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- 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:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Living Room seats 3:
- Washing Machine:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided
- Linens 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:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
ReviewsWrite a review
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 (Lawrence KS)
- Date of stay 10/06/13
- Review Submitted 10/27/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with teenagers, age 55+.
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: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with teenagers.
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, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls 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: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+.
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: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, sightseeing, 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.
Absolutely charming house and area
Absolutely charming house and area
My husband and I stayed in Casa Caracola for our belated honeymoon. It was perfect for us! Close enough to Puerto Viejo, but far enough away to have privacy and be away from the hustle and bustle. The house had everything we needed and is just gorgeous. It was very clean and modern. We spent a lot of time on the back deck and in the hammock reading and listening to the ocean. The beach in front of the house is a bit more secluded than some of the other nearby beaches and not overcrowded, which we really enjoyed. We could also walk to the supermarket and to several restaurants, if we did not want to drive anywhere. There are so many little places to visit around there and Casa Caracola was right in the middle, which makes biking around very convenient. It was our first trip to Costa Rica and we absolutely loved it! We can't wait to come back to visit.
- Guest Toby and Melanie (Westfield, Indiana, USA)
- Date of stay 01/22/13
- Review Submitted 01/29/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: Casa Caracola is a perfect honeymoon escape and we're so glad this couple enjoyed their stay.
I just returned from this beautiful little beach bungalow, a very private and sweet spot! Simple, clean and very comfortable. I was hoping for rain and received plenty, I loved the overcast skies this time of year. No worries about sunburns! Of course the day the sun did come back there were a lot of people soaking it up and very burnt the next day. Intense sunburn is a very sad way to spend your precious vacation time. I didn't see any mosquitoes, never used the mosquito net and slept with the doors open. I recommend having a phone that works locally, you can save a lot of money by not renting a car and gathering several taxi driver's phone numbers. It was also very easy to reach Gregory by texting. I rented a bike that I rode all over the place during the day. There is a great Yoga Studio, OM very close by with skillful instructors. There are so many delicious restaurants in the area, hard to name them all! The only problem was minor, the sweet neighbors in the house next door ran out of propane in the midst of cooking, so they borrowed mine, not a problem for me, luckily I was home. Overall a perfect little bungalow in an excellent location.
- Guest dodie (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
- Date of stay 11/24/12
- Review Submitted 12/07/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+.
I stayed at this bungalow for two weeks in August 2012, and I absolutely loved it. It was clean and well-looked after, with a beautiful garden and the smell of guava. There's private beach access. Very nice to wake up each morning listening to the surf. I felt safe, because there are gates on either end of the property. A local agent, Gregory, was just around the corner if I had any questions, and he was very accommodating when I had a little problem. I had a car, but the property was certainly close enough to town to walk, which I did, many times, on the beach. I was a little anxious about swimming all alone (the rip-currents are no joke) so I walked about ten minutes down the beach to a public swimming area where I felt much more comfortable. I ate at a different restaurant every night, and all my meals were good. I used the kitchen for breakfast and lunch every day, and the grocery store nearby for all my provisions. I especially liked the shower at the bungalow--very cool, surrounded by river rocks. Loved the laid-back vibe of Cocles, and all the friendly people. Met a bunch of folks on various adventures (I'd highly recommend the canopy zip-lining tour, the sea- and river-kayaking, and the "day" trip (a VERY long day) to Bocas Tel Toro, Panama. You can arrange these at any number of tour companies, including one a three minute walk away. It took me a day to get used the banana spiders outside (they're very intimidating to look at, but perfectly harmless). There were howler monkeys in the trees: awesome. Sloths galore. LOTS of geckos, several of which sneaked into the bungalow, but no harm there. There's a mosquito net that goes around the bed. I used it, but I did not encounter any mosquitoes in CR. In my opinion, the rate (I was there off-season) was very reasonable, and it allowed me to do some touring around, and to rent a car. The drive from San Jose was fine, once I got out of the city. In a few days, I was zipping around like I'd been driving there all my life. Having said that, the beach road that goes from the bungalow to the town, was often filled with walkers, bikers, dogs, etc., so you must be careful. Town was good, with a good mix of people, though on weekends, it tended toward the "party" vibe, whereas I was going to escape some of that. There were enough quiet places to avoid that atmosphere. All in all, I was very pleased with the experience, and would highly recommend it.
- Guest Ian N. (United States)
- Date of stay 08/11/12
- Review Submitted 09/14/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: We are glad that Ian enjoyed our beautiful beach house. The nature that surrounds our house is one of our favourite things about the property. It is like being in a wildlife documentary! We're also glad that Ian was sensible about the places that he chose to swim. We do advise all clients to be careful close to the mouth of rivers and to know their limits when swimming anywhere along the Caribbean coast. The ocean is wild and beautiful and there are many safe places to swim along the stretch of beach directly in front of the house.
High .. $700week (From Dec 1st-April 30th & July 1st to August 31st)XMAS & NY $750 Low ... $600/week (May 1st to June 30th & September 1st to November 30th) High....$100/night (3 night minimum)Except Xmas & New Year(7 nt min) Low.... $90/Night (3 night minimum) Short term rentals 30% deposit required upon booking. Rentals of over 3 weeks 50% deposit required upon booking. Cancellations made with over 30 days notice !/2 deposit refunded. Balance to be paid in cash upon check in plus returnable breakage deposit.
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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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