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Idyllic GetAway in a Tropical Garden

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

La Casita is the original house on the 2,550 sq. m (2/3 acre) property, acquired on a whim in 1998 by present owner Annabella Proudlock. She was charmed by the setting, and is still enchanted by its beauty and atmosphere.

Life at La Casita is centred on the large 5m x 7m (16' x 23') veranda, with hammocks, sofa, dining table for eight, a day bed, and a soaring thatched cathedral ceiling. The downstairs bedroom has a queen-size bed, while the upstairs includes king and single beds and a half bathroom. Both have writing desks, fans and mosquito nets, not that bugs are a major problem.

There is a fully equipped kitchen and a mosaic bathroom is housed in a separate building under a covered walkway, in the Talamanca tradition. Every corner of La Casita contains treasures such as wooden parrots, naive art and fanciful but practical lampshades.

Perfect for writers, painters, families, or a romantic getaway, La Casita is an idyllic spot to appreciate nature, enjoy the surroundings, and relax.

More Details

Property Manager
Habitat Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 28, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Just back from La Casita in Cocles, south of Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. I highly recommend this sweet, thatched jungle cottage near the sea. The house is open-air for the living area and kitchen, with blue morpho butterflies fluttering through. The setting is gorgeous jungle by the river with torch ginger, carambola and other fruit trees, and a ylang ylang tree for night fragrance.

There are two additional houses for rent on this property, Casita Grande and Casita Nuevo; all have an artsy feel.

I enjoyed waking each morning to the roar of the howler monkeys nearby, walking the path to the beach, picking up shells at the tideline, and taking a refreshing swim. The hammock on the porch beckons for reading next. Within walking distance are a gourmet grocery store, internet café, wood-fired pizza place, bread bakery, and a number of "sodas" or small restaurants offering fresh ceviche and Costa Rican specialties.

The bustling town of Puerto Viejo is a bike ride away, with live music at night, craft stalls, a bank with aTM, fish market, bars and restaurants. I recommend the chocolate brownies at Bread & Chocolate, the gazpacho at EZ Times, the local crafts at Lulu Berlu, and organic chocolate at the Saturday morning farmer's market.

At Pure Jungle Spa, get a chocolate body wrap, then a massage with cocoa butter. You can kayak up river; see turtles nesting on a night tour to Gandoca; bike to Manzanillo for kayaking and fish lunch at Maxis; take the bus to the Sloth Sanctuary with a stop to hike at Cahuita National Park.

My best memory is floating in a calm, crystal clear sea, gazing at the most stunning coastline you'll ever see, not a building in sight, only coconut palms and jungle coming right to the sand's edge. Two weeks at La Casita slips away too fast.

p.s. Did I mention we had a sloth in a tree in the garden one day?
Oct 2013
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Cocles is the undiscovered gem of Talamanca, 5 km (3 miles) south of the relaxed bustle of Puerto Viejo de Limon. The 2,550 sq.m.(2/3 acre) property includes three delightful wooden houses. Our multi-lingual agents take great care of the place, with its many fruit trees for eating or juicing (cocktails anyone?), and flowering shrubs which include fragrant ylang-ylang trees and exotic daturas.

A small river forms one of the boundaries, in which otters have been seen cavorting. Parrots and numerous other birds are regular visitors, with toucans making cameo appearances. Squirrels love the carambola trees, monkeys and sloths have also been seen in the garden. The morning fly-past of beautiful blue morpho butterflies is a regular treat. The most beautiful, almost deserted white sand beach is about 250 yards away.

Local attractions include swimming (be very careful when it is rough), surfing further up the beach, snorkelling, SCUBA diving, or lazing in the river or lagoon. Also available nearby are treks through the national parks and rain forests, canopy tours, kayaking, dolphin watching, horse riding, botanical gardens, an Indian reservation, a sloth sanctuary and an iguana farm. Relaxing is effortless, when you are within easy reach of several spas, massage and yoga classes.

Development in the area is low-key, and cosmopolitan North American, South American, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch, English, Swiss and many other nationalities have roots in and around Cocles. An excellent grocery store is about 300 yards away, and there are several restaurants within easy walking distance. Joanna's is a great spot for fresh local food. Pecora Nera is a world-class Italian restaurant, a short walk past the simpler Gato Nero. Internet cafe's are available at a reasonable cost. The active nightlife of Puerto Viejo (especially at weekends) is a bike or short taxi ride away.

Year round temperatures are around 20 -30C (70-85F), cooler at night with a breeze from the river. The lush environment owes its beauty to rainfall, but there are usually sunny periods ranging from a few hours to a few weeks.

The setting is magical. For the energetic, there is so much to do. For the rest of us, there is always the hammock.


Cocles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Idyllic GetAway in a Tropical Garden
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews

Magical stay in Cocles

  • 5 of 5

I struggle with the dilemma of wanting to RAVE about our stay and yet keep the review brief so as to promote readership. Our desire was to AVOID AT ALL COSTS staying in a resort, isolated from the experience of meeting real Costa Ricans. I wanted to see whether the tales of Costa Rican hospitality are true. THEY ARE!!! This place is EXACTLY as you see it in the pictures. Just a note to insect-o-phobes: in our 6 night stay, we slept with the window panels wide open WITHOUT USING THE MOSQUITO NETTING at night and not one insect touched our skin! It was a MAJOR concession for my wife to agree to stay in a house with no air conditioning. After our stay, she agreed that her anxieties were unwarranted. Floor fans, coupled with how early darkness comes negated all her fears. An insomniac at our home in Indiana, she couldn't believe how well she slept. Beautiful, rustic, quirky, cool, spectacular in it's functionality, it was an immense pleasure to wander wonderful Puerto Viejo and finish our fun at La Casita each night. Located near grocery stores, restaurants and beaches we found ourselves in exhultation every moment of our stay. Fernanda was available to us at any time we needed travel or tour advice. I want to express my gratitude to Monica and Nathalia for making this propriety available to us. With so many things to do and places to go and places to eat (Don't miss Stashu's Con Fusion) resulted in our not prioritizing going to the picture postcard beaches until our THIRD DAY! If this is a fantasy for you, fulfillment is but a reservation away. The most amazing trip of our lives, beyond all doubt.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great get-a-way complete with jungle sounds.

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and everything worked as needed. Nathalia was very helpful getting us settled in. Because of it's open "wall" design sleeping required ear plugs and eye masks, but the open design also kept the place from getting stuffy. The bugs were not bad and between the mosquito nets and fans in the bedrooms we did not have any problems.

It took the first night for my wife, two daughters (7 and 10 years old) and I to get used to the jungle sounds. Along with the geckos and frogs chirping, we were visited by some howler monkeys. Those suckers are loud! And evidently they get crazy just after a rain like kids that have been cooped up too long. Once we could identify the source of the sounds it was easy to roll over and go back to sleep.

Our kids had a great time, we did not see any other little kids visiting there, but the locals are very family oriented and we always felt safe. Make sure you visit Manzanillo, you can rent kayaks and go up a mangrove. We saw monkeys, sloths, "Jesus Christ Lizards" and lots of other cool stuff. It was very serene and shaded in the mangrove. The beach at Punta Uva is great too. The Jaguar Rescue Center is worth taking a tour of as well, and if your up for it the night tour is amazing.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Three month stay at La Casita

  • 4 of 5

This is a nice house, in an excellent location with easy access to fruit stand, groceries, and spectacular beaches. This was our home Jan thru Mar, 2016. The house faces a small river, which provided hours of entertainment watching colorful birds and animals drawn to the water. Monkeys, sloths, otters, and agoutis were regular visitors to the neighborhood. Blue Morpho butterflies and hummingbirds sailed through the house daily. The veranda was a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the beauty. The open design of the house, and surrounding tree canopy, provided good air flow with plenty of cooling shade. One morning we had the unlikely experience of a baby 3-toed sloth dropping from the ceiling rafters onto the floor of the veranda. Luckily uninjured, somehow he and mother had become separated during the night. The nearby Jaguar Rescue Center took the baby with them, after recording it’s squeals which the mother would recognize. We played the recording daily through a satellite speaker, watching the tree canopy. After two weeks a sloth appeared that was very interested in the sound. They returned with the baby, and agreed this was mother. Using a stick to lasso rope over a branch, they placed the baby in a straw purse and raised him 20 feet into the tree. The mother climbed down to the purse, reached down and scooped up her baby. She helped him onto her back, gave us all a long look (smile?) and moved back up into the canopy. An emotional, thrilling experience none of us will forget. The house was cleaned weekly, and the property managers were quick to resolve problems. WiFi was excellent. The condition of the house was somewhat less than we expected, and one of two long-term rentals that share the property was quite close to La Casita and it’s shower/bath house. Puerto Viejo is a 30 minute walk, or 10 minute bike ride away. Bus service is also available. Our favorite destinations were Mariscos Mopri fish market, Don Hugo butcher shop, Gustibus bakery and Deelite gelato. The Saturday farmer’s market is great for local products, and to practice your Spanish skills. Our 3 months flew by, and it was a great experience. We will definitely consider La Casita again, on future trips to this area.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful peaceful house

  • 4 of 5

Lots of things to love about this place. Easy to get to (just off the main road in Cocles). Near a grocery store. Quick walk to the beach which was great for swimming if the currents weren't too strong. Close to bike rentals so you can explore the CR Caribbean coast. An abundance of fruit trees and wildlife on the property. We had an amazing week here. You will be roughing it somewhat but that's what we wanted. Internet was spotty and the phone didn't really work. But we didn't care - it was just fewer distractions from our amazing destination. We felt at home in La Casita Cocles. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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ten great days at LaCasita

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend ten wonderful days at LaCasita. We were happily surprised in many ways. Firstly the drive down was great on good roads with no problems. We found our destination and were surprised on how lovely the grounds were and how airy and nice the house was. It is a short walk to a lovely endless beach, with virtually no one on it. Less than a block away is a lovely deli and wine shop which is neat clean and wonderfully stocked. The restaurants in the area are close, cheap and with wonderful food, that coming from my wife who is a gourmet cook. The outdoor shower, which is typical of the area has beautiful artistic tiles and the cooking facilities were fine. You are close to Panama and the sloth sanctuary and some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. For those who surf there are some outrageous waves. Everything was clean and well kept up. Consider yourselves lucky if you get to go.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 13.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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