The SpaceThis is one of the most tranquil spots you will ever visit. If you are ready to have the ultimate unplugged experience this is it.
Our retreat home is a distinctive three-bedroom, three-level, eco-friendly luxury home designed for the tropics. We are located on 37 acres of untouched forest and landscaped grounds. We have both ocean and mountain views, with a private gate set off the main road. It has extensive balconies, and is fully furnished. It can easily accommodate three couples and is suitable for families traveling together.
This amazing home is especially designed for the climate of Costa Rica's south-central coast. It is protected from both sun and rain by wide roof overhangs and is intended to provide an optimal experience for nature lovers and yet be entirely secure.
Some of the acreage is planted in various fruit species, most of it a natural canopied forest.
The property is located in a quaint village about 20 minutes from the beach. Most people who visit don't leave the house, they fall in love with the peace and solitude.
The climate can't be beat. The base of the driveway is just over 500 feet, and the house is located at 1010 feet. The temperature ranges from the lows 20s to low 30s C (low 70s to low 80s F), depending on time and season. The dry season extends roughly from Christmas to Easter, but is variable, and is cooled by fresh mountain breezes during the hottest hours. The green season (there is no winter or summer in Costa Rica) is preferred by many, with its rain at night, late-afternoon sun-showers, morning mists, rainbows and verdant growth - and unpeopled beaches. Occasionally, the rain can fall in torrents, and it's an experience which visitors enjoy. Wide roof overhangs and rain blinds keep the villa dry. The house has been carefully situated, and it offers brilliant sunset views in the Green Season.
Animals we have seen from the house include sloths, coatis, raccoons, armadillos, anteaters, pacas, agoutis, and land and tree iguanas. Birders will be awed by the numbers and variety of parrots, parakeets, hummingbirds, mot-mots, toucans, manikins, orioles, flycatchers, swallows, tanagers, woodpeckers, wrens, thrushes, trogons, hawks, and you'll awake at dawn to a many-throated chorus. At night you'll hear nightjars, owls, pootoos, laughing falcons, a constant melody of crickets and frogs, and the singing geckoes that patrol for small bugs. Birds and butterflies fly in and out.
And from time to time you'll hear the distant rumble of the Naranjo river. Guest AccessFully equipped kitchen. All linen is provided. Once-a-week cleaning service and gardening services are provided at no cost to you (for weekly rentals only) wi-fi is included. Interaction with GuestsWe live in the United Stats and will make ourselves available for your stay. We have a caretaker that lives on-site that is available for hikes throughout the property. The NeighborhoodThis neighborhood is quite and tranquil, with a mix of local Cost Ricans and out of country property owners such as ourselves. There are NO hotels along this quiet strip. Monkeys, sloths, and the many species of tropical birds are some of our closest neighbors! Getting AroundFrom San Jose's international airport, Quepos is a twenty-minute flight away, or you may enjoy bus ride of a few hours or rent a car, or hire a taxi. We can assist you with local travel arrangements, including current taxi rates. All taxis become collectivos, charging a flat price per person when they return from the beach toward Quepos. The Quepos-Manuel Antonio bus runs every half hour, more often at busy times. The nearest bus stop is just down the road. Small pulperias for groceries are steps away. You MUST have 4-wheel drive to access the property. Please travel slowly to preserve the terrain. Other Things to NoteHouse Manager
We can be reached at the numbers in the contact link.
Our caretaker lives at the other end of the property (near the entrance) We hope you will treat him with trust and respect - they have ours.
Linens and Towels
We supply all essential household goods, including linens and towels, but please do not take our towels to the beach.
We have TV for your use with a DVD collection. Internet service will provide those who bring laptops or netbooks with, reliable wi-fi service at our cost, for which we will provide a password. (We are in the jungle so, the internet a limited data package, that is sensitive to multiple person use, and large downloads.) Our house telephone line (phone number hidden) does not permit international calls, and is available for your conviencence.
Please follow basic ecologically sound practices. The caretaker will sort and empty the trash from time to time.
The caretaker will bring you the fresh available fruit to enjoy. Many of these are seasonal, however, and our gardener will offer fruit as it comes available - or ask him to pick for you.
We are on a rainwater collection system, making our water the freshest water possible and of course drinkable. In case of power outage please close all taps to prevent burnout of the pump. We are on a septic system, so please do not flush non-biodegradables (dental floss, tampons, condoms etc.) which clog the septic tank.
The climate tends to make electronic equipment and kitchen appliances more fragile than up north, so take more care with them than you usually would. During the green season, keep anything sensitive and electronic such as computer equipment as dehumidified as possible
Keep clothing free-hung so it has proper air circulation. In this part of the world, people never leave wet clothing in a heap - that encourages mildew. If it pours, just remember that the sun will soon shine.
We are on the same voltage system as North America, and will run your hair dryer and all our power devices. The refrigerator should not be kept open, as that risks motor burnout.
Upon our approval, (the caretaker) will give you all necessary keys.
The Quepos fresh market is at the Marina on Fridays, and Saturdays. There's a wide range of stores in Quepos to suit every need. However, the freshest produce is available Friday evenings and Saturdays, five a.m. till noon, at the Farmers' Market on the Quepos seawall. For simple items (milk, sodas, soap, toilet paper) turn right or left from our gate, and there are pulperias throughout the village.
We recommend changing your money at the airport. U.S. dollars can be changed at any of several banks in Quepos and Manuel Antonio. The closest are the Promerica Bank and Banco de Costa Rica. There are ATMs there and in Quepos that take bank cards. All businesses and restaurants accept U.S. dollars, and almost all accept major credit cards.
There are many simple-to-high-end restaurants several of which offer the best dining experiences available in the Quepos-Manuel Antonio area. Don't hesitate to ask us to recommend any of them and give information about quality and pricing.
We know the area fairly well, but for newcomers we strongly recommend a good travel book such as Lonely Planet or the New Key to Costa Rica (there are some books available at the house and should not be removed). It is a good idea to (email hidden) (click on "visitor resources") before arriving, for current information about restaurants, transportation, and local events. Lynch Travel, in Quepos, is helpful, especially with local flights.
Nature is in balance here, and because of the bountiful bird life, insects are rarely a problem. Little ankle-nippers may visit at dusk. We are rarely bothered by mosquitoes, but for those who react to them, we recommend lotions.The larger bugs are totally harmless and some, like scarab beetles, are a marvel to watch. The fireflies are a delight.
Our well-trimmed lawn keeps bugs away from the house. The nightjars and the flycatchers and the swallows and the blue-grey tanagers and house wrens do the rest. Tiny ants, however, will sometimes mysteriously appear, and they do an efficient job of cleaning up - if you haven't - but disappear if there's no work available.