COCO HILL BASTIMENTOS
Each Jungalow is private and wonderfully comfortable. A large double bed with hand crafted mosquito net to ensure cool breezes while you sleep, and four screen sliding doors opening to create the effect of living in the trees. A wrap-around balcony with a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea and the south side of Isla Colon, complete with hammock to laze away the afternoon. Elegant bathroom with HOT WATER shower that is large enough to hold a party, opens onto the verandah and also has a fantastic water view. Wifi is available throughout the property, including Jungalows.
The gardens are all organic and are filled to over-flowing with tropical fruits, vegetables, nuts & herbs. The many birds that inhabit it, along with the famous 3 toed sloths, make it peaceful and serene. Guests have access to our hang out area, the gardens, and our Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant. Wizard beach is only a 30 min walk away and Up In The Hill Chocolate Farm only 7 min.
The path can sometimes get muddy when it rains, so we have an umbrella and gum boots for you to use. Although we have our own lights on the path down to the town of Old Bank we also have flashlights for you.
Coco Hill is also LBGTQI friendly.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
We are a mother and son team and together with our faithful dog, Coco, our chickens Henny, Penny & Layla, Chiquita & the rest of the girls, along with our goats, Hilly & Frankie we are always here and available. Living on-site gives the opportunity for a lot of guest interaction, and we become family.
There will always be some kind of tour or activity going on… Whether it’s taking the boat to Isla Pajaros or going over to Red Frog Beach to hang out with our friends at Palmar Tent Lodge, it’s always a great day.
Isla Bastimentos is the largest of the islands in the Archipielago De Bocas Del Toro. Surrounded by the Caribbean Ocean, Bastimentos, with it’s distinctive Jamaican feel has no roads, so no cars.
The people here are characters. Of West Indian descent, they are warm & friendly with that relaxed Caribbean vibe. Loud music, laughter & Gali-Gali (a mix of Spanish-English Creole that is native to the island) can be heard as you walk around the town of Old Bank. They love a good time and celebrations are taken seriously! Be prepared to be invited in for a drink & something to eat.
Walk through lush tropical jungles, where sloths lazily hang from trees, to reach amazing beaches. The brightly coloured but poisonous, Red Dart frog is also found here. Hiding amongst leaf litter and inside the well of Bromeliads, it’s toxic skin is attributed to a diet rich in formicine ants.
The Parque Nacional Marino de Bastimentos was Panama’s first marine park. Established in 1988, it protects various areas of the Bocas Del Toro archipelago including parts of Bastimentos & the Cayos Zapatillas.
Diving or snorkelling the coral reefs and mangroves is an unforgettable experience. A multitude of starfish of various shapes & colours are just below the surface of the clear blue waters. Soft corals and sponges fill the calm, warm waters known as the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
With 4 of the world’s 8 species of sea turtles; loggerheads from April to September, leatherbacks in May & June, hawksbills in July & green turtles in July & August coming ashore to nest, it truly is paradise.
The Ngobe-Bugle village is at the end of a long canal cut through the mangrove forest. Living in wooden, thatched roofed huts with no electricity or running water, the indigenious villagers still practice subsistence farming.Travelling to nearby islands is by hand-crafted canoes. There is a school and a handicrafts store where hand made colourful woven bags & jewellery can be bought.
Surf??? Basti has it all; reef breaks, beach breaks, incredible waves!
That dream of paradise is real and it’s here on Bastimentos where life is ever rushed. So, grab your swimsuit & toothbrush, leave your ‘hurries’ at home and step into island life!
There are always boats running between Isla Bastimentos, Isla Caranero, and Isla Colon for between $1-$3 per person. Boats to Red Frog Beach are $5 per person. These rates go up after 7pm.