15+ years ago, these properties were acquired by a conservation-committed land owner and her partner.
When he passed away in 2010, their stewardship included protecting regional resources, indigenous cultures, biodiversity, and natural habitats, while operating a cocoa farm and ecovillage which provided sanctuary and provisions for ecotourism, retreats, research and education.
After managing these lands for the last 5 years, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute lease ends in 2018.
Now we’re at a crossroads.
As protecting the land and life here is more important than money, these lands are only available for purchase to a person or organization willing to commit to their stewardship.
The land owner is offering the portfolio at a reasonable price only to mission-driven buyers, who value the conservation of biodiversity, indigenous cultures and tropical ecology.
The ideal acquirer has the passion, resources and compassion to steward this precious place and its inhabitants.
Immediate opportunities for a plethora of social enterprises to be built and operated here can create diversified revenue streams in support of the costs of ownership and operations.
Sustainable enterprise opportunities include specialty agriculture, community and economic development, value added food production, education, science, research, ecotourism and hospitality.
Serving as a convenient base for exploring all the archipelago has to offer, deep water docks and moorings here can serve as home for your boat. “Taxis marinos” (water taxis) can whisk you away to remote beaches, diving, fishing and surfing sites for just a few dollars. Sailboats and yacht charters and rentals are available year-round.
Finca Esmeralda is an organic cocoa, fruit and tropical hardwood forest in the mainland Valle De Agua region of Bocas del Toro. The property comprises 87-acres (35.65 hectares) and abundant sources of freshwater, and has mainland road access — a rare attribute in the Bocas real estate market.
This hillside farm includes cocoa trees that are over 80-years old, with heritage genetics, and specialty varieties that are more nutritious and tasty.
The area of Almirante Bay that borders Finca Esmeralda is known as the “rainforest of the sea”, where seagrass beds provide critical shelter and feeding habitats for diverse populations of invertebrates, fish, turtles, birds, dolphins and many more marine and land animals.
Specialty varieties of cacao and fruit are cultivated and harvested on Finca Esmeralda. With appropriate agricultural and forestry management, and value added production equipment, this farm can be a permanent income generator, and will also support both migrating and endemic biodiversity.
Finca Bocas Maribella boasts 89.9-acres (36.39-hectare) resides on a peninsula, deep water access for marine vessels, over 4 miles of coastline and breathtaking views of 2 bays, near where dolphins and sea turtles are born.
Mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reef mounts surround the property’s shoreline. The sea water can be crystal clear, and the view of the ocean floor appears densely populated with starfish, sea cucumbers, lobster and tropical shells. Within the diverse marine-life communities, locals cite common catches of snapper, tuna and snook, with sightings of spotted eagle rays, and of course…dolphins!
The farm’s unique terrestrial ecosystems include freshwater marshes, savannah-like pasture, and tropical lowland rainforest. These ecosystems serve as valuable habitats for birds and mammals, including: sloths, armadillos, squirrels, and howler monkeys, whose calls can be heard as the sun rises and sets over the Caribbean Sea.
The allure of conservation investment in this portfolio is the fulfillment of stewardship for a special place.
Maybe you will build an ecovillage, offer retreats, rentals, events, tours and run an artesanal chocolate farm?
Perhaps you will build your a personal retreat, and do good, while living well?
Serious inquiries only, please.
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