Cosy 1 bedroom apartment with Kitchen/Dining Area, Bedroom, Bathroom and Garden. Double bed, hot water, WIFI, fan and screens. Shady outdoor space with hammock and garden at edge of the jungle so close to the beach you can hear the waves at night.
Cosy 1 bedroom apartment with Kitchen/Dining Area, Bedroom, Bathroom and Garden. There is a double bed, hot water, WIFI, fan and screened windows and doors. The apartment has a shady outdoor space with hammock and garden area with beautiful tropical flowers, butterflies and birds, and the occaisional sloth passing by too! We are nestled at the edge of the jungle and surrounded by the sounds of nature, so close to the beach you can hear the waves at night.
The apartment is in a local residents neighbourhood only 300 meters from the coral reef beaches and town center. Puerto Viejo is a small yet cosmopolitan community which offers a huge variety of great nightlife, international restaurants, reggae bars, and shops. The area is well known for it's world famous surfing, stunning natural beauty, eco tourism and proximity to National Parks and Wildlife Refuges, This is a fantastic place to come and unwind. Enjoy the spas, yoga and alternative health activities, take the many and varied tours and sample the great tastes, sounds and crafts to be found on its streets. A perfect spot to live the genuine caribbean experience.
Great stay in Puerto Viejo. Very comfortable apartment, and Sam was a great host. I highly recommend this listing.
What a wonderful experience it was to stay with Sam and Papa! From the moment we arrived, we felt welcome and right at home. The apartment is cozy but comfortable, with everything you need right at hand. The location is perfect; walking into the heart of Puerto Viejo or to the beach is less than 5 minutes down a short gravel road where you'll see plenty of birds and lizards, crabs, flowers, and children playing. The apartment is also a perfect jumping off point for other area activities, with easy access to busses that will take you north to Cahuita National Park, or south to Punta Uva and Manzanillo (we fell in love with the beach at Punta Uva - be sure to climb to the top of the point).
We'd be happy to stay with Sam and Papa again any time! And hopefully someday, we will!
I just spend 10 weeks at the apartment with Sam and Papa, and it was a really wonderfull experience. When you stay in the rainforest it is really nice to have a clean and well maintained "base camp" to return to every day, and so was this place. Dry, clean and hardly any bugs at all. Papa and Sam are caring and welcoming people, Papa came to pick me up at the bus station, and they even offered to help me out when I was feeling sick. They know a lot about the town and nature, and you are free to help yourself to aloe vera, lemon grass etc from their surrounding gardens.
I am very happy that I chose to stay here for Puerto Viejo experience!
Although we didn't have the pleasure of meeting Sam since she was out of town, her husband Papa greeted us and was very warm and welcoming. The place itself was perfect for us with a hammock in the front entrance area, as pictured, and everything was super clean. There are three dogs on the property, with one (Sparrow is his name I think) towards the front, so it was nice in the evenings to have extra security. The location is very close to town-- basically just a short walk down a gravel drive-- but it is not lit, so I'd warn to be aware when walking in the dark. Although, this is cautioned everywhere in town in the late evenings so use common sense.
Overall, we were very happy with our stay in Sam's guesthouse!
I may have liked it if I'd gotten there, but due to 2 deaths in my family, I had to return suddenly to Australia. Even given my circumstances, Sam refused to refund any of the full payment I had paid before I got my sad news. She was very cold and clinical, and basically money was more important to her than having a heart. If I were you, I would be wary about staying at her place.
In regard to the above review:
Karen wrote to me privately to say she wanted to cancel her booking for a holiday weekend in high season at the last minute, she asked for a refund. I wrote back and politely explained that I operate the Airbnb "strict" cancellation policy, that means no refund for cancellations less than 7 days before the booking, but as she said it was due to "bad news from home" (death was not mentioned until later) I offered to honor her booking at a future date. As I understand it, following Airbnb's rules I am not obliged to offer her anything, so I feel this offer was fair, Karen apparently did not. Karen then wrote to me (again in a private email) with a very different tone, that it was due to a suicide in the family and therefore I should pay her. I maintained my offer and suggested she take some time to consider it and if she was still not happy contacting Airbnb and checking her coverage may be a good idea, but for some reason Karen did not do so, she never cancelled the booking through Airbnb or asked for the refund that way. The next time I heard from Karen was finally through the Airbnb system but was just to send me a not nice message and a bad review. I am sad that Karen chose to deal with the situation in this way, instead of asking Airbnb to mediate if she was not happy with my offer. Using the review feature to unfairly review the host seems a immature way to deal with the situation. Given the circumstances I may have been willing to negotiate further, but Karen decided to go for this approach instead. I understand that in genuine cases Airbnb will make a refund due extenuating circumstances, so it is unclear why Karen chose to only demand her refund privately and was unwilling to include Airbnb in the conversation at all. Such as shame.