La Casa Margarita – Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the house like? Is it really a tree house?
A. Casa Margarita is hard to describe in words. It is built on two platforms rising high over a ridge, designed to offer amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding jungle and rolling hills. The casa is actually two residences: the two-bedroom Guest House and one-bedroom Master Suite. Both have large dining and living rooms which are open (with guard rails) to the jungle below. There is also a laundry room, pantry, walk-in closet and lots of storage space in the Guest House.
Q. Will we like it there?
A. The vast majority of our guests give us five-star reviews on VRBO and Airbnb. HOWEVER, Casa Margarita isn’t for everyone. There’s no air conditioning (jungle breezes cool the house). There are no walls in the living and dining rooms, just guard rails, so tropical insects will come to check you out if you leave the lights on. We provide mosquito nets for every bed although they’re rarely needed. Although many describe our home as a luxury treehouse, and we do have all the usual appliances and amenities, we are still in the jungle up in the trees, not a luxury hotel with butlers and twice daily maid service. If you want the Four Seasons, it’s about 40 miles due north.
Q. Do the monkeys come into the house?
A. Fear not, even though monkeys pass right by on the trees and have used the roofline to go from tree to tree, they have never come into the house.
Q. What are your reservation and cancellation policies?
A.. Click here to view our policies page.
Q. Does it rain in? Will I be protected from the elements?
A. You’re perfectly protected while at Casa Margarita. The wide, overhanging roof protects the living spaces from green season rains, and every room except the living and dining rooms have walls, windows, and doors, just like at home. There is a safety railing in all the open spaces to protect children from crawling off into the jungle. There is covered parking at the foot of the entryway
Q. Are there driving directions?
A. Click Here for directions from San Jose or Liberia airports.
Q. Is it safe for kids?
A. Our youngest was just 3 when we built the house, so safety was a prime concern in the design of La Casa Margarita. All the open spaces and ramps have safety rails and bars so the kids don’t fall into the jungle. Our number one safety rule is “no climbing on the rails”.
Q. How big is La Casa Margarita?
A. There is a total of about 4,000 square feet of living space. This includes the ramps that connect both sides of the casa. There is also a two-car covered carport at the entrance to the property.
Q. How many bedrooms and bathrooms?
A. The guest house has two spacious bedrooms and a bathroom. The owner’s suite has the master bedroom and master bathroom. There is also a shower, sink and toilet next to the bodega (storage room) behind the carport so you can wash off after returning from the beach and before entering the casa. Our maintenance staff may also make use of these facilities while working on the property.
Q. Is it safe in Costa Rica?
A. Costa Rica is one of the safest travel destinations in the world. It’s no surprise that tourism in CR, and especially in Guanacaste, where the casa is situated, has grown dramatically over the past decade. However, common-sense rules apply. Never leave valuables unattended in your rental car, and take care especially near the airports for scammers who might try to ‘help’ you while they unload your baggage from the back of your vehicle. Our 250-acre eco-community is a gated development. We feel perfectly safe in our home and the surrounding beach communities, and so do our many friends in the area
Q. What about the water and food?
A. Tico (Costa Rican) food and water is clean and safe. You can drink tap water from almost any faucet or restaurant with no fear of bacterial infection. The water in the casa is purified and safe to drink, and we provide a Brita water filtration pitcher for all our guests. Still worried? Do what we do – drink beer!
Q. Why is the house named Casa Margarita?
A.. The owners are Margarita ( Margaret ) LaChica and Miguelito ( Mikey ) Krieger. We chose Margarita’s name because we love the name – and the beverage. Miguelito has a killer Margarita recipe – click here to learn how to make them just like Mikey does.
Q. How can I get more information?
A. Use the inquiry form below or call at +1 415 883-3790. We’re happy to answer all your questions about the casa and Costa Rica.