We Chose Caribe Town for three days before moving up the coast to Playa Negra, just north or Puerto Viejo. I definitely felt the dedication and hard work that Jessica and Marc have put into their bungalow hotel. We stayed in Bungalow #3, which came with a king sized bed, a ceiling fan, and a decently hot shower. Each Bungalow also has a nice sized porch with a couple of chairs and a hammock. I would say that the screening was 98% effective in keeping critters out.
The location is a few kilometers south of the many places to shop and eat in Puerto Viejo. Easy enough if you have a bike. You can rent one from Caribe Town ($5 i think) and if they are sold out, then there is also a place to rent them almost right across the main street at the seamstress shop. Nice couple.
There are only 5 or so places to walk to for dinner - unless you like to walk a kilometer or so. Two of our best dinners were at the Argentinian place (in the garden), and the Italian place (set back from the road slightly) right there in Cocles. Fantastic!
Back to Caribe Town - During our stay, the place was full; but we never experienced a delay in our morning breakfasts (which were made to order) or in the service that Jessica and Marc provided. They were able to give us good exchange rates, provide plenty of local knowledge, and got us booked on a full day excursion out to the Bri Bri on a drop of a hat. The Massages were not cheap, but Nancy was nice and apparently the bamboo treatment worked wonderfully on my fiancee.
There are a LOT of hotels along the beaches in this area. It is hard to stand out. I feel that Caribe Town does a good job of providing a sense of security within their property, the privacy of being in your own building, and a small community in meeting people at breakfast or hanging out at the pool after a day of travels.
I can't give 5 stars because of the weed whacker that woke us up at 7am. Granted, it was not the gardener on the Hotel property, but the property next door - which happened to be right outside our Cabin. There was also an access road very close by, which - when a car drove by, sounded like it was going to run us over when we were in bed. I understand Jessica and Marc have no control over this, but still... they exist.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful jungle B&B hotel 150 meters from beautiful Playa Cocles beach with private bungalows or family suite, some with AC. Offsite full home rental options now available. Spa services, bike rentals, tours...Just let us know what you need. Full breakfast included daily with onsite rentals, available to private home rental guests for $5/per person. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caribe Town Costa Rica/Cocles