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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: 03/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Puerto Viejo house description

Please read all the information on this page and ensure that you are comfortable with the description of the house, surroundings and the specifics of the area (rain forest environment), prior to making a reservation request.

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 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.

Casa Mango is a small, self contained *one bedroom* house, featuring a bedroom with double bed, ceiling fan and 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! The house is small and offers basic accommodation, and it is intended for *budget travellers* who seek an affordable and clean place to call home during their vacation. The house can only accommodate a single adult or a couple; is is not intended for families (insufficient space). Should you find that the comfort of a larger home would more accurately reflect your idea of a comfortable vacation, please consider our other home located on the same property: Casa Grande

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 might be 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:
- complimentary wifi internet service;
- 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.


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

  • Children Welcome:

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

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Area has uneven gravel roads. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • One double bed only. Additional beds are not possible.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Hot shower. ...moreless

  • Small private bathroom.

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 is NOT a bug free zone. ...moreless


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    Playa Chiquita is a small multicultural beach village settled in between the rainforest and the Caribbean Sea. ...moreless

  • Village

Sports & 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


  • Dining:

    Dining table located on the outdoor patio. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Permanently open non-glass windows (with bars and screens) provide ventilation. Wall fan in bedroom. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Laundry service available for extra charge. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Complimentary wireless internet. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

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

  • Living Room:

    Living area with hammock and bench on the outdoor patio. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoor parking...moreless

  • Telephone:

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

  • Towels Provided:

    Good quality towels provided. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry service available for extra charge. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Basic dishes and utensils. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen with full size stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, basic cookware, dishes and cutlery. No oven. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator


  • Bicycles:

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

  • Boat:

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

  • Deck / Patio:

    House designed to maximize outdoor living (indoor bedroom, bathroom and kitchen; outdoor living and dining area). ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

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

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Outdoor patio faces a tropical garden. House is surrounded by the rain forest sights and scents. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkelling gear available for rent. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.7
from 3 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
C$237 C$712
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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: 03/27/2015
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130 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose (SJO)
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Playa Chiquita

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. 11 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 4000 colones (8 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 $59/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 bike rentals are available on site. Comfortable feeling of living in a home surrounded by nature, 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: english, spanish, 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.

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Minimum stay: 2 nights
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  • Calendar last updated: 03/27/2015
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