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Angler's Lair--A little slice of paradise.

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 bed, 1 bath in a lush garden, 300 footfalls to the sea, wildlife aplenty!

This fully furnished 100 m2 ground floor apartment sleeps two; choose to have the bedroom arranged with a pair of single beds or an enormous King, all properly outfitted with high quality mattresses, plump pillows and imported linens. Furnishings crafted of reclaimed lumber include a dry-box closet, nightstands, and overhead fans. Security screens afford plenty of airflow or may be shuttered to assure absolute privacy. We've done everything we can to guarantee a good night's sleep, but the Howler Monkey “alarm clock” is beyond our control… take it up with them over your first cup of fine Costa Rican coffee enjoyed in the garden ranchita.

A complete kitchen includes range, refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, cookware and table settings allowing you to prepare your own meals. We'll stock some basic for your arrival then guide you in harvesting many of your ingredients from the gardens, shopping the weekly farmer's markets or haggling with the mobile vendors over local fruits and vegetable, fish, eggs and meat. Belly up to the breakfast bar for casual seating, dine at the hardwood table under ceiling fans, or head out to the pool deck or ranchita for a gourmet picnic in the garden.

The ample seating area is furnished with artisan bamboo furniture. The sofa and two oversized chairs provide cushioned seating in the wall-less room where the outside blends to inside. Under the wide eaves and overhead fans, this area is cool on even the warmest of days. Hammocks along the perimeter put you under-cover but virtually in the garden, a decadent way to spend the afternoon.

One of a kind bathroom features a sink carved from a tree trunk, evolving mosaic mural and a garden shower, all faucets deliver plumbed hot water. An assortment of bathroom essentials and quality towels are for home use and we provide sarongs for the beach. A jacuzzi sits undercover of a traditional thatch roof allowing you a soak among the beautiful gardens regardless of weather. The pool features a sandy pebble zero-entry, wet deck for sunning, and plunge depth. This has become a favorite place to watch the monkeys overhead.

Extensive plantings and a frog pond provide habitat for many species of wildlife; keep tabs on Max the sloth and her expanding family who now occupy several trees on the property, catch the routine visits of the agoutis, and try your luck at nabbing the perfect photo of the magnificent blue morpho butterfly as it regularly weaves through the garden. Outdoor seating areas, swimming pool, hot tub, hammocks, and covered picnic tables immerse you in the tropical setting with hundreds of species of bromeliads, tillandsias and orchids. Heliconias, gingers and other flowering plants attract an endless rainbow of birds and butterflies. We take pride in the design of our home and garden spaces maximizing nature's paradise.

Owners, Janet & Nick, share the upstairs with their overgrown Rhodesian Ridgeback pup, Zuri, and an elusive cat, Delgado; they're available to you when you need, absent when you don't. Well, really, the cat does what he wants and Zuri will surely show up anytime she thinks you're willing to throw a stick.

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Janet Jones
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2017

About Janet Jones

I enjoyed a career in social services working primarily with adolescents, or perhaps being worked over by them. Nick, a geologist, was involved in environmental cleanups since T-rex littered. We raised a quartet of kids between us, and when it seemed that they wouldn't notice us missing from the supper table, we fled to Costa Rica to contemplate the social and environmental quandries with a beer in our hand and our feet in the sand.

We soon discovered we really stink at relaxing, got involved with the local fishing community by buying a fishing boat and adopting Captain Pino. Then we needed a place to sleep all the friends and family that noticed us missing from Oregon, so we built the rental apartment. Finally, with friends showing up, guests needing a place to eat their fresh caught fish, we decided owning a Bar/Restaurant would be a good idea. Really, I always dreamed of a full-time cook who understood bacon, chocolate and chile are essential to a flavorful life!

Janet Jones purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Janet Jones chose Cahuita

We fell in love with the area on a family vacation in 2004. By 2006, having made 6 trips, we were planning on the 'someday' move to paradise. We relocated in 2010 and have enjoyed 'pre-tirement' in a tropical paradise!

What makes this apartment unique

You have it all! The beach, the village, equi-distant to Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo. It's a quiet neighborhood away from the hustle-bustle of the party in Puerto Viejo but close enough to enjoy the truly unique culture that exists and thrives.


Cahuita Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check-ins arriving after 9:00 PM will be assessed a $30 fee.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Extensive mosaic art creates an underwater world. Hot water at sink and shower. The toilet and sink are interior, while the shower is right outside in a privately landscaped oasis, hot water is plumbed.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King bed can be changed out to 2 twin sized beds
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Angler's Lair--A little slice of paradise.
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

Charming bungalow in tropical paradise

  • 5 of 5

Just getting back from one of the better vacations My wife and I have taken together. Upon arrival, we were met with a plate of various types of fish caught from the water within a short walk away... Nick and Janet welcomed us with open arms and we're gracious hosts. They are both very kind and more then willing to help with recommendations.. The newly built pool and hot tub are a perfect place to look out at the garden..Monkeys and sloths can be seen from trees nearby. Brightly colored birds and butterfly's will make you feel like just another species hanging in the jungle... Puerto Viejo is a special lil town and am glad we picked the perfect place to take it all in. Thanks again for everything. We shall be returning soon!!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a delight to host you both! We loved your enthusiasm about the area, and your ease at jumping into every adventure that presented itself. We hope you will return some day, there are always more visits by local wildlife, more waterfalls to explore, more reefs to explore, and we didn't even get you out on the boat!!
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Beautiful home. Even more beautiful scenery.

  • 5 of 5

It was a great experience. Being in the jungle was amazing. The best part of the trip was being able to see so many kinds of animals in their natural habitat. Also the fruit drinks were amazing. Nick and janet are amazing hosts. So helpful and extremely nice. Thanks for hosting us. The house is beautiful. The bugs take some getting used to but it was worth it to have the open house looking into the brautiful garden and jungle. The howler monkeys are hilarious and will wake you up when its time to start the day! Thanks for everything. You guys were great.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Total Rest and Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy that we took a chance on accomodations out of the ordinary for our trip. Upon arrival we were greeted by Janet and Nick and made to feel at home right away. They invited us for dinner so we didn't need to go out and eat. We had just done a 4.5 hour drive from the airport and it was the start of the Easter holidays which is a very crazy time involving a lot to Costa Ricans (ticos) flocking to the area beaches and camping for free. There was also some food and beverage staples to get us started. Zuri the Ridgeback and Delgado the mighty tiger adopted us right away. We mentioned we wanted to go snorkelling so Nick took us on a golf cart tour of where to go which was really appreciated. One day after Nick had done a charter he gave us a King fish for our dinner which was really good. We wanted to go on a wildlife trek so Janet suggested and arranged for us to go with Omar who is a short drive away in Manzanillo. We were really happy that we did that he is knowledgable (20 years experience) and worth using him as a guide if you are interested he's under Bucus tours in things to do in Manzanillo. The only thing we could suggest is to bring some sort of entertainment like games or books etc. If your looking for an awesome place to stay I would definitely recommend Angeler's Lair you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Felt relaxed and safe. Accommodated our very late arrival.

  • 4 of 5

Janet and Nick are very knowledgeable, and truly want you to enjoy their little piece of paradise. Pedro the gardener is amazing at finding wildlife. Place is clean, with whimsical artistry throughout. Garden is tropical and beautiful. We enjoyed our stay, especially the outdoor style living.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. Pedro will smile even bigger when he hears he earned a mention for his wildlife spotting AND his handiwork in the garden. We enjoyed our time with you, and were happy to be able to introduce you to the Caribe Sur.
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Pope Valley, CA

It's hard to summarize all the good things about our vacation at Angler's Lair. It was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Janet and Nick are knowledgeable, caring, and super fun. They helped us find the best snorkeling, shared expertise about where to raft, how to get a guided jungle tour, where to eat/drink and shop. Their thorough written information was there for us when our vacationing brains were forgetful.

The place is amazing. Exactly what we wanted with a private sleeping area and open kitchen/living area to the jungle. Beautiful. Comfortable. And Janet's gardens blend into the jungle in a way that was meditative. Did I say beautiful? Not enough, truly.

The only thing that was hard about this trip was leaving.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had so much fun with you both!! Your enthusiasm and appreciation for all the wonders of the jungle reaffirmed for us how special this place is! Thank you, especially, for your nice remarks about the garden. It is my passion (and my curse) finding the right balance between taming and acquiescing with the forces of nature here. Come back!!
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Lethbridge, AB

Beautiful Jungle Property & Amazing Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay with Janet & Nick! Some of our favorite parts: the hammocks, the garden and wildlife, the gorgeous beaches nearby, bikes for $5 a day (saved us a ton and made getting around super easy!), and Zuri :) Our hosts were SO accommodating, and were able to recommend and set us up with activities around the area. The Jaguar Rescue Center and touring Manzanillo Refuge with Omar were highlights! Just be aware that it is an open-air living space in the rainforest, so there are lots of bugs and noises at night. Kitchen could use a little more lighting but Nick mentioned he might be working on that soon. Overall, we had the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure in our 6 day stay at Angler's Lair and we wished we could have stayed a little longer!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
350 Metres
Playa Chiquita
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Pura Gula
Nearest Beach
350 Metres
Playa Chiquita
Car: not necessary

The caribe sur is known for it's rasta vibe and pura vida. While there is plenty to do, you just might find the hammock, beach and gentle Caribbean take all you time (and cares) away.

But when you want to explore, there are numerous options. My personal favorites? Chocolate lounge, Jaguar Rescue Center, Chocolate Farm, Wahoo Fishing, Chocolate Bean to Bar Tour, Concert at HOT ROCKS Bar/Restaurant, Chocolate Tasting, Kayaking Punta Uva, More Chocolate Tasting, Snorkeling in Manzanillo/Gandoca, Still More Chocolate Tasting, Birdwatching, Chocolate Festival during late October.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40
Pet Fee $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.