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Casa Montezuma: Spectacular Almond-Wood House with Canopy View Deck

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This gorgeous 3-story almond-wood house is surrounded by tropical beauty, in the midst of a what seems like a nature park. Monkeys, coati-mundis, anteaters and many other species daily visit the 2-acre property, while toucans and parrots glide by overhead. All this, yet only 300M/ yards from one of the loveliest sand beaches in Montezuma! The outstanding architectural design offers two stories of living space and an observation deck on the third level. The observation deck is the place to enjoy your morning coffee as you watch the tropical animals and birds in the surrounding jungle canopy. The house sleeps 4-6 adults quite comfortably, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is an outside shower for rinsing off after the beach as well as an inside shower with hot water. Each floor has an open area to sit and enjoy the tropical trees and flowers. You'll feel the stress melt away as you listen to the peaceful sound of the stream that runs by the house.


More Details

Donna Conneely & Alberto Zevallos
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

About Donna Conneely & Alberto Zevallos

I am a lifelong world traveler, interested in almost everything, especially nature and wildlife. My promise to you is this: I will do all I can to make your vacation the best it can be, and I will go the extra mile to make sure your visit to Costa Rica is unforgettable.

Donna Conneely & Alberto Zevallos purchased this villa in 1991

Why Donna Conneely & Alberto Zevallos chose Montezuma

Montezuma is a destination that truly has something for everyone. It is exotic and out of the ordinary, and yet it feels like coming home- coming home to the elemental world where we live closely in tune with nature. If you are visiting Costa Rica in order to get close to nature, this is your house!

What makes this villa unique

This house comes with some very valuable extras! For example, it comes with two bikes, local cell phone, beach towels and umbrellas, hammocks, and gas BBQ. One of the bikes has a basket, so you can use it to bring home groceries, hot bread from the bakery, or fresh fish from Cabuya. No need for an expensive rental car! Also included is weekly cleaning service at no extra charge!

For those interested in wildlife we provide several bird field guides, binoculars, wildlife identification brochures, local maps, tide charts, and more. From the 3rd floor observation deck you can get really close to the monkeys for some top-notch photo opportunities.

At night you will not hear cars, airplanes or other people's music. You will drift off to sleep with the sounds of the stream, the waves of the ocean, and the haunting cries of nightjars or tiger herons. In the morning you will awake to the unforgettable sounds of the howler monkeys starting their day.

Finally, we provide free weekly cleaning service, with daily service available (at extra cost) with advance notice. There never any hidden fees or taxes.


Montezuma Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - The indoor shower has warm water.
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , The outdoor shower has cool water.
  • The two showers do not include toilets. There is an indoor shower with warm water and an outdoor shower with cool water. Also, there are three bathrooms with toilets and sinks.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The futon is suitable for one person.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Child Beds (1)... so there are beds enough for 7 people if at least one of them is a child.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Casa Montezuma is a good fit for those who wish to relax and enjoy a natural setting. Good wildlife viewing and close to the beach!


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Perfect peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We adored Casa Montezuma! Its location was perfectly secluded, and in the middle of a wildlife corridor where an astonishing array of animals paraded past us on the porches every day, all day. I could have just spent all day lounging and watching the creatures. We enjoyed its proximity to the lovely Los Cedros beach as well. The house is comfy and well-equipped, and makes you feel like you are in nature at all times due to its design which brings the outdoors inside. A cell phone was provided by the owners to arrange local taxis to get into Montezuma or Cabuya. There was really no need to rent a car to explore the area, which reduced travel stress and saved money. The owner Tito was next door, and provided great information, conversation and friendship. What a lovely guy! We'd return in a heartbeat. Miss it already.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A one of a kind property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five loved our stay at Casa Montezuma! We loved this unique hide away in the jungle - the rooms were comfortable, clean and provided everything we required. We really enjoyed spending time in one of the many outdoor living areas watching all of the wildlife. The property is secluded and beautiful but also close to gorgeous beaches, delicious restaurants and all the conveniences of town. Tito was very accommodating and made us feel right at home. We would certainly recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that your family enjoyed their stay at Casa Montezuma! It was a great pleasure to host you. Thanks!
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Tropical Dream Come True!

  • 5 of 5

Imagine yourself living in a beautiful wooden tree-like house, surrounded by lush jungle with the sounds of birds and howler monkeys… and all the privacy and peace you want for an incredible vacation adventure! And yet, you are also very close to a fantastic beach as well as the road with a bus system for getting to close by towns for re-supply and/or dinners out. This place is beyond words because you need the sounds, views, jungle feel and appearance of animals to appreciate the real deal, though the photos do give you an accurate idea. Truly – the actual experience is so much more sensory rich and we plan to return soon!

We stayed here for two weeks during our winter break. It was everything a romantic vacation could be… bird and monkey watching in the mornings with coffee at the upstairs table. We walked up the road for a morning workout and took in the gorgeous views of the coastline. Beach time during the day and then back to the spacious yard and house for afternoon cocktails and dinner prep with fresh fish we bought at the local market. We occasionally went out to dinner with the ease of a bus or cab pick up. Donna was an absolute treasure in every way for information, guidance and logistics!

Although we were only two people, this house could easily hold three couples or a large family. The unique arrangement of the home with multiple bathrooms, deck space and the yard allows for privacy and room to hang out. Walking down the side road to Los Cedros beach is easy, biking to Cabuya is a fun trip and access to Montezuma via bus is just the right distance for dinner out but then coming back to your own very special Costa Rican paradise at Casa Montezuma.

We were thrilled with our time at Casa Montezuma and give it a 5 star rating in every way! We won’t be able to get to Costa Rica this winter but our plans are to be back at Casa Montezuma for winter break 2014/15!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco CA USA

Casa Montezuma is a great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay at Casa Montezuma. The house itself was clean, well maintained and comfortable, and the kitchen had all the things you need to cook if you don't feel like going to town for a meal. The house is a beautiful wooden building surrounded by trees full of birds and monkeys. While sitting on the patio we also saw agoutis, bats,and raccoons. A cool breeze blew from the ocean, making morning and evening temperatures comfortable. And speaking of the beach, Playa de Los Cedros beach is a short walk away. I saw herons and pelicans perching on the rocks there. The friendly owners, Donna and Tito lived close by and were able to answer all of our questions. They often checked in with us to make sure we were comfortable, but were never intrusive. I would recommend Casa Montezuma to anyone. It is particularly well- suited to families and groups of friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Beautiful oasis

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I stayed here for 4 nights. After a very dusty, dry drive, we arrived and felt as if we had entered an oasis. The grounds are so beautiful, with flowering trees and plants everywhere. The house is amazing,llwith lots of open air space. Very spacious, 3 floors, several bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. All with wonderful views. The kitchen is fully stocked with anything you need to prepare your meals. The town has 2 great markets to stock up with food. I am gluten intolerant and was able to find plenty, even rice pastas! Also, everywhere you look, there is a little personal touch that makes you smile. While we were there, we were visited by white faced monkees on several occasions, the coatamundi and the agoudi walk around the yard, and the parrots fly through, amongst so many others. You hear the howler monkees in the distance, and if you are lucky, they will come near and you can spot them also. It was really very enchanting. You can walk to the end of the road and hit the ocean and watch the surfers. Donna was so accomadating. She gave us a lift into town a couple of times, gave us bikes to use and was a wealth of information. We were able to walk to or from town, it is about a 1/2 hour walk. Great food in Montezuma, try the mint ice tea drink at the sushi place! The town is very friendly also, with a great beach and hiking areas. There is a river nearby that we spotted the pink spoonbill on several occasions. We fell in love with that place and with Donna, and feel as if we have made a new lifelong friend. I am counting down until I can return, and to definitely make this part of our stay again in Costa Rica. Thank you Donna.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superior, CO

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a resort with air conditioned rooms this is not the place for you. We loved the open air spaces. It felt like a lovely wood tree house in the jungle with all of the necessities of home. Tito and Donna were helpful with all arrangements and super friendly (while also being respectful of our privacy). My kids commented on it being the best VRBO we've stayed at, and we've stayed at quite a few over the years. We got a thunderstorm pretty much every night, which had an extra spectacular effect in the open air house. Overall a great week there.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Tambor Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Los Cedros Beach

Casa Montezuma is located 3 kilometers south of the town of Montezuma and just 300 meters from the Pacific Ocean. The home is tucked away in a serene grove of lush vegetation, part of a natural wildlife corridor. It is 5 kilometers north of Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, Costa Rica's first natural reserve.

Other Activities: Birdwatching, Wildlife viewing, Volleyball

Golf: Los Delfines Golf & Country Club on Tambor Beach


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.

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