Forget your alarm clock; awaken to the sounds of conga/howler monkeys and tropical birds in this Caribbean style home just 300 meters from Cocles Beach for surfing, swimming and sun bathing.
Made of Costa Rican hardwoods and ceramic tiles, this nearly 2000 square feet, 2 BR/2&1/2 Baths home has an open floor plan downstairs, where the hummingbirds like to visit, and a wrap around balcony upstairs with 2 spacious bedrooms. The home is surrounded by forests and beautiful fruit trees affording a lot of privacy (with luck you might see toucans eating the papaya); and yet you will not be isolated as there are neighbors close by. The next door neighbor has a guide and taxi service. And another neighbor, Johanna, (just a 2 minute walk away) has a very nice family run restaurant (called a soda in Costa Rica). You must try her Caribbean style corvina (sea bass). A car is not necessary as you will be only minutes walking or biking for anything you may want to see: beautiful beaches, jaguar refuge, horseback riding, restaurants, night life, grocery stores, internet cafe, etc. As an option, 4 banana bikes are at the home available for your use for an extra fee of $3day/bike, with 2 boogie/body boards included for playing in the ocean. The banana bikes are a popular way to see the sights (if you need more,others are available in town for $4-6/day/bike).
The home is located in Miss Winnie Town, a small community within the city of Cocles, less than 2 miles south of Puerto Viejo. The neighborhood is named in honor of Winnie who is the mother of the property manager, Oscar. They will take good care of you during your holiday. In the neighborhood there are vacation and permanent Tico homes(Tico is a friendly nickname for a Costa Rican). Here you will enjoy a lot of privacy and at the same time you will have friends and neighbors close to you. Thanks for your interest in this wonderful home we call Casa del Caribe in Costa Rica's most beautiful and most unspoiled tropical paradise!
Formerly from Ohio in the USA, we moved to Costa Rica in 2006; and I have seen most of this spectacular and friendly little country. Without a doubt the Caribbean coast is the most beautiful, most natural, and most unspoiled part of Costa Rica. Magnificent beaches, tropical forests, monkeys, birds and other wildlife are but a few of the wonders this area has to offer. And Casa del Caribe is a great place to stay, where you can relax in open-air living surrounded by breathtaking nature.
The Owner purchased this house in 2010
Beautiful home, we had a great time. Our baby boy enjoyed the hammock. See Mateo's hand print, 3 years old. We will be back another time, lovely place. From Costa Rica and Australia.
The puerto Viejo area has been a long time love of mine, a passion; and, the Cocles area is my absolute favorite place to stay. Close enough to town and just far enough out to really feel nature. For years I have lived in and vacationed in the area. I have stayed several times at casa del caribe, always adoring its location and charm. In January I stayed at the house with my new addition, a baby boy. It was perfect! He loved relaxing in the swing, watching the humming birds, squealed with delight at the monkeys and stared in awe at the sloth slowly moving in the tree just off the upstairs balcony. What a pleasure to have a safe, beautiful home to share my favorite spot with the love of my life, my child. Thank you Robert for maintaing and sharing you home with us!
We were 3 adults, a 7 year old and a 9 month old. We stayed at Casa del Caribe for 4 nights in June. What an amazing experience! The house is rustic and charming. The lot is surrounded by flowers, fruit, birds, bugs, howler monkeys and vegetation. The neighbors are very close and nice, but they didn't feel close because of the vegetation. The hot water was never used for showers, but it was nice to have to clean the kitchen, etc. The kitchen is well stocked, but we didn't cook. Just used the fridge and coffee pot. I actually slept on the air mattress outside on the upper deck, it was amazing (I had my own mosquito net, recommended if you do this). We felt very safe, the gate to the house locks, the kitchen locks and there is a lockable gate up to the bedrooms. Plenty of lighting throughout the house, including outside. We used the washing machine and spin dryer. Nothing ever really dries in June it's so humid but it was necessary to clean out your swim suits, PJ's and other items. It was a nice perk to have. The water was turned off one night when we got back from our outings and we easily found the breaker box and it was all good. The neighbors were nice. Oscar responded to our questions, however he isn't in town a lot. The cell phone was a nice touch. Our rental car gave us one too so we essentially could have used both to communicate with each other, but we didn't. We couldn't get the Wifi to work, we found the modem and the lights were on. That is all I did to try to get it working, I didn't want internet anyway! The bikes were AWESOME and the stereo was a really nice touch! We were hot, sticky, happy, relaxed and utterly in paradise! Johanna's Soda was very close, we ate there twice. The beach was beautiful and close. Puerto Viejo (2 miles away) proved to be an awesome little town also with a nice beach and plenty of restaurants, shops, etc. We walked to Punta Uva and enjoyed that beach as well. The little store down the road was actually a good size. There is also a place to dump your garbage in between the house and the store. All so convenient. I definitely recommend this experience to anyone!
We were at Casa del Caribe for two weeks and enjoyed our stay in the town of Cocles. It was excellent having the use of the bicycles as that is the best way to get around. Cocles is very, very quiet and if you spend your time at the beaches you will have experienced a paradise! The house itself is well appointed for travellers. The kitchen is small but you can make meals there with no problem. Listen for the loudspeakers which announce a fruit and vegetable vendor coming around. Stop them and you will get an amazing selection of food. The Mercado at the end of the street is convenient but quite expensive. Joanne's Soda is good. Our favourite was the Argentinian place right beside the Mercado, awesome food!! We enjoyed being in the jungle with the birds and armadillos all around us. Good place to stay if you like to be outside in nature and dial it back. If you don't like quiet and beaches, Cocles is NOT the place to go.
This is a handsome, well built house nestled in a cluster of small houses in Miss Winnie town neighborhood of Cocles. The bedrooms were comfortable and we felt very secure sleeping there. There is a heavy door with a dead bolt at the bottom of the bedroom stairs, I don't think we ever even closed it at night. The bathrooms were clean and spacious, one upstairs one down with an outdoor shower and tub. The kitchen is small but well appointed with a full size fridge and gas stove/oven, we were able to cook in most of our meals.
This is a great base camp, weather you're going out to explore the area, or just hanging at the beach, it's a comfortable house to come home to. We are very private people and there were times when the neighbors felt a little to close, but over all I would recommend this property to anyone. The market is very near by, and fresh seafood can be found in town for pretty reasonable prices. I didn't meet the owner, but he was very responsive via email.
My friend and I stayed at the beautiful Casa del Caribe. It was easy to find and the gentlemen driving us had no problem finding the nearby supermarket and Robert's directions from there are very clear.
We arrived and Joanna, who has a soda next door, helped us find Oscar and his family.
We were set up with keys, bikes, boogie boards and beds in no time and we were all set. The travel safe was perfect for keeping travel documents and cameras, etc. safe while out and about, giving us peace of mind that our things were always safe. The closets were also stocked with towels and bedding which was great, we didn't need to bring our own.
The neigbours are all great, friendly and helpful. Freddie, next door, has his own little tour operation and he is a fantastic guide. Very friendly and quite knowledgeable. He took us on a tour of a nearby cocoa farm, then took us over to the Panamanian border before stopping by a waterfall for a quick dip. We learned a lot from him and he also checked in with us throughout our stay to ensure we were doing alright and didn't have questions.
The kitchen in the house is fully stocked with everything you need to cook and is a great way to help keep costs lowere on a longer stay. We often cooked from home and were able to make great meals.
Other great local spots to hit: Punta UVA for snorkelling (if you have your own gear you don't need the tour here to see some great fish), Playa Cocles for surfing/boogie boarding (great waves), CariBeans for some great coffee and chocolate, Tasty Waves for some great tacos and more partying scene and the Jaguar rescue centre is a must see when you're in the area.
We had some minor issues on our stay (that are bound to happen in a month long stay) such as running out of gas for the stove, but a quick e-mail and the tank was replaced in a couple of hours. Oscar and his family are so great and were always quick to respond if we ever had any problems. He came over many times to ensure everything was going well.
The neighbourhood seemed quite safe and the whole town, for that matter, is as well. Certainly take the standard precautions to avoid pick pockets, etc. but we didn't have any issue at all with suspicious behaviour.
The blue cord for internet was down while we were there, but the wifi worked quite well from the back porch or the hammock area. The signal was usually strong enough for Skype calls home which was great!
You certainly won't be disappointed here!
Casa Del Caribe is a work of art with all the local woods and interesting furnishing. The art in the house is very pleasant and done by local artists. Beware however, the jungle is loud at nite and earplugs would really help those who are not used to it like me. The people in miss Winnie town, Oscar, Fred and Miss Winnie herself are very nice and helpful. There is so much to see and do in the local area that 7 days just isnt enough time. The trip to and from San Jose airport can be trying, so give yourself time if you are driving.