The bay of Pavones is one of the few truly unspoiled corners of paradise left in Costa Rica where endangered monkeys lunch in fruit trees at the side of the road, scarlet macaws squawk overhead and giant dazzling blue butterflies flap by. Amidst this beauty is where you'll find the 150 acre Finca Estrella and her four modern rental houses, Casa Amarilla being the most stunning. The neighbors are all wonderful friendly Ticos (Costa Ricans) so, if you want to absorb the real Costa Rican culture, this is the place to stay. Finca Estrella is only minutes from beautiful beaches, refreshing rivers and the local surf breaks.
Awaiting you at Casa Amarilla are granite kitchen counter-tops, jungle door-carvings, comfortable sofas and mattresses, jacuzzi bathtub, wrap-around wooden terrace with hammocks and rocking chairs for breath-taking views/stunning sunsets or stargazing - everything you need to have a fantastic vacation.
The beaches are wild and stunning, the perfect kind for beach-combing, and the warm waters are fantastic for surfing (rent a board) and boogie boarding. Or, if you fancy something different, follow dolphins watching silvery fish jumping in the waves while you stand-up paddleboard in the perfect water at Pilon. If you prefer to stay on the sand then there are a myriad of beautiful seeds to find, kite-surfers to admire, seabirds by the dozen. Pick up fish for the grill on the way home from the fishermen, most likely your only companions on the endless stretch of perfect sand. Local fishermen will happily oblige if you want to join them in their boats to catch some mackerel, sea bass, snook (robalo), dorado (mahi-mahi) or red snapper. For the more adventurous, inshore or offshore sportfishing can be arranged with Zancudo Lodge or the marinas of Golfito. Boat trips can also be arranged for visits to the Osa Peninsula, the Orchid Gardens, Wild Animal Refuge, Zipline Canopy Tours or Kayaking in the Rio Coto (River) - whales, dolphins and turtles are often spotted from the boats. You can even waterski and kite-surf!
Trek with our guys, Freddy and Enrique, around the extensive finca bird/butterfly/wildlife watching amongst the myriad of exotic flowers and fruit trees - pineapples, mangoes, watermelons, papayas, cashews, a wonderful type of lychee, coconuts, guavas, cacao (yes, you can make chocolate!) ice cream beans, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit all grow on the finca. Or head to the local waterfalls - walk or take the horses - and lunch in the cool shade on mossy logs before taking the plunge and clambering up the rocks to stand under the waterfalls' refreshing torrent. The 'pozo' - swimming hole - at the Cuervito River is a must on a hot day. Jump off rocks or fallen logs and relax in perfect surroundings listening to your jungle 'music'. Gold has been found in the local rivers so let the guys know if you would like to try your hand at gold-panning.
On 'rest' days, the hammocks by the beautiful 18m swimming pool will be waiting for you. Swing serenely listening to the toucans, clicking butterflies, the buzzing of hummingbirds' wings, the parrots' chatter or other exotic birds (over 200 kinds have been spotted) and Freddy or Enrique will gently nudge you when the monkeys/sloths/anything else you would like to see is around. If you fancy being 'arty' you can use the 'house-paints' and decorate the fruits of your beach-combing labors - ornate seeds, smooth stones or even discarded flip-flops or, let Grace paint jungle flowers on your toe-nails so you can take a bit of your vacation home with you......
The water spouts from passing whales have been spotted from the finca - the gulf teems with sealife so always keep a lookout.
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We visited Pavones in December 2014 and stayed in Casa Amarilla for a week. Everything was perfect. Right from the moment we are arrived we were well looked after - we were shown round the spacious house with stunning views from the large terrace, the huge pool and we were told that horse riding, surfing, paddle boarding and kite surfing could be arranged. We were even brought fresh coconuts in the morning!
There was plenty to keep us entertained, but it’s also the perfect place to completely switch-off and relax and we spent a number of days relaxing in the hammocks on the terrace and watching the nature – toucans, monkeys, sloths and poison dart frogs can all be seen from the property - it really is paradise. We also enjoyed horse riding, surfing and spent plenty of time by the pool.
Pavones is a short drive away and there is easy access to secluded beaches and restaurants. You can even buy fresh jumbo prawns from the fishermen on the beach which are great for the BBQ.
We can’t wait to return.
We spent just over two weeks in Costa Rica in November / December 2014, with the first week being spent driving all over the country and the second week spent relaxing at Casa Amarilla. It was a welcome break after spending so much time on the road having had only a couple of nights in each place along the way.
The house itself was very spacious (considering there were only two of us) with a very comfy master bedroom and a huge kitchen / living area. The terrace that wrapped around the back of the property was incredible with the most amazing views of Pavones Bay. We spent a lot of time lazing in the hammocks watching for birds / monkeys and any number of other creatures that live in the surrounding forest. The pool area on the finca was also really nice and so private!
Pilon beach was a short drive away which was beautiful and again, extremely private. It's a great place to really get away from it all. We also tried paddleboarding, surfing and horse riding so there is lots to keep you amused.
Would recommend this place in a heartbeat and look forward to returning one day soon.
The house and views were awsome! You never know what to expect when you reserve online,but this place was even better than we had expected.We would definitely stay here again and look forward to coming back soon.We can't say enough good things about the entire trip.....If you want comfort,privacy,great views,friendly help.....this is the place! It was about a 25 minute drive to surf Pavones, but being up the mountain with the cooler breeze made it worth it.
As an airline employee I've seen many parts of the world and nothing compared to my stay at Casa Madera. My only regret was not being able to stay longer. We opted for the bus ride down there and that was actually a fun trip in itself. When you get to Golfito though it's wise to get a 4x4 or ask about renting a 4 wheeler from the locals.
I stayed for a month From the time I arrived to the
time I left I felt as family the owners were More than
Great, the accomadations were better than expected
the Views and Wildlife were wonderful lots of birds
and Monkeys.The best place to stay and I will visit