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Affordable Rainforest Home Near Palm Fringed Beach and Amenities

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Porch with dining table, bench and a hammock, facing a lush tropical garden.


Last updated: 04/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Affordable, cozy little house, for self-catering travelers

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 local neighbourhood, surrounded by locals.

Casa Mango 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.

Please read all the information on this page and ensure that you are comfortable with the description of the house, surroundings and the specifics of the area (rain forest environment), prior to making a reservation request.

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. The home is located minutes away from a couple of the most picturesque palm fringed beaches in the Caribbean. Your 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.

Casa Mango is a small, self contained one bedroom house, featuring a bedroom with double bed, ceiling fan and walk-in closet; a bathroom with shower; a kitchen with full size stove, refrigerator and basic kitchenware, and an outdoor living area with a dining table, bench and of course, two hammocks! The house offers basic accommodation, and it is intended for budget travellers who seek an affordable and clean place to call home during their vacation. The house can only accommodate a single adult or a couple; is is not intended for families (due to insufficient space). Should you find that the comfort of a larger home would more accurately reflect your idea of a comfortable vacation, please consider our other home located on the same property: Casa Grande: HomeAway listing#348953

If you seek serenity, while enjoying the convenience of a picture perfect beach (6 min walk away) and services within a few minutes walk, this might be the place for you. Within a few minutes walk you will find: a well stocked grocery/general store (you will find most basic necessities here), a few restaurants, a couple of yoga studios and a bus stop with direct service to San Jose, Limon, Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo.

Along with the accommodation, the following services are available on-site:
- complimentary wifi internet service;
- on-site caretaker, available for assistance and information as needed
- laundry service ($5/load - wash, dry and fold).
- rental bikes are available at nearby grocery store (3 min walk away).

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.
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, spanish, Romanian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    At least one guest of adult age required. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Maximum occupancy applies (two adults or one adult and one child). ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside is allowed. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Area has uneven gravel roads. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • One double bed only. Additional beds are not possible.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Hot shower. ...moreless

  • Small private bathroom.

Other Amenities

  • 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 is NOT a bug free zone. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Playground
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    Playa Chiquita is a small multicultural beach village settled in between the rainforest and the Caribbean Sea. ...moreless

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining table located on the outdoor patio. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Permanently open non-glass windows (with bars and screens) provide ventilation. Wall fan in bedroom. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Laundry service available for extra charge. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Complimentary wireless internet. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Good quality 100% cotton bedding provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living area with hammock and bench on the outdoor patio. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoor parking...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell phone available if needed for special circumstances - please inquire with host. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Good quality towels provided. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry service available for extra charge. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Basic dishes and utensils. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen with full size stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, basic cookware, dishes and cutlery. No oven. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator


  • Bicycles:

    Available for rent at nearby grocery store (3 min walk away). ...moreless

  • Boat:

    Boats for rent and fishing tours can be arranged. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    House designed to maximize outdoor living (indoor bedroom, bathroom and kitchen; outdoor living and dining area). ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak and canoe tours can be arranged. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Outdoor patio faces a tropical garden. House is surrounded by the rain forest sights and scents. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkelling gear available for rent. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 3.8
from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$293 $831
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $95.12


Maximum occupancy is 2 guests; rates displayed apply for 1 or 2 guests.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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130 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose (SJO)
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Playa Chiquita

Car: Not Necessary

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 Nature Air 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. Both airlines offer fares as low as $39/one way.

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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: 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. Come join us and enjoy pure living...

Why the Owner Chose Limón Province, Costa Rica:
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

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Bilingual (English-Spanish) caretaker available for information and assistance during your stay. Laundry service provided by caretaker. 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.

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Speaks: english, spanish, Romanian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

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  • Porch with dining table, bench and a hammock, facing a lush tropical garden.

    Porch with dining table, bench and a hammock, facing a lush tropical garden.

  • Casa Mango side view.

    Casa Mango side view.

  • Kitchen with full size refrigerator, stove, oven, basic dishes and cookware.

    Kitchen with full size refrigerator, stove, oven, basic dishes and cookware.

  • Secure property, fenced and gated.

    Secure property, fenced and gated.

  • Garden


  • Wild green parrot.

    Wild green parrot.

  • Toucan seen from the porch.

    Toucan seen from the porch.

  • Relax...


  • Bedroom detail.

    Bedroom detail.

  • Porch


  • Dining area outdoors.

    Dining area outdoors.

  • Bedroom with double bed and large walk-in closet.

    Bedroom with double bed and large walk-in closet.

  • Garden detail

    Garden detail

  • Iguana, as seen in the trees surrounding the property.

    Iguana, as seen in the trees surrounding the property.

  • A sloth seen from the porch!

    A sloth seen from the porch!

  • Local road!

    Local road!

  • Banana, guava, tangerine, star fruit and many other trees on the property.

    Banana, guava, tangerine, star fruit and many other trees on the property.

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