Come back again soon. :-)
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Jools S wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom31 contributions53 helpful votes
Wow - a remote and wonderful place to stay. The boat ride through the lagoons. The amazing cabins. The sloths! The food ... Off grid eco tourism at its best. Loved everything about CocoVivo. Highly recommend it...
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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fiona3765 wrote a review Jul 2019
Dundee, United Kingdom36 contributions4 helpful votes
There is a main cabin in the water were you go to hang out and eat meals, which is really nice for socialising with staff/owners and other guests. Delicious food cooked by Argentinian couple using only local ingredients. We stayed in a fabulous two story cabin with a cool bed the hung from the ceiling. Amazing snorkelling off the main dock and jungle off the back doorstep. We had a lovely afternoon exploring the area by paddle board and kayak.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Perry U wrote a review Jun 2019
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We had the most beautiful 2 days in Coco Vivo on San Cristobal Island ion Bocas Del Toro province of northwest Panama. Ulrich, Elisabeth and Coleen were so delightful to stay with and made our trip from the 6 of us (incl 3 young children) a dream come true! The eco-friendly property is unlike any other - features the most unique bungalows I’ve ever seen,.… each with screen walls overlooking the beautiful ocean bay. Each room is unique and features a different them or view...beautiful Indian cloths and fabrics, a small kitchen in one of our units. Being "off the grid" everything had to be conserved…think rainwater showered, electricity available but strongly conserved, no AC, composting toilets (very clean and simple nearby). Colleen made us some absolutely delicious meals, from guyanaba smoothies for breakfast, to pork chops, fish, or veggies in the evening. Ulrich treated us with coconuts and one giant "pipa" (coconut) from his nearby far! Elisabeth made us soursop muffins, chocolate mousse from the just purchased Chocolate from nearby Green Acres chocolate farm. The snorkeling right off the dock is some of the best you will see in Panama! Snorkeling gear, kayaks, and SUPS all available for free to see the red starfish everywhere, live beautiful yellow and purple coral, gorgeous jellyfish, snappers and grunts that clean off the "fish washer" food plates in a plastic dunking tray after every meal, and 2 dogs that take care of you and jump in the water with us just as easily as our hosts! All in all, a beautiful, memorable, lifetime adventure!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Every bungalow is a unique experience!
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droot wrote a review Mar 2019
Montana15 contributions17 helpful votes
We had a terrific time there, and very much regret only booking 2 days. We easily could have spent 4-5 days there, it was SO relaxing. The entire crew there are wonderful people and we loved every second we spent with them. It truly is a special place, and I'm already planning when we can return.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PanamaBocas del Toro ProvinceIsla San Cristobal
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Frequently Asked Questions about CocoVivo Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to CocoVivo Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Green Acres Chocolate Farm and Nature Preserve (3.3 miles), Dolphin Bay Preserve (2.0 miles), and Finca Montezuma Chocolate Farm (0.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at CocoVivo Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at CocoVivo Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Does CocoVivo Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, CocoVivo Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at CocoVivo Retreat?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does CocoVivo Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at CocoVivo Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.