|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
At Casas La Selvatica we offer comfortable accommodation (entire home) immersed in the rain forest and surrounded by wildlife, yet only minutes away from a picture perfect beach, grocery store and restaurants. The setting is ideal for couples or families who appreciate the comfort of a home rather than a hotel room. We are located within easy reach of countless low ecological impact recreational activities.
Our property and the surrounding area are home to an incredible array of wildlife: you will most likely watch howler monkeys in their search for food, toucans or sloths right from the comfort of the patio. Casa Grande is located minutes away from a couple of the most picturesque palm fringed beaches in the Caribbean. Your bilingual host will be available to assist with information about the area, bookings for activities/tours and offer detailed attention to your comfort throughout your vacation.
Built with natural hardwood and decorated with lively Caribbean touches, including eclectic local art and tile mosaics, Casa Grande features two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, large outdoor dining area, bathroom with hot shower and a frog pond to watch the conservation of some endangered species of frogs.
The home has two bedrooms and two dens, comfortably accommodating up to five people in two double and one single bed. We offer the following, along with your accommodation:
- bilingual hosts (English/Spanish) available to provide information and assistance as needed;
- laundry service is included for vacations of minimum 7 days;
- high speed wireless internet for your devices;
- lock box for secure storage of valuables;
- transportation, tours and activities booking.
We would love to customize your vacation according to your needs. If you are celebrating a special occasion or would like to pleasantly surprise a loved one, we can provide additional services as required bottle of wine awaiting your arrival and/or local handmade organic chocolates, etc.) or arrange for a romantic dinner or spa package before your arrival.
Tours and Activities: There are many wonderful activities to do in between the rain forest and in the sea. From guided wildlife watching, zip-lining through the tree canopies, hiking or biking to cooking, dancing and other thrilling adventures, there are activities sure to fit into your ideal tropical vacation plans.
We aim to assist you with your travel planning and make your vacation seamless. Please let us know if you would like to receive information or bookings for transportation from San Jose airport, or booking of tours and activities. We are able to offer discounted rates for some activities, due to our collaboration with the local tour providers.
Detailed transportation information can be found under the "Map" tab. A document outlining the terms and conditions of your rental will be offered for your review when you submit a reservation request (you will be asked to read and agree prior to your payment being processed). All booking are made online directly through this site by using the Book It button; all payments are handled by the secure online payment system provided by HomeAway. By submitting a reservation request, you acknowledge that you reviewed all the information presented on this site and all your questions were answered to your satisfaction.
Our journey south was meant to be a temporary escape from the dark and rainy Canadian West Coast, in search of sunshine and warmth. After a brief search for a potential destination and keeping in mind that we desired nothing of an all inclusive resort, we quickly realized that one can have it all... in Costa Rica (Rich Coast)! As so many times before, we chose the off-beaten path...the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica was awaiting to be discovered! What a great surprise: not only did we get some rays and experienced the vibrant culture, but it all came with the most spectacular backdrop. The surroundings were magical! Lush green rain-forest filled with beautiful flowers, and wildlife otherwise only known to us from colourful atlases. There was a positive energy which we just could not get away from. After this first impression, a spark led to a dream and the dream became a plan...With the much appreciated help and support from our friends and families our new journey started at the end of 2009. We are delighted to be able to share our homes with our guests, and will assist as much as possible prior and during your trip to ensure a memorable experience.
Daniel or Jeff Mitroi Carlton purchased this house in 2009
We visited the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica for the first time just in 2009. Even before our vacation ended, we knew that we had just found a special place which would become our home one day. After relentlessly working on finding our dream home, we stumbled upon La Selvatica and literally fell in love at first sight. We are excited to share our home with you, open minded fellow travelers, and are convinced that you will soon discover your own reasons to love this place, and the reasons it was called 'The Coast of Utopia' by reputable travel journals. Happy travels!
Daniel & Jeff Carlton Mitroi
On-site English-Spanish speaking host available for information and assistance during your stay, as well as added safety.
Laundry service provided by caretaker.
Comfortable feeling of living in a home, not a cramped hotel room.
Exceptional, prompt travel planing assistance provided directly by the owners, from the initial contact with a potential guest.
Superbe cabane au milieu de la nature et à quelques pas de Playa Chiquita.
Nous avons passé le week end de Semaine Sainte dans ce magnifique endroit. Nous avons trouvez un logement tout équipé : 2 grandes chambres, une SDB propre, un séjour, une cuisine parfaitement équipée (il y avait même un blender pour faire des batidos) et une terrasse spacieuse et conviviale avec 2 hamacs. Bref, tout y est réunis pour passé un séjour au TOP! Merci à Rodrigo pour son accueil chaleureux! Nous reviendrons.
Je recommande vivement...
Review originally entered on flipkey.com
We found our residence clean and comfortable. It would have better prepared us to know the restriction on flushing toilet paper. The water pressure in the shower was limited but OK for our needs. For those who eat in, more kitchen ware would help. The seedpod roof clatter was irksome. We really appreciated the WiFi , laundry service and bikes. Rodrigo was very helpful all the time and Daniel was always within reach. Although the trip to San Jose is lengthy , the cottage is well located for stores, restaurants and attractions. Overall a good place to stay for the price and for those who don't mind basic accommodations.
This was the best vacation I've ever had and staying at this location was an absolute treat.
I saw so much wildlife within hours of my arrival. The property was peaceful, beautiful, clean and very well maintained. It felt like my own personal oasis for the week. It was only a very short walk to a beautiful beach. Wonderful restaurants and all other amenities were only a short walk from the property.
The description and location are completely accurately described in the listing. The owners provided excellent customer service and made my stay even better than I could have imagined.
I would recommend this location to everyone I know and I definitely plan on going back as soon as possible!
I would recommend spending as much time on the nearby beaches as possible. Absolutely stunning. I also really enjoyed the Jungle Canopy Zip-Line tour and would recommend trying that as well.
This property had all of the necessary amenities for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Friendly assistance available via caretaker when needed, the place itself was clean and spacious - it felt immediately like a home away from home. The location was perfectly situated - wildlife to enjoy just outside the house and just a short stroll to the beach and friendly local restaurants. Just a short bike or cab ride away took us to an animal rescue where the exotic wildlife continued. Local convenience/grocery store is literally a 3 minute walk away, and we were able to go zip lining and to a national park just by taking a short bus ride. Highly recommended!!!
Selvatica was perfect! The listing is very accurate. The location is nicely situated near cute and delicious restaurants, as well as Playa Chiquita. Playa Chiquita was our favorite beach so it was nice that it was the closest. The best part of the area IMO is the lack of other tourists, at least while we were there. On the beach or even at restaurants, it was always quiet except for the sounds you want to hear - the jungle and howler monkeys!
The property was clean and Rodrigo, the current manager, was the nicest, most helpful local we met! (He's originally from Spain.) He gave us tips on what to see and do but also gave us privacy. He offered to do laundry and got out bikes and snorkel gear daily for us to use. (I didn't realize these were included in the rental, but they were!) We didn't rent a car, but most areas/attractions are walkable or bikeable.
I definitely recommend this property to anyone wanting a private, quiet getaway.
The journey to and from San Jose is rough, but worth it. That's why it's not as crowded on the Caribbean side.
The Jaguar Rescue was a highlight. We got to handle baby monkeys and learn a lot about all of the wildlife that surrounded us while we were there.
We took a short tour, which ended up being just my girlfriend and I, to a Bribri reservation where they made hot chocolate from scratch - it probably ruined powder and starbucks hot chocolate forever. It was amazing!
It was just my girlfriend and I, so we had plenty of space inside the property. We never even used the other room, and there was a fold out couch.
The porch, as you can see in the pictures, is great for lounging in two hammocks and eating breakfast with the frogs and monkeys in the mornings.
For restaurants, Pura Gula and Selvin's were ridic good! Koki Beach in Puerto Viejo is touristy but it was delicious. Lot's of places take cards and dollars too, which saved us a few times.
You can't not have a great time here!
My husband and I spent a week here on our honeymoon. This house was lovely - the pictures don't do it justice! The location was perfect, just off the main road surrounded by jungle. There was a soda (corner store) minutes down the road, with everything you could need. It was clean, spacious, and the house manager was fantastic! He was super friendly and was able to answer all of our questions - it was great to have a translator for several phone calls and scheduling we had to arrange! We cooked most mornings in the kitchen, and often spent evenings or hot afternoons out on the hammocks. The house is just a quick bike ride away from Puerto Veijo, and even closer to some of the most beautiful beaches on the coast. If we have the chance to return to Costa Rica, we will be staying here again for sure!
We stayed in Casa Grande, we really liked the location. Easy, short walk to the beach, and a very convenient store at the end of the laneway. The house was exactly as is pictured on the website, and the hosts were welcoming and helpful. Plenty of good restaurants in walking distance!
If you plan to arrive at La Selvatica on the day of your flight you will have to chose a flight landing in San Jose no later than 2pm. Similarly, if you plan to depart La Selvatica on the day of your flight, your flight should depart San Jose at 2pm or later.
Air travel: Upon landing in San Jose, you can continue on a Nature Air or Sansa direct flights to Limon (30 min). In Limon, you can take an airport shuttle which will drop you off directly at La Selvatica approx. 1 hour later. Both airlines offer fares as low as $39/one way.
Airport shuttles: A few reputable transport providers offer daily departures in air conditioned minivans, directly from the airport, and operate in door-to-door service, so will drop you off directly at La Selvatica. Average cost is $50/person (one way). For updated schedule, rates and to reserve please google Interbus, Easy Ride, Gecko Trail or Caribe Shuttle websites.
Budget minded travellers can catch one of the frequent direct city buses right outside the airport going downtown San Jose (buses run 24/7). The trip cost approx. $1 (450 colones - local currency) and takes approximately 25 minutes. Get off at the terminus stop. The bus is safe and reliable. When off the bus, catch a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Terminal de Buses de San Carlos. The taxi ride will take approx. 10 min and cost $4 (2200 colones, metered). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport to the San Carlos bus terminal: taxis are readily available outside the terminal. Note that there are two types of taxis: orange (licensed for airport, available as you exit the terminal and more expensive) and red (licensed for the city, available on the road just behind the airport parking lot and less expensive). The cost of a trip downtown is approx. $22 (red) or $32 (orange) and takes approx. 25 minutes. You will also see numerous other drivers offering their services. This could be a money saving option if you speak some Spanish and are willing to bargain heavily.
Buses: there is one direct daily bus from downtown San Jose to Playa Chiquita, and four daily buses to Puerto Viejo, where you can catch a taxi to La Selvatica. The direct bus leaves Terminal de Buses de San Carlos at 12 noon and drops you off 2 minutes walk from Casas La Selvatica, in front of El Duende Grourmet Grocery Store, after a 4.5 hour scenic ride through cloud forests and a picturesque stretch of the Caribbean Coast. This trip from San Jose to Playa Chiquita costs approx.$11. Buses to Puerto Viejo leave the same bus terminal at 6am, 10am, 2pm and 4pm. Upon arrival in Puerto Viejo, you will see taxis waiting right at the bus stop. Ask the driver to take to La Selvatica Playa Chiquita. The taxi will cost approximately 4000 colones ($7.5) - always confirm the price with the driver before departure. Buses tickets cannot be reserved in advance online, but can be purchased from the ticket office at the bus terminal. For departures on weekends or busy holidays, it is recommended to arrive at the bus terminal 1 hour prior to your bus departure to ensure you will be able to reserve your seat.
Private transfer from airport to La Selvatica could be arranged. A minivan of up to 8 people cost approx. 200 USD. Generally, this option is the most expensive was to travel, but could be cost-effective for a family or group travel.
Car rental: 7 global car rental companies have offices at the airport in San Jose. For an updated list of options, please visit the SJO airport website.
River Rafting: our collaborator Exploradores Outdoors offers an adrenaline filled rafting trip from San Jose directly to La Selvatica. There is one daily departure at 6am (you would have to spend the night in San Jose). The tour operator will pick you up at your hotel, drive to a river exploration center where you will embark on a 4 hour descent on Pacuare River. You will then be driven directly to La Selvatica. Lunch is provided and your luggage is safely driven while you are on the raft. The trip can be booked directly on the tour operator website for $99/pers or through us for $90/pers.
Driving directions (approx.4.5 hrs): from San Jose follow signs for road 32 to Limon. In Limon, follow signs for road 36 to Puerto Viejo. Once you reach Puerto Viejo, stay on the same road which goes through town, and continue to drive toward Manzanillo. Playa Chiquita is approx. 4 miles (10 min drive) after you exit Puerto Viejo (you will first drive through Cocles, then Playa Chiquita is next). Keep an eye out on your right hand side for El Duende Gourmet grocery store, then take the very first road to the right (small gravel road, you will see our sign there). Keep right on that road for 20 seconds and you will see our entrance.
If your rented car has a GPS, the approximate location for Puerto Viejo is:
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add C$12 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||C$188.00|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (CAD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.