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Looking for the Unique Puerto Viejo Experience?

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón Province, Costa Rica
  • House1765 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Unique 2-Story Octagonal House, 2 BR, 1 BA (Sleeps 6)

Looking for THE unique Puerto Viejo experience? Welcome to Mono En La Cara. With a Feng Shui inspired “Baqua” design, this octagonal, open concept 2-story home is reason enough to spend your next vacation on the beautiful South Caribe coast! Perfectly situated in a quiet area just outside of town on Playa Negra (Black Sand Beach) the large spacious, beautifully tiled octagonal first floor encompasses the living room, the dining area and the kitchen/Tiki Bar. From everywhere inside there are beautiful views of the property from the large, screened windows that surround you on all sides, providing direct contact with the tropical vegetation.

Extending behind the artistic spiral staircase leading to the 2nd floor is a very large, fully tiled, open bathroom complete with a large tiled shower and features a bidet, a rather unique amenity in these parts.

At the top of the stairs, you enter 5/8ths of the second floor octagon which contains the main sleeping area. Complete with two double size beds, this large bedroom features cathedral ceilings in an open-air environment with plenty of windows and fresh Caribbean breezes. Adjoining this space is a separate, private bedroom, also equipped with a double bed.

The other 3/8 of the upper floor (remember this is an octagon) is a huge outdoor deck made with beautiful local hardwoods with glorious views to the Caribbean. This deck also continues as a walkway around the sides of the house. This deck is the perfect morning spot for bird watching and breakfast. Then, after a day of exploring the beaches and the wonders of the Talamanca area, it’s also the perfect place to relax watching the sunset with an early evening drink (or that fantastic fresh fish in spicy coconut sauce that you bought from a vendor at the beach) and then planning the rest of your evening. Ah, Pura Vida!

Mono En La Cara is the perfect getaway for families, couples or small group of friends looking for a truly exotic vacation adventure.


Miriam & Mike

Member Since 2009
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Apr 07, 2018
Why Miriam & Mike chose Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

We had been visiting Costa Rica for quite a few years (first for the birds and wildlife) before finally making our first trek to the Caribbean coast. We fell in love with everything about it. The Pacific side is equally beautiful, (as is all of Costa Rica by the way) but the Caribe is a different world. You instantly feel a more personal and direct connection with everything around you. The people, the sea, the wildlife, the food, the stars at night, the rainforest by day And yet we are close enough to walk down the beach into town for the "normal" pleasures of restaurants, groceries, banking, fun, shopping, and of course, more beaches !

What makes this House unique

The second floor deck which surrounds the house really hits you in the face as you leave the Bedroom area. You instantly see a wide panorama of what this whole area is about. You're seeing the ocean and the birds in the palm trees and garden vegetation around the property. And as you continue around the deck to the back of the house the forest foliage becomes denser as you are looking up into the hills that are the start of the Talamanca range


    • Internet
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        2 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Two double beds in the large main bedroom and 1 double bed in the second, private bedroom - both are situated on the 2nd floor. There are two double size air mattresses, also


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, bidet
      • Completely tiled bathroom with very large beautiful open shower area, Sink with mirror, Full length wall mirror, Toilet and Bidet (a rare find in Costa Rica.)

      Location Type

        • Beach
          We are on Playa Negra which is a beautiful crescent Black Sand Beach starting just outside of town and it is your first glimpse of the Caribe as you reach the coast again after Cahuita.
        • Beach View
          You can watch the waves break on the beach from your hammock or chair on the huge surrounding 2nd floor deck
        • Downtown
          Puerto Viejo simply has an incredible diversity of peoples, cultures, foods, bars, restaurants, lifestyles, beaches, natural wonders & wildlife..all within walking distant ! from Town-Beach-Rainforest
        • Ocean View
        • Rural
          Our location will feel rural to many visitors even though we are quite close to the village of P.V. We are on a quiet unpaved road and it's only a peaceful 10-15 min walk on the beach into town
        • Village
          We can't say enough about how amazing Puerto Viejo is! If you want to get off the well beaten tourist path and meet local folks (and visitors) who really appreciate what this area is, please come


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Garage
                      We have a private car port.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Safe
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      We even have beach towels!
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Blender
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove


                            • Dining
                              There are multiple areas to enjoy meals cooked at the house. On the 1st floor at the Tiki Bar or the 2 Tables . Outside on the back patio - a good coffee spot Our fav is up on the 2nd floor Deck !
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults


                                    • Balcony
                                      Pick a spot on the deck and you can watch the slooooow - motion of a Sloth or watch and listen to the waves break on the beach just down the gravel road.
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      This is one of the highlights of this beautiful home! From the Deck that surrounds half the house you can sit or lay in a hammock and watch the daily parade of exotic birds.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Patio
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • arboretum
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • rain forests
                                            • reefs
                                            • restaurants
                                            • volcano
                                            • waterfalls

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • whitewater rafting


                                                            • Botanical Gardens a short walk from the house. Exploring the Rainforest Canopy with expert local guides. Some of the best birding in the world. Over 400 species are known in the Talamanca area. We've seen everything from Toucans to Squirrel Cuckoos. Visits and interaction with local Indigenous communities. Options to volunteer and/or visit sea turtle nesting sites. Leatherback Turtle nesting season is Apr- May

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              14 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Mono en la cara


                                                              this is a great house in a great country, perfectly located between pristine beach and busy, funky downtown. A veranda so nice, you never want to leave the hammock again. A lush garden, perfectly maintained with fruit trees and beautiful tropical flowers. Sweet and friendly hosts with the ability to take care of any of your needs, easy to converse to , reliable, fast and efficient. Thanks to Mike and Miriam and Michel, we had a wonderful vacation, eager to come back as soon as possible.

                                                              My really hot wife and I. Thanks for taking me to Puerto Viejo!!

                                                              Cant tell you what my wife calls me! Seattle washington

                                                              Wow. I stayed in august also and our experience was very different then the really bad review behind mine. People its an open house. That means it wont close up totally. So yes theres going to be wildlife in your house. The geckos were all over. We found a crab in the house one night. And Just like everywhere else in Costa Rica we were, there were ants. The hot water worked very good for us. The house is in a great location. Id say about a ten minute walk to town. A very safe place to leave your belongings all day without fear of them not being there when u get home. The thing Id remind everyone before going to Costa rica is to bring everything you might need. DONT BUY IN COSTA RICA. first off you probably wont find it. and if ya do it will cost you 3 times as much there. Bathing suits, towels, watershoes, tums, deodorant, even bring a half gallon of booze. We didnt and were shocked how much things were. Yes Im talking to you, so take notes!!! Like everyone says, the food rocks. Ask David he will show you the best places to eat. Try the sodas. good food. and cheaper then cooking at home. I eat all the street food without a problem. Thank you David for all the help you were to us. Oh and to the musty smell. Open the windows. Its a really Hot humid place. Its gonna smell like that. Great place, and even a greater location!!

                                                              Wonderful jungalow!

                                                              Bethany CurtisSeattle, Washington, USA

                                                              The house was great- it looks exactly like the pictures, nothing is deceiving. The place is close to the beach, and close to town. Everyone was very helpful and accommodating. Of course there are bugs and geckos- it's the Caribbean side of Costa Rica! They were not a problem. The downstairs/living area is huge, very spacious. Great place to hang out with friends, cook, play games, etc. without worrying about making a little noise. You can hear the waves from the hammocks, and the sounds of birds reminds you that you're in a tropical place! We had a wonderful experience, and not a single complaint. Thank you!

                                                              Great place to get away with the girls!

                                                              Larissa Y.

                                                              PERFECT “GIRL’S ONLY” RETREAT AT MONO HOUSE

                                                              After a really hectic winter, I decided that I needed to get away and decided on a “Girl’s Only” trip - no kids, no husbands allowed. So, after much research, the three of us set our sights on Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica and Mono en la Cara! What an amazing adventure it turned out to be. We had to spend a few days in San Jose (which we highly recommend) because the house was occupied for a few days before we arrived in PV, but boy, oh boy, it was certainly worth the wait!

                                                              Mono en la Cara (Monkey in your Face) was a real treat and better than we even anticipated! The owners were great to deal with; the property managers were fantastic. Our entire stay was great; the town is amazing, the beaches very varied and pristine and the house was always a pleasure “to come home to”!

                                                              Thanks for the tip of Ami Modo (an amazing Italian Restaurant at the far end of town) and when you do visit, make sure you make the trek to Manzanillo and Maxi’s; you will be glad you did!!

                                                              Highly recommend staying here you won't be disappointed!

                                                              Awesome Location

                                                              Heather K.Bethlehem, PA

                                                              2 minute walk to the beach and 5 minutes from restaurants/bars/shops. Had an enjoyable stay. The views from the second floor are beautiful, saw all types of wild life and enjoyed the indoor geckos. We had no issues with the plumbing or hot water. We took full advantage of the WI-FI and outside hose for rinsing our feet after the beach. The property manager was extremely helpful with recommending transportation and local restaurants. Highly recommend if you're looking for a warm atmosphere and can't wait to come back!

                                                              Traveler Beware! House not as described, not safe for kids, daily problems on our trip

                                                              Sarah F.California

                                                              We just finished staying two weeks elsewhere in Costa Rica before arriving in Puerto Viejo. We wished we stayed away or sought other lodging within 5 minutes of our arrival, and the experience we had at this "house" truly ruined our trip.

                                                              1. No hot water our first 24 hours, the plumber came after our first night because we took cold showers.

                                                              2. Day 1 and throughout our trip, bugs and geckos everywhere. Our first night, we removed more than 5 geckos and there were many more we could not catch. There were also an abundance of ants. I was unloading food the first night and within five minutes ants had gotten into cereal on the counter that had to be tossed. We then began refrigerating everything, even cereal, chips, ... There was a can of bug spray on the counter, which indicated to us this is a continuing problem.

                                                              3. There is a rail or two missing from the second story deck making it unsafe for kids.

                                                              4. On the one night I tried to cook, the oven did not work and it is at least 40-50 years old.

                                                              5. The bathroom got a leak during our trip and the entire floor near the toilet was sopping wet. Plumber came again.

                                                              6. A frog literally jumped out of the faucet in the shower our first day.

                                                              7. There were wires hanging throughout the downstairs, making it unsafe.

                                                              8. Our first night, my son had to sleep on the sofa cushion, which I could see bug droppings on. There was no air mattress, as the listing promised.

                                                              9. The washing machine was very old and not at all what we expected, and there was virtually no water pressure so filling it took about 30 minutes--this was suppose to be fixed but never was. Laundry was musty and dank.

                                                              10. There was NO working phone. It never worked.

                                                              11. And the capper, our last full day and night, the internet stopped working. If there had been an emergency, we would have been out of luck.

                                                              12. The house smelled dank and musty throughout our trip.

                                                              I could keep going on and on with more issues, as literally the property managers or a repair person was at the house daily.

                                                              We have been using VRBO for 15 years and have NEVER experienced such deplorable conditions.

                                                              DON'T STAY HERE!


                                                              Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón Province, Costa Rica

                                                              Mono en la Cara is situated just steps from the Blue Caribbean waters on a quiet, small gravel road just outside of the town of Puerto Viejo. Rain forest vegetation and ecosystems extend down from the Talamanca Mountain range right into the village and to the sands of all the surrounding Caribbean coast beaches. Hundreds of Bird and Wildlife species, including Toucans, Parrots, Trogons, Monkeys, Sloths, Tapirs, Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds are readily seen in the area - and right off the deck of our property! The diversity of the beaches is amazing - from popular and world famous surfing beaches of Salsa Brava to absolutely empty secluded coves and coral reefs - this is a beach lovers paradise. Music lovers can enjoy live authentic Calypso and Reggae, fantastic Jazz and Salsa, much of it at the incredible restaurants which feature an international variety of cuisines. But first, do a full discovery of the classic Caribbean coconut infused cooking served at the many 'sodas' and local eateries. Other Activities: Shopping, boating, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, and of course, swimming.

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                                                              Additional Guest Fee

                                                              Price Includes All Fees, Taxes and Utilities. Long Term Rentals Encouraged with Rate Reductions. Prices subject to change - please contact owner for more information!

                                                              14 Reviews
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