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Where the Jungle Meets the Reef,” CocoVivo is a magical eco-retreat on the southern tip of Isla Cristobal. Six private glamping cabins sit over the water, just yards from a vibrant coral reef for easy snorkeling, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, and exploring our private shipwreck. When night falls, sparkling bioluminescent water makes it feel like you’re in a fairy tale. Twenty years ago, CocoVivo started as a reforestation project, and now our 25 hectares are home to several troops of monkeys and dozens of sloths that are easy to spot while hiking. A thirty minute speedboat ride from the Bocas Town on Isla Colon, CocoVivo is remote and rustic, but don’t let that fool you: you will eat well here. Our talented private chefs create three course dinners from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that rival the best restaurants in town.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.9 for a two-person trip.

CocoVivo has been welcoming guests since Nov 19, 2015

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.9)

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Room Type
Bedroom :
1 full bed
1 king bed
Living room:
1 sofa bed
Bedroom :
1 full bed
Living room:
1 sofa bed
Bedroom 1:
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2:
2 queen beds
Bedroom 3:
1 king bed
Bedroom 4:
1 king bed
Bedroom 5:
2 king beds
Bedroom 6:
2 king beds
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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


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  • Natalie
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Everything! The snorkeling was beyond our expectations! AMAZING! The food was incredible! The staff were simply awesome humans! The dogs! Oh the sweet doggies! We already miss them and will 100% be back for a visit. We saw sloths, monkeys,...
  • Donald
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The food, the reef, and the location were fantastic as was the service. The staff were supportive, accommodating, and fun. For as rustic as the place purported to be I thought the Mangrove Treehouse was great. We had water, a stove, a nearby...
  • Jeffrey
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    5 star food in a rural jungle setting. The food was so good I kept forgetting I was sitting in the middle of the jungle.
  • Assaf
    one of the best places we’ve ever been to, and we have been to a lot unique, special experience. Must mention the food, which is top class, high quality for un unbelievable price gracias por tanto Lucho y Melissa
  • Michael
    Wonderful hosts, very helpful and easy going. Food was really great! Certainly above expectations There is no plumbing however there is cleverly designed bathrooms which make this not a problem. Island is full of animals, we saw 2 sloths in the...
  • Brett
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The bed was so comfy and it was easy to sleep. The location was quiet and snorkeling off the porch was fun. The local Argentinian hosts are AWESOME. The guest German Chefs were also very good and fun to be around. The short walking path on the...
  • Belle18
    Our stay was exceptional. SUPER DELICIOUS FOOD prepared by Melisa and Luciano everyday. It's an unforgettable experience to swim with the bioluminescent plankton at night, to hike around the place with Capitan (the resident dog) and snorkel around...
  • Angèle
    Fantastic eco resort with plenty of activities to do for water lovers, or just enjoy the view and relax. Hosts are very welcoming and the food is delicious. Highly recommend if you are looking for an adventure hors des sentiers battus.
  • Restoy
    The location is superb, remote and separated. The Coral Reef much better than expected. In fact the best we saw in all Bocas del Toro. Well worth to go only for it. Great food and help on everything. The whole team helped make our stay a great...
  • Ben
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Absolutely loved our stay, Melissa and Luciano made us feel right at home. No request was too much. Really good food, best tuna we've ever had. Beautiful location, relaxed and laid back. No frills kind of place but everything done very...

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  • I hate to ask this, but do you all have wifi? Would it be possible to work remotely one day a week?

    Hi! You bet! Our wifi conection is really good!
    Answered on 29 April 2021
  • We have a trip to Bocas planned and my husband just broke his foot and is on crutches. Are your grounds very difficult to navigate?

    Hola! Honestly, I wouldn't recommend to come here in crutches, sorry about him!
    Answered on 3 July 2021
  • which airport do we fly into and how does transportation work from there?

    The closest airport is Bocas del Toro (BOC). From the airport, it's a 10 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride to the dock where we park our speedboat. Th..
    Answered on 28 February 2023
  • We have a flight out of Changuinola to Panama City at 12:30pm. Would we be able to get a tranfer to Almirante in time to catch the flight in Changuinola?

    Hola! Yes! It would be possible :)
    Answered on 7 December 2022
  • Hi, Is the taxes addition of ~70$ correct?

    Hi! Yes it is, taxes, transportation and cleaning fee. The transportation in a ride share is included, could be from Bocas or Almirante depending on m..
    Answered on 17 August 2021
  • Hi Does the small bunglow has private bathroom? Muchisimas gracias!!!

    Hola! It has a private pipi toilet, a private shower and a shared composting and flash toilet. (Sorry about the late response, I recently found this)
    Answered on 22 June 2022
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Managed by Elisabeth & Ulrich

Company review score: 9.9Based on 60 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company info

Welcome to CocoVivo Panama! We are your hosts, Elisabeth and Ulrich, an adventurous couple from the US and Germany who've fallen in love with this hidden treasure, Bocas del Toro Archipelago. We have lived here for 18 years and are happy to call this little nook of the world home. Let us answer any of your questions about off-the-grid living and guide you through your stay! Whether it's arranging transportation, picking the right cabin for you, cooking for you in our on-site kitchen or guiding you through a jungle hike, we're here to make your stay magical, and one to remember. We treat our guests like family, and invite you to experience paradise with us!

Property info

Here's what guests say they like best about Cocovivo: The coral is the #1 reason to visit Cocovivo. The reef is healthy, vibrant, and right at your fingertips. Snorkel gear is free at our Reef Center. The food here is not only fresh and local, but prepared by 5-star chefs. The three course dinners rival the very best restaurants in town. See bioluminescence, and better yet—swim in it! A real-life fairy tale. You will see a sloth. Guaranteed! Whether you’re on the paddle board or the hiking the sloth loop, our dogs will be your protectors. You will fall in love with Capitan and Mazoo. Magical encounters with animals are a daily occurrence here at CocoVivo. Not only sloths, but howler monkeys, kinkajous, frogs, and dolphins. Starlink internet: about 40 Mbps in the cabins, and over 200 Mbps in the Reef Center! Here’s what some guests find challenging: Think of your experience at Cocovivo as glamping in the jungle. While our walls keep out the majority of the bugs, it’s not uncommon to find an ant, gecko, or small spider in your cabin. If you have phobias of insects, Cocovivo might not be the best place for you. 

 While every cabin has a pee-toilet, the full service toilets (one flush, two composting) are a short walk away and shared with other guests. This is for eco-reasons (it would not be sanitary to have septic directly at the waterfront where we all swim). Sandflies. Not everyone is affected by them, but many are. Be prepared. We try to keep them away with bug spray, smoke, and incense coils. The weather can be an adventure here. We have both sweltering heat and torrential rain—often on the same day! There is no AC in the cabins. We have no hot water in the showers, but this is the tropics where it is hot all the time. You won’t miss it.

Neighborhood info

Isla San Cristóbal is the best kept secret of the Bocas del Toro islands. We are a 30-minute boat ride from the main town on Isla Colón, set on a quiet lagoon off the beaten path. The boat ride is included in the nightly rate, but please contact us to arrange your pickup time and location. Coral reef surrounds the banks of the island, along with mangroves and calm, clear water. Our island is home to two indigenous communities, as well as a small community of expatriates. Take a kayak to the nearest restaurant, or join us for a private tour of the local beaches!

Languages Spoken


Area info *

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant #1
    • Cuisine
      Argentinian • Caribbean
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Brunch • Dinner • Cocktail hour
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free

Amenities of CocoVivo
Great facilities! Review score, 9

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Shared toilet
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Extra long beds (> 6.5 ft)
  • Mountain view
  • Garden view
  • Ocean view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Water sports facilities on site
  • Snorkeling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
Living Area
  • Desk
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kids' meals
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Front Desk Services
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • Tour desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Outdoor play equipment for kids
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Grocery deliveries
    Additional charge
  • Mosquito net
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Private entrance
  • Packed lunches
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Yoga classes
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Public Bath
  • Open-air bath
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish

House rules

CocoVivo takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM


From 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

Maestro Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Discover JCB Diners Club American Express Cash CocoVivo accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM.


Free! Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.

The fine print

Please note this property has two dogs and two cats and is not recommended for people with allergies.

Please inform CocoVivo of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Payment before arrival by bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

Legal info

This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

FAQs about CocoVivo

  • Check-in at CocoVivo is from 3:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • The prices at CocoVivo may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • CocoVivo is 8.1 miles from the center of Bocas Town. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Guests staying at CocoVivo can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Italian
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • Asian
    • American

  • Yes, CocoVivo is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • CocoVivo has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • CocoVivo offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Snorkeling
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Open-air bath
    • Walking tours
    • Yoga classes
    • Public Bath
    • Water sports facilities on site
    • Tour or class about local culture