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Comfortable family cabin surrounded by jungle, perfect for relaxing and enjoying nature. Built the traditional way with local hardwoods the cabin offers views in all directions from the open air living and dining areas. Downstairs there's a fully equipped kitchen, open porch area, and outside bath room. Upstairs queen bedroom and adjoining family bedroom with 3 single beds, hot water shower and full bathroom.
The large garden is great for children, with a small tree house and barbecue area. Monkeys, iguanas, anteaters and armadillos have all been seen on the property.
Swimming is safe at high tide, but sea floor rocky so swim shoes advisable. Kayak use free, bikes available for rent. Easy access to beaches and waterfalls of Montezuma
Keywords: beach house, casita, nature,wildlife,private,views,rustic,close to Montezuma, deserted beach,close to nature reserve
Owner of organic food store and cafeteria in San Jose. Love the outdoors.
fiona purchased this cabin in 1993
Cabuya is a great place to wind down and get to know the local way of life. Much less busy than nearby Montezuma and Mal pais, yet with easy access to the beaches and rivers in the area.
The highlights, morning walk along the beach, you can walk for miles without meeting anyone, watching the birds fishing. Moonrise over the ocean, the early evening sky reflecting the sunset. Great places to eat, Bakery Cafe, Pizza at Cafe coyote.Fresh fish from the neighbour.
Our family stayed here during March break for 7 days. Our daughters were 15 and 13 at the time and loved the experience. If you're looking for something different than all-inclusive, a bit of an adventure and want to see the real Costa Rica this is the place. Private and quiet but minutes from everything you may need. The house was just as described and clean when we arrived. Melissa (housekeeper) and her daughter were just finishing cleaning the house when we arrived. Fiona (Owner) called us at that time as well to see that we had arrived and everything was Ok. There were bikes for us to use during the week, and kayaks. The property is nicely landscaped and well taken care of without being overly manicured. The beach is rocky but with shoes is still nice to walk and beachcomb. At high tide the water is shallow for wading and again with water shoes it is no problem to walk out.
The home is simple but beautiful with lots of wood and tile and wide open windows for air flow. Every morning I watched the sunrise from our bed through the window. What a glorious way to awake. We expected to be awoken by Howler monkeys every morning but the fruit on the trees around us were not ripe. They visited the property once in the afternoon and hung out for a while. On our second last day they awoke us with their loud calls. Very cool but creepy at the same time. We found where they were hanging out and could visit them when we wished. We saw the iguanas a few times, and some beautiful birds. At night we loved to sit out in the outdoor living area and just chill. The hammock was the favorite.
There is a full bath upstairs and all so a well appointed "outhouse" outside with flush toilet, sink and shower.
There is everything you need to cook your own meals but we chose to eat out every night and check out the great restaurants in town and in Montezuma.
We all fell in love with the dogs Blackie, Looky and Poppy the cat. They were Melissa's pets who adopted and "protected" us during our stay.
If you're looking for a simple but comfortable place to get away from it all, look no further. Cabuya is filled with friendly people. Fiona was wonderful to work with and she made sure our stay was great. Questions sent to her by email were quickly answered.
Our only complaint was we had to leave too soon. We were just catching the Pura Vida
After much searching and multiple comparisons, our family chose Las Caracolas as our vacation "base camp." Upon our arrival, we were graciously welcomed by Melissa (caretaker) and the dogs Blackie and Lucky. The property was neat and meticulously clean. The house itself is nicely laid out with excellent air flow to keep us cool. My favorite aspect of the house was the pass-through bar from the kitchen to the beautiful outdoor table. The house is made of teak branches, which captured my imagination. The home was very comfortable for our family of four (with children ages 10 and 8). The kitchen was nicely equipped with everything I needed to cook meals. Every evening finished with a relaxing shower and restful sleep in the comfortable beds. We made good use of the bicycles and sea kayaks provided by the owners.
The property also includes a secluded beach with hamoks for relaxing and tables for enjoying a meal at the waterfront. We spent many mornings mesmerized by sunrises over the water, and watching the fishermen go out on their daily rounds.
While staying on the property would have been enough, Las Caracolas is within close walking distance to several wonderful restaurants (our personal favorite was Cafe Coyote), a fabulous bakery, tour guides (check out Solo Bueno Tours), and beautiful natural scenery (check out cemetery island, and Cabo Blanco National Preserve) as well as countless secluded beaches an waterfalls. Biodiversity is unparalleled. The property is also close to two small markets which had everything I needed.
Another attraction is the pacific beaches (among the most pristine beautiful in the world) just a short drive away. Montezuma is close and a nice small town with bank machines, a larger market and lots of tourist attractions.
Although we read many great reviews of the property with great anticipation, our expectations were pleasantly exceeded by the beautiful home and the gracious hospitality offered by Melissa. She addressed all if our questions and made sure all of our needs were met. I speak as much Spanish as 2 years of high school Spanish would allow, and wad able to communicate effectively with Melissa, and find what we neded around town. The dogs adopted us and kept a vigilant eye on us while we were there.
I would highly recommend Las Caracolas for your Costa Rica get-away. I can tell you we will return to Costa Rica, and Las Caracolas will be part of our plans. Cabuya is a wonderful community.
We stayed for a week with our 23 & 17 year old kids. We all loved it there. Fiona was extremely helpful before our trip and Melissa (manages the house and lives next door) was wonderful and very accommodating. The house is very rustic and beautiful... lots of wood beams and flooring, and very open. You can hear the waves crashing from your bed. The grounds were gorgeous, as well and everything is so clean. A great bonus was our "vacation pets". We loved Luckie, Blackie and Kitty. They are all so well-behaved and so sweet. It was a wonderful trip that we'll never forget. Thanks, Fiona and Melissa!!
Perfect combo. Sitting out on the cool and tiled veranda looking out through the jungle to the beach was pure heaven. We spent hours just relaxing and unwinding. Wake up in the morning to Howler Monkeys in the Jungle canopy right on the property. Take the Kayaks out for a spin. Relax in the Hammocks on the beach. Build a fire and roast a fresh caught fish bought two properties away on the grill on the beach. Walk down to the grocery store. Buy fresh bread from the bakery 5 minutes walking distance. In the evening a 3 minute stroll takes you to Hotel Celaje and eat a remarkable variety of delicious meals at the Pirate Restaurant Kardoes. Walk another 2 minutes for Pizza at El Coyote, where Jennie will set you up with virtually any kind of tourist excursion you might want as well as vehicle rentals. And please be sure to acquaint yourself with Melissa and her lovely family at the caretakers house. Give Melissa 45 minutes and the place is as clean as a whistle. Two dogs and a cat, Blackie, Lukie, and Poppie are gentle and loving additions: We became great friends during our stay. Fiona the owner is a delight; if you need anything including translations, be sure to let her know. A bus or a taxi will stop at the gate for you if you need to go exploring, although there is much to see just by walking around: We did not rent or need a car. My wife and I agree that we can recommend this property without reservation if you want to see a beautiful and peaceful slice of Costa Rica.
We spent a week here with our three young girls. It was a perfect place to play and stay! No need for a rental car, grocery store nearby, and Melissa (the caretaker) was incredibly helpful for all our needs and questions. It was simple to catch the bus from the house to nearby beaches and Montezuma or just play in the beach outside the house. I give this beach house my highest recommendation and Fiona was prompt to respond to our questions and help us set the trip up.
This house far exceeded our expectations. It is simple and beautiful. There are two grocery stores nearby and several good restaurants. You have the advantage of being close to the beach but feel like you are staying in a jungle. The sounds of howler monkeys and rain on the tin roof make for a good nights sleep. There is plenty to do with out going far from Cabuya. We enjoyed a fishing trip with Jose and renting four wheelers. Having sea kayaks on property was an unexpected bonus. There are plenty of hammocks, a very nice kitchen and a wonderful dining area. The house is very open and comfortable. A wonderful place to stay.
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2 night minimum stay