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Reviewed 14 August 2012

If you are looking for a few days of relax and would like to stay out of the trouble and partying of Puerto Viejo, Lisa's Hidden Jungle Beach House just a few hundred meters away from "downtown" is the right place for you. It has four small rooms and a shared bathroom/shower. You can use the kitchen in case you might wish to cook or to prepare breakfast in the morning. Lisa is a very attentive and dedicated host and can help with any questions regarding things to do in and around Puerto Viejo.

Date of stay: August 2012
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Ka A
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

This is one of the best places to stay in Puerto Viejo, if you are looking to relax and take it easy.

My girlfriend and I stayed here for a week, and really enjoyed it. you are about a block from the beach, so every morning we would walk the two minutes to the beach, Playa Negra, where it was relatively empty, making it even more relaxing.

The house, set back from the road, is definitely hidden, making it all the more quiet and safe. Also, having a full kitchen is awesome - we cooked all our meals here, allowing us more money to go out and get drinks and appetizers at a number of great locations in Puerto Viejo.

For us, it was great - we would often go out to enjoy happy hour or to stay out late, partying it up at a few bars in town. We went and had some drinks with friends at Rockin J's, and were very happy with the choice we made - it was great to go visit the PARTY that was happening there, but it was even better to be able to walk to our quiet, peaceful home where we could get some real sleep rather in a bed than be woken up by someone in the neighboring hammock!!

Lisa is very on top of things around the house, helpful if you have questions, but also has her way of doing things.

Our only complaint was that when the house was full, everyone was living on top of each other. The walls are pretty thin, so you can hear what else is going on in the house, and if someone doesn't get along, it can get a little awkward. However, if you're going with multiple friends, this wouldn't be a problem, and like I said, this is our only real complaint!

Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Curt L
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

The reviews I've read of the hidden Jungle Beach House were very complimetary and well deserved. I've stayed in a lot of hostels in the last few decades but this one has an appeal all of it's own. A true Tico house tucked away and wrapped in jungle. It's a three minute walk to the beach or four if you've really honed in on Carribean culture.

The "noise" you hear isn't the bars or people, it's the surf you go to sleep to and wake up to in the morning.

A great place and a lovely hostess!

Date of stay: February 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank cupebill
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Lisa is a great host, her location is convenient (not in town but right next to it)

She pays lots of attention to detail and makes a genuine effort to deliver the best experience for her guests.

If you need advice on what activities are available in Puerto Viejo, just ask her, she is very knowledgeable and eager to offer suggestions.

Very good option for those of us on a budget.

Date of stay: June 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Carlos S
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

Just had a great stay at Hidden Jungle Beach House in Puerto Viejo. The house is very cozy and comfortable, with soft beds and plush pillows...a rarity in Central America.
Lisa is a wonderful hostess and makes you feel right at home. She has two friendly dogs, Sativa and Santo, and a sweet kitty names Little-Bit.
The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to prepare your own meals. The common areas are conducive to meeting other guests and after a couple of days it feels like staying with family. There is free high-speed internet and cable TV. Hot water in the shower (a big plus!) and a wonderful jungle setting where you can listen to all the birds and other jungle animals throughout the day and night. Sometimes she even gets wildlife that comes right up to the house. A couple of days before I got here she had a sloth on the porch. So cool!
It is located very close to town ( 5 minute walk) and the beach is right across the street. Great beach for swimming too! Lisa has bikes you can rent for $8 a day, and you can bike just about anywhere nearby from Cahuita to Manzanillo. The area is very bike friendly.
Overall this is a great place that I would highly recommend. A very unique stay that I will always remember.

Date of stay: June 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Sarah Q
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