CocoVivo Retreat

CocoVivo Retreat

Southern Tip of Isla San Cristobal, Isla San Cristobal 0101 Panama
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5.0
#1 of 3 lodges in Isla San Cristobal
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.6
Service
4.8
Value
5.0
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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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Canoeing
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Snorkeling
Water park
Fishing
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Room features
Private beach
Housekeeping
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Dutch

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Southern Tip of Isla San Cristobal, Isla San Cristobal 0101 Panama
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Doris M wrote a review Dec 2022
Kampala, Uganda5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I just left this place after a 7-night stay and I so did not want to leave. Melisa & Luciano are incredibly sweet hosts and make this place unforgettable. I travelled solo, but never felt I am alone. They invited other guests and myself to go "banana-shopping", which was a fantastic trip into the jungle where we harvested bananas and other fruits we found along the way. The meals are super delicious and amazing creations. The reef just in front of the jetty is beyond beautiful. The corals are healthy and shine in all colors you can possibly imagine.
I also loved the accommodation, spacious wooden frames, covered with mosquito nets built over the water, with outdoor showers. One morning I was woken by the blows of dolphins swimming past right outside my room. Magical!
I am a hotel-owner myself and I sometimes wonder why every now and then people cry when they leave... honestly, I had to swallow a few times myself when the water taxi left the dock at Cocovivo. I will be back, next time with the family!
Oh, and thanks for my birthday cake!!!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Chris L wrote a review Jan 2022
Saint Paul, Minnesota34 contributions8 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a amazing place to stay. We awoke every day in a beautiful place with great weather. Traveling with young children and a large would be a challenge for most places but Cocovivo was up to the challenge. With the oldest in our group of 19 being in there 60's and the youngest being 2, this was a tall order and they exceeded expectations. The staff assiated in booking tours that were specific to our interest, along with getting all 19 of us across to other islands. The food was above and beyond our expectations. Hooray for the chefs!! The dogs would walk us to our cabins at night. Which was really cool when you have children. Honestly I could write pages on our experience here. If clear water with reefs and beautiful jungle are your thing, and if its not it should be. Check it out, you won't be disappointed. The staff will make you feel like family!!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Miguel Brissos wrote a review Oct 2021
Luanda7 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A truly wonderful and unique location. The staff made us feel as we were staying with old time friends. The coral is amazing, expect to spend hours snorkeling swimming and paddling in calm and transparent water. Big thumbs up to the owners and staff for the land restoration. You are truly imersed in nature.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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David N wrote a review Apr 2023
Dallas, Texas172 contributions57 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely amazing place! Melisa and Luciano made the experience even better. Yes, it is an eco-friendly resort where you will be "roughing" it a little bit. But don't let that stop you. The bioluminescent water, the reef, the jungle, the amazing food, the wildlife and the beauty of the island, more than make it 100% worth it. We snorkeled almost every night we were there and saw octopus, starfish, jelly fish, barracuda, rays, turtles and so much more. Immerse yourself in the surroundings and have the experience of a lifetime. Melisa arranged all our tours, our rides and more. Trust HER! She will make your stay a dream. BRING bug repellent and wear it all the time. We did and had zero problems with bugs. Got lazy and didn't put it on one day and was annoyed by them till I did. Go here, embrace the life and experience all this resort has to offer! Oh and pet the dogs a lot!!
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Wear your bug repellent. Try everything they have to offer. Learn to SUP, kayak, snorkel. You...
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Ben S wrote a review Jan 2022
11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the best travel experiences I've ever had. If you're willing to do a few days of "roughing" it (i.e. cold shower, walking to the toilet, bugs), you absolutely 100% must stay here. Drop dead gorgeous views, tons of fun activities to do, a great way to meet people from around the world, and genuinely excellent food.
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mirjam wrote a review Aug 2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't doubt, just go to this place. Beautiful reef, fantastic breakfast, lunch, dinner: thanks Luciano!! Beautiful island with birds, monkey's and sloths. Melisa and Luciano are ever so nice. Very cousy and nice cabanas. Dolphins swimming by every day. And I will never forget the swim in the dark with bioluminisense. Millions!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Marla wrote a review Feb 2024
8 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Some of the best snorkeling I've ever done! Amazingly beautiful corral–every color and shape. The food is delicious, too. The accommodations are very simple & rustic. The only reason I didn't rate it excellent are the "no-see-ums"!! I left covered in bug bites–but it was worth it for the snorkling!
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Bring lots of bug spray & your own snorkeling mask
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Pidi_N wrote a review Feb 2016
Bastogne, Belgium18 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and myself booked 2 nights at Coco Vivo and ended up staying 5 nights in total. This is one of the most fantastic places we've ever visited. Lazare & Carmen are such friendly host and makes you feel comfortable from the start.

From the canopy walk to Red Frog beach, Lazare spared no effort to entertain us and show us around. The night out at the expat bar/restaurant followed by the indigenous bar was certainly an unexpected but brilliant night out! Both Lazare's and Carmen's cooking skill are remarkable ;).

The location is great. We had the sunrise room above the kitchen. Waking up to the rising sun was certainly a highlight. Kayaking and snorkeling gear are available and allowed us to paddle to the dolphins in the bay and see starfishes and the beautiful coral just below the bungalow.

We could actually go on like this and write a book about our Coco Vivo experience, but the best would be to check it out yourselves, you will not be disappointed!
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Date of stay: January 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Tropical reef cabin (above the kitchen) offers a fantastic view of the sunrise
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Jools S wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom34 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Caroline B wrote a review Aug 2016
Montreal, Canada13 contributions13 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're looking for a rustic, zenfull, calming place to recharge, you must go to Cocovivo.
Lazare and Carmen are the most kind, helpful hosts (and unbelievable cooks!). All the activities described in the profile of this getaway are available to you. Wake up with the dolphins in the bay, hang out with the two friendly dogs, stroll into the forest and observe the wildlife, snorkel and say hi to all the marine life.
I booked for 2 nights and ended up staying longer.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Traveled solo
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Answer from Roam616804
1 contribution
Depends on the season. Usually it's hot and humid 24/7 but in the winter it can cool off in the evening.
Answer from lazareus
Bocas Town, Panama3 contributions
Hello, Yes we do have availability in March, and we would love to host you! Please search CocoVivo, to see the cabins we have to choose from. Lazare and Carmen
camila s asked a question Feb 2017
Valdivia, Chile2 contributions
Hola, viajo mañana a almirante. ¿Cómo llego a la isla y el hotel? Gracias
Marla wrote a tip Feb 2024
8 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring lots of bug spray & your own snorkeling mask"
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David N wrote a tip Apr 2023
Dallas, Texas172 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wear your bug repellent. Try everything they have to offer. Learn to SUP, kayak, snorkel. You will be amazed!"
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AboveTheClouds85 wrote a tip Aug 2021
Frederick, Maryland47 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring insect repellent and use it"
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Seth F wrote a tip Jun 2021
Atlanta, Georgia13 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We’d recommend signing up for their ‘meal plan’ to ensure a stressless trip and pack reef-friendly sunscreen!"
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Perry U wrote a tip Jun 2019
9 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Every bungalow is a unique experience!"
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PRICE RANGE
$98 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PanamaBocas del Toro ProvinceIsla San Cristobal
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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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 airport transportation?
Yes, CocoVivo Retreat offers airport transportation 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.