Jinja Island is situated in an area of calm, clear water on the northeast entrance of Dolphin Bay.
Jinja Island boasts a house, a cabaña, a bodega and three boat docks. It is highly accessible and uniquely suited for development.
I’m looking for bold, imaginative investors who share my dream of turning Jinja Island into a glorious and unique place, a haven from this increasingly dysfunctional world, either as a private hideaway or a place providing accommodation and entertainment for spirited individuals who wish to live in harmony with nature as they attend world-class eco-retreats for writing, art, yoga, well-being, and conservation.
The mangroves which surround the island provide both privacy for visitors and shelter for all kinds of creatures, both great and small.
The soil is rich in nutrients and provides a solid foundation for growing all kinds of tropical trees, plants and flowers: coconuts, bananas, pineapples, aloe vera, ginger and many more besides.
The daily temperature averages a pleasant 26°C (79°F) all year round and with 400cm (115″) of rain annually, there is never a water shortage… just 2.2 acres of lush, green, vibrant life.
The north-east shore of Jinja Island is fringed by two breath-taking tropical reefs, both of which provide a rich haven for a diverse range of marine wildlife. The protective mangroves which surround the island lock tons of carbon down beneath the waves.
The warm shallows around the island teem with colour and life: coral, sea anemonae, sponges, urchins, starfish, octopuses, eagle spotted rays, clown fish, barracuda, red snapper, swordfish, fry, langusta and shrimp.
At night the water glows with bio-luminescence and sparkles with the reflections of a million stars which trace a path across the firmament all the way from the North Star to the Southern Cross.
An archipelago of hundreds of lush green islands, clear tropical waters and white-sand beaches make Bocas Del Toro the hidden gem of the Caribbean.
Travel to the Zapatilla Islands, Red Frog beach, Starfish beach, go frog tracking, horse trekking, zip-lining through the jungle, watch turtles lay their eggs, hit the surf, dive reefs and wrecks, tour a chocolate farm and then dance the night away.
On a more practical note, Bocas has an international airport with several flights a day to Panama City and Costa Rica, as well as supermarkets and hardware stores, timber yards and solar panel distributers – everything needed to set up Jinja Island as Central America’s premier eco-retreat.
Boasting a stable economy, a currency pegged to the US dollar, the highest GDP per capita of any country in Latin America, jungles, volcanos, exotic wildlife and hundreds of miles of unspoiled beaches on two different oceans, tourism in Panama is taking off in a big way.
The number of tourists that arrived in 2017 totalled 2.5 million — a figure equivalent to over half the population of Panama itself!
According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), tourist spending went up by 4% in 2017, totalling a massive $4.451 billion — a huge amount for such a small country. Much of that income comes from wealthy holiday-makers looking for somewhere a little “off the beaten track”.
With cheap daily direct flights to Panama City from Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, New York, LA, Houston, Washington, Boston, Atlanta and Montreal (amongst others), when it comes to tapping the lucrative backpacker market, the sky’s the limit.
Located just a few degrees north of the equator, Panama enjoys a year-round tropical climate. Temperatures are uniformly high — as is the relative humidity — and there is little seasonal variation. If you like it hot, the weather is superb all year round!
Private islands large enough for an eco-retreat are hard to come by. Jinja Island is in a perfect location in a stable and economically successful region of the world.
Jinja Island is brimming with investment opportunities. With enough cabañas, solar panels and rainwater collection tanks, an eco-resort would easily cope with up to 20 guests at a time, all of whom could enjoy high-quality broadband and 24-hour access to Bocas Town.
Panama’s strict environmental laws mean that building on the reef or disturbing the mangroves that surround the island is forbidden. However, it would be permissible to apply for a concession to build a bar and/or cabaña on Jinja Island’s lagoon which would not interfere with the reef or mangroves in any way.
Below is a suggestion for how Jinja Island could be developed into a world-class eco-retreat.
I am currently putting together the Jinja Island Coconut Council, on which will sit up to 24 “chiefs”. Each chief gets a say in the development of the island, a chance to stay on the island for free for one week a year, and a return on investment of up to 5% p.a., based on revenue from paying guests throughout the rest of the year.
I’m looking for investors with the ideas, talent, humour and determination required to make Jinja Island a success. Your investment will be used to develop the island’s infrastructure and amenities for you and others to enjoy. You’ll be able to watch in real-time here on jinjaisland.com as we create a small but perfectly formed haven in the wild: a home from home, a place in the sun, our very own Jinja Island.
If you choose to invest in Jinja Island, there is a rule: whatever we decide to do with this spectacular site, it must be environmentally sustainable, both at a local and global level. If that sounds like your cup of tea and you’ve got the money to invest, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Thanks to Jason Combs for the wonderful maps.