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We wanted to get away from our daily, city-like routines, and have some peace and quite while enjoying ourselves in a marine setting. We got it! The facilities were beyond our expectations in all aspects. The greenery around us, the swimming pool, the deck by the water, the fully-equipped house, the cleanliness, the privacy and safety within the property... everything was perfect. And above all, our hosts! Welcoming, friendly, respectful, helpful, interesting... always willing and ready to make our stay perfectly pleasant. Thank you very much!
Visited April 2022
Written 28 April 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
We very much enjoyed our stay at Casa Lilu. Mike and Luisa are so helpful and kind. The house and grounds are unique and so inviting. Sitting areas except for dining table are outside, but outdoor patio is covered and has a TV. Felt a bit unsure as we drove down the road to the house, but we felt very safe and liked spending time in a less touristy area. We could do many excursions in the morning and then enjoyed spending the late afternoons relaxing at the house. Mike runs a boat tour business that goes to the Tortuga Island so if you are there on the weekend you might be able to book with him to make that visit too!
Visited April 2022
Written 11 April 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
My husband and I enjoyed this truly hidden gem. The home was very clean and large with air conditioning in bedroom and a very well supplied kitchen. Our favorite pastime was sitting on the patio with front row views of estuary and canal and watching the many birds including pelicans, frigate birds, egrets, ibises and others. Many small boats passed by throughout the day. A lovely pool, nice gardens and great hosts made our stay special.
The owners also have a boat and we enjoyed an affordable day trip to Tortuga Island. We also drove to nearby peninsula for casual eating and walking around with many locals doing the same.
Visited March 2022
Written 8 April 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
Mike and Luisa were probably the best hosts we have had through airbnd and vrbo. And we have had quite a few vacations in Canada, Europe and Scandinavia. They were very welcoming and helpful. I believe we have made some friends and if we are ever back in CR, we will stay here!
And the pool was a great asset!
Thank you Mike and Luisa!
Visited January 2022
Written 3 March 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
My daughter and I had the pleasure of staying on this beautiful property. Our stay was at the end of January and we got to enjoy the beautiful river views, nice-sized pool, and comfy living space. Mike and Luisa were wonderful hosts! The location was close to the ferry, which took us to the other side of the bay. We spent the days lounging in the sun or exploring the city and its attractions. Mike had great recommendations on where to go and what to see. Staying here allows you to see what it really feels like to live in a typical Costa Rican neighborhood. We would highly recommend this listing!
Visited January 2022
Written 1 February 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
This was an ideal place to spend four weeks experiencing neighborhood life in Costa Rica. There are small shops within walking distance for most of what we needed and door-to-door vendors for produce and eggs. The bus stop is just outside the gate providing convenient access to Puntarenas which is an interesting place to explore.
We enjoyed our time on the deck watching birds and wildlife, boats and fishermen, and the changing tides. It was a convenient base for day trips including San Ramon, Natuwa and Tivives Beach.
Mike and Luisa are tremendous hosts - friendly, kind and helpful. The description and photos had us knowing exactly what to expect. We also really enjoyed meeting the campers that stay in the parking area, that was bonus.
Visited December 2021
Written 26 January 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
Mike and Luisa are friends for life! Like I said when I said "Hasta luego" you can't get rid of me this easy - I WILL be back!
I just cannot impress upon you enough the hospitality and joy Mike and Luisa brought to my first Costa Rica adventure. I learned so much about Puntarenas and neighboring areas during dinner and/or drinks on that fabulous deck. Luisa took me everywhere I needed to go when I was at the house and introduced to people who gave me the VIP treatment on boat tour w/o paying the VIP prices :) She even took me on a bike ride and we a rode in a "cup" across the river! LOL had to be there......
When I was traveling all the many places I went they were well w/in a 2 to 3.5 hour drive. This is the ONLY place to stay if you want to keep a home base while traveling all other areas in this beautiful and inviting country. That was one of the best parts was coming "home" after a 3 to 4 day trip. They were always there to open the gate and welcome me HOME! Love you guys!
Visited November 2021
Written 27 November 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
When driving to Casa Lilu, you get an appreciation for the Tica experience mentioned in the description. Then the gate is opened and you are in your private resort at the confluence of the two rivers and the ever changing tide convinces you to sit back and watch the world go by.
The house is very well stocked, particularly the kitchen, the rooms are comfortable, the A/C works well (for the 20 or so minutes we had it on because the weather was perfect !), the internet is strong and consistent, the pool is crystal clear, and the grounds are well maintained by the on-site manager.
Security is important for us and Casa Lilu is a tranquil spot in the midst of an authentic/genuine working Tico town.
Our week was wonderful and although it was hard to leave our oasis, we were able to visit many coastal area towns and beaches nearby, always certain to be back by sundown to relax on the deck, check on the tides, and enjoy the marvelous sunsets!
Visited February 2020
Written 3 March 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
Our month stay at Casa Lilu was everything we expected and more. First and foremost, Mike and Louisa are genuine, caring and quite helpful with local as well as country information. We explored the Tico neighborhood that is just on the other side of the gorgeous morning glory hedge, shopped in the local stores and made frequent visits to buy freshly baked bread just down the street. Being away from the common resort type establishments was refreshing and allowed us to experience and immerse ourselves in the rhythm of everyday life in Costa Rica.
Casa Lilu is in itself an oasis with a lovely and well cared for pool, a deck where we spent much time relaxing, having our meals and watching the local fishermen pass by on their way to the ocean to fish with many stopping in the canal or estuary to cast nets or to throw hand-lines into the water. The lot is spacious and well maintained. Jonathon, the on-site overseer, is expert at his work and was always prepared to assist us with our needs. He was very discreet, gracious and kind.
The house suited our needs well with two bedrooms and each with its own bathroom, a large common area and a well-stocked kitchen that facilitated our cooking needs. We even learned how to make Gallo Pinto (a popular Costa Rican dish) and enjoyed that meal several times during our stay.
Casa Lilu was a great location for us as from here we were able to drive to many other areas of interest. Quite a few were day trips and we did choose to do two “over-nighters” one being in the Arenal area and the other was a sojourn to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica all the while leaving most of our “stuff” safe and secure at Casa Lilu with Jonathon. To give one an idea of the areas that can be visited on a day trip our trips included Monteverde, Montezuma (on the Nicoya Peninsula), La Fortuna, Manual Antonio, Jaco, Uvita, Atenas/San Jose and the Poas volcano area. We made quite a few trips into Puntarenas proper as there are markets there, several good restaurants, the ferry and of course just people watching. We enjoyed exploring several different areas in Puntarenas and walking through the vendors’ stands near the pier where cruise ships dock.
Thank you, Mike, Louisa and Jonathon, for being such lovely hosts and making us feel so welcomed. Through our stay you have become friends that we shall forever cherish and yes, if and when we return to Costa Rica, we would enjoy revisiting Casa Lilu.
Visited January 2020
Written 21 February 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.