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FAMILY WORKATIONS & COLIVINGS

Panama Family Coliving

Bocas del Toro, September 2018 - February 2019

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You love travelling, are a travel family, a couple or single or think about travelling?

You like to experience and explore Panama with your family and that together with other like-minded people from all over the world?

You like to have maximal freedom and flexibility, like to decide for yourself when you will arrive, how long you will stay and where you will live exactly?

You like to connect, exchange experiences and spend your daily life with other travel families?

Then pay attention, because we will live in the area of Bocas Town on the island Colón of Bocas del Toro in Panama for 5 months (mid September 2018 to early February 2019). We invite all interested people to start there an open free Panama Family Coliving together with us. We are happy about everyone who is taken with this idea and always wanted to go to Panama. Below you will find out everything you need to know to be there.

Come into our Facebook group Family Workations & Colivings (English) and become a part of our NOOBA Community. Look there who else will be a part of the Coliving. Exchange experiences and let us know if you also will attend. That is the platform where we exchange ideas and get together.

Are you also interested in our subsequent coliving in Costa Rica? We are also planning a family coliving of this kind for Costa Rica. This will then go for three months from about mid-February 2019 to mid-May 2019. Everyone is also cordially invited. For more detailed information, such as the location, however, you have to be patient a little longer.

All about the Family Coliving in Costa Rica can also be found in the NOOBA Community and soon here on NOOBA.

ABOUT US

We are Antje, Boris and Nolan. Together we travel around the world as a digital nomad family since 2014. We have already organized several Family Workations & Colivings worldwide with NOOBA. We will also participate in the Coliving in Panama and Costa Rica 2018/2019 and look forward to meeting you there soon.

If you want to know more about us and our trip, please visit Instagram. There we show our best moments and give an insight into our life on the road.

FAQ

For Whom is the Family Coliving intended?

The Family Coliving is for all people who like to live together with others or close to each other on the Bocas in Panama for some time.

It is primarily aimed at digital nomad families and travel families who want to stay in one place and spend their everyday life together with like-minded people.

Living in the most beautiful places as a family is nice, but together with other families next door it is even more beautiful.

If you are not yet a travel family, but would like to become one and are interested in such a lifestyle, that is of course also something for you and you are also invited.

Ideally, people will also find themselves coworking. However, we give priority to coliving. So it's also something for travel families who don't even work while travelling.
The Family Coliving is for people who:  

  • are already travelling or just start, no matter what nationality.
  • would like to plan their journey themselves and decide for themselves where and when they are where.
  • would like to connect with other like-minded people.
  • want to discover Panama and Costa Rica together.
  • want to have other like-minded people in close vicinity.
  • travel the world with tolerance and openness.

For Whom is that rather nothing?

The Family Coliving is nothing for people, who:

  • don't like families and children and just want to be left alone
  • are not interested in living together
  • always have to complain about something
  • want to make their perfect annual holiday of 4 weeks and want everything organized and planned in advance (package holiday)
  • are bothered by the fact that it often rains

Where does the Family Coliving take place?

The Family Coliving takes place in Panama on the Bocas del Toro, in the area of Bocas Town. This is on the island Colón of the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama, that is in the northwest of Panama on the Caribbean coast.

We will live in a house on stilts over the sea in the middle of Saigon Bay. That is in the west of Bocas Town.

When and how long is the Coliving on the Bocas?

We are on the Bocas from mid-September 2018 to early February 2019, i.e. also at Christmas and New Year's Eve. So that will be about 5 months in total for us.

Everyone can come and go when he wants and will organize this himself! However, we would be happy to give you advice on site.

Where is NOOBA just before and after the Bocas?

We come from Costa Rica and will stay in Panama City from 27th of August 2018 for about 2 weeks before we go to the Bocas. After the Bocas we might also be in Panama City for a short time.

COSTA RICA Family Coliving from March until May 2019

In mid-February 2019 we will go to Costa Rica, where we will stay for 3 months. In mid-February 2019 we will go to Costa Rica, where we will stay for 3 months. To which place we will go exactly in Costa Rica is still open. Wherever that will be, we will definitely do a Family Coliving Village by the sea. There will be a separate web page for this.

If you are also interested in the Family Coliving in Costa Rica, you are welcome to join our Facebook group and exchange your ideas.

How will the Coliving look like?

The PANAMA Family Coliving will be completely free and open. Everything can. Nothing has to be. We endeavour to mobilize as many interested families as possible to participate in the Coliving. There will be no obligations or restrictions for the families. Anyone who wants to can come. This free type of coliving allows everyone to meet their own needs and still be with others.

From when to when who stays is just as much up to each family as the accommodation they are looking for themselves. From when to when who stays is just as much up to each family as the accommodation they are looking for themselves. The Facebook group Family Workations & Colivings (English) is the place where we get to know each other and exchange ideas. Therefore it is up to each family where they live. The entire organisation, such as arrival and departure, looking for accommodation etc., each family can decide for themselves individually.

Weather, High Season, Low Season

In general, the weather on the Bocas is tropical-always humid all year round. So there is no distinct dry and rainy season like on the Pacific side of Central America or in Southeast Asia. It rains relatively much throughout the year - sometimes more sometimes less. So be prepared and adjust yourself. But you have pleasant temperatures all year round and everything is green.

The driest months are October, January and March. However in December the most precipitation falls (for example see here on Wikipedia or here at the World Weather Information Service)This amusing post also describes it quite nicely.

September and October is low season. Finding suitable accommodation on site should be less of a problem, especially during this time (see https://bocasdeltoro.travel/faqs/).

For almost 4 years now, we have been living mainly in the tropics. We like the rainy season as much as the dry season. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Sun and rain are part of our life. The rainy season also has its advantages. In the rainy season, for example, prices are often lower, fewer tourists are on the way, it is not so hot, everything is green and you get in contact better with the locals. Also, you are no longer constantly exposed to the risk of sunburn as clouds provide shade. Nevertheless, it is always tropical warm.

Entry requirements for Panama and Costa Rica

Please read carefully. When entering Panama and Costa Rica, it is important to know from which country you are entering. Pay attention to the entry requirements that you can find on the website of the embassy of your destination country. For Panama and Costa Rica a yellow fever vaccination may be required, depending on the country you are coming from. For that you can also check the “List of countries, territories, and areas - Vaccination requirements and recommendations for international travellers, including yellow fever and malaria” and the list of "Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination".

You should also know that the yellow fever vaccination worldwide is no longer valid for only 10 years but for life. Anyone who has ever been vaccinated against yellow fever at some point in his life no longer needs another vaccination and only has to show his certificate.

Tropical diseases, what to do?

Panama as well as Costa Rica are tropical countries and therefore have a variety of tropical diseases. We deliberately do not want to go into the subject here because it would go beyond the scope. For whom the topic is new, we recommend in any case a consultation with the appropriate tropical institute in your country.

On site we can show you and discuss how we protect and act as a family against tropical diseases. We know, especially if you've never lived in the tropics before, you're often scared and worried about yourself and your family. But remember, families like you and me also live in these countries. It often just needs clarification in order to move safely in the country.

Where can I get information about yellow fever?

In addition to the entry requirements, which under certain circumstances dictates a yellow fever vaccination for entry, you also have to ask yourself if you should vaccinate yourself because of the risk of yellow fever inside of the country. This is a very individual decision. For Costa Rica this question is unnecessary, because there is quasi no yellow fever. In Panama this is a little bit different. Vaccination is not recommended by the WHO for travel to Bocas del Toro. Regarding yellow fever risk the country is divided in two parts: roughly in the part east of the Panama Canal and the rest of the country (see the corresponding map in the "Yellow Book" from CDC). We would like to ask you to respect the decision of each family and not to start a never-ending discussion about vaccination. Below we have listed some informative pages about yellow fever that hopefully will help you make your decision.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND HEALTH – 14 JUNE 2018 - "List of countries, territories, and areas”: Has general and country-specific information about yellow fever.

How much does the PANAMA Family Coliving cost?

You do not have to pay anything to us from NOOBA, although we spend a lot of time to manage the PANAMA Family Coliving and also offer the discussion and information platform.

It is and should be a coliving organized by everyone, in which everyone acts on their own responsibility. Thus, you bear "only" the costs for your family that are incurred for travel, accommodation, food, etc. And that depends very much on how and for what you spend your money and the possibilities and "tricks" that you use.

On Nomadlist you can get a short overview.

What’s next?

If you are interested in the Family Coliving, it would be helpful, if you also try to inspire others for the Coliving. Tell friends about it, share the post, recommend our FB group or whatever. The more people come, the better. We need your help. The whole thing is somehow a joint project, as it lives from the participants and their initiative.

We exchange ideas in the Facebook group Family Workations & Colivings (English). We will keep you up to date when there is something new to report. Just as anyone else interested should do, please.

In addition we have created the document “PANAMA Family Coliving 2018/2019” in the Facebook group in which everyone can register when he will come to Panama.

Also we will update this page here regularly so that all questions are answered.

Where will NOOBA live on the Bocas?

We will live in a house on stilts over the sea in the middle of Saigon Bay. That is in the west of Bocas Town.

I have so many more questions!

When writing this FAQ we tried to be brief. However we can understand that you still have an infinite number of questions especially if you've never been to the tropics before and traveling is still a dream instead of reality for you. But then we can promise you that it will be a very special experience and adventure.

Whether it will be a great time for you and your family depends strongly on your personal attitude and your expectations. We can only recommend you, look the world with your family together and use the chance to do this with other like-minded people together. These are moments that you will never forget and you will be welded together as a family, as a couple, as friends.

In the Facebook group Family Workations & Colivings (English) you can ask your questions about Coliving. All interested will support each other.

Furthermore, we will see that we keep the FAQ up-to-date, if there is a question.

Why should I come to Panama on the Bocas del Toro?

Bocas del Toro is an island archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, which due to its beauty is a must when visiting Panama. Beautiful beaches and a diverse marine life waiting for you. Bocas Town is the hub of the archipelago. There you can eat good food in the restaurants or rent one of the many offered tours. With the water taxi you get to the individual islands and remote beaches. Whether you are interested in surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jungle trekking, zip-lining, quad biking, lonely beaches or parties, you will find it here. Browse the  Internet for yourself. Just visit the official website of Bocas del Toro and get inspired and important information.

How to get to Bocas del Toro?

You can reach Isla Colón either by boat or by plane. The airport on the Bocas is located on Isla Colón next to Bocas Town.

  • Plane: Panama City (Panama) to Bocas del Toro - 1 hour
  • Bus: Panama City to Almirante - 10-11 hours
  • Boat: Almirante to Bocas del Toro - 30 min
  • Ferry: Almirante to Bocas del Toro - 2 hours

You can read it in more detail on the Bocas del Toro Website.

Who else will attend the PANAMA Family Coliving?

All those who have finally decided to participate in the PANAMA Family Coliving can let us know this by writing it into the document “PANAMA Family Coliving 2018/2019” in the FB group.

How is the internet on Bocas del Toro?

According to Nomadlist, the internet on the Bocas is about 10 Mbps fast. In addition, there is probably a coworking space by Selina on the island of Bastimentos.

What should I put into my suitcase?

Panama has just about everything, at least in the capital Panama City. However, we recommend that you bring medication that you take regularly and things that are important to you. For Panama, we would also recommend: Rescue life jacket for toddlers, refillable bottles, umbrella, rain cover for backpack and power adapter.

How can I move on the Bocas?

On Isla Colón you can travel in various ways: on foot, by bicycle, scooter, quad, taxi, local bus and of course the water taxi. Yes, and in the city you probably even like to skateboard, we read. The city is not big, so you can reach everything on foot. A bicycle is probably a good way to get around quickly and inexpensively, such as to the beaches.

How is the medical care on the Bocas?

Directly on Isla Colón there is the hospital “Isla Colon Regional Hospital”, which is open 24/7. On the mainland there are numerous other clinics numerous other clinics. And of course, it's good to know that the metropolis Panama City is only an hour's flight away.

Disclaimer

We are happy when families, couples or even single travelers decide to spend a great time together with us on the Bocas del Toro. This is a very free form of coliving. We therefore expressly point out that NOOBA (we) only provides the platform for exchange and networking, but does not act as liable organizer. Rather, the organization is the responsibility of each participant. We are not liable or responsible for the organization of the Coliving, for the correctness of the information given by us, as well as for the arrival and departure, the time on site, the accommodations, the food or other things related to the Coliving. Each participant is responsible for himself to get the necessary information for the Coliving and to organize it. The information provided by us was researched and compiled as a first clue to the best of our knowledge and belief. Everyone is encouraged to check their accuracy. Each participant is ultimately responsible for himself and for his family and can not assert any claims, should information not be correct or the Coliving will not take place completely or not as planned.