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Caribe Town
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

I had a wonderful time staying at Caribe Town for 2 weeks (March/ April). I needed some time to recharge and recover from life and work and could not have ask for nicer and more accomodating staff and people all around. Travelling by oneself can be either a very enjoyfull event or a very boring one. But Jessica and Carlos made my stay a fantastic experiance. It felt like coming home. And after just two weeks I feel I can say we've become friends.
Caribe Town is a medium long walk or short bike ride away from Puerto Viejo, a small but pretty village along the caribien side of Costa Rica. Everything you might need to ease your vacation is available there. But most of the time I stayed around the beautiful beaches just a short walk across the street from Caribe Town. If not on the beach or in the water surfing, I spend time horse back riding or hiking in the jungle discovering the secrets of cacao/ chocolate making. Caribe Town and surroundings offer plenty of things to do and discover or to just to relax. Hence I recommend this place for it's beauty of nature, calmness of life and the fantastic typ of people to meet.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying at Caribe Town for the month of Feb. We had a wonderful time and met so many fun, interesting people. Jessica was extremely helpful and accommodating with anything we needed, We could not have ask for a better hostess or staff. The breakfast each morning was truly something to look forward to. We rented two of her bikes and enjoyed wonderful rides to Puerto Viejo and Manzinillo. Beautiful beaches are just a short walk across the street. The bungalows are cozy and comfortable, but for a long stay, I might look into one of her larger accommodations. We would recommend this place for anyone who enjoys meeting new friends and sharing a lovely common area with pool, bar, and dining area in a lovely, tropical setting. Jeff and Gail, Suttons Bay, MI

Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We chose Caribe Town for the first leg of our Costa Rican Honeymoon based purely on the reviews we had read on Tripadvisor and we couldn't have made a better choice. Jessica was absolutely wonderful as a host, gracious, helpful and always eager to make sure our stay was the best it could be. Aided perfectly by the resorts right hand man Carlos, we were given 5 star treatment, from breakfast to romantic surprises in our fantastic room. It is worthwhile pointing out though that if you are the type of person who complains about your luggage NOT being in the overhead compartment above your head in economy, or you believe that on holiday the entire world should revolve around you then avoid this resort - you'd only spoil it for the rest of us. Caribe Town attracts a certain type of guest and I'm delighted it does, because it truly enhances the quality of the stay. Our fellow guests were an eclectic mix of europeans, locals and fellow Americans which made sunset conversations around the swim up bar colorful and spirited. We purchased the honeymoon upgrade package and it was worth every penny. The hour long massage we both received was excellent, the champagne and chocolates made our last night even more romantic but also made us a little sadder to be leaving. Getting to and from Puerto Viejo was extremely easy thanks to the rental bikes, despite the lunatic way most Costa Ricans drive, even a late night cycle back from town under the influence of one-too-many Imperials or Cubra Libra's was safe. Make sure you turn right out of the driveway one day and cycle up to Punta Uva - it's worth the 30 min ride to a fantastic beach. But speaking of - please pay attention to the beach signs - when they warn of rip tides - they mean it!! (enough said).

Overall 10/10, we will happily be back to Caribe Town as soon as we can - thanks Jessica and Carlos - you helped make our honeymoon that much more special...and check your emails - we will send you the best Mexican Martini recipe we can find!

Lee Ann and Rick Clark

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for a week and found everything perfect.

Jessica was a pleasure to work with and she consistently had excellent advice for what to do and see while there.

We stayed in La Casita which was one of the most exciting accommodation we have ever had. It's not for those expecting to pad around on white carpet in a terry robe with room service (though the attention to guests was impeccable but more on that in a moment). It is completely open to the air with the exception of some roofs to keep the rain off of the dining area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. What an adventure that was for us! Waking up each morning looking at the trees and wildlife bouncing around the trees was amazing. There is a mosquito net over the bed but we never used it as there were no bugs at all during our visit. I can't speak to other times of the year. There was a second bed for one (or 2 small children) that also had netting. The casita had 2 showers (one off the kitchen with warm water and one in the main living area open air with cold water). The kitchen was equipped with a double hotplate, some silverware and utensils, pots and pans, sink, bar refrigerator, a small food processor and ample counter space. The woodwork and carvings throughout the casita where beautiful. The whole vibe was a cool hybrid of camping, resort, luxury, rustic, treehouse, and very very romantic. There was also a loft over the bedroom that I enjoyed coffee at each morning as the sun came up over-looking the jungle. The only thing I wished for was some comfortable seating throughout. The loft had no seating and the only other seating was a hanging hammock sling (not particularly comfortable) and a picnic table (beautiful wood but not comfortable as it was made with not enough room to sit without the table top pushing on your chest keeping you leaning back in an uncomfortable way). Other than that, perfection. We bought a cheap Costa Rican coffee maker (sock) in town to make coffee in the morning. We left it there for the next guests if they want it.

The main house which has the pool, bar, dining room, lounge area and office were also beautifully done with wonderful teak, local woods, sculpted landscaping and books. The pool was one of my favorite treats. I react to chlorine and this pool was salinated so no chlorine. Yay!

Breakfast was great. They'll make you whatever you want within reason. We had eggs, fruit, sausage, toast etc and all was fine. they offer a larger refrigerator and kitchen area in the main house for all guests to share which made making snacks and drinks while socializing at the pool much easier. Breakfast is not included if you rent La Casita but is on the other rentals.

Jessica has a great assistant named Carlos who works very hard to ensure all of the guests enjoy their stay. He kind of does everything (cooks, drinks, organizes etc) and at almost any time, all you need to do is call upstairs and he'll come running happily to attend to you. Jessica was typically as accessible as well. You feel very taken care of here.

During our one week stay, our bedding and linens were changed out regularly and all done while we were out exploring so we never felt interrupted.

The wifi in La Casita was not very strong and I had to go to the loft to get a strong enough signal to use my smart phone. Trust me, if you miss your email that much, you're not letting yourself get into this groove.

The beaches: amazing

The shops and restaurants: easily accessible on foot or by taxi for about $4 USD

Hiking: awesome (in the true sense of the word)

Night life: a blast if you like a Jamaican vibe

Don't rent a car unless you have to do some long range trips. You won't need it and it's just one more thing to manage while your trying to unplug. The taxi's are everywhere and super cheap. At the resort, Carlos or Jessica will happily call a taxi and once in town (Puerto Viejo, 2-ish miles away) there are gobs of taxis all over. Make sure you check for a license as there are some "pirate" taxi's in town. Sometimes we did and sometimes we didn't and I'm sure we probably got a few "pirates" but we had no problems at all. They suggest you check all the same. At worst the drivers were quiet and at best they wanted to hear about where you're from, tell you about they're family etc. Very nice all around.

The locals are exceedingly friendly and they have far better manners than we do here in the states. It was a pleasure dealing with them in all respects. Their economy is, to no small extent, dependent on tourism and they like having you there and welcome you. It's a really nice feeling. That being said, they don't tolerate rudeness or being ill-mannered very well. They won't be blatant about not liking it but you'll know you probably shouldn't have belched at the table or what-ever. There is also the sense that they will take it to what-ever extent you want to go in the way of humor, partying, etc. They seem very tuned into what is within your comfort zone and socialize within those limits with ease. Humor is alvery common thread to many interactions also. When you're in town, if you get the opportunity to spend time joking around with a local with dreadlocks and guitar, you will laugh...oh how you will laugh. If you don't laugh a lot down there, pack up your stuff, get a plane ticket to somewhere else and seek counseling.

A 10% tip is included in most bills and we typically added another 10%. For taxi's we usually just added a couple bucks and we didn't get run over or anything so that must have been acceptable. Many of our drinks we had right at the resort as Jessica and Carlos both make a mean Pina Colada (and almost anything else you want).

You can go as rugged or as refined as you want in the area. Plan on being social as it's part of the culture but they aren't invasive in any way. With a few new words (Pura Vida, Buenos, Gracias etc) we were able to navigate very easily. Most of the locals speak English to varying degrees also.

Great GREAT experience and my wife and I are already planning our next trip there.

Room Tip: La Casita for romantic, rustic, and exotic.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank kbl42
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We had the good fortune to stay at this property for a few nights and wished we could have stayed longer. The pool/deck area is beautiful and the swimup bar convenient with wonderful fresh-made, local fruit drinks. The owner (Jessica) was very helpful with information about restaurants, spas, massages, local wares and activities. Bikes were available for your convenience. We stayed outside the main gates in a very unusual and delightful room with actual trees growing inside. The kitchen is open air with an enclosed bedroom and bath. I absolutely loved every minute and so did my husband. I was not looking for the typical boring room experience and this was perfect for us. We would return again on our next stay in the area.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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