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“Lovely time at Casitas Mar y Luz”

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Hotel Casitas Mar Y Luz
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
“Lovely time at Casitas Mar y Luz”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Stéphanie was a GREAT hostess with incredible knowledge of Costa Rica. She was willing to help us with all our needs at ease and give us recommendations for places in the area. The grounds of Mar y Luz were absolutely stunning and we immediately felt at home and safe. The casitas are centrally located to everything you could need. We rented bikes and felt safe on the road and we were able to get anywhere without needing a taxi. You must visit Casitas Mar y Luz if in Puerto Viejo.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We stayed at Casitas Mar y Luz for 5 nights and absolutely loved it! The casitas are very clean, comfortable and very safe. The casitas have everything you would need. We loved having a little kitchen to cook breakfast and prepare lunch in for the day. Having a hammock on the porch to lay in was a great bonus.
Stephanie (owner) and Marlon treated us like family and made sure we had everything we needed. They were super helpful in recommending places to go and restaurants to eat at. At times Stephanie even drove us around.
We enjoyed the location because it was close to Puerto Viejo but not right in the middle of the tourism. Staying there made it a very comfortable bike ride to nearly everywhere we wanted to go. Staying as Casitas Mar y Luz puts you closer to some of the best beaches in the area.
We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay at an affordable price.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Gingin W.A 6503
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Great place to stay, friendly, helpful staff, beautiful beaches and jungles. Mary was very helpful in where to go and things to do , restaurants, jaguar rescue center, ~unbelievable jungle trek~would come back again.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Recently took a week family vacation to Puerto Viejo, and I do mean the whole family. Our group was comprised of parents, kids (ranging in age from 4 to 20) and grandparents, 9 of us in total. We stayed at Mar y Luz in the big house which consists of 3 big rooms, a nice kitchen and most importantly a huge front porch that became our common area. I should mention I am not a new to Puerto Viejo having been there at least ½ a dozen times. I can say without hesitation Casita Mar y Luz is the best place I have stayed yet. Why?

The houses and property are well kept.

The property is maybe a 10 min walk to the beach.

While Puerto Viejo proper is nice to visit it is nice to leave it and rest someplace without the hustle. The whole area has grown tremendously in the last 10 years and places on the outskirts of town that use to be quite retreats are now consumed in the hustle of the town.

And best of all the staff at Casitas Mar y Luz was excellent. Marlin was always available to help out with whatever one might need. Stephanie the property manager was nothing short of amazing. She went out of her way to make sure our trip was the best it could be. She set up tours, gave us ideas of new things to do, helped shuttle our large group around and did all this because she genuinely wants her guests to have a great experience.
When I have the opportunity to do this trip again I will book at Casitas Mar y luz.

Thank you Stephanie for everything you do.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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georgia
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

this is a great place. stephanie who runs is it a great host who treats her guests like family. she goes out of her way to visit and talk with everyone staying there. its in the middle of the rainforest with lots of tropical birds, monkeys etc. yet it is only 500 yards from the beach and the main road. nearby are lots of restaurants and mini supers for food. bike rentals are closeby so you can visit all the other deserted beaches along the coast or go to manzanillo for a rainforest hike with a local guide named florentino---ask her. she can arrange or help you with many activities. the rooms have cooking facilities as well!!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

My family and I (Mom and two daughters) stayed at the Casitas Mar y Luz for 4 nights in Jan 2014. We loved it! We were welcomed so kindly by Stefanie, the owner, and Marlon, the handy-man/go-to guy. They were always available if we needed anything; from restaurant suggestions to handing out band-aids for a blister.

The Casitas are cute as can be. If you are looking for a fancy air-conditioned hotel, this isn't for you. The walls of the casitas are half wood and half screen/net. The screens have no holes, but you are still surrounded by nature, so there still might be a little spider on your wall, but nothing too alarming. Also, each bed has a net over it. I know it made a huge difference for us, knowing that we could sleep without having to worry about bugs.

There is everything you need to cook a meal; stove top, pots, plates, cutlery, and mini-fridge. The Casitas are 5 mins away from the beautiful playa chiquita.

We absolutely loved our stay and can't wait to come back!

Chloé, Julie and Emmy from Montreal, Canada

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

First of all, this is a place for adventurous people. It is like camping comfortably.

There is a 5 minute walk dirt road to get to the casitas, the staff is extremely nice, the place is gorgeous. The little houses are clean and equipped with the NECESSARY.

The houses walls are half wood and half mosquito-net, so on one side one can complaint about the "absence of privacy" but hey.... waking up every day to the sounds of wildlife feeling is in your room without it ACTUALLY being there is more than worth it!!!!

If after this review you decide to go, remember to ask the owner Stephanie to have a tour of Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve with Tino, it is great!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Casitas Mar Y Luz
Address: | En Face de Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70400, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casitas Mar Y Luz 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Strategically located just 300 m from Playa Chiquita Beach and 3 km from Cocles Beach, Casitas Mar y Luz offers self-catering bungalows, an extensive garden and free Wi-Fi throughout. The wooden bungalows, built according to the caribbean style feature mosquito nets, ceiling fans, a terrace overlooking the garden, a hammock and its own kitchen, equipped with a small electric stove, refrigerator and a coffeemaker. Also included is a a private bathroom including free toiletries.The hotel provides linen & towels, wi-fi and private parking space. Guests at Casitas Mar y Luz will find a grocery store 800 m away and a variety or restaurants within 200 m. This chalet offers activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, hiking and rafting. Canopy tours, surfing lessons and dolphin, turtle and bird watching can be arranged as well. Puerto Viejo Town Centre is 10 minutes’ drive away and a bus station is 7 km away. The property is 1 hour’s drive from the Limon International Airport. This property is also rated for the best value in Puerto Viejo! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. We speak your language! ... more   less 
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