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Shelly St.Hilaire

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish

Casa Del Caribe for Rent in Cocles, 300 meters from beach

16 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

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Overview

Costa Rica House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

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 $4 day/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!

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Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Shelly St.Hilaire (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish

About Shelly St.Hilaire

Originally from California, and later from New Jersey, I began visiting Costa Rica in 2005. I traveled most of the country and fell in love with the Southern Caribbean. Over time, my visits became more frequent and lasted longer until I decided to make my move to Costa Rica. After some time, I met my Tico husband and our son was born in Costa Rica. Now, we share time between countries, raising our son. We 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. Open minds, amazing fusion of foods, magnificent beaches, tropical forests, monkeys, birds and other wildlife are but a few of the wonders this area has to offer. Casa del Caribe is a great place to stay, where you can relax in open-air living surrounded by breathtaking nature.

Shelly St.Hilaire purchased this house in 2010

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Dec 2010
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Reviews

4.9
based on 16 traveler reviews

Casa Del Caribe for Rent in Cocles, 300 meters from beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 21 reviews
San Angelo, Texas
5

The perfect vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We spent almost two weeks at Casa Del Caribe the first of this month (June 2015). It was an awesome place that was exactly what we were looking for. The owner was extremely helpful while we were booking the house and answered all of our questions very quickly. He went above and beyond with helpful information. Once we got there we met the next door neighbor, Freddy. He was also very helpful. We actually hired him to take us on a few guided tours. There are a lot of great tours, just talk to Freddy. It was after dark when we arrived by taxi. It was a little difficult to find even following Roberts instructions. His instructions were great, it is just a little hard to find. But, if you follow his instructions you will get there. Just go right past Johanna's Soda and take a right in the little lane off of the alley and keep walking. Her soda is not on the main road. You have to turn right off of the main road and keep going until you see her soda. Then turn right in the alley right behind it. We enjoyed the openness of the house, but also felt safe since we were able to lock the stairway gate behind us when going to bed. It is also very nice that the Super Cocles grocery store is right there within walking distance. It was also nice to have the bicycles to use as well. We used them most days. The house is exactly what we were looking for...very nice and clean and one with nature. It is a very open floor plan. It was also nice having the safe to lock up our valuables when we weren't there. We walked or biked to the beach several times per day. One of the last days we were there we saw a whole group of howler monkeys on our way to the beach. They were just hanging out in the trees doing their thing. We watched them for 30 minutes.

This is a great place to stay and if we ever make it back to Costa Rica we will definitely try to stay at Casa Del Caribe again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wat a great house in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We Stayed at Casa Del Caribe in May 2015 and had a wonderful time. It is a charming place with lots of personality. It was close to everything (beach, town, etc.) but far enough away to get some peace and relaxation. It was clean and exceeded our expectations. The owner, and property manager were helpful and let us know everything we needed to know. Hope to get back soon!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Turrialba
5

Feels like home.... Only so much better!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Keystone, Colorado
5

Fabulous Experience!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Canada
4

Great house in Cocles

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy you liked the house and that you enjoyed Cocles and Costa Rica's Caribbean. Cocles, by local standards, is an area with properties that are a little more upscale than Puerto Viejo, which has some "rough areas". For example, the only 4 star hotel in the area is a short distance from my home. The beaches nearby are pristine, with the jungle/forest right at the water's edge, and there is an abundance of wildlife here as well. This is Costa Rica's most natural and most unspoiled part of this beautiful, little country. As you pointed out, at times Cocles is not crowded (most people like that). But when you want a little different activity during the day or evening, Puerto Viejo is only 2 miles away, or a short 15 to 20 minute bike ride. Bicycles are very popular here; and for the convenience of my clients, I try to have several available at the house for use at about half the cost of renting them in Puerto Viejo.
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Casa Del Caribe.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the very positive review of the house; and I am very pleased that it served as an attractive, comfortable, and safe base camp to explore this country's beautiful, Caribbean coast. The house is in a small neighborhood within 300 meters of Cocles beach to the East, with the Jungle just to the West of the property. The client is exactly correct about the closeness of other homes. There are 5 homes very close, within a hundred meters, 2 of which belong to my property manger and his mother, Miss Winnie (the neighborhood is named after her), and the 3rd house in front belongs to my assistant property manager who moved here from California. The closeness is very typical of neighborhoods in Costa Rica; and as the property owner, I take comfort in knowing there are 3 families close by who look after your welfare during your stay in Costa Rica.
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Map

Nearest Beach
0.18 Miles
Cocles Beach
Car: not necessary

Tortuguero Natl Park 90 Mins (Green & Leatherback Turtles Egg Laying Sites), Manzanillo Natl Reserve 20 Mins (Sandy Beaches Bordered by Coral Reefs), Sloth Refuge 30 Mins

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Rates & Availability

Puerto Viejo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low Season
May 31 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$90
$575
$1,895
 
 
Christmas
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
$140
$775
 
 
High Season 2017
Jan 4 2017 - May 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$115
$650
$1,975
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$90
$575
$1,895
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning $100

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Amenities

Costa Rica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Air mattress for 2 more persons
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 5 bicycles
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
5 Banana Bicycles on Site ($4/Bike/Day--optional), Hotel Style Safe, Hammock, Security Lighting, Outdoor Shower for when You Return from Beach, English & Spanish speaking Property Mgr Lives at Rear of Home (50 Meters), 2 Doctors Live & Practice Nearby--150 Meters

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