My overall rating for my stay at Casa Vida Verde is exceptional!! Everything was exactly as advertised and expected, if not more than expected. Therefore the listing description is spot on regarding the location, layout, amenities and everything else. I would highly recommend this area and this property to others.
The caretaker Carlos and his wife Sianne were very informational and helpful in anything that we needed. The property is well maintained and the house was kept clean during our 5 night stay. Beds were made, towels were changed, garbage was removed, floors were swept, etc. I was also impressed that they provided a large bin for recycling materials and a bin for organic garbage. They also had a large wooden box to place organic foods in overnight in order to keep any wildlife away. We requested to have our meals cooked for us a couple of nights and mornings. The ladies that came to cook were very friendly and quite talented to put together delicious meals with whatever we had available for them. We joked that they would be good on the Food Network show "Chopped"!
I was suprised at the lack of bugs (mosquito, purruja type bugs) at the house in the evening. We were prepared with repellent but never had to use it at the house or in the general area. As expected with any open house located in the middle of the jungle, there was the occasional scorpion, beetle, ants, etc., but were never a problem.
My party included my 2 nieces of 2.5 yrs and 8 months old. Everything at the house was child friendly and they also enjoyed their stay and especially seeing the monkeys so often.
The only thing that we wished we had noticed before we arrived was that we should have brought ice. The refrigerator keeps things cold, but it does not produce ice. The website does recommend bringing ice, but we missed that. However, Carlos was able to get some later during our stay when he went into Puerto Jimenez. The rum and cokes were expecially good that night!
There are not words to describe waking up to the howler monkeys, toucans, and macaws every morning. And to be able to see the 4 species of monkey that exist in CR from the hammock at the house is priceless!
If we are lucky, we will make coming here a family tradition every year. It was definitely the best New Years/Anniversary/Birthday/Family Reunion ever!!