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Affordable Rainforest Home Near Palm Fringed Beach and Amenities

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Porch with dining table, bench and a hammock, facing a lush tropical garden.


Last updated: 07/20/2014
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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 comfortable accommodation 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 home is 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.

Casa Mango is a self contained one bedroom house, featuring a bedroom with double bed, ceiling fan and large walk-in closet, a bathroom with shower, a kitchen with full size stove, refrigerator and basic kitchenware, and an outdoor living area with a dining table, bench and of course, a hammock!

If you seek serenity, while enjoying the convenience of a picture perfect beach (10 min walk away) and services within a few minutes walk, this is the place for you. Within a few minutes walk you will find: a well stocked grocery/general store (you will find most basic necessities here), a few restaurants, a couple of yoga studios and a bus stop with direct service to San Jose, Limon, Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo.

Along with the accommodation, the following services are available on-site:
- 3G datacard for wireless internet (free of charge, service variable in speed); high-speed wireless internet is currently being sourced;
- on-site caretaker, available for assistance and information as needed
- laundry service ($5/load - wash, dry and fold).
- rental bikes are available at nearby grocery store (3 min walk away).
- professional therapeutic or relaxing massages on site provided by qualified physiotherapist are available - please inquire on site with your host or with us during the booking process.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Massage
          • Staff


          • Pets Considered:

            Pet deposit applies. ...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Maximum occupancy applies (two adults or one adult and one child). ...moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            At least one guest of adult age required. ...moreless

          • Smoking Allowed:

            Outdoors only....moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

          • Bedroom 1: 1 double


          • Additional beds are not possible.

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Budget
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities


          • Botanical Garden
          • Festivals
          • Forests
          • Playground
          • Rain Forests
          • Reefs
          • Restaurants
          • Waterfalls

          Leisure Activities

          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking

          local services and businesses

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

          Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
          • Village

          sports and adventure activities

          • Cycling
          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Fishing
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Hiking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Rafting
          • Sailing
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Snorkeling
          • Spelunking
          • Surfing
          • Swimming
          • Whitewater Rafting
          • Wind-Surfing

          catering options

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Dining
              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 2 people

              forms of payment

                  • Accept Credit Card


                  • Linens Provided:

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

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Good quality towels provided. ...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    Laundry service available for extra charge. ...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Internet:

                    High speed wireless internet available. ...moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Cell phone available if needed for special circumstances - please inquire with hosts. ...moreless

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included


                      • Kitchen
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        Basic dishes and utensils. ...moreless


                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        Kayak and canoe tours can be arranged. ...moreless

                      • Bicycles:

                        Available for rent at nearby grocery store (3 min walk away). ...moreless

                      • Boat:

                        Boats for rent and fishing tours can be arranges. ...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Lawn / Garden


                      Write a review 4.7
                      from 3 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      C$45 C$45
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      C$300 C$1,070
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit C$100
                      • Taxes Included


                      Maximum occupancy is 2 guests; rates displayed apply for 1 or 2 guests.

                      Cancellation policy:

                      Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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                      Last updated: 07/20/2014
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                      130 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      San Jose (SJO)
                      0.3 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Playa Chiquita
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant

                      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). The trip cost approx. 90 cents (450 colones - local currency) and take 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 here:

                      - 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 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. Come join us and enjoy pure living...

                      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 caretaker available for information and assistance during your stay and added safety. Laundry service provided by caretaker, as well as use of bikes are available on site. Comfortable feeling of living in a home, not a hotel room. Exceptional, prompt travel planing assistance provided directly by the owners, from the initial contact with a potential guest.

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: spanish, english, Romanian

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • Porch with dining table, bench and a hammock, facing a lush tropical garden.

                        Porch with dining table, bench and a hammock, facing a lush tropical garden.

                      • Casa Mango side view.

                        Casa Mango side view.

                      • Kitchen with full size refrigerator, stove, oven, basic dishes and cookware.

                        Kitchen with full size refrigerator, stove, oven, basic dishes and cookware.

                      • Secure property, fenced and gated.

                        Secure property, fenced and gated.

                      • Garden


                      • Wild green parrot.

                        Wild green parrot.

                      • Toucan seen from the porch.

                        Toucan seen from the porch.

                      • Relax...


                      • Bedroom detail.

                        Bedroom detail.

                      • Porch


                      • Dining area outdoors.

                        Dining area outdoors.

                      • Bedroom with double bed and large walk-in closet.

                        Bedroom with double bed and large walk-in closet.

                      • Garden detail

                        Garden detail

                      • Iguana, as seen in the trees surrounding the property.

                        Iguana, as seen in the trees surrounding the property.

                      • A sloth seen from the porch!

                        A sloth seen from the porch!

                      • Local road!

                        Local road!

                      • Banana, guava, tangerine, star fruit and many other trees on the property.

                        Banana, guava, tangerine, star fruit and many other trees on the property.

                      C$45 per night (CAD)

                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 2

                      View calendar: Updated 07/20/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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