About this listing
Cabina Caribe is the perfect cabin for two. It is part of a beautiful and private neighborhood nestled at the foot of the majestic Talamanca Mountains. You are in the jungle, yet only a 3 minute walk to the most beautiful beach on the Caribbean.
Complimentary bicycles will carry you everywhere you want to go. You'll be less than 2km (15 minute walk) to downtown Puerto Viejo. Cabina Caribe is in the jungle among the birds, monkeys, sloths and butterflies with views of lush jungle out every window. You will wake to the sounds of tropical birds singing and ocean waves crashing in the distance will put you to sleep at night. Did we mention that you will only be a 3 minute walk from the most beautiful white sand beach!?
Cabina Caribe guests have:
*Pure rain water running throughout all taps
*WiFi/High Speed ADSL Internet on site
*Full kitchen & dining area
*Large bathroom with warm water
*Onsite parking space available
*Plenty of garden space to enjoy jungle life
*Banana, palm (pipas with coconut water), guayabana and avocado trees
*Passionfruit, hibiscus and basil plants
Cabina Caribe is in a private neighborhood within walking distance to:
*White sandy beaches with life guards
*Beautiful yoga studios
*Best sandbar and reef surfing
*Rentals for every activity under the sun
*Cacao (Chocolate) farm tour
*Permaculture farm tour
*Wildlife rescue center with monkeys, sloths and more
*Bars and restaurants serving ice cold beer, tacos & vegetarian
Interaction with Guests
We will be there when you need us. We don't live on the property, so you will have privacy, but we live in the area and are always available to help out when needed. We know the area and are happy to offer recommendations for activities, food and more.
Other Things to Note
Cabina Caribe is in a rustic setting, but clean with everything in working order. The bed has a mosquito net and there is a lockbox for your laptop, camera, passports, etc.
We will do everything possible to make your stay comfortable and memorable.
*We have recently purchased a new bicycle, fan, sheets and towels, made some renovations and given the cabina a lot more love!
Please don't bring the towels to the beach. Respect the neighbor's privacy. Always lock doors and windows at night and when you leave the premises. Feel free to ride the bicycles anywhere in the area and make sure to lock them when not in use. If you leave food out, you may get visitors.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the cabina for three months working online.
1. Location (close to the beach, not in a heavily traveled area, lots of nature).
2. Bikes to easily get you to and from town.
3. Thomas (the property manager) was super helpful and nice.
4. Coconut trees all around.
5. The outdoor patio was nice to sit in and enjoy the jungle and animals without getting wet.
1. You can't leave food in the kitchen or even dirty dishes because the ants will get in there quickly.
2. Rooster next door (when we were there, the neighbour is renting long termish).
3. Nowhere to store food properly other than the fridge and we ended up attracting a rat.
4. The internet needs to be restarted each day by the neighbour since the modem is in his house.
5. You can feel the springs in the bed on one side and it's not that comfortable to sleep in.
6. The electrical outlets are not exactly what I would call safe. Our portable speakers were fried and our computers would zap us when plugged in.
Make sure you take a headlamp because the path from the road is very dark at night.
If you're staying for a short period of time, it's probably fine. However, we would not recommend the cabina for any long term stays.
My boyfriend and I had an amazing time at Mat's place. We were there for over 3 weeks and enjoyed every minute of it. The cabina had everything we needed - comfy bed, big shower, fan, clean and easy to use outdoor kitchen (with stove, cooking utensils, coffee maker, fridge, and even a blender for fresh juice!) and nice areas on the porch for eating and chilling out. The spot is set back in the jungle, away from the main road. Having the bikes was an awesome addition - we easily travelled between Puerto Viejo's main town and the many beautiful beaches near Cocles. We did some great hikes as well, and you can easily walk all the way from Cahuita to the edge of Panama if you follow the gorgeous coastline. Thomas, who manages the property, was a great host and we really enjoyed getting to know him. He has lived in the area for 4 years, and will give you some great suggestions for food and cool places to see/things to do. We highly recommend taking the chocolate tour at Caribeans - the cacao farms are right behind the cabina on the hillside... a real gem, and you will learn a ton! Also eating at Lazlo's Catch of the Day and Bread & Chocolate are musts. But honestly, if you never venture anywhere other than the cabina and the beaches - you will be in heaven!
My boyfriend and I had an amazing stay at Matt's cabina. After being somewhat familiar with Puerto Viejo, I was very happy we opted to stay in Cocles. It was close enough to town (15 min walk), but tucked away enough to experience the beautiful natural surroundings of the Caribbean. You truly can not go wrong with this place and it has everything you'll need while there. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I wish we were still there!
The cabin has a great location in the Jungle. Mat's helper, Tomas, was out of town when we arrived but there was a cleaner who was finishing up who showed us the ropes with the locks, safe and stove. It's located down a gravel road 100 or so yards off the main road to town and coming back at night we were glad to have brought our headlamps walking through the jungle. The 2 bikes were an awesome addition that made getting to town easy and fun (although one is succumbing to a slow rusty death thanks to the humidity).
There's not a lot of frills to the cabin, but it's comfortable and gives you an authentic experience and you can't beat the opportunity to wake up to howler monkeys and sloths in the yard.
Costa Rica is Beautiful! The cabin needs some TLC. There were dead bugs in all corners of the cabins. It appeared that the cabin had not been cared for in some time. The floor fan was nice to have, but was completely rusted. Things just seemed run down. It was 50.00 a night and as we checked around the area we discovered that this was not a good value. Having the bikes were nice, but again they are in bad shape. I would check around the area for other places to stay. On a good note, the cabin is located in a great spot close to the beach and cool places to eat!!!
The cabin really is situated in the jungle - accessible by an unlit and unpaved gravel road through a bit of jungle, so it is important to bring a flashlight of some kind in order to find your way back as it gets dark very quickly and early (around 6pm every day). Regarding the interior, we honestly had expected it to be a little different. There was a clothing rack which was completely rusted through at the bottom due to the humid air. It kept toppling over after we hung some clothes on it. The big windows in the cabin consist of shutters only (no glass) and are not fitted with mosquito nets so that you cannot open them if you do not want plenty of insects invading the cabin. The mosquito net that is hung over the bed and truly essential at night had holes in it, so you should try to keep as many bugs out of the cabin as possible. Therefore, the inside of the cabin was always very dark. You should also expect to share your shower with several worms and other insects, which we weren't prepared for. We recommend for you to bring your own towels as the towels provided where already dissolving and we were always covered in fussy cotton pieces after every shower. The walls in the bathroom, especially in and around the shower, could also do with a good scrubbing and a new paint job - there were dubious stains everywhere. The toilet and sink, however, looked recently cleaned and polished. The walls of the cabin do not go up all the way to the roof - instead, you will find a line of mosquito netting fitted all around the cabin right underneath the roof. This means that there is no way for you to "shut out" the humid air or the noise of the jungle (which is incredibly loud) so bring some earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Also, the mosquito netting underneath the roof had holes in it big enough for a lizard and several big moths to pay us a visit. Unfortunately, the two bicycles provided where not in great shape upon our arrival (flat tire on one of them, no rubber handles on the other one so that you always hat red, stained fingers from rust on the handles), but the property manager called for someone to fix the flat tire immediately. The guy turned out to be unreliable so it took 3 days for the bikes to finally be fixed. The location of the cabin is great, you can reach Playa Cocles (great for surfing) within minutes and there are several yoga studios within walking distance. There is also a hostel right around the corner where you can go for drinks and other evening activities. Overall, we would not recommend the cabin for romantic holidays, but if you are robust and do not mind sharing your space with insects, worms and small amphibians you will like...
Romantic quaint cabin with all the necessary basics that lets the natural surroundings take center stage. Plethora of birds, butterflies, and even howler monkeys in the garden. Its just out of the hustle and bustle of downtown, you feel like your in your own private corner of the rainforest yet just a 10 min bike ride to the action and 5 min walk to the beach. Loved the bikes that was a plus, def the best way to navigate the Puerto Viejo area. We had a great time, accommodating hosts and easy check in/out. Pura Vida!
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About the Host, Mat
I am an artist, designer and entrepreneur from California. I love to surf, read, learn new things, cook and eat fresh, healthy food from sustainable local farms. I have a new tech company called Local Food Lab, an online portfolio site for food and farm professionals.