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Casas La Selvatica
Reviewed 1 June 2012

I stayed at La Selvatica with my husband and 2 kids (4 & 1 yrs old) for 3 weeks in April 2012.
We thought the house was really cute and perfectly suited for our needs. The price for the rental was very reasonable. The owners of the property were very nice and responded to our emails promptly. It was very clean and well maintained by the property caretaker, Valo. He was absolutley wonderful to us, and is very knowledeable about the area, wildlife etc. I also I felt safer knowing that there was someone else on the property.
The house is situated on a quiet road off of the main road that runs thru the towns. It was very quiet at night, except for the howler monkeys! Hey, you are in the jungle! :) We saw the monkeys in the trees in the yard, as well as toucans, bats, frogs, lizards, & hummingbirds. If u love being surrounded by nature, then u will love this house!
Overall, the yard is awesome, it was very peaceful, nicely landscaped and the wading pool was perfect for our kids. Deep enough for them to stand up in, and also for us to dip into when we were laying in the sun. There is also an outdoor shower, good for rinsing off sand before going inside the house.
The covered patio area is fenced in, (another great perk if u have young children) and has a large wooden table and a hammock, and a fan. We spent alot of time out there, its nice if it rains too b/c u can still be outside, and not cooped up in the house.
(It does get dark at night as there are no street lights, so I would recommend bringing a flashlight)
It has 2 bedrooms, and a reading nook that also has a bed in it which is where our 4 yr old son slept, as the mattress was a little lower to the ground in case he rolled out of bed. It does not have a/c, but there are fans in all of the rooms, and the house is open air style so u really don't need it. In fact we usually shut off the fans before we went to sleep as the house cools down enough to sleep comfortably.
The kitchen has a blender, stove, refrigertor/freezer, (no microwave or dishwasher) but I am pretty sure those things are not common in Costa Rica. The bathroom has a stand up shower with hot water. All sheets & towels were provided, but I would recommend bringing beach towels.
The property has a washer & dryer, and our rental included 1 load of laundry per adult guest a week. This is great, especially when staying for a longer duration. The TV is small, does not have cable, but it does have a DVD player, so bring movies.
Also worth noting, our rental included a cell phone for local calls, and u can purchase a calling card for international calls & an internet conection for our laptop.
We rented a car, (pricey, but worth it for us with our young kids and tons of luggage), but the area itself is very easy to get around on buses or a taxi. The house does have a parking space which is nice. You are about a 10 min car ride to Puerto Viejo, and 10 min by car to Manzanillo. Walking to PV took us about 45 mins.
The beaches in the area are stunning, like u are on a postcard.
We went to the Sloth Sanctuary in Cahuita one day, (30 mins away) which I highly recommend, as well as the Jaguar Rescue Center, (5 min drive from house) also awesome.
The restaurant Jungle Love is in walking distance, best food we had while in Costa Rica. Be sure to stop into Tasty Waves for the $4 taco/beer Happy hour special.
There is a Pali (Walmart) about a 20 min car ride away, so stock up on groceries on your way there, alot of things can be cheaper than in town. The grocery store El Duende, (3-5 min walk from the house) at the end of the street was also well stocked and fairly priced. Around 9:30 in the morning they have home made pizza which was really good, and a nice lunch at the beach.
When in town look for the man with the gold teeth on a bike selling empanadas out of a cooler, they are $2 for 2, spicy beef was delicious, (another good beach lunch).
Overall we had a fantastic vacation, the house was everything we needed, and we loved its central location, we plan on coming back next year!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

We really enjoyed our stay here. It was reasonably priced. We were at the endo of our 3 weeks in CR so wanted a place to lay back. thsi was nice. Even tho there were 2 rooms there was only the 2 of us. but there would have been planty of room for another couple or kids. There is another day bed and couch or some ne crash on if you had kids. The place was clean and well maintained. The pool is only 18 inches deep but woul dbe nic eto cool off n if you wanted but we did not. the big table on the covered patio was awesome to eat at or have drink. We used some candles and enjoyed drinking wine in the evening here. There is a TV but no cable or satelite hook up but there were several DVD's to watch if you wanted to. The kitchen is nice. No microwave which would have been nice but we did fine with the toaster oven and stove. There are 3 bikes to rent if you like as well. We walked alot and it is not far to the beach but it is about 15 mintues or so. We wished it was closer to enjoy more frequently. But the location is nice. It is well off the main rd and then off that rd again, but not far. This rd is a dead end so there is no traffic at all. The hired man was excellent. He lived in a separte quarters attached to the main house but with a totally separtate entrance etc. He did not bother us unless we needed something or informatin. He was great to contact a taxi, give local information and share a great conversation with. He was very knowledgeable about the local history, politics, and environment. The area overall is very nice. We went to Maaanzanillo and Veijo several times. It is right in the middle of the two towns being a little closer to PV. It would have been nice to be a little closer to P.V. to take in some evening events. But we could have easilly taken a taxi so it was our choice. The house area is dark at night which we really liked. ake a little flash light as ours came in handly to walk down to the store which was very handy to us. There are a few restraunts to enjoy within walking distance as well. Even though we woudl like to be closer to the water front we would stay here agian if nothing was available on the water or costs were too high. Pice wise we thought this place was ver reasonable. Again if you had a nother couple it becomes even more so. We paid $120/night in toronto on the trip down so $85 was good by us.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

Our family of 5 lived in the main house for 1 1/2 month. It was totally perfect. The house and surroundings were absolutely beautiful. The neighbors are very sweet, always smiling and saying hi and it's very quite. In the tree just in front of the house we saw toucans up really close and we also saw howler monkeys, hummingbirds and frogs. It's a short walk to the beach and close to two supermarket s and the best restaurant, Jungle Love-You have to try their chocolate cake! The bus stop to eks. Puerto Viejo is just at the end of the road. There are bikes included and close to several attractions eks. The Jaguar Rescue Center which is a beautiful ride. So if You come to Playa Chiquita do yourself the favour and choose La Selvatica! My husband also proposed there and Daniel and Jeff made it unique, outstanding and truely beautiful!
Thank You again so much for everything, you guys are fantastic!!!
With all of our love Andrè, Sascha, Zoe, Melua and Noomi Kinzella

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

Our family of five adults spent nine days at La Slevatica with mixed reviews. All five of us were experienced travellers. One spent three years traveling around the world. The location in Playa Chiquita for us was perfect. It is a quiet place except for howler monkeys. It is also just off the main road and somewhat isolated. This is both a good thing and bad. The beaches are very close. You can walk or use the bikes at the house. A grocery store and a few restaurants are right at the main road. The action and night life is in Puerto Viejo which is accessible by taking a local bus by day and returning at night by taxi.

The house itself is rustic. There is a caretaker. There is a furnished kitchen. We cooked several meals. The beds are ok not great and the pillows smelled damp but this is the rain forest. There is no air-conditioning but several ceiling fans. Unfortunately, the house is not safe in terms of your possessions. We always locked the house but it was broken into and a smalle computer and camera were ripped-off. The in-house safe is made out of wood and is easy to break into and the main bedroom has windows that are lockable but vents are located next to the windows. This is how they broke into the house. They just reached their hands through the vents and unlocked the bedroom window. Also there were rumors about neighbors and a former maintenance man possibly being involved in the theft . The point is that you are seen as a tourist and as such you are a possible target for theft.

I waited several months to write this review. I wanted to be fair and honest. I was hoping that the owners would reachout to us about the theft but did not. Our family had a great trip except for the theft. One of my favorite expeirences was a twenty minute walk from the house to the Jaguar Rescue Center where I got to hold howler monkeys!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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laselvatica, Owner at Casas La Selvatica, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2010

Thank you for your objective comments on the vacation rental and the location.

Unfortunately, the circumstances about the stolen computer and camera described in the review do not match the ones offered to the caretaker upon reporting the incident. The guests reported that the items were left beside the window and not locked in the lock-box. During the pre-booking communication, we advise all our guests to exercise common sense safety precautions for the protection of selves and valuables. The lock-box at the house has never been broken into and the items would have most likely been saved should they have been placed there.

We did however take the incident very seriously and implemented the following measures to prevent future incidents:
- the property was fenced in
- the caretaker on site at the time of the incident was replaced with a reliable property manager as of Jul 25, 2009
- lock-boxes were refitted with reinforced locks
- guests who express concerns about safety of their valuables have the option to safely store these items with the caretaker on site.

We regret the incident, however trust that it could have been avoided should safety measures available on site been employed. Similar to most vacation rentals in Costa Rica, we will continue to advise future guests to use lock-boxes for the protection of their valuables.

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Reviewed 2 September 2010

My girlfriend and I spent, seven days at La Selvatica in May of 2010, and it was a magical experience. Very relaxing location, everything that you need is either a short walk or bike ride away. The people are friendly and laid back. The food is excellent, and the accommodations are more than sufficient. La Selvatica is a destination, but it also makes a great base from which to explore.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casas La Selvatica

Address: Calle Selvatica | Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 118 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: €37 - €61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Selvatica is your home on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Our two vacation homes, Casa Grande and Casa Mango, are located in the quaint beach settlement of Playa Chiquita, just outside of Puerto Viejo, the happening epicentre of the southern area of the Coast. We are located in the centre of the "tourist" area of the Coast, with easy access to the town of Puerto Viejo, the surfing community of Cocles, quaint Punta Uva (rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica) and the fishing village of Manzanillo, entry point for the Gandoca-Manzanillo Reserve. Our homes provide comfortable accommodation immersed in the rain forest and surrounded by wildlife, yet only a few minutes walk away from a picturesque palm fringed beach, grocery store and restaurants. The setting will appeal to the more adventurous travellers who enjoy being surrounded by jungle sounds, and having the opportunity to observe amazing wildlife in its natural habitat. You will most likely watch howler monkeys in their search for food, toucans or sloths right from the comfort of your patio. Our commitment to outstanding customer service is what differentiates La Selvatica from other vacation homes in the area. We commit to provide fast, effective and honest assistance from the moment you first contact us. Our homes are self-catering, but your bilingual host (who lives two doors down) will be present at check-in, and be available daily to assist with information and recommendations about the area, bookings for activities/tours and offer detailed attention to your comfort throughout your vacation. You will have the privacy that you desire, but have the comfort of being able to speak to a dedicated host whenever needed. ... more   less 
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