This is over sized room with King bed, lots of windows with incredible jungle views. There is a Shared bathroom on this level with large shower. This is an open space Caribe Home waiting for you. Or if you have children you can also take the The Congo room,
Your Home Away from Home!
First experience using Airbnb. Trusted everything would work out and it did. I would stay here again.
My trip's focus was on rest and relaxation. So, having a very comfortable bed was key. And the bed was so comfortable, I was able to sleep about 10 hrs per night. The room was simple and exactly what I was looking for. And the facilities was perfectly suited for a long stay.
Things to know (that I wondered about before going):
1) Electric outlets are the same as those used in US.
2) Security is more than fine but keep your wits about you
3) Wifi alternatives exist if you need it: a) Cafe Rio Negro & b) Casa del Pan both are located on the main road.
4) Budget: $6-$10/day for bicycle rentals (exchange rule of thumb is $1 equals 500 Colones) and about the same for a cab ride.
5) Cost of living is cheaper than in San Jose & Pacific Region.
6) Not everyone charges a service charge (tip). So, pay attention to your bill.
7) Cab ride from airport to San Carlos Bus Terminal (about 20minutes drive) was about $28, bus fair from San Carlos Terminal to Puerto Viejo (4hrs) was about $11, & cab fair from Puerto Viejo to Cocles (about 10mins) was about $8.
8) Cash out of the Bank/ATM is the best deal.
9) Most tour activities are around $49-$99. But there is a 3day/2night package to Panama for $299/person for couples that takes you to Bocas del Torro.
10) Not as much mosquitoes as anticipated! Dry season and underbrush trimming were contributing factors.
Nivi, was very helpful in figuring out how to get to Puerto Viejo. And even with giving info about the area. Pablo was also very friendly & very helpful. We had some good conversations about the area -- among other things. Also, one time when the wifi went down, he helped me out by turning his cell into a hotspot and I was able to do my midterm exam online & got a 100%! Thanks again Pablo! The dogs are fine to get along with. And I could tell they were sad that I was leaving. I will see them again when I return for another visit -- hopefully within the year.
Everyone I met was friendly. I never met anyone that appeared to be menacing. In fact, after being there for about a week, I felt like I was living there. I felt at home here. Lots to do even in this small town. Go to Playa Punta Uva: the best beach in the area!
Staying at Nirvair's home was definitely a special experience. When I arrived, my boyfriend and I were really excited to feel as though we were staying in a tree house, right in the thick of the rainforest.
I stayed here over for a few nights over NYE 2013. There are a few things I wish I had known in advance. 1400 meters from the main road is a bit further than I was expecting. Renting a bike was necessary, so plan to spend an extra $5 a day to do so. Meanwhile, biking home at night (and likely after a few drinks) never felt like a good idea and was therefore an additional $8 to get a cab to load the bikes and take me back to Nirvair's home.
I also didn't expect to have to pay for wifi. I thought- okay, I'll just need it for two days, but it was a flat fee of $20 for the stay, per device. I ended up using free wifi in town (which was plentiful), but it definitely would have been more convenient to take care of any business at home.
I was also not expecting to have to pay for drinking water, $8 for the stay. I now understand that the tap water in the area is no good, I just wish I knew this in advanced.
Being a traveller on a budget, I simply wish I knew in advance to build in these expenses. On the plus side, her dogs were so adorable, the view was excellent, and the bike ride into town was enjoyable amongst the trees and birds. Nirvair was a great hostess, and I always felt comfortable in the shared spaces.
My girlfriend and I stayed with Nirvair for a week in November of 2013. She was a great host and went out of her way to make sure we had a great time. The house was clean and the room and bed were comfortable. The hot water in the shower was a little tricky, but after you learn the quirks works well enough.
It is a bit off the beaten path, being a 20min walk to Cocles, and another 20 to downtown Puerto Viejo. If you have a car or rent a bike, everything you need is within a few minutes time.
Nirvair was also good enough to offer 1 on 1 yoga classes with my girlfriend. She said they were amazing and Nirvair was able to customize the classes to fit her skill level and special needs. If you are into yoga, this is a great opportunity to get in an hour or 2 of yoga in a beautiful jungle setting.
I recommend you give this place a try if you are in the Puerto Viejo area.
Nor air was very accommodating and a breath of fresh air. My friends and I really enjoyed staying in her place and socializing with her. She is a great yoga instructor to boot! The beds were extremely comfortable; we all raved about them. Her place is in the jungle on a dirt/gravel road, but a 4x4 isn't necessary. The kitchen was great. It's an open concept---the entire house, and we loved it.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.