Villa, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 5 people
- english, french, spanish, Catalan
Kean and Ena: We have lived our life between Puerto Viejo and Chicago and maintain close ties to Kean's native England. We have a passion for animal rescue, history, and food.
Why Kean chose Cocles
Our respective careers as a social worker and an IT professional have afforded us the time to travel. Our interest in Central America blossomed after a trip to Panama. Puerto Viejo is near the Costa Rican - Panama border and it beckoned us with its symphony of languages and contrasting cultural traditions. The beauty of the fauna and flora is rivaled only by the people. Puerto Viejo is for poets, adventurers and wanderlusts... for carpenters, yogis and foodies... Puerto Viejo is for everyone. We were thrilled to have undertaken a project that promotes Puerto Viejo with integrity and consciousness about the beach town's stunningly beautiful environment and its culturally rich communities.
What makes this Villa unique
Our property sits on 1.7 acres of tropical rain forest. On any given day you may hear howler monkeys roar and toucans call. Keep your eyes peeled at night and you may even catch a glimpse of a jaguar- we have! We are a few minutes from pristine beaches even though we are well-tucked into the jungle, giving you the best of both worlds. The aesthetic diversity of Annanci Village was born out of a desire to highlight the varied colors and textures in the natural world around us. We want our vision to be an extension of that diversity. All are welcome at Annanci, as difference only makes our experience more beautiful.
Extraordinary property - enhance your Costa Rica trip
My friend and I recently spent 8 days at the Casa Medina Jungle Home in Cocles. It is a gorgeous home, beautifully constructed and furnished. Nothing about the property feels like a rental. The lush landscaping is relaxing and a great place to birdwatch. Howler monkeys will wake you up in the morning but that is part of the magic of staying in this location. Hammocks on the porch, a pool and wildlife galore all add to the charm of Casa Medina.
Owner Kean and Isis live onsite and were attentive to all our needs from replacing a broken wine opener (important!) to suggesting local restaurants and beaches. The property manager, Maya, arranged everything from a driver to pick us up in San Jose to a boat tour of the Gandoca Lagoon and Wildlife Refuge. She also had excellent restaurant and activity references.
You will need a car as the house is located on a dirt road about a mile from the main road that links all of the local beaches. From Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo, all of the beaches are spectacular and uncrowded. Don't miss Cahuita National Park and take a tour of the BriBri indigenous community and their interesting history.
Restaurants we recommend are El Refugio, the best ahi I have ever had, Soda Lidia for local cuisine and Bread and Chocolate for amazing breakfasts and pastries.
In Manzanillo, where Costa Rica and Panama meet, a meal at the Cool and Calm Café with a backdrop of rasta music and fish on the fin only hours ago, is worth the trip, as is the beach.
If you want a vacation that has authentic experiences, a chance to unwind and relax and interactions with interesting and warm locals, this is the place for you. Casa Medina just adds to the ambiance. We highly recommend staying here.
The Caribe Sur is an off the beaten track Costa Rican paradise. From Cahuita and it's National park down to Manzanillo and the Gandoca National park you will find an amazing array of things to do and see.
Wildlife in abundance, sloths, monkeys, toucans, fish, turtles and if you are lucky raptors (during migration seasons you can see 1000's riding the thermals heading north to the US or south to South America).
The region has a laid back cultural mix you are unlikely to find anywhere else which creates a one of a kind vacation experience.
You'll also get top class food of all types, from local Caribbean and Costa Rican to Italian, French and other more eclectic flavours!
The Caribe Sur has Pura Vida in abundance and no chains or large developments! get away from it all for real.