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Chimuri Beach Retreat
Montreal, Canada
1 review
“Wonderful, Affordable, A Gem”
Reviewed 25 December 2012

This place was so wonderful for its price. Located on a much more secluded part of the beach, its charm lies in its mellow, laid back atmosphere, matched with a a sense of being connected with the local life here. Once you catch wind of the vegetable and fruit truck schedule, you can buy all the local fruit and vegetables you need several times a week (it's helpful if you speak some basic Spanish!). One of the owner's families has owned this property for generations, and the houses are still built in a classical Costa Rican style rather than a European style building. Kiana, the other owner who's originally from Austria, is a lovely woman who was attending yoga with me on her daughter's neighbouring property where a gazebo houses morning yoga daily. The Beach is just across the small dirt road that separates this property from the Ocean, and 2 out of the 3 little huts available for rent have an Ocean view...Gorgeous.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

I stayed at Chimuri for the month of September while I volunteered at the Jaquar Rescue Center. It was absolutely wonderful! My cottage (Hawk's Spirit) was beautiful - very comfortable, spotlessly clean, and with everything I needed for my extended stay. And I can't say enough about what a fabulous, welcoming host Kiana is! She was always available to answer questions about anything. I enjoyed all our chats very much, and she made me feel like I had a real friend there. She really made my whole experience there even more special.
There is a small shop with essentials just a 10 minute walk away, or, you can ride a bike (10 minutes) or take a taxi into town ($4) for anything else you might need. Don't miss the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings! There are a couple restaurants within walking distance (I highly recommend Banana Azul just 5 minutes away) and MANY more in town and beyond.
The rates are incredible for such a wonderful place. I would stay at Chimuri again in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: Hawk's Spirit is perfect for one person or a couple. Two friends or a family would want one of t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

I stayed at Chimuri in June 2011 and would highly recommoned it. The owner is very nice and very helpful if you have questions about the area (how to walk to town? where to eat?) The grounds are great, lots of trees, open space, birds, animals and a great dog and cat. The cabins are great too - I was impressed by the kitchen and clean bathroom. I also enjoyed having the mosquito net and being able to have the windows open. The cabins are literally on the neach. Playa Negra is a much less crowded beach than the ones directly in Puerto Viejo and further down like Cocles, and is good for swimming. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND CHIMURI and hopefully will return someday. thank you Kiana for a great place to stay in Costa RIca.

Room Tip: The smallest cabin is great for one person and has a great kitchen
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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NY
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

I absolutely fell in love with Chimuri Retreat and Kiana! Kiana helped me feel right at home, and guided me based on my interests during my stay. And she has friendly protective dogs there, that I also fell in love with. The cottage is beautiful, newly remodeled, and perfect for my needs. I was there for only a week, which next time (which there will be, because this place felt like my second home), I will definitely stay longer. There is so much to do in the area, biking into town, many restaurants (incl vegetarian, vegan, and raw), many other beaches in biking distance to snorkel, surf, etc., and there are many adventure tours in the areas in and around Puerto Viejo, including national parks to take a peek at the local wildlife, also yoga classes right next door, and massages and other healing modalities available. The beach out in front of the cottages is amazingly peaceful and quiet, sometimes being the only one on the beach in the area. As I was a woman traveling alone, I was glad to feel very safe at Chimuri and in the towns. I really had a hard time leaving because it truly felt like home, but I am so grateful to have found this wonderful place to quietly retreat to and to return to again someday.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2012

I booked my stay at Chimurri from October 5, 2011 to November 7, 2011 and from start to finish it was an absolutely amazing experience! The cottages are simple and clean and have an authentic rustic feel to them. The beautiful Playa Negra is only steps away from the cottage's front door. Kiana welcomed me with open arms and assisted me spiritually, daily with my retreat goals. If you are just interested in a quiet getaway and nothing spiritual, this is also the place for you! The town of Puerto Viejo is a quick taxi ride or 10 min bike ride away to buy groceries or eat out at one of the many restaurants the town has to offer. This retreat changed my life and renewed my energy and spirit and I would suggest anyone wanting a quiet place to reflect and enjoy nature to stay at Chimurri!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

A quiet, simple life is what we were looking for and exactly what we found at Chimuri Beach Retreat! We stayed in a tiny, rustic cottage just steps away from the beach, surrounded by beautiful jungle, and the environment provided the energy we needed to recover from a far too hectic life. Our 3 weeks there were completely rejuvenating! Kiana, our hostess, is very warm and friendly and a wealth of information. Her partner, Mauricio, who has a beautifully gentle heart, offers very interesting guided walks through the jungle, and as an indigenous person, he offers a wonderful perspective that your average tour guide would not. If you're looking for someplace away from the 'tourist scene', choose Chimuri on Playa Negra. There is great dining and bike rentals at Banana Azul (a short walk down the dirt road) and the Saturday morning farmer's market in the village of Puerto Viejo is a nice bike ride away... great place to buy fresh produce for your meals!
Please note: the proximity to the jungle does mean you have to deal with bugs... you must be fastidiously clean in your cottage, or you'll have sugar ants joining you in minutes! There is a mosquito net over the bed, tho we did not encounter many mosquitoes at this time of year. There is a rooster on the property who will ensure you get an early start to your day! :)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

We booked 3 weeks at Chimuri Beach Retreat because we wanted to get away from it all. No TV, no phones, no distraction. We wanted to live a very simple life and thats exactly what we got. If you are looking to live a simple and yet still very comfortably Chimuri Beach retreat maybe what you are looking for.

Chimuri has a great location right across from a beautiful, quiet beach but still close enough to the town to enjoy all its amenities if you desire.

With the new Gazebo it is ideal for those interested in yoga, healing, meditation, and creative arts...and it is a wonderfully affordable place to relax and enjoy an authentic Caribbean beach retreat.

Mauricio and Kiana are excellent hosts, providing us access to filtered water (so no lugging bottles from town or purchasing a bunch of plastic ones) and having a cleaning lady come every few days to keep the houses clean. With the full kitchen we were able to cook most of our meals ourselves. Don't miss the farmers market in Puerto Viejo on Saturday mornings. Or the resturaunt Bread and Chocolate ... hmmmm

A highlight for us was a guided tour with Mauricio, who is indigenous Bribri. He is very knowledgeable in the identification and uses of native jungle plants and animals.

You can easily rent bicycles either in town or up the road at Banana Azul and it makes getting to/fro Puerto Viejo very easy for shopping, restaurants, etc. But you're also very removed from the town, which I found quite lovely, and you're right in the midst of the jungle but by the sea. Taxi is only $4.00 USD if you don't want to walk or ride into town.


We really love it there and will definitely plan to go back again!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chimuri Beach Retreat

Property: Chimuri Beach Retreat
Address: Playa Negra | 400 m north of bar The Point, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chimuri Beach Retreat offers three affordable, simple, self-catering, Caribbean style one- or two person equipped cottages in a tropical garden in front of a quiet beach for your personal retreat, either self-directed or supported. Meditation and introspection, Yoga, Universal Energy healing, holistic therapies and guided nature walks for your personal time away. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Chimuri Beach Retreat Costa Rica/Limon

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