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Charming Casita on Amazing Beach. Sleeps 2-4, $500/week USD

Bedrooms 1
Space 785 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The casita started as a traditional Costa Rican house with ventilating block all around the tops of the walls, windows opening to the ocean breeze and an outdoor sink for all the cleaning. We have lovingly renovated it to include thatched roof, a shared laundry with the Casa (a second larger house on the wide lot, also available for rent in green season), an outdoor shower with mosaic floor, and extra large screened terrace with hammocks, dining table and chairs, two loungers and lots of space for outdoor living. A new outdoor sink remains, in a new location, for cleaning fish caught in the gulf. Indoors, there is a kitchen with coffee maker, blender, cook top, fridge, and a flip up coffee bar at the window, facing the ocean. The indoor bathroom has a shower with on-demand hot water. In the living room is a TV and DVD player, a Sarchi rocking chair and a double bed futon couch. Double doors lead to a separate bedroom with double bed (facing the ocean with a large window). The sound of waves lulls you to sleep. Overhead fans and one standing fan keep you cool.

Zancudo is an unique place in Costa Rica, close to the Panama border, quiet and free of any large commercial development. Supplies are bought at either of two tiendas which carry most of the necessities of life and not a lot of extras. Fresh fruits and vegetables arrive at the door twice a week by way of Emilio's truck - some of the most delicious produce you could imagine, as well as cheese and more selections of wine! Fresh fish is available from the fishermen at the point - snapper, corbina, tuna, dorado and shrimp. Somehow, we don't miss 'the extras'.

Playa Zancudo is a 7 kilometre long beach inhabited by about 300 Costa RIcans, a friendly community of expats, and visiting tourists. The beach is spectacular and most of the time almost deserted. Swimming is safe and beautiful - gentle waves in the morning for a peaceful float and swim, or bigger waves in the afternoon for boogie boards. Occasionally, there is bio-luminescence for a magical night swim, When the tide is out, biking or walking the beach is the way to get from one end to the other. If the tide is in, there is a single road that runs parallel to the beach. A car is not necessary, as there is a taxi across the street to take you long distances and from day to day, most places are accessible by foot or bike.

From the large screened terrace at Casita Playa Plata, we watch the ocean through the palms and are often delighted by a visit from iguanas, green parrots, and a great variety of birds that pass through the trees. Scarlet mackaws have recently been spotted flying by... there are also humpback whale and dolphin sightings.

We have a volleyball court with a view of the ocean, ready for the games crowd and chairs ready for the spectators. Sometimes the biggest decision is whether to eat on the terrace or try out one of the beach restaurants, lie in a hammock or read in the shade of the rancho on the beach, enjoy the breeze from the ocean and watch the waves or take the plunge (with or without boogie boards), take the bikes or walk to explore the beach.

Zancudo also has a number of excellent restaurants - two doors from the casita is some of the finest Italian food I've ever had. Lali of Puerta Negra features fresh pastas, sauces and seafood and grows the herbs she needs in pots around the outdoor dining room, hung with canopy cloth ceilings and soft lighting. Sol y Mar is a short walk and always has good food and often live entertainment. The menu includes beef tenderloin with brandy cream sauce, fresh tuna (sashimi and steaks) and much more, some Tico fare, and great fruit batidos. It is also a bar, book exchange and small clothing store. Oceano has fresh bread and pizzas by order, and great fresh fish dinners, as well as special events and menus. Macondo is an excellent Italian restaurant featuring fresh pastas, savory sauces and fresh seafood. There are a several other dining places with excellent menus - Coloso and Katherine's Soda are the favourites of many on the beach, the newly opened Capitanes has great ceviche and pescado entero, Mar y Luna and Soda Loritos for an amazing Tico fish fry, and for a fine dining experience, Zancudo Lodge.

Check out Facebook: Zancudo Playa Plata for more photos of Casa and Casita.

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Kristine Atkinson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
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April 26, 2017

About Kristine Atkinson

Jim and I are retired Canadians - biologist and visual arts teacher - from Peterborough, Ontario. We had visited Costa Rica several times before we came to Zancudo on the recommendation of a friend in 2010. In the fifth week of our six week rental here, we decided that Zancudo was everything we could ever hope for in a home away from home.

Everyone in Zancudo seems to have the time to visit or pass on a friendly greeting as you move around the area - 'Hola' and 'Buenos dias' must be your first Spanish words when you spend time here. The Ticos and the expat community are very welcoming. I spend my days swimming, biking, reading, exploring local cuisine and making things. Jim loves gardening and fishing. On his first fishing trip out in the gulf, he caught a spectacular dorado - that may have been the moment we decided to stay.

We found this wonderful property - beautifully treed with icacos, almonds, and coco palms, and further enhanced with hibiscus, beach spider lily, bromeliads, heliconia, orchids, and more tropical plants than I could name. It has the perfect location for convenience and safe swimming (grandkids do come for visits) and two great houses - the casa and the casita. We proceeded to make it home - first the casa ( available to rent in green season), where we live for 5 months of the year, and then the casita (available year round).

We love it here.

Kristine Atkinson purchased this house in 2010

Why Kristine Atkinson chose Puntarenas

We are very happy to be in a quiet, friendly, safe, laid back beach community. There are no high rises, condo deveopments, or malls. Life is simple here.

We feel healthier and happier as we spend a lot of time outdoors, get exercise, fresh air and healthful food - fresh and delicious. Socially, we can be as quiet or as busy as we like - we've met new friends on the beach and are coming to know many of the expats and Ticos who live here. It is also possible to become involved with the village life - face painting for the children at the annual festival, games nights, art workshops, potlucks and supper club, holiday parties, Cowboy Days horseback ride, etc...

Costa Ricans say it best - Pura vida.

What makes this house unique

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Zancudo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 785 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom has toilet, sink and shower with hot water. There is a second outdoor shower to rinse off after a swim in the ocean.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futon (1)
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Massages are available within 5 minutes walk. Boat captains can be hired to take you fishing on the Gulf or beyond, and the local taxi can be hired to take you on longer trips out of Zancudo for day trips. Surf boards are available to rent south on the beach about 35 minute walk at Coloso and Tres Amigos. There are various excursions to an orchid garden, a wildlife sanctuary, snorkelling, mangrove tour, etc.. at Los Cocos. Trips into Corcovado are possible as well.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Charming Casita on Amazing Beach. Sleeps 2-4, $500/week USD
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

A Costa Rican Getaway

  • 3 of 5

If getting away from the crowds and fast pace of tourist activity is what you're looking for, this may be the place for you. The accommodations are more than adequate with all the necessities required, nice stove, Refig, TV (movies), fans in all rooms. The screened porch makes for a great dinning room. The property is on the beach which you basically have to yourself which is very nice. Kris and Jim which are owners of the property are more than hospitable, and two people who have totally fit into the local Costa Rican lifestyle and culture. They were a pleasure to meet and learn from. They will be one of my fondest memories of Zancudo. We stayed in the Casita the second week of April, 2017. Rog and Deb Baldwin, Holcombe, Wisconsin

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We enjoyed your visit and getting to know you, as well. I'm sorry you didn't have better luck fishing... but glad you did get that red snapper and lobster feast!
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Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Well located and maintained little Casita located directly in front of some of the best beach Playa Zancudo has to offer. Centrally located so if you don't want a car you don't need a car.

What made this place magical for us were the neighbors and owners with their hospitality and local knowledge.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise found!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 months at this beautiful casita in Zancudo. Right on the beach in a small Costa Rican village, we walked the beach, swam in the calm morning sea and jumped the waves in the afternoon. Lots of day trips are available from Los Cocos and from Zancudo Tours. Everything we needed was close by - local grocery store, fruit and veggies delivered twice a week and many excellent restaurants for when we didn't want to cook. Kris and Jim are fabulous hosts, looking after the beautiful gardens and anything we needed. The kitchen is well stocked - pots, pans, sharp knives, great stove - everything one needs in a kitchen. We ate lots of fresh fish and met wonderful locals and expats. If you are looking for a quiet respite, with friendly people and warm air and sea, Zancudo is certainly a great choice. Highly recommended but book early - it's popular! Thanks Kris and Jim for your kindness and inclusion in the community. And for renting us your beautiful casita.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It was such a pleasure to get to know you both. We love Zancudo and are so happy to share this piece of paradise.
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Quiet Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed for a week in April at Kris' place. The cabin was clean and perfect! It had everything we needed to have a comfortable stay while in Zancudo. The screened in patio was my fave! hammocks and fans, an our door table. PERFECT! I was covered in bug bites by the time we got here so that was a nice way to spend time reading outside and not get eaten alive. The beach is steps away and the sand and water are beautiful. Kris has bikes you can use to get around town, there is only one road so that is all you need. She helped us arrange horseback riding trips, wildlife rescue trips and joined us for dinner one evening at our request because she was just so lovely. Kris made us feel right at home, from introducing us to her friends to inviting us to community yoga and setting me up with one lady to rent paddle boards to do a sunrise dolphin tour. We loved everything about our time in Zancudo, it is very, very relaxed here so don't show up prepared to cram a lot in every day. Bring a book, or borrow one from the lending library in the cabin, get a massage, listen to birds and meet the neighbours. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! I really enjoyed meeting you and was so happy to see you enjoying Zancudo life so much. I hope you both return some day!
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A woman on her own having the best vacation

  • 5 of 5

I have read all the reviews and can only echo the facts and sentiments described however I want to add something here which may be helpful to a single woman vacationing on her own who faces concerns of safety and socializing. In Zancudo life is simple and simply enchanting from the warm surf to the inclusive community. I thought I had entered a community as close to paradise as one could imagine. My stay at Kris and Jim's Casita was so very charming, comfortable and restorative. I found I could have as much socializing or as much quiet time that one could desire and I my world became one of regular yoga three days a week at Los Cocos, long walks on the beach, hammock with a good book, frequent swims, many dinners with newly made friends at homes or any of the fabulous local restaurants and so much delicious fruits and vegetable arriving twice a week by the truck which stopped right outside your door if you left your sign out! I felt so safe, so surrounded by the best people and I met a number of women living on their own in Zancudo who had made this place their home. This is a very desirable lodging for all of the reasons you have read about by other reviewers who visited with their partners or with family but if you are a woman looking for a place to enjoy on your own I would highly recommend staying here in Zancudo at this Casita. Kris and Jim are wonderful hosts who share their knowledge and community fully with their guests and it is obvious that they take pride in the Casita which is spacious, clean well equipped and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

My family rented kris and Jim's house for a month. I can't begin to tell you how accommodating they were staring with booking our reservation. Because we were staying so long they suggested we rent the main house (the "casa") instead of the casita. It had everything we needed. I enjoy cooking and the kitchen was well equipped. Not to mention the list of local recipes in the infamous "book" kris and Jim have put together. The kitchen is very open but the appliances are small. Something we had to get used to coming from America where things are super sized. The large teak kitchen table was beautiful. We loved inviting people over for dinner. It had 2 beautiful patios. One enclosed upstairs to keep the Mosquitos away and an open patio downstairs. The downstairs patio has a built in wood fire barbecue with a sink. There was an out door shower out lined with large sea shells that are everywhere on the beach. The shower upstairs was beautifully tiled and overlooked the amazing landscape in the back yard. Although I'm not sure back yard is the best word to describe it. Amongst the palm trees are hammocks, and beautifully built ranchitos. The coconut lined path leads down to the beach. The beach was unlike any other beach we had been to. The water was so warm and the black sand was nicely packed down which made running bare foot on the beach so enjoyable. We felt like we had miles of beach completely to ourselves. It was perfect for my 8 year old. We rode bikes on the beach and built sand castles. The waves in front of the house were great for boogie boarding and I always felt safe and comfortable with my son swimming. The owners also made the journey to zancudo a piece of cake. Kris answered my endless phone calls and emails about what to bring and how to get there. Once in zancudo the property managers, Alex and his wife jourlaney took care of all our needs. Alex kept us stocked with seafood from the local fisherman. This vacation was much different than anything we had ever done before. Instead of a resort beach vacation we really wanted to immerse ourselves in the culture an live amongst the locals. Zancudo was the perfect town to do this. The town's people were so friendly and welcoming. Here are some "must do" things while you are there...Rent the stand up paddle boards from Los cocos, have a drink at Sol y Mar, order the fried plantains and fish at Los Capitanos, and get a massage from Kate. Thanks kris and Jim for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! I was so pleased to get the chance to meet your family and am delighted that you discovered some of the many extraordinary experiences - the beach, the restaurants, the ocean and beach fun, and the people! We love Zancudo and I am always delighted to hear that our guests love it too! :)
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Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Sol y Mar
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
public boat taxi to Golfito
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Puerta Negra
Nearest Beach
Playa Zancudo at front door
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
tours to Corcovado
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary

Bird-watching, biking and walking on the beach and exploring the area, boogie boarding and swimming in the waves and the warm gulf waters, sampling the fresh fish from the Gulf, fruits and vegetables from Emilio (delivered twice a week), and enjoying the offerings from the various exceptional restaurants. If you are interested in other activities, try horseback riding, world-class surfing at Pavones or beginner surfing a half hour south on the beach, boat tours in the mangroves, kayaking, fishing tours, boat tours to Puerto Jimenez, tours to the Orchid Farm and the Animal Sancutary, snorkeling tours, and ziplining in Golfito. (all tours at extra cost) Boat taxi trips to Golfito, Pt. Jimenez for Corcovado or Osa Peninsula tours, and custom trips available.


Rates & Availability

Zancudo House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season
Mar 11 2017 - May 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season 2018
Dec 1 2017 - May 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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