|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
At Casas La Selvatica we offer an unforgettable rainforest immersion experience. Beyond comfortable accommodation, you will experience the sounds, scents and sights of the jungle with its amazing flora and fauna. Better yet, you will be 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 an entire home rather than a hotel room, and the cultural experience of living in an actual neighbourhood, surrounded by locals.
Casa Grande is located in Playa Chiquita (6km/4miles South of Puerto Viejo) within easy reach of countless recreational activities (zip-line jungle tours, chocolate tours, sea based activities: snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking), tours of the indigenous communities, yoga studios, and many more.
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 a den, comfortably accommodating up to four people in two double beds. We offer the following, along with your accommodation:
- bilingual host (English/Spanish) available to provide information and assistance as needed;
- laundry service is included for vacations of minimum 7 days (one load/week/adult guest)
- high speed wireless internet for your devices;
- digital metal safe 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 can book activities for you at a discounted rate, due to our collaboration with local tour agencies.
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. Please take the time to review the "house rules" (a standard rental agreement) which will be presented to you when you submit a reservation request (you will be asked to read and agree prior to your payment being processed). 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
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.
“La ubicación de la casa, así como su comodidad ha hacen un lugar a seleccionar en un futuro viaje. Se vive el caribe tal como uno lo piensa, cerquita del mar, con animales, en fin se la recomiendo.”
Review originally published on airbnb.com
We spent 5 weeks in this beautiful house. The decoration was spectacular, everywhere you look there is something special to attract the look. The colours for sure make the warm atmosphere. Beds are confortable and the patio were we were spending a lot of time, protect us from the sun and from the rain.
Surrounded by a plush garden we were at the middle of a little oasis of jungle. There are many beaches around at a walking distance and also a convenience store, more like a mini grocery. Unfortunately the internet is unstable, sometimes on sometimes out...
Daniel our the property manager took a good care of us.
In the whole we really enjoyed our stay at Casa Selvatica.
The host was very helpful and always available in case we needed anything. This house was perfect for our first trip to Costa Rica. The house beautiful and situated just a short walk from the beach and a short bike ride from the night life in Puerto Viejo. I would definitely recommend It to a friend!
My wife and I had enjoyable in Playas Chiquita. The facilities are as presented but as with any thing we had some adjustments. The property has a beautiful garden that is visited by birds, frogs, bugs and other interesting things (people). Since we were there for the month of February, we got to know the locals and enjoyed it immensely. The jewel in the crown however is Dani the manager. Local knowledge is best and Dani provided that. We were unable to convince him to return to Michigan, so it best to go to La Selvatica and enjoy a day in the hammocks and talk with Dani.
We have 19 days , the house is super well located , the place is quiet , no circulation no music , just the sounds of the birds and monkey . The house is clear and large , there is a patio with 2 hamacs .
It is very easy to deal with Jeff and Daniel , quick answer ,
I wish too return .
We loved staying literally in the jungle with a quaint grocery store at the end of the path leading out not to mention some excellent restaurants very close by. We woke up each morning with the Howler Monkeys and literally saw them in the trees as we had coffee. The location of Playa Chiquita is perfect as it is centrally located with five beaches to visit (Puerto Viejo, Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, and Manzanillo). I suggest to visit the Jaguar Center first and you will learn so much about the animals in the area. This turned out to be a relaxing, educational, and wonderful time for family bonding! I would suggest at least a week if not more. After traveling, we had five full days. We packed so much in those days that we were exhausted and in bed by 9:30. It was very nice to have comfortable beds and a secured home to be in at the end of those days. We will definately come back!
The hosts were incredibly friendly and helpful. However, the house was less than desirable. I do believe it would be a great place to stay if you just looking for a place to crash at night and didn't care about how nice it is.
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 Sansa direct flights to Limon (30 min), which is 40 km away from Playa Chiquita. You will have to take a taxi from Limon to the house, or flag a local bus (every 2 hours).
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 $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$241.49|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.