Beautiful Beach Bungalow
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Cocles cabin description
Casa Caracola is a very beautiful, uniquely designed and comfortable house. It is set within a large private garden with direct access to the famous Cocles beach. The house has both ocean and jungle views. This is a self contained open plan, 1 bedroom bungalow.
We also have a two bedroom, two bathroom house located on the same site called Casa Marisa. This property sleeps 4 people and it is perfect for families. It is also a great house for couples as it has a beautiful elevated master bedroom with handmade four poster bed and en suite tropical bathroom. Casa Marisa is available for long and short term rental. Please see our separate listing for this property VRBO 427600.
It is situated within a stunning beach front lot. To the front, there is direct access to the beautiful golden sands of Cocles Beach. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and wildlife. The house affords privacy, allowing the residents to truly relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. However, it is also perfectly situated close to the amenities of Cocles and only minutes away from the vibrant town of Puerto Viejo.
The house is within easy walking distance of restaurants, wifi points and grocery stores and it is only an 8 minute drive to Puerto Viejo. It is an ideal vacation spot for people who want to relax to the sound of the waves and jungle. Nature surrounds and enhances the house, whilst maintaining high standards of comfort and design.
Keywords: Beach Cabin
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- The bathroom has a beautiful, tropical shower and double hand basin.
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Living Room seats 3:
- Washing Machine:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Parking Off Street:
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
Lawn / Garden:
The house is set within a beautiful tropical garden. There are guava, banana, passion fruit and pineapple plants. An amazing array of wildlife including monkeys, humming birds, sloths, toucans, etc....moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Horseback Riding
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Best Vacation we've ever taken!
Best Vacation we've ever taken!
My new wife and I stayed at Casa Caracola for a week in January 2014 for our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing! The house is very clean and well maintained, hard to do with the property located so close to the ocean! The garden is beautiful and you will see so much wildlife if you just look for it, we even saw the sloth for a bit! We sat on the deck with the doors to the home wide open every morning and evening before dinner and we loved the hammock so much we bought one for ourselves while there. The only argument was over who got to sit in the hammock each day! Thomas, the agent for the property, was great! He made sure we were checked in and out on time and provided us with some local insight and suggestions as well as making sure we could contact him if we needed anything at all. He responded quickly to texts and phone calls and was always pleasant to deal with. We decided to rent the bikes the property has on site and let me tell you... it was worth every penny. While we had a rental car and used it to travel longer distances, we used the bikes every day to go to meals, the beaches, shopping... it was so easy and mostly flat easy riding. I cant stress enough how beautiful the area is and how welcoming the people are. If you are even remotely considering Casa Caracola and Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast... DO IT! it was the best vacation of our lives and we both have traveled quite a bit... if we were to pick up and leave the states... It would be to move here. Thanks again Sofie and Richard for renting your house, it was amazing and we cant wait to come back. PURA VIDA -Andrew & Ali
- Guest Andrew L.
- Date of stay 01/18/14
- Review Submitted 01/27/14
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We are thrilled that you had such a lovely honeymoon in our little piece of paradise!
My wife and I had a wonderful time at this beautiful beach home. It was the perfect balance of rustic and refined. It had everything we needed [kitchen, great shower, generous porch] and nothing we didn't. We saw sloths and lizards from the deck and the beach was gorgeous. Great restaurants within walking distance. There is another house within the gated compound, but it is well away from this one.
- Guest ryan (Milwaukee, WI USA)
- Date of stay 12/28/13
- Review Submitted 01/11/14
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: It means a lot to us when guests let us know that they have enjoyed their stay. In our opinion, Casa Caracola is one of the most idyllic, romantic honeymoon spots that you can find.
There cannot be enough good things to say about my wonderful stay at Casa Caracola. The pictures represent this wonderful house beautifully they however cannot express the peace and serenity it offers. The garden is a delight and the beach only a short walk away. The house is also conveniently situated close to a well stocked store and many delightful restaurants. Only a short bike ride to Puerto Viejo or a nice walk. I made great friends with the folks at Cafe Rio Negro across the bridge and was asked to join their Christmas Eve celebration including a fire dance. I found no real need to go very far since everything I needed was so close by. I highly recommend this property to anyone want to rest relax and really enjoy Costa Rica. Thanks Richard and Sophie for a nice supply of books to read out in the hammock.
- Guest Mariah M. (Renton, WA)
- Date of stay 12/21/13
- Review Submitted 01/08/14
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We are so glad that this guest enjoyed her stay in Casa Caracola. It is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. As she says, all of the local amenities are close by, but you really feel that you are 'away from it all'.
We loved everthing about this wonderful place! Sophie was extremely helpful, the process to book is very simple. Thomas is awesome and is also the best single resource in Puerto Viejo. The place is safe, comfortable, quiet, well stocked (we cooked everyday - Super Cocles!), and has a great location. the beach is amazing. We will absolutely visit again. Sophie, and Thomas - Thank you all so much, our stay was great, we can't wait to get back there and bring friends! The Smith's
- Guest Jesse Smith (Lawrence KS)
- Date of stay 10/06/13
- Review Submitted 10/27/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
I stayed at the neighboring house but I feel as if the agent and owners may be getting a bad wrap from prior reviews. Our stay on this property was nothing but amazing. Upon arrival Thomas left a business gathering with clients to come and check us in, as we arrived a little later than expected. The owners had left a very nice bottle of champagne and a message congratulating us on our wedding. Thomas told us all the best places to go in town. He even set us up with a deep sea fishing trip. Thomas also gave us the contact information for his friend because we needed an officiant for our wedding. On several occasions Thomas was just a call away. One morning while cooking breakfast we ran out of propane for the stove and he delivered more in less than 20 min. The property is gorgeous and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is planning a trip to Puerto Viejo.
- Guest Satisfied Traveler (United States)
- Date of stay 09/12/13
- Review Submitted 09/20/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Peaceful honeymoon stay
Peaceful honeymoon stay
What a wonderful stay! The house is lovely, sitting just off the beach, with great views of the sea. Traveling on our honeymoon, we had a blast at the beautiful Cocles beach. Our host during our stay, was awesome. He greeted us at the door, and then offered some excellent recommendations. Take his advice, follow his recommendations- they were top notch. The house has a functional kitchen, excellent bathroom and a very comfortable bed. My wife and I strongly recommend this place.
- Guest Benjamin M.
- Date of stay 08/13/13
- Review Submitted 08/24/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: This is a perfect spot for a honeymoon. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and the service that we provide.
Less than mixed bag review
Less than mixed bag review
First off, the house was ok, the grounds, lovel I think for the price there is better. Cocles was lovely, the people wonderful, and the food was fantastic. Our disappointment was with the property manager & owner. We arrived at 6pm, just off the bus and tried to contact Thomas. As expected the cell phones did not work, however it was prearranged that we would arrive by 6 per an email the day before. We were lucky that I asked a wonderful neighbor to call Thomas..no answer. For almost an hour we hung out with our new friend. Finally, my husband walks down to the house & finds the housekeeper who calls Thomas. He's leaving for San Jose shortly & wouldn't be able to come as he is having a baby. He turns up 45 min later. He hands us 1 set of keys, tells us he is leaving for 2 weeks and would be back to check us out. But we can call him. He was nice enuf to come back with a phone that of course we had to rent for an additional fee. We ask for a receipt & says, I don't do that. Handing over $900 & no receipt? Couple of days go by, the safe which houses all our money and passports is locked in. We call Thomas who gets a locksmith to come out, we have to wait around til 9pm & now it's only key only, not electronic. Then a sensor for the lights buzzes constantly outside and the alarm system goes wacky. We contact Thomas who does arrange the maintenance man to fix sensor, he doesn't do alarms, but he said Thomas knew about the faulty alarm. Hmmm. Then 2 Rottweilers get into our yard and after an hour, leaves. The direct access, yeah, a huge tree root, which is mentioned, it is hard to walk over. Finally, we email Thomas to tell him we will be taking 7am bus back to San Jose & to plz meet us. He says "that will be $20 since its considered early checkout." At this point, frustrated & i go into, my wife calls my Geordie mode which can't understand at times. We try to email Sophie, said we were rude and unprofessional, literally was going to hold my deposit hostage until her house was thoroughly checked. We decided to leave the very next day, 2 days early! Who could check the house at this point since Thomas was still away? Calling me insensitive? I paid to have a property manager on site. Thankfully the housekeeper was a doll & we did receive our deposit back. There is only 1 set of pillowcases, mostly stained. The kitchen oven mit is gross, major termite infestation in kitchen cabinet, the mosq net holey-useless. No trash bags. Dogs bark all nite. Good luck!
- Guest Stephen W.
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 08/03/13
Recommended for: Age 55+.
Owner response: It is very unfortunate that these guests did not enjoy their stay. It is more unfortunate that they chose to become rude, abusive and threatening towards our agent. These guests were happy with the house when they arrived and we have emails from them telling us how nice it was. Their check in was delayed as they were expected at 4.30pm. They arrived on a later bus and their phones did not work, so it took time for them to contact our agent. We do state on our booking correspondence that it is important to have a working phone and we recommend a phone hire company. Upon arrival our agent lent them a phone for which we charge a small fee as the calls have to be paid for. They did not ask for a second set of keys. As for the receipt, our agent offered to provide a receipt upon check out. Our agent then had to go as his wife was in labour and had her baby the following day! Despite this he was available by cell phone at all times. We have apologised to the guests as the batteries to the safe did run out. They were provided with a key to the safe if this did happen, so they could have retrieved their valuables if they needed to. A locksmith fixed the problem that day and the guests were happy with this service. There was a problem with one of the outside lights and our maintenance man fixed the problem. We cannot work out what the problem with the alarm was? We have had the alarm company out to check it and it is working fine. Occasionally the dogs belonging to our neighbours do get through the fence. They are friendly, but we have asked the neighbours to fix the small hole in the fence that they have escaped through. As for the pillowcases, our housekeeper confirmed there were three sets provided, of which one set had a small stain. We have bought some new ones to replace the stained set. We will check the mosquito netting and the oven mit, which were both fine prior to the guests arrival. These guests then chose to leave earlier than our usual check out hours of 8am to 11am. Our agent was happy to provide an early check out, but we do charge a fee of $20. At this point the guests became extremely abusive and refused to pay the fee. They proceeded to threaten our agent and sent a series of abusive emails to both the agent and ourselves. They were so threatening that we advised our agent not to meet them in person to check them out. We returned their deposit the same day by Paypal as soon as the house has been checked, which is standard procedure.
no buyer's remorse here!
no buyer's remorse here!
Very exciting view of large curling, breaking turquoise wave in semi-close distance from very comfortable bed. Totally open to shady private view if desired. The whole house fostered a great flow of energy. As far as location - home run! Piripilli grocery store was a very short bike ride away and had everything including beer, wine, liquor at fair prices. great restaurant 2 blocks away was an Argentinian steak house. There is also a produce stand at the end of the lane. the house is perfectly tucked behind some other properties away from the main road. I was extremely impressed with the neighborhood. I'm not sure you can do better overall for the money. Thank you Thomas and Sophie!
- Guest Deb (Bluffton, South Carolina America)
- Date of stay 06/12/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thanks for the great review! The location of our beautiful beach house is perfect in our opinion and we're so glad that our guests agree!
Nice architecture, the deck is great, proximity to beach is great and the beach itself is very nice. The bed was quite comfortable. Having to call the property manager was a real pain in the neck - we wound up buying a phone card (which was a bit tricky figuring out) and then found a pay phone. All in all that took us an hour to do. Just not a convenient check in and out process for travelers. The amenities were fewer than I expected (hand soap and salt and pepper only) and the quality of the linens, towels were not good (stains etc.) and generally things seemed to not be not maintained particularly very well. Was not aware of the extent of theft/vandalism problems in the area and the alarm system is extremely loud when arming and disarming, and I am not sure it even protects more than the front door. This property is closer to the other one than I had thought. I had imagined a nice sand path to the beach, but it was muddy, watery, and required climbing over large tree roots to get to the main path. it was short though. I also was not expecting a toilet in which you can't flush the tp down. not a major deal, but just add it to the list. All in all not bad but not great.
- Guest ja (usa)
- Date of stay 05/21/13
- Review Submitted 05/29/13
Owner response: We are surprised that the house did not fully live up to expectations on this occasion. We do understand that this client was unwell during their stay, which may have spoiled their vacation experience. The alarm is provided for the security of our guests and their peace of mind. We pride ourselves on the level of security that we provide. The alarm is linked to our agent and the police. It is activated by movement and protects the entire house, not just the door. The area is safe and crime levels are low for a Central American country, but as in all areas of the world it is important to protect property and the inhabitants. Often guests choose our house as it is more secure than many in the area. We do advise all of our guests, prior to their arrival, to ensure that their cell phones work in Costa Rica and we provide information about how to hire a Costa Rican phone from a very reliable company if required. The phone company will deliver a cell phone and internet data card to any address in the US or Costa Rica and their rates are very reasonable. Our agent is always close by. However, client arrival times are not exact and therefore it is useful to have a working phone to ensure that you can be checked in promptly. We always provide full check in details upon booking and we always stress the importance of having a working phone. The house is advertised as self catering. There is an excellent supermarket just a 3 minute walk from the house and most guests prefer to stock the house with their preferred items upon arrival. Our agent and cleaner have checked all of the sheets and we are replacing any of them that had small stains on them. All of the sheets and towels are always cleaned thoroughly. As in most hotels, guest houses and vacation homes in Costa Rica, toilet paper cannot be flushed down the toilet. Our tank is eco septic in accordance with environmental regulations. Costa Rica is an extremely environmentally conscious country and we try to ensure that our vacation home does not negatively impact on the beautiful natural surroundings. The beach path is part of the National Park and therefore it is extremely protected, which is part of the beauty of the area. We are not permitted to clear the path, so a short section of it does have tree roots. Most of it is a sandy path. For any guests with mobility issues the beach can be easily accessed by the public path which runs from the front of the property.
We stayed in Casa Caracola for 6 days in January 2013, and I cannot say enough good things about this place. Firstly, the location. We wanted to be near Puerto Viejo but not IN it. Coming from New York City, we were adamant about finding privacy, peace and quiet. We rented bikes right near the house on the first day and used them the whole time. It took us 10 mins to ride into Viejo (only 2 km away) and 10 mins in the other direction to visit Chiquita and Punta Uva. We felt we were ideally located smack in the middle. The beach in front of the house is glorious - and very often we were the only ones on it! Incredible! My boyfriend loved the Cocles waves but I preferred the supercalm, placid waters of Punta Uva. The house itself is gorgeous. Photos speak for themselves. The most beautiful part of it for me was hearing the ocean all night an all day - so soothing. We loved opening up the entire house in the morning. We spent a good deal of time relaxing on the back deck reading and watching the giant sloth that was in the tree in the backyard for 2 whole days (bring binoculars, they stay pretty high up!). There were also howler monkeys and a toucan during our visit. The house is very safe (gated and alarmed) and we felt 100% secure all the time. The area itself feels extremely safe and we felt that instantly. The grocery store is a 2 minute walk away and we often had breakfast/lunch at the house and rode our bikes to Viejo for dinner (where there are some very good restaurants). We also went to the lovely La Pecora Nera Italian place right in Cocles that was superb. Having lived in Italy before, I can say that the food was top notch. The carpaccio was to die for. If you are concerned about staying outside of Viejo, don't be! Cocles is really so close and if you don't want to ride a bike, or don't have your own car, taxis are abundant. We were glad we didn't rent a car...everything felt close and reachable. A not-to-be-missed local visit is the Jaguar Rescue Center in Chiquita - an impressive place that rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals then reintroduces them back to the wild. We saw every kind of animal imaginable and even got to hold baby howler monkeys (one fell asleep in my arms!). Amazing. Lastly, we had the good fortune of meeting the owners Sophie and Richard while we were there (they were staying in their other home Casa Mariposa). What hospitable, kind and welcoming folks. We will definitely be back to this wonderful house!
- Guest Alison & Christian (New York City)
- Date of stay 01/13/13
- Review Submitted 01/30/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We are really glad that Alison and her husband enjoyed their stay in our beautiful beach house. It was lovely to meet them and it was a pleasure to see how much they loved our little piece of paradise. We were staying in our larger, 2 bed, 2 bath house Casa Marisa which is on the same property, but well separated. Casa Marisa, VRBO listing 427600 is ideal for 4 people and offers great standards of laid back, Caribbean/Balinese design.
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 10 - Apr 30, 2014
3 night min stay
May 1 - Jun 30, 2014
3 night min stay
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2014
3 night min stay
Sep 1 - Dec 19, 2014
3 night min stay
|XMAS & NY
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015
7 night min stay
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Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Here we are horse riding on the beach directly in front of our vacation house. We are Richard and Sophie. We bought the beautiful plot of land where our houses are situated whilst on holiday in Costa Rica. We fell in love with Costa Rica and the beautiful plot of land situated directly on Cocles Beach stole our hearts. We were then subsequently fully involved in the design and build process of our two beautiful houses. The properties are our dream and we know that you will enjoy sharing a little piece of tropical paradise.
Why the Owner Chose Cocles:
Costa Rica offers a wide variety of spectacular terrain , animals and plants. With its unique location it boasts both Pacific and Caribbean coast lines. The Caribbean Coast offers a more relaxed friendly holiday with the added excitement of some extreme sports, for those who want to venture away from the delicious local food, drinks and beach. There are many reasons why Puerto Viejo is known as the most happening town on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. There is so much to see and do here, but far and away the overall vibe here is the 'pura vida' that Costa Rica is so famous for. So whether you come to relax under the palms on one of Puerto Viejo's beautiful beaches or try and tackle the surf at Salsa Brava (just 100 yards away) or Cocles, there is also great snorkeling and diving in the areas active coral reefs. Or how would you like to hike and bike through the jungle? There is also excellent white-water rafting in the area. It is all possible here. Puerto Viejo is also conveniently nestled between two of the area's most beautiful national parks where white-faced and howler monkeys, toucans and sloths abound. You will also want to come just to sample some of the area's famous dishes like the Caribbean-style rice and beans made with coconut and many other exquisite varieties of food in this little village.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Cocles Beach is the winner of the highly coveted Costa Rican government Blue Flag for pristine beach and is the only lifeguard-protected beach on the Caribbean Coast. The golden sands meet the warm Caribbean ocean and from the beach no buildings are visible. This beach has both great surfing at one end and safe swimming for families with children at the other.
Beach view of Casa Caracola. The front windows of the house open completely.
Decking with outside dining table, hammock and handmade Caribbean love seat.
The beautiful, handmade bamboo queen sized bed.
Living area with sofa, handmade Caribbean style coffee table and lounging chair.
The entrance to Casa Caracola.
The tropical garden entrance to Casa Caracola.
A baby sloth seen in our tropical garden.
The beach path leading from our private garden gate directly onto the beach.
The beautiful Cocles beach and lagoon directly in front of Casa Caracola.
A local surf school.
One of the local cafes with WIFI, a two minute walk from the house.
La Costa de Papito bar and restaurant which is a 5 minute walk from our house.
The tropical garden view of Casa Caracola.
Looking in at the bedroom from the decking.
American kitchen styled with a Caribbean touch.
Uniquely designed tropical shower room, with double sink, hot water and toilet.
The tropical garden entrance to the house with the ocean in the background.
Decking with direct and exclusive views onto the beautiful Cocles beach.
Cocles beach directly in front of Casa Caracola.
Taking a morning stroll along Cocles beach directly in front of Casa Caracola.
Casa Caracola has direct access to the beautiful Cocles surf beach.
The main street in Puerto Viejo town; a 5 minute drive from the house.
Koki Beach - a Miami style bar and restaurant in Puerto Viejo.
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