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Recent Manzanillo reviews

  • Paradise once again

    "We were privileged to be able to return to Casa de Early Birds for another visit. Once again, we were not disappointed. The owners are wonderful to deal with and the caretakers who live downstairs are so helpful and kind. We enjoyed sitting on the porch listening to the ocean, the howler monkeys and looking over the lush vegetation. We walked along the beach nearly every day and enjoyed the local vibe. I can think of no better place to relax and unwind. Loved our experience in every way!"
    Guest: ManitoulinGirl Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 2, 2015
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  • Great Experience!

    "We had a great time at the house! The water is warm and calm and monkeys and sloths can be seen all around. One of our favorite pastimes was sitting on the large porch, sipping delicious local coffee and watching for animals. Chena, the manager, was very helpful from start to finish. She assisted in everything from getting us help loading in luggage and groceries from the other side of the creek when we arrived, making delicious meals, and organizing day trips. One of my favorite trips was guided by Chena's cousin, Tino - we hiked from the house to Punto Mona and learned a lot about the native plants and animals as well as enjoyed a swim in a lagoon with a boatride back! Also great day trip was to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo - while there were not any jaguars there while were there, there were tons of different animals, from owls, to cats, to sloths, to anteaters. Not only are they doing good work but the guides are super knowledgeable and you can go into the monkey house and interact with them! There is a family that lives on the property - Claudia does an excellent job at any laundry or cleaning needs you have. We had her come in twice for a fresh up - it's affordable and nice to have a clean floor as you will be barefoot most of the time. One thing I would note is that the creek was never dry when we were there. And, the water was often mid-shin or knee high. While this is not really a big deal, for your comfort I would advise bringing one more pair of shoes than you think you should because things do not dry very quickly in the forest. Would definitely stay here again, thank you for sharing, Kathy!"
    Guest: Stacia B. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 29, 2014
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  • Rainforest retreat in a fascinating area

    "We loved our stay at La Patita. The house is amazing---open to the lush rainforest, yet kind of cozy and funky-- like living in a treehouse. We could lie in a hammock on the deck and spot sloths, howler monkeys, and toucans. Our hike through the Refuge with Omar was a highlight. He was a great guide--a font of knowledge on all things local. William, the caretaker was also friendly and accommodating. China, (a cook who lives in Manzanillo) came to La Patita to prepare a dinner for us one night. She is a native English speaker like all the older folks in the area, many of whom are descendants of workers who came from Jamaica to build the railroad, and work in the banana plantations. Fascinating history of this place. We loved hanging out and walking on the gorgeous beaches. Just be sure to find out where the rip tides make swimming dangerous. Good food to be had at Cool and Calm Cafe. Thank you, Sita for helping us get in touch with China and with Omar. Meeting local people made our fantastic week even better!"
    Guest: Traveller Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 7, 2015
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  • Amazing experience

    "This location is prime! I'm not quite sure a 4x4 is required to drive to the home, the roads leading up to the driveway are paved and the driveway is a rocky and bumpy dirt road, that said, I THINK a regular car could drive it. There is a gate for added sense of security, all doors and windows lock. Bugs can climb under the doors but we stayed on the second floor. There are 3 bedrooms and 4 beds of different sizes and 2 longer sofas. The two hammocks upstairs were the best! We spent a lot of time on the patio. Every morning, without fail, we heard howler monkeys at 4-6am, at first they sounded like dogs growling or even boars but they're definitely monkeys! The house is surrounded by lush rain forest foliage and the short trail in the backyard leads right to the beach (where there's great snorkeling off shore!). The house is right across the street from Abel Bustamante, we went on 3 tours with him - a long jungle hike, snorkeling and a night hike to sea a huge leatherback sea turtle laying eggs. He's incredibly friendly and knowledgeable! The easy drive to Puerto Viejo was about 20 minutes. You can't really get lost because there's one main paved road. There was a supermercado and a few restaurants in walking distance, although the best supermercados with lots of variety were in Puerto Viejo. I didn't have cell reception but my friends and I took advantage of taking photos while we were out and uploading them online using the house wifi, we also streamed music. In hind sight, we should have brought a speaker for sufficient sound. Mosquitoes were brutal, they love me and ate me alive despite using lots of bug spray - the beds came with optional mosquito nets even though the house was enclosed. Also, if you wash your clothes, they won't dry due to humidity! This house is one of the nicer ones in the area, better than a hostel and many open cabins. It was nice to have our own home and this site was very simple to use. Owner and housekeepers were very friendly. I definitely recommend this rental! * Tip - if the knives are dull, use the underside of a ceramic mug to scrape the sides of the knife point a few times, wash knife and use! Be careful though. My mom told me this trick and it worked well on the knives in the house. Also, under the kitchen sink drain, there's a sediment catcher, be sure to empty it out in to the organics bucket when the sink starts to clog."
    Guest: M B. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: May 4, 2015
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