|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
|Living space||700 square feet|
Suitable for childrenNo
Suitable for the elderlyNo
Description from the owner
Hand-crafted hardwood cottage by the sea.
Built for maximum air circulation, cottage is elevated, cooled by ocean breezes during the day and mountain back drafts at night.
Designed for rest, relaxation, and renewal, accommodations are intended for two people who wish for privacy.
The hub of the cottage is its 200 square foot porch/deck looking out to the ocean, essentially creating an outdoor living room, with a remarkable view.
Beautiful tropical hardwood floors and custom furniture make for a cozy nest. Awakening to both beach music and forest sounds, you will likewise find yourself surrounded by the natural beauty t...Read more
Mother Dear...Elegant Cottage on the Beach
Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica
(Property location is approximate)
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Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$110 - $120||$110 - $120||$0||$0||5 nights|
|Jan. 1 2014 - Dec. 31 2014||$120||$120||-||-||5 nights|
|All Other Dates||$110||$110||-||-||5 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Did not want to leave
Mother Dear is a wonderful place to stay and I would love to go back there again. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting out on the porch either on the hammock chair or lying in the hammock and just watching the waves roll in while listening to all the birds. Debbie and Jim have thought of everything to make your stay here perfect. It is an easy walk to Banana azul or The Point restaurants for supper or a quick cab ride into town for a meal. It is an easy walk into town during the day. We also would take the short walk to the corner road and hop on the local bus that goes down as far as Manzanullo Beach area. You just flag down the bus and ring the bell when you want off. A great way to see the other beaches if you do not have a car. The beach in front of Mother Dear is great for swimming as it has a nice flat sandy beach which you can also walk on for miles. Very clean, awsome view, close to amenites, comfy bed, great shower, wonderful beach and fantastic hosts...you could not ask for anything more. There are also green and black dart frogs in the yard, if you cannot find any the gardener will find one for you. If I am back to Puerto Viejo, and I hope to be, I will definitely be staying at Mother Dear. Enjoy, we sure did.
We had a lovely stay at the end of the "green" season .The cottage was perfection .Not a thing left unthought of . Our hosts went all the way to make sure we had everything we needed ( Including hooking me up with a massage therapist friend "Pep" that gave me a massage right on the deck overlooking the beach ) ...the only thing that was initially a bother was the "gate" and being locked in dusk ..but once we made our concerns heard they gave us a key .We enjoyed the town of Puerto Viejo , but were happier once we discovered the gorgeous Manzanillo .If you make it down there look up Sergio for an amazing 1/2 day hiking , snorkeling and kayaking adventure !
breakfast with humming birds
Couldn't have had a nicer place to stay during a wet week on the Caribbean coast. The chalet is beautiful, inside and out. delightful bathroom. Cooking facilities, free drinks in the fridge. There was even a liquidiser if you want to make your own tropical smoothies!The situation is idyllic. We were cossetted for 5 days. Debbie and James could not have been more helpful, and were always there to answer our questions and give us local info, as well as help with transport. We were (almost) pleased that it rained so we had an excuse to stay in the chalet!
This is truly a heavenly paradise offering adventure, luxurious
A spotless, polished hardwood ( inside and out) raised cabina right on the beach. All amenities for a week or more. Cook in or eat out at many small, inexpensive, international, fine or local eating spots. 15 minute walk on the beach into Peurto Viejo, a fascinating, small, safe and eclectic Carribean town. Fabulous jungle fauna and flora. Fresh exotic fruits and local foods. Owners, Jimmy and Debbie, live on site and have built their own home and the two raised cabinas. They are the most friendly, likeable and helpful owners we have met on our many world travels. A bonus to have them on-site. This was our our second stay (11 days), longer this time, and even more enjoyable.
Wonderful host and view
James and Debbie are such great host to this clean cottage with a spectacular view. They greeted us on arrival, were available whenever we needed something and were there at the end when we had a transportation problem. What pleasant and helpful hosts.
The cottage itself was clean, the kitchen was well equipped and the view is stunning. The ocean is just a few steps from the cottage porch and we enjoyed listening to the waves day and night.
The town of Puerto Viejo is probably about a mile walk walk down the beach and we walked it several times during the week we were there. We didn't have a car while there and don't see a need for one. Cabs are inexpensive if you need to get anywhere but we normally just walked. If I returned I would consider renting a bike for a week, there are lots of them available and they are cheap.
When we return to the area we will definitely stay at Mother Dear.
Best to all
Laramie, Wyoming, United States
Mother Dear was absolutely wonderful! We could not have stayed at a better place. Everything was very comfortable and clean and well maintained. We had plenty of privacy and it was very quiet at night (except for the waves and the jungle creatures of course!) It is close enough to walk to town but far enough to feel like you are on your own private island. Jimmy and Debbie could not have been better hosts. They went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and answered all of our questions. It was great having such nice hosts in an unfamiliar country - especially when we don't speak Spanish very well at all. We always felt very safe at Mother Dear. We cannot wait until we can return!!!
My husband and I spent our belated honeymoon in Puerto Viejo at Mother Dear and it was fantastic!! Our cottage was perfect for us and is even nicer than it looks in the pictures. James and Debbie are incredibly sweet and generous hosts. Their cottages are beautiful and have everything you need to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature that surrounds you (birds, sloths, wild horses, sunrises, etc). The beach is just steps away and is uncrowded to say the least! The water is warm and and the waves are the perfect background "music" for a nap or an amazing nights sleep. The deck of the cottage was our favorite hang-out... morning, noon and night. The kitchen has everything you need to make your own meals but the cottage is also walking/biking distance from many great places to eat. There is a safe for your valuables and the property is enclosed by a fence (which does not obstruct your second-story, picture -perfect view of the beach) and is locked at night for added security and peace of mind.
We will be recommending Mother Dear to everyone we know and will definitely be planning a return trip of our own!! You can't go wrong with a vacation at Mother Dear!! Many thanks to James and Debbie!!
Rented a Slice of a Tropical Paradise
We felt right at home when we spent the better part of a week in Puerto Viejo at Mother Dear. The cottages are beautifully crafted - like living in a piece of fine furniture. With the beach right out your front door, it is a little less than a 1 mile walk down the beach to downtown Puerto Viejo. Plenty of wild birds and lizards grace the grounds. We were also lucky to be visited by a pair of wild horses, and a momma sloth with her baby. Jimmy and Debbie were perfect hosts - available and helpful without hovering. Hated to leave.
Both my husband and I cannot thank Jimmy and Debbie enough for our wonderful stay at Mother Dear. It was just what the doctor ordered! We were able to truly relax and unwind during our week-long vacation. Jimmy and Debbie were the perfect hosts: helpful, kind and a wealth of information. They are just as involved as you want them/ or not want them to be. The cottage is absolutely spotless and a true oasis. Every night, we would go to sleep with the sound of crashing waves and wake up in the morning to the same sound. We ended up cooking at Mother Dear more often than we anticipated because we simply enjoyed the cottage and environment so much. It is, without a doubt, the best place to stay in the Puerto Viejo area. If you're looking to go to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, this is the place to stay and unwind. Wonderful!
Elk Grove, CA
Let me just start by saying the pictures do not do this place justice! We wish we would have stayed there the whole week. Jimmy and Debbie, the owners, were onsite and wonderful. We thought they were pulling our leg about an alligator in the area and then sure enough the first morning of our stay - 8 foot alligator in the bushes on the beach! (Don't worry it got moved back to the river where it belonged) The attention to detail they put into their cottages and the stay of their guests was above and beyond! Thank you for making a great trip even greater!
Shelagh and Richard
Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
A Romantic Oceanfront Paradise
My husband and I spent four days at Mother Dear in Puerto Viejo. We had been staying in San Jose for two weeks prior to our stay at Mother Dear and we had spent an active day white water rafting on the Pacure River before arriving in Puerto Viejo. We were thrilled to arrive at Mother Dear and to be able to relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the property.
We had plans to do some touring and activities during our stay in Puerto Viejo however we were so busy enjoying our beach house that we couldn't leave! The cottage was equipped with everything we needed to enjoy meals at home. Everything about the beach house was amazing - the view, the decor, the architecture etc. We did venture in to town a couple of times for supper and Debbie and Jimmy gave us some great recommendations for restaurants.
Every day we either went for a walk or run on Playa Negra(sometimes both) and we attempted to swim in the beautiful Carribean Ocean but the crashing waves got the better of us. We found it safer to enjoy the surf from the water's edge.
One of the friendliest places in Puerto Viejo was Caribeans Coffee Shop. Yummy ice cream and free wi fi...the owner made us feel welcome and if we had have been staying longer in Puerto Viejo we would have made Caribeans a daily occurence.
Jimmy, Debbie, Honey, Tiny and Minkie were wonderful hosts and we hope to return to Puerto Viejo soon.
We miss porch naps!!!
My husband and I stayed in Mother Dear for 4 days and 3 nights of our Costa Rican honeymoon. From the time we booked our trip, James and Debbie were wonderful to work with. They answered all of our questions and made Costa Rican newbies feel right at ease. We wanted a relaxing, secluded vacation and that is what we got. We stayed in one of their gorgeous cabinas in early June and never felt too hot. The nighttime breeze and fans were just perfect for keeping us cool. We brought our own double-nest hammock that we strung up on the porch, but they had a single-nest too. We spent a lot of time relaxing on the porch in our hammock or eating fresh pineapple and drinking cold rum and cokes while staring at the ocean. The beach was very secluded and we saw about as many dogs and horses as we did people!
Debbie and James had great advice for where to go locally for lunch, dinner, and adventures. We had the best homemade tortilla chips and guacamole at Banana azul, which was a leisurely walk down the beach. We tried to go to Chili Rojo (per D&Js; advice) in town, but it was closed the night we ventured out. A word of advice - do not go to El Dorado (right next door). My "chef specialty" swordfish meal was partially uncooked and pretty bad (just an fyi, not a fault of Debbie & James).
The dogs were sweet, the grounds were immaculate, the beach was hypnotizing, the breeze was amazing, and we even enjoyed the rainy evenings. Thank you Debbie and James we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!!
N & B
Crazy, Awesome Honeymoon puts all other vacations in 2nd place!
My new wife and I are generally laid back, kindergarten teachers from Tennessee. We enjoy our quiet time together at home and the company of friends and family when we do go out. That being said, taking our honeymoom to Mother Dear seemed like the perfect fit for our taste and it was. The beautifully constructed cabins are private and equipped with all the comforts one might need for an extended stay on the beach or a weekend getaway. We arrived and were instantly blown away by the hospitality of Debbie and Jim and the craftsmanship of the cabins. Upon arrival, they give you the grand tour of the gorgeous property and present you with keys to the castle. They will also be there for you the rest of your trip to recommend adventures, local hotspots/restaurants and arrange taxi services. While the tranquility of Mother Dear is certainly an endearing quality, Costa Rica has a wild side too! My wife and I could not ignore the excitement of rafting, hiking beautiful beaches, visiting the wildlife refuge, snorkling and ziplining through the jungle. We became adventure travelers in one week. Most of the tour companies will pick you up or drop you off at the gates of Mother Dear. We loved the ease of creating daily adventures and returning to such a magical spot when our day was done. When we weren't adventuring, lounging around Mother Dear, or swimming in the ocean, it is only a 15 minute walk on the beach to to town of Puerto Viejo. We made this trip often, rain or shine. The town is full of restaurants, shops and great people watching. The food was amazing! Casado from Lidia's was delicious and authentic Carribean fare. Overall, it was a honeymoon everyone else should be jealous of! If you are considering traveling to Costa Rica, I highly recommend Mother Dear. Once you've been, you will not want to be anywhere else. Mother Dear is truly a magical vacation destination.
Slice of Paradise with adventure, Comfort and Care on the Side!
I chose to stay at "Mother Dear" because my mother and I were taking a 'mother-daughter' trip to Costa Rica and I found it fitting. It was my mom's first time out of the United States and I wanted to go to a place away from so much tourism. Mother Dear was a perfect place to relax after a day of adventuring. We awoke to the waves crashing on the shore then walked the beach into the center and enjoyed market day where we ran into Debbie and she showed us how to pick out the sweetest pineapple. Debbie and Jim are so nice and became a part of our adventures because when we would return from horse back riding on the beach and through the rain-forest, or swimming, biking all over the map of Puerto Viejo,or snorkeling they were interested in our day and we had someone with whom to share our adventures. We also got to learn a local perspective of living in Paradise! We enjoyed the hammocks, kitchen, porch, the the amazing view of the Caribbean, the beautiful shower (hot and good pressure!) and especially the comfortable bed! Mother Dear was our favorite place we stayed in Costa Rica (and we stayed in very nice places) because it had a simple, elegant charm that calls you back. We will be going back!
Best place in Puerto Viejo!!
The pictures do not do the place justice. Everything was just perfect for our arrival, and 4-night stay. Debbie and Jim are the perfect hosts. They made dinner reservations for us, answered all of our questions about the area, gave great directions to the best restaurants, and were just nice people in general for our entire stay. The drive to PV is brutal, but once you get there it is well worth it! My new bride and I did not want to leave as it began to feel like home. The open air cabina was beautiful top to bottom. All of the beautiful flowers on site were well maintained. And, at night there is a gate all around the property that Jim locks up so we felt safe for the entire stay. Beaches were amazing, food was great, people are nice. I would definitely recommend Mother Dear to anyone and everyone, and I can't wait to return for an anniversary.
One of our favorite parts about Mother Dear is waking up in the early morning and hearing the birds chirping outside, and the waves crashing on the beach, and the morning breeze blowing through the front of the cabin. Often we would just lay in bed, or sit on the front porch, looking out at the ocean. I honestly believe there is not a better view, or deal, in PV.
Mike & Suellen
Gorgeous Cottage by the Sea
We really enjoyed our time and a much needed rest at Mother Dear. The cottage and surroundings are absolutely gorgeous. The owners Jim and Debbie were were also great and focused on making our time there as enjoayble as possible.
Mike and Char
What a Treat!
No kidding. We truly rated all areas excellent. We were so pleased and treated so well by our hosts Debbie and Jim. They pursued any need or want we had, looked out for us, helped with directions and planning without being intrusive. Their new rental is well-maintained and very clean, not to mention how beautiful it is with all the wood.
Debbie and Jim did so many nice little touches to make us feel welcomed and pampered. The house is elevated and provides easy bird and beach watching from the porch. Their location was on the edge of town, quiet, and very central to most of the activities and parks. We are happy to highly recommend this rental and hope to return to Mother Dear.
Also, if you visit the Carribean side and have the time, take the canal ride from Moin to Tortuguera with Modesto, owner of Francesca Boat Tours. He's a great guide and lots of fun.
K and H McGlashan
The best place to stay on the Caribbean Side!
This was the perfect spot for our Caribbean adventures. It was a gorgeous place to stay and Jim and Debbie were friendly, helpful and very welcoming. The home is an incredibly private, secure, and is equipped with everything you could possibly need... blender/toaster/books/cooking untensils...
The location was great. Close to Cahuita National Park for hiking and snorkelling, close to Puerto Veijo to walk, but a lot more peaceful than being in town. The beach was uncrowded and great for swimming, running, and relaxing.
We can't wait to come back for a visit and stay a little longer next time!
New York, NY
The best place to stay in Costa Rica
My wife and I had an amazing time at Mother Dear. But I must warn you, if you stay at Mother Dear, you'll never be happy anywhere else in Costa Rica. Jimmy and Debbie are awesome, as are their cleaning staff and all their friends (oh and this includes their dogs, Tiny and Pepper)! The place is awesome, super clean and the perfect location just steps from the ocean. Ahhh... falling asleep to the waves and sounds of nature.
A perfect place to unplug and reset. My wife did yoga every morning on the balcony with Roe (one of Jimmy/Debbie's friends) while looking at the ocean. I loved playing in the waves and then heading back to rinse off in the outdoor shower. The beach is great with waves just the right size.
If ever possible we'll absolutely return. Save yourself the time and reserve a place at Mother Dear!
Beautiful house with exceptional views of ocean and tons of amen
Attention to detail. Friendly and accommodating owners. On our last owners let us stay 3 hours beyond checkout time (since people checking in that day cancelled) so that we could relax befor catching shuttle back to San Jose. That typified how owner wanted to ensure our stay was pleasant. House is truly breathtaking.
Our stay in Debbie and James' lodge was superb due to the wonderful and tasteful cabin (everything is in there you could possibly need), their outstanding hospitality and the superb views (the sea, wild horses, birds...) you enjoy from your shady wooden verandah - all these ingredients for a perfect holiday. We'd come again any time. Thank you!
Relaxing, Beautiful and Romantic
My husband and I just spent a thoroughly beautiful and transforming week at Mother Dear cottages. As I am a bit (okay, highly) particular about my lodgings, and quick to be disappointed, we selected Mother Dear after spending days and days online researching, and even touring several places in the area upon arrival. We were thoroughly delighted with our choice.
Mother Dear's location is excellent. It is oceanfront, so you are lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves and you awake to the sound of crashing waves. And not only is it right on the ocean, but unlike most of the other oceanfront options we saw while walking the beach from Manzanillo to Puerto Viejo, Mother Dear has a nice, perfectly empty stretch of beach in front of it.
The cottages themselves are a perfect compliment to the bountiful, tropical flower gardens in which they are situated. They are crafted from a very fine quality almond wood. The design is simple yet elegant, which allows one to commune with nature while feeling protected and pampered.
The ocean-view balconies are so nice that it is a challenge to leave them for the beach or the town a few minutes down the road. We spent hours on them watching the waves crash against the shore, feeling the salt breeze against our skin and feeding the occasional wild horse which would meander onto the grounds.
Privacy was a concern for us when planning the trip and I am happy to report that we felt as though we were the only guests.
Also, I am not normally a people person, especially while on vacation, but Jim and Debbie were really very pleasant. They were also very, very helpful. They gave us day trip ideas, connected us with guides, and made arrangements for one of the best massages ever.
In closing, I would not hesitate to recommend Mother Dear. We will definitely be returning next year. As they are new, they are currently one of Puerto Viejo's best kept secrets.
Beautiful and excellent vacation spot!
The cottage was so beautiful--made of different Costa Rican woods! It was well furnished and the kitchenette is supurb!!
I especially enjoyed seeing a couple of spots in the sand where turtles had come and laid their eggs--right in front of "Mother Dear"!
Very relaxing and hope to go back next year! tillie
N & H
Home away from home
My wife and I stayed at Mother Dear for 4 nights on our honeymoon and we absolutely loved it. The house was beautiful and very well kept and supplied with everything you'd need (fridge, coffee pot, pots, pans, dishes.) Jimmy and Debbie are two of the sweetest and most sincere people we've ever met. They made us feel welcome from the start but were never in our hair.
It's about a 15 minute walk to downtown Puerto Viejo and literally 30 yards from the beach. Very near Mother Dear is the hotel Banana azul where you can find drinks, food, couples massages, etc... We would get breakfast there before we started our day.
The front gate is locked every night and the normally amiable dogs (Honey & Tawney) turn into ardent guard dogs with your safety in mind. We felt safe for our entire stay.
We're so glad we found Mother Dear and we're sure you will be too!
N & H
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
La propiedad es hermosa y la experience es de mucha relajacion.
Mis amigas y yo fuimos a Mother Dear a reunirnos para celebrar el cumplenos de dos personas. Lo que mas me impresiono fue la atencion y cuidado que le han dado a los detales. Todo esta como nuevo y el jardin es muy bello. Las hamacas que estan colgados frente al Mar se antojan a media tarde! Estuvimos alli 8 noches y estos fueron sumamente agradables pues tuvimos tiempo de relajarnos para disfrutar la belleza del lugar, nadar y esnorklear en el mar caribe y tambien de conocer lugares cercanos.
Summerland BC CA
Relaxing and Refreshing
The cabins are beautifully built and furnished. There are many little 'touches'...like the coffee,the box of wine and condiments for cooking simple meals. I loved the wood used in the cabin's construction.The bathroom was great. It was large and again set up for our comfort including flowers.
The decks faced the ocean and the breezes kept the cabins and decks comfortable.
Jimmy and Debbie are excellent hosts and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Mother Dear.
Martin and Clair
We found Paradise - and we'll be back!
We stayed ay Mother Dear for 12 nights in aug/Sept 2010. It was quite simply the best holiday we've ever had. The cottage was beautiful, the view from the porch was stunning, and the hosts were extremely cool. We have never had such a relaxing experience, and we are plotting our imminent return...
Martin and Clair
New York City
Mother Dear = Perfection
My husband and I came to Mother Dear as a our last few days in Costa Rica, after a very active week in Monteverde and arenal. It couldn't have been a more perfect way to end our trip. Jimmy and Debbie are two of the nicest, most hospitable people to welcome you to Puerto Viejo. They were there to greet us when we arrived to show us around and get us settled in and to bid us farewell when we left at 1am on Sunday to make our flight. The cottage that they built overlooking the ocean is heaven. It is in mint condition and the wood is truly gorgeous. We loved the campy and beachy feel that this cottage has and you can literally hear the ocean waves as you are going to bed. Just perfect for beach lovers! We were able to cook breakfast each morning in the great kitchen that is brand new, which was a great help to start out our day. The property overall is extremely well kept and beautiful, with gorgeous plants and wildlife (horses come and say hi to you!). There are special touches such as hammocks put up for you to relax during the day if you want and games if you feel like having a mellow night in. I can't think of anything negative honestly. We had an amazing time. We would recommend this to any couple looking for a peaceful and serene retreat.
Thanks Jimmy and Debbie!!!
Daniela and Georgi
We fell in love with this place.. It was magical!
I and my husband spent ten days in Costa Rica in March 2011 - first Monteverde, then arenal and the end of our stay was in Puerto Viejo at Mother Dear (It was the most wonderful place we1ve stayed in Costa Rica). I found Mother Dear on tripadvisor and after seeing the beautiful pictures and excellent feedback posted from previous visitors I didn`t hesitate at all to book it. The place looked gorgeous from the pictures but I have to admit that it was way more beautiful in real! Just takes your breath away! The location, the romantic room, the beautiful bathroom, the amazing balcony, nice kitchen - they couldn`t be better. One of the nights we cooked dinner with a Swedish couple we met first in arenal and then we shared the same route to Monteverde and Puerto Viejo. We had our dinner at the terrace, watched the waves and stars and it was just magical! The beach in front of Mother Dear (called "Playa Negra") is excellent and you can go deep into the water and swim when the waves are not too strong. The beach was most of the time if not all the time just for ourselves.
Debbie and Jimmie were extremely hospitable and kind and helped us organize our activities for the Voleo Valcano and visit of a local house where they produced hand-made chocolate. We strongly reccommend Mother Dear! It is the perfect romantic place! We will definitely go back there soon!
Mimi and Sal
quincy ma USA
Tropical romantic retreat
We loved our hosts: Jim and Deb gave us great advice in advance about transportation, hotel in San Jose, as well as local ideas for restaurants, and for exploring the area. they were friendly and warm. We loved the beautiful new casita which was immaculate, attractive and so spacious. We cooked in with ease when we wanted to. A perfectly comfy king sized bed for relaxing, made naps a natural. However the beautiful seaside views drew us out to our porch, and to early morning walks in the surf. Md is a 10 minute walk down the beach to town, where small restaurants and cafes abound. This is a great spot for lovers and nature lovers as well.
I've never written a review before but I feel compelled to let everyone know how special this place is. My wife and I had an absolutely fantastic vacation at Mother Dear. I highly reccomend it for couples who want to get away, relax, rest, and recharge. The "cabins" are beautiful, comfortable, and catch a refreshing ocean breeze. We spent 50% of our week sitting on our patio, taking in the incredible view, and enjoying the solitude. Town is only a 15 minute walk down the beach when you get tired of making your own meals. The place is wonderful. I hope it stays this way forever. The hosts, James and Debbie, are great people and will make you feel at home. We were truly sad to leave.
Pat and Dave
7 Days in Costa Rican Heaven
The online pictures of Mother Dear do not do it full justice. Jimmy and Debbie have thought of everything a vacationing couple could wish for. The newly built unit was designed by these owners who understand what adventurous visitors to the Carribean coast are looking for. The accomodation provided a very comfortable sleeping, cooking, eating, relaxing, and quiet experience (except for the sound of the waves).
This wonderful couple anticipated and looked after our every wish, whim and interest for the week we spent with them. It made a big difference to have them on site in their own separate residence for any questions that arose.
The location is spectacular! 50 metres from the ocean. The 50 metres covers 30 metres of partially cleared jungle turned into gardens, 20 metres of a clean sand, "private" beach and warm clear water which varies from big surf to calm waves.
In the raised (on stilts) cabina, you awake in the morning in your king size bed, and gaze out at the Carribean sea. Your breakfast, self prepared of the plentiful, fresh fruit in the area, can be eaten on your own open, covered front room, while sitting at a bar stool overlooking the ocean.
The location is about 1 1/2 km from the funky, quirky village of Puerto Viejo which can be reached by a 15/20 minute stroll or a 5 minute, $4.00 taxi (which Jimmy will call for you). The village itself, a thow back to the 60's, has everything you may need to eat, whether you choose to cook for yourself or eat out at the many and varied eating spots. As well, the road past the village has endless small "dining" spots covering most of the globe in their menu..
As good as this sounds, the highlight of our visit was Jimmy and Debbie. They are wonderful, caring, attentive, helpful and experienced hosts. We will return, for longer, to enjoy the property, the food, the area and its people, or even just to visit with Jimmy and Debbie again.
Verena + Peter
Suisse / Haiti
Nous venons de passer de magnifiques vacances dans une des deux maisons de Debbie et Jimmy et nous aimerions cordialement recommender cette merveilleuse place d'un couple chaleureux.
peaceful haven by the sea
Lovely private cottage a few steps from a beautiful Caribbean beach. Deck is a perfect spot for a massage while listening to the waves. Beautiful gardens and walkways. Wonderful, knowledgeable onsite hosts.
Still missing Puerto Viejo in StHelena SC
St Helena Island, SC
A beautful relaxing week away from the world
This cottage is simple and beautiful. Everything you need is right here, eat in or walk to town; stroll through the garden to the beach or enjoy the magnificent view from your cottage.Debbie and Jimmy are so very welcoming and available for day trip planning or grocery advice. They truly want your stay to be wonderful. Honey, Tiny and Minki the family pets complete the scene with their entertainment
Cindy and Brad
Total relaxation on the Beach!!!
We recently spent four nights at Mother Dear. It was great. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The cottage had everything you needed for a totally relaxing vacation on the beach. We wished we could have stayed longer. Debbie and Jim were great. The helped us anyway they could and was always available to answer any questions we had. They even gave us a ride to our next destination several miles down the road. We needed a four wheel drive for our next stop but couldn't rent one because nothing was available so Jim loaded all our luggage up in his four wheel drive and took us to the next house that we rented.
We can't say enough great things about these two cottages and Debbie and Jim. We will definately be back and will bring friends next time to rent the other cottage. Jim even built us a bond fire one night on the beach. It was great!!!
Hope to see you both again soon!!
Jim and Debbie have a true slice of heaven in their hands. I felt that "at home feel" the second I walked in the gate. I am truely grateful that my girlfriend put in the extra search time, found, and booked Mother Dear. It was a truely relaxing experience, set among a beautiful location, quiet beach, and the envy of every passerby, but don't tell anyone that. Jim and Debbie are two of the kindest warm hearted people a person could meet. Their wonderful attitudes and beautiful property was an absolute dream. I can't wait to bring my family and rent the whole place. At the end of my stay I was ready for the hectic life that lay ahead of me, but every day I am thinking that Jim and Debbie have got it figured out. Definately a great place for couples in love that want a quiet, clean, and wonderful experience.
M & B
Jim & Debbie are the ultimate hosts. Always available but never intrusive. Full of information, recommendations and even suggested a great, reliable taxi driver. Mother Dear was lovely, unique and ideal for a relaxing holiday. We loved everything about this accomodation and the location was great. All our needs were met & more. By the time we left we felt like we were saying good bye to old friends.
Mother Dear has got to be one of the most awesome cabinas on the Costa Rican carribean. Jimmy and Debbie have created 2 cabinas on a property surrounded by luxurious gardens and elevated so that you look directly on to Playa Negra. It's a perfectly tranquil setting. Both cabinas are less than a year old and are expertly crafted with almendro wood that has been expertly finished. The cabina is finely appointed with hand made furniture, a fully equipped galley kitchen, a king size bed, an exquisite bathroom and an outdoor porch with Teak bar stools, hammock and cafe table. When we finally decided to descend it was 50 meters to one of the most beuatiful beaches I've ever seen. I'll be back...
Rochester, NY, USA
It Doesn't Get any Better Than This!
If we were to build our own house on the beach in the comfort and style that make life most simple and enjoyable this would be the place we would call home. Mother Dear was the perfect place to spend a week and totally unwind. Listening to the pounding surf, watching the wild horses graze in the front yard and hearing the sweet sounds of the myriad of birds that surrounded us made for the perfect experience. The house was beautifully appointed, glistened from top to bottom and just made our stay in Pto Viejo perfect. The location to the beach, the distance to town and incredible fusion food that we got to enjoy guarantees that we will return one day soon to this magical place. And if this wasn't good enough, our hosts exceeded our wildest expectations by their friendliness, helpfulness and kindness. We have already recommended Mother Dear to all of our friends and have plans to return very soon.
Jen & Paul
Ft Collins CO
The essence of Pura Vida!
We loved our stay at Mother Dear! The cottages are simply beautiful, well appointed, clean and did I mention beautiful? They are located right on the beach - all we had to do was open the door to watch the waves rolling in. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect beach rental! Debbie and Jimmy are wonderful hosts too with plenty of recommendations, excellent contacts - we loved Neil & Rene. They were always eager to accomodate us! We truly loved our Puerto Viejo experience and Debbie, Jimmy, Tiny & Honey were a great part of it!
Heredia, Costa Rica
I have been making trips to the Puerto Viejo area for a long time, and I must say that of all the places I have stayed Mother Dear was without doubt the place which I will remember the most.
The location on Playa Negra is very special. The beach is vast and most of the time it seemed like we had it all to ourselves. In fact on some days we ran into more wild horses than we did other people.
The cottage was total luxury: beautifully built and extremely comfortable. With the veranda doors open we could lie in bed looking out at the ocean. The kitchen was one of the best equipped we have ever come across while traveling which was perfect for us as we cooked most of our own meals. Complimentary sodas and a few other essentials were also provided which was a very nice touch.
Five of the most relaxing days I can remember having in a long time...this place really is a paradise. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality Jim and Debbie!
An inviting paradise with all of the comforts of home
One of the most important things to me when I travel is having warm and professional hosts. This is especially true when you are in a foreign country. As an Innkeeper back home, I guess you could say that I have high expectations. I can truly say that Jim and Debbie fulfilled my expectations and beyond.
The lodging also exceeds expectations. When I have stayed in cottage style rentals in the past, I would often notice that the dishes etc. are kind of funky. This is untrue for Mother Dear, whoever cleans does it immaculately.
I recommend staying here for a comfortable, safe and enriching experience.
Larry & Donna
We were warmly welcomed by Debbie & Jimmy and shown our meticulously clean, spacious cabin filled with all the amenities required. You could eat off the floor!! We arrived late and they were kind enough to stock our fridge with items to tide us over to the next day. The location was fabulous with an approx. 15-20 minute walk to town. The ocean front cabins provided a wonderful view to the ocean and beautifully landscaped grounds. Debbie & Jimmy were very accommodating and wonderful hosts. Honey and Tiny were friendly too!!
Crown Point, Indiana
As Good as It Gets
Want to become "one" with some of the world's finest natural beauty? This is the place to do that and be extremely comfortable and safe all the while. This cottage is tastefully and cleverly designed to maximize total unobstructed views of the beautiful Caribbean and the intriguing jungle surrounding you. Jim and Debbie have created the perfect setting to fully enjoy and appreciate all that this special place has to offer. They are very special people who take a great deal of pride in sharing this magical spot with others. I had high expectations for my recent stay there, but they were exceeded by what I found at Mother Dear. I plan to return as soon as possible.
My husband and I stayed at Mother Dear for our honeymoon in January. Everything about our stay was amazing! To begin with, Jimmy and Debbie were incredible! We came to Costa Rica not speaking much, if any Spanish. Jimmy and Debbie were so helpful throughout our entire stay, from calling us cabs, telling us where things were in the town, to recommending activities and restaurants. They helped us with anything we needed and made our stay wonderful. The property and the cottages are beautiful. The location is great, throughout the time of our trip we pretty much had the entire beach in front of our cottage to ourselves. The cottages are located a very short cab ride to town, or a little bit of a walk (which we did most days). The cottage itself was excellent, it was beautifully made, and it was spotless and very comfortable to stay in. Jimmy and Debbie also have two cute dogs that we loved as well (they are very well behaved and friendly). I would recommend staying at Mother Dear for anyone who is looking to stay in a privately located, beautiful cottage right on the beach, we couldn't have asked for more, thank you Jimmy and Debbie!
Veronica & Peter
Thank you for a perfect stay!
Debbie and Jimmy are the perfect hosts - always there when you need something but never too pushy! Their property is lovely set right next to the wonderful Playa Negra and you can tell that they knwo what they are doing. The house are a great mix of rustic meeting luxury! The kitchen comes with everything you need to make breakfast and you could even cook a nice dinner there. The bath room as well as the bedroom/living room are spacious. Most time definitely is spent on the terrace overlooking the sea. We will be back one day!
Fort McMurray Alberta Canada
Amazing beach front home away from home.
My wife and I stayed here recently over Christmas. We wish we could have stayed longer. Jimmy and Debbie were great hosts. The view of the Caribbean ocean was second to none, mere steps away from the secluded beach. At times it felt as though we were alone on our own beach but only a fifteen minute walk to the bustling little town of Puerto Viejo for a nice meal and a cold beer. For the times when we just felt like staying in we could buy groceries down the road and cook ourselves up a nice meal and sip wine on the deck overlooking the ocean.
Can't wait to go back.
San Francisco, CA
I only wish I had booked for a longer stay!
Jimmi and Debbie are the most gracious hosts I have ever had! I was welcomed with open arms and they had even grocery shopped for me (I'm vegan so it's no easy task). I felt as if I were family being welcomed for the holidays. The cottage itself has everything you could ever possibly think of wanting. The property has a majestic feel that is indescribable forcing you into a state of completeness. The location is perfect so that you have access to everything but can get away when you like. I spent 80% of my 10 day vacation relaxing on the patio listening to the symphony of birds and Caribbean Sea wash away my cares. I only wish I had planned to stay longer.
San Francisco, California
Honestly one of the nicest places I've ever stayed.
This cottage is amazing. Beautiful, functional, and perfectly situated on the beach. You can hear the surf and crashing waves from your bed -- even the rain sounds wonderful and romantic. The craftsmanship is stunning -- every detail of the cottage is beautiful. There are screens all along the roofline which allow fresh breezes in. There's a kitchen with sink and gas burners so you can cook for yourself when you're not inclined to visit one of the many restaurants downtown. There's another hotel with a bar and pool a short walk down the beach so you can hang out with other travelers when you want to, and then return to the lovely privacy of your cottage. For a romantic getaway, it couldn't be more perfect. I'd like to come back with another couple sometime when we can rent both cottages.
Wish we were still there!
We would consider returning and also highly recommend to our friends. Jimmie and Debbie are wonderful hosts. If you need anything--they'll have it or find out how you can get it.
The casita is perfectly located near town but far enough to relax in birds songs and ocean waves. Thank you to Jimmie for the pre-trip info as well which helped us navigate our journey to and from Puerto Viejo.
Walnut Creek, CA
Perfect Place on Playa Negra
Mother Dear was everything that we were hoping for. The cottage was like new with beautiful wood, a comfortable king size bed, and a great porch for watching the waves.
Debbie and Jim were perfect hosts and did everything that they could to make our stay perfect.
Stunning Cabana on the Beach
We knew that Mother Dear would be a special, stunning place, but it exceeded our hopes! We stayed there for the first few days of November. We were awed by the gorgeous woodwork of the building itself, as well as the thoughtful items you included in the cabina. The owners, who treated us like family, thought of every detail that we could need. We wandered from there on a tarpon adventure but wished we could just come back to Mother Dear at the end of the day. Next time we will! Actually, to think that giant tarpon over 120 lbs live just a town away and they will take a fly, makes us want to come back to Mother Dear as soon as we can! We loved walking on the beach there, swimming in the warm water, and riding bikes into PV. The constant sound of the waves outside Mother Dear make for some of the best sleep of the whole vacation and it is a wonderful way to wake up every morning. We will recommend this spot to anyone looking for a relaxing, lovely vacation in a unique part of the world.
Perfect for our Honeymoon
We arrived at Mother Dear on the day of our honeymoon after a beautiful drive from San Jose and we were both so pleasantly pleased once we pulled in to the gated property.
The comfortable atmosphere engulfed us immediately and we knew that we had chosen the right place.
Jimmy and Debbie greeted us with warm hugs and showed us to our cottage which was perfectly set near the beach.
Once up the steps and onto the deck, the mesmerizing view encapsulated us and we dove right into to relaxation and our honeymoon!
The inside of the cottage is such a work of art and the carefulness and attention to detail that they have spent creating, shines through with every inch of the house.
Every morning at sunrise we would open up the double doors and gaze at the ocean from the comfort of our bed while sipping on delicious Costa Rican Coffee.
The beach is very private and perfect for swimming, walks or just hanging out with a fresh Imperial!
Overall we had such an amazing vacation and were so delighted that we happened to find Debbie and Jimmy's little piece of heaven on the beach "Mother Dear".
Thank you again Debbie and Jimmy.
George and Katie
Wendy and Yanchy
A Five Star Cottage on the Ocean
When my husband and I walked past the beautiful topical gardens and up the stairs into this hand-crafted, beautifully decorated and immaculately clean cottage with a clear view of the ocean - we both said, "We could live here forever!"
Everything you need to "live" in this cottage is there. The whole place is a joy to experience: I loved cooking in the well-socked kitchen, grilling on the patio, dining by candle light on the expansive porch. We both loved waking up with the huge folding doors open wide providing us with a view of the ocean from the comfy king sized bed. Taking a shower in the bathroom is like taking a shower outside since the walls of this gorgeous ceramic tile and slate bath room are partly screens!
Debbie and Jimmy did everything for us and anticipated our needs. This included driving us into town and going shopping with us to buy our groceries (which helps when you aren't fluent in Spanish!). They introduced us to Neil who met with us and found out our interests and planned a day of exactly what we wanted to do and guided us (for much less $ than any tour company).
We were never hot because there such good air flow due to the fact that the cottage it set up high and catches the ocean breezes. One morning while we were having breakfast on the porch wild horses walked right up to our cottage! We saw the horses many times after that.
In short, this place is simply divine. Five star all the way. Debbie and Jimmy couldn't have created a more perfect place nor could they possible improve on the service they provide to their guests. They feel like family to us. We just left there on November 24th and we really miss them already.
Bill and Marina
Beautiful beach house in a great location with uncrowded beaches, secure and simply wonderful. Jimmy and Debbie were outstanding hosts who covered every detail to make our stay perfect. We were in the Carib area for two weeks and stayed at Mother Dear first for 3 days. Then we decided to go back for the last couple days of our vacation and stay with them again. We stayed at several other locations during our vacation, but Mother Dear was a standout.
New Braunfels, TX
Costa Rican Paradise Retreat
We are certain our week at Mother Dear will prove to be one of our favorite and most memorable vacations. From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly overwhelmed by the warm and sincere hospitality extended to us by our hosts James and Debbie. The property is paradise but they insured or experience was truly superb. They went to great lengths each day to help with connecting us to local sites, guides, directions, restaurant recommendations, etc.
We were also really impressed with how acurate the information on the website was. The pictures truly depict the property and accomodations. The cottage is beautiful, spotlessly clean and well stocked. We loved sleeping to the sounds of the ocean and local wildlife. The close proximity to the beach was why we decided on Mother Dear and we were not disappointed. Many of the other properties say they are on the beach but fail to mention there is a road and other properties between them and the beach. Mother Dear has a beautiful and unobstructed view.
We were also a little concerned about the lack of air conditioning and all the talk of bugs. However, neither of these turned out to be a concern. The cottage is so well ventilated and equipped with fans that it was always cool and comfortable. There are bugs in Costa Rica...it's the jungle...but they were not a bother to us and we didn't have a single bite!
Our experience was truly wonderful. My only fear is it will not be available the next time we want to book it because I know others will be returning and spreading the word!
Escazú, Costa Rica
Great location; Great value; Impeccable cabins
These elegant cabins have a lovely and convenient beachfront location. They are the first beachfront cabins you reach in Puerto Viejo; all of the others are a longer drive. It's close enough to town to walk in for a night out, and it's far enough away to allow me to go for a long run on the beach with no one else visible. We heard only the sound of the waves and birdsong.
They also beat out the competition in attention to detail and care of construction. Since they are two story, they have a better view, better sea breeze, and they are safer too. Jimmy and Debbie have carefully thought out all the little details in their cabins. (Nice mattresses; good quality sheets; broadband wifi internet; well equipped kitchen; flowers in the room; good security; reading lights; a room safe; beach towels; good size refrigerator; a pleasant cross breeze; nicely finished hardwood; romantic candles; a little library; big hardwood hooks to hang things; beautifully clean; even sailorly knotwork on the hammock hooks) Since I'm a long time resident of Costa Rica, I especially appreciate the quality electrical and plumbing work, and the water pressure. Grounded three prong plugs! Everyone is turned on by different things I guess :-)
Very good value for the money!
Brooklyn, New York
Modern and charming cottage in paradise.
Mother dear was the perfect fit for my boyfriend and I. It's just far enough away from downtown Puerto Viejo to be feel secluded and romantic but still close enough to bike in and out of town. The cottage was beautiful, very modern and well thought out. We cooked our dinner and ate by candlelight (provided, most thoughtfully, by James) on the deck, facing the ocean. The kitchen is well equipped and the bathroom was wonderful. Clean, good plumbing, hot water. Basically all the comforts of home set in a tropical beach scenario.
The cottage is set right on the beach and we ate all of our meals staring out at the gorgeous view. Wild horses, lightning storms over the ocean, innumerable birds, butterflies and even dolphins are a few of the amazing things we witnessed.
In addition to the setting and cottage itself, James was an important element in making our stay a wonderful one. He really went above and beyond to help in any way he could.
I don't even know where to begin. I didn't believe lots were allowed to be this close to the sea. These amazing cottages that have you up in the air twenty feet looking out over an incredibly lush backyard where wild horses come to graze not to mention an incredible panorama of the Caribbean leave you in awe. With at least three hammocks per cottage, relaxing is a natural state when combined with the beautiful wooden deck and luxury accommodations. Hot showers in a beautiful bathroom, making it easy to clean off from the walks on the beach and dips in the sea located 50 meters away. Although my girlfriend and I did not get a chance to meet Debbie because she was out of the country at the time, James serves as twenty people with his ability to provide you with anything you could need from travel suggestions, at your door taxi service, helping you out of a bind, ensuring your utmost comfort and most importantly being an incredibly nice, gracious individual to talk to and laugh with. As a bonus you can easily ride a bike into Puerto Viejo a 10min ride where you can mix in with the diverse community, eat wonderful Caribbean food, dance, listen to live music and just hang out.
all the comforts I could imagine in the midst of adventure
When I inquired about this gorgeous rental on Flip Key my sister and I opted for this more remote stay in Costa Rica over the usual all-inclusive in the Caribbean.
And boy, were we ever glad to experience Costa Rica for the first time! James was instrumental in calming fears, anticipating any of our needs, and he was a great resource. If he didn't know the answer, he was quick to ask his contacts or get on the internet to find out.
The home itself is well laid-out with thoughtful touches such as:
- a convenient and subtle clothes line on the balcony
- lots of hooks, racks, a closet
- airflow that gets right through the home while minimizing insects
- convenient light switches, power outlets, etc.
The property felt very secured, with a system to deter intruders but all open and accessible to the beach (Playa Negra) during the day.
It was more than comfortable, clean and relaxing. We did feel it was such a secret relief to return to after claiming to our friends/ family back home that we spent the days exerting ourselves in many available tours, or bike riding to the local beaches (Cocles, Punta Uva), or trekking around the towns. There is the conveniently located Gecko Trails and facilities of Banana azul close by, as well as the town of Puerto Viejo within walking distance. However at dark we felt it necessary to use a taxi whenever leaving Mother Dear. It was not a big deal but something to consider for wanting to eat out, do some evening shopping, etc in town.
The great vibe from our host, proximity to nature/beach, comforts of our rental -- all of it made leaving so difficult. After seeing our pictures, our parents are talking about visiting themselves. Can't wait to visit again, I would highly recommend this stay.
Alan and Alison Reinarz
La Flor de Paraiso, Cartago Costa RIca
Attention to detail, simple elegance right on the beach
We live in Cartago, Costa Rica and visit Puerto Viejo several times a year. This is the best spot we have found. A well built tropical style cabin with all ammenities located right on the beach. Mother Dear has everything we needed to just relax from coffee in the morning to bedside reading lights in the evening. We found we didn't even use our car except to pick up a few groceries.
The most beautiful cottage in Costa Rica..
This cottage was the perfect place to stay for some relaxation. It is a second floor cottage that sits about 50 feet from the beach. It has amazing views and sounds of the ocean. The cottage itself is amazing; from the handmade wood curtain holders to the handmade towel hangers. This place also has all the amenities of a kitchen. The deck was our favorite place to sit and have a morning cup of coffee while watching the waves. It was also a great spot to watch the sunset.
The propertys landscape was beautiful with lots of bright flowers and green plants. The owners, Jimmy and Debbie, did an amazing job making this such a wonderful place to stay. I would recommend staying here over any other place in town.
Fabio and Marco
Compliments to James and Debbie for this wanderful place; great location (in front of the sea) and very well done house.