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Wildlife & Adventurer's Paradise...Access to Ocean, River, and Rainforest

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 6

A stay at Sierpe del Pacifico is Costa Rica at its finest...remote and comfortable accommodations...nature in its purest form all around you...adventure rich...much more affordable for families than the Drake Bay Eco-Lodges

This is your chance to completely escape the monotonous grind of everyday life and rejuvenate your body and mind with a healthy dose of natural beauty, active adventure, and cultural authenticity. All five senses will be on full alert here, each one contributing to an overall sense of joy and relaxation. Start your mornings with the sounds of howler monkeys, the sight of tropical sunrises, and the aroma of Costa Rican coffee that would put Starbucks to shame. Fill you days with a plethora of river, ocean, or rainforest adventure, all available directly from your front steps. Finally, wind down the evening watching the flight of white ibis across the sunset over Isla Violin with a cold cervesa or mojito in hand. Sound like paradise to you...we think so too!

Our cabina's location on the Sierpe River - a fully navigable river that flows into the Pacific Ocean - serves as a direct connection to all of the best adventure activities that Costa Rica is known for. Accessible directly from the front steps of the cabina are 5 kilometers of hiking trails that weave through primary rainforest, wetlands, mangroves, and 3 tropical fruit filled gardens - all great for wildlife watching and birding. Feel free to help yourself to the fruit as well, the resident monkeys certainly do! Four kayaks are stored on-site and are yours to use for exploring the river and its tributaries.

Are you a fan of fishing? If so, you'll be glad to know that some sizable red snapper and snook have been caught from the two riverfront piers. For adrenaline junkies some pretty intense mountain biking and horseback riding trails connect the SDP property to the Mirimar mountain range to the south. Finally, if you just want to sit back and enjoy the wide open views of three coastal mountain ranges, Isla Violin, and the daily flights of macaws, toucans, and parrots over the river, two additional hill-top scenic overlook verandas are just a couple minutes walk from the cabina.

In addition to the on-site activities, it is highly recommended that you arrange for a variety of tour boats to pick you up at the riverfront dock for some of the ocean related activities that have made this area so popular with tourists. Favorites include deep-sea fishing (world class in-shore and off-shore), snorkeling, diving (Costa Rica's most renowned), and wildlife watching in Corcovado National Park.

The cabina itself is relatively new and was built in the signature Sierpe del Pacifico 'refined rustic' style. Large beamed exotic hardwoods combine with lofted ceilings and ample use of screened in windows to emphasize views of, and harmony with, the natural surroundings. A 215 sq. ft. veranda has rocking chairs, a breakfast nook, and lounger available to relax in while enjoying the amazing views. Despite being very isolated and completely off the grid here, a well appointed solar system, on demand hot water, and 3G cell phone coverage will keep you comfortable and connected. Ask about internet options. The beds are all custom made from exotic hardwoods, have orthopedic mattresses, and use high thread count sheets.

While the enjoyment of our river retreat provides the ultimate in tranquility, beauty, and seclusion, it must be said that this experience is better geared towards those who are adventurous and enjoy physical activities. The walk to the cabina from the boat dock is the equivalent of a few blocks and involves a decent sized hill. While the cabina is brand new and provides a wide range of modern comforts and conveniences, you must remember that you are “off the grid” and in the middle of a tropical rainforest. This cabin does not have air conditioning, but overhead fans and a design utilizing cross-ventilation measures keeps the cabina comfortable. In our version of paradise we sacrifice air conditioning for air of the purest condition!

This home is not suitable for children aged 2 and under or the infirm. Ask about suitability for children ages 3-6 or those with limited physical abilities.

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Cassidy Scheer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

About Cassidy Scheer

My father and I built this home in 2008. Hailing from northern Wisconsin, we've always loved the outdoors and experiences that are adventurous and authentic. This home on the Sierpe River gives this to us in droves. We love days filled with river, rainforest, and ocean adventure, and evenings spent on the deck sipping mojitos and watching the birds fly by.

Cassidy Scheer purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Cassidy Scheer chose Costa Rica

It is the idyllic combination of river, rain forest, and ocean. We can access the beauty and adventure of all three environments from this one property.

What makes this cottage unique

This is the real Costa Rica. You will be hard pressed to find a more authentic and adventure rich experience!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Wildlife & Adventurer's Paradise...Access to Ocean, River, and Rainforest
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed in the cabina for a week and it was incredible. Cassidy and Rayna made planning the trip a breeze, and Guillermo was very helpful when we got there and always responsive whenever we needed a ride into town. He was ready with the boat in Sierpe when we arrived, loaded our luggage into the boat, took us to SDP (10-15 minute ride), and then walked us up to the cabina and pointed out a few things, including the group of howler monkeys sleeping in the trees, during our walk up. The 95-99 degree heat was a little intimidating at first, but the ceiling fans in the cabina make it much better and at night it would cool off to upper 70s which made it very comfortable to sleep in. The walk from the pier to the cabina is uphill and can seem somewhat steep in parts, but makes it all the more worth it as you progress from the mangroves and forest floor to the canopy, where you're cabina is sitting perched overlooking the surrounding rainforest. Plus, you get used to that walk very quickly during your stay and we had some of our best wildlife viewing while walking on this trail. There are also numerous trails to hike throughout the property. I personally recommend the mangrove trail, which takes you through the garden where you can find some fresh fruit and then it proceeds along the river. We stocked up on some fresh limes and enjoyed them with our imperial beers. We just about ran out of batteries for our camera and took over 300 pictures during our first couple of days, which shows how much you can see while staying at SDP. One of our favorite moments was hanging out on the porch in the rocking chairs and seeing a three-toed sloth lounging high up in a tree during sunset just 100 feet away from our porch. We also took the kayaks out on the tributary near the pier and I tried fly fishing for a bit, but had no luck. My favorite activity was the night hike with Cesar. He is very knowledgeable and took us out on his farm and pointed out some amazing wildlife. It is a must for all adventure seekers! We also recommend getting out to Isla del Caño for a day, whether you snorkel or go fishing. They picked us up and dropped us off right at the SDP pier for all of these trips, which was very convenient. The town of Sierpe is full of friendly locals as well as a few shops and restaurants. If you love wildlife, hiking, camping, being remote, exploring, etc., this is the place to be. We will be returning here again in the future. Thanks again, Cassidy!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adventure in the forest

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at this cabin in the forest. It was a trip of a lifetime. The cabin was just perfect. We were 6 in total and it was the perfect size. What an experience to be without any human sounds, just forest sounds, for 5 days. We loved the open design so that we felt like part of nature while we were in the cabin. Having Guillermo available to help was great. We went fishing, snorkeling, kayaking,hiking through the mangroves, hiking in Corcovado and everything was such an adventure. We saw so much just from our own porch : birds, monkeys, sunsets, beautiful thunder storms etc. We enjoyed cooking "minimally" with the supplies that we bought when we arrived in Sierpe and carried up to the cabin.

Everything was exactly as the listing described, only more magical. Not for small children and definitely a steep hike to get to the cabin. But so worth it! No direct access to shops, so plan ahead and arrange a boat ride into Sierpe with Guillermo of needed.

We will be back and will definitely stay here again. Thanks Cassidy, Guillermo, Rayna, Ceasar and Oscar for this amazing experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nature Life

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoy staying in such place inside the rainforest.

It is a really new experience to replace the sounds of our big town with animals sounds like howler monkeys in particular.

Don't hesitate. And if you need help and advices, Guillermo is there to give you all you need and organize a discovery day in corcovado or island...

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Fabrice - We're glad to hear you had an enjoyable time at the cabina with your family! You're right, being up close and personal with nature is what really makes this experience so great. Everyone loves seeing (and hearing) the monkeys in their natural environment. I will make sure to pass along your compliments to Guillermo and the rest of the staff. Pura Vida - Cassidy
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Wausau, Wi. USA

Sierpe del Pacifico Adventure

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from our second visit to Sierpe del Pacifico. We had an excellent time at SDP. Our accomodations in the River Cabin we quite comfortable. We ate most all our meals there but made a few visits to the Village. The SDP experience is perfect for anyone that enjoys exploring the beauty of Costa Rica. While we were visiting we enjoyed both a guided river fishing trip for snook, snapper & corvina & a fantastic day on the Pacific. We ate fish almost eveyday! We had another great day riding horses & visiting with Rosie & her family on a real Tico farm. Visiting with Rosie & her family was a great way for us to work on our Spanish too. We took daily walks on the miles of well maintained trails, taking pictures & video of the plants & animals. On this visit we saw all four species of monkeys that are native to CR. We enjoyed fresh fruits from the garden daily. If you snorkel or dive, a day trip to Isla Cano is highly recommended. The SDP staff were there to help with just a call on the cell phone provided. So much to do. We had a blast. We recommend grocery shopping in Pal Mar on your way to Sierpe for best selection. Be sure to read the info provided. It's full of important points to have a safe & enjoyable experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you had a good time John...glad to hear you caught some fish as well! In my opinion snook and corvina are two of the most delicious fish a person can catch in Costa Rica! We hope you can visit Sierpe again soon! Pura Vida - Cassidy
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Victoria, BC, Canada

Off the Grid Awesome

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to get away from it all, and experience a little piece of the jungles of Costa Rica, then this place is for you. It's off the beaten trail, and accessible by a short boat ride down the Sierpe River.

This place is for those looking to enjoy the simpler things in life, not all inclusive resorts that don't actually show you anything about the country.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, BC, Canada

Jungle Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place off the beaten track... but not so far off that you feel totally isolated. Great service from staff including Guillermo and Donal. So much fun poking around in the jungle, listening to the noises at night, paddling kayaks on the river, eating fresh fruit from the trees in the garden, soaking in the heat and humidity. The place seeps into your soul!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Palmar Sur
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
San Buenas
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Sierpe River Mouth

Costa Rica, Puntarenas, Drake Bay, Sierpe, Sierpe River

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, shelling, wildlife viewing, boating


Rates & Availability

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High Season
Feb 1 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Please note that HomeAway does not always correctly tabulate extra person per night fees for children. A fee of $15 per person per night over 2 applies to all guests.

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Puntarenas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 905 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , shower , high pressure w/hot water
    - toilet , shower , high pressure w/hot water
  • Both bathrooms are spacious and well adorned. The showers can deliver high volume/ high pressure flow.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , high thread count sheets/orthopedic mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , full mattress, high thread count sheets/orthopedic mattress
  • Both bedrooms are spacious, well lit, and have large window expanses with views of the surrounding rainforest. The mattresses and sheets are of a very high quality and were downright expensive! The beds are both custom made out of exotic hardwoods. Both bedrooms have a high powered yet quiet fan located directly overhead so as to keep you comfortable when sleeping. Both bedrooms also connect directly to their own 3/4 bathroom.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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