|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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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.
My husband and I are both retired psychotherapists and I am a yoga teacher. We are also nature and animal lovers.
The Owner purchased this house in 2006
We fell in love with the jungle and beaches in this part of Costa Rica.
Spending time at the house, especially on the decks, going to the beach, being in nature.
we enjoyed our stay immensely. The house is represented accurately in the description and photos. We loved the outdoor kitchen and the woods around the house. A car is essential both for shopping and for the short drive to the beach which is lovely. Yaro was available and helpful if we needed her. More than one morning we saw spider monkeys walking among the treetops. The site is secluded yet with easy access to local towns. The only discomfort we experienced was that there was no place to sit other than the built in benches at the dining table.
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.
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).
Having a rental car makes life easier.
The drive from San Jose to Limon is a challenge. Driving to La Patita at night is a challenge. Both are doable (I did it), but it was work. Better to leave San Jose in the morning, that way you can see the people and bikes and people and bikes, and babies, and bikes, and people, and motorcycles, and trucks, and busses, and people, and bikes, and kids and dogs that also use the road.
Binoculars are good to have.
I found all the supermarkets, but especially the one in Puerto Viejo, well supplied.
There are no laundry facilities at La Patita, that I found, but I’m not sure what’s in the locked shed out back.
Dollars work everywhere. Prices are on par w/ the States, generally, though things are cheaper than you would find on either US coast.
I had cell/data service with both AT&T and Verizon, throughout our trip (with an international plan).
I work for a Fortune 500 company, and I could have worked remotely from La Patita, if that had been my plan.
There are big banana plantations on the road to Sixaola, and the drive is interesting, with nice panoramas.
Hopefully this review gives you a sense of what La Patita has to offer. I would definitely consider renting the house, again.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
These rates are for six people. Add $25 per night/per additional guest. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.