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Reviewed March 3, 2014

This was are 3rd. trip to Costa Rica and our 2nd. time staying at Casa Viva. We've seen more animals here than we have any where else, and we've been to Arenal,Montevrde,Manuel Antonio and Montezuma. Beautiful houses, wonderful staff and so close to the ocean. Jean was a great host and we had the best time staying here! And Marieh907, if you read this, we stayed in house 1 with the dog, did she come stay with you and your family? She was such a sweet girl, wish I could have brought her back to the states. Thanks :)

Room Tip: House 1 is closest to the ocean
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

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.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Spent two weeks at Cas Viva, Punta Uva, Costa Rica from November 1 through 15, 2013. A wonderful setting. The owner/operator, Jeanie, was a princess. Her helpers, Francisco and Marleni are warm and friendly. Francisco would bring us fresh fruit often. The beach is very close and gorgeous. Selvin's and El Refugio are two nearby restaurants that are absolutely fantastic.There's a convenience store a short walk away; during the day there's a German woman behind the counter named Saskia, who is absolutely fascinating and friendly. A trip to the beach at Manzanillo is also a must. While there plan lunch at "Cool & Calm." Chef Andy is a wonderful character and his guacamole and chips are out of this world. The Jaguar Centro de Rescate (Rescue Center) is also worthwhile. Olgita, the Casa Viva beach dog is a real treat for dog lovers. Treat her right and she'll hang out and also go to the beach with you.

Room Tip: House no. 2 is the best one there; isolated and very private.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PuntaUvaPaul
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Just returned from our first ever trip to Costa Rica, where I had debated where to stay on the Caribbean coast for a long time. In the end, I chose Casa Viva over other rental homes because I liked the location (good swimming beach - not too rough) and it was secluded but safer than a house all on its own since it is in a family of cabins with the owner on-site. We stayed in the house with one queen and two singles, and our third child slept on the daybed in the living room. We felt very safe and the house was beautiful with a wrap around porch and very useful kitchen.

Owner was very nice and low-key, and the groundskeeper (Domingo, I think) was as well. He came and found my kids and I one day when there was a sloth in the garden on the ground. We got to meet it face to face, such a special experience. The beach was beautiful and you pretty much have it all to yourself.

We did get a lot of mosquito bites, not sure there is any way to avoid that this time of year in Costa Rica (or any time). There were nets on the beds, it is just unavoidable as you are trying to get fresh air but keep the bugs out at the same time.

I can say that after looking into SO many places, beaches, etc, once I actually got to the area I was very happy with this choice. Appropriately priced for the amenities, etc. One bonus - we needed laundry done and they did it on site for a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Allison_Yr
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

My husband Tom and I spent three weeks at Casa Viva. We stayed in the duplex which was perfect for us. The duplex was lovely and closest to the beach. We could hear the sounds of the waves day and night, a short stroll to the beach with warm/ calm water wonderful for swimming. It was fun getting up in the morning to watch monkeys playing in the trees right in front of your door. For breakfast we would have fruit, cereal, toast and coffee. The fridge and coffee maker that was provided was useful. Sometimes we would go to the main house and cook a meal, Raul was kind enough to let us cook a meal and we always made extra for him. Other times we would ride the bikes which they have on the property or we would catch the bus in front of Casa Viva and go to town or to Mazanilla Beach. The public bus transportation goes almost anywhere in Costa Rica, is safe and inexpensive . Not far away is the town of Puerto Viejo with lots of restaurants and shopping. We took Interbus from Punta Uva to La Fortuna, which is another way of getting around also safe and inexpensive. Casa Viva is the perfect home away from home, beautiful and affordable. We have stayed at many other places which don't compare to Casa Viva. We miss it so much and can't wait to go back, were hoping 2014. We highly recommend staying at Casa Viva. Thank you. Tom & Juliette
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Room Tip: The duplex closest to the beach but doesn't have a kitchen to cook meals. The one bedroom also very closest to the beach. All homes are lovely.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tomandjuliette
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