Kitchenette with sink, gas stove and fridgePrivate bathroom with cold water shower

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

Simplicity in paradise! Lovely homestay opportunity with a friendly local family and their two lovely kids. Close to some of the greatest beaches of the area and in walking distance to the sweet community of Playa Chiquita. Great deal!

The space



This is the place of a super sweet local family that I have been friends with for over six years now. Please note that I am usually not on the property myself, and only help the Hernandez manage their reservations online and help with communication, questions or in the event of any problems if necessary. I can always be reached by phone or email.

They have a simple but beautifully authentic Caribbean-style double house, with one cabina with own bathroom and a small kitchen on one side, and two small private rooms on two floors with shared kitchen and shared bathroom on the other side. Big parts of the house have been newly renovated in the last 2 months, and the plan is to improve more details over the course of the next months.

The house is set in a beautiful, well-maintained garden in a quiet and safe neighborhood just 400 mts. from the small community of Playa Chiquita (with super market, some restaurants and a bar) and 400 mts. in both directions to some of the most beautiful beaches of the area (Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva). Puerto Viejo is about 6 km away and can be reached with an easy 30-minute bike ride or by public bus, that runs every two hours and stops just 150 mts. from the house. The nature reserve Gandoca-Manzanillo is about 7 km away and the popular Jaguar Rescue Center just 2 km.

This ad is for the cabina. It has one bedroom with double bed, mosquito net, a fan and some shelves. The small kitchen is equipped with a stove, fridge, some pans and kitchenware for basic cooking. There is a little terrace with table and chairs in the front and a nice tiled bathroom with cold water shower and another little terrace in the back. All floors are tiled with hand-made Caribbean mosaiques, made with love by the owner.

If you are on a budget, are easy-going, nature-loving persons and would like to experience the real Caribbean and its people and share with like-minded travelers, this charming local mini-hostel (with just three rooms) is the place for you!

The family has two kids (6 & 11 years-old) and lives on the same property in the house next-door. They have been living in the area all their lives and are great sources of information all around the area, wildlife and local food and traditions. They and their family are passionate fishermen and will be happy to provide fresh fish and lobsters for reasonable prices every time they make a catch. They can also take you on private hikes, kayak tours and snorkel adventures for fair rates.

Guest access

Wifi available in the room.
Laundry service 6$ per load (only washing, no drying)
Bus pickup service in Puerto Viejo: 8$ per way
They also offer shared lunch or dinner for very accessible prices, just ask them!

Interaction with guests

The families English is pretty basic still, so you will need to apply your Spanish or hands and feet for communication most of the time :) I will take care of all your questions and arrangements prior to your stay and am happy to assist with any questions or problems during your time here (I just live 300 mts. away). I can also assist with your tour and transportation arrangements, should you need any help.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

2 nights minimum stay

55 Reviews

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Kym User Profile
May 2017
Unfortunately our stay was cut short due to a family emergency, but we really wished we could have stayed longer! The place was beautiful with hand crafted mosaic tile flooring throughout. Chickens, cats and a dog are present on the property giving it a quaint and homey feel. The kitchen had everything we needed, outdoor space to eat and relax and lines by the bathroom to hang our wet clothes after walking to playa Chiquita - one of the most beautiful beaches we'd seen on our trip! There are plenty of restaurants and shops along the road and a organic chocolate farm down the road. But it is quiet! (Except for the howler monkeys!) coming from Puerto Viejo it was nice to have a slower paced, quiet environment. We did not interact with the Hernandez family beyond our initial arrival tour, but they seemed lovely and we had intentions to let the kids play later but were unable due to our quick departure. As the other reviews note, it is rustic. No screens in the windows so expect some insect visitors. This did not bother us but it should be noted that while there is a second small bed for a child it does not have its own mosquito net. This wasn't a problem for us since my child is young and can sleep in my bed. And finally, Anja was so accommodating in helping me make our booking, find the Hernandez homestead and answer my questions. 10/10 would recommend!

Jenna User Profile
April 2017
This was my first Air Bnb experience and I had a lovely stay in the cabin. My Spanish is very minimal so I didn't interact much with the Hernandez during the week I was there , but they were a very nice family and helped me get comfortable when I arrived. It's a very colourful and rustic cabin so be prepared to see some bugs and the odd gecko. However the mosquito net proved to be very useful and I had no issues with bugs in the bed. Anja was helpful and quick to respond when I had questions. The road to the house is some what tucked away , so bring a flashlight if you're arriving after dark. If you are into simplistic living and want to live like the locals this is a great getaway spot that's close to the beach and town area. Many thanks Anja!

Justina User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful place to stay.

Felix User Profile
February 2017
Super Host, super Owner, super Place! Just perfect!

Sarah User Profile
February 2017
This is a basic homestay with decent amenities such as an outdoor kitchen with stove, outdoor seating area with hammock and colourful interior. Shower is cold water only and bathroom is outdoors. The family are approachable but didn't interact much with us so did not feel like we learned much about daily life here. Location is great. Walking distance to beach and supermarket. This is really a colourful shack in the garden so be prepared for creepy crawleys. We saw several large ones inside the mosquito net includibg a huge cricket one night. When we stayed here we had a problem with bugs biting us in the bed. We didn't realise where they were for a few nights then it became clear they were in the bed, possibly bed bugs. After we left we told Anja who was responsive and helpful and issued some refund to pay for our laundry. We were advised that the mattress has been changed.

Girlany User Profile
December 2016
Place was lovely, calm and clean

Serge User Profile
August 2016
Communication with Anja before our arrival was ok. However, we did not hear from her once we were at Puerto Viejo. She did not check upon us to see if everything was ok. The house is sitting in a beautiful location surrounded by nature. You can see and hear a lot of animals. Unfortunately, the Hernandez family can be very loud. They had a party over twice. The first time their guests left on time so that we could still enjoy our night, but the second time we had to ask to respect our night rest. As a courtesy to guests of a guesthouse, you would expect them to think of this themselves. We showed quite some interest when we arrived (fishing trip, having a meal with them, ...) but as they didn't realy respond, we didn't actually do anything with them. It's a shame because we were interested and it could have been great! We speak Spanish so this could not have been the reason. The location of the house is ideal for exploring the beaches and the National Parks. There is supermarkt within walking distance and there is a wonderful bakery almost next door. The house is basic but ok.

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa RicaJoined in August 2012
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A passionate traveller myself I finally settled in this little piece of paradise and live happily in monkey mood mode...

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