About the property
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3 Bedrooms - 3 Baths - (Sleeps 2-8)
The house is a large, indigenous style home, hand crafted of the finest hardwoods. Our tropical garden setting is just 300 meters from the beach and a 5 minute walk to the beach/town of Manzanillo. Each suite is furnished with a king size bed where you can sleep in the comfort of luxury linens and stay cool ceiling fan style. The adjoining private baths are complete with hot water and high pressure showers. Outside your bedroom door awaits a private balcony where you can enjoy conversation or lie in the hammock for an afternoon siesta.
Eat in or dine out? Choose to cook a delicious meal in your own fully equipped kitchen, grill fresh meats and seafood on our large, roof covered outdoor grill, or eat out at one of the nearby restaurants. Sitting areas in the front of the house are a great place to delight in nature and wildlife. We share our garden with sloths, monkeys, morpho butterflies, and toucans, to name a few.
The house can be rented as a whole or you can rent just one floor depending on your party's size and needs. If you decide to rent just one floor, there is a private entrance for each. Parties of 2 can rent the whole house at a discounted rate to ensure privacy.
The 2nd floor of the house is fully screened and the 1st floor bedrooms and bath are screened. The 1st floor kitchen and living areas are open air to catch a cool breeze and enhance wildlife viewing. We do have floor to ceiling mosquito netting curtains that can be pulled closed at dawn and dusk or as desired.
While we feel a car isn't necessary and we provide 4 bikes to ride to the beach or local destinations, if you have young children or people in your party who are unable to walk aproximately a quarter mile, you may wish to have a car while staying at our home. Public transport is reliable and inexpensive as well and there are many transport methods to reach our home.
Coming to Costa Rica is a very exciting experience because of the natural beauty and the fact that there is still plentiful wildlife to see. People are amazed by the grand scale of the trees, the many species of birds and butterflies, the lush tropical flowers and
local fruits, the variety of beaches, plus seeing monkeys and sloths. On the Caribbean coast we enjoy all that plus reggae music and diverse cultures living in harmony. We think you will be delighted if you choose this amazing destination for your Costa Rica vacation!
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World traveler who fell in love with Costa Rica while living with a family and studying Spanish many years ago. I enjoyed learning about this peaceful country with a high literacy rate, good health care, education, and no army or history of wars. Of course living in the northern US contributed to the decision to find a tropical escape from our cold snowy winters!
Mary purchased this House in 2003
Why Mary chose Manzanillo
My partner Victor and I looked for homes in Puerto Viejo and couldn't find anything to meet all our wishes so we decided to take a drive to a little beach town I had visited a few years before and we saw a land for sale sign on the way into Manzanillo and decided to stop. We fell in love with the beauty of the land and sighting a tree full of toucans seemed like a sign! It was then that we came up with the idea of designing and building our own home that had the best of both jungle and beach locations.
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If you're looking for a jungle experience this is the place. The house is incredible. There are a lot of creepy crawlers but it's part of the experience. The room upstairs is incredible and you can sit on the deck and watch monkeys every morning. The howler monkeys are loud but we loved hearing them.
We suggest taking the hike with Tino. Very informative and you get a real feel for the jungle.
Overall an incredible experience.
good vacation property, great surrounding area
Our stay here was overall very good, the open concept was quite unique, we used the supplied bikes everyday, lots of wildlife in the area, sloths 3 kinds of monkey, toucans hummingbirds. The caretakers, Yari and Alex were excellent very helpful and gave us real good information to anything we asked about. Too bad there is no direct access to the beach from the house about an 8 minute bike ride is needed, that worked out ok. I would book a return trip to this location
Thank you for your review of our home! We are happy you had a great time and enjoyed the wildlife and would book a return stay! You probably aren’t aware, because the beach path isn’t available and therefore we don’t advertise it or describe it, , but the path actually takes longer to get to the beach than walking or bikng along the road toward town and brings you to a beach that has pretty severe riptides and isn’t as good for swimming as the beach guests access near the town, which is much safer and features a reef for snorkeling. Also, the closest beach area is the equivalent of 3 city blocks away from our home, so We are surprised to hear it took 8 minutes. We are happy you enjoyed the free bikes we provide for guests!
As advertised and described
Had a great time in Manzanillo with the family (2 adults, 5 kids age 3-16, and 2 grand parents)! My kids called this "The Jungle House," as it is seated in middle of the jungle. Definitely a unique experience, with an authentic Costa Rican feel. Bikes were very useful, and we rode them daily to get groceries, or to the beach. The caretaker Yari was very nice, and helpful with any need that we had, including helping us arrange a driver (Alex), and guide that knew the Caribbean coast really well. We often caught the bus at the end of the driveway and rode up the coast to Puerto Viejo. Pro: lots of wildlife including birds, monkeys, frogs, bugs, etc. Easy access to town. Great beaches and nature. Con: Howler monkeys wake up early, and it took us a few days to get used to hearing them so close, but as I understand from many other travelers, this is common all over Costa Rica.
We would do this all over again should we have the opportunity!
Beautiful house in great, private location. Better than the photos.
My wife and I and our 14 yr-old daughter stayed at Bella Sirena Feb. 18-24, 2017. It's a beautiful house--larger than the pictures make it look. The upstairs is one large open room with windows almost all around, the kitchen and bathroom off to one side. The window/doors open on one side to give you a direct view of the forest/garden.
The downstairs also has one large space--completely open to the garden/forest for 180 degrees. Hammocks, rocking chairs, and a couch make it a great place to hang out. There are two moderate size bedrooms on the ground floor.
We saw monkeys and a sloth right in front of the house. Bugs were generally not bad.
The housekeeper, Yari, was helpful and available.
We rode bikes to the Manzanillo beach a few times, settling in under a large tree that served as a large natural umbrella (about 150 yards to the north/left when you first reach the beach from the road). I snorkeled on the Manzanillo beach (just in front of the fishing boats on the southern/right end of the beach) the last day. I love snorkeling and was very impressed by it. You need to have a day with calm water, but my sense is that the reef there is under-rated. Winter is generally not the best time for snorkeling here, but it was good this week.
We had some great meals (Maxi's in Manzanillo, Pura Gula in Playa Chiquita, and Koki Beach in Puerto Viejo). Don't miss kayaking up the river from the Punta Uva beach. You can rent kayaks at the beach for 5000 colones. You can only go up river about 30-45 minutes, but it is well worth it.
Unfortunately the area is not like North America where you can get a map and a hiking book and set out on your own. Most hiking requires a guide--trails are not marked. You can hike Cahuita Nat'l Park on your own. You will see animals, and LOTS of humans too. No need for hiking boots on that trail. It's sandy--our guide did it barefoot.
One thing to keep in mind, while it is theoretically possible to make it to Manzanillo in 4 hrs 15 minutes from the airport, we've never seen that happen and we've been there twice. Traffic in and around San Jose is terrible, and the route to the Caribbean coast is on a two lane highway--either slow trucks or accidents can set you way behind. I'd count on more like 6 hours.
If you love nature the trip is worth it.
In the rainforest
La Bella Sirena was certainly unique - situated inside a rainforest in a quiet corner of Costa Rica. It reminded me of other beach communities around the world where folks get away from it all. Mary and the local housekeeper Yari were both gracious hosts.
It does bear mentioning that anyone going in December needs to be prepared for Noah's Ark rain - 12-14 hours a day on most days for us. Thus, the pack list for December should certainly include wellies. We might have made the walk to the Panamanian border but mud, rain and steep slopes stopped us in our tracks. Another walk through Cahuita was similar but more easily traversed.
The good side of the rain were the visiting animals. We saw howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and agoutis right on the property. I was surprised at the number of sloths we did see. Visits to the "Jaguar" rescue center (no jaguars but still good) and the cacao farm were educational. The local restaurants served good food, albeit not cheap.
All in all, it was an adventure to a different part of the world and probably best visited when slightly drier.
Thanks for your review of our property Ted! December is the rainiest month of the year in our area traditionally, but normally isn't as relentless as what you describe, I'm sorry you had the misfortune to stay during an unusually rainy time. We had that experience one other December, back in 2003, so we know it can happen, we just wish it was easier to predict what year it might occur.. Good idea about the Wellies! I remember we ended up reading a lot in the hammock that year. Thanks for choosing us for your vacation rental and we wish you the best in future travels! (with less rain :) Mary and Victor
What a trip!
In February we spent two weeks in Costa Rica and stayed at La Bella Sirena - what a gorgeous surprise! Constructed of local hard woods with an open floor plan, this stunning house perfectly matches the rain forest environment. Two bedrooms w/bath on the main floor; one large bedroom w/bath up. Common areas w/tables/chairs/sofa/hammocks - two kitchens, washer/dryer (very nice to have!) and plenty of agua pura. More than enough room for our group of six; bikes for easy travel to beach and town. Used the outdoor grill one night for lobster – fantastico! Located near Manzanillo, end of the road before Panama, this is a wonderful retreat in a jungle locale: Howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, huge Blue Morpho butterflies; we saw them all right here. Yari, house-manager extraordinaire, knows everyone and will steer you right. People are friendly and we always felt safe. Mary provides great info about life/restaurants/money in CR, etc. What a trip! A nice find for independent, self-reliant, beings. Thanks Mary. Pura Vida! Mimi&Mick
Thanks for choosing La Bella Sirena for your Costa Rica adventures! We really appreciate your business and the great review! We hope you will visit again!
All the best,
Mary and Victor
La Bella Sirena
Located in the Gandoa Manzanillo wildlife refuge:
Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge located about 12 kilometers southeast of Puerto Viejo, and nearest to the small village of Manzanillo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is one of the most beautiful and scenic sites in the country. Fine sandy beaches, gentle waves, coral reefs near the surface of the sea all make this region a paradise for nature lovers and underwater enthusiasts.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife viewing
Rates & Availability
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PLEASE MAKE AN INQUIRY PRIOR TO HITTING THE BOOK NOW BUTTON! Cleaning/fresh linen mid visit included in price. Guests wash own dishes. Whole House is $175/night ..$1050wk..$2750mo 1st flr $125/nt $750 wk 2ndflr $100nt $600wk 10% discount if party of 2 rents entire house. Prices subject to increase Deposit is 50% of total cost for stay. Extra people over 6 guests $25 per person. We are unable to return payments due to cancellation unless we are able to rerent the property