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Beautiful and Private Hideaway

Bedrooms 1
Space 452 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, large porch 300 meters from the beach

Casita Alegre is a beautiful new house with all the comforts of home in a peaceful rain forest setting. Set amidst huge trees in a lovely garden and made out of native wood, the casita has a queen size bed with a pillow top mattress that is perfect for lounging and napping. Amenities include a kitchenette with a large toaster/oven, coffee maker and refrigerator, high speed wireless internet access, and a large porch with comfortable chairs to view the abundant species of birds in the yard. A small safe in the casita can be used to store your valuable items. such as passports, cell phones, credit cards and tablets. or small laptops. s, credit cards and tablets. or small laptops.A small safe in the casita can be used to store your valuable items. such as passports, cell phones, credit cards and tablets or small laptops. Also included is a 32" TV hooked up to Netflix and an assortment of movies to watch in the event a night in watching a movie is what you want.

The location is ideal - just a three minute walk to the beach or a ten minute walk into the center of lively Puerto Viejo where there are wonderful restaurants and lots of shopping. Or you can bike or drive to the gorgeous Punta Uva beach which is about 15 minutes south by car (30 minutes by bike)and find some of the best diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica. On the way to Punta Uva you can stop by The Jaguar Rescue Center where orphaned and injured animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Within 15 minutes of Casita Alegre, there are two wildlife centers. The Jaguar Rescue Center rehabilitates animals of all kinds from snakes to monkeys to caiman as well as sloths and returns them to the wild when they are ready. The ARA Project outside of Manzanillo is a reintroduction station for the endangered Great Green Macaws located in a primary tropical rainforest at almost 100 m above sea level. The visitors are directed to the top of a hill with beautiful views of the ocean and the surrounding jungle. Also within less than an hour are waterfalls, hiking trails, boating excursions and all sorts of outdoor activities. One thing you will not experience in your visit to the Puerto Viejo area is boredom.

More Details

Jana and Tom Stotler
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Jana and Tom Stotler

Tom and Jana moved to Puerto Viejo in 2010 to pursue their dream of living in Costa Rica. They fell in love with the beautiful, laid back town of Puerto Viejo where the diversity of cultures has made everyday a learning experience. Jana was originally from Wyoming and moved to Colorado in her late 30's while Tom spent most of his life in the Denver, Colorado and surrounding mountains area.

Jana and Tom Stotler purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Jana and Tom Stotler chose Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

We chose Puerto Viejo because we fell in love with the area the very first time we came here. In fact, we actually bought our home on our first visit. We had been to Costa Rica many times before but there was just something magical about this place and we decided this is where we belonged.

What makes this cottage unique

We can sit in our outdoor living room and watch and photograph all sorts of wildlife including sloths and birds. The beautiful garden is peaceful and we find it very relaxing to work in the garden and watch the progress of all of our plants and trees.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 452 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a beautifully tiled shower, glass vessel sink, water saver toilet and plenty of room to move around.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size bed with pillow top mattress guarantees a comfortable night's sleep. A large wardrobe with an area to hang your clothes ensures that you can unpack and kick back and relax!
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Beautiful and Private Hideaway
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews
Glen Mills PA usa

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect not so big house. On a small property as they all are, it is totally secluded with its own forest and tree population hammering at your senses. The rain sounds as it should on the tin roof at night, while you sleep in a breezy, bug proof chalet with wide open windows and fans cooling you off. The house is all made of local wood carefully seasoned and oiled to perfection, with a tiled bathroom and a workable little kitchen, gas range, small electric oven, fridge and sink. The owners, Tom and Janna Stotler have thought of everything, and Tom pops in each day to see if you need anything. We began to rely on his twinkling funny/cynical perspective on life in the jungle, and his help getting to the pertinent sites. We spent a glorious week there in Puerto Viejo, ogling the authenticity of a small Caribbean town. We bought some gorgeous clothes from the shops that one can't find anywhere else. Fruit and coconuts are on every corner and one can buy meat on a stick at any time of the day for very little. This is a multicultural area. The ocean offers a great surfing opportunity and the locals give a free show daily at their special beach. Playa Negra is over the road from the Tree House, and the swimming is excellent. If you can come by a machete you can cut down and drink your own coconut milk!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this wonderful review Maxine and Lew!! It was so great not only to have you as guests but also to be able to get to know you as friends. We plan on keeping in touch and hope that you will come back to visit - the Casita will always be ready for you! Tom and Jana
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Private Rainforest Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We felt as if we were camping in a rain forest with this lovingly constructed and outfitted property. Tom was a gracious host, who checked on us daily with suggestions and interest as to our comfort. Such a unique fun place! We are so glad we found Tom"s place, it enhanced our Costa Rican experience

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casita alegre was PERFECTO!

  • 5 of 5

What an icredible honeymoon experience! The casita was beautiful and perfect for us! There was enough space for us and had everything we needed! For those worried about no AC like I was, it wasn’t a problem at all! The windows open (with screens) and the fans are plenty!

The monkeys and sloths were visible and hearable from the casa which was SO cool!

Tom provided us with everything we needed and was available to us whenever! He checked in on us to make sure we were all good as well. And one day he even took us hiking! The phone he provides is so helpful! Definitely call Renee for taxi!

And the bikes are definitely the best way to get around. The beach is super close!!

Incredible experience and would definitely recommend Tom and Jana for anyone staying in Puerto Viejo!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle WA

Fantastic!!! Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

This is such a awesome little bungalow. Our little buddy (the sloth) we saw almost everyday in one of the trees directly in front of the place. Saw Toucans also on the property. It's less than one mile to Puerto Viego which is nice. Tom is SO helpful, offering suggestions and is able to answer any and all questions that you may have. It's a beautiful place with all natural local wood that was used when he built it. Has an outdoor shower in back too which is nice. You will not be disappointed - believe me. We will be back!! Thanks again Tom for a wonderful trip. We saw TONS of wildlife in that area of the country. Can't wait for my wife to put the photo book together. Lots of memories.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Andover, MA

Perfect jungle hideaway

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely little hideaway; near charming Puerto Viejo, gorgeous beaches, and Jana and Tom are the perfect hosts. They think of everything: guidebooks, torches, a cellphone, wine, beach-chairs, your own personal mama and baby sloths in the tree outside!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tropical escape

  • 5 of 5

We’ve used many VRBO accomodations and enough cannot be said about each being wonderful accomodations. But Casa Allegra was different because the owners were present, where in the past, we have never met owners before. Besides a most beautiful country and charming town we enjoyed the generosity of Tom Stotler. Tom offered upon our arrival to drive us into town for groceries but even more generous was his offer to drive us to a MaCaw Preservation site that I know he’s seen many times, having to wait below a hour or while we enjoyed viewing these beautiful birds. How generous! Now about the casita. Charming nestled in a dense tropical forest and equipped with just about everything you would need. Tom even provides a cellphone for his guest to use and take with you on your tours programmed with phone numbers for transportation! Wow! Trust me it was a life saver considering I was having difficulty with my mobile phone which would have left us without any way to look up tours, make calls, or stay in touch with family back home!

Ok, back to the Casita. It was so cosy, bed comfortable, but even better was the nice hot shower! The kitchen was stocked with the necessities for preparing simple meals when not going out to enjoy the towns cuisine. At night the rain showers would lull you to sleep after a day of touring or walking about experiencing Playa Negro culture and people. Tom even provided us with bottled water. How thoughtful a host! He made sure he was available to answer questions, offer suggestions on what we might find interesting and help in anyway. I can’t say enough about his and Jana’s hospitality.

We walked everywhere being that the center of town and the beach was so close, we felt safe and found the locals friendly and helpful. Knowing a little Spanish could be helpful though but all in all we communicated with these friendly folks well enough.

We had a wonderful young woman Independent taxi driver we bonded with and she was our primary driver our entire time. Natalia. Hope anyone reading this review can find her because she was a joy. Maybe her number is still in Tom’s cellphone for I’ve misplaced it unfortunately.

Enjoy the sloths because they are the cutest little animals ever. Monkeys too and those funny toucans very mischievous! All in all we had a wonderful time and I can’t say enough about this Casita and it’s owners!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Punta Uva
Stunning beaches and perfect area for snorkeling.
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
The Point Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Playa Negra
Car: not necessary

Casita Alegre is located in a lush rain forest setting. Wildlife is abundant and bird watching is among the most outstanding in the world. In our yard alone we have photographed over 120 different species. Puerto Viejo is a funky little town on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and is a diverse and eclectic place to relax and hang out.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £76.83
Refundable Damage Deposit £76.83

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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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