2 Story House + 2 Casitas surrounded by tropical garden and jungle. Close to bea
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About Erinn Bell
We are from Canada where my husband is a carpenter/contractor. We have combined the endurance of Canadian building standards with the beauty of local tropical hardwoods and other artistic touches to create a house that is suited to the Carribean, comfortable, bright and clean. This project has brought us to Costa Rica for the past 9 winters and we have fallen in love with the place. One of the main reasons we've stayed is the food. Foodies of the world should be put on notice, this is a destination for all who love to eat! Some of my favourite meals: Chicken tacos (2x1 Tuesdays) and a super cold cerveza at Tasty Waves Cantina, Ceviche from Marisqueria Mopri, Falafel Pita from Pita Bonita, Asian Buffet Night at Chili Rojo's, Tenderloin in Green Peppercorn Sauce from Pura Gula, Prawn and Papaya salad from Jungle Love, Cappuccino and Banana Chocolate muffin from Caribbean's Coffee House, and anything on the menu from Bread and Chocolate. That's just the international flavour...the local cusine you can experience at sodas like Selvin's , Tamara's, Miss Lidia's is phenomenal. Try a whole grilled red snapper with all the fixin's, chicken is caribbean sauce, or 'rondon' seafood soup. Wash it down with a mojito or a pinacolada and you'll know you're in paradise.
Erinn Bell purchased this House in 2010
Why Erinn Bell chose Cantón Talamanca
Playa Chiquita is a special place. International flavour blends here with an established local population to create a funky and colourful community - and it is a real community of friendly and creative people. For us the beach is a real draw. Playa Chiquita beach is sheltered by an off-shore reef making it a kid-friendly place to swim. From a series of sandy coves to the coral fringed pools that decorate the points you have your choice: swim, snorkle, wade or wallow. We like to walk the long lonely stretches of beach from here at Playa Chiquita to Manzanillo (2 hours), ending the day with a legendary seafood platter at Maxi's Restaurant. When I first saw our lot I knew we'd hit the jackpot. Tall trees, lime trees, clusters of flowers and sunny open spaces make an ideal spot for birds, sloths and butterflies to drift, fly or hang about. I feel most at home when I'm lounging on the deck, drinking my mojito with limes fresh from my trees and eating fresh cut salsa with wild cilantro picked from my own yard.
What makes this House unique
With 8 restaurants/cafes, a grocery store, clothing store, massage spa, martial arts studio, yoga centre, Wednesday farmers market, chocolate art cafe and bakery a flip flop away, Playa Chiquita is a small but vibrant village. Lately we've become addicted to the cappuccinos at Punto Y Pasta. It's a fantastic place to hang out and watch the people flip flop or coast by on their bikes. Our favorite restaurant is Gypsea Cafe...awesome fusion food and rum and homemade cola that is divine. The road from here to Manzanillo (14km round trip) is so peaceful in the morning that we often go for runs, heading out before 7:30 so that we rarely even see a car. Boot camp or marathon training would be great goals to strive for here. The warm air keeps you loose and limber. If you want external motivation for fitness there are yoga classes, swimming lessons for the kids, and a professional personal trainer or a salsa instructor, all happy to add you to their clientelle. Then you can end your day with on-site massage or visit Denise at her massage table down the road three minutes walk. We have it all on this little half-kilometre stretch of road!
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Children must be supervised in the pool. Children must be supervised in the pool.
No parties/events - A quiet neighborhood. No loud music permitted. A quiet neighborhood. No loud music permitted.
Smoking allowed - Only outside.Only outside.
Max guests: 12 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
If you like lush jungle and a chill lifestyle---you found it.
We had flight delays and Erinn and our driver (Tune) made sure we got in safe and sound. The property is amazing and gorgeous. We saw monkeys, sloths, agoutis and tonnes of bird life including Macaws overhead right form the pool deck. The pool kept us and the kids entertained for hours. Locals were super nice, local and PV food was great. Small grocery store 5 minute walk away was perfect. We had some high seas and rain to start and kids got caught in a rip tide at Playa Chiquita--be careful with high seas and young kids. Couple sea urchin spikes and scrathes was the worst of it thankfully. I suggest Playa Uva infront of Accerife restaurant for snorkelling--was quite good considering its relative closeness to a popular beach. Surfing at Cocles was excelllent for beginners----no coral, light waves(when we were there), life guards and no rip tide that we saw. We had no issues with safety, but if you have young kids make sure they understand tight roadways and other bike traffic before even thinking about bike rentals---we opted to walk, cab or bus (adults no problem for biking). If your on a budget Tasty Waves restaurant, street food in PV and the Super market in PV offer your best deals. If you need anything Tune(Erinns preferred Driver) is really awesome, he took good care of us, his family is really nice and we enjoyed a few beers with him on our last night. Only thing I would suggest is if you like to lounge in the sun, maybe bring a couple thin roll up inflatable bed mats---there were no loungers at the property during our stay. Thanks again Erinn, we really enjoyed our two weeks.
Perfect spot on caribbean coast
Our group of 6 loved everything about this property. It is tucked away in privacy but within walking distance, or a short drive to everything in the area. Erinn could not have been a better host and had a lot of great information to share with us about the local area. If you are looking for howler monkeys as natures alarm clock, Casa Bella is your spot!
We really enjoyed our time here. Unfortunately we had 4 days of down pours so hopefully we will be able to make it back and enjoy it in good weather. We were able to get excellent videos of the howlers in the back of the property.
Loved the setting of the home, the connection with nature and the ability to relax from the world.
Casa Bella is the Perfect home for us!
Casa Bella turned out to be everything and more that we expected! The Caribbean side of Costa Rica doesn’t really have a 5 star resort but Casa Bella was a 5 star home for us that was better than a resort! Stop looking now and book this home now!
1: Erinn is very very helpful, her suggestions and maps of where to eat, visit, who to call to drive us places etc. are MORE than helpful! She saved us many disappointments I am sure! Pay attention to her suggestions, you won’t regret it!
2: We saw as much wildlife from Casa Bella as when we went on tours. Keep your eyes open and wake up early to enjoy: sloths, parrots, Capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, Toucans and other beautiful birds!
3: the “rainy season” didn’t really show itself to us, we had many days of sun and we were there in mid July. It might rain, but you are in the tropics. Thunderstorms were frequent at night, if it might disturb you (like it did out kids) then bring earplugs. It helps!
Overall, we loved the beauty, cleanliness, privacy and simple nature of the home! Our kids could swim whenever they wanted, we could walk to multiple beaches, enjoy coffee on the deck, walk to AMAZING restaurants, watch for animals, get a great night of rest and cook most of our meals! It was perfect!
All 8 of us thank Erinn and Darren for this home and making our vacation to Playa Chiquita a trip we will always remember!
Yoga, Martial Arts and Personal Training, Running,Tide Pools,Wildlife Retreat Centre