|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
This beautiful Costa Rican vacation rental is detailed to meet the taste of North American travelers, from nice linens to fully equipped kitchen you are sure to be charmed by all Casa Pajaro has to offer.
We strive to keep our guest review scores remain high with some visitors returning year after year. Ongoing upgrades and interior and exterior maintenance will exceed guest expectations.
Our private, beautifully designed vacation villa has 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath focuses on style and comfort not that you'll notice with a stunning ocean, mountain, valley and rainforest view. You have it all.
A huge pool deck and stunning landscaping means you don't have to leave the house to enjoy the water. But, that would be a shame. Within minutes you could be on Ventanas, Pinuela, Tortuga, or Uvita beaches. From crescent beaches with sea caves to surfer's paradise, pick your beach. There is one to match your taste and style. Look for sand dollars on Playa Uvita or watch for pelicans on Playa Pinuela. Playa Tortuga (Turtle Beach) is a prime site for Olive Ridley turtles to lay their eggs from July to October.
Enjoy a meal at home or visit one of Ojochal's famous restaurants. You will be surprised by the variety and quality of the restaurants in our area. We have many to recommend, just ask us.
Why Pick Casa Pajaro?
At 900 feet above sea level, Casa Pajaro offers totally unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean featuring unparalleled sunsets. See the huge sandbar called the Whales Tale that is Playa Uvita from the terrace. Further up the coast provides views of Punta Dominical and on clear days Manuel Antonio.
Our villa has all of the design and style of a resort while maintaining the feel of a family home. The pool deck is beautifully landscaped with palm trees and tropical plants. There are three bedrooms, all with queen size beds, a loft bedroom with double size futon, two and a half bathrooms, two seating areas, an over sized outdoor terrace and a completely modern kitchen complete with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a separate prep area.
Safety and ease of access is a primary concern for home renters. Our house has a security gate and lights at street level. A paved driveway makes the ascent easy. There is parking for three vehicles. We recommend renting a four wheel drive vehicle.
About Casa Pajaro -
Built in late 2007 Casa Pajaro is nestled on top of a hill, the tree lined backyard is home to countless birds, butterflies, slothes and the occasional troop of Howler and White Faced Capuchin Monkeys.
The master bedroom has a magnificent view that makes getting out of bed hard to do. The over sized en-suite has a large shower with room for two. Dual sinks give guest plenty of space and the closets have ample storage of personal items.
The main living room cupola has a beautifully illuminated 30 foot ceiling. A second seating area has a comfy couch if you prefer some quiet time to read.
South and Central American art decorates the house with a primitive style featuring Boruca masks, Ecuadorian weavings, and Nicaraguan oil paintings combine with wooden geckos to bring surprise and delight. The owner has added her own photos with most of them taken from the property.
Natural airflow allows for a beautiful breeze off the ocean during the day and the cooling air from the mountains at night. No air conditioning is needed but ample ceiling fans are outfitted in every room. The breezes can be so strong that candles will not stay lit on the covered terrace.
The pool is surrounded by tropical plants, palm trees and lounge chairs. It is a great place to sit out to watch the sun set over the Pacific or catch some sunshine. There is an outdoor shower with lots of privacy.
To quote our past guest, Karl E., ' The outdoor dining area was remarkable. The patio and pool area was very nice and exceeded our expectations. The property was well maintained and the listing description was accurate. We found that the home and the views were even nicer than that reflected in the listing photos.'
Why pick the Ojochal area?
The Southern Pacific zone is often referred to as the 'Big Sur' of Costa Rica, with a coastal range featuring some of the most beautiful, virgin rain forests in the country. It is an enchanting oasis with beautiful beaches literally one after another. Playa Dominical, Playa Hermosa, Playa Uvita, Ballena National Marino Park, Playa Pinuela, and Playa Ventana. Each one is unique. For example, Ventana has sea caves that are passable at low tide.
The Ojochal / Ventanas area is 30 minutes south of Dominical. It is a three hour drive from San Jose International Airport and just 30 minutes north of the local airport of Palmar Sur (PMZ) . Quepos / Manuel Antonio is about one hour north of Casa Pajaro. Ojochal has many great restaurants and bars, lovely grocery stores in Uvita, wine store, and surf board rentals. The real reason to come to this part of Costa Rica though is to enjoy unspoiled beaches, nature at it's most pristine, and to kick back and disconnect.
The Tico Times, the weekly English language newspaper called the Southern Zone the last frontier. While that is true, you don’t have to give up the comforts of a resort just to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. A stay at Casa Pajaro gives you best of all worlds.
About the Southern Zone and Osa peninsula -
Welcome to the “The Most Biologically Intense Place on Earth” as deemed by National Geographic: the crème de la crème, the crown jewel, and the hidden treasure of Costa Rica, The Osa’s isolated location allows you to experience the protected rain forests of Corcovado National Park, immaculate beaches, and the mind-boggling scuba and snorkeling sanctuaries. It is home to 13 major ecosystems, 400 species of birds, 140 mammals, 116 amphibians and reptiles and 6,000 insects. Although much of Costa Rica is developed, you have reached the unspoiled Costa Rica of old.
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Jan and Ross immediately feel in love with Costa Rica on their first visit in 2005. Buying property and making Costa Rica home was the best decision we ever made.
We left corporate life for a three year sabbatical in Ojochal to do community based projects. Among our favorites are supporting a local school, Escuela Verde and ASANA. ASANA is an environmental organization that is working to re-establish a biologically corridor for Central America's largest land mammal, the tapir.
While we have had to return north for a couple of years, we want to share our home and our experiences with guests at Casa Pajaro.
Our expert property managers make checkin and out easy. They are helpful in pointing out area information.
Jan wrote a blog while living in Ojochal called My Year in Costa Rica. You see, we planned on just one year but couldn't tear ourselves away after such a short period of time.
We'd like to welcome you to Casa Pajaro. We are available to answer any questions or talk about concerns.
Thanks for considering our home for your future holiday plans.
Ross Baldwin purchased this villa in 2007
The southern Pacific coast is such a unique area of the world. Environmentalist have put this area in the top 20 in the world that should be protected. The jungle is amazing and sightings of both white face capuchin and howler monkeys are common. Not a day passes without hearing the trill of the toucan or squawk of the green parrots. This place is magical and our house is in the middle of it all. To quote a past guest, Marlee Williams, 'The landscaping at this home is gorgeous. We saw more birds at the house than we ever saw on any tour. You almost don't want to leave the house it is so beautiful and comfortable, but you force yourself to get out and see some sights.'
Everyday will present a new sunset or unique mountain lighting. The air currents from the ocean or mountain keep it nicely cooled. In the evenings candles won't stay lit on the terrace because of the breezes. While secluded, there are three other houses in the immediate area although only one can be seen below.
This is the perfect house for a lazy photographer. Birds, butterflies and monkeys are seen regularly from the terrace or pool deck. You don't have to hike to see a toucan. Simply top up your morning coffee, get your camera ready and shoot a few frames. Blue morphos waft by in the morning and hummingbirds are attracted by the bushes and flowers.
The neighborhood pizote makes appearances through the day and the monkeys call every morning and afternoon.
This is a magical place.
Stayed for a week with 5 friends. Couldn't ask for more beautiful views! The house is lovely - the photos do not do it justice - but we spent almost every waking moment outside. The area is definitely worth the drive from the airport, with tons to explore nearby, and the pool was perfect for afternoons hanging out at the house! The spacious property is great for a big group, giving everyone room to do their own thing if desired. Definitely recommend!!
We stayed 4 nights at Casa Pajaro and had an incredible experience with our three young children (7, 4 and 2). The house is gorgeous, spacious enough for a family and beautifully designed - the kitchen and living rooms open up to the outside to give you a truly indoor outdoor feel with wonderful fresh breezes. The pool was awesome and the whole place was very private. The view of the ocean was breathtaking. We had several toucans that visited right off the balcony as well as a family of howler monkeys (along with a baby hanging on it's mother's back). This is the kind of experience you just can't get at a hotel. The dirt road up the mountain was well maintained but I still think a 4 wheel drive is necessary. Also, the owners were wonderful and so incredibly helpful with planning before our trip.
We stayed at Casa Pajaro for 8 fantastic days. We picked this house because of the pictures - not just of the house but also the view and the garden around it. As nice as the pics are, they still don't capture the real thing- it is simply spectacular. We watched every sunrise and sunset from our terrace perch that never got old! The sun just drops into the ocean at sunset. Stunning stunning views.
The landscaping was beautiful (banana trees, papaya, pineapple and all kinds of exotic and colorful plants) and the wildlife was spectacular. We woke up one morning to a whole troop of monkeys passing through the tree branches in the front yard and never tired of the vast array of butterflies and birds including toucans, hummingbirds and parrots -truly amazing!
The house itself was spacious, comfortable and well appointed. The internet service wasn't quite the high speed we're used to in North America (spoiled), but it was good enough. In fact, my husband had to deal with a last minute business crisis the first night and he easily proved that he can run his business from Costa Rica!
The Casa also has a beautiful pool with super fresh water and we put it to good use. There is something very invigorating and healthy about starting your day with a quick swim as soon as you step out of bed! The pool is 33 feet long which was great for lap swimming or just floating around watching the toucans play above you. The house is at about 900 feet above sea level and the road up is steep – so make sure you have 4 wheel drive. You will need this for the exploring that you do in the area. It is just minutes away from the small town of Ojochal which although small it has fantastic 5 star jungle restaurants and a lovely bakery. Seriously, there is no place like this. These restaurants are owned and run by expats who have moved here from all over the world. We enjoyed meals as good as any 5 star restaurant abroad. We also enjoyed a lot of the local sodas which had very good food and loved the ceviche.
And all around the area there is so much to do. The most beautiful, and pristine beaches are 15 minutes away, waterfalls, ziplining, jungle and mangrove tours, horseback riding, diving – it’s all there.
Finally, I want to say the property manager (Ben) couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. We loved our time at Casa Pajora and confirmed our plan to build our own villa in the neighborhood in the future. Pure Vida!
Dear ross. Thank you so much for letting us use your home. It was an over the top property at the end of the road with a very true costa rica setting. We had 6 adults and a teenage boy in our group and the house had plenty of space for everyone. We enjoyed being off the beaten path. The sitting of the house up on the hill gave us ample cooling so there was no need for air. We spent must of our time on the covered porch where we cooked on the grill and watched all types of wild life. We saw from the deck white face monkey, parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, and several other animals. I swam in the pool everyday. We rent lots of homes from vrbo and this was a wonderful find. The house is really set up for entertaining. It was wonderful being awaken by howler monkeys every morning we were there they are very loud ha, thanks again larry and betsy
My wife and I rented this based on the description provided. Unfortunately two of the most important factors for us are the pool and the sunsets. We love going for two or more swims a day in the hot tropical climate. The way the house is situated and with the lot next to the house having large trees on it, both were taken away. The sunset is NOT visible from anywhere on this property during the winter months because there is a a hill in the way! You can't see the sun even approach the ocean, but you can get in your car and drive to some local hill to catch it. Not very convenient and certainly not as advertised. My calculations, using a compass, and the NOAA website, are that you would not be able to see the sunset from this property until almost March 1st. The other issue we had was with the pool. At this time of year it is almost completely shaded, and it was COLD! We had a really tough time getting in, and couldn't stay in for any length of time without getting goosebumps. And we are from Canada! Also, the pool itself was in need of surface repair. It was unattractive, faded to bare, grey concrete, and it leaked so water had to be running into it from a hose.
It was a beautiful house and quite well designed. A great option if you had six or more people. Location was good with it being relatively easy to get to from the road, but a very good 4x4 is a must. Our Tuscon would barely climb the driveway it was so steep. The house had a lot of spices, and some basic necessities when we arrived. A few things didn't work and need fixing - some fans and the TV were not functional, but a dead TV is actually a blessing the Costa Rica - Do something else!
The property and view are absolutely breathtaking. The gardens perfectly manicured, the pool refreshing and the view....where do I start! We were hard pressed to put sandals on and leave the house. We had breakfast on the terrace overlooking the ocean with a family of toucans in the trees, spent most of the day in the pool watching all sort of birds and butterflies in a constant stream of colours fluttering overhead and just taking in the calming sounds of nature around us.
We are true adventurers and love nature in all its elements. The drainage systems and architecture are built to handle the torrential downpours during the rainy season which we experienced...but it doesn’t rain all day. Make sure you’re back at the villa for 4pm. Grab a drink, pull up a rocking chair, and watch as the clouds immerse you and the light show begins. Heavy sheets of rain and lightning shooting in every direction across the sky, it is now that you can really appreciate the architecture of the house and how you can sit comfortably on the porch knowing it’s keeping you safe and dry. Who needs a TV??
A typical day begins with an early start (about 5am) of a symphony of the ever-present sounds of all types of animals. We couldn’t wait for our coffee to be ready so we could grab a seat on the rocking chairs on the terrace and enjoy nature at its best. For a non-coffee drinker, I fell in love with Costa Rican coffee...what a smooth flavour! By 10am, the day is already at its hottest, but do grab your backpack and water (which is filtered in all the taps in the house) and venture out along the coast.
Explore the beaches and stunning scenery and don’t be afraid to venture into one of the local ‘sodas’ (as they call them) which look like outdoor patios with tin roofs. They have great food! Stop at the fruit stands along the roads and definitely feast on a mango!
A 4x4 is a must. Spend the extra $100 and upgrade from basic to the comfy version...you’ll be happy you did. The craziest part is driving up and down the mountain to the villa, but the main roads are fine...it’s well worth the view and the experience is part of the amazing adventure. One last word of advice, keep in mind that being so close to the equator means early sunrise and sunset (about 5:30am-5:30pm in July). And by the way, the most beautiful sunset spot in all of Costa Rica...is from the terrace of Casa Pajaro!
Whale watching, Sierpe Mangrove River tour, Pre-Columbian Sphere Museum in Palmar, Boruca Indian Village, Surf / Kayak / Paddleboard, lessons, Ziplining, Nature Hikes at Hacienda Baru, Turtle Hatchery at Reserva Playa Tortuga, San Buenas Golf Resort, El Castillo, Citrus, Exotica, Ojochal, Uvita, Dominical,
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
No Snow in Costa Rica
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rental agreement will be given prior to payment with full terms and conditions included. Property manager will meet renter upon arrival and check you out upon departure. Detailed driving directions from San Jose airport are provided.
50% Due on booking reservation ; 50% due 30 days before arrival ; $300 refundable damage deposit with second payment ; preferred payment is personal cheque or Chase QuickPay ; 100% refundable if cancelled more than 60 days prior to check-in ; 50% refundable if cancelled more than 30 days prior to check-in