The lovely two-bedroom Casa Roja (Red House) on the 150 acre Finca Estrella is one of only four modern holiday homes in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Our neighbors are all wonderful local Ticos (Costa Ricans) so if you want to absorb the real Costa Rican culture, this is the place to stay. Plus we are only minutes from the beach and the local surf break!
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Casa Roja is best suited for a couple, a family with older children or two couples. This is because the second bedroom (blue bedroom which has a sink) is accessed from outside, down the spiral staircase, so the house isn't suitable for younger children. The laundry is also downstairs and has a toilet and sink.
On the balcony and roof terrace you are surrounded by verdant rainforest teeming with endangered squirrel monkeys, sloths, toucans, scarlet macaws, many different hummingbirds, armadillos, white-faced monkeys, and thousands of iridescent butterflies. The stars from the roof terrace at night are amazing and make sure you keep a look out whilst you are showering in the outdoor shower, a sloth is often spotted in a neighboring tree.
Inside the house are orthopedic mattresses, granite countertops in the kitchen, and stunning locally-carved wooden doors with rainforest designs. In the garden there is a huge mango tree and a variety of citrus trees. There are numerous walks for all abilites starting from the finca. You can also mountain bike and horse ride here.
The house includes use of the gorgeous 18m swimming pool with children’s pool and barbeque area, waterfall, separate washroom and amazing outdoor shower and our horse is at your disposal - others can be rented for $20 a day from our neighbours. The trek to the beautiful black sand beach at Pilon is a 'must do'. Watch the local surfers on the almost unknown left break, stand-up paddleboard or gawp at the kite-surfers on a breezy afternoon or you may be lucky enough to see the local fishermen in the water with their lines catching your dinner. Fish and jumbo shrimp are often available from them to buy and make a fantastic meal, look for the signs on the beach road or ask them.
Talking of food, there are two sodas (small restaurants) at nearby Pilon selling cheap Tico-style food and a bar which serves food and another new soda 10 minutes away in Conte. Pavones, with its world famous left-hand surf break 8km (20-25 minutes)away, has some nice restaurants which include an Israeli vegetarian (great power bars and broccoli quiche!), Italian and the Mediterranean La Manta that shows surf videos and new and old movies.
There are a couple of pulperias (small stores selling basic items) minutes away, a supermarket 10 minutes away and a man in a truck drives to your door every Monday with fresh fruit and vegetables. Pineapples, mangoes, watermelons, papayas, cashews, a wonderful type of lychee, coconuts, guavas, ice cream beans, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit can all be picked at the finca depending on the time of year. Come and see what you can find!
A 4x4 rental car is advisable and absolutely necessary in the height of the rainy season. Solid Car Rental are based near the airport in Golfito or 4x4rentacar are a good cheap option in San Jose if you want to drive down. Other companies will deliver a car to Golfito Airport for you.
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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.
The beaches are wild and stunning and the warm waters are fantastic for surfing 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, kitesurfers 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, 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 ever waterski!
Trek with Freddy and Enrique around the extensive finca or to the local waterfalls, walk or take the horses, and lunch in the cool shade on mossy logs before taking a plunge or even clamber up the rocks to stand under the 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'.
On 'rest' days, the hammocks by the beautiful 18m swimming pool will be waiting for you. Swing serenely listening to the toucans, the buzzing of hummingbirds' wings, the parrots' chatter and Freddy or Enrique will gently nudge you when the monkeys/sloths/anything else you would like to see is around.
The water spouts from passing whales have been spotted from the finca - the gulf teems with sealife so always keep a lookout when you are driving along the beach road towards Pavones.
There are local 'sodas' for eating out and 'pulperias' for groceries. The laid back nearby surfer town of Pavones has a surf shop, restaurants and a supermarket plus the most amazing beachfront yoga studio!
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