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We encourage guests to leave us comments not only about Magic Moon, but also their experience in Puerto Viejo. If you have advice for future guests of this area, that would also be welcome here.
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The Magic Moon Beach House is simply the perfect place if you plan to stay in Puerto Viejo for more than just two days. The host and staff are very nice and offer their help everywhere needed. It's clean, safe and very well maintained. We recommend to rent some bikes (just ask the host) which makes it very easy to go to the town and other beaches. We definitely recommend all travellers to Puerto Viejo to stay there.
The Magic Moon house is exactly as it appears in photos! Check in was easy, we called from Límon and someone greeted us and took five minutes to show us the keys and house. If we had any questions, there was a detailed book with instructions, recommendations and introductions to the maintenance crew at Magic Moon. The staff at Magic Moon (specifically Silver and Alejandra) took time to show us the grounds, wildlife and provided tips about the community. From cutting fresh coconut to pointing out sloths in the trees to telling us about local snorkeling spots, the staff genuinely cares about you and your family! The house sits on a secluded beautiful property so close to the ocean you can hear the waves from your bedroom. Playa Negra was the beach across the street; very secluded and quiet. Cahuita National Park is less than 15 minutes by car and was our favorite destination by far. Playa Chiquita was also a favorite beach and also less than 15 minutes from the house. The house is in a central location to all of these places and more including Puerto Veijo, but it is NOT walkable to downtown Puerto Veijo where the majority of bars and restaurants are. There are a few places close by the house that the host recommends but we did not get to try them. Overall we had a great stay at Magic Moon and will return for another stay!
We ended our vacation in Costa Rica with Magic Moon, in the awesome area of Puerto Viejo. I looked at every house/villa in the area and did as much research I could on all the ones that was interested in. Magic Moon won us over, ......AND DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Anja is a perfect host, and is great to work with. She replied to all my emails fast, and made it very easy to book our stay. She lives not far away, and if you need her she is just a phone call away.
The house is everything as described, and is in the perfect location! Puerto Viejo was my favorite place by far in Costa Rica. The house is just outside the rustic, laid back town. A short ride to town, and you will find everything you need. We never felt unsafe, or had any concerns. It was paradise. We even walked in town at night, and everyone you come across will give you a big PURA VIDA
Now I will say this, it is definitely an early to bed and early to rise kind of place. The morning brings all the sounds of the jungle.........and that is a good thing. The sound of the surf will put you to sleep, and the birds will wake you up. The nights were cool and comfortable.
During our stay we had the pleasure to have a sloth come and visit us on the property. Humming birds were ever present with all the beautiful flowers in the garden.
I will recommend Magic Moon to anyone looking to visit the area, and I encourage you to stay in the area.......and enjoy Magic Moon.
Eric Petersen January 2017:
Magic Moon Beach house was exactly as described in AirBnBand in the photos. The house was amazing and so close to the beach you had the constant sound of the surf, which was excellent to sleep to. The kitchen was easy to use and we had all the untensils and equipment needed. The bedrooms were very comfortable, and the bathrooms and showers were clean and functional. Anja was great, I texted her an hour before arrival and she was there when we arrived to get us checked in. For someone looking for a true CR caribbean beach experience, I highly recommend Magic Moon!
Ernest Crvich January 2015:
A fantastic house with a lovely yard and great features. Note however, there are no washer/dryer machines in the house, despite them being in the amenities list, but rather "available laundry services" for a fee...not a big deal since we didn't strongly need to wash clothes during the couple days we were here, but it's something other guests should realize. Completely open format (no screens on most windows, etc.) means being able to live with the outdoor temperature and in harmony with insects, geckos, etc., but of course the beds have mosquito nets and there are ceiling fans. This is exactly what we were after, so it was great for us. Full kitchen with fridge so you can eat all your meals We would definitely stay here again if we revisited Puerto Viejo. Anja gave us all the info we needed upon arrival, and the rest of the time we were completely alone to ourselves. Highly recommended overall!
Olivier Strub September 30, 2015
Very nice house right at the beach. Nice and friendly people. Good location.
The house is tidy and clean. Kitchen is perfectly eqipped. Almost everything is available in the house, even surf board and bikes to go to town
Ed Shiao June 01, 2015
My friends and I stayed at the Magic Moon for several nights. It was such an adorable beach house and was stocked with everything needed to make the stay comfortable. The location was just meters from the beach and was very private. Having the house stocked with towels and other linens also made the stay so much more comfortable.
Big thanks to the manager for helping us organize our stay and our transportation back to the airport. This beach house is very much recommended!
Pam from NYC January 04, 2015
My husband and I stayed at Magic Moon with our three children (13, 19, 21) and had a great time. We loved the fact that most of the house is open air. You can close off the bedrooms and kitchen area at night. We ate dinner every night on the porch listening to the sounds of the jungle. I cooked with fresh limes, grapefruit and lemon grass growing in the yard. We surfed, biked, and hiked the jungle. Don't miss the market Saturday mornings in town for fresh vegetables and homemade products. We went white water rafting on our way back to San jose. Ask Anja to help organize any activities you are interested in. She was a great resource!
Pat Hamilton from Thunder Bay Canada May 12, 2013
We had the time of our lives, the house and area of Puerto Viejo were fantastic, people were easy to get along with and willing to help anytime asked. The area is extremely laid back with lots of places to explore. The beaches were incredible with good for swimming and snorkeling.
The towns in the area are full of activity, restaurants and grocery stores plus you can bye fresh fish, fruit and vegetables without any problem.
Nina is very friendly and will give you good advice when needed plus help you out with anything you need.
If you are looking for a place that is not all caught up in the fast life this is the place to go, we will definitely be going back.
The Abbott Family from Toronto, Canada January 17, 2013
We loved our holiday at the lovely Magic Moon House. There were 6 of us in total. Four adults and two teenagers and everyone had a wonderful time. I loved to get up early, make coffee and sit on the lovely deck overlooking the beach. There were Toucans that sat in a nearby palm and humming birds everywhere. We picked fresh limes and oranges off the trees on your property. We will be back next year and will certainly rent again. The house is clean and has every comfort. The beds are comfortable. We had a lovely rest in your beautiful home. Thank you for sharing!
Richard Garnett from England August 30, 2011
We loved Magic Moon and would love to come back next year with friends. Perfect setting, fantastic veranda ,wonderful beach, great and friendly welcome/service/cleaning etc.All in all I couldn’t fault it (maybe a new frying pan but that’s all!) Thanks so much for sending on the CD from the Canopy.
Best wishes, Richard
Ramzi Aniba from Washington, DC, USA August 22, 2011
We stayed Aug 10-13th at the Magic Moon House! The property was very nice, we utilized both levels (2 bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs). The layout of the house was great, a nice open kitchen, the outdoor space on the 2nd level is wonderful, my brother and cousins used the hammocks to relax a lot and you can see the ocean right in front of you. The rooms are very spacious and we appreciated the way the house was functional for us. The house grounds are really nice, it's like you're in your own oasis. We opened up the house doors and windows as much as possible....we even noticed a horse farm behind one of the bedroom windows that had live cattle, kind of cool for all the cows to do an about face and stare at us. The house does not have have AC, it has fans throughout the house but, honestly we were on the beach so, we felt the breeze...no need for AC. I will tell you that you will need bug spray and ant spray....the caribbean side is the natural side of costa rica so, you're living the simple life.
We basically had our own private beach and we had a rental jeep Show more
Brian Weston from Orlando, FL USA July 07, 2011
We stayed in Magic Moon house a few weeks ago. The house was tremendous. What a fantastic place to stay.
Couple that with the best customer service experience provided by Gecko and you have the formula for a perfect vacation.
Every adventure Gecko arranged for us was top notch and well worth the money. We did numerous trips including Cahuita snorkleing, chocolate making, waterfall climb, jungle hike, spa day and surf lessons. We loved every single one!
Thanks especially to Ashton for making our trip a huge success!
Courtney from Colorado May 24, 2011
My husband and I recently spent five nights in the Magic Moon Beachhouse and had a wonderful time! The house is great -- lots of space, storage, fully equipped with linens, towels, beach towels, kitchen has everything -- and the private property is very lush! We had a great time cooking breakfast and dinner every day there, and hanging out on the front porch relaxing in the hammock. A great gem ~ would highly recommend staying here as it's safe, convenient to town, but secluded enough and very private! The managers and cleaning staff were friendly and very helpful if we needed anything too. Overall, great time and would come again!
Robbi Bürgi from Switzerland March 16, 2011
Directly in front of the black beach, cute, comfortable, tropical, lovely gardens. We stayed there for 4 nights. It was very clean, the bed was comfortable, the kitchen was fully equipped and we spended most of the time on the porch, wich is a beautyful place to hang out in the hammock. The beach was just a cross a small street. Perfect! A great private place but a lot of amenities nearby.We highly recommend staying here, so much better than staying at a hotel. We had everything we needed! Thanks a lot!
Comments in other languages:
fuchs monika from st. remy, frankreich December 22, 2012
ich habe mit zwei freundinnen einen wundervollen
monat im magic moon verbracht. tolles haus,
phantastische natur, the best place in town.
Graf Christina from Switzerland December 16, 2012
Grossartiges,geräumiges und sehr gemütliches Haus mit wunderschönem Garten nur wenige Meter vom Meer entfernt.Sehr gut geeignet für Relax-Ferien.Von der Terrasse aus durch die Palmen das Meer zu sehen und die Tierwelt zu Beobachten war einmalig. Toll auch die Hauseigenen Fahrräder,somit konnten wir ganz unabhängig unterwegs sein.
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“Spectacular rustic waterfront living in beautiful home” — Charlotte & John, Boston, MA — “Wake up to the sound of surf and birds in this beautiully built, and completely outfitted home (even granite counters!). Covered deck looks out to the ocean. Eat the fruit that grows on your own property. Miles of beautiful beach. Restauants and shopping a 20 minute beach walk away. Total relaxation and rustic luxury.” more
“Fantastic way to spend our vacation” — A Tripadvisor Member — “We stayed in the small bungalow with one bedroom. My daughter (10), my husband and I felt really at home here. The house was clean with everything we needed. The bathroom and kitchen were totally functional and the beds were comfortable. The living area on the front deck was amazing with a lovely view of the landscaped garden and the sound of the waves crashing beyond.”
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