250-ACRE PRIVATE JUNGLE RESERVE WITH OCEAN VIEWS

Jason Sparks

Speaks spanish, english
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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms8
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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250-ACRE PRIVATE JUNGLE RESERVE WITH OCEAN VIEWS

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House, 8 Bedrooms, 8 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

This unique property has plenty of privacy, wildlife, fruit orchards, waterfalls and streams set on 250 acres. There is a Main House with a swimming pool, open kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. There are two adjacent Guest House each with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Located 800 ft in elevation & a mile from the ocean, the property has a regular breeze and inspiring views all year around, all day long.

The environment feels less like a salty beach & more like a refreshing rain forest. Yet there are excellent beaches for family walks, horseback riding and others for surfing - all within 10-20 minutes from our doorstep.

Toucans live in the trees around the house. It is not uncommon to see toucans daily. A wide array of wildlife lives in the property including howler monkeys, parrots, 3-toe sloth and many other species. During the rainy season eagles perch nearby.

This property has many types of fruit trees including an orchard and depending on when you're visiting, various fruits from the property are provided for your sampling.

If you're ready for serious hiking and bring the appropriate gear, we can arrange a guide to take you through our pristine jungle to see what few people have the opportunity to see.

Keywords: Secluded compound with three separate buildings. (1) Main House with swimming pool, (2) Guest House #1, (3) Guest House #2.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Jason Sparks

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2010
Speaks spanish, english
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We've traveled the world, and have spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, Brazil and Southern Europe. Our place will compete with any of these locales.

Jason Sparks purchased this villa in 2009

The southern part of Costa Rica is ideal for our children to experience nature and explore the abundance of wildlife, trees, flowers and birds of the area. We fell in love right away when we came to visit this farm for the first time in 2006. As soon as we learned that this property was for sale, we bought it right away as we knew that this will be rare gem that our children and their families could enjoy for years to come.

The privacy is unparalleled. Nowhere else will you find a house for rent that is surrounded by the rain forest, yet with killer ocean views and restaurants a short drive away.

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms8
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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250-Acre Private Jungle Reserve with Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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250-Acre Private Jungle Reserve with Ocean Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p286294vb
(303) 872-7215 (Colorado, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
5

WHAT AN AMAZING PROPERTY

  • 5 of 5
My family and myself had such a great time!! We trekked within the property we chilled a lot!! We just loved the place, as well as the openness and warmth of the administrator Vin and his wife.
We hope to have the opportunity to return.
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
250-Acre Private Jungle Reserve with Ocean Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p286294vb
(303) 872-7215 (Colorado, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
5

LIVIN LA PURA VIDA

  • 5 of 5
Selva Escondida was at the end, and most definitely the highlight of our Costa Rican adventure. As we made our way up the steep winding road to the entrance of the property, we were greeted by life sized mayanesque statues, a large iron gate and Vin. Vin (pronounced bean), the property manager, opened the gate and lead us through a 1/2 mile winding jungle mountain driveway, handed us the keys to the casa and left us to it. As he drove away we looked at each other in amazement realizing that we had just arrived at Shangri La.

Since we spent most of our trip doing laborious/adventurous things all around the Osa Peninsula, Selva Escondida provided a different kind of Pura Vida experience. It was one of relaxation, comfort and jungle luxury mixed together to create the ultimate existence. I cannot put into words the feeling I had waking up to the sun rising over the mountain as I looked down my toes to the ocean from our bed. Each morning we would wake up with the sun, eat fresh fruit and drink coffee on the wraparound porch and snap pic after pic of the jungle canopy and shoreline. The pool stays cool up there so it's the perfect refreshing start (middle and end) to the day.

For day trips we highly recommend going to Ballena National Park, which is only 5 minutes away. Another close excursion is to visit Dominical (16km to the north). It's a sleepy little surf town with restaurants, decent waves and a lot of local vendors selling souvenirs, clothing and other tchotchkes. While in Dominical we were lucky enough to have two whales fully breach just off of the shoreline, it was truly a magical experience. We also suggest you spend a day finding your very own secluded beach somewhere along the Costanera (generally you can find one by just turning off of the highway towards the coast at a random dirt road… keep the car within vision if you have belongings in there). Again, we spent a lot of time just relaxing at the house and living the ultimate dream.

On the property, Vin took us on a great hike to the Mirador. There is a direct short hike on a well maintained trail or you can take "the loop" around and through the jungle, which we highly recommend if you're somewhat fit. We saw howler monkeys, whiteface monkeys, toucans, geckos, praying mantis, and many other flora and fauna of the rain forest.

I've been coming to Costa Rica for ten years, and Selva Escondida is by far an inimitable experience. Thanks Jason and Annick!
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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250-Acre Private Jungle Reserve with Ocean Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p286294vb
(303) 872-7215 (Colorado, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
Raleigh, NC
5

AWESOME HOME!

  • 5 of 5
This home is amazing. Very beautiful in every way. Large and spacious! My kids LOVED the pool and spent every spare minute playing in it. The jungle is beautiful and we spent a lot of time observing the birds and looking for animals. When we couldn't find a monkey, Vin, the caretaker took us to one in a matter of minutes. It was just above a road on the property. Later, we saw several in a tree from the back patio. Every night, we went walking on the roads around the property for wildlife and saw several tree frogs, frogs, toads and interesting bugs.

Jason, the home owner set up an awesome horseback tour through the jungle and to Nauyaca Falls for us. It was through a local Costa Rican family (not a tourist trap). They fed us breakfast and lunch. Most of the food we ate was grown by them. Very delicous and fun swimming at the falls.

Jason also gave us the contact info for a deep sea fishing guide. He lives in Sierpe. We had the boat all to ourselves, so he offered to take us deep sea fishing, through the Mangroves, and to the beach. We also saw dolphins and sea turltes. We caught tuna, pompano and amberjack. The lunch he made us was great.

We scheduled an ATV tour through the jungle through Adventure Motorsports in Uvita (10 minutes south of Dominical). We swam at a waterfall and they fed us lunch. We loved this.

We also scheduled a snorkeling tour through Bahia Adventuras which included a 30 minutes hike at Corcovado Park and lunch. This was one of our favorite things we did even though it's an 1 1/2 boat ride.

Jason was very good at answering all my questions and giving me lots of info about restaurants and things to do in the area. For sure, go to the Jolly Roger right down the dirt road and get Troubador wings and honey BBQ wings. YUM! For sure try casado every chance you get. (standard Costa Rican food).

Vin the caretaker only speaks Spanish but is the sweetest man ever. He took us on a 45 minute hike on the property to a shelter up high that has an awesome view. Maids come 3 times a week.

The house doesn't have air conditioning, but we were fine without it and we were there when it was hot.

I would definately recommend this house. My family still misses it!
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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250-Acre Private Jungle Reserve with Ocean Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p286294vb
(303) 872-7215 (Colorado, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
Berlin, Germany
5

WILL DEFINITELY COME BACK AGAIN!

  • 5 of 5
We spent our honeymoon in Costa Rica and stayed at Salva Escondida for over a week. It was the most beautiful, astonishing and relaxing experience, we enjoyed it 100%.

The property is huge, situated ideally in the middle of the jungle, on top of some mountains, with a breathtaking view over the Pacific Ocean, offering picturesque sunsets each evening. The house is very clean and tastefully furnished. The patio and pool leave nothing to desire, you could stay there for days, simply enjoying the clean water, the great view, the interesting noises of the jungle, and the fresh food and cool drinks.

Each day you can find new exciting plants and animals around the property - pecans, monkeys, frogs etc. At the same time, there are no mosquitos or undesirable vermin around the house. The air is wonderfully fresh, and your body and spirit become part of the jungle - you go to bed with the jungle, and get up when the several noises of the jungle imply that it is waking up. A wonderful and unique experience of nature!

You can book very private and personal tours (horse riding, whale watching, kayaking etc.) with the help of the property owners, and national parks are within driving distance for day trips.

We will definitely come back to this paradise!
  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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250-Acre Private Jungle Reserve with Ocean Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p286294vb
(303) 872-7215 (Colorado, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
new smyrna beach, fl
5

HIDDEN OASIS

  • 5 of 5
Amazing location. Local guide only speaks Spanish but he is very helpful as well as Jason (the owner) in helping coordinate your dream vacation. We got help with having a chef come to the house, setting up new year eve's fireworks, bonfire, local hikes, and more. We saw 2 different types of toucans and had close encounters with howler monkeys daily. Highly recommend for a jungle/beach adventure
  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
business
250-Acre Private Jungle Reserve with Ocean Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p286294vb
(303) 872-7215 (Colorado, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
Denver
5

SELVA ESCONDIDA - OUR JUNGLE PARADISE!

  • 5 of 5
Stunning panoramic ocean views from this jungle paradise are worth the visit alone. Mornings began with delicious local fruits and perfect Costa Rican coffee on the balcony while we contemplated the day's possibilities. A lazy early morning trek around the property to admire the jungle landscape and maybe even get a little exercise, always delivered wonderful surprises. Our young kids squealed with delight at the occasional monkey sighting. Given the estate's perfect location, a short ride in any direction brought us new and exciting activities. Horseback riding to a take a dip under a beautiful waterfall, reef fishing (to catch that night's dinner!), shell hunting on the expansive "Whale Tail" beach and surfing the funky 70s throwback beach at Dominicale. At our own "vacation" pace, we took in much during our week's stay and still left much more untapped for our return visit(s) - including some fantastic restaurants and "local flavor" watering holes. Returning home to the estate after each adventure was as anticipated as the day's outing. An afternoon round in the pool for the kids while I read about the latest world events (yes there is high speed internet!) for me was a great finish to the day. I loved watching the occasional light afternoon tropical shower build over the ocean; providing a delightful breeze. With two families (5 adults and 4 children) in our group, we had plenty of room to stretch out and relax in wonderfully comfortable accommodations. The home is perfectly designed and situated to allow the most enjoyment of this incredible property. Did I forget to mention the fantastic massages - from a local yoga instructor - if so inclined. We took the "easier" relaxed version of this special place. For a more adventurous and physical retreat, challenging, rugged excursions are right out the front door. Maybe next time.
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Quepos or Palmar Sur
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Pacific coastal highway (Costanera)
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Playa Hermosa
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Jolly Roger
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
San Buenas
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Jolly Roger
Car: necessary

Bird watching, monkey watching, nature photography, private trails for exploring the jungle including waterfalls, teak forests, orchards, and our meditative Mirador temple.

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Dominical Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas & New Years
Dec 17 2014 - Jan 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Jan 19 2015 - Feb 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,360
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$475
$3,185
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000.00
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes Based rate assumes 10 people or less, including children over one year. For each additional person, there's an additional $12 charge per night.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dominical Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Adventure
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Living Room
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Broadband Access
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bedroom #1 - toilet , shower
    Bedroom #2 - toilet , shower
    Bedroom #3 - toilet , shower
    Guest House #1 - Bedroom #1 - toilet , shower
    Guest House #1 - Bedroom #2 - toilet , shower
    Guest House #2 - Bedroom #1 - toilet , shower
    Guest House #2 - Bedroom #2 -
  • 8
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom #1 (private balcony) - 1 queen
    Bedroom #2 (access to patio) - 1 double
    Bedroom #3 (ocean view & access to patio) - 1 double
    Guest House # 2 - Bedroom #2 - 1 double
    Guest House #2 - Bedroom #2 - 1 double
    Guest House #1 - Bedroom #2 - 1 double
    Guest House #1 - Bedroom #2 - 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (6)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf privileges optional
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sound/bay fishing
Notes:
Private trail system through primary rain forest, fruit orchards, teak forests and killer lookouts of the Pacific.
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