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Wildlife Galore Near Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-6)

'Casa Gavilan' [hawk house] is located in the tropical rainforests of the OSA Peninsula which is surrounded on one side by the pristine Golfo Dulce [sweet gulf] and on the other side by the glorious expansive Pacific Ocean. The house lies 150 yds. from the beach which has views of the Costa Rican and Panamanian coastlines. The house is only 3 miles from Cabo Matapalo which is known for excellent surfing, yet good surfing is as close as 1/2 mile away.

This area of Costa Rica remains one of the most unspoiled and biodiverse places, not just in this friendly country, but in the world. Home to Corcovado National Park and more, this ecosystem supports wildlife that includes four species of monkeys, flocks of scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths, iguanas, anteaters and countless birds. The nearby gulf is a seasonal route for whales, but dolphins and whale sharks are regularly seen here. Butterfly species and exotic insects are of interest to the curious. The gorgeous blue morpho graces the shaded areas often. The flora is as varied as the fauna with smells and taste never before experienced.

'Casa Gavilan' is a simple, comfortable, tropical home powered by the sun via solar panels. It has the option to be a 'bug free haven' with screens thru out for those who prefer such an environment.

A small 'ranchito' [thatch covered structure] is available for comfy shaded hammock relaxation and picnic fun directly on the beach.

Be sure to check out the many options for adventure, exploration and peaceful serenity in this unique, remote jungle paradise.

Keywords: House near beach

More Details

Bernie Bilberry
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Bernie Bilberry


Bernie Bilberry purchased this house in 2007

Why Bernie Bilberry chose Puerto Jiménez

pleasure on beach

What makes this house unique

fully screened, also front and back patio


Puerto Jiménez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Shared use of pool, hammock directly on beach nearby


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Wildlife Galore Near Beach
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Awesome House and Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last March and liked it so much we came back in July! The house is very comfortable with a short walk to the beach and surf. We saw an incredible amount of bird life along with monkeys and other jungle animals. The location provides both a beach sunrise and a mountain sunset view. We will stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We soo enjoyed Matt and Tela visits. We knew they must have really liked Casa Gavilan, when they asked to come back. They even planted some grass for us, thanks again.
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united states

private paradise

  • 5 of 5

my husband and i just visited this area of the osa peninsula,and we enjoyed waking up with the vocal, beautiful, scarlet macaws daily. that was just the start of the wildlife we saw; turtles, monkeys, countless birds, anteater, sloth...the house was very comfie with more than the basics. we plan to return soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for the good review. we will certainly look forward to your next stay at Casa Gavilan on Playa Sombreyo.
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Our Cabo adventure

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at Casa Gavilan was a true Costa Rican adventure. The close proximity to the beach makes this an excellent place when the surf is up. Scarlet Macaws are always nearby. The house is open and comfortable and the neighbours are very helpful. Love the idea that this place is off the grid, making for a tiny carbon footprint. We would recommend this place for anyone looking for remote Costa Rica. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We knew you would enjoy large exotic birds and the fully closed in house [windows with bars]. Looking forward to your return next year.
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  • 4 of 5

Casa Gavilan has it all, sound of surf, big scarlet mccaws, toucans, green parrots, monkeys right from sunny or shady patio [front & back]

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2011
  • Stayed: March 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: the garden and yard are coming along very colorful and nice. There are four surf breaks within 10 min walk. We have both high tide and low tide breaks.
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Awesome jungle/beach getaway.............

  • 5 of 5

The first thing I saw when we pulled onto the property was a huge hawk circling the house, that's how I knew my stay here would be incredible. Arrived late day in time for sunset and walked down to the beach following the sounds of the jungle and the surf. I was delighted to lay in the warm sand in the mid of nowhere with no one in sight. Paradise. The perfect place to work on my book. . The colors, sounds and smells and the feeling of tranquility that I experienced will remain w/ me forever. Breakfast on the sunny patio...kicking back with coffee and watching the wildlife show all around me, a perfect way to start the day. Make sure to go to Esperanzas' bar on Fri nite a great way to meet the awesome locals.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2011
  • Stayed: November 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First class in the "Away from it all Category".........

  • 5 of 5

Everything you could ask for. The house has all the ameneties, plus! Slept like a baby...Very comforatable and VERY private, but within an awesome community if you "were" to need anything. There is a little cove called "little Germany" where even I , the ultimate beginner felt safe enough to give surfing a try at high tide. Great beach walks in the early am and eves. The locals are so helpful we left feeling like we've made a few lifelong friends. Loved the parrots, toucans and macaws that hang near the house... they became part of the family. Even seeing the photo pop up on my screen to "write a review" made me homesick! Buy groceries and supplies in Jimenez on your way won't want to leave.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2011
  • Stayed: December 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Kilometres
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
110 Metres
Playa Sombrero
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary

zipline, tree climb, waterfall rappel, boat excursions, yoga retreat, tours available to local botanical garden, or wildlife refuge, or to former gold mining camp, dolphin watches


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.