This gem of a cottage is very built, clean and gorgeous. It is entirely made from laqured hardwood. The cottage faces the beach which is a stones throw away. It's elevated construction not only makes for a great unobstructed view but also captures the ocean breeze making for a very comfortable open air sleep. Going to bed with the sounds of the waves and waking with the song bird's seranade was very relaxing. The cottage is roomy and well apointed with screened in windows, a large porch, mini galley - great for fixing breakfast and an evening snack, and all the appliances you'd need including extra fans, toaster, coffee maker etc. Debbie starts you out with a bit of the essentials (coffee, a few drinks, etc) but there are no less than three supermarkets in town and some local bakeries and meat shops to choose from if you decide to cook.
Jimmy and Debbie are excellent hosts. Great communication via email made planning the trip easy and they were there to answer any questions we had or offer a ride to town if we needed one. Although we almost always just walked down the deserted black sands beach 15 min to Puerto Viejo. They are super friendly and social when engaged but will just as well leave you be so you feel like you are alone on the property.
In this area the local "Sodas" (think small restaurant) are the best although we had great meals in a variety of places. Jeffery's - a locals place- is a 3 min walk and has great Carribean style cusine and is one of the less expensive options. The public bus stops there as well so you can access the entire eastern coast by waving a bus down. If you prefer, the property is on the stop schedule for Interbus from San Jose and all of the tour operators will pick you up at your door for a variety of 1/2 day to several day excursions.
All-in-all, I can't recommend Mother Dear enough!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Villas Serenidad Costa Rica/Limon