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Spacious hill top home with stunning ocean views.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,550 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Duplex Villa, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This elevated property sits high on a hill, surrounded by jungle and amazing wildlife, with stunning 180 degree views of the sparkling blue waters of the Golfo Dulce. Quietly situated just a few minutes outside the main town of Pavones, it is easily accessible from the main road. Just two kilometers away is a swimming beach and one of the longest surf breaks in the area. The world renowned Pavones point break is just a few kilometers down the road.

This secure, private, two bedroom home boasts all the modern conveniences. It is fully furnished with quality linens, comfortable mattresses, a fully equipped kitchen, wifi, flat screen TV with DVD player, and both front and back outdoor living spaces. Both bedrooms have connected private baths and the home comfortably sleeps six. Take a walk through the orchard of tropical fruit trees, coffee plants, displays of jungle flora, and the organic greenhouse and herb garden. Cool off in the outdoor shower while the monkeys, parrots, and toucans play in the palms above. The house has hot water, a/c, ceiling fans and is fully screened so you can take advantage of the tropical breezes unique to this area.

Surfing, kayaking, waterfall hikes, fishing, boat tours, horseback riding, or a morning of authentic Costa Rican farm culture, it all starts here. The owners live on site, speak English and Spanish and can help arrange all your adventures. From birdwatchers to adrenaline junkies, there’s something for everyone and we can help you plan a vacation with memories that will last a lifetime.

Keywords: Ocean Views, Surfing, stand up paddle boarding, Fishing, snorkeling, Horseback riding, zip lines, quad rentals, massage, waterfalls, bird watching, wild life viewing, adventure tours

More Details

Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler

Originally from the San Diego area of Southern California, both Michael and Elizabeth have always enjoyed the lifestyle and abundance of outdoor activities that ocean living provides. Leaving behind high powered careers, Southern California traffic, and a fast-paced life, we decided to trade it all in to experience the Pura Vida vibe that permeates this wonderful country. We fell in love with the people, the culture and the beauty of living in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica and have not looked back.

Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler purchased this villa in 2004

Why Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler chose Pavones

The area of Pavones and the Osa peninsula have been relatively untouched by development. It is a place to experience world class surfing, fishing, secluded beaches, majestic waterfalls and exotic wildlife. The modern home has all the creature comforts while being surrounded by lush jungle and some of the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean this area has to offer. The rugged beauty is guaranteed to take your breath away.

What makes this villa unique

Sitting a few hundred feet above sea level where the ocean breezes keep the air fresh, the house is easily accessible from the main road in the safe and secure neighborhood of Cuervito de Pavones. The property is a working farm with a wide variety of fruit trees and tropical gardens, greenhouse, herb garden, coffee and cacao, and farm fresh eggs from the chicken coop. Enjoy it all during your stay at Paraiso de Miguel.


Pavones Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Large tub and walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - walk in shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Rain drop shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Double and bunk beds in 2nd bedroom
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master Bedroom, Double Beds (1) Guest Bedroom, Bunk Beds (1) Guest Bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
(3) - Boogie boards (6) - sets of snorkeling equipment (2)- 11ft Ocean kayaks * See our activities guide for the incremental cost of these amenities


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

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Spacious hill top home with stunning ocean views.
average rating of 4.923077 based on 52 reviews
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

Best vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Heather, what a great review. Thanks so much and what made it so fun was your enthusiasm and willingness to try anything and everything. For a first-timer in beautiful Costa Rica you got to experience a great deal of what is offered down here and you did it laughing and squealing all the way! I'll never forget hearing your echoing sqeals as you zip-lined through the top of the jungle. Once again, a very happy birthday to you and I'm so glad we were able to gather our close friends (and a few of the local monkeys!) and give you a proper Tico style birthday party during your stay. We are looking forward to your return visit and showing you and your husband even more of what this country has to offer. I know you'll never be the same after having experienced the Pura Vida that permeates this amazing place.
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All I expected and so much more! Highly recommend this vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

Michael and Elizabeth are wonderful and helpful hosts even before you arrive. Any questions I had were answered promptly and with even more information than I thought to ask. The home and the grounds are so relaxing and comfortable it was hard to tear myself away to see more of the country. Michael and Elizabeth had many great suggestions for places to tour and were very helpful with any directions we needed. Being able to access organic locally grown produce on their grounds or from their neighbors was a big bonus. I loved learning more about permaculture from what they are doing on their property. I hope to return again some day. Thanks so much Michael and Elizabeth!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Fantastic and Genuine Costa Rica Experience!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience starting with the owners Mike and Lizzy. Super generous and considerate. They understandably love there home and community which is evident in every aspect of your stay. The property is immaculate and tastefully done with breathtaking views of the ocean. Monkeys, tropical birds, every fruit tree you can imagine. Oh yeah, just a few minutes from multiple super high quality waves if that's you thing. Perfect for a romantic getaway or an unforgettable family vacation. I've been traveling to this area for years. The vibe makes it, you wont find a better spot!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guanacaste, Costa Rica

LOVE staying here!

  • 5 of 5

We stay here every time we go to the Pavones area. Absolutely dream about this place. Amazing views, beautiful property with immaculately kept gardens. We love collecting fresh chicken eggs, and fresh spinach from the garden too! A short drive to great waves, and the best hospitality you could wish for. I would highly recommend it and shout it to the hills... but then where would we stay next time?! Best kept secret.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A MUST!! Awe Inspiring-Exhilarating-Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Above and beyond what is advertised. I don't have enough space or words to describe the beauty, the people, the surroundings, the hosts and the accommodations. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the resident monkeys! During my stay, I saw probably about 12 different species of birds, including Macaws and Toucans. Walking in to the house felt like arriving home. It had all the accouterments one could ever need. Even a zester! Two porches, one where I could see the sometimes up to 15 monkeys and the other, ocean view and the mountains of the Osa Peninsula. The surroundings of the house are full of beauty and all kinds of fruit and vegetables to make meals. Chickens will provide fresh eggs! I had fresh fish almost every day and an incredible pizza dinner in the outdoor kitchen oven. This is where I spent my mornings with coffee, monkeys, birds, nature and amazing views. You couldn't ask for better hosts in Mike and Lizzie. Their love for each other, the place and the people shines through. Their willingness to share history, the community and culture made the experience that much richer. I experienced hiking, waterfalls, riding on quads, maybe my favorite, they arranged for awesome zip lining in Golfito and I have the best reiki and thai massage I have had. That should be a must on your a session with Lizzie! They also arranged for horse back riding on the beach! Again, I just don't have the right words to convey this experience as a holistic epic winner! Ineffable. Please feel free to contact me for in detail experiences! I would be happy to share. 615 495 5805. Thank you Mike and Lizzie for an unforgettable journey!! I will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, il

Very well kept

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views, clean, very nice people

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Saleas Bar and Grill
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
Pan American
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Bar Guguara
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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,




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $25
Tax Rate 13.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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