We stayed in House 4 for nine days in October.
The house was very clean and the grounds were well maintained. The wooden floors and furniture were just like the pictures - clean, smooth, not scratched or damaged. The caretaker took off his shoes before walking on the terrace floor. The cooking pots were stainless steel and nearly new condition. In my experience this is rare in self-catering accommodations.
There were NO MOSQUITOES at La Finca Chica in October when we were there. We did not have to try the mosquito nets. The mosquitoes would have found me and bitten me if they were there. I received many bites during the guided hike near Manzanillo.
SERVICE: Jenny promptly answered our email questions both before and after we had booked. She arranged private transportation directly from the airport. Since our flight arrived at 9 in the evening, we arrived at La Finca Chica around 1 AM. We were greeted as soon as we drove in, provided with a flashlight, and shown to our house. It was very nice to wake up there in the morning to jungle sounds instead of at an airport hotel. Due to a family emergency we did not meet our hosts in person but the staff took good care of us.
PRIVACY: From the terrace we could not see the other houses. We occasionally saw people walking past to the one house beyond ours. We did not hear voices from the other houses. We did occasionally hear music.
LOCATION: We were very pleased with our choice, keeping in mind that we were more interested in peaceful relaxation than nightlife. There is a bus stop right where the lane meets the main road and buses to Punta Uva or Manzanillo and the other way to Puerto Viejo came every couple of hours and cost 600 colones per person. The supermarket was also very close and turned out to have a good selection once we got used to it. We enjoyed Cocles beach. The waves, when we were there, were about right for beginners learning to surf. I was surprised by how warm they felt when they washed over me. The Jaguar Rescue Center is a 1 km walk from La Finca Chica. Caribeans Chocolate is about a kilometer in the other direction and a great place to stop on the walk back from town, just before taking a dip at the beach.
NOTE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION: Though we were glad that we had arranged for private transportation to La Finca Chica on our arrival at the airport, we were also pleased with the public bus that we took for the return. It was about $10 each and offered a good chance to see the countryside. The afternoon and evening in the center of San Jose far exceeded our expectations. We took the $1 TUASA bus to the airport and found it to be very convenient. We decided not to pay the premium of paying our departure tax at the hotel and this turned out to be a good choice, as there was no lineup at the counter when we arrived at the airport at 11 AM.
Negative: This is not directly related to La Finca Chinca, but about the area in general. The garbage, as it waits on the side of the road for weekly collection, becomes messy and smelly and is scattered by the black vultures. It is not terrible, but gives a bad impression.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exquisitely designed and built wooden cottages with kitchen. Fully equipped: including phone, sat TV and ADSL internet access. Located in a very private and secluded 2.5 acres landscaped property with immense jungle trees, tropical fruits and flowers, 2 miles south of Puerto Viejo in the Cocles area, next to some of the most beautiful pristine beaches. Nightly, weekly, monthly rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Finca Chica Hotel Cocles
- La Finca Chica Costa Rica/Cocles