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Private beachfront rancho and bay on the Golfo Dulce with no neighbors

Bedrooms 2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Waterfront, sleeps-six, open-air, thatched roof rancho on private bay

Finca de Nada consists of 65 acres of jungle on your own very private bay on the Golfo Dulce. Highlights of the property are the wildlife, in-the-jungle location and the fantastic swimming & kayaking (2 kayaks included). We are very close to the Los Patos entrance to world-famous Corcovado Park.

The rancho is custom made wood / bamboo with thatch roof and is off the grid - powered by solar and small hydroelectric.

Property Manager
Colin Felton
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish, mandarin, japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Colin Felton

Nature & fruit loving west-coast engineer escaping the corporate world.

Colin Felton purchased this estate in 2003

Why Colin Felton chose Costa Rica

I brought this property because it did not have road access.

What makes this estate unique

Privacy, awesome tranquil water for swimming & kayaking and wildlife viewing on par with Corcovado Park.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Private beachfront rancho and bay on the Golfo Dulce with no neighbors
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

The place is everything and more than described!

  • 5 of 5

Glamping is what one previous guest called this but it was so much more!! It is the ultimate Costa Rican experience. Snorkeling and fishing supplies! Books and games! Music system! It was great!

House is very open but the most dangerous thing was the translucent jellyfish. Which was not overwhelming just annoying like an ant "sting". We felt privileged to be able to have this experience.

Colin and Manuel are great to work with. Our car was kept safe on shore on Colin's other property by the highway.

We drove on a Tuesday from Nueva Arenal in six hours, just in case you don't think OSA is doable. Make the effort - this place is GREAT!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you survived your stay and had a good adventure! Yes, on occasion there are annoying critters in the jungle & tropical waters. Sometimes after a heavy rainstorm jellyfish like creature called the Hilo de Oro (thread of gold) appears in the Golfo Dulce and if it touches your skin you feel a slight burning sensation that goes away in about 20 minutes without any treatment. It is just annoying but not dangerous.
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Amazing Place! Cant wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed at finca de nada for 4 days and loved every minute of it. Very straight forward from the start. The pictures and description of the property are up to date and pretty much spot on. The home is very nice and well kept. There is a little bit of wear and tear on some areas but nothing that will take away from your experience. From the sounds of it Colin (the owner) has plans to take care of those small problems in the near future. After our stay at the finca de nada we stayed in a house that cost 4 times as much a night up in the mountains above Tres Rios and it was much more modern with A/C but it had so many issues I don't have time to explain them all. We wanted to go back to our little piece of paradise in Rincon after our first night in Tres Rios.

From the start we really liked Manuel (the caretaker), a quiet, hard working, genuinely nice local man that would be willing to do anything you asked without question. Colin is very lucky to have him. We also had a chance to meet Colin the day before we left and he also is a very nice guy that seems to truly love his home in the jungle.

The animals in the area hardly seem to notice your even there after a couple of days. Howler monkeys wake you up in the morning and let you know when its time for dinner. Humming birds are everywhere, Macaws are flying overhead all day and land right in the trees above the house sometimes. toads, many different types of insects, coati, peccary, bats the list goes on. The fishing was slow but that was due to extremely warm waters, still very fun and easy with the kayaks at the property. The snorkeling was great.

I would recommend this to anyone that likes an adventure and doesn't mind the heat. It truly is like camping with a really nice jungle home to stay in. The home is completely wide open, no doors, windows, or screens. The mosquito netting over the beds is your only protection. We did not have any issues with bugs or animals while sleeping at night. We did burn a small candle on a plate in the middle of the room just to give us a little light to be able to see if we got up in the middle of the night. You also need to plan ahead for your meals, Manuel will gladly take you back to your car at any time but the more you stock up the first trip out the better. There is not a refrigerator but they do have a very large icebox (I could easy fit into) they keep stocked with ice so keep that in mind while you are shopping.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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wonderful out of the way Costa Rican experience

  • 5 of 5

We were pleasantly pleased with our stay. Both Colin, the owner, and Manuel, the caretaker, were very accommodating and helpful. The use of the kayaks was great and the Gulfo Dulce was a good place to kayak. I even got to kayak with a dolphin. The water in the Gulfo Dulce was so warm and clean. We loved it. The house itself was clean and everything was explained to us by Manuel. I would recommend this property to folks who are looking for privacy and wildlife. It is definitely off the beaten track. We will be back !!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing and Wild!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great!! Colin, the owner, had great and fast communication and was very willing to help us out in anyway he could. The caretaker Manuel was so awesome. He was so sweet and thoughtful. He made sure that we felt taken care of and was really there to make sure we had a great time, which we did. He made sure that we had an emergency cell phone in case we needed anything when his email wasn't working so well. My in laws, husband, me and my 2 1/2 year old daughter stayed here for 5 nights. We went into Corcovado one day but all the other days we just hung out, kayaked, snorkeled, fished and explored. This is truly a special experience. This open air house is really within the jungle. We saw so much wildlife- howlers, capuchins, a whole herd of peccaries came right up to the house, scarlet macaws, lots of crabs, cool fish, Rays, Jesus Christ lizard, bugs, bats ( lots of these),toads, geckos and probably something I am forgetting. The Golfo Dulce waters were so warm and the tide so gentle that I felt very comfortable having my daughter near and in the water.

The experience is a lot like glamping. There was a kitchen with propane stove, a large cooler ( Manuel kept us stocked with ice), some silverware, plates, bowls, and pots and pans. I would make sure that you stop for groceries before you settle in for sure. We stopped in Uvita for groceries. Beds were full size and each one had a mosquito net which we were glad to have. There weren't many mosquitos at all but ants and other bugs that could bother while you sleep. I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for a rustic jungle experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two nights at Finca da Nada and loved every minute of it. The view is beautiful, the house charming, the Gulf water very usable and generally it was very relaxing. It took a little getting used to the fact that the structure is open but once you get your head around that you are great. Cooking was easy. I would recommend using care when putting food away at night as we had a critter try to get into the stored food despite having taken pretty significant precautions. We didn't use the kayaks but did some hiking around the property. We saw dozens of macaws, hummingbirds, and toucans. All in all it is a fabulous place--can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbelievably perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had the privilege of staying in Finca de Nada for a weekend in March. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer. We visited 4 different parts of the country and this was our favorite by far! It is a secluded piece of paradise. Colin and Manuel were the most gracious host and really went above and beyond for us. The boat ride across the bay when you get there really sets the stage for how private of an adventure you're about to experience. I will never forget the feeling I got when we pulled up to the tropical beach in the middle of the rainforest, knowing we were about to be left there for 3 days! The house is an open air bungalow with pristine, beautiful surroundings. The wildlife was incredible. We were visited by a few different types of monkeys as they ate from the fruit trees on the property, and beautiful macaw's frequented the trees above the house. There's an amazing jungle trail that takes you around the property and drops you off about halfway down your picturesque, private, pebble lined beach. The home comes with a couple sea kayaks that we would take out at night to float and gaze at the milions of stars, wifi that works pretty well, machetes for your jungle excursion or for opening coconuts, beach chairs, reading materials, speakers for music, ice box, beautiful landscaping, and a working kitchen and bathroom. At the end of the beach there is a mud pit that can only be described as black, liquid silk... I don't know if I've ever felt something so soft. Overall, our stay at Finca de Nada couldn't have been more rejuvinating and perfect. I could live there year round. My only advice would be to stop and get food way before reaching the peninsula. There's not a 'grocery' store once you get near the meeting spot. I can't believe places like this exist and that we had the privilege of visiting. Unbelievably perfect in every way.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bar at the bridge
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Puerto Jimenez to Golfito
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Golfo Dulce
Car: not necessary

Finca de Nada consists of 65 acres of jungle and a very private bay with a beach a on the Golfo Dulce. Highlights of the property are the wildlife, in-the-jungle location and the fantastic swimming & kayaking. We are very close to the Los Patos entrance to world-famous Corcovado Park and can make park reservations for you. The property does not have road access. You will be taken to the property by boat.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

We can also stock the fridge & kitchen with food upon your arrival. Just let us know what you want and we will buy it for you and you can reimburse us the actual purchase price upon arrival.

It is preferred that the second payment due on your arrival is paid to my caretaker Manuel either in local Colones or $. Please disregard VRBO's requests for online payment.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Puntarenas Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , washing machine in bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , with mosquito net & bamboo walls
    Loft - 2 double , loft overlooking jungle
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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