Affordable, cozy house, at the edge of the rainforest, close to the beach
Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton
- english, Romanian
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 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. Come join us and enjoy pure living...
Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton purchased this House in 2009
Why Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton chose Puerto Viejo de 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
On-site hosts available for information and assistance during your stay. Laundry service. Comfortable feeling of living in a home surrounded by nature, not a hotel room. Exceptional, prompt travel planing assistance provided directly by the owners, from the initial contact with a potential guest.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
As advertised, maybe better
So, where to start? Friendly, prompt replies when booking to a number of questions, some detailed and some covered by their website. Check-in was dead easy, even though we arrived several hours late. Raina and Dave were both seriously helpful and delightful to have as neighbors for a time, and helped us arrange activities and find cool spots and restaurants The critters were mostly awesome, (sloths, agouti, a lot of cool birds, and some interesting insects). The howler monkeys didn't come by, though we liked hearing them in the distance. One note of caution: the mosquitos were uncharacteristically (per Raina) numerous, so if you're prone to getting bitten like me, consider needing to take repellent application seriously. Also, if you're interested in luxury, give this place a pass and let someone who loves the beach and jungle get this great deal. We hope to be back soon!
It was our pleasure to host you guys!
Fun in the sun in Chiquita
Fantastico. Caretakers treated us like we were in a 5 star hotel. Cabina was a good size for two. Would return for sure🤗👍
Decent house, howler monkeys, not near beach
I found it a little out of the way, and more importantly, the owners misled me about the proximity of a beach wherein swimming was available. I enjoy swimming in the ocean, and was looking for a place to stay that was walking distance to a beach that was swimmable.
While it only takes 5 - 10 minutes to get to a beach from the house, that beach and nearby beaches are rocky and there are warnings all up and down about the dangerous undertow and rip tides.
I found, some 5 kilometers away, a calm, clear, non-rocky place to swim - just north of the Puerto Viejo town. Definitely not walking distance.
Other issues include the presence of howler monkeys, who spent each night howling their butts off - a weird, creepy sound that kept me awake all night, both nights. I was on vacation so I could catch up on my sleep during the day, but the proprietors should have warned me that the house was under siege every night.
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your 2 days stay at Casa Mango. We apologize for the discomfort created by the presence of the howler monkeys in the immediate vicinity, but are so happy that they are still coming by every now and then!
As always, we invite all prospective travellers to thoroughly research all publicly available information in order to ascertain whether a destination they consider for their holidays is a match to their interests and lifestyle. We also welcome any specific questions and will provide links to aid with the trip planning research.
pas très propre :(
Les photos date d'il y a longtemps car les meubles et l'ensemble sont très mal propre. Personnellement j'avais peur de rapporter des bibites à la maison. Pour une nuit ou deux quand tu n'as pas beaucoup de $ c'est ok, mais nous avions réservé pour la semaine et après 3 jours j'aurais quitté. Pour me convaincre de rester j'ai acheter du nettoyant, des gants et un chiffons pour nettoyer le principale.
Dan est très aidant lorsque nous avons besoin.
Nous sommes fiers de l'expérience que nous offrons à nos clients et nous laisserons les autres commentaires attestent de l'expérience de nos clients. Notre hôte sur place et gardien continuera à être en mesure de fournir une assistance, en temps réel, à toutes les demandes des clients. Nous invitons tout client éventuel à nous poser des questions ou des préoccupations précises au sujet de nos maisons et de nos services.
House needs improvements
It was ok. The house need some improvements tho... mostly in the bathroom. Location is good because is just minutes from every other beach, the one that is across the street is full is reef... dead one so you can't really get in unless your wearing water shoes.
Thank you Hilary for your comments! We only wish you would have been more specific, as we are committed to improve our services in order to meet our guests' needs. The bathroom has a functional hot shower, flush toilet, sink and mirror. At the time of your arrival, basic toiletries, toilet paper and good quality towels were provided, as this is standard for all our guests. If anything was needed in addition to this, we would have been happy to provide. We encourage our guests to communicate to us (by email) or to Daniel, the host, during his daily checking in with the guests anything that could make their stay better.
Regarding Playa Chiquita beach: it has been often described as "uncrowded Playa Chiquita is a favourite for those who want to relax on the fine sand and in the beautiful waters surrounded only by nature. It is really several small bays so you may be able to find your own small beach with no one else in sight" by media outlets (BBC Travel, NY Times etc.), travel magazines (Travel and Leisure) and independent sites (Puerto Viejo Satellite). There are definitely coral bays (which provide shelter from high waves), surrounded by areas incredibly with fine sand. There is something for everyone - one simply needs to walk around and find his/her perfect spot!
As always, we strongly encourage any future travellers to ask for details about our services during the pre-booking communication, as well as do their own research about the areas they are about to discover.
Daniel & Jeff
Great deal for budget travelers!
Great location, casa mango has all you need amenity wise. Near a well stocked grocery store that has affordable bikes for rent. Overall my stay here was great! It's too bad there is not more seating on the front patio though. The bench in the pictures isn't there anymore and the chairs aren't that comfy, so my boyfriend and I switched off taking turns in the hammock. It also would have been nice to have an extra fan in the bedroom because it can get very hot in the back of the house! However at such a cheap price those faults are just part of the experience. The owners are very quick in response to any emails you send, which is great. On a side note, Internet doesn't work very well unless you move closer to the router in the back of the house near the other cabin. As we only needed Internet to plan the next stop on our vacation this wasn't too much of a hassle. And Dani, our host, was the best! Very helpful with knowledge of the area, and we felt super welcomed by him, and not afraid to reach out to him at any point during our stay with questions. Casa Mango was a great find!
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 or Sansa direct flights to Limon (30 min). In Limon, you can take an airport shuttle which will drop you off directly at La Selvatica approx. 1 hour later.
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 $52/person (one way). We can reserve airport shuttle service on your behalf.
Alternatively, it is very feasible to take an uber from the airport to the Terminal Atlantico Norte (the bus terminal where you can catch the bus to Playa Chiquita or Puerto Viejo).
Buses: there is one direct daily bus from Terminal Atlantico Norte to Playa Chiquita, and more 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, 8am, 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. 220 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 through us on your behalf.
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: