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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This is a beautiful house in a gorgeous setting, with unexcelled service. The house is solidly built with fine detailing, especially the wood materials. It is clearly an architect designed house. There are 2 "living rooms," which are open terraces on the first and second floors. There is an observation station on the 3rd floor. All of these spaces bring the immediate tropical landscaping and the just removed jungle right to you. It's beautiful and it's peaceful.
You spend much of your time awaiting the animal visitors, when you aren't luxuriating in the vegetation. We never failed to get excited about the howler monkey sound show. The coatimundi came onto our terrace every morning. The agouti were wandering about off and on all day. The big treat was the capuchin monkeys, and their arrival was always heralded by some thrashing of jungle branches. The birds were exotic to us. The flowers a special treat.
It is peaceful back from the beach and road, but 3-4 minutes walk to the beach. You are away from the noise and kid/backpacking scene of Montezuma and other tourist towns. Cabuya is a small town with good food and easy access to that day's fish from the fishermen who caught them.
Donna added a great deal to our stay. She is an American transplant and she and her husband Tito know everyone and everything about them. They are interesting and intelligent people, and Donna helped us in little and bigger things. She made all the arrangements for a car rental when I asked, down to details of delivery, costs, timing; and this had nothing to do with our house rental. We were left to our privacy and quiet, but she and Tito live on the property, and she was readily available for requests and questions. She even provided us with a loaner cell phone. There were no disappointments here.
We want to return. We want to stay longer, maybe very much longer.
We arrived at Casa Montezuma and were instantly surrounded by what the Ticos call Pura Vida. It means PURE LIFE and it was just that. The house is nothing short of amazing, with beautiful and charming architecture, location and landscape... but it's the surrounding life that makes you feel at home (Heaven on Mother Earth) We were able to cook and barbecue, and walk to the beach in the moonlight. We saw Monkeys, Humming Birds and Agoutis everyday. It was like staying in a national park... as every day we say new animals. If you are visiting Costa Rica to see National Parks, you should stay here. We saw more wildlife from our observation deck over morning coffee than we did in any of the parks we visited.
We had the most authentic experience from a local perspective. Much better than a hotel.
We rode the on premise bikes to get fresh caught fish, delicious bread, pastries and coffee, and to the national park. Aside from all of this things that we did or saw on our honeymoon, we felt an overall sense of peace that was unlike anywhere else we stayed during our month in Costa Rica. The property is safe, serene, and perfectly designed for the tropical climate (plus it's in a blue zone where people typically live to be over 100.... likely due to the purest and best tasting tap water ever!)
It is close enough to wonderful adventures like Tortuga Island, but away from the hustle and noise of hotel/hostel living. Casa Montezuma was hands down our favorite place we stayed during our month long honeymoon in Costa Rica. We had the best time even without a car..! (And we only used one of the three gorgeous bedrooms) We are looking forward to our next visit as soon as possible. Our only word of advice... Enjoy!
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
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