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“Great Time!” 5 of 5 stars
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Salisbury, Maryland, United States
1 review
“Great Time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed at a fabulous cottage with a perfect ocean view, cooling breezes, and a lullaby provided by the waves. The week there flew by way too fast. Debbie and Jimmy are the ultimate hosts, anticipating your needs and providing for your comfort. They were also able to suggest tours and areas of local interest. We would definitely stay at Mother Dear again. Thanks, Debbie and Jimmy.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Muskoka Lakes, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

If you want a perfectly appointed cottage, great view of the mostly secluded beach and wonderful hosts Mother Dear is for you! From the moment we arrived we felt at home. From our morning walks on the beach to our evenings on the porch, we enjoyed every moment. The town of Puerto Viejo is a small cab ride away and offers great food and entertainment. If you are lucky you can catch the band play at Lazy Mon with a very special singer! I do not come across many places where the reviews are so favourable and Mother Dear deserves every positive review. The other places we stayed in Costa Rica did not compare to all that Mother Dear offers and we will certainly be back soon. Send a note to Jimmy early as this place books quickly and rightly so. Look no further if you are planning a visit to Puerto Viejo!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

My partner and I last visited Mother Dear about a year ago, and although we never return to the same place twice when we vacation, we broke our cardinal rule and had to go back to Puerto Viejo...truly because of Mother Dear. It honestly is a total paradise. Jim and Debbie have the most beautiful piece of property, and they go out of their way to be sure you have a comfortable stay, where you truly can just relax and enjoy the breathtaking views all around you. The view of the ocean from your deck is totally spectacular. You literally fall asleep to the sound of the surf each night. Jim and Debbie keep the bungalows extremely clean too, so you don't have to fear about cooking in your room if you so wish. This time, my partner and I brought friends along with us and they rented the bungalow next to us. They both agreed that this was definitely paradise and said their dreams came true by vacationing here. Thanks Jim and Debbie for such wonderful, lifelong memories. We miss you and Mother Dear already! Pura vida!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We just completed 12 days at Mother Dear and it was fabulous. From the moment of our welcome by James and Debbie, we felt at home, albeit with a much better view. The tropical landscape, the prime ocean view and wonders, to the long meandering walks on the beach into town or towards a national park, this is the place to relax and reenergize oneself. The bungalow has everything you would want on a vacation, including NO tv, but excellent WIFI. Just sit on the expansive deck and you will forget what day it is. Nice beachfront sports bar and restaurant named The Point five minutes away on the beach. Great organic food. The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is a bit more rustic, so to find these bungalows is a real treat. We have already made our reservations for 2014. Book early.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Mother Dear is a wonderful getaway! Leave the hustle & bustle of life, slow down, kick up your feet watch and listen to the waves crashing just meters away! The grounds are beautiful! We even saw wild horses grazing in the yard!
The black sand beach right out front seems almost private as we only saw a handful of people. If you're looking for a romantic getaway...look no further!
If you're looking for adventure, the tour companies picked us up and dropped us off right at Mother Dear!
Debbie & Jimmy are great! The Cottages are beautiful and the weather was perfect! Can't wait to return!

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Kitale, Kenya
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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
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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
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Property: 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 #2 of 91 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
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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