Casa Faya Lobi Perfect Beach and Nature Getaway
From $99 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Welcome to the heart of Manzanillo, located at the southern tip of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We have several houses for rent in Manzanillo, a perfect beach and jungle vacation for couples, families and small groups near Puerto Viejo. The two-story house complete with five bedrooms is available for a total of 8-10 people. A baby cot is available, each room has a private bathroom with a nice hot water shower and big handmade mosquito nettings above all the beds. The seating area is provided with cable television. Free wifi is available at the house. Although the house is built to accommodate 8-10 people , still even for couples, smaller...Read more
About the owner
About the owner
Michiel and Patricia N.
Michiel and Patricia N.
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Casa Faya Lobi Perfect Beach and Nature Getaway Manzanillo, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Additional Location Information
Faya Lobi is located in the heart of Manzanillo, just 200 meters from the beach. Manzanillo is a small, laid-back fishing village with about 250 inhabitants, largely influenced by Afro-Caribbean traditions and customs and is a pleasant and relaxed place with friendly locals. The village is the last town south of the surfing town of Puerto Viejo. The main attraction of Manzanillo is its fabulous white sand beach that is lined with palm trees and jungle and is bathed in the calm and gentle waters of the Caribbean Sea with an amazing coral reef just offshore. This makes Manzanillo a perfect spot for snorkeling, swimming and even scuba diving.
A great beach and nature holiday on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast near Puerto Viejo!
Tourists and locals visit Manzanillo for a delicious meal in the infamous Maxi’s restaurant, which is famous for its lobster and fresh seafood. If seafood is not for you, they do of course have other dishes. You can also enjoy the sea views whilst enjoying a drink.
There is plenty to see and do in Manzanillo; fishing, dolphin watching (there are three species of dolphin (email: hidden) in the waters in the area), surfing, nature excursions, hiking, to name just a few.
There are several possibilies to reach Faya Lobi in Manzanillo:
Public Transportation: The bus is the cheapest way and also very well regulated. There is a direct connection from downtown San Jose at Gran Terminal del Caribe to Manzanillo and costs approximately $11 which leaves at 12.00pm. There are other buses but you would need to change at Puerto Viejo. Times may vary so check out (website: hidden) for updates. It is roughly a 4.5 hour bus ride to Manzanillo, with a short stop in Limon which gives you time to stretch your legs, get a bite to eat or something to drink. It is advisable to book your ticket one day in advance to guarantee your seat. If you are unable to get to the bus terminal a day in advance, you should ensure that you are there with plenty of time to spare as full is full.
Bus Shuttle: Interbus has 9 mini buses that can bring you door to door and is approximate a 3 .5 hour journey from San Jose to Faya Lobi. It is a slightly more expensive alternative but far more comfortable. The journey from San Jose to Manzanillo costs approximately $40. For more information and bookings check out (website: hidden)
Car Rental: Hiring a car is a great option as you won’t be tied to one place. Of course it is not the cheapest way but you will see so much more of the country on the way. There are several car rental desks upon arrival at the airport in Costa Rica and we recommend Poas Rent a Car. You can also book online from your home before your vacation has already begun. Alternatively, we can reserve a car for you to be ready upon your arrival so your journey can begin. Another option is to book a car when you are in Manzanillo so can you can tour around the Caribbean coastal villages and towns. We can of course arrange this for you.
At our holiday rental houses we can give you information and book various activities and tours for you with a local tour company. Excursions that the tour company offers are as follows:
Snorkling in Cahuita (approx. 4 hours) $49.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 8am and taken to the village of Cahuita. There you will meet your captain and guide who will take you by boat to the coral reef where you will snorkel for about 2 hours from 2 different points. The coral reef includes about 120 different species of fish, about 44 species of crustaceans, about 140 shellfish and more than 1280 different algae. There is around 35 different coral species to be found in this area. After that you will be taken back to the beach where you can rest and have a snack of tropical fruits. Next you will begin a 1_ hour guided hike through Cahuita National Park, which is a combination of beautiful beaches, coral reefs and a tropical rainforest where you may spot many species of monkeys, sloths, frogs, butterflies and much more. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, a native guide, fruits, bottled water, snorkeling equipment, a guided hike through the National Park and the entrance fee to the Park. You should bring a bathing suit, a towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, dry clothes and comfortable shoes.
Canopy Tour (approx. 4 hours) $55.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 8am and taken to the first canopy platform. Throughout this tour you will become acquainted with the flora and fauna of the primary forest and learn how the indigenous people use the plants. The tour includes 9 aerial platforms and 14 on land with a total of 2560 meters of cable. After the tour, you will return to the entrance of the farm for a snack and then will be picked up by your driver to return to Faya Lobi. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, bi-lingual guide, fruits, bottled water and full equipment. You should bring long shorts, insect repellent and good walking shoes.
Canyoning (approx. 5 hours) $70.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 9am and taken to the entrance of the reserve in BriBri. With your guide you will then begin the walk to Carbón River while learning about the flora and fauna in the area. You will arrive at natural pools which you will be able to jump into. You will then continue your journey to the first waterfall where you will do a rappel practice at about a 5 meter height. You will then continue the journey to another waterfall with a height of 40 meters, where you will do 2 rappels from two different points. Upon descent, you will enjoy a lunch served at the foot of the waterfall. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, an English speaking guide, drinks, lunchbox, full equipment and insurance. You should bring a bathing suit, a towel, dry clothes, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and insect repellent.
Whitewater Rafting in Pacuare River (full day) $100.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 6.30am and taken to the base where breakfast will be served. After that, you will be taken by bus down to the Pacuare River where boats and guides will be waiting to start the adventure. The classes offered are moderate-hard (III-IV) going down 28kms of rapids. After rafting, you will enjoy a lunch in Siquirres then return back to Faya Lobi. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, monitoring, guide and full equipment. You should bring a bathing suit, a towel and dry clothes.
Butterfly Garden and House of Chocolate (approx. 3 hours) $39.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 10am and taken to the Butterfly Garden. Upon arrival, you can start a self-guided tour using the signs that are there to teach you interesting things about these beautiful insects. At the end of your walk, you will be given further information from a specialized guide about the life and reproduction of butterflies. Next you will be driven to The House of Chocolate where you will learn about the history of cocoa. You will learn about the fruit and a very old method the indigenous people use to produce cocoa, chocolate and other products. There will be an opportunity to taste the chocolate and other products and to buy some to take home with you. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, entrance to the Butterfly Garden and entrance to The House of Chocolate.
Sloth Sanctuary and Canoe Trip to Estrella River (approx. 3_ hours) $49.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 8am and taken to the Sloth Sanctuary. You will first watch a 12 minute video about these curious animals. You will learn about scientific studies on sloths and the project of this particular sanctuary and find out the life stories of the sloths (email: hidden) there. After visiting the sloth hospital, you will take a 45 minute canoe trip along the Estrella River where you will see the tropical vegetation, animals and plants typical of the Caribbean rainforest. After the canoe trip, you will hike along the trails of the farm where you will see sloths, butterflies, birds, monkeys and other species in their natural habitat. At the end of the hike you will see the place where the baby sloths live at the sanctuary. Finally you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs about these adorable animals. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, entrance and visit to the sloth sanctuary, tour by canoe and a bi-lingual guide. You should bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and a camera.
Indian Reserve, Waterfall and Chocolate House (approx. 4 hours) $60.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 9am and taken to the BriBri reservation. Upon arrival you will begin a hike that will take you into virgin jungle and will observe its unspoiled state. You will then go to a waterfall where you can swim and enjoy a natural Jacuzzi. After that you will continue on to Uatsi town where you will visit the indigenous people, see a medicinal plant garden and learn about the life and handicrafts of the tribe. Next you will be driven to The House of Chocolate where you will learn about the history of cocoa. You will learn about the fruit and a very old method the indigenous people use to produce cocoa, chocolate and other products. There will be an opportunity to taste the chocolate and other products and to buy some to take home with you. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, an experienced guide, natural drinks, fruits and entrance to the House of Chocolate. You should bring a bathing suit, a towel, hiking shoes, insect repellent, water and dry clothes.
Misha Yorkin Indian Reserve (approx. 8 hours) $129.00 pp
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 9am and taken to Bambù where you will be met by your guide. Your trip will begin with a canoe ride along the Yorkin River to a village that can only be reached by boat. On the way you will stop at “Shot” in Panama (no border crossing check point required), where you will swim in natural pools and enjoy a snack of tropical fruits and homemade cakes. When you reach Yorkin, we will take a walk in the village and visit the school and clinic and see organic cocoa and banana plantations and hostel La Casa de las Mujeres, where we will have a refreshing snack and receive a short talk about their Stibrawpa Project. You will then go on a walk to learn about medicinal plants and other products important to their way of life. When you return to the house, you will be served a wholesome lunch and then shown how they produce chocolate by traditional methods. You will also learn how to make an indigenous style roof. You will learn about the indigenous peoples culture, while enjoying this natural paradise. At the end of this interesting trip, you will take the boat back to Bambù where you will be taken back to Faya Lobi. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, a trip in an indigenous canoe, snack, lunch, chocolate tour, a local guide (if you require a bi-lingual guide, there is an extra charge). You should bring a bathing suit, a towel, comfortable shoes, sandals, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, camera, binoculars, sunglasses, water and dry clothes.
ATV Jungle Tour (approx. 4 hours)
Price for 1 person on ATV $80.00
Price for 2 persons on same ATV $110.00
You will be picked up from Faya Lobi at around 8am and taken to the tour company’s headquarters in Puerto Viejo. Upon arrival you will meet your guide who will explain how to operate your ATV and give you safety instructions. You will then have a short practice session before starting your adventure tour. The trip takes you through the jungle and mountain trails of Talamanca, where you will observe wildlife and arrive at a waterfall where you will take a break and enjoy a snack of tropical fruits. Next you will visit an indigenous community where you will learn about medicinal plants and how the Indian people use them. You will also discover more about their customs and their way of life. Minimum 2 persons. The trip includes transportation, full equipment, insurance, bottled water, tropical fruits and a bi-lingual guide. You should bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and a camera.
Other local guides in Manzanillo can take you on a private excursion in the area specifically tailored to your wishes. Please note that on some of these tours, it is essential that you take with you a bathing suit, a towel, sunscreen, a hat, dry clothes, a raincoat, binoculars, a camera, insect repellent, wear good walking shoes, bottled water and something light to eat. Please ask us for further information and prices. These tours include:
• Lobster Fishing
• Tarpon Fishing
• Anchor Fishing
• Dolphin Watching
• Boat Trip to Punta Mona
• Bicycle rental
• Jungle walks 4-5 hours
• Wildlife/Bird watching
• Horse riding
• Waterfall tours
• Turtle watching
• Iguana Farm