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Looking for the Unique Puerto Viejo Experience?

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,765 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Unique 2-Story Octagonal House, 2 BR, 1 BA (Sleeps 6)

Looking for THE unique Puerto Viejo experience? Welcome to Mono En La Cara. With a Feng Shui inspired “Baqua” design, this octagonal, open concept 2-story home is reason enough to spend your next vacation on the beautiful South Caribe coast! Perfectly situated in a quiet area just outside of town on Playa Negra (Black Sand Beach) the large spacious, beautifully tiled octagonal first floor encompasses the living room, the dining area and the kitchen/Tiki Bar. From everywhere inside there are beautiful views of the property from the large, screened windows that surround you on all sides, providing direct contact with the tropical vegetation.

Extending behind the artistic spiral staircase leading to the 2nd floor is a very large, fully tiled, open bathroom complete with a large tiled shower and features a bidet, a rather unique amenity in these parts.

At the top of the stairs, you enter 5/8ths of the second floor octagon which contains the main sleeping area. Complete with two double size beds, this large bedroom features cathedral ceilings in an open-air environment with plenty of windows and fresh Caribbean breezes. Adjoining this space is a separate, private bedroom, also equipped with a double bed.

The other 3/8 of the upper floor (remember this is an octagon) is a huge outdoor deck made with beautiful local hardwoods with glorious views to the Caribbean. This deck also continues as a walkway around the sides of the house. This deck is the perfect morning spot for bird watching and breakfast. Then, after a day of exploring the beaches and the wonders of the Talamanca area, it’s also the perfect place to relax watching the sunset with an early evening drink (or that fantastic fresh fish in spicy coconut sauce that you bought from a vendor at the beach) and then planning the rest of your evening. Ah, Pura Vida!

Mono En La Cara is the perfect getaway for families, couples or small group of friends looking for a truly exotic vacation adventure.

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Miriam & Mike
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 May, 2018

Why Miriam & Mike chose Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

We had been visiting Costa Rica for quite a few years (first for the birds and wildlife) before finally making our first trek to the Caribbean coast. We fell in love with everything about it. The Pacific side is equally beautiful, (as is all of Costa Rica by the way) but the Caribe is a different world. You instantly feel a more personal and direct connection with everything around you. The people, the sea, the wildlife, the food, the stars at night, the rainforest by day

And yet we are close enough to walk down the beach into town for the "normal" pleasures of restaurants, groceries, banking, fun, shopping, and of course, more beaches !

What makes this house unique

The second floor deck which surrounds the house really hits you in the face as you leave the Bedroom area. You instantly see a wide panorama of what this whole area is about. You're seeing the ocean and the birds in the palm trees and garden vegetation around the property. And as you continue around the deck to the back of the house the forest foliage becomes denser as you are looking up into the hills that are the start of the Talamanca range


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in Cantón Talamanca

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1765 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Completely tiled bathroom with very large beautiful open shower area, Sink with mirror, Full length wall mirror, Toilet and Bidet (a rare find in Costa Rica.)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Two double beds in the large main bedroom and 1 double bed in the second, private bedroom - both are situated on the 2nd floor. There are two double size air mattresses, also
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Botanical Gardens a short walk from the house. Exploring the Rainforest Canopy with expert local guides. Some of the best birding in the world. Over 400 species are known in the Talamanca area. We've seen everything from Toucans to Squirrel Cuckoos. Visits and interaction with local Indigenous communities. Options to volunteer and/or visit sea turtle nesting sites. Leatherback Turtle nesting season is Apr- May


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Looking for the Unique Puerto Viejo Experience?
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews
Alexandria, Virginia

Just what we were looking for.

  • 5 of 5

After traveling the carribean side (Puerto Viejo), the pacific side (Montezuma) and Arenal Volcanoe this home is were we would return to out of the three! The owners and property manager were great resources. The house was unique but felt carribean. The upstairs deck was our favorite. The open house concept was new to us, but we were very comfortable with fans and even a light blanket on cooler mornings. The people in the area were the most friendly and the house really was a short walk to the town. Very peaceful place. Pura Vida

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mono en la cara

  • 5 of 5

this is a great house in a great country, perfectly located between pristine beach and busy, funky downtown. A veranda so nice, you never want to leave the hammock again. A lush garden, perfectly maintained with fruit trees and beautiful tropical flowers. Sweet and friendly hosts with the ability to take care of any of your needs, easy to converse to , reliable, fast and efficient. Thanks to Mike and Miriam and Michel, we had a wonderful vacation, eager to come back as soon as possible.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle washington

My really hot wife and I. Thanks for taking me to Puerto Viejo!!

  • 4 of 5

Wow. I stayed in august also and our experience was very different then the really bad review behind mine. People its an open house. That means it wont close up totally. So yes theres going to be wildlife in your house. The geckos were all over. We found a crab in the house one night. And Just like everywhere else in Costa Rica we were, there were ants. The hot water worked very good for us. The house is in a great location. Id say about a ten minute walk to town. A very safe place to leave your belongings all day without fear of them not being there when u get home. The thing Id remind everyone before going to Costa rica is to bring everything you might need. DONT BUY IN COSTA RICA. first off you probably wont find it. and if ya do it will cost you 3 times as much there. Bathing suits, towels, watershoes, tums, deodorant, even bring a half gallon of booze. We didnt and were shocked how much things were. Yes Im talking to you, so take notes!!! Like everyone says, the food rocks. Ask David he will show you the best places to eat. Try the sodas. good food. and cheaper then cooking at home. I eat all the street food without a problem. Thank you David for all the help you were to us. Oh and to the musty smell. Open the windows. Its a really Hot humid place. Its gonna smell like that. Great place, and even a greater location!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to get away with the girls!

  • 5 of 5


After a really hectic winter, I decided that I needed to get away and decided on a “Girl’s Only” trip - no kids, no husbands allowed. So, after much research, the three of us set our sights on Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica and Mono en la Cara! What an amazing adventure it turned out to be. We had to spend a few days in San Jose (which we highly recommend) because the house was occupied for a few days before we arrived in PV, but boy, oh boy, it was certainly worth the wait!

Mono en la Cara (Monkey in your Face) was a real treat and better than we even anticipated! The owners were great to deal with; the property managers were fantastic. Our entire stay was great; the town is amazing, the beaches very varied and pristine and the house was always a pleasure “to come home to”!

Thanks for the tip of Ami Modo (an amazing Italian Restaurant at the far end of town) and when you do visit, make sure you make the trek to Manzanillo and Maxi’s; you will be glad you did!!

Highly recommend staying here you won't be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bethlehem, PA

Awesome Location

  • 5 of 5

2 minute walk to the beach and 5 minutes from restaurants/bars/shops. Had an enjoyable stay. The views from the second floor are beautiful, saw all types of wild life and enjoyed the indoor geckos. We had no issues with the plumbing or hot water. We took full advantage of the WI-FI and outside hose for rinsing our feet after the beach. The property manager was extremely helpful with recommending transportation and local restaurants. Highly recommend if you're looking for a warm atmosphere and can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Traveler Beware! House not as described, not safe for kids, daily problems on our trip

  • 1 of 5

We just finished staying two weeks elsewhere in Costa Rica before arriving in Puerto Viejo. We wished we stayed away or sought other lodging within 5 minutes of our arrival, and the experience we had at this "house" truly ruined our trip.

1. No hot water our first 24 hours, the plumber came after our first night because we took cold showers.

2. Day 1 and throughout our trip, bugs and geckos everywhere. Our first night, we removed more than 5 geckos and there were many more we could not catch. There were also an abundance of ants. I was unloading food the first night and within five minutes ants had gotten into cereal on the counter that had to be tossed. We then began refrigerating everything, even cereal, chips, ... There was a can of bug spray on the counter, which indicated to us this is a continuing problem.

3. There is a rail or two missing from the second story deck making it unsafe for kids.

4. On the one night I tried to cook, the oven did not work and it is at least 40-50 years old.

5. The bathroom got a leak during our trip and the entire floor near the toilet was sopping wet. Plumber came again.

6. A frog literally jumped out of the faucet in the shower our first day.

7. There were wires hanging throughout the downstairs, making it unsafe.

8. Our first night, my son had to sleep on the sofa cushion, which I could see bug droppings on. There was no air mattress, as the listing promised.

9. The washing machine was very old and not at all what we expected, and there was virtually no water pressure so filling it took about 30 minutes--this was suppose to be fixed but never was. Laundry was musty and dank.

10. There was NO working phone. It never worked.

11. And the capper, our last full day and night, the internet stopped working. If there had been an emergency, we would have been out of luck.

12. The house smelled dank and musty throughout our trip.

I could keep going on and on with more issues, as literally the property managers or a repair person was at the house daily.

We have been using VRBO for 15 years and have NEVER experienced such deplorable conditions.


  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Kaya's Place
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Playa Negra
Car: not necessary

Mono en la Cara is situated just steps from the Blue Caribbean waters on a quiet, small gravel road just outside of the town of Puerto Viejo. Rain forest vegetation and ecosystems extend down from the Talamanca Mountain range right into the village and to the sands of all the surrounding Caribbean coast beaches. Hundreds of Bird and Wildlife species, including Toucans, Parrots, Trogons, Monkeys, Sloths, Tapirs, Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds are readily seen in the area - and right off the deck of our property! The diversity of the beaches is amazing - from popular and world famous surfing beaches of Salsa Brava to absolutely empty secluded coves and coral reefs - this is a beach lovers paradise. Music lovers can enjoy live authentic Calypso and Reggae, fantastic Jazz and Salsa, much of it at the incredible restaurants which feature an international variety of cuisines. But first, do a full discovery of the classic Caribbean coconut infused cooking served at the many 'sodas' and local eateries.

Other Activities: Shopping, boating, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, and of course, swimming.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
per property
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.47
Refundable Damage Deposit £150.74

Price Includes All Fees, Taxes and Utilities.
Long Term Rentals Encouraged with Rate Reductions.
Prices subject to change - please contact owner for more information!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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