Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities

Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Sep 25, 2014
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Den, Sleeps 5

Under new local property management - enthusiastic and effective customer service provided by our new host Rodrigo (English/Spanish spoken).

At Casas La Selvatica we offer two comfortable homes immersed in the rain forest and surrounded by wildlife, yet only minutes away from a picture perfect beach, grocery store and restaurants. The setting is ideal for couples or families who appreciate the comfort of a home rather than a hotel room. We are located within easy reach of countless low ecological impact recreational activities.

Our property and the surrounding area are home to an incredible array of wildlife: you will most likely watch howler monkeys in their search for food, toucans or sloths right from the comfort of the patio. The homes are located minutes away from a couple of the most picturesque palm fringed beaches in the Caribbean. Your hostess will be available to assist with information about the area, bookings for activities/tours and offer detailed attention to your comfort throughout your vacation.

Accommodation: Built with natural hardwood and decorated with lively Caribbean touches, including eclectic local art and tile mosaics, Casa Grande features two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, large outdoor dining area, bathroom with hot shower and a frog pond to watch the conservation of some endangered species of frogs.

The home has two bedrooms and two dens, comfortably accommodating up to five people in two double and one single bed. We offer the following, along with your accommodation:

- bilingual hosts (English/Spanish) available to provide information and assistance as needed;

- laundry service is included for vacations of minimum 7 days;

- high speed wireless internet for your devices;

- lock box for secure storage of valuables;

- transportation, tours and activities booking

- on-site therapeutic or relaxing massages provided by qualified physiotherapist are available - please inquire with your host or with us during booking.

We would love to customize your vacation according to your needs. If you are celebrating a special occasion or would like to pleasantly surprise a loved one, we can provide additional services as required bottle of wine awaiting your arrival and/or local handmade organic chocolates, etc.) or arrange for a romantic dinner or spa package before your arrival.

Please contact us even if the calendar indicates that the property is not available for your desired vacation dates - changes happen frequently and we cannot guarantee that the calendar is updated at all times. In case this home might not perfectly suit your vacation needs, please ask us about our one bedroom home, Casa Mango located on the same property.

Tours and Activities: There are many wonderful activities to do in between the rain forest and in the sea. From guided wildlife watching, zip-lining through the tree canopies, hiking or biking to cooking, dancing and other thrilling adventures, there are activities sure to fit into your ideal tropical vacation plans.

We aim to assist you with your travel planning and make your vacation seamless. Please let us know if you would like to receive information or bookings for transportation from San Jose airport, or booking of tours and activities. We are able to offer discounted rates for activities, due to our collaboration with the local tour providers.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Our journey south was meant to be a temporary escape from the dark and rainy Canadian West Coast, in search of sunshine and warmth. After a brief search for a potential destination and keeping in mind that we desired nothing of an all inclusive resort, we quickly realized that one can have it all... in Costa Rica (Rich Coast)! As so many times before, we chose the off-beaten path...the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica was awaiting to be discovered! What a great surprise: not only did we get some rays and experienced the vibrant culture, but it all came with the most spectacular backdrop. The surroundings were magical! Lush green rain-forest filled with beautiful flowers, and wildlife otherwise only known to us from colourful atlases. There was a positive energy which we just could not get away from. After this first impression, a spark led to a dream and the dream became a plan...With the much appreciated help and support from our friends and families our new journey started at the end of 2009. We are delighted to be able to share our homes with our guests, and will assist as much as possible prior and during your trip to ensure a memorable experience.

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Speaks: spanish, english, Romanian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Daniel & Jeff...

We spent a wonderful days in La playita, Casa Grande is an amazing place to stay. Stunning and lush vegetation all around, beaches at walking distances and the home itself bright, big and well decorated.

We recommend to anyone to stay in Casa Grande Jungle&Beach..



Thanks guys for your help,

Andres & Nacho



August 2014



Review originally posted on https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/69658
Aug 2014
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Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p348953
+ (647) 344 4556 (Ontario, Canada)
Puerto Viejo Limon Province
Brampton, Ontario
5

Quiet, exactly as pictured, great hosts!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in Casa Grande, we really liked the location. Easy, short walk to the beach, and a very convenient store at the end of the laneway. The house was exactly as is pictured on the website, and the hosts were welcoming and helpful. Plenty of good restaurants in walking distance!
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p348953
+ (647) 344 4556 (Ontario, Canada)
Puerto Viejo Limon Province
4

Great Value - Great Property

  • 4 of 5
Had the pleasure of staying for 2 days at Casa Grande - the house was perfect for our family of 4. We loved the table on the patio and spent both nights out there, playing games while enjoying the sound of the frogs. Saw an abundance of green parrots, spiders, and a few toucans in the mornings. The house was very clean and comfortable. Berni was there to meet us and show us around - a very, very nice and helpful young man. Location was ideal with everything within walking distance. Daniel was extremely helpful with helping us with our last minute request and very responsive. If we were to come to this area again, we would definitely stay here!
  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities
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+ (647) 344 4556 (Ontario, Canada)
Puerto Viejo Limon Province
Ohio
5

We Will Be Back!!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed January 12-January 18, 2013 in this lovely secluded Casas. This was the best trip I have experienced to this day. The grounds of the house are beautiful!! We utilized the back porch anytime we were there. The sounds morning, day, and night are of those on a CD you pay for. Daniel, the owner, was absolutely wonderful on information for planning our stay. I could only wish this were my home in Costa Rica!!!! Definitely bring flashlights, as we used these every night to navigate back to the house. The house and property are very well maintained with our favorite dog who came to visit and talk to us daily :) Casas La Selvatica stole a piece of my heart and we cannot wait to return. The wonderful experiences we aquired from this stay, you would NEVER get at a resort. I cannot say THANK YOU enough Daniel!!
The house is right around the corner from our favorite restaurant Alice's, and recommend taking the kayaking tour with Andy Cook (a local cook at Alice's). This house is located within walking distance to wonderful restaurants rated high on trip advisor. The variety of beaches are within a bike ride and easy to get to. Manzanillo is a must visit with BEAUTIFUL scenery. There is a convient store right down the lane from the house and the owner speaks tons of different languages. Great location!!
  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p348953
+ (647) 344 4556 (Ontario, Canada)
Puerto Viejo Limon Province
Rimouski, Québec
4

The best house in the rainforest!

  • 4 of 5
This was my first experience renting a house via internet and it worked out so well. The photos grabbed my attention and they reflected exactly what the house is like. We spent 2 fabulous weeks there with our 3 boys and we all loved it! The garden and the forest surrounding the house are simply beautiful and so rich. We could look at howler monkeys right from the porch and many birds too. At sunset, the sounds of the rainforest started with frogs... we could see them everywhere around the house with our flashlights.On the small path leading to the beach we encountered many lizards and monkeys. The beach itself was great. Fun waves, small coves safe for swimming and not very crowded.
The bikes are great to get around (you can sit your child on the handlebars no problem here!). We went everywhere between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. For chocolate lovers, check out Carribeans in Cocles. We did an interesting tour of the farm and tasted different chocolates...yummy! The wildlife refuge is worth seeing especially with kids.
The house itself was spacious enough for the 5 of us and the outdoor dining room is the place to hang out and relax. The owners were very kind and quick to answer our concerns or fix any problems.They were also very helpful during the planning of our trip with their suggestions, hints and references. Thanks to them for making part of our trip a success!
We would definitely return or recommend this place to our friends and family.
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities
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Puerto Viejo Limon Province
Victoria, BC
4

Very relaxing stay in the jungle

  • 4 of 5
We stayed here for 3 weeks in November, and found it to be a very relaxing location (and it does match the photos on the site). It's a short walk from the main road, and still a walkable distance to the beach, eateries and little grocery store.

The house is furnished with all the basics, and the sheets and towels are good quality. The kitchenware supplied is enough to make simple meals, and the blender is very handy to make your own smoothies.

The fact that there is a washer AND dryer on site was such a plus! We were there during the rainy season (but still had plenty of sunshine days too), so it was very humid and things don't dry so well on clothes lines - that's why the dryer was so handy.

The 2 bikes provided were also very much appreciated, as we rode them to Puerto Viejo a few times, and even down to Manzanillo. Fun little outings.

We would frequent the grocery store (El Duende) to buy groceries and cook at home. For the times we did go out, we would have breakfast/brunch at Miraflores (yummy!) and dinners at Jungle Love and Pita Bonita (both great places!). Only once did we have the fortune of seeing Franklin (the empanada vendor on a bike), and his pineapple empanadas were delicious!

We brought our own beach towels, flashlights (handy for walking home after dinner - gets really dark out), and in this part of the world, insect repellant is a must - especially at dusk/early evening. For the bug bites you do get, bringing anti-itch ointment is a good idea too.

Not sure if we were there at the perfect time, but red-eyed tree frogs showed up on the porch a couple of nights. Very cool to see them up close (don't touch though because they're poisonous).

The jungle at night sounds just like a movie soundtrack, and that in itself was such an experience.
If you're expecting modern and shiny and bug/critter free, then this isn't the part of the world to come to, however, if you want to live simply, this is the ideal place to do so.
  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p348953
+ (647) 344 4556 (Ontario, Canada)
Puerto Viejo Limon Province
Lynn, Massachusetts
5

Great Home, Great Location & Family Friendly!

Great Home, Great Location & Family Friendly!
  • 5 of 5
I stayed at La Selvatica with my husband and 2 kids (4 & 1 yrs old) for 3 weeks in April 2012.
We thought the house was really cute and perfectly suited for our needs. The price for the rental was very reasonable. The owners of the property were very nice and responded to our emails promptly. It was very clean and well maintained by the property caretaker, Valo. He was absolutley wonderful to us, and is very knowledeable about the area, wildlife etc. I also I felt safer knowing that there was someone else on the property.
The house is situated on a quiet road off of the main road that runs thru the towns. It was very quiet at night, except for the howler monkeys! Hey, you are in the jungle! :) We saw the monkeys in the trees in the yard, as well as toucans, bats, frogs, lizards, & hummingbirds. If u love being surrounded by nature, then u will love this house!
Overall, the yard is awesome, it was very peaceful, nicely landscaped and the wading pool was perfect for our kids. Deep enough for them to stand up in, and also for us to dip into when we were laying in the sun. There is also an outdoor shower, good for rinsing off sand before going inside the house.
The covered patio area is fenced in, (another great perk if u have young children) and has a large wooden table and a hammock, and a fan. We spent alot of time out there, its nice if it rains too b/c u can still be outside, and not cooped up in the house.
(It does get dark at night as there are no street lights, so I would recommend bringing a flashlight)
It has 2 bedrooms, and a reading nook that also has a bed in it which is where our 4 yr old son slept, as the mattress was a little lower to the ground in case he rolled out of bed. It does not have a/c, but there are fans in all of the rooms, and the house is open air style so u really don't need it. In fact we usually shut off the fans before we went to sleep as the house cools down enough to sleep comfortably.
The kitchen has a blender, stove, refrigertor/freezer, (no microwave or dishwasher) but I am pretty sure those things are not common in Costa Rica. The bathroom has a stand up shower with hot water. All sheets & towels were provided, but I would recommend bringing beach towels.
The property has a washer & dryer, and our rental included 1 load of laundry per adult guest a week. This is great, especially when staying for a longer duration. The TV is small, does not have cable, but it does have a DVD player, so bring mov
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

From the Owner

Dear travelers, We visited the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica for the first time just in 2009. Even before our vacation ended, we knew that we had just found a special place which would become our home one day. After relentlessly working on finding our dream home, we stumbled upon La Selvatica and literally fell in love at first sight. We are excited to share our home with you, open minded fellow travelers, and are convinced that you will soon discover your own reasons to love this place, and the reasons it was called 'The Coast of Utopia' by reputable travel journals. Happy travels! Daniel & Jeff Carlton Mitroi

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : San Jose (SJO) at 130 Miles Nearest Motorway : Road 36 Limon-Manzanillo at 0.1 Miles Nearest Beach : Playa Chiquita at 0.3 Miles Nearest Barpub : at 0.1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : next door! Car: not necessary

Transportation Options from San Jose Airport to Casas La Selvatica:

For budget-minded travelers: you can catch one of the frequent direct city buses right outside the airport going downtown San Jose (buses run 24/7, less frequent late at night). The trip cost approx. $1 (450 colones - local currency) and takes approx. 20 minutes. Get off at the terminus stop, which is located on Avenida 2 downtown. The bus is safe and reliable.

If you prefer a taxi: they are readily available outside the airport. The cost of a trip downtown is approx. 22 USD.

From Downtown San Jose to Casas La Selvatica:

There is one direct daily bus from downtown San Jose to Playa Chiquita, and four daily buses to Puerto Viejo, where you can catch a taxi to Casa La Selvatica. The direct bus leaves Terminal de buses de San Carlos at 12 noon and drops you off 2 minutes walk from Casas La Selvatica, in front of El Duende Grourmet Grocery Store, after a 4 - 4.5 hour scenic ride through cloud forests and a picturesque stretch of the Caribbean Coast. This trip from San Jose to Playa Chiquita costs approx. 9 USD.

Additionally, there are 4 daily buses to Puerto Viejo, where you can catch a taxi to La Selvatica. Buses leave the same bus terminal at 6am, 10am, 2pm and 4pm. In Puerto Viejo, you will see taxis waiting right at the bus stop. Ask the driver to take to La Selvatica Playa Chiquita. The taxi will cost approximately 3500 colones (7 USD) - always confirm the price with the driver before departure.

Alternative means of transportation (slightly more expensive):

- The Airport Express Service provided by Gecko Trail Adventures departs from the airport at 3:30 pm and will drop you off at your exact destination (door-to-door service). Cost is $55/pers. Tickets can be purchased online on the tour company website: https://geckotrail.com/sec/transport_res.php?propid=alltrans&af=geckotrail

- Interbus and Easy Ride provide frequent shuttle service to the Caribbean Coast, using air conditioned minivans, in a door-to-door system. They can pick you up at your hotel in San Jose and drop you off at La Selvatica for approx. $45. Daily departures are at at 6am (Easy Ride), 8am (Interbus), 10 am and 4pm (both Easy Ride). Tickets for these services can be purchased here: https://geckotrail.com/sec/transport_res.php?propid=alltrans&af=geckotrail

For the more adventurous travelers: our collaborator Exploradores Outdoors offers a trip from San Jose to the Caribbean Coast consisting of minivan plus rafting down the Pacuare river, then the rest of the trip to Casas La Selvatica in another minivan. This could be definitely an adrenaline rich introduction to your adventure vacation in paradise! Your luggage is safely transported along the way. This is a great way to start your vacation. Cost per person is $90.

Details on any of the above options will be gladly provided upon request!

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Rental rates

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September Special
Sep 15 2014 - Sep 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
C$65
C$380
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
C$82
C$492
C$1,255
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add C$12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit C$150

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

Amenities

From the Owner

On-site English-Spanish speaking host available for information and assistance during your stay, as well as added safety. Laundry service provided by caretaker, as well as use of bikes are offered complimentary with weekly rentals or longer. Comfortable feeling of living in a home, not a cramped hotel room. Exceptional, prompt travel planing assistance provided directly by the owners, from the initial contact with a potential guest.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Budget
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Adventure

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Catering Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove ...

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...

Entertainment

  • Game Room
  • Books ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Attractions

  • zoo
  • arboretum
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • waterfalls
  • restaurants
  • festivals
  • playground
  • reefs

Leisure Activities

  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • jet skiing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing

Bathrooms

  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom with hot shower.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Den - 1 twin/ single
  • Sleeps up to 5 guests in two double beds and a couch which makes a bed.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Boat ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 1 garden chairs

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • Spa and massage services available either on site, or at the local jungle spa: http://www.purejunglespa.com/ Please inquire for additional details.
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