We all need wild places to regenerate our souls. You'll feel a change in your spirit as you change into your beachwear. By the end of a week's stay you'll settle into the pace of nature - a pace where the best moments will be spent watching pelicans fly in formation over the sea, spying an iguana basking on a warm rock, and the daily ritual of toasting the sun as it sets over the ocean.
At the southeast corner of Playa Viva, an all-volunteer staff, comprised of members of the local community, has set up a turtle sanctuary. These are fisherman and farmers who recognized the damage being done to the local turtle population and decided to make a difference.
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If you are interested in volunteering at Playa Viva, exchanging room and board for your skills and hard work, let us know. We are always looking for great people to be part of the Playa Viva team interested in giving back to the local community and engaging with the local ecosystem. Read below for more information on how to volunteer, FAQ's and How to Apply. READ MORE.
Hop in a flat-bottom boat and tour the estuary, gliding past mangroves, nests of cranes, and native wildlife. Or just grab your own kayak and venture off to explore the wonders of this tropical paradise on your own. Don't forget your fishing line - you might catch something delicious to bring back to the kitchen for dinner.
The estuary, wetlands and oceanside provide nesting and feeding grounds for thousands of birds. You'll be able to identify and observe more than 200 species that call Playa Viva home.
Our 160-acre private reserve will have trails to take you from the beach, through dunes, into wetlands and up rocky knolls. The permaculture team is restoring a network of paths to allow visitors to fully enjoy the biodiversity that Playa Viva has to offer. We've also built relationships with other land owners to open up hiking trails nearby. Eventually there'll be a network of trails that take you from the mouth of the Juluchuca River all the way up the watershed.
Playa Viva sits at a meeting point between saltwater and freshwater systems. This convergence of ecosystems enables a symbiotic exchange and transformation of resources. The estuary's plants, crustaceans, mollusks, fish and microorganisms all work to clean, transform and refine waste into high-quality nutrients for the estuary's plant life which, in turn, acts as a home, breeding ground and nursery for thousands of fish and bird species.
Discover the plants and animals of Playa Viva's natural habitats by taking your family exploring in some of the most beautiful coastal forests on Earth. Playa Viva's rich surrounding land provides regenerative permaculture and organic farming for the community and your family, as well as 160 acres of private nature reserve, for the benefit of visitors and the ecosystem.
Playa Viva has over 1.2 km, (about .75 miles) of beach front. While many resort beaches are polluted by nearby cities, Playa Viva is remote enough to enjoy some of the cleanest ocean water in the region. In addition to the sea turtles that come here to lay their eggs, the ocean is teeming with life. It's not uncommon to spot breaching whales or dolphins playing in the surf. Our wide, sandy beaches are ideal for swimming and walking barefoot.