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Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat Near Amenities

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Last updated: 07/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Puerto Viejo house description

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.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Staff
          • Housekeeper
          • Massage


          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Events Allowed
          • 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

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

          • Smoking Allowed:

            Outdoors only. ...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

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

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Full 1: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom with hot shower.


          • Books:

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

          • Video Library:

            Small DVD collection. ...moreless

          • Television:

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

          • DVD Player:

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

          • Games:

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

          • Game Room


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


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

          Leisure Activities

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

          local services and businesses

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

          Location Type

          • Rural
          • Village:

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

          sports and adventure activities

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

          catering options

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Dining Area
              • Dining
              • Seating for 5 people

              forms of payment

                  • Accept Credit Card


                  • Internet
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Living Room
                  • Local Maps
                  • Activities Guide
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Safe
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Wireless Internet:

                    High speed wireless internet. ...moreless

                  • Linens Provided:

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

                  • Clothes Dryer:

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

                  • Mobile Phone:

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

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                    Outdoors parking lot. ...moreless

                  • Telephone:

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

                  • Washing Machine:

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

                  • Parking:

                    Outdoors parking lot....moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

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

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included


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

                        Gas stove and oven. ...moreless

                      • Refrigerator:

                        Full size refrigerator. ...moreless

                      • Kitchen:

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

                      • Toaster:

                        Toaster oven. ...moreless


                      • Terrace
                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                      • Patio
                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Bicycles:

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

                      • Deck / Patio:

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

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

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

                      • Porch / Veranda:

                        Large porch with dining table. ...moreless

                      • Boat:

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

                      Payment Type

                      • Eurocard
                      • Dinersclub
                      • Jcb
                      • Mastercard
                      • Discover
                      • Visa
                      • Carteblanche
                      • Amex


                      Write a review 4.6
                      from 16 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      C$492 C$1,255

                      Rates are based on 3 guests; add C$12 per night, per additional guest

                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit C$150
                      • Taxes Included

                      Cancellation policy:

                      Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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                      Last updated: 07/04/2014
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                      130 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      San Jose (SJO)
                      0.1 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Road 36 Limon-Manzanillo
                      0.3 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Playa Chiquita
                      0.1 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Puerto Viejo
                      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:

                      - 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:

                      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!


                      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 hostess available for information and assistance during your stay and 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.

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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.

                      C$82 per night (CAD)

                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

                      View calendar: Updated 07/04/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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