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“Superb stay - great location, great cottage, great hosts!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mother Dear Ocean Cottages
Calle Bar Pen Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70401, Costa Rica   |  
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Kitale, Kenya
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“Superb stay - great location, great cottage, great hosts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We enjoyed our 4 night stay at Mother Dear early this year. The property is beautiful and well located. Jimmy was efficient in answering queries when booking, and the whole experience was pleasant and smooth before we got to PV. When we got to Mother Dear, Jimmy and Debbie were excellent hosts and helped us settle in and also gave us an overview of the place and nearby places. They also helped us arrange excursions and taxis, and provided good suggestions for places to visit and restaurants. I would definitely go back to Mother Dear, and it was our best experience in Costa Rica. Do not hesitate, just book your stay here.
Many thanks Jimmy and Debbie!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I cant. Absolutely incredible.
My wife and I just returned from 8 nights there and are already planning our next escape. Jimmy and Debbie have done an amazing job at creating something special there. I'm not much of a wordsmith so I will keep it simple.
I am a Canadian carpenter and the construction is great. Bathroom is beyond North American standards. Water is pipping hot, shower has great pressure and you can flush your toilet paper. (actually a big deal down there). Layout is simple and functional, lay in bed (which is uber comfy) and gaze through the open double doors out to the beautiful yard, pristine beach and blue water. Having a stove and an apartment size fridge is great, I might have used the blender a bit also ;) Grounds are in great shape as they have a full time caretaker. Super helpful and never in the way. Honestly though most off your time will be spent on the deck or the beach. Your PRIVATE beach. I mean I saw more dogs,horses,chickens,birds,frogs,butterflies etc then people every day. I was feeding wild horses with my morning coffee in one hand. Incredible!
The best part by far though was Jimmy and Debbie. There "vibe" is great and there needs to be a place I can click 6 stars for just them. Just super people. Great advice at every turn. Make sure to listen to Debbie sing a few tunes down at the Lazy Mon, enough said;) One of there friends Neil took us on a "locals only" walking tour to some of the most spectacular hidden beaches you will every see. Track him down if you can you wont regret it.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My husband and I stayed in one of these beautiful cabins for 7 nights at the end of December. We have stayed in amazing places all over the world, and this was right up there as one of our favourites. No, it's not a Ritz Carlton hotel or an all inclusive, but it was absolutely perfect. The owners are Debbie and Jimmy, a lovely couple who live on the property and are always available it needed, but leave you to your privacy at the same time. They have two cabinas on their property, and they honestly have thought of everything and have done it to perfection. The cabins are handcrafted out of the most beautiful woods ever, the units are absolutely spotlessly clean and very spacious. The pictures don't give you a sense of how large it actually is. There is a wonderfully comfortable king size bed, and a very large bathroom, with a huge shower. And the deck, oh wow! It was huge with two hammocks, a table and two really comfortable captains chairs that we spent way too much time sitting in and gazing at the beach, watching wild horses roaming through the yard and at night watching fireflies all around us. We were there during the rainy season, and throughly loved it. When it rained, it was like the skies just opened up. You could sit nice and dry under the covered deck and just watch it come down. Even had a massage on the deck one day by a fellow Canadian named Ro. She was awesome. Highly recommend her. The kitchen has everything you need to cook, a full size fridge and basic spices, olive oil etc. which was very much appreciated. Debbie even had cold beer and pop, milk and croissants ready for us when we arrived. As a frequent traveller, I can't tell you how these small details make such a difference. We were in other places during our three weeks in Costa Rica that didn't even have salt, pepper or sugar when we arrived. The location is ideal too. It is far enough away from the town of Puerto Viejo to enjoy the quiet of our own stretch of beach, but close enough to walk it. There was a couple of grocery stores to chose from, a fish monger and a meat shop, which Debbie told us about, so we were totally set. One day we rented bicycles from Banana Azul which is a 5 minute walk from Mother Dear. $6 a day and you can ride up and down the coast and explore to your hearts content. Sorry we can't report on any of the tours available because we didn't do any. We chose to just relax and go into "sloth mode" as we like to call being 100% lazy. We ate at a couple of restaurants and they were not bad, but we ate most of our meals in. The seafood is so fresh and the chicken is delicious, and considering we had an oceanfront table at our own place, why would we go anywhere else? I would not hesitate in recommending Mother Dear and if we ever get the chance to go back to the Caribbean, we will make sure we stay here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We live in Costa Rica on the west coast and were looking for a apecial get-away in a tranquil place a little away from town and the main highway,. We found it at Mother Dear cottages. Only the birds and the sound of surf to awake us each morning.

The hosts were very non intrusive, which we enjoyed...there if you needed them, but very respectful of our privacy. One evening we told the cleaning person that we would like to grill some fish we had. He not only brought the grill over to our cabin downstairs (where there is a shaded space and some furniture), but made sure it was all cleaned and ready for our use.

Even though someone was in the other unit part of the time, we felt we really had our privacy by the way the units are arranged. The hosts are finishing their home, which stands between the two rental units, so that might change once they are living there full time.

The seas were pretty rough in Jan. when we were there, but we did wade in the water often.
We had 5 days of sunshine and one night of rain...perfect for us!

Renting bikes from a nearby hotel was great for a day of riding to all the nearby lovely beaches. Some nice breezes and shade en route on the highway to escape the sunshine.

Plenty of dancing to be found in Puerto Viejo...even live music several nights. Salsa, rock and roll and reggae...lots of music for all types of dancing. That made the trip for us!!

It's the cleanest, most well-equipped and beautifully located lodging in the area. Three fans, full sized fridge and eating areas outside and in. Always felt safe there...being up high offered nice views, security and great breezes.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This place is in a great location. Away from the main town area but still close enough that you can walk to a local store for things or even walk to town. Jimmy, and Debbie were the best hosts that we had for our whole trip. They have info on the area, and greeted us with open arms, we felt very welcomed. There's nothing that this place is missing, I would stay there again in a heart beat!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Mother Dear cottages, and we loved it! The cottages were very clean, and the bathroom sparkled. We had one big bed, one little bed, a lovely bathroom, and a small kitchen which we used a lot to make our own piña coladas! Jimmy and Debbie were great hosts, telling us where to go, who to talk to, and even helped us find a taxi guy to haul us all over the area. At night, they lock the gates so that no one can get up to your cottage from the beach, which is a nice sense of added security. The houses are on "stilts" so to speak, so you can look right down on the grounds and beach. We stayed at other places along our trip and found that most people don't really swim in the waters in this region because of rip tides and rocks, but the private beach right in front of the cottages is sandy, calm, and lovely. It is HOT HOT HOT in this area, so bring a swimsuit and some suntan lotion, because you will want to make a run for the water like we did! :) Thank you so much Jimmy and Debbie for a great stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The Mother Dear cottages are real gems in terms of structure and functionality. Great design for a studio with everything one may need for living comfortably, nothing out of place or superfluous. The door opens to a porch that is steps away from a beautiful and quiet beach. Excellent floor plan and furniture. You can admire the ocean view lying either in bed or in a hammock on the deck and relax listening to the sounds of the surrounding nature.

The beauty, privacy and safety of the property are outstanding. The cottages are located in a quiet area, close to good eateries at Hotel Banana Azul’s restaurant and Point Sports Bar and Grill. About 2kms away is Puerto Viejo with good restaurants (don't miss Veronica's place for great Carribean flavored vegetarian food), bakeries (check out the Puerto Viejo Bakery for croissants and baguettes or Bread & Chocolate for chocolate pies and muffins), bars, and supermarkets. Great jogging routes from the property on a dirt road close to the beach or along the road to Puerto Viejo and beyond.

James and Debbie are wonderful hosts, ready to help without intruding.

A truly perfect retreat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mother Dear Ocean Cottages

Address: Calle Bar Pen Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70401, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 64 Specialty lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two hand-crafted hardwood cottages by the sea. Built for maximum air circulation, the cottages are elevated, cooled by ocean breezes during the day and mountain backdrafts at night. Beach music and forest sounds help you rest, relax, and renew. Beautiful hardwood floors and custom furniture make for a warm and cozy nest. Looking out above the beach from your porch, listening to the sound of the crashing waves, life is good! ... more   less 
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Mother Dear Ocean Cottages Costa Rica/Limon

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