"The driveway into the jungle lets you know right away that this house is far from ordinary! If you're looking for luxury, this is not the place for you. The only living rm is upper level deck, & there's no AC, no screens, no tv, & the kitchen is pretty Spartan (no microwave or oven, very few dishes & cooking utensils). But if you want a neat jungle experience, with parrots, toucans, and a sloth in the tree -- TONS of birds, plus a private pool, great wi-fi, a good location and a very reasonable price, then this place will suit you fine. We were concerned there would be mosquitos since the bedroom had no AC and no screens, but we just closed the BR doors before dusk and kept them closed at night & we were never bothered. And yes, we WERE cool enough. The vegetation surrounding the house is lush and beautiful, and you can't see any other houses -- just the jungle. You won't be sleeping in, though, because the howlers and the birds will wake you every day around 6 - 6:30 AM. Then around sunset the bird sounds get quite intense again. We saw small green parrots every night, and saw toucans several evenings too, but sadly no monkeys. We had a sweet little hummingbird sitting on her tiny nest in the arecas by the pool, and twice we saw (and heard) the resident sloth climbing the big tree closest to the house. Sure did hear the howler monkeys though, every morning and sporadically throughout the day and evening, but never got a glimpse of them. Unfortunately we also heard some neighbors' barking dogs quite a few times at night. The upstairs bedroom (1 double bed, 1 single bed) is the better of the 2 bedrooms. The downstairs bedroom is smaller and has no view at all. Both bedrooms - and the upstairs lanai -- have ceiling fans. The bathrooms are about equal and very adequate, with nice showers. Note: This home is NOT for people with disabilities, as the walkway from car to house involves a series of 5 or 6 really tall (10" ??) steps. You could get by here with just bicycles, but if you have a car you may need 4 wheel drive to get up the very last part of the driveway. (Not sure, as ours was a 4x4, so we had no problem.) There is a big sliding gate, which you can lock if you wish. There's also a safe in the bedroom. As the house is at a dead-end maybe 1/3 mile off the road, it's VERY private; you'll find no one is ever walking or driving by. The driveway is located right next to the Duende Gourmet Market in the center of Playa Chiquita - great little store!"
Guest: Maureen S.
Date of Stay: February 2015
Review Submitted: February 25, 2015