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Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat Near Amenities

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Last updated: 10/09/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

At Casas La Selvatica we offer comfortable accommodation (entire home) 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. Casa Grande is located minutes away from a couple of the most picturesque palm fringed beaches in the Caribbean. Your bilingual host will be available to assist with information about the area, bookings for activities/tours and offer detailed attention to your comfort throughout your vacation.

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.

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.

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 some activities, due to our collaboration with the local tour providers.

Detailed transportation information can be found under the "Map" tab. A document outlining the terms and conditions of your rental will be offered for your review when you submit a reservation request (you will be asked to read and agree prior to your payment being processed). All booking are made online directly through this site by using the Book It button; all payments are handled by the secure online payment system provided by HomeAway. By submitting a reservation request, you acknowledge that you reviewed all the information presented on this site and all your questions were answered to your satisfaction.


Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    At least an adult of legal age required for rental. ...moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Due to location and property features (home layout, beach and amenities proximity, on-site hosts), Casa Grande has been a favorite for families with children. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets allowed, with a fully refundable damage deposit. Please provide details with your inquiry. One resident dog on the property. ...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Outdoors only. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Full 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom with hot shower.

Other Amenities

  • The area is enjoyed by independent travellers and it is better suited to travellers not adverse to being in occasional and relative close proximity with geckos, spiders, humming birds, agoutis, bats or any other creatures which inhabit the nearby rainforest. This area is NOT a bug free zone. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Book collection - feel free to leave your finished books for future travelers. ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Limited DVD collection - please bring your own DVD's....moreless

  • Game Room
  • Games:

    A few card/board games available. ...moreless

  • Television:

    Small television for use with DVD player. No cable service provided. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Small DVD collection. ...moreless


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


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village:

    One of the few small beach villages which dot the Caribbean Coast. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Al fresco dining area on the patio. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Laundry service (wash, dry and fold) provided by caretaker. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Good quality 100% cotton bedding provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone provided for making calls with own calling card (available for purchase at nearby grocery store). ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoors parking lot....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Outdoors parking lot. ...moreless

  • Safe
  • Telephone:

    Use of cell phone for making calls with own calling card (available for purchase at nearby grocery store). ...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Good quality bath and hand towels provided. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry service (wash, dry and fold) provided by caretaker. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    High speed wireless internet. ...moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen with gas stove, refrigerator and freezer, blender, coffee maker, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery. ...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Rental bikes available at nearby grocery store (3 min walk away). ...moreless

  • Boat:

    Fishing or kayak tours can be arranged. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large porch with large dining table and hammocks. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak tours can be arranged by request. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Large porch with dining table. ...moreless

  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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  • Refundable Damage Deposit C$188
  • Taxes Not included

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130 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose (SJO)
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Road 36 Limon-Manzanillo
Puerto Viejo
Nearest Restaurant
next door!
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Playa Chiquita

Car: Not Necessary

If you plan to arrive at La Selvatica on the day of your flight you will have to chose a flight landing in San Jose no later than 2pm. Similarly, if you plan to depart La Selvatica on the day of your flight, your flight should depart San Jose at 2pm or later.

Air travel: Upon landing in San Jose, you can continue on a Nature Air or Sansa direct flights to Limon (30 min). In Limon, you can take an airport shuttle which will drop you off directly at La Selvatica approx. 1 hour later. Both airlines offer fares as low as $39/one way.

Airport shuttles: A few reputable transport providers offer daily departures in air conditioned minivans, directly from the airport, and operate in door-to-door service, so will drop you off directly at La Selvatica. Average cost is $50/person (one way). For updated schedule, rates and to reserve please google Interbus, Easy Ride, Gecko Trail or Caribe Shuttle websites.

Budget minded travellers can catch one of the frequent direct city buses right outside the airport going downtown San Jose (buses run 24/7). The trip cost approx. $1 (450 colones - local currency) and takes approximately 25 minutes. Get off at the terminus stop. The bus is safe and reliable. When off the bus, catch a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Terminal de Buses de San Carlos. The taxi ride will take approx. 10 min and cost $4 (2200 colones, metered). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport to the San Carlos bus terminal: taxis are readily available outside the terminal. Note that there are two types of taxis: orange (licensed for airport, available as you exit the terminal and more expensive) and red (licensed for the city, available on the road just behind the airport parking lot and less expensive). The cost of a trip downtown is approx. $22 (red) or $32 (orange) and takes approx. 25 minutes. You will also see numerous other drivers offering their services. This could be a money saving option if you speak some Spanish and are willing to bargain heavily.

Buses: 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 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 4.5 hour scenic ride through cloud forests and a picturesque stretch of the Caribbean Coast. This trip from San Jose to Playa Chiquita costs approx.$11. Buses to Puerto Viejo leave the same bus terminal at 6am, 10am, 2pm and 4pm. Upon arrival 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 4000 colones ($7.5) - always confirm the price with the driver before departure. Buses tickets cannot be reserved in advance online, but can be purchased from the ticket office at the bus terminal. For departures on weekends or busy holidays, it is recommended to arrive at the bus terminal 1 hour prior to your bus departure to ensure you will be able to reserve your seat.

Private transfer from airport to La Selvatica could be arranged. A minivan of up to 8 people cost approx. 200 USD. Generally, this option is the most expensive was to travel, but could be cost-effective for a family or group travel.

Car rental: 7 global car rental companies have offices at the airport in San Jose. For an updated list of options, please visit the SJO airport website.

River Rafting: our collaborator Exploradores Outdoors offers an adrenaline filled rafting trip from San Jose directly to La Selvatica. There is one daily departure at 6am (you would have to spend the night in San Jose). The tour operator will pick you up at your hotel, drive to a river exploration center where you will embark on a 4 hour descent on Pacuare River. You will then be driven directly to La Selvatica. Lunch is provided and your luggage is safely driven while you are on the raft. The trip can be booked directly on the tour operator website for $99/pers or through us for $90/pers.

Driving directions (approx.4.5 hrs): from San Jose follow signs for road 32 to Limon. In Limon, follow signs for road 36 to Puerto Viejo. Once you reach Puerto Viejo, stay on the same road which goes through town, and continue to drive toward Manzanillo. Playa Chiquita is approx. 4 miles (10 min drive) after you exit Puerto Viejo (you will first drive through Cocles, then Playa Chiquita is next). Keep an eye out on your right hand side for El Duende Gourmet grocery store, then take the very first road to the right (small gravel road, you will see our sign there). Keep right on that road for 20 seconds and you will see our entrance.

If your rented car has a GPS, the approximate location for Puerto Viejo is:

latitude: 9.637614227510818

longitude: -82.71361827850342


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

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.

Why the Owner Chose Puerto Viejo:
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

The Unique Benefits at this House:
On-site English-Spanish speaking host available for information and assistance during your stay, as well as added safety. Laundry service provided by caretaker. 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.

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Speaks: english, spanish, Romanian

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Picture yourself here!

    Picture yourself here!

  • Open concept living room.

    Open concept living room.

  • Refinished almond wood dinning table.

    Refinished almond wood dinning table.

  • Master bedroom with high quality bedding and towels.

    Master bedroom with high quality bedding and towels.

  • One of the many peaceful beaches nearby.

    One of the many peaceful beaches nearby.

  • Some of the frequent visitors in the canopy above.

    Some of the frequent visitors in the canopy above.

  • One of our frequent visitors!

    One of our frequent visitors!

  • Living room.

    Living room.

  • Secure property, gated and fenced.

    Secure property, gated and fenced.

  • Wild green parrot.

    Wild green parrot.

  • Some of the fruit trees on the property (lime, star fruit, papaya, banana, etc.)

    Some of the fruit trees on the property (lime, star fruit, papaya, banana, etc.)

  • Almond wood accents throughout the house.

    Almond wood accents throughout the house.

  • Kitchen detail.

    Kitchen detail.

  • Fully equipped kitchen.

    Fully equipped kitchen.

  • Expect to be surrounded by beauty!

    Expect to be surrounded by beauty!

  • Local road!

    Local road!

  • A picture perfect beach nearby!

    A picture perfect beach nearby!

  • Toucan - watch for them in the mornings!

    Toucan - watch for them in the mornings!

  • Garden detail.

    Garden detail.

  • Frog pond surrounded by lush vegetation.

    Frog pond surrounded by lush vegetation.

  • Iguana as seen in the trees surrounding the property.

    Iguana as seen in the trees surrounding the property.

  • Living room bar area.

    Living room bar area.

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