Our Mission

Punta Mona’s mission is to provide an alternative to the destructive land use practices, loss of cultural heritage and community, depletion of our natural resources, decimation of biodiversity and rampant wastefulness taking place throughout Costa Rica and the world.

We are an 85-acre, off-the-grid, beachfront, family owned, environmental education center, botanical collection, permaculture farm and eco-lodge, dedicated to regenerative ways of living.

At Punta Mona we grow most of our own food organically, which includes hundreds of species of tropical fruits, vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants as well as bamboo and extensive native hardwood reforestation, use eco-technologies, create a sense of community and are dedicated to educating learners of all ages and from all walks of life.

We believe Punta Mona is a unique place and one that has much to teach about the things we take for granted, the power of community, imagination, equality and the beauty of living a simple, intentional life.

About Us

We are dedicated to the study, philosophy and practice of
Permaculture as a lifestyle.
Through educational experiences, cultural immersions, family-like community, connecting with our
food, our resources, and Mother Nature, we strive to be an example of a simpler and more mindful way of living.

Our Team

 

We are an eclectic group of permaculturists, biologists, and environmentalists
looking forward to connecting with you!

History 

Punta Mona (Monkey Point) was named by Christopher Columbus on his final voyage to the Americas in 1502.
A rich coastal area near Bocas del Toro, Panama, the land and sea boasts abundant biodiversity, with primary rainforest right up to the coast and rich aquatic life supported by extensive coral reef.
The original inhabitants of this Talamanca mountain region were the Bribri people. In the late 18th century African people came up from Bocas del Toro, following the migration of the Green and Hawksbill sea turtles and setting up provision sites along the coast. With the planting of yuca, plantains, papaya, bananas and other staple foods, homesteads were developed. By 1915, a number of established population centers with 30 families each existed in Cahuita, Old Harbor, Punta Uva and Monkey Point.
The first people to settle in Monkey Point were Ezekiel Hudson and Celvinas Caldwell. Throughout the early 20th century Monkey Point had many families and at one time was on its way to being a larger town than Old Harbor. In 1985, the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge which encompasses Monkey Point was established. At that time, 65 families — almost 200 people — lived at Monkey Point. There was a dance hall and soccer field, and most of the people lived on the beach, which has since been taken by the rising sea.

Guests

We have a variety of options for visiting with us at Punta Mona…

To make reservations, please email us with your dates and number in your party at INFO@PUNTAMONA.ORG

Day Tours:

Day tours are available most days of the year.
We ask for a minimum of 3 days notice to come for a day tour.

Day Tours are from 10 am – 2 pm.

Per Person: $35, includes a jungle gourmet organic lunch, a one hour farm tour and snorkels (weather and sea dependent)

Children 3-10 Day Tour: $10, includes the above.

Over Night Stays:

Per Person, Per Night: $75

Per Person, Per Week: $475

Per Child 3-10 Years Old, Per Night: $45

Per Child, 3-10 Years Old, Per Week: $285

Cabin:

During the High Season we also offer the availability of a private cabin.

The cabin has a matrimonial bed and a single loft with electricity and shared facilities.

Per Night: $165

Per Week: $995

The maximum capacity is two adults.

Additional kids are $35 each per night or $225 per week.

Please inquire if you are interested in a longer term stay in the private cabin.

 

Week-long Working Guests:

For all to have the best experience and really get to know what it is like living at Punta Mona, we offer at any time of the year a week long minimum working guest stay.

Working Guests are required to work a minimum of 3 hours per day in various farm chores and activities, plus one full meal shift.

Per Person, Per Week: $325

Getting to Us

  • Make sure to buy your ticket to San Jose, Costa Rica, airport code SJO.

     

    When you arrive to San Jose you should keep in mind that Punta Mona is still a half-day journey away. Depending on what time you get in, you may want to stay the night in San Jose, some suggested places are Pangea Hostel, Back Packers Hostel, or Hotel Aranjuez…

     

    We also have a special relationship with the Adventure Inn Hotel right near the airport. They are a cute, cozy, clean and friendly hotel that provides a free airport shuttle service and has a lovely breakfast. Using the promo code PUNTAMONA you will receive a 10% discount off their already great prices!




    Autotransportes MEPE, Terminal de Buses de San Carlos, located at Avenida 9 & Calle 12, San Jose

    Info on Buses: 2258.0134/2257.8129/2758.1572

     

    Please keep in mind, it is a four-hour bus ride to the Caribbean, the cost for the bus is about $14.

     

    For those looking for less adventure, Gecko Trail provides an awesome service, they will pick you up at the airport, take you to the bus station and have your pre-purchased bus ticket ready, cost for the service is $38 per person.

    https://geckotrail.com/sec/tour_reserve.php

  • Puerto Viejo is a super cool Caribbean town, which you may want to take a day to explore.

    Places to stay in Puerto Viejo: Pagalu, Café Rico, Jacaranda, Casa Verde, Cariblu, Playa Chiquita Lodge, Walaba Hostel and so many more.


    There are great places to eat and good music to hear in the area. This is also a great opportunity to do a little personal shopping for things you may want while on the farm. You can shop in the Old Harbor grocery store or at La Botanica Organica a vegetarian restaurant, specialty food store and internet cafe serving organic delights in Playa Chiquita.

  • Manzanillo is the last town on the road on the way to Punta Mona. Manzanillo is an Afro-Caribbean fishing town with a gorgeous beach and a great restaurant, the famous Maxi’s.

     

    You will want to take the bus from Puerto Viejo, catch a cab or hitch a ride. The bus is about $1 and the best deal, it will stop in the other beach towns (Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva), you just have to go out to the road and flag it down during the time when it is heading to Manzanillo from Puerto Viejo. Hitch hiking is totally acceptable, safe and common practice. If you are comfortable with this, by all means do so, it is a fun way to meet new people! A cab is $15-20 from Puerto Viejo and great to share!

     

    For those of you who want a boat it is best for at least five and no more than 10 people to take it to the farm. Our boat is a minimum of $50, meaning if you are the only one on the boat it is $50, if there are 5 or more it is $10 per person. We can help you coordinate the boat when your time for arrival approaches.

  • You have two options for getting to the farm from Manzanillo. You can either take the boat or hike.

    As the time approaches for your visit I will be in touch with all visitors to coordinate the boat ride.

     

    You can also hike to the farm with or with out a guide, which runs from $60 for a couple to $260 for a group of 15+, always consider the tip. Please let us know if you would like this option so we can put you in touch with a guide.

     

    The hike is 8km and really nice, though there is a chance for the trail to be quite muddy. It is not good to do it in flip flops. Best are sneakers, boots or hiking sandals. If you hike with a guide you will see an abundance of wild life as well as get your introductory lesson to the Caribbean jungle ecosystem and environmental issues affecting our area.

  • The hike is 8km, about 2-2.5 hours with a pack.


    Walk south along the road in Manzanillo and walk straight across the river and there is a trailhead.  Once you get on that trail for the first part you’ll be along the beach, take a direct right into the jungle then an immediate left up a hill.  Once you’re on that trail if there is ever a choice on the trail stay as straight as possible, or slightly to the right. Never take any more hard rights, and never go to the left, that will take you to the beach.  Please note that you will not be by the beach for the trail, you’ll be inland which is the quickest way.  About halfway you’ll come a clearing, a blue farmhouse, you’ll know you’re getting there!  Keep on going straight, when you come up to another fence turn right at the end of the fence.  From there you are about 20 minutes away, you’ll come upon our rainwater catchment system, go around that, then there is a steep hill you can go to the left and wind down there, and follow the clear trails in to Punta Mona!!

Packing List

    • Tall socks
    • Sandals
    • Bathing suit
    • Towels & Sarong
    • Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc.
    • Band-aids
    • Medical supplies
    • All-natural bug repellent ( All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)
    • Light weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants
    • T-shirts and shorts
    • Rain coats with hoods
    • Headlamps and flashlights
    • Yoga Mat
    • Tall socks (a few pairs, for use in boots and to keep sand fleas and mosquitoes from biting at night!!)
    • Sheets – twin sized – queen sized, including pillow case, top and fitted
    • Sandals
    • Bathing suit
    • Towels & Sarong
    • Headlamps and flashlights with rechargeable batteries
    • Biodegradable shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent (if you bring non-biodegradable, you will not be allowed to use it)
    • A good stock of band-aides
    • All-natural bug repellent (All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great)
    • Notebooks, pens, sharpies, art supplies
    • Long-sleeved, lightweight pants and shirts (very important for keeping away mosquitoes)
    • T-shirts, Tank Tops, Shorts, Skirts
    • Rain coat with hood
    • Dietary items and/or supplements that you will want to have during your time at Punta Mona
    • Ziploc bags or Tupperware if you bring in food – to prevent ants and other insects from being attracted to your goodies
    • Personal Snacks
    • We highly recommend bringing tea tree oil and lavender essential oil- it solves a variety of jungle issues
    • Mosquito Net (preferably “no-seeum” ) – optional
    • Gardening/Work gloves
    • Rubber Boots
    • Lavender oil
    • Yoga Mat
    • All-natural sunscreen
    • First aid supplies
    • All-natural candles and incense
    • Lighters
    • Plastic bags to keep clothes and electronics dry
    • Rechargeable batteries and charger
    • Snorkle mask and fins
    • Ipod speakers
    • Beach towel
    • Books (donations always welcome)
    • Mp3 players / ipods
    • Musical instruments!
    • Cameras / camera chargers
    • Hammock
    • Travel Mug and Water Bottle
    • Favorite gardening tools
    • Sketch book & art supplies

     

    And last, but not least: bring a good attitude, enthusiasm, and an open heart!

    • Seeds (plants that will grow in the tropics)
    • Dr. Bronner’s and other green cleaning products (Simple Green cleaner)
    • Coffee mugs
    • Organic nuts (almonds, pecans, pistachios, etc) and nut butters
    • Tupperware with lids
    • Lighters
    • Natural candles
    • Headlamps and flashlights
    • Medical supplies
    • Tea tree oil
    • Lavender oil
    • Natural medicines (Chinese medicines, ayurvedic medicines, etc.)
    • Natural bug repellent
    • Mosquito coils
    • Mosquito nets for beds
    • Books – about permaculture/sustainable agriculture, solar power systems, learning Spanish, a good fiction, alternative medicine, plant identification, etc.
    • Art supplies
      • contact paper!!
      • scissors
      • sharpies
      • paint brushes!
      • paint
      • hemp string
      • beads for jewelry
    • Tall socks
    • Scrap material for sewing
    • Ziploc bags
    • Your favorite aged cheese (seriously people will love you)
    • Musical instruments – anything from guitars to drums! We are sadly lacking in musical insturments, especially drums, ’round here.
    • Guitar strings and picks
    • Drum heads
    • SPEAKERS FOR AN IPOD
    • Good vibrations
    • Stereos and speakers, especially for ipods
    • Tools
    • Cutlery, cookware
    • Computers, printers, fax, scanners, software, etc.
    • Musical instruments
    • Tarps
    • Extension cords
    • Water pumps
    • Solar panels + batteries
    • Rain water catchers
    • Building materials
    • Tree climbing equipment
    • Storage containers
    • Clothes
    • Batiks and tapestries
    • Art
    • Headlamps and flashlights
    • Hammocks, mattresses, chairs, stools
    • A massage table
    • Screened tents
    • Screens

** INTERNS/VOLUNTEERS:
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SHEETS
(top, bottom and pillow case, recommended dark colors)
AND TOWEL.
You are welcome to donate them at the end of your stay if you do not wish to continue to travel with them.  

Guests, student groups, retreat participants
are provided with sheets and towels.

Please DO NOT bring any soap, shampoo, or conditioner
that is not biodegradable!!!

Please, if you smoke tobacco, bring only rolling tobacco,
please avoid bringing cigarettes with filters!!

 

Please be warned that the tropical jungle is not the kindest environment for material possessions. We recommend not bringing anything you are really attached to (clothes, jewelry, books, etc.) as things might get wet / moldy / stained / really smelly (even things such as books).
Leather will especially be damaged.

Please contact us if you have any questions
about what to bring

Important Info

  • We accept payment in the form of a check, Paypal transfer or cash in US Dollars or Costa Rican Colones. Please note that Paypal transfers require a $5 service fee for each transfer.

    It is not advised to use traveler’s checks in Costa Rica as many places including us do not take them. Larger places will take credit cards, but cash is the preferred method. Travel with what you feel most comfortable carrying.

    ** Please be aware that there is NO ATM in Manzanillo and that there are 2 ATMs in Puerto Viejo, as well as two banks and a currency exchange office.

    For current exchange rates please check out: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

    Note: Costa Rica is a very safe country, but like anywhere theft does happen. Please keep your personal belongings close to you and do not flaunt your camera, money or ipod.

  • Please make sure to have a copy of your passport. We will put your passport away in our lock box on the farm and you should keep your copy on you when you venture off the farm.

    Notes on Water, Health Matters and Emergency Contact:

    Punta Mona has two wells as well as a rain catchment system. Our water goes through a slow sand filter from its collection site. Drinking water goes through a final UV filter to kill microbes for safe drinking. This system will be discussed in greater detail upon arrival. Costa Rica does not have malaria, you will not need a malaria vaccine. There is an occasional bout of Dengue Fever, which is like a very bad flu. In the 15 years at Punta Mona we have not seen very much of it at all. We will be working with an array of tools so we recommend having your tetanus vaccine up to date. Costa Rica has an amazing medical system and there is a clinic in Puerto Viejo and a hospital about an hour away in case of emergencies. Please send us two emergency contacts prior to arrival.

  • Cotton tampons and paper wrappers can be put into the composting toilette system. All plastic must be out into landfill. Please be conscious of waste but be conscious of your personal comfort.

  • We have solar powered satellite internet at Punta Mona. This is an extremely valuable luxury resource, quite costly and completely dependent on sunshine. We encourage people to reach out to their loved ones to let them know you are safe and sound, though we also encourage limited use of the internet to not overload your already stimulated senses. Internet is $3 per hour of usage, which we will keep track of during your month stay with us to be paid at the end of your time. We have a house computer but you are welcome to bring your own, we have a safe place to keep them. The internet is wifi, your iphone, blackberry or other wifi capable device will work on this system. On cloudy days there will be NO internet usage.

    **Please let us know immediately about any health conditions, allergies and other information that may be useful for us to make your stay the best possible at Punta Mona.

    **Please also note to accommodate a fully raw diet, please let us know as soon as possible to make sure you are well fed. We eat a ton of raw fruit, veggies and get as creative as possible, though the conditions of the jungle, many hardier foods need to be cooked.

    **At Punta Mona we eat 90% organic, some things are not available organic in Costa Rica, we do the best we can. We also eat organic eggs, catch fish from a kayak and occasionally eat chicken from the farm and neighbors. We always have vegan dishes available, so none go hungry!

    **Please make sure to be in contact with your loved ones prior to arriving on the farm. The internet is spotty here and there will be times it will not be available. Please let your loved ones know this. In case of emergencies we have a personal international Blackberry in case your loved ones need to, they can get in touch with you. Have them email in case of emergency only: info@puntamona.org

FAQ’S

  • School Groups 

    The Punta Mona Center for Sustainability and Education creates experiences through which teachers and students can personally connect with the natural wonders of the Earth. In addition, students are introduced to solutions created to preserve, sustainably develop and foster the regeneration of the tropical rainforests.

    Student travelers enjoy the benefit of over eighteen years of connections with the people and the land of Costa Rica. We are dedicated to help grow a new generation of eco-conscious world citizens. We try to exemplify this in the support, honor and friendship we offer to our local community.

    Accommodations: We can accept groups of up to 40 students for visits from 1 day up to several weeks.

    Your school group package includes: 
    * Three organic, vegetarian meals a day 
    * Jungle hiking
    * Mud bathing
    * Garden Projects
    * Reforestation 
    * Access to our private beaches
    * Farm tours & herb walks
    * Sea kayaking
    * Rustic jungle lodging in one of our dorms 
    * Boat transportation to and from Punta Mona
    * Chocolate making

    Cost: All trips are customized to meet the requirements of the teachers and the students. After the itinerary is selected an exact price is quoted.

    We have been arranging student excursions in Costa Rica for over 18 years and are truly experts at planning and executing exciting Costa Rican travel. Please let us know how we can make your trip to this amazing country a memorable and inspirational learning experience!

  • Opportunities:
    There is a lot to offer in the jungle, the experiences are vast and Mother Nature is our greatest teacher. Come live and work at Punta Mona to explore your ingenuous self, use your skills and gain ones you never knew you had!
    Punta Mona is one of the more beautiful places to work, take your break in the warm Caribbean and watch the days float by…
    VOLUNTEERING AT PUNTA MONA:
    If you are interested in Farming and Gardening, we encourage you to check out our
    Permaculture Apprenticeship & Cultural Immersion Program

    HOUSEKEEPING & KITCHEN POSITIONS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR LIVE IN VOLUNTEERS
    PARTIAL WORKTRADE INCLUDES:
    Lodging, Organic Vegetarian Meals
    TUITION:
    $700 for the first month, depending on your time frame and experience, the tuition ranges from $250-$500 per month, or a worktrade (dependant again on your level of experience)
    Tuition payments MUST be paid PRIOR to arrival.
    Volunteers at Punta Mona enjoy the gift of living close to the land, working with a skilled and life long learning husband and wife team. We are open to your creativity as well as having you work with in our ever evolving vision as we further cultivate Punta Mona into a world class education center, botanical collection, permaculture farm and eco-lodge.
    You will enjoy seeing the fruits of your labor, the serene and sometimes intense ecosystem, beach front, jungle clad living, close to the elements and connecting with your Gaia rhythm. You can kayak, fish, snorkel, hike into Puerto Viejo to enjoy the night life, cool people, evolved services (bodywork, yoga, dance, art and more) and the weekly farmers market.
     Please apply ONLY if you meet the following criteria:
    Please know that you are expected to work 8 hours per day. If you at any time you are not pulling the weight we need you to pull you will be asked to leave with out a refund.
    The weather is ever changing and can range from hot sunny days to very rainy and humid. Bugs also very from intense to mild or none at all. If this does not sound like it wouldbe good for your body, you may want to consider another location.
    ~ you are able to commit for 3-six months up to 1 year
    ~ you have agricultural/gardening/landscaping/practical permaculture knowledge/kitchen/hospitality/grounds &/or house keeping experiences
    not necessarily tropical, not necassarily all….
    ~ you are committed to work 6 days per week, about 8 hours per day, if you do not meet this criteria you will be asked to leave.
    ~ you are clean, organized, intelligent, creative, fun, multi-skilled, a problem solver, adaptive, not afraid to get down and dirty, drama free, independent, loving, open minded, communicative, professional and able to work on a team.
     
    GENERAL DUTIES INCLUDE:
    ~ helping to maintain the infrastructure: building cleanliness & organization, general handy work, trails and beach
    ~ kitchen participation: shared cooking duties, kitchen cleanliness & organization, slow food and field to the plate cuisine, harvesting and propagating food
    ~ feeding the animals: we currently have 3 cats, 17 ducks and 120 chickens.
    ~ hospitality: helping with groups, guests and workshops
    ~ gardens: basic help in the green housesm weeding around the gardens and collecting food.
    KITCHEN CREW:
    At Punta Mona we are dedicated to the principals of Slow Food, field to the plate, creative cuisine that is nutritious, filled with love and as sustainably raised, grown and collected as possible.

You will be a part of a 4-5 person team that will be feeding up to 35 people, 3 meals per day. Our food is primarily vegetarian, though we indulge in sustainably raised and prepared chicken, beef and fish as well as eggs and various forms of dairy. We explore raw, vegan and various ethnic cuisines as well as our own style of Caribbean cooking…
    
We consider our food jungle gourmet and spend a great deal of time planning and preparing each meal. We harvest minutes prior to preparation and cook many dishes over the fire.
    
Expect to work at least 2 meals per day, planning, preparing, cooking and cleaning. This duty will be shared with other staff and occasionally you will be putting more hours in to support larger groups and workshops.
    
To apply for this position please send a letter of intent to contact@puntamona.org with 3 practical applications in the kitchen as well as 3 references. Experience, team playing, cleanliness, organizational skills, great attitude is all a must!!
    Proficiency in the Spanish language is also required.
    GROUNDS & HOUSE KEEPING:
    At Punta Mona we are dedicated to the providing a living experience that is close to the land, connecting our inner rhythms with that of Mother Nature. Our homes are built from fallen native hard woods, bamboo, cana brava, coral and other found and cultivated materials. Living in the jungle is never static and we are daily trying to improve the infrastructure through cleaning, constructing, deconstructing, repurposing and reconfiguring our living and work space.

You will be a part of a 4-5 person team of volunteers and local laborers, friends and family working to keep Punta Mona flowing.
     
    EXPECTATIONS:
    
Expect to work at least 8 hours per day in your respective zone, as well as doing shared shifts in the kitchen.
    
To apply for this position please send a letter of intent to contact@puntamona.org with 3 practical applications in the above areas, as well as 3 references.
    Experience, team playing, cleanliness, organizational skills, great attitude is all a must!! Proficiency in the Spanish language is also required.
    All meals, lodging and internet are provided by Punta Mona Center.
    Thanks so much and we look forward to hearing from you!!!
    FILL OUT APPLICATION BELOW AND MAIL TO INFO@PUNTAMONA.ORG

    We are currently accepting a limited number of volunteers for long term, 3-6 month and one year stays.
    THESE ARE PARTIAL WORK TRADE POSITIONS, WHICH INCLUDE MEALS AND LODGING.
    ** IF YOU HAVE KITCHEN, GROUNDS &/OR HOUSE KEEPING/HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCE, PLEASE REACH OUT! **
    RATE:
FIRST MONTH TRIAL: $500


    APPLICATION PROCESS:
    please send to info@puntamona.org

    Name:
    Age:
    Male/Female:

    Time Frame for Participation: (Start date and intended time for staying at the farm)
    Hometown & Current Location:
    Languages: (Proficiency in each)
    Experience: (in regards to: hospitality/restaurant/hotel/kitchen, grounds keeping, housekeeping, farming/gardening, greenhouse, construction, education, management, administrative, organizational)
    Tropical Exposure: (please comment on your travel experiences, length of stays, etc… in tropical zones)
    Outdoor Experience: 

Certifications &/or Trainings:

Level of Education:
    Permaculture Experience/Trainings:
    References:
    Why do you want to be a part of Punta Mona:
    Best Personal Qualities:
    Challenging Personal Qualities:
    Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?:

Level of Physical Stamina:
    Sign (optional): 
    Existing Medical Conditions:
    How did you hear about us?
    Emergency Contact: (Name, Relation, Email &/or Phone Number)
    Seeking EXPERIENCED…
    Kitchen Staff… starting March 15, 2015
    

Looking for an experienced person to work full time in the kitchen to oversee:
    Meal Preparation
    Cleanliness and Organization of Kitchen and Storage Bodegas
    Assist with Food Ordering
    Recycling, Trash, Compost
    Field to the Plate Cuisine
    Shift Scheduling
    MUST SPEAK BEGINNER SPANISH at a minimum
    8 hours per day, 6 days per week
Lodging and All Meals included
$350 per month stipend + Permaculture Design Course after 6 months of service
    Seeking a minimum of 6 months – one year committment
    Please send applicaiton and letter of intent to sarah@puntamona.org
    Domestic Goddess…
    
One who is awed by and not afraid of nature. Who appreciates and can manage a clean & organized home. Someone who will be responsible for the front end of the Punta Mona guest house and retreat center. One who loves plants and foods, who has experience gardening/harvesting/cooking farm to table style cuisine and finds peace in oragnization and cleanliness…
    You must be able to balance living and working in community.


    Hospitable and open. Fluent in Spanish, has taken a PDC and loves outdoor tropical living. Experience in hotels/restaurant/retreats a must!!
    Job Duties Include:
     
    – Sweeping
    – Mopping
    – Deep Dustting
    – Bug, Critter and poo removal
    – Laundry
    – Organizing
    – Managing Trash/Recycling/Compost
    – Helping to manage local staff and volunteers
    – Preparing Beds for guests and groups
    – Basic Grounds Keeping
    – Basic Hospitality
    – Helping out in the kitchen
    Criteria:
    – Experience in Hospitality
    – BiLingual English Spanish
    – Outdoor and/or Off the Grid living experience
    – One Year minimum commitment
    1-5 year commitment…
    
please email directly with resumé and letter of intent addressing the above criteria…
Check out the opportunities page for more info and application!
    This is a paid position, which includes meals & lodging.
    please send application to info@puntamona.org

  • WE HAVE A VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR VISITING WITH US AT PUNTA MONA…
    To make reservations, please email us with your dates and number in your party at INFO@PUNTAMONA.ORG

    DAY TOURS:
    Day tours are available most days of the year.

We ask for a minimum of 3 days notice to come for a day tour.
    Day Tours are from 10 am – 2 pm.
    Per Person: $35, includes a jungle gourmet organic lunch, a one hour farm tour and snorkels (weather and sea dependent)

Children 3-10: $10, includes the above.
    HIGH SEASON: JANUARY 2 – APRIL 30 ONLY
    We accept overnight guests during the High Season ONLY.
Apologies but during the Low Season, we are not open for overnight guests.
    
Overnight guest rates include 3 organic jungle gourmet meals per day, lodging, a one hour farm tour, kayaks and snorkels (weather & sea dependent)
    

Per Person, Per Night: $75

Per Person, Per Week: $475
    Per Child 3-10 Years Old, Per Night: $45

Per Child, 3-10 Years Old, Per Week: $285
    CABIN:
    During the High Season we also offer the availability of a private cabin.
The cabin has a matrimonial bed and a single loft with electricity and shared facilities.
    Per Night: $165
    
Per Week: $995
    
The maximum capacity is two adults. 
Additional kids are $35 each per night or $225 per week.
    Please inquire if you are interested in a longer term stay in the private cabin.
    WEEK-LONG WORKING GUESTS:
    For all to have the best experience and really get to know what it is like living at Punta Mona, we offer at any time of the year a week long minimum working guest stay.
    

Working Guests are required to work a minimum of 3 hours per day in various farm chores and activities, plus one full meal shift.
    

Per Person, Per Week: $325

Per Child 3-10, Per week: $200
    CAMPERS:
    Campers are welcome to stay at Punta Mona.
    

You must provide your own tent, bedding and towels and you must be prepared for all kinds of weather. Having a tarp is recommended.
    

$45 Per Person, Per Night with Meals, Farm Tour and snorkels (Children 3-10 $20)
    $35 Per Person, Per Night with Meals Only (Children 3-10 $20)

$20 Per Person, Per Night No Meals, Facilities Only: toilets, showers and drinking water (Children 3-10 $5)
    $275 Per Person, Per Week with Meals, Farm Tour and snorkels (Children 3-10 $100)
    ACCOMMODATIONS:
    Guests are primarily housed in our Main House, which can house up to 15 people.
    The Main Lodge has our main dining room, living room, library, apothecary and houses our solar system. The Main House is located near to the showers, bathrooms and kitchen, just steps from the beach.
    All beds have custom made no-see-um nets and most rooms are screened.
    Room Options:
    Loft: Overlooks the Ocean from the 3rd floor, is not screend, has a queen and single bed
    2 Adjacent 2nd Floor Rooms: Screened, each with a queen and two singles
    2 Ground Floor Rooms: Screened, each with a double bed
    We occassionally use our Back House for guests. This house is lodging for long term volunteers, retreat participants, staff and student groups.
    The maximum capacity of the Back House is 22 people, but typically has no more than 15. The Back House has it’s own composting toilet and sink as well as electricy and a front porch with couches. All rooms are screened with an exception to the Loft, have electricity and no-see-um bed nets.
    Room Options:
    Loft: Overlooks the gardens of Punta Mona, has a double and two single beds
    Second Floor: 1 room with a double and two singles, 2 rooms each with a double and a single
    Ground Floor: 2 rooms each with a double and two singles
    FACILITIES:
    Water: All the water is from Punta Mona. We have 2 active wells and a large rain catchment system. All drinking water goes through a 3 chamber slow sand filter then a UV filter. We pride ourselves on our delicious, clean living water!
    Showers: The showers at Punta Mona have a solar hot water heater. We ask that guests indulge in one shower per day at a max of ten minutes, paying mind to all water conservation practices and using only BIODEGRADABLE body care products.
    Compost Toilets: To save thousands of gallons of water each year as well as create rich humanure, we use dry compostig toilets at Punta Mona. We use this valuable resource in our soil blends and garden beds.
    Electricity & Internet: We have solar power electricity at Punta Mona. We offer the ability to charge during day time hours only at the discretion of management based on solar availability and needs. We have internet available during the mid day hours only and use all discretion in terms of when and for how long t will be available. We ask that everyone respect this valuable resource.
    Linens & Laundry Service: Guests are provided with a bath towel and clean sheets. We haev blankets available. We as that you bring your own beachtowel and sarongs. There is no laundry service at Punta Mona. We have a hand washing station available and ask that you check in before using this service.
    MEALS:
    All meals at Punta Mona are served family style, 3 times per day. 
We take great care to make sure our ingredients and supplies are first from the farm, organically sourced and as local as possible. We have to buy products that can not be found organic in Costa Rica or are obscenely cost prohibitive, things like: lentils, olive oil, garlic, sunflower oil and chickpeas. We use these things minimally.

Meals are primarily vegan, with farm fresh eggs served on the side mainly in the mornings, fresh locally made cheese is always served on the side. Occasionally we serve fresh caught fish and organic familiy raised local chicken.

Our food is primarily gluten free.
    We ask that each person wash their own dish.
    We serve coffee in the mornings only. If you have that afternoon buzz addiction, we ask that you bring your own or plan on paying $1 per afternoon cup.
    We can not accommodate fully raw diets. We serve fresh fruit and juices and large salads.
    Please let us know when you reserve your stay about any dietary needs or allergies.
    We recommend you bring yoru own snacks.
    AMENITIES:
    Please let us know before hand if you are interested in any of the following services.
    $20 – 1 Hour Medicinal Plant Tour
    $20 – 1 Hour Home Medicine Making
    $20 – 1 Hour Natural Body Care
    $50 – all of the above activities
    $10 – Chocolate Making
    $75 – Hour and a Half Thai or Lomi Lomi Massage
    $25 – Full Day Kayak Rental
    Fun Things Typically for Sale: Punta Mona T-Shirts and Tank Tops, Organic Fair Trade Locally Made Caribbean’s Chocolate, Organic Fair Trade Caribbean’s Coffee, Medicinal Tinctures, Medicinal Plant Books, Coconut Oil, Locally Made Artisan Jewelry
    TRANSPORT:
    Transportation to Punta Mona is never included.
    You can get to us either from a boat from Manzanillo, walking from Manzaillo in the jungle for 8km or hiking up the beach from gandoca for 45 minutes.
    Please refer to our “Getting to Us” page for more info.
    PAYMENT POLICY:
    We accept cash only on site in US Dollars or the equivalent Costa Rican Colone.
    Payment may be made via Paypal a head of time using your Paypal account or Credit Card. You may also send us a check to our Miami office.
    We do not accept: Travellers Checks, currency other than the dollar or colone, credit card or personal checks.
    For week long guests, we ask that you put down a 25% non-refundable deposit.
    There are no on site refunds
    Please come with enough cash ahead of time and please do not try to talk us down for our services.

  • Notes about Money:
    We accept payment in the form of a check, Paypal transfer or cash in US Dollars or Costa Rican Colones. Please note that Paypal transfers require a $5 service fee for each transfer.
    It is not advised to use traveler’s checks in Costa Rica as many places including us do not take them. Larger places will take credit cards, but cash is the preferred method. Travel with what you feel most comfortable carrying.
    ** Please be aware that there is NO ATM in Manzanillo and that there are 2 ATMs in Puerto Viejo, as well as two banks and a currency exchange office.
    For current exchange rates please check out: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

    Note: Costa Rica is a very safe country, but like anywhere theft does happen. Please keep your personal belongings close to you and do not flaunt your camera, money or ipod.
    Exit Tax: You will need $26 as an exit tax to leave the country. They accept cash or credit card.
    Notes on your Passport:
    Please make sure to have a copy of your passport. We will put your passport away in our lock box on the farm and you should keep your copy on you when you venture off the farm.
    Notes on Water, Health Matters and Emergency Contact:
    Punta Mona has two wells as well as a rain catchment system. Our water goes through a slow sand filter from its collection site. Drinking water goes through a final UV filter to kill microbes for safe drinking. This system will be discussed in greater detail upon arrival. Costa Rica does not have malaria, you will not need a malaria vaccine. There is an occasional bout of Dengue Fever, which is like a very bad flu. In the 15 years at Punta Mona we have not seen very much of it at all. We will be working with an array of tools so we recommend having your tetanus vaccine up to date. Costa Rica has an amazing medical system and there is a clinic in Puerto Viejo and a hospital about an hour away in case of emergencies. Please send us two emergency contacts prior to arrival.
    Notes of Feminine Hygiene Products:
    Cotton tampons and paper wrappers can be put into the composting toilette system. All plastic must be out into landfill. Please be conscious of waste but be conscious of your personal comfort.
    Notes on Internet:
    We have solar powered satellite internet at Punta Mona. This is an extremely valuable luxury resource, quite costly and completely dependent on sunshine. We encourage people to reach out to their loved ones to let them know you are safe and sound, though we also encourage limited use of the internet to not overload your already stimulated senses. Internet is $3 per hour of usage, which we will keep track of during your month stay with us to be paid at the end of your time. We have a house computer but you are welcome to bring your own, we have a safe place to keep them. The internet is wifi, your iphone, blackberry or other wifi capable device will work on this system. On cloudy days there will be NO internet usage.
    **Please let us know immediately about any health conditions, allergies and other information that may be useful for us to make your stay the best possible at Punta Mona.
    **Please also note to accommodate a fully raw diet, please let us know aas soon as possible to make sure you are well fed. We eat a ton of raw fruit, veggies and get as creative as possible, though the conditions of the jungle, many hardier foods need to be cooked.
    **At Punta Mona we eat 90% organic, some things are not available organic in Costa Rica, we do the best we can. We also eat organic eggs, catch fish from a kayak and occasionally eat chicken from the farm and neighbors. We always have vegan dishes available, so none go hungry!
    **Please make sure to be in contact with your loved ones prior to arriving on the farm. The internet is spotty here and there will be times it will not be available. Please let your loved ones know this. In case of emergencies we have a personal international Blackberry in case your loved ones need to, they can get in touch with you. Have them email in case of emergency only: contact@puntamona.org

  • If you plan to stay in Punta Mona, here is a list of things you really should bring:
    Groups/Guests:
        •    Tall socks
        •    Sandals
        •    Bathing suit
        •    Towels & Sarong
        •    Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc.
        •    Band-aids
        •    Medical supplies
        •    All-natural bug repellent ( All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)
        •    Light weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants
        •    T-shirts and shorts
        •    Rain coats with hoods
        •    Headlamps and flashlights
        •    Yoga Mat
    Permaculture Students/Interns/Volunteers:
        •    Tall socks (a few pairs, for use in boots and to keep sand fleas and mosquitoes from biting at night!!)
        •    Sheets – twin sized – queen sized, including pillow case, top and fitted
        •    Sandals
        •    Bathing suit
        •    Towels & Sarong
        •    Headlamps and flashlights with rechargeable batteries
        •    Biodegradable shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent (if you bring non-biodegradable, you will not be allowed to use it)
        •    A good stock of band-aides
        •    All-natural bug repellent (All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great)
        •    Notebooks, pens, sharpies, art supplies
        •    Long-sleeved, lightweight pants and shirts (very important for keeping away mosquitoes)
        •    T-shirts, Tank Tops, Shorts, Skirts
        •    Rain coat with hood
        •    Dietary items and/or supplements that you will want to have during your time at Punta Mona
        •    Ziploc bags or Tupperware if you bring in food – to prevent ants and other insects from being attracted to your goodies
        •    Personal Snacks
        •    We highly recommend bringing tea tree oil and lavender essential oil- it solves a variety of jungle issues
        •    Mosquito Net (preferably “no-seeum” ) – optional
        •    Gardening/Work gloves
        •    Rubber Boots
    Useful things, but not absolutely necessary:
        •    Lavender oil
        •    Yoga Mat
        •    All-natural sunscreen
        •    First aid supplies
        •    All-natural candles and incense
        •    Lighters
        •    Plastic bags to keep clothes and electronics dry
        •    Rechargeable batteries and charger
        •    Snorkle mask and fins
        •    Ipod speakers
        •    Beach towel
        •    Books (donations always welcome)
        •    Mp3 players / ipods
        •    Musical instruments!
        •    Cameras / camera chargers
        •    Hammock
        •    Travel Mug and Water Bottle
        •    Favorite gardening tools
        •    Sketch book & art supplies
    And last, but not least: bring a good attitude, enthusiasm, and an open heart!
    
Many people ask us if we would like them to bring us anything…
    Here is an ongoing WISH LIST, if you feel inclined and oh so generous:
        •    Seeds (plants that will grow in the tropics)
        •    Dr. Bronner’s and other green cleaning products (Simple Green cleaner)
        •    Coffee mugs
        •    Organic nuts (almonds, pecans, pistachios, etc) and nut butters
        •    Tupperware with lids
        •    Lighters
        •    Natural candles
        •    Headlamps and flashlights
        •    Medical supplies
        •    Tea tree oil
        •    Lavender oil
        •    Natural medicines (Chinese medicines, ayurvedic medicines, etc.)
        •    Natural bug repellent
        •    Mosquito coils
        •    Mosquito nets for beds
        •    Books – about permaculture/sustainable agriculture, solar power systems, learning Spanish, a good fiction, alternative medicine, plant identification, etc.
        •    Art supplies
        ◦    contact paper!!
        ◦    scissors
        ◦    sharpies
        ◦    paint brushes!
        ◦    paint
        ◦    hemp string
        ◦    beads for jewelry
        •    Tall socks
        •    Scrap material for sewing
        •    Ziploc bags
        •    Your favorite aged cheese (seriously people will love you)
        •    Musical instruments – anything from guitars to drums! We are sadly lacking in musical insturments, especially drums, ’round here.
        •    Guitar strings and picks
        •    Drum heads
        •    SPEAKERS FOR AN IPOD
        •    Good vibrations
    We are always open to donations of larger items as well, such as:
        •    Stereos and speakers, especially for ipods
        •    Tools
        •    Cutlery, cookware
        •    Computers, printers, fax, scanners, software, etc.
        •    Musical instruments
        •    Tarps
        •    Extension cords
        •    Water pumps
        •    Solar panels + batteries
        •    Rain water catchers
        •    Building materials
        •    Tree climbing equipment
        •    Storage containers
        •    Clothes
        •    Batiks and tapestries
        •    Art
        •    Headlamps and flashlights
        •    Hammocks, mattresses, chairs, stools
        •    A massage table
        •    Screened tents
        •    Screens
    ** INTERNS/VOLUNTEERS: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SHEETS (top, bottom and pillow case, recommended dark colors) AND TOWEL. You are welcome to donate them at the end of your stay if you do not wish to continue to travel with them. 
    Guests, student groups, retreat participants are provided with sheets and towels.
    PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY SOAP, SHAMPOO, OR CONDITIONER THAT IS NOT BIODEGRADABLE!!!
    PLEASE, IF YOU SMOKE TOBACCO, BRING ONLY ROLLING TOBACCO (SUCH AS ORGANIC AMERICAN SPIRIT)- PLEASE AVOID BRINGING CIGARETTES WITH FILTERS!!
    Please be warned that the tropical jungle is not the kindest environment for material possessions. We recommend not bringing anything you are really attached to (clothes, jewelry, books, etc.) as things might get wet / moldy / stained / really smelly (even things such as books). Leather will especially be damaged.
    Please contact us if you have any questions about what to bring

  • If you plan to stay in Punta Mona, here is a list of things you really should bring:
    Groups/Guests:
        •    Tall socks
        •    Sandals
        •    Bathing suit
        •    Towels & Sarong
        •    Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc.
        •    Band-aids
        •    Medical supplies
        •    All-natural bug repellent ( All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)
        •    Light weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants
        •    T-shirts and shorts
        •    Rain coats with hoods
        •    Headlamps and flashlights
        •    Yoga Mat
    Permaculture Students/Interns/Volunteers:
        •    Tall socks (a few pairs, for use in boots and to keep sand fleas and mosquitoes from biting at night!!)
        •    Sheets – twin sized – queen sized, including pillow case, top and fitted
        •    Sandals
        •    Bathing suit
        •    Towels & Sarong
        •    Headlamps and flashlights with rechargeable batteries
        •    Biodegradable shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent (if you bring non-biodegradable, you will not be allowed to use it)
        •    A good stock of band-aides
        •    All-natural bug repellent (All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great)
        •    Notebooks, pens, sharpies, art supplies
        •    Long-sleeved, lightweight pants and shirts (very important for keeping away mosquitoes)
        •    T-shirts, Tank Tops, Shorts, Skirts
        •    Rain coat with hood
        •    Dietary items and/or supplements that you will want to have during your time at Punta Mona
        •    Ziploc bags or Tupperware if you bring in food – to prevent ants and other insects from being attracted to your goodies
        •    Personal Snacks
        •    We highly recommend bringing tea tree oil and lavender essential oil- it solves a variety of jungle issues
        •    Mosquito Net (preferably “no-seeum” ) – optional
        •    Gardening/Work gloves
        •    Rubber Boots
    Useful things, but not absolutely necessary:
        •    Lavender oil
        •    Yoga Mat
        •    All-natural sunscreen
        •    First aid supplies
        •    All-natural candles and incense
        •    Lighters
        •    Plastic bags to keep clothes and electronics dry
        •    Rechargeable batteries and charger
        •    Snorkle mask and fins
        •    Ipod speakers
        •    Beach towel
        •    Books (donations always welcome)
        •    Mp3 players / ipods
        •    Musical instruments!
        •    Cameras / camera chargers
        •    Hammock
        •    Travel Mug and Water Bottle
        •    Favorite gardening tools
        •    Sketch book & art supplies
    And last, but not least: bring a good attitude, enthusiasm, and an open heart!
    
Many people ask us if we would like them to bring us anything…
    Here is an ongoing WISH LIST, if you feel inclined and oh so generous:
        •    Seeds (plants that will grow in the tropics)
        •    Dr. Bronner’s and other green cleaning products (Simple Green cleaner)
        •    Coffee mugs
        •    Organic nuts (almonds, pecans, pistachios, etc) and nut butters
        •    Tupperware with lids
        •    Lighters
        •    Natural candles
        •    Headlamps and flashlights
        •    Medical supplies
        •    Tea tree oil
        •    Lavender oil
        •    Natural medicines (Chinese medicines, ayurvedic medicines, etc.)
        •    Natural bug repellent
        •    Mosquito coils
        •    Mosquito nets for beds
        •    Books – about permaculture/sustainable agriculture, solar power systems, learning Spanish, a good fiction, alternative medicine, plant identification, etc.
        •    Art supplies
        ◦    contact paper!!
        ◦    scissors
        ◦    sharpies
        ◦    paint brushes!
        ◦    paint
        ◦    hemp string
        ◦    beads for jewelry
        •    Tall socks
        •    Scrap material for sewing
        •    Ziploc bags
        •    Your favorite aged cheese (seriously people will love you)
        •    Musical instruments – anything from guitars to drums! We are sadly lacking in musical insturments, especially drums, ’round here.
        •    Guitar strings and picks
        •    Drum heads
        •    SPEAKERS FOR AN IPOD
        •    Good vibrations
    We are always open to donations of larger items as well, such as:
        •    Stereos and speakers, especially for ipods
        •    Tools
        •    Cutlery, cookware
        •    Computers, printers, fax, scanners, software, etc.
        •    Musical instruments
        •    Tarps
        •    Extension cords
        •    Water pumps
        •    Solar panels + batteries
        •    Rain water catchers
        •    Building materials
        •    Tree climbing equipment
        •    Storage containers
        •    Clothes
        •    Batiks and tapestries
        •    Art
        •    Headlamps and flashlights
        •    Hammocks, mattresses, chairs, stools
        •    A massage table
        •    Screened tents
        •    Screens
    ** INTERNS/VOLUNTEERS: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SHEETS (top, bottom and pillow case, recommended dark colors) AND TOWEL. You are welcome to donate them at the end of your stay if you do not wish to continue to travel with them. 
    Guests, student groups, retreat participants are provided with sheets and towels.
    PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY SOAP, SHAMPOO, OR CONDITIONER THAT IS NOT BIODEGRADABLE!!!
    PLEASE, IF YOU SMOKE TOBACCO, BRING ONLY ROLLING TOBACCO (SUCH AS ORGANIC AMERICAN SPIRIT)- PLEASE AVOID BRINGING CIGARETTES WITH FILTERS!!
    Please be warned that the tropical jungle is not the kindest environment for material possessions. We recommend not bringing anything you are really attached to (clothes, jewelry, books, etc.) as things might get wet / moldy / stained / really smelly (even things such as books). Leather will especially be damaged.
    Please contact us if you have any questions about what to bring

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