Our family spent a week at Casa Viva and a wonderful time. The handcrafted houses are placed strategically among beautiful gardens, which gives you a little privacy. Our house had a queen bed and two singles and was furthest from the beach, but we could still hear the waves and feel the lovely ocean breeze. The wrap-around porch with hammocks had a wonderful view of the beach and was a perfect place to stay cool. Our cabin had a nice, simple little kitchen with coffee maker and toaster. The water from the tap is drinkable but has a metallic taste so there is drinking water provided. The workers brought us fresh coconuts and fruit grown on the property the first few days we were there. I should mention that there was a little wildlife present around the house. We saw tucans and woodpeckers in the trees next to our porch. A few lizards scampered along the beams in the roof, but were mostly around at night and did not bother us at all. The local howler monkeys also provided wake up calls early in the morning. It was all part of the experience of being in this beautiful area!
The beach was a short walk through the property and was one of the loveliest beaches I have been on. The sand was beautiful and clean and bordered by trees so shade was always an option if you needed a break from the sun. The water was warm and the swimming was safe with no riptides. While we were there the waves were wonderful for body surfing.
Jeannie, the owner, lives on the property and was very friendly and helpful. She arranged the interbus transportation from our hotel in San Jose to Casa Viva. She also provided information about guides to help explore the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge 7k beyond Punta Uva. A family up the road from Casa Viva rents bikes (Lucy's Tours) which make it easy to travel from Casa Viva to the little towns of Manzanillo or Puerto Viejo. There is also a wonderful little Caribbean restaurant (Selvins) less than 1k up the road.
I had read some reviews questioning the safety of this place and the friendliness of the owner. I can only say that we felt very safe and welcomed while we were here. The houses are able to be locked securely. Jeannie's friendly and helpful workers were around during the day and there was security near the beach in the evenings.
Overall, this was an amazing place to stay with a variety of things to do a short distance away.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Viva Beach Houses Hotel Puerto Viejo
- Casa Viva Beach Houses Costa Rica/Limon