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Magic Moon Beach House
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“Beautiful House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Our family of four stayed here for three days in Feb. 2013. The house is wonderful. Beautiful woodwork throughout. We loved hanging out and having our meals on the second floor terrace, which is very large, well furnished and overlooks the ocean. The kitchen is well-furnished. Plenty of windows throughout the house. We were never hot and had no problem with bugs. The waves at the beach were a little much for our 10 year old daughter, and one does need to be careful about riptides. As with much of CR you do need to be careful of theft so you need to lock the house up and stay off the beach at night. I've already been researching our trip to the Pacific side of CR for next year and have not found another house as beautiful as this. When we go back to the Caribbean side I'm sure we'll stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Our group of 3 couples had a wonderful stay at the Magic Moon Beach house in Nov 2012. Originally we planned to stay at the highly rated Banana Azul hotel just down the road, but when we learned that we could have the nearby beach house to ourselves at a fraction of the cost it was an easy decision! As guests of Magic Moon we were invited to take advantage of the amenities of Banana Azul, including use of the pool and keeping a running tab of food and drinks for our entire stay. We loved being able to have food and drinks at the house, but also the option of walking down the beach to Banana Azul for appetizers, meals, or excellent tropical drinks without having to carry money was very convenient, and well utilized. We kept our own fridge stocked with breakfast foods and beer from the convenient store that was a 5 minute bike ride up the road, which really helped keep our costs down. Bikes are available for rent right there at the house for a great rate, and we used them to get around everywhere. It was a quick 10 minute bike ride into town (or very cheap cab ride), and one day we took the bikes on a 20km round trip south to tour all of the local beaches.

The beach at the house is Playa Negra, a black sand beach. It was clean with very few people (those few people were mostly at the stretch of beach by Banana Azul, so we were alone at our stretch of beach other than the occasional passerby). Not many people were in the water, likely due to the big waves. Our group loved the waves, and took advantage of the boogie board rentals at Banana Azul.

The host, Nina, lives next door and was always available to help when needed, but also very respectful of our privacy. The property is gated and felt very safe. We stayed up late outside in the ample 2nd level outdoor "living room" each night playing card games and enjoying drinks, and didn't have to worry about being loud. The covered outdoor space has a big table with 6 chairs, a breakfast bar with 2 stools, as well as a sitting area with a cushioned love seat, chair, lounge chair, and hammock. Lots of space and comforts! Many naps were taken outside with sounds of the waves rolling in! I think one person from our group slept the whole night in the hammock once, even!

We could not have been happier with our stay at Magic Moon, and hope that our travels will bring us back here someday!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sarah S
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Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

House is fabulous! Walk out the front gate onto the beach. Great for just hanging and relaxing. We cooked meals in the fully furnished kitchen. The only thing that could make it better is a fan on the patio over the hammock. Loved it!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cheryl C
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2011

We stayed at Magic Moon for five nights in September 2011. Since our initial plan involved staying with another couple, we thought the house's separate quarters on different floors would be perfect. When the other couple cancelled, we were concerned the Moon would be too big and isolated. This was not the case.

We occupied only the top floor and loved it. We particularly enjoyed the huge lanai facing the ocean. We ended up spending as much time in this "outside living room" that features a massive hammock, wicker furniture, sleeping couch, and dining table for 6. When shutters from the kitchen are opened, the deck is transformed into an open-air bar. The sounds of the surf, birds, frogs, insects and geckoes massaged our ears day and night.

We appreciated the large yard studded with glorious flowering plants, fruit and palm trees, and Sasha, the resident cat. Just outside the entry gate and across the street, the beach and the warm waters of the Caribbean await. We particularly enjoyed the early morning light during walks on the beach. We ended up walking the short distance to Banana Azul's beach where we could use the resort's hammocks and chairs.

The house does not have air conditioning, but it really does't need it. (Coming from Oregon, we were thankful that our first stop in Costa Rica, Arenal, was air-conditioned to allow us time to adapt to the heat.) We opened up the shutters for cross breezes when we were there and turned on fans as needed. At bedtime, we slipped under a ceiling fan and mosquito net, locked everything down and felt secure. We didn't feel completely alone with the geckoes chirping to us from their high perches on the wall. Adding to the sense of security is a large safe that we used at night and whenever we left the house.

The house has plenty of storage and all the kitchen things you need (ice, toaster, blender, oven, etc). It does not have a dishwasher, but that didn't strike us as an inconvenience. We were happy to be able to cook our own food instead of eating out every meal.

Everyone involved in the Moon is incredibly nice. Silbur the groundskeeper, Alejandra the housekeeper, Ashton the neighbor and Nina the owner are all people you wish you could transport back home to your social circle. Banana Azul is a great resource nearby if you don't feel like cooking or need someone else to stir up your Mai Tai.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope you do, too!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed Aug 10-13th at the Magic Moon House! The property was very nice, we utilized both levels ( 2 bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs). The layout of the house was great, a nice open kitchen, the outdoor space on the 2nd level is wonderful, my brother and cousins used the hammocks to relax a lot and you can see the ocean right in front of you. The rooms are very spacious and we appreciated the way the house was functional for us. The house grounds are really nice, it's like you're in your own oasis. We opened up the house doors and windows as much as possible....we even noticed a horse farm behind one of the bedroom windows that had live cattle, kind of cool for all the cows to do an about face and stare at us. The house does not have have AC, it has fans throughout the house but, honestly we were on the beach so, we felt the breeze...no need for AC. I will tell you that you will need bug spray and ant spray....the caribbean side is the natural side of costa rica so, you're living the simple life. We basically had our own private beach and we had a rental jeep so, we drove down to punta uva and manzanillo. Johnnys and Mangos are the best bars in Puerto Viejo. For food, we liked Mare Nostrum, Lydia's Place and Koki Beach. A lot of people recommended Tamares, do not order the chicken sandwich or burgers, definitely not a fan. Kind of dumb of us to order that anyway...fish with rice and beans is the way to go, costa rica does not really have a specialized cuisine. We went to the supermarket and bought food since the house came with a fridge, oven/stove and microwave. The rocky road leading to Magic Moon and Banana Azul is a bit rough, we were definitely isolated from the center town of puerto viejo but, it's only a 5 mins drive or 10 mins walk on the beach. If I come back to Puerto Veijo, you better believe I'm staying at Magic Moon again....we were really not impressed with any of the other hotels we saw in town and on the beach, most of them are rundown or just plain jane. Also, if you want to do ziplining, jungle tours, white water rafting, snorkeling or scuba diving, the Banana Azul hotel, where we had to pick up the house key, is a few doors down and offers Gecko Trail Adventures, great times! The best in costa rica hands down. Aaron and Pablo our guides were great. Ashton who arranged everything is very cool. Best time to go to Costa Rica is nov - feb and with that said, it was 80 degrees in august! We would have loved to have more sun but, we ovbiously understood we were in their winter season....there were still a lot of people at the bars though, especially after midnight....late crowds. Go to Mangos first or another bar on the small main road then venture off to Johnnys on the water, you're sure to have a good time. Also, for those who are interested, follow the smell of ganj, it's openly smoked outside by the locals, especially at the bars....the cops don't really hound folks, when locals see cops coming they just put their joints behind their backs until the cops roll past....so seamless. Our time at Magic Moon was very laidback and relaxing, we went to the Pacific coast afterwards, Jaco and Manuel Antonio and we preferred the Caribbean side the best even though they were not as advanced as the Pacific side. I believe the Caribbean side got electricity in 1986'. We didn't get a chance to see Samara, Mal Pais or Montezuma on the west pacific coast, must go by ferry from puntareanas which is 30mins from Jaco ....but, maybe next time. But, with that said, If I were you, I would check out both coasts...Jaco is packed in January (probably a good home base) which from a tourist perspective might work out better but, the Caribbean vibe had us wanting to go back to Puerto Viejo even when we were in Jaco. Puerto Viejo is about a 4 hour drive...if you don't get lost from San Jose. Jaco is about an hour half from San Jose so, plan accordingly. The rental car from Natcar.com helped us a lot to explore the country. You can take a bus shuttle to Puerto Veijo instead and then come back to San Jose and take a bus to the pacific coast or rent a car or vice versa, whatever works for you. We wouldn't have seen as much without a car. Stay at least 3-5 days in Puerto Viejo and 3-4 days in Jaco to truly experience the fun. If you don't have a car....it won't be the same experience to get up and go see and do whatever you want. Stay at Magic Moon in Puerto Veijo and any Daystar property in Jaco. I can go on and on...have fun! FYI, this is not the Ibiza or Miami party scene so, keep that in mind.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Midwest
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2011

Magic Moon house is a gem in Southern Costa Rica. I was traveling alone and stayed at the house for a week. Magic Moon house is managed by Hotel Banana Azul; which is only a short walk away.
The house has two bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom downstairs. There is only exterior stairs for access from the ground level bedroom to the rest of the house. But there is a bathroom on the ground level as well as the upper level. The gardens that surround the house are meticulously cared for. There is a very sweet young woman that comes in every other day to clean. It was amazing how clean the house was given all the sand and the ocean breezes.
The house is completely outfitted with a full kitchen. I cooked one dinner there, it was too easy to walk to Banana Azul for dinner and a little socializing. They have a lunch menu with sandwiches, quesadillas etc. Three choices for dinner (normally) with salad and dessert. Majority of the dinners were pretty good. Highly recommend the guacamole and fresh chips for a great snack if you don't want a full lunch

The Banana Azul staff go above and beyond making sure your stay there is comfortable. I was going to be arriving late and in corresponding with David, had wondered about getting a bite to eat after I got in. He preordered dinner for me so I could warm it up at the house after I got settled.

The beach was beautiful and the water was warm.


A couple of things to note about the house:
There was little to no warm water for a shower. It was not an issue for me, but it is worth noting. I don't know if there was a setting somewhere that needed to get turned on (like on a water heater).
It gets dark early and there is very little light between Banana Azul and the house. It isn't desolate as there is another hotel on the same road, but it is something to be aware of.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank travel40girl
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Ireland
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2010

Self Catering not a hotel. Everywhere was booked up when we arrived, we wanted to stay in Banana Azul but they too were booked up, but they let us know about this place. We had no option but were thrilled with the find, very cheap and a perfect base. Beach is at end of the garden across dirt road, not too spectacular but very handy and not crowded- most time we were only ones there. Banana azul is two minutes away. Taxi or hire bikes to get around. We loved it, kept costs down by filling fridge and we could then splurge on VIP accomodation elsewhere in C.R i.e Peace Lodge.
House is very very small, but has porch so extended living area and cool as there is only a fan in the accomodation. Sea breeze is lovely we stayed in Sept 08 and weather great. Would definately recommend and was nicer than some hotels we stayed in...but that is another story!!

Only downside crime was a concern, nothing happened to us but conscious to ensure gate was always locked, and we kept everything in the safe. Best Taxi driver Sandro, if at all possible try to find him and let him know Ireland says hi!!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Monodr
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Property: Magic Moon Beach House
Address: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
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Ranked #43 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A magical and peaceful place on the Caribbean Sea of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. The Magic Moon Beach House is set in a spacious tropical garden just steps from the quiet beach. For those who don't like to compromise on their vacation, this big beach house has two stories. Upstairs, it comes with a master bedroom with a king size bed and 1 other bedroom with a queen size bed and a very spacious patio with dining area and outdoor living room. The bathroom is located between the two bed rooms. Downstairs you will have a bedroom with a queenbed and a separate bathroom, with it's own area outside to hang out and enjoying the spacious garden! ... more   less 
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