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On The Beach Surrounded by Jungle

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Caballitos del Mar is a unique property located on the beach south of Dominical in Puntarenas Province. Located in the "Zona Maritima", it is as close as you can be to the gorgeous Playa Dominical, with its broad sand beaches, monument rocks, and world-class surfing. The property has towering trees over 100' tall which are the homes for kinkajous, toucans, and monkeys. The one acre parcel is fully landscaped, but nature is the predominant theme, with natural foliage and wildlife at your doorstep.

Dominical is a small village on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and is known for its consistently excellent surfing. The beach is broad and shallow, and allows swimming, surfing, and just cooling off. The lifestyle in the area is reminiscent of Kauai or Maui, with wonderful small restaurants with a variety of cuisines, surf shops with instruction, and renowned Spanish language school called AEC (Adventure Education Center).

The school is a 30 minute walk on the beach (low tide) or on the jungle paths. Quality restaurants are also easy walking or biking distances, or just a few minutes by car.

The home has two stories, with a full kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, and master bedroom on the first floor. The second floor has two more bedrooms, two full baths, and a loft area which can accommodate another guest.

Each bedroom is air-conditioned, and there are 7 fans throughout the home for additional ventilation. All windows are opening, and there are sliding glass doors in each bedroom and the living room. All windows and sliding doors have screens.

The pools are gorgeous, with blue tile basins and crystal clear water. They are the perfect way to cool off in the afternoon and to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset.

Eco-tourism is the only kind of tourism in Costa Rica, and the best excursions are on the South Pacific Coast. In less than an hour, you can be on horseback riding towards Nayuca Waterfalls, or on a boat on Rio Sierpe headed for the Osa Peninsula, or riding a zipline in nearby Hacienda Baru. A variety of excursion booking services are located in Dominical or at one of the excellent resorts in the area like Villas Rio Mar or Cuna de Angel. Rates are very reasonable, and we've never been disappointed by the quality or hospitality of the tours.

While many properties may claim to be "unique", we make that claim with confidence. We spent several years going through the permitting process that allows us to build in this very special, very protected Zona Maritima, and you'll not find a property within 50 miles that has the privacy, easy access to the beach, and jungle surroundings as Caballitos del Mar.

Dominical is now less than 3 hours by car from San Jose and the Costa Rica's main airport (which is served by American, Continental, Frontier, Taca, and other major airlines.) From the US, gateway cities include Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, and Miami. Rental cars are easily available for $40 to $80 per day from major companies, and the driving is courteous but the roads vary in quality.

Two main highways connect San Jose to Dominical, one of which takes approximately 3 hours (airport to home, along the coast) and the other takes 4 hours (over a 10,500' mountain pass). There are also regional airlines which serve Quepos (1 hour north) and Palmar Norte (1 hour south) from San Jose. You can also arrange private bus service from San Jose and for larger parties and the cost is very reasonable.

We have other homes available in Dominical with discounts offered for multiple home rentals. Please contact us for more information.

Caballitos Del Mar #2 sits between the two other villas (Caballitos Del Mar #1 and #3) that were built in a similar fashion. The three villas are private and can be rented separately or, for large groups conducting weddings or reunions, they can be rented all together. And while the beach out front is public, it is rarely visited by tourists or locals. For most of your stay, you’ll have the sand and waves all to yourself. Each villa can sleep as many as eight adults.

More Details

Property Manager
Neil Harding
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Neil Harding

I have been an audiologist for over 30 years and have a private practice in Los Gatos, California. Although I work indoors, my heart is in outdoor adventures with friends - whether its river rafting, bicycling, kayaking, skiing, backpacking or hiking. Our home in Dominical is a phenomenal place to relax - with adventure that surrounds you.

Why Neil Harding chose Puntarenas

This is fulfillment of a dream: to have a tropical home in the jungle...on the a private environmentally protected area. Amazing!

What makes this house unique

Immediate beach access. Wildlife including monkeys, toucans, iguanas. Warm swimming pools and a modern home. World-class surfing and access to the ocean. Excellent restaurants and a variety of cuisines in the surrounding area. Rural, with good roads for access to Quepos/ Manuel Antonio Park (north) , the Osa Peninsula (south) San Isidro de General, and San Jose/Cartago (east).


Canto del Mar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bedroom with On Suite Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bedroom with On Suite Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2) There are two Queen beds: one in the downstairs bedroom and in one of the upstairs bedroom. We have beds for 7. The two couches can accommodate 2 more., Double Beds (1) The third bedroom has a double bed and a twin bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) Convertible Bed: This is more like a large couch, but it's fine to sleep on. Located in the loft area upstairs. Also a second large couch in the living room
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

On The Beach Surrounded by Jungle
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Columbus, Ohio

Dominical at its best!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Costa Rica and we thoroughly loved the experience. Dominical is a pleasant drive from San Juan, with much to see along the way. When we arrived at the villa, it was exactly as shown in the pictures…inside and out. The home is very open and airy and complete with virtually anything you might need during your stay. While at the villa, we spent much of our time outside, enjoying the sounds of the ocean, the serenity of the pool, and the privacy the setting provides. We loved grabbing our morning coffee and heading the short distance to the beach for our daily walks. While the beach is public, you seldom see others walking it. It is as close to having your own private beach as possible. Since we visited shortly after the hurricane in November, the weather was not entirely cooperative. Nonetheless, there are so many wonderful sights to see and adventures to pursue, our days were full from sun-up to sundown. The time we spent in the area flew by so quickly, we would have loved to have extended our stay for a few more days. Unfortunately, work commitments wouldn’t allow for that.

A review of the property wouldn’t be complete without mention of the caretakers…Jorge and Cindy. Jorge and Cindy live on the property and took great care to ensure our experience at the villa was a memorable one. These are two genuinely wonderful people that you will enjoy meeting during your stay!!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St Petersburg, FL

Best spot in all of Dominical!!!

  • 5 of 5

We love the Dominical/Uvita area and have stayed in that area many times over the past 6 years. Hands down this is my favorite spot. We had a large group and rented all 3 houses to accommodate us. There was ample room for all of us as described and just enough privacy in each home setting with the ease of simply walking around some tropical plants into the adjoining properties. Jorge and Cindy were fantastic hosts. Both the interior and exterior areas where kept very tidy daily. Jorge turned us on to some great local spots for waterfalls and fresh fish Cindy made us a fantastic lunch on our last day. The places are great and honestly if its something you're concerned about the AC units in the bedrooms work extremely well. The beach behind the homes is great, there a bunch of large boulders and rocky formations that are exposed creating tidal pools and allowing you to walk to the closest restaurant about (200 meters) and even all the way to "downtown" Dominical. Long of the short, I am planning to stay with them again when I return this coming April.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palatka, FL USA

A wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my two children, their spouses, and two grandchildren for 8 days in this beautiful slice of heaven. The house was beautiful, right on the ocean, and fully equipped. The check-in and check-out procedures were efficient and friendly. While the bedrooms were air conditioned, the main house was not. That did not provide any problems, but visitors who need cool spaces should take note. We used the pool a lot as an alternative to the fairly rough surf which was great for the surfers, but not so good for the children. We enjoyed walking on the beach to Dominical which was about 20 minutes away but not accessible during high tide. Taxis were inexpensive and available; however, we ended up renting a car there for better travel options. I look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gilroy,Californig, USA (south of the other San Jos

Fantastic family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family came to spend a week together at Caballitos del Mar. It was fantastic. We ranged from grandparents and two families with children from two years up. We had a great time sampling all of the local adventures from zip lining to the national parks. The house was great with three suites for the three family units and the pool was a special hit with all. It's a great place to relax or to adventure out. We did all of the above. Dominical is a great place with excellent food and a lot to see. The staff did a great job of recommending and reserving activities for our whole family. We can't wait to do it all again.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coeur d'Alene Idaho

Amazing Home on the Beach

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and it exceeded all of our expectations. We have traveled several times to Hawaii and were not sure what to expect, but the beaches, weather and beautiful home were beyond amazing. There were 3 couples and this home was absolutely perfect as it had 3 master suites. The home was open and airy, had a pool and loungers and was just steps away from the ocean. The sandy beach was perfect for morning walks down to Dominical and just as much fun in the evening when the tide was out. We had fabulous dinners at restaurants close by and a spa for massages and facials. The husbands absolutely loved the fishing. There was a local fishing guide that they went out with twice and had great success. They also went fishing on their own and thoroughly enjoyed the local hospitality. The caretakers for this home were amazing. You could not have asked for kinder more attentive people. Their home was located on the property and they were always accessible if we had any questions or needs. We will definitely be back and will definitely stay in this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caballitos el Mar

  • 5 of 5

Wow.... What else is there to say.

If you want to surf some great to incredible swell, be near a traditional C.R. type town without the tourist traps that Tamarindo or Los Suenos offer, this is your spot.

The home was all its' photos made it up to be, and more. Nothing but great beaches that stretched for miles all to ourselves, and surfing like Dominical proper 150 yards from the pool. We loved the peace and quiet, and having a festive atmosphere and market to stroll around, but literally 3 minutes away in Dominical.

As for the team of people that handled all the arrangements, from Mr. Harding, Steve, and the local reps, each was professional and fantastic.

Their guidance in finding the best of the local services was without comparison.

5 stars means 5 stars.

I have to mention Jorge and his family and what an asset they were to our stay as they live and work to keep the properties and the residents in total comfort with enthusiasm.

They were always available if you needed some on the spot assistance, and my family has made life long friends. I couldn't recommend a better location.

Take it from someone who has been from San Jose through La Fortuna and Mt. Arenal, to Tamarindo and the coast all the way south to Golfito and Zancudo, this was grade A Costa Rica.


  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Roca Verde
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Roca Verde
Nearest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Caballitos del Mar
Nearest Point of Interest
River Baru
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Canto del Mar House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 3 to Apr 30 2017
Mar 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
May 1 - Jun 30 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jul 1 - 31 Aug 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sept 1 - Nov 15 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 16 - Dec 18 2017
Nov 16 2017 - Dec 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 19 2017 - Dec 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years 2018
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 4 - Feb 20 2018
Jan 4 2018 - Feb 20 2018
5 night minimum stay
Feb 21 - Feb 26 2018
Feb 21 2018 - Feb 26 2018
5 night minimum stay
Feb 27 - Apr 30 2018
Feb 27 2018 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
May 1 - Jun 30 2018
May 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

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