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Secluded Get Away...Incredible Views...Solitude...Right at the Beach

James Cameron

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Secluded Get Away...Incredible Views...Solitude...Right at the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Drake Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms sleeps 4+

La Cuesta Roja S.A.

If you have ever dreamed of being surrounded by flowering plants, smells that say fresh, oxygen filled air, hundreds of varieties of exotic birds, greenery, bright blue skies, gorgeous views in every direction all with the subtle sound of waves reaching the shores, this is the place for you. An extraordinary hide out where you and a loved one can immerse yourselves in the natural beauty of this unique paradise.

There are few places in the entire world that are as stunningly beautiful, private and safe as La Cuesta Roja, S.A., our home, available to you. If this, one of a kind, property was in California, it would be a 20 million dollar property and most likely, not available to rent. Ideally located near the renowned Corcovado National Park, Drake Bay where Sir Francis Drake hid from pirates, and the Terraba Sierpe National mangrove preserve. Tours of these and other local destinations available by pick up right in front of the house.

No matter what your pleasure is; fishing, swimming, whale watching, swimming with the dolphins, zip lining, horse back riding, kayaking and more, it is all available right from the very private beach in front of the house. This is truly a place you will think is only viewable in the movies and available to millionaires. Warning, you will want to pinch yourself when you look around and see where you are.

La Cuesta Roja is our private home perched on a hill overlooking the big blue and magnificent Pacific Ocean where you can watch whales pass by. Turn your head slightly and you are looking at a vast palm lined beach which is part of the island across the river. Turn again and you are looking up the incredibly beautiful and wild Sierpe River and the biggest mangrove reserve in Central America.

Looking up the river you can see two distinct mountain ranges in the distance. A slight turn again and you see where the river meets the magnificent and wild Rain forest.

You can literally see thousands and thousands of acres but miraculously, you cannot see another house. Sound like a movie setting? Wait until you see it.

Our home for rent is still our home where we spend nearly half the year. It needs to be said that this is a rental property for the healthy and adventurous and not a good place for those who are not in good physical condition or not seeking adventure. While it has most of the comforts; my wife always asks if you like camping as a prerequisite to enjoying this special place. Location, location, location our home is not fancy, new or in of its self fabulous but the location is.

When you arrive at our very private beach by boat (there is no other way to get here) there is a concrete walkway winding it's way up the slope to where the house is set. There are several places where you will want to stop on the assent just to absorb the beauty.

With any luck you will be met by our happy and smiling caretaker who will, with the help of our boat driver, help carry your luggage, groceries, water, beer etc up to the house.

Provided we supply the transportation you will be orientated by one of us and shown the ropes. The beds will have clean fresh linens; the towels will be clean and ready. The refrigerator will be on and cold and you will be ready to settle in. It may take a few minutes to come to realize you are actually seeing the views you will be seeing.

The boat captain will depart and you will be on your own. For your safety and convenience, our caretaker will remain there the entire time of your stay in his home below.

The home has two bedrooms each with private bathroom, flushing toilets, sinks and hot showers. The master bedroom has a king size bed the guest room has two wide twins that can be pushed together to make a king.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James Cameron (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Calendar last updated:
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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Secluded Get Away...Incredible Views...Solitude...Right at the Beach
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 46 reviews

Afraid to tell you how great this spot is

  • 5 of 5

Because you might book it up and make it impossible for me to rent next time! Jim is a great host, and the listing is exactly as he says. This is for adventurous folks who wish to truely go off the grid for a while. My wife and I enjoyed being removed from society for a week and wish we had more time there to unwind even further. I can't say enough about the views, the seclusion and the absolute peacefulness of Siepre Rio. A must on your bucket list!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Where do you live?

Great Adventure Location

  • 4 of 5

If you want to experience the local wild life, this is the place to do it. We saw parrots, Toucans, Macaws, monkeys & a sloth right around the house. The surrounding foliage is amazing with orchids, mango trees, star fruit trees,& hybiscus to name a few. We enjoyed the snorkeling at Cano Island; our guides were very helpful. While I love adventure, I appreciated having Jim a text away to arrange everything from tours to taxis & hotel reservations. Getting to & from this home is complicated but he set it all up for us flawlessly. I found Jim to be very honest, reliable & helpful. Rafa did a great job catching fish for us once Jim helped us communicate with him. I appreciated the screens on the windows. We were here late May, the beginning of the rainy season. The mosquitos weren't that bad but they still found us at night. I also appreciated the washing machine for our clothes. Having said all that, I would caution anyone that doesn't like the outdoors & is skiddish around bugs. We found several small, harmless crabs & geckos in the house. Several families of bats live on the porch; they won't bother you. I made sure to turn on a light before entering a room to avoid stepping on anything unpleasant. You do hear a lot of unusual sounds in the night; that can be a little unsettling until you figure out what they are. I wish I had researched the local critters, so I would have better understood what we were hearing. Those monkeys sound much bigger than they actually are! It's also pretty toasty during the day; if you don't tolerate heat well, you might be a little uncomfortable. The fans really felt good at night in the bedrooms. I am not sure that I would swim at the beach by the house as they have found a couple of crocodiles there recently; Rafa caught one while we were there. The kitchen had everything I needed, including a blender. We made tasty mango drinks daily. Be sure to bring zip locs to keep ants out of your snacks. The local store didn't have a lot of fresh veggies, mostly potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, & some fruit. I would get your fruit from one of the venders before you get to Sierpe. Bring with you any favorite drink mixes, boxed side items, & snacks. They have a lot of things, but probably not your favorite brand or unusual item. Make sure you have plenty of water. This was an unbelievable vacation that no resort could have matched. Hope this helps others have a great stay at this home!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Not sure what more I could have done to get that 5th star. I truly try to present this property for what it is. Not fancy, not elegant, not for the non adventurous. It is the location, primarily and what the LOCATION has to offer. Most come to enjoy this remote experience being one with the jungle in a natural setting. There are parts of "natural" that require tolerance. The large part of natural is an exuberant feeling of being invited into the world of the living parts of nature. We make every attempt to keep the living creatures out of the house and at bay from the immediate yard. WE DO NOT SPRAY POISON to keep them out as part of our commitment to the perseverance of this pristine location. As for the Crocodile sightings and swimming at the beach. Yes, up river from the house there has been several sightings of small crocodiles. In my 13 years as steward of this property, I have watched countless hours of children and adults swimming at our protected, beach. I swim there, my children swim there, many tourists on their way through swim there and there has NEVER been an incident. Should you use care? yes, always but I truly do not believe this is a deterrent to taking a swim at our beach. The 44 consecutive 5 star reviews and this 4 star review are a result of a very honest and thorough description of the property, what it is and what it has to offer. I am constantly amazed at the absolutely wonderful people this location attracts and consider most who have come to enjoy La Cuesta Roja as friends. Many have returned for a second and third time. I greatly appreciate the reviews to help those considering a stay a true and factual picture of what to expect.
Coupeville, Wa. ( Whidbey Island)

7 days of greatness

  • 5 of 5

La Cuesta Roja is just as description presents. It is a beautiful, secluded property with actually about 3 or 4 private beaches. It has million dollar views both at sunset and sunrise. You have a great view of the river and ocean….which by the way is very warm.

The owner, Jim makes all attempts at making your stay great. If you need something he will make it happen. During our stay we were even able to get my fiancé’ a birthday cake made from his friend Sonya, who was just an incredibly nice and beautiful person.

The house is just as described and shown on the site. You may also want to check out to see a trip up the river and to the house.

The property is definitely for the adventurous, the stairs can be tiring….but who cares?. It is very warm and humid…..slow down and enjoy……” tranquillo me amigo”. It is a 45 minute ride anywhere with no town or lights in site…………….awesome location.

The property is a bird watchers paradise. Toucans are hard to see and the Macaws do their daily flight across the river, but it is still wonderful to see.

Every morning you wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys and the local roosters…very cool. At night there are many bugs outside and some it seems sing to you!

Rafa, the caretaker is very helpful and will take you on a hike behind the house by Marvins’ place and at the end by William’s place. This is a hike that you should do in 5-5.5 hours, not the 3.5 hours we did! Too hot for that. Bring lots of water on the hike and you may even see a howler or squirrel monkey as well as dart frogs.

During our stay we even had a new neighbor a three-toed sloth that was in the trees down the back stairway (to Mike’s place).

Jim made arrangements for us to go to Corcovado Park, which was very nice, our guide Stanley took some wonderful pictures for us and provided a great lunch. We saw Coaties ( raccoon family), crocs, sloths, Macaws, squirrel monkeys. Jim also took us out towards Cano Island where we were able to pick up 9 yellow fins and one real nice wahoo. We ate fresh fish for three days and had the best sashimi!

Some words of advice:

You need to go back more than once.

Take lots of pictures

Bring lots of bug spray and suntan lotion (we went through two cans of each)

Don’t worry about the Halloween crabs that come in, they are harmless as is the local iguana outback by the compost bin.

Jim provides you with one 5 gallon jug of water…we recommend you buy two more.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Glorified Family Camping Costa Rica Style

  • 5 of 5

We had the most adventurous time at LaCuesta Roja. Much appreciated was Jim's description of what to expect and it was exactly what we were looking for. In its rugged beauty, this place is your own private oasis.

The cabin is rustic but provides the simple ammenities of showers, flushing toilets, washer, fridge, and a gas stove and grill. Everything is solar powered, which we used little during the day ( I think the fridge absorbs a lot) and still found we were without by around 9 pm. Although we did not mind one bit, we had brought some candles with us and found that regardless of power we were enjoying all of our evenings by candlelight or going to bed early in preperation of enjoying the next day.

We spent our days hiking the ruggedly groomed trails in the rainforest, hiking to the coves, fishing (river and ocean) kayaking, smimming, laying in the tide pools (especially enjoyed by our infant daughter), and lounging on the porch. We are very active poeple and never found ourselves at a loss for something to do. Once at the property you are on your own (Rafa will help you if necessary).

We received help with preperations before arriving at the property from Jim's friends. They were so kind and helpful ensuring we had everything we needed for our stay.

My husband and I stayed here with our infant daughter and my parents. It was a perfect family vacation. We look forward to returning when our daughter is old enough to be back at the property. As there are many steep stairs and dropoffs, we will need to wait to bring her back when she is maybe 10 (depending on her level of resposibility/adventure). Although, I wouldn't mind returning without her before then.

Very much enjoyed the resident dogs, as we have two at home. They are very friendly. They were even able to be around our infant.

Suggestions: Bring candles or LED lanterns, bring fishing gear, wear sturdy sandles

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Bird lovers paradise

  • 5 of 5

Waking up the first morning to the squawking of a pair of brilliant Scarlet Macaws swooping into treetop branches at eye level, we knew we were in for a thrilling week. Everything Boca Jim said to expect was true. Hopping off the front of the boat onto the beach after a 45 minute morning ride down the Sierpe River was the beginning of the adventure.

Rafa was there to meet us and we all hauled supplies up the winding narrow concrete path to La Cuesta Roja. After catching our breath on the postage stamp manicured lawn, we took in the stunning view of the Pacific Ocean with Sand Dollar Beach across the wide mouth of the Sierpe River. Jim soon left us to our own devices and the grinning began.

The next day was the low tide hike to the Cove of the Caves. It was easy and worth the sunburn, especially the soothing dip in the freshwater pond on the way back. Lisa was thrilled to see the water-walking Basalisk Lizards scurrying away from our splashing.

Jim had said some of the best bird-watching in Costa Rica could be had from the rocking chairs of the west facing deck and he was right. Since the cabina is half way up the side of a steep hill, the deck is at canopy level of tall trees growing around Rafa's house.

Another day we set off in the canoe to paddle amongst the mangroves. However, we set off upstream with the strong tide against us that was heading out to sea. After 15 minutes of strenuous digging we realized we had made no progress and went to plan B and crossed over to Sand Dollar Beach, officially known as Playa Violin. The surf was breaking hard and the long run of the waves up the pristine beach was a beautiful stroll in the sun.

Another great day was a boat trip to Corcovado National Park, an easy 45 minute boat ride down the coast that featured a stop to watch juvenile dolphins splashing into schools of sardines. The park trek was easy and Miguel, a young bull-riding local guide, made it fun and informative. He skillfully pointed out Howler and Spider Monkeys, a Three-toed Sloth and all kinds of other plants and animals.

Since our agenda was mostly relaxing, we would read for an hour or so after the sun went down and then off to bed for a sound sleep and then up with the sun for coffee on the deck with the Parrots and Macaws. An added bonus was putting our binoculars on a pair of large green iguanas high up in the branches of a towering tree 50 yards in the distance

It truly is a piece of paradise and we'll be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

Wow, is all we can say!

First off from our very first communications with Jim up until meeting him in person he was very helpful with any and all questions we had for him. He is a great guy.

The description of the property and everything that he wrote on there was exactly as he said.

This was our honeymoon and we could not have imagined being anywhere else. We had never done this type of trip before and admittedly were a little nervous, however Jim was able to calm our nerves.

When we arrived in Sierpe and met jim at the grocery store, this was when the reality of our trip set in! Time to buy groceries in Costa Rica and plan our meals! Groceries were surprisingly cheaper, about 160.00 for the 8 days.

The boat ride was fantastic, with Jim having a couple of cold ones on ice for us :)

When we arrived at the property, we were met by Rafa, the caretaker. Great little fella. Doesn't speak much english at all, but the reality is, is that it is very easy to communicate with him. Jim gave us the low down on the generator (more than enough fuel), showed us the in's and out's of the place and he was off!

Our first day, we canoed across the river and walked along the beach and took dozens of pictures. We collected a lot of sand dollars, it was an absolutely beautiful day.

We were greeted by a bunch of people on our beach when we returned, and it turned out their boat had broken down in the ocean and they were escorted to our beach to be picked up.

We spent alot of time, on the porch relaxing and enjoying the incredible views.

We had Rafa take us for a Jungle Tour one day, it was absolutely amazing. We were able to hear Howler Monkeys and we saw Tucans and Macaws. It was really nice time through the jungle and Rafa's little dogs, came along and kept us "safe" :)

We did a Deep Sea Fishing excursion with Jim and it was UNBELIEVABLE!! We caught so many fish and had such an incredible time. We even had Sushi that night, after Rafa cleaned our Yellow Fin Tuna, it was delicious!!

We also did the snorkeling tour at Cano Island one day, it was a great day as well. Cano is beautiful and the lunch was fantastic!

It was nice to have Rafa catch us some fresh lobster and a Rock Grouper as well, we felt as though we ate like kings the entire week!

The house is just as Jim describes. It is a very clean house and, again, the views are incredible.

We will definitely be returning!

Martin and Nicole

Tiny, Ontario, Canada

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Palmar Sur
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
At the house
Car: not necessary

Our humble home is located right on the beach with sufficient altitude for a truly magnificent view in all directions. White sand beaches to hike, rocks to fish off and hundreds of miles of channels in the river through the mangrove to explore. Watch wales spouting from the front porch view monkeys and an incredible variety of birds from the same porch.

Other Activities: kayaking, wildlife viewing, boating, beach combing


Rates & Availability

From $140 Per night

Drake Bay Cottage Rental Rates

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May 1 2015 - Nov 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
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3 night minimum stay
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Extra persons per night $10
Notes The rental rate is for 2 persons. Each additional person beyond the 2 is $10 per night per person
Payment terms as follows: 1/2 the total due at confirmation, 1/2 the remaining balance due 60 days prior to arrival and the entire remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. This is covered in more detail in your confirmation email.
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Drake Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • Hot water showers in each bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , can be made into king
  • The second bedroom can be made up either king or two twins. Ideally the house sleeps 4. There are cots available and could sleep another 2 people if they do not demand total comfort and privacy. We quite often have 6 people stay.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
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