|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
These properties are magnificent tropical paradises surrounded by modern convenience. These Ocean View duplex Villas sit 400 feet above the Golfo Dulce. The back and side yards offer 270-degree views of the ocean and mountains, which are accented by the lush jungle surroundings. The mountains of the Osa peninsula drape the crystal blue waters of the gulf creating a tropical collage. This is truly a place where nature meets its origin.
When not being entertained by the view or exotic wild life, play a game of darts, horse shoes or stroll the properties gardens and orchard. You can also visit one of the many neighborhood waterfalls, one of which is a 10 minute walk from the house. The nearest beach and surf break is 2 km from the house with the world renown Pavones wave just 4 miles away.
The property is quietly situated just a few minutes outside of the main town of Pavones and is easily accessible from the main service road (no off road trekking required to arrive safely at this property). It is secured by a full time caretaker, offering peace of mind, privacy and security, so you may relax and enjoy your ultimate adventure vacation
Keywords: Ocean View, Surfing, stand up paddle boarding, Fishing, snorkeling, Horseback riding, zip lines, quad rentals, massage, waterfalls, bird watching, wild life viewing, adventure tours
I am originally from the San Diego area of Southern California. I grew up by the beach and have always enjoyed the life style and abundance of outdoor activities that ocean living provides. In 1978, just 6 months out of high school, I embarked on a 6 month surf adventure, traveling throughout most of the countries in Central America. I was immediately drawn to the people, culture and raw beauty of the land. It was an experience that changed my life. After returning to the states, I dreamed of some day owning a home in the tropics of Latin America. In 2004, I realized my dream by purchasing this magnificent property in the Pavones area of Costa Rica. So far ownership in the tropics has been an incredible experience, an experience I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy. Life in Pavones is 'Pura Vida'.
Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler purchased this villa in 2004
The area of Pavones and the Osa peninsula have been relatively untouched by development. It is a place where you can go to experience world class surfing and fishing, while being surrounded by broad variety of plants, animals, birds and marine life. It's like being in a zoo without cages. I love the rugged beauty of the area, culture and beautiful nature of the people.
The view of the ocean and mountains is incredible! I really enjoy being able to view a variety of wild life from the house or while wandering the property. The house is easily accessable from the main road and is in the safe and secure neighborhood of Cuervito de Pavones. The property is loaded with fruit trees which make great morning, afternoon or evening snacks. You may be in the jungle, but you won't miss the modern conveniences of home when staying at Paraiso de Miguel.
I wish I had more than 5 stars to rate my stay and vacation at Paraiso de Miguel! To say it was amazing does not even begin to explain just how incredibly wonderful it was! The location is beautiful with a view clear out to the ocean. The grounds are well kept and the fruit and other treats growing are exceptional. The property was very clean and had everything needed and then some to feel comfortable and "at home", even while away on vacation. Although the location is surrounded by dirt roads, the quads and 4 wheel drive make getting around even more fun and adventurous! Furthermore, the outdoor kitchen and brick pizza oven show their attention to detail and great cooking options. Also, there is a small creek and waterfall that can even be walked to on the property. For a little "me time" and to wind down, there are 5 hammocks located around the property to enjoy.
The activities available to enjoy while staying at Paraiso de Miguel are very well organized and ease of payment makes everything so accommodating. I had only paddle boarded one other time and this was like nothing ever experienced. The water was calm, blue and warm with beautiful ocean ahead and a beach view from the ocean that was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. The next day, we went horseback riding that took us from the property to the beach and back through the jungle on a very steep but doable and scenic trail. There was a day that we chose to just relax and get pampered. Massages were arranged on the property and Rosie, who performs the services, is great at what she does, as well as being professional and just sweet as can be. Another day we went on a guided waterfall hike. The surrounding areas are so lush with trees and the guides were knowledgeable and accommodating. We first hiked to the top of the water fall and were able to look down at this amazing wonder, then back around to the bottom of the waterfall allowing us to swim in the pool that collected below. One of our final excursions was zip lining in Golfito. I had never done this before and it was so exhilarating!! Our guides were so kind and informative, putting all my fears at ease. There were 10 runs with the longest being 500 yards and the tallest being 150 yards up. The zip lines were in the rainforest and the views truly took my breath away.
I would recommend this vacation for anyone looking for adventure and a getaway not experienced in any other place I have ever visited!!
Our time in Costa Rica at Paraiso de Miguel was absolutely the best experience we could have dreamed of. Having traveled there years ago, I knew I could expect a beautiful country with gorgeous beaches and jungles, delicious food and friendly locals. But this trip surpassed all that thanks to the amazing hospitality of Michael and Lizzie who made possible a family adventure--two of us and three teenagers-- that we will remember forever. From the minute we got there they offered us just the right amount of attention and help, setting up awesome day trips (hike to waterfall with swimming hole, boat trip to islands for snorkeling and stand up paddling--complete with a packed picnic lunch-- and horse back riding on the beach) and giving us the info we needed to head out on our own to explore the town or the beaches. We had 2 BEAUTIFUL meals prepared by Lizzie, including the pizza night which was a blast!! We spent Christmas day with them on the beach enjoying their annual Christmas feast (roasted pig!) and a bon fire, and ended the week with Michael setting off fireworks from their back lawn to celebrate New Years. Along the way, if we had a scrape or cut, Lizzie was right there to help with some first aid supplies. When we got a flat tire, Michael gave my husband a ride in his truck to get it fixed. They were kind and friendly and super fun. We can't thank them enough for the amazing memories and we will be planning our next visit down as soon as possible! Nothing about this rental fell short, from the house, the hosts, the area, the activities-- everything surpassed our expectations in every way. Thank you Michael and Lizzie!!!
Our family of 5 (2 adults, 2 teens, & a 10-yr old) stayed here for 4 days before Christmas 2016. It was a 7-hr drive from San José but we loved how far away and isolated this was from the crowded city and tourist-packed beaches! (Or, you can fly into Golfito, rent a car, and drive an hour to this rental instead). The property itself is wonderful. The views were spectacular, the gardens groomed, the house outfitted with everything we needed. The weather was great, but nights were a little warm for some family members. Mike and Liz were great hosts - available to book tours, give advice, and interested in getting to know us - and they gave us tons of privacy as well. We booked the boat tour to Los Mogos. It was a long day but the reward of a private island, warm ocean water, and SUP for the first time for my kids were all priceless. During our 4 days, we also drove down to the Panama border to shop for a morning, to Pavones to surf, tide pools at Punta Banco, and to Zancudo for a sunset where we were the only ones on the beach! We brought all of our own food so we can't speak for the local eating places. The markets (Super Comte, and in Laurel) were quite adequate.
We would love to come again and will definitely be recommending the place to friends and neighbors - as long as they don't book the week that we want!! Thanks Mike & Liz!
This was my second trip to Costa Rica. The first time I traveled to CR I stayed in a resort and stuck to the touristy activities. Traveling to Puntarenas and staying with Mike and Lizzie was a completely different experience. I couldn't have asked for more friendly and hospitable hosts. Mike and Lizzie made me feel at home and helped plan activities and places to visit. During the trip I was able to hike to secluded waterfalls, explore beaches, and visit Corcovado National Park. I was also able to visit some of the local gems and restaurants. It was great getting away from the States to be able to wake up and look outside to see the beach, jungle, and wildlife.
To the traveler interested in seeing more of Costa Rica than the touristy resorts, I would strongly recommend staying at Paraiso de Miguel.
I am writing this while sitting on the back porch of the property before we leave in a few hours. It is early in the morning and I am enjoying a nice cup of coffee while looking over a spectacular coastline vista. All I can say is WOW. It is very peaceful and quiet except for the chattering of exotic birds and monkeys in the trees surrounding the property. The property sits at the top of a hill located just the right distance from the water to allow a view of the entire gulf, yet being only a few minute drive away from walking on the beach if you are so inclined. Besides being beautiful, the property is comfortable, well appointed, private and safe. Yesterday my brother and I enjoyed a scuba excursion that included whales, dolphin, sea turtles, rays, etc. The day prior, while exploring the nearby area we actually encountered a sloth. The night before that we enjoyed a wonderful meal at La Pina Bruschetta in Pavones. Our decision to stay at this property was influenced by a local friend who recommended the property and the hosts. Overall, we are very pleased with this property and we intend to return.
April 2016 was the third time I have stayed at Paraiso de Miguel. Each time it gets even better than the last time. The landscape is meticulously maintained and the trees and fruits on the property continue to mature... it truly is a beautiful place to kick off your flip flops and relax in one of the multiple hammocks outside overlooking the Golfo Dulce. Mike and Liz are exactly the kind of hosts you want when on vacation in a remote tropical paradise. They have a very laid back vibe but are very accessible and attentive to your needs. They are very knowledgeable about the area and well known and liked in the local community. The new addition of the pizza oven/grilling complex/happy hour bar was a smash hit. After cooling off in the outdoor rain shower (which I love so much I have never once used the nice shower in the bathroom!) we hit the pizza bar where Mike chopped open some coconuts that we used as mixer while watching the sunset and creating our own individual pizzas (delicious home made sauce by Lizzy to boot... highly recommend a pizza night). Are you kidding me? You can keep the hotels... this is my kind of place. There are so many places in the world I want to see and experience but Paraiso de Miguel makes it a really tough decision to go anywhere else. My kids are now at the age where I think they would really enjoy the experience as well... hikes to waterfalls, surfing one of the longest waves in the world, boat trip through the mangroves, monkeys in the trees outside the window, Scarlett McCaws and Toucans flying around. If you want to get away from it all and truly experience Costa Rica in a remote jungle paradise (getting there is indeed part of the adventure!), yet have all the modern conveniences with amazing hosts then this is it. See you guys again soon but with the family next time! -Smed
Jungle canopy zip lines, mountain biking, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), surf lessons/tours, ATV rentals/tours, river tubing, sport fishing, massage, river spa services, yoga, guided jungle trail hikes, guided beach walks, river and waterfall excursions, tide pool picnics,
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Book 7 nights and get a hosted pizza party in our out door kitchen.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.