Our family stayed in one of the 2 bedroom houses for 2 weeks in August. In my opinion, these are not only the most beautiful houses in the area, but they are also the best value. There are 3 2-bedroom houses, 1 1-bedroom house, and a duplex. The houses (2 bedroom) have huge, covered, wrap around porches with ceiling fans and hammocks to relax in (try to get the one closest to the beach). The houses are on the beach side of the road, set in the most amazing tropical garden. The houses are also well spaced out in the garden so they offer lots of privacy. The gardener came by most mornings with fresh fruit and coconuts that he harvested from the garden.
We have visited Puerto Viejo several times over the past few years and have stayed at Cariblue (overpriced, but with a pool), Kasha (hugely overpriced dump!), and Costa de Papito (good value). This time we decided to try Punta Uva because it is more quiet. You do need a car if you are staying in this area. There aren't many dining options in walking distance. In fact, I think there may only be one, Selvin's, which is only open on weekends . The houses have decent kitchens, so we had breakfast and lunch at the house most days. We also liked going to the beach down the road at Arreciefe. They have a casual outdoor bar/ restaurant---good for lunch right on the beach.
The only negative that I can think of about Casa Viva is the lack of screening near the roof, which means that there is no way to keep out the bugs. We managed pretty well with the mosquito nets on the beds.
I noticed that there were 2 terrible reviews written about Casa Viva in July, probably 2 weeks before we were there. I was shocked and debated whether or not to write a review because we had such a positive experience there. However, the owner was on vacation during our stay. A couple named Alaine and Noble were caring for the place during our stay. They were perfect hosts. Perhaps the owner really really needed a vacation! Hopefully she is not always like that because the houses and the setting are the best in the area!
- Also Known As:
- Casa Viva Beach Houses Hotel Puerto Viejo
- Casa Viva Beach Houses Costa Rica/Limon