ITS ALMOST EDEN! OCEANVIEW VILLA AND ECO SANCTUARY

Kerry McCracken

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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
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ITS ALMOST EDEN! OCEANVIEW VILLA AND ECO SANCTUARY

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2 bd + loft 2 bathseaview ,private pool,ecosanctuary

CieloMar.. Its Almost Eden!

Wildlife sightings guaranteed around this enchanted

villa overlooking the Caribbean Coast.

Swim in our lovely oceanview pool,have a cocktail at the wetbar and watch the toucans play or the monkeys swing by.

Delight in your own adventures exploring our private rainforest preserve,with trails through the canyons of and ridges of the endangered lowland rainforest.

Take a morning stroll down the hill to lovely secluded beaches then get your fresh bread at the gourmet grocery store on your way home. Great food and fun nightlife just down the hill..you don't even have to go as far as Puerto Viejo.

The house is bright and breezy,with handpainted murals, mosaic tilework and reclaimed jungle hardwood touches.

Step inside and you are taken by the beautiful spiral stairs leading to the jungle room..a sleeping and gathering room up in the canopy that has a 360% view of the ocean and jungle and is always blessed by cool breezes.

The main floor is living room with an open kitchen , the main bath,with funky art mosaic tilework and a nice tub

A queen bedroom (with a twin if needed), a long and comfortable ocean view covered porch with sleeping cubby..another twin spot..

At the far end of the main porch, the staircase down to the master suite drops down to the

spacious downstairs master suite with king bed, private covered deck with jungle and ocean vistas, ocean view bathroom with elegant stone surround and glass ocean view shower wall..

A stay at CieloMar is truly enchanting. It will be a once in a lifetime adventure for your family and friends and I consider it my honor to have you share my Almost Eden for a time...!Thanks Kerry

If renting a car in Costa Rica to get here rent a FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. My hill is steep and slick if rainy. The rest of the country is also steep and slick when rainy. It may cost a few extra dollars but will provide you with access to many places(including a lot of the parks) you could not easily get to otherwise.

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Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Kerry McCracken (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007
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About Kerry McCracken

Howdy! I am Kerry McCracken.Welcome to Cielomar.

Mi Casa Es Su Casa!!

I hope you find your stay here magical and enchanting and you carry home a memory of a lifetime.

Heres a little about me.

I am a native of Arizona,where I still live and work.

I have been a Real Estate Broker in Arizona for many years, selling primarily ranches and land.

I am now working on building alternative,sustainable ling projects and still occasionally selling property.

I am working on a desert paradise here in Arizona trying to make it 100% solar and completely sustainable.As this project takes much time I am rarely down at Cielomar but am always enthralled when I get to stay there... and am grateful to share the magical experience I find CieloMar and the Lost World Preserve to be with you..

The rents support the preservation of the property

.My real purpose has been to save as much critical habitat there as possible.

Who doesn't like monkeys??Develpoment has crowded out their space and it is imperative that some of us care enough to preserve,as most lands there are private.The stewardship of this rare forest has been an experiment in private conservation for me.

And to all those who have helped build and maintain the preserve my thanks go out to them.!!!

Blessings Kerry

Kerry McCracken purchased this lodge in 2007

Why Kerry McCracken chose Limon

Cielomar is the rarest and most spectacular wildlife watching retreat I have seen over many years in Costa Rica. It is a delight for animal lovers,and birders throughout the world.

We are walking distance to the beaches yet worlds away in our secluded mountaintop lodge..A trip to town is fast and easy, with all local attractions readily available.

Then come home to Cielomar and retreat to complete seclusion above the beach community.Come.gaze at the Caribbean ,birdwatch from the pool and hike through th last ancient primary forests.s..

What makes this lodge unique

Most enchanting ocean view on the Caribe.

cool breezes on our ridge make us five degrees cooler then the beach below!!! Overlooking the canyons of our preserve, you will find our wildlife viewing is as fine as the national parks,without the crowd.

Birdwatch from the upstairs jungle room at the house, see monkeys play by the pool., or venture into the jungle on our cleared paths to see the shyer denizens of the rainforest.

We are l close to the beach and village of Playa Chiquita.(.1/2 mile) and not far from town,yet we are secluded in our own jungle world.

The cool pool could not be prettier or more refreshing and the house is full of artsy splashes and whimsical touches The views of the ocean and the canyons amaze and inspire the imagination.

You will be forever enchanted!

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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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4.9
based on 37 traveler reviews

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Its Almost Eden! Oceanview Villa and Eco Sanctuary
average rating of 4.918919 based on 37 reviews
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Limon Limon Province
5

READY TO COME BACK!!!

  • 5 of 5
Sorry I took so long to come here to write a glowing review. I enjoyed my stay here very much and am contemplating my next trip SOON. Saw plenty of wildlife, both day and night. I came by myself so I entertained myself at night in the yard checking out the creatures in the trees with my flashlight. Also the local restaraunt/bar down the street always had some entertainment. Monkeys eating bananas in the front yard and toucans in the trees by the pool in the morning. Got a great workout up and down the hill to the house and saw sloths and monkeys on the way. Jeff was a great host and very helpful. Thanks again and see you soon I hope!!!... Betzi
  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Where do you live?
5

Awesome Jungle House!

  • 5 of 5
I stayed at Cielomar for 5 nights with my wife and three children 12, 14 & 17. This was my families third trip to CR so we kind of know what to expect but this property was truly more than we expected. This is a beautiful house that puts you up close and personal with the CR jungle and the animals that live there. Very eco-friendly with a rainwater recycling system that fills the pool and provides all water for drinking and bathing....very cool. If this is what you are looking for I don't think there is a better place to stay. The monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots, bugs, geckos and poison dart frogs (all seen daily) were very, very cool. I read one review that pointed out some of the short comings of the property and another that described it as kind of like "camping" so we went in with eyes wide open. I will agree that some of the items in these reviews have merit but there are far more positives than negatives. If you love nature and adventure then this is the place for you. I would add that I didn't use bug spray at the house once and never got a single bite (not true on the beach though). We saw very few bugs in the house. If you want to be pampered then you should be in an all inclusive in Cancun anyway (although they have bugs too).

When reading VRBO reviews I'm always trying to pick out the practical information. Here are some practical items. The location is great along the coast and close (walking distance) to the best beaches, groceries and restaurants. You must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to make it up the hill/driveway and walking the 1/2 mile or so to the main road is a workout due to the hill. The temp was always comfortable and the pool gets plenty of sun between 10 and 3. There are only two bedrooms that offer privacy but there are plenty of places to sleep inside. The upper level and back porch have beds but they are very much "open air". There is internet access for a laptop but cell phones/ipads require a trip to one of the many restaurants that have WiFi. The closest one is about 100 feet south along the main road by the Playa Chiquita stables. The surf was too rough for snorkeling off the beach while we were there but if it had been a calmer there would have been good snorkeling. Security was never a concern, there is a large safe that we could lock cash and electronics in. Jeff the caretaker was up early cleaning the pool and was very friendly and helpful.

We loved it and hope to return!
  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Its Almost Eden! Oceanview Villa and Eco Sanctuary
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Limon Limon Province
5

The best family vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5
"Wow! This is the best view I have ever seen!"....these were my 6 years old son's first words when he woke up in the paradise. Our family (9 people) decided to spend Christmas in Costa Rica and after checking many houses we chose Cielomar. What a great choice it was! The house is simply amazing! You can not be closer to nature and beauty than that. It is a real paradise (... so please ignore comments from people who are concentrating on silly details; those people belong to all inclusive 5 gold apples resorts). Every morning monkeys made sure we were awake and ready to start a new day full of adventures. Taking a shower in the master bathroom with a huge window presenting the flora and fauna of the jungle was an incredible experience. We spent hours sitting by the pool inhaling the beauty of nature. The top floor of the house offers spectacular 360 degrees view of the jungle and the ocean. It was pretty awesome to sit there and just relax. We just couldn't get enough of the breathtaking view! Even though the house is located in the jungle it is pretty close to the most beautiful and wild beaches and many great restaurants. For people who would like to prepare their own food the house provides full equipped kitchen and the grill by the pool.
I would also like to mention that our stay wouldn't be as amazing as it was without Jeff. He was very friendly, always helpful and knowledgeable; he took us on a "jungle adventure" that we will remember forever.
Jeff, thank you so much for everything and for many great memories. Our family will definitely be back in the Cielomar :)
Agata with family
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Limon Limon Province
Cleburne, Texas
5

Miss Cielomar!

  • 5 of 5
I have been very busy since our vacation at Cielomar, so as I am finally getting around to writing a review, I am almost physically overcome with longing to be back! My husband, two sons, and two of their friends celebrated graduation from college with a trip to Costa Rica. When I was looking for a place to stay, Cielomar stood out. And it did not disappoint. I am glad to see more pictures because the ones that I had looked at did not do it justice. We felt like we had the jungle to ourselves. The wildlife is fascinating and plentiful. The howler monkeys heard every morning were one of the most thrilling sounds I have ever experienced. The grounds are gorgeous and well-maintained. Jeff, the caretaker, was very nice and helpful--one night we cooked out and invited him to dinner. He was full of knowledge about the area. One morning we decided to hike the trail which is steps from the front door. I walked in first, while waiting for the others, to check it out. There is a huge tree close to the entrance that is full of vines and that you could almost step inside. Marveling at this, I walked back to gather everyone, thinking, "OK, I know the way; I will lead." So I did, feeling a bit cocky. Almost as soon as I stepped back into the jungle, which immediatey swallows you, a howler monkey seemingly right above my head screamed at me and I jumped back several feet. It was one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me!!!! I felt like I was in an episode of Lost. If you are looking for a wonderful REAL experience in Costa Rica, this is it. I hope to return.
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Takoma Park, Maryland
5

We plan to return!

  • 5 of 5
We had an absolutely fabulous vacation at CieloMar. The house is gorgeous - beautifully crafted, open spaces, amazing views. The highlight is the top floor where our two tween girls slept blissfully in the open air, waking to the sounds of howler monkeys. We are two couples, each with a tween girl, and the space was perfect for the two families. The pool provided instant entertainment for the girls - and we all enjoyed the warm water and watching the toucans fly overhead. The house caretaker, Jeff, made everything even more ideal. He was easily accessible for anything we needed, guided us on a jungle hike, answered any questions we had about wildlife or flora. He seemed to know everything about the area, and his experience and knowledge of the house itself is unique and impressive. He constantly kept the grounds clean and well-maintained while we were there, in an unobtrusive way. We look forward to seeing him again when we return next year!
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Limon Limon Province
5

Wildlife bonanza!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Cielo Mar for 3 weeks. The house was beautiful and the kitchen nicely stocked. With the ceiling and floor fans we stayed comfortable. Jeff was wonderful and very helpful, showing us hiking paths, answering questions and even making sure we got to see some of the "wildlife" that he spotted. These were usually of the insect variety, as the other wildlife was very easy to spot. On our first day a bunch of Capuchin monkeys came by the pool. Howler monkeys were there about every other day. One howler hung out about 30 feet from the pool for over 30 minutes one day. It was quite the show!. Toucans were there on a daily basis and we even saw green macaws one day. Everyday day at sunset it seemed like we had a whole aviary outside of our house. Very cool. Of course, we saw the sloths and one day even got to see a coati. We stayed at a house at the bottom of the road last year and didn't get to see a fraction of the wildlife that we got to see at Cielo Mar.
The pool was great for our daughters (aged 8 and 11) as well as for me and my husband.
Take the advise and rent a 4WD vehicle. We slid going up the hill on even with ours. Parts of the road up to the house are close to becoming impassable. If you are going out in the evening by foot, remember that it is a steep walk up in the dark, though we did it more than once.
One thing I have to disagree with in the description of the house is the number of bedrooms. It is a 2 bedroom house, not three. You can easily sleep 7 and comfortably sleep 9, but putting a beds on the lanai and in the "crow's nest" doesn't make it a 3 bedroom in my opinion.
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Hi Mary I am glad you had a good trip.
I have recently undergone a relationship split and ended up with the honor and responsibility of owning Cielomar.
My first priority is to enclose the upstairs bedroom area. Its too open for me too. I have been waiiting for the opportunity to get in there and make some changes for while.
It was my ex partners favorite spot up there and he did not want to block the 360 degree view with partitions, so left it open. Thanks for the imput..Take care Kerry McCracken
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
140 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
1 kilometer
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Chiquita
Car: recommended

Out the back door is our Lost World Preserve Explore deep canyons with maintained jungle trails winding along quiet creeks through the jungle canopy. This is one of the rare places in the area you can actually walk the jungle and see the magical tropical canopy unfold around you.

Our upstairs viewing room has a scope and an incredible 360 view of the surrounding rainforest.

The pool is a great place to watch toucans,sloths monkeys and agoutis pass through the yard .

Our lodge is located on a breezy hill about half mile above Playa Chiquita, a small secluded walk in beach favored by locals. and an easy stroll to world famous Punta Uva Beach. which has great surf breaks along the coast line and in clear weather a great reef to snorkel right off the shore.

Take a dolphin tour and see rare species,go fishing

with a local captain.

There is a great wildlife rehabilitation center down the road.

Several fantastic cocao tours are available within a couple of miles.

There is a zipline down the beach.

Bicycling is big,with rentals available all along the beach road..or rnt a golf cart.

Some of Costa Ricas finest White Water Rafting (Pacuare and Reventazon Rivers) is nearby and trips are easily available including transportation from Puerto Viejo.

Th nightlife in Puerto Viejo, the town nearest us( about five miles) is huge fun and always entertaining.

Great food..good music..lots of dancing..a cultural melt

that will bring a smile. The raggae and calypso shouldn't be missed.

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Availability & Rates

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Limon Lodge Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 21 2014
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Nov 22 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes BASIC RATES ARE FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE. ADDITIONAL GUESTS
(UP TO 9) ADD $25/ nt or $150/wk.
CHILDREN UNDER 10 STAY FREE
HOLIDAY RATES: (CHRISTMAS/SEMANA SANTA):
Dec. 22 - Jan 2: $300/nt. $2000/wk
March 29 - April 4 2015: $300/nt $2000/wk

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Limon Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
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