About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9)
If you are looking for an authentic, awesome jungle experience, consider La Patita de Manzanillo. Bathe in the beauty of nature in the open design kitchen/dining area with its native hardwood tables and benches. Sway in the hammocks while you nap or read a book. Walk to nearby, beautiful beaches and to snorkeling.
Enjoy meals in the fully-equipped kitchen (we will also arrange for someone to come and cook for you for part or all of your stay if you like) and sleep well in comfortable, posturpedic beds. Practice yoga on our specially designed Yoga platform. Sip coffee on the deck as you see the light change in the morning, and relax deeply in the peacefulness and quiet of night. The house is yours, but you will share your jungle space with howler monkeys, sloths, and toucans, and swim in the crystal clear water of the nearly deserted beach.
Our house comfortably sleeps nine. There are two bedrooms and two decks downstairs, as well as a large, tiled bathroom with hot water. Enjoy hammocks to swing in, and comfortable benches to sit on. Both downstairs bedrooms open onto the deck, and there is a larger deck off of the kitchen/dining area that is perfect for swinging in hammocks, watching the howler monkeys and enjoying the butterflies and native plants and trees.
The upstairs bedroom has its own half bath, and there are jungle views from three sides. It is very spacious and airy, and also has a specially designed yoga platform on the deck right outside the entrance. It is a wonderful spot for morning and afternoon yoga practice and meditation, as well as tea sipping and watching the colors change throughout the day.
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 27, 2018
My husband and I are both retired psychotherapists and I am a yoga teacher. We are also nature and animal lovers.
Owner purchased this House in 2006
Why Owner chose Manzanillo
We fell in love with the jungle and beaches in this part of Costa Rica.
What makes this House unique
Spending time at the house, especially on the decks, going to the beach, being in nature.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
We had a wonderful week and love the area & beaches, but there are a few things you should know.
1-The showers have no hot water.
2-It is about 800 meters to the beach from the house.
3-The coffee pot is broken and I informed the owner of this on our first morning. She responded that she would send a replacement. It never came during our stay.
4-The internet is not fast enough to support the basics, be prepared to burn through telephone minutes.
5 - This House was not built with any electrical incorporated. Everything electric is post-add. The outlets in the dining area have no power with exposed wires.
6- We were provided 4 unmarked keys. One opens the toilet/shower. One opens each of 3 other rooms. It is constantly a guess as to which key to use.
7- The knifes are beat up and have no sharp edges, there is no knife sharpener.
David I am so sorry you didn't have hot water and that the coffee maker was not delivered. Thanks for the feedback. We will take care of those and other things you the Hi Ram,
How are you? Where are you? Tom and I have left you numerous phone messages but don't know if you have received them.
You got some mail from the receivership. They are now beginning to pay net losers back. That means you will have money coming to you. I want to forward these papers but don't have an address for you.
Please send us your address and let us know how you mentioned. The hot water does work. Someone must have switched it to cold. The internet is just slow in the jungle but the other things are fixable. I hope you enjoyed the decks and jungle setting. Sita
we arrived at La Patita Manzanillo on March 23rd 2016 and stayed 7 nights and left on March 1.The grounds are set in a very pretty lush setting.The house is very nice with very pretty wood.There are very nice tables that rap around the outside living area with benches that are built around the eating area .The house is real nice but if you you want to just hang out or you get a rainy day,there is really no comfortable place to sit outside of the benches.The beaches are just a minute away.The beach is absolutely beautiful set in a low key setting,and there is tables in the shade in front of the beach.The beach is safe for young ones to play in water and on the beach.You do not need water shoes. . There are some good sodas(local eating places) right across from the beach.Yari the housekeeper is very helpful and very friendly.You will see monkeys and birds on the property,and if you are for more of a party setting,all you need to do is go to Puerto Viejo which is 15-20 minutes down the road.The only reason i don't give the rental a five is it just needs some comfortable chairs to sit in.
Hi Richard and Deb,
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you had an enjoyable time at La Patita and enjoyed the house, nature, beaches and little sodas. I also appreciate your feedback about the chairs. We are on it and will have them soon. Sorry they weren't there for your stay, but I promise comfy chairs will be there if you come again! Best, Sita
Beautiful, quiet, private jungle house
Our stay at La Patita was fantastic. Overall, we were very pleased and would absolutely recommend it to a couple, small family or a few traveling together. It sleeps 9, we only had the 2 of us, but with one shower and it in the bathroom adjacent to one of the bedrooms, it might get a little "busy" for 9 adults. The kitchen was reasonably stocked (key items: blender and coffee maker!) and the house comes with its own zoo of howler monkeys, sloths, and other little creatures you'll see if you watch closely.
The bedroom upstairs with the half-bath was where we slept, and it was very comfortable. The breeze with the fan and the screens made it comfy even when it was humid out (it rained cats and dogs every night we were there, clearing up by daybreak), but you do have to get used to sleeping with howler monkeys (Google them, they are LOUD) and jungle birds/insects and the rain - so its a noisy night. We found no problems learning to sleep through all but the hardest rain and biggest group howls. :-)
Yari, the housekeeper/hostess/manager is a lovely woman and was very helpful with suggestions for us. We took a night jungle hike with Omar (book him through Bad Barts in Manzanilla) which was fantastic. Saw all kinds of things I'd normally not seek out but, with Omar was intrigued to be in this wonderful place so different than our home in Alaska. (Taratulas, fishing bats, camans, pit viper, monkeys, red-toed frogs, giant bull frog, etc.) - there was a storm the week before our visit, making snorkeling unavailable but the water was still nice to swim in and the beaches were quiet and completely uncrowded.
If this is your first visit to Costa Rica, keep in mind you are in Central America in a small, local village - not in a resort area with fancy hotels and all the creature comforts. The house is very comfortable and in no time you are fully accustomed to being outside all the time unless you're sleeping. You cook, eat, hang out, relax, read, talk, have coffee, play cards, listen to the monkeys, etc. all outside and its fantastic.
The only things I would have liked were chairs for the deck. There were none, and the hard, wooden kitchen/main room chairs were not comfortable to sit on all the time. The only option was wood benches, or hammocks. We made do, but nice even woven simple deck chairs would add a lot. We never used the deck other than to stand on it, because of it.
The beds could be more comfortable too, but weren't terrible.
I'm so glad you had a great time Kris! Also glad you were able to get away from the more commercial parts of Costa Rica. I fear the Caribbean coast is fast changing, but at least some local color still exists.
Thanks for the feedback on the chairs and I am sorry you weren't able to enjoy the decks. We are on it and will get some comfy ones.
Again, Tom and I are realy glad you had such a good time.
Part 1 of 4
I stayed at La Patita from 2/8 to 2/13/20016 with my five year old son and other family members. There were four of us, in all, our ages ranging from 5-68 years. We had a wonderful time and I would not hesitate to stay at La Patita, again, when I travel back to this part of Costa Rica. My correspondence with Sita, prior to our trip was timely and helpful. Though several thousand miles away, I definitely got the sense that Sita is an active and engaged property owner, who cares very much about the quality of the experience her guests encounter. In writing this review, however, my goal is to provide some details regarding the facility and the area that may serve to help others determine whether La Patita offers the type of experience they seek. As you can see by the photos, La Patita offers a visually stimulating environment. The house really is in the rainforest, and the rain forest is pretty dense. The house really is constructed with Acacia, and it really is attractive. There are neighboring properties, the closest of which sits about 50 feet northeast of La Patita’s deck. The goings on at this neighboring property, however, had little to no impact on our five night stay, aside from the regular visits of Coco, the well-mannered and collared pooch who resides next door. There is another property to the southwest of La Patita, but there is also plenty of rainforest between the two houses to minimize any human impact on the La Patita experience. In short, we felt quite isolated and well off the beaten path when were at La Patita, in spite of its easy proximity to the villages of Manzanillo, or even Puerto Viejo. Being in the rain forest, you should expect rain. It rained hard for 48 straight hours during our stay at La Patita. Did I mention that it rained *hard*! There were several inches of standing water surrounding the house by the time the rains let up. The house’s tin roof, although serving to magnify the sound of the rain, withstood the deluge without even the slightest leak. The rains generally fell straight down, and the house’s substantial eves served their purpose, keeping water away from those under the roof, on the “inside”. It bears mentioning that La Patita is really two enclosed bedrooms and a bathroom, topped by a large enclosed second floor bedroom. The common areas of the house (the kitchen and dining areas) are situated on what amounts to a large open porch that wraps around the front and side of the house.
When you are not in a bedroom or the bathroom, you are on an open porch in the middle of the rainforest. All rooms are very well screened, and all beds have mosquito netting. The main bathroom is comfortably sized and functional, with a shower, toilet and sink. The upstairs bedroom provides an awesome audial rainforest experience. There is a water closet (toilet) and sink situated upstairs, so trips downstairs in the middle of the night, are not necessary. The bedrooms downstairs each open to a small back porch/deck and there is a shower and spigot with a concrete floor off to the side of the house. Aside from hammocks, seating in the common areas is comprised of several wooden benches, and a couple of bar stools. All of the wood throughout the house is well cared for. The three bedrooms and main bathroom doors all lock when closed, and must be opened, from the outside, by use of a key. We propped the doors open when we were “at home”. All of the electrical facilities (ceiling fans/lights/appliances) were in working order when we stayed at La Patita. The rains (and some wind) knocked out power to the village of Manzanillo, and surrounding area, for about 8 hours during our stay. Yari, the caretaker, brought us a supply of candles, and we had a couple of flashlights. The Wi-Fi service at the property was good, but it, too, was disabled for 8 hours, throughout the area, as a result of the rain/wind. Because of the fact that La Patita is essentially a big open porch in the middle of a rainforest, it is not stretching it when I say that staying at La Patita is similar to camping. Your expectations should include: howler monkeys; birds of all sorts, including toucans and green macaws; arthropods, including ants, millipedes, katydids, golden orb weavers, Morpho butterflies, damp feet; a less than pristine kitchen/cooking experience. While this was exactly the kind of thing we were looking for, and expecting, I doubt that everyone who stays at La Patita is prepared for the more “rustic” aspects of the experience. Being in the rainforest, you should expect fruit flies around the garbage can. Being at La Patita, in the rainforest, you should expect a comfortable bed, and bamboo sheets, a functioning bathroom (when there is power for the pump) and a great location from which to base your exploration of the Puerto Viejo/Manzanillo area.
Other, perhaps helpful, tips/observations:
As I mentioned, bring a flashlight, or two.
The weather can be hot, but don’t expect a very hot shower (this was not a problem for us, but we did boil water to do dishes).
The coffee pot works, but is well used.
The kitchen was pretty well stocked and included a drip coffee maker; toaster oven; several skillets; several pots/pans; a propane fueled two burner stove; coffee cups; silverware; a cheese/potato grater; a potato peeler; flatware; a large bottle, “Culligan-style” water dispenser; a refrigerator/freezer (Buy ice); a Styrofoam cooler; a blender; a dishrack; towels. Although all of these items were functional, the prospective guest should remember that there is a certain similarity to camping when it comes to staying at La Patita. I would recommend updating the non-stick cookware, and probably the coffee maker, before too long. We paid Patricia, a nice grandmotherly woman who has lived in the area all her life, to cook breakfast for us, twice. I’m not sure I would do this again, but that’s only because we like cooking, and having someone show up to cook for us was kind of weird. Patricia’s breakfasts were good, and she is a very nice lady with a lifetime of insight about the local area. Patricia went out of her way to hook us up with local guides/fishermen.
Bring something to read, or a board game, cards, etc., if you plan to have down time at La Patita.
Don’t expect a television.
The Sloth Sanctuary north of Cajuita is neat, but costs $25 per person.
Maxi’s is fun, and has good food; Selvin (on the main road near Punta Uva) has good food (We ate *very well* on this trip).
Corbin, I'm really glad you and your son and family had such a good time at La Patita! I hope parts 1 and 2 get posted so we can all read them. And thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review. I appreciate it and you will have answered many prospective guests' questions! All the best, Sita
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These rates are for six people. Add $25 per night/per additional guest. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.