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Peaceful Beach and Rain Forest Retreat near Amenities

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón Province, Costa Rica
  • House1291 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Den, Sleeps 4

Please note the maximum rental period of 14 days.

At Casas La Selvatica we offer an unforgettable rainforest immersion experience. Beyond comfortable accommodation, you will experience the sounds, scents and sights of the jungle with its amazing flora and fauna. Better yet, you will be 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 an entire home rather than a hotel room, and the cultural experience of living in an actual neighbourhood, surrounded by locals. The home is available for a maximum rental period of 14 days.

Casa Grande is located in Playa Chiquita (6km/4miles South of Puerto Viejo) within easy reach of countless recreational activities (zip-line jungle tours, chocolate tours, sea based activities: snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking), tours of the indigenous communities, yoga studios, and many more.

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. Casa Grande is located minutes away from a couple of the most picturesque palm fringed beaches in the Caribbean. Your bilingual 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.

Built with natural hardwood and decorated with lively Caribbean touches, including eclectic local art and tile mosaics, Casa Grande features two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, large outdoor dining area, bathroom with hot shower and a frog pond to watch the conservation of some endangered species of frogs.

The home has two bedrooms and a den, comfortably accommodating up to four people in two double beds. We offer the following, along with your accommodation:

- bilingual host (English/Spanish) available to provide information and assistance as needed;

- laundry service is included for vacations of minimum 7 days (one load/week/adult guest)

- UPGRADED, reliable high speed wireless internet for your devices;

- digital metal safe for secure storage of valuables;

- transportation, tours and activities booking.

We would love to customize your vacation according to your needs. If you are celebrating a special occasion or would like to pleasantly surprise a loved one, we can provide additional services as required bottle of wine awaiting your arrival and/or local handmade organic chocolates, etc.) or arrange for a romantic dinner or spa package before your arrival.

Tours and Activities: There are many wonderful activities to do in between the rain forest and in the sea. From guided wildlife watching, zip-lining through the tree canopies, hiking or biking to cooking, dancing and other thrilling adventures, there are activities sure to fit into your ideal tropical vacation plans. We can book activities for you at a discounted rate, due to our collaboration with local tour agencies.

We aim to assist you with your travel planning and make your vacation seamless. Please let us know if you would like to receive information or bookings for transportation from San Jose airport, or booking of tours and activities. We are able to offer discounted rates for some activities, due to our collaboration with the local tour providers.

Detailed transportation information can be found under the "Map" tab. Please take the time to review the "house rules" (a standard rental agreement) which will be presented to you when you submit a reservation request (you will be asked to read and agree prior to your payment being processed). All payments are handled by the secure online payment system provided by HomeAway. By submitting a reservation request, you acknowledge that you reviewed all the information presented on this site and all your questions were answered to your satisfaction.


Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton

Member Since 2010
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english, spanish, Romanian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton

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. We are delighted to be able to share our homes with our guests, and will assist as much as possible prior and during your trip to ensure a memorable experience.

Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton purchased this House in 2009

Why Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton chose Cantón Talamanca

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

What makes this House unique

English-Spanish speaking host available for information and assistance during your stay, as well as added safety. Laundry service provided by caretaker. Comfortable feeling of living in a home, not a cramped hotel room. Exceptional, prompt travel planing assistance provided directly by the owners, from the initial contact with a potential guest.


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


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Sleeps up to 4 guests in two double size beds.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Full 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom with hot shower.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          Located in quaint beach community, 6-8 minutes walk from the beach.
        • Rural
        • Village
          One of the few beach communities which dot the Caribbean Coast.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Laundry service (wash, dry and fold) provided by caretaker.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      Good quality 100% cotton bedding provided.
                    • Living Room
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                      Outdoors parking lot.
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Outdoors parking lot.
                    • Safe
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Good quality bath and hand towels provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Laundry service (wash, dry and fold) provided by property manager.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      High speed wireless internet.


                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped kitchen with gas stove, refrigerator and freezer, blender, coffee maker, toaster oven, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery.
                        • Blender
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Catering Available
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size refrigerator.
                        • Stove
                          Gas stove and oven.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster oven.


                            • Dining
                              Al fresco dining area on the patio.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Book collection - feel free to leave your finished books for future travelers.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Limited DVD collection - please bring your own DVD's.
                                • Games
                                  A few card/board games available.
                                • Television
                                  Flat screen TV with HDMI cable to connect to your device. DVD player. Cable service is NOT available.
                                • Video Library
                                  Small DVD collection.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Rental bikes available. Please inquire with property manager.
                                    • Boat
                                      Fishing or kayak tours can be arranged.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large porch with large dining table and two hammocks.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak tours can be arranged by request.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Large porch with dining table and two hammocks.
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


                                        • alternative lifestyle
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          The gravel road leading to all houses in the area is unfortunately not adequate for wheelchair use.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge
                                            • Housekeeper
                                            • Massage
                                            • Staff


                                                • playground
                                                • arboretum
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • museums
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • rain forests
                                                • reefs
                                                • restaurants
                                                • waterfalls
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • 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 area is NOT a bug free zone.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  40 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Very nice and quiet bungalow off the main road.

                                                                  William C.Lyalta, Alberta, Canada

                                                                  We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful setting in the jungle. Just a short walk to the grocery store and the beach. If you enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place to stay. Very easy to plan day trips and you can choose to walk or bike to many nearby beaches and restaurants. Easy to plan your own meals and be self sufficient with the full kitchen and nearby grocery & liquor store that also rents bikes. We stayed in the 2 bedroom unit with lots of room to relax indoors or out on the deck. Dave and Raina were our helpful and pleasant hosts. Good base camp for Playa Chiquita, Manzanillo, Playa Cocles, Punta Uva and Peurto Viejo. We walked along the beach all the way to Punta Uva a couple of times, Along the beach to Playa Cocles and biked to Peurto Viejo and Punta Uva a couple of times. Also took the bus to Manzanillo to check out one waybthe locals get around. No real need for a car unless you have an urge to travel further. Would definitely stay here again if we ever come back. Bill

                                                                  Quality property, excellent location

                                                                  Arden P.

                                                                  We stayed in the 2 bedroom house for one month. If you want a rainforest and beach House, as opposed to a resort, this spot will work great. We saw monkeys, sloths, geckos, snakes, toucans,and green macaw in the yard or nearby. The location near playa Chiquita and El duende grocery is convenient. It is 5-6 km from Puerto Viejo town. We enjoyed renting bikes and biking to town or the beaches most days. A couple of issues arose during our stay and the owners dealt with them in a helpful and efficient manner. You won't be disappointed if you choose to stay here.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It was a pleasure to host your family - thank you for choosing to spend the month at La Sevatica!

                                                                  Jungle experience

                                                                  Sylvie K.

                                                                  We loved our stay at la selvatica... Rodrigo was very nice and the property felt safe and was beautiful.

                                                                  There is a grocery store 2 min walk away and they have wine and beer.it was very convenient.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for choosing to spend part of your vacation at La Selvatica!

                                                                  A beautiful unconventional home

                                                                  raymond b.

                                                                  We spent 5 weeks in this beautiful house. The decoration was spectacular, everywhere you look there is something special to attract the look. The colours for sure make the warm atmosphere. Beds are confortable and the patio were we were spending a lot of time, protect us from the sun and from the rain.

                                                                  Surrounded by a plush garden we were at the middle of a little oasis of jungle. There are many beaches around at a walking distance and also a convenience store, more like a mini grocery. Unfortunately the internet is unstable, sometimes on sometimes out...

                                                                  Daniel our the property manager took a good care of us.

                                                                  In the whole we really enjoyed our stay at Casa Selvatica.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for choosing to spend a month at La Selvatica! We are happy to let any prospective travellers know that our homes now have upgraded wifi service, recently offered in the area. We hope to see you again for a future vacation!

                                                                  Stay at La Selvatica

                                                                  Jim L.

                                                                  My wife and I had enjoyable in Playas Chiquita. The facilities are as presented but as with any thing we had some adjustments. The property has a beautiful garden that is visited by birds, frogs, bugs and other interesting things (people). Since we were there for the month of February, we got to know the locals and enjoyed it immensely. The jewel in the crown however is Dani the manager. Local knowledge is best and Dani provided that. We were unable to convince him to return to Michigan, so it best to go to La Selvatica and enjoy a day in the hammocks and talk with Dani.

                                                                  Beautiful location

                                                                  Jose D.

                                                                  We have 19 days , the house is super well located , the place is quiet , no circulation no music , just the sounds of the birds and monkey . The house is clear and large , there is a patio with 2 hamacs .

                                                                  It is very easy to deal with Jeff and Daniel , quick answer ,

                                                                  I wish too return .


                                                                  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón Province, Costa Rica

                                                                  If you plan to arrive at La Selvatica on the day of your flight you will have to chose a flight landing in San Jose no later than 2pm. Similarly, if you plan to depart La Selvatica on the day of your flight, your flight should depart San Jose at 2pm or later. Air travel: Upon landing in San Jose, you can continue on a Sansa direct flights to Limon (30 min), which is 40 km away from Playa Chiquita. You will have to take a taxi from Limon to the house, or flag a local bus (every 2 hours). Airport shuttles: A few reputable transport providers offer daily departures in air conditioned minivans, directly from the airport, and operate in door-to-door service, so will drop you off directly at La Selvatica. Average cost is $50/person (one way). For updated schedule, rates and to reserve please google Interbus, Easy Ride, Gecko Trail or Caribe Shuttle websites. Budget minded travellers 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. $1 (450 colones - local currency) and takes approximately 25 minutes. Get off at the terminus stop. The bus is safe and reliable. When off the bus, catch a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Terminal de Buses de San Carlos. The taxi ride will take approx. 10 min and cost $4 (2200 colones, metered). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport to the San Carlos bus terminal: taxis are readily available outside the terminal. Note that there are two types of taxis: orange (licensed for airport, available as you exit the terminal and more expensive) and red (licensed for the city, available on the road just behind the airport parking lot and less expensive). The cost of a trip downtown is approx. $22 (red) or $32 (orange) and takes approx. 25 minutes. You will also see numerous other drivers offering their services. This could be a money saving option if you speak some Spanish and are willing to bargain heavily. Buses: 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 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 4.5 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. Buses to Puerto Viejo leave the same bus terminal at 6am, 10am, 2pm and 4pm. Upon arrival 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 ($7.5) - always confirm the price with the driver before departure. Buses tickets cannot be reserved in advance online, but can be purchased from the ticket office at the bus terminal. For departures on weekends or busy holidays, it is recommended to arrive at the bus terminal 1 hour prior to your bus departure to ensure you will be able to reserve your seat. Private transfer from airport to La Selvatica could be arranged. A minivan of up to 8 people cost approx. 200 USD. Generally, this option is the most expensive was to travel, but could be cost-effective for a family or group travel. Car rental: 7 global car rental companies have offices at the airport in San Jose. For an updated list of options, please visit the SJO airport website. River Rafting: our collaborator Exploradores Outdoors offers an adrenaline filled rafting trip from San Jose directly to La Selvatica. There is one daily departure at 6am (you would have to spend the night in San Jose). The tour operator will pick you up at your hotel, drive to a river exploration center where you will embark on a 4 hour descent on Pacuare River. You will then be driven directly to La Selvatica. Lunch is provided and your luggage is safely driven while you are on the raft. The trip can be booked directly on the tour operator website for $99/pers or through us for $90/pers. Driving directions (approx.4.5 hrs): from San Jose follow signs for road 32 to Limon. In Limon, follow signs for road 36 to Puerto Viejo. Once you reach Puerto Viejo, stay on the same road which goes through town, and continue to drive toward Manzanillo. Playa Chiquita is approx. 4 miles (10 min drive) after you exit Puerto Viejo (you will first drive through Cocles, then Playa Chiquita is next). Keep an eye out on your right hand side for El Duende Gourmet grocery store, then take the very first road to the right (small gravel road, you will see our sign there). Keep right on that road for 20 seconds and you will see our entrance. If your rented car has a GPS, the approximate location for Puerto Viejo is: latitude: 9.637614227510818 longitude: -82.71361827850342


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