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Costa Rica - San Miguel - Beachfront Cottages

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The beaches of San Miguel and Playa Coyote are one uninterrupted ribbon of powdery sand that stretches for about eight miles and is blissfully crowd-free. Until just a few years ago, very few people — other than the local residents and families from the capital, San José — came to these beaches.

By the end of the 1990s, when the five-star resort at Punta Islita (15 km north of San Miguel) opened with a small airport, visitors started noticing San Miguel.

There are two identical cabins named Plenamar and Veramar. Each cabin, developed on a 1/3-acre parcel fronting the beach, has two floors totaling 800 square feet with two bedrooms and one bath.

The cottages were built in 2009.

The first floor is 16' x 24', has two twin beds with two extra trundle beds, and a small kitchen-dining area. An attached 12' x 16' covered porch opens to the garden. There is an outdoor shower.

The second floor has a 15' x 16' bedroom with a queen bed and a 5' x 12' bathroom. Walls and roof are done with masonry and reinforced concrete. Floors, doors, and trim are made of local sustainable woods — Cedar, Cenizaro (Samanea saman), and Pochote (Bombacopsis quinata). Finish specs feature porcelain and glass tiles, Baldwin door hardware, Toto plumbing fixtures, and Grohe faucets. Upper floor Bedroom has A/C. All rooms have ceiling fans.

Only a few hundred yards south of the property, Estero San Miguel, fills and empties with the tides. It's a great place to swim and watch wildlife. Howler monkeys are frequently seen—and heard! Further south and larger, Estero Coyote, runs several kilometers inland and features a small fishing harbor. There are boats available for hire to tour the estuary or to go fishing. Visit one of the turtle conservation stations, in San Miguel or Caletas. In July - August, you can see the Arribadas, the arrival of turtles on the beach to lay their eggs, watch the eggs hatch and see all the newborn turtles swim to the ocean.

You can rent horses in the area, and there is very good surfing and boggie boarding right in front of the cabins.

Keywords: Bungalow, Casita, Cabin

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

About The Owner

Miguel, Marie, and their two daughters have been visiting Costa Rica for over 20 years. They moved from Nosara to San Miguel to get away from the hectic beaches and re-discover the tranquility Costa Rica has to offer. As an Architect, Miguel has designed the beach front cottages with gracious details. We hope you enjoy the cabins and area as much as we do!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

Why The Owner chose Costa Rica

Uncrowded beaches and natural beauty is what first comes to mind when visiting San Miguel. Nothing compares with being able to walk to the beach or surf right in front of your house.

What makes this cottage unique

Location, location, location. beach, surf, and restaurants all within walking distance.


based on 40 traveler reviews

Costa Rica - San Miguel - Beachfront Cottages
average rating of 4.85 based on 40 reviews

Perfectly Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

These cottages are lovely, and were perfect for the three of us – two adults and our 7 year old daughter. The area is spectacular, and very close to a scenic, almost deserted, beach. The cottage is very comfortable, with a well-supplied kitchen. All of the people we met such as the groundskeeper and cleaner are very friendly.

The boogie boards are a nice way to enjoy the surf. The three of us also took a surfing lesson with Connie and Ingo of Wild by Nature Adventures just down the beach. Great fun! Also down the beach and recommended for casual food and drinks is Locos Cocos. This is a beautiful part of Costa Rica to spend some time. The weather was hot and amazing, and the sunsets, breathtaking!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Spotless hygiene and perfect amenities, any description given falls short to illustrate the paradise you encounter here. Beach right in front, soft ocean lullaby all day long, perfectly maintained grass that makes you never want to wear shoes again! Open space with tons of natural light, green and a soft delicious breeze at night. Security is absolutely guaranteed, property staff are generous and super kind. Privacy in any way you can think of, hammocks facing the ocean are wonderful! Afternoon naps are mandatory with those hammocks :-) lovely linen and fresh cleaned. Mini kitchen had all we needed, we ordered fresh fish from a local fisherman that Marvin helped us find and even made delicious fish curry outdoors! We never left the house, that is how perfect and entertaining it was our star for my 6 yrs old daughter, my husband and I. We never missed TV but having a pool to freshen up would be greatly appreciated, in the future may be? Overall this is now our favorite place to vacation and get away from it all. Thank you Migue for your impeccable attention and your staff's as well. We will definitely keep coming back as often as we can :-)

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Beach Paradise

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four (kids 14 and 11) stayed at the beachfront cottage from March 26-30th. The setting is absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place to unwind and relax this is the perfect place for you. We had a blast with the boogie boards!! The sunsets are amazing. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, well supplied and beautifully situated

  • 5 of 5

To confirm other reviews, the deserted beaches were spectacular (I ran 5 km before turning around, but felt like I could have gone twice as far); everyone was friendly and helpful (Miguel the nighttime security guard played soccer with my partner and our boys); Dominga’s breakfasts were amazing (and gave us delicious left-overs); the initial drive was indeed daunting but we quickly got used to the roads; and (from afar) Miguel the owner was attentive, his directions and instructions were flawless, his advice was helpful. We should have asked Marvin the groundskeeper for things earlier in the week – it seems he knows people and can arrange things.

To add: we were a family of 5 (myself, my partner, two boys aged 7 and 11 and my partner’s adult daughter). Sleeping downstairs is hot. There is a ceiling fan and pedestal fan, but we felt we had to close the patio doors, limiting fresh air circulation from outside. We eventually opted to not use the AC upstairs and keep all windows open, which worked well.

The kitchen is well equipped (just a colander missing), with microwave, toaster oven, hot plate, and minimal but sufficient dishes. We made most of our meals by taking the hot plate outside (there’s an outlet on the patio) to avoid adding heat indoors. Try as we might, we only managed to make three ice cubes in one week, but the small fridge kept cold the things we needed cold. It was important to be well equipped as there is no store within walking distance.

We took excellent surfing lessons from Connie and Ingo (Wild By Nature Adventures) a couple of kilometres south. Locos Cocos, the one eatery accessible by foot, was lovely. The surf, like the roads, was daunting at first (especially with young-ish children) but we soon found our comfort level, and the boogie boards were well used and extremely appreciated. There were a couple of power outages. They were very short, so not a great disturbance, but took us by surprise (e.g. when skyping home).

Nice touches: clothes line outside for hanging wet towels etc., outdoor shower for rinsing off, bidet, phone for local calls (we had no cell service), a few novels and guide books, all Miguel’s instructions etc. laminated (only in one cabin – would be nice in both), a flashlight.

Overall, our week in this remote location was spectacular. As our boys’ first experience of going south to escape the Canadian winter, there was nothing lacking.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Miguel's property from Feb. 7 - Feb. 17th, 2016. It was the most tranquil and relaxing vacation experience we've ever had.

The listing description was accurate. Numerous e-mails, directions including photos, & list of nearby restaurants from the owner were much appreciated & helped calm any fears we had about travelling to this remote part of Costa Rica for the first time. Miguel never tired of my questions &was always very prompt with his replies.

The owners suggestion that we stay in Liberia the night of our arrival was a good one. He said it was imperative that we reach his property before sunset. That was sage advice. The trip from the airport to this property took us longer than we expected. (3 hrs+)The gravel road from Jicaral to Playa San Miguel is narrow, rough and windy, so you have to go slowly. It's important not to drive that road in the dark for your very first time! We soon got accustomed to the dirt roads, and before you knew it, we were heading off to other beaches and crossing small rivers with our intermediate SUV, but our first trip in was a bit intimidating!

Erick (the young man who checked us in and good speak English), Dominga (who delivers delicious breakfasts for a price), Maria (Spanish housekeeper), Cristhopher (one of the groundskeepers), and Miguel (a night watchman) were all pleasant, helpful and friendly. The owner telephoned shortly after we arrived to welcome us. The customer service was great.

The property is beautiful. The beach is the nicest one I've ever seen (no litter or debris). Even though it was peak season, I never saw more than 10 people on the 4 kms beach throughout the entire day. You didn't need to worry about stepping on sharp shells or rocks when going in the water. Body surfing on the boogie boards was great fun. Figuring out where to hang our hammocks was our most difficult decision to make each day.

The nearby restaurant (200 yards down the beach) was excellent, as was the Pizza Tree House and Le Barco (just ten minutes away). The Butterfly Farm was interesting. Travelling to Samara, Punta Islita, & Playa Carmen, was adventurous & fun.

My only complaint was the uncomfortable lawn chairs. You know the place is awesome when that's the only downside!

Weather was perfect (sunny, 34 every day). People were charming. Fabulous photo opportunities. The quietness was calming. We look forward to returning in the future (once our Canadian dollar rebounds!)

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing I never want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to stay at Playa San Miguel for 8 amazing nights. If you are looking for people, and resorts then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for the most amazing beach, with no people for miles then we would highly recommend. The home is very comfortable with all the amenities you need. Playa San Miguel is a tranquil quiet place, we honestly saw no more than 5 people on the beach for our entire stay. We walked for miles without seeing another soul. There are many great places within short drives from the home for great meals. If you want to stay on Costa Rica and really be away from the crowded scene, this definitely is the place for you. We were fortunate enough to meet the owner of the property Miguel, he was a great wealth of information on our trip, he definitely takes pride in both his homes and have made sure all his guest receive great service from his help, and a secure property by even having a security patrol during the night time hours. We had breakfast delivered each day by Dominga which was truly amazing! Be sure to go to Playa Coyote to eat at El Barco they had some of the best food we have had in CR. Thanks Miguel for your hospitality it was a great time. We will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Los Maderos
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Playa San Miguel

Properties are right on the beach, sorrounded by lush gardens and palm trees


Rates & Availability

Playa San Miguel Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Costa Rica Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Deck / Patio
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • surfing
  • swimming

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