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Custom Home on Backwash Bay

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bungalows, Master Suite, and Pool with Ocean View

Mindugar is a premier rental property on the Southern tip of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. The home offers luxury in an extraordinary jungle setting. Take in breathtaking views of Costa Rica’s natural wildlife from the privacy of this eight-acre estate. The property rises gradually from Backwash Beach and stretches across a section of lush tropical gardens backing up to a mountainside draped in abundant rainforest. The home is situated at the base of the mountain, approximately 35 meters above the water and less than 100 yards from the sand; and boasts garden and ocean views. The open-air design of the home takes advantage of both mountain and ocean breezes throughout the day. Mindugar is the ultimate in tropical coastal living. The attention to detail and amenities provided ensure comfort in a secluded setting.

Spanning roughly 10,000 square feet, Mindugar consists of a large communal area known as the Casa Grande, three detached bungalows, and plenty of outdoor living space. The Casa Grande contains a master bedroom suite, kitchen, dining area, bar, living room, guest bathroom, pool and patio. A spiral staircase made from tropical hardwoods takes you to the master bedroom which is furnished with a king size bed, ceiling fan, closet space, flat screen TV with DVD player, iPod docking station, and large bathroom with his and her sinks. The living area contains bamboo-framed sofas, chairs, a coffee table, satellite TV, DVD player and an iPod docking station. The kitchen is fully equipped with a professional gas range, two chest style refrigerators, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and all the cooking utensils one needs. The dining area features an oversized table custom made from local hardwoods. The table seats twelve people comfortably. Just off the dinning area is a bar with a small sink, sofa, and bar stools. A full size guest bathroom is also located on the main floor. The focal point of the Casa Grande is a large infinity pool that disappears into the tropical scenery and blue waters of Backwash Bay. The pool includes a shallow area great for sunbathing, as well as a deep end that measures 15 feet deep. Each of the detached bungalows is equipped with two queen beds, ceiling fans, full bathroom, closet, outdoor shower, and patio space. Manicured trails lead to each of the bungalows from the Casa Grande.

Throughout the booking process, you will work with a full time property manager. The property manager is able to assist with travel arrangements and answer any questions you might have. Once you arrive, they will provide a concierge service assisting with tours and providing information about the area. The house is cleaned daily, and linens are changed every three nights. There is also a 24hr onsite caretaker that can handle maintenance issues during your stay.

Mindugar is perfect for families or groups of friends looking for adventure and relaxation in a remote jungle setting. Offering luxury and privacy, you’re sure to enjoy your vacation in style.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2016
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based on 12 traveler reviews

Custom Home on Backwash Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Santa Barbara

Trip of a Life Time !

  • 5 of 5

I Highly recommend a long stay at this wonderful home. A week of Natural Beauty for the senses ( Eye's & Ears). This is a great place to disconnect and recharge your soul. This home provides all that you need to feel comfortable and safe but still appreciate the raw beauty of sleeping where the jungle meets the sea. The staff and the connections provided by the Mindugar team are A++.


  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Home

  • 5 of 5

Mindugar is an absolutely charming home nestled in the lush jungles of the Osa. We rented the property with 8 adults and 2 children and we never felt cramped. The overall property and the layout, with the separated home concept, boasted more than enough square footage to really spread out and relax.

One of the best features is the infinity pool, as it was definitely well received during the hot part of the day. For surfers, Backwash is seriously only a 150 m walk to the beach. It took longer to paddle out than to walk down there. If your into a little more or less challenging surf, Pan Dulce and Matapalo, respectively, are about a 15 min walk. Be sure to be on the lookout for the monkeys, iguanas, and the ever-elusive sloth along the way. For non-surfers, check out hiking trails, waterfalls, zip-lining, yoga, bird watching, and beach-combing.

It is important to shop for all your provisions prior to leaving PJM since there are no other stores once you get out to the property. Gretchen is a great host and an indispensable resource for recommendations on what to bring and procuring any reservations you may need. The place comes with daily cleaning service, and Maria, Faustino, and Fifo are wonderful on-site caretakers. Another treat was having a local chef prepare dinner for the group on a few nights.

We can't wait until next year to rent the place again!

Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Falmouth, Maine

Favorite vacation spot ever!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Mindugar! We were a group of 4 couples, and the place afforded us plenty of room to hang out together as a group around the pool, or escape to our separate bungalows. It was a great adventure. Waking up to the cacophony of the wildlife of the rainforest as well as the crashing surf was simply amazing beyond description. The property and everyone who takes care of things there are wonderful, from Gretchen the manager to the caretakers, Maria and Faustino. I will return there one day!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A lovely home! Exactly as described (and reviewed). Terrific property manager, kind and thoughtful caretakers. A perfect vacation! Can't wait to return!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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new york city

Incredible house and location

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of friends, surfers and and children. The house was equipped with everything we needed. It is perfect for socializing around the table or pool, but well-designed enough to give everyone privacy. The rooms are large, simple and cool, no need for airconditioning (if you are wondering). Backwash Bay is great for swimming and surfing (when the swell is up) and the Matapalo beach (consistent waves) and Pan Dulce beach (long boarding spot) are short walks through the jungle. We saw very few tourists and most were friendly and there for the wildlife, which is intense. Mindugar is remote but you are not alone -- the house's caretakers, the cook, the manager are all super-friendly and ready to help. Things we'd recommend: A 4x4 car. Booking the cook. Surfing. Horse riding. Waterfalls. Hikes. Zip Lining. Flashlights. Binoculars.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! It's was a pleasure to host such an easy going and respectful group at the house. I hope future guests take note of your suggestions for the rental car, cook, and tours. It would be great to see you back on the Osa. Let us know when you can make it!
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Mindegar vacation-- Exceptional

  • 5 of 5

Mindegar is a first class home situated in the rain forest of the Osa Penninsula and is very beautiful indeed. All the amenities you could ask for in a remote part of the world such as this. Plenty of wildlife and beautiful trees and flowers. We would recommend getting the cooks that are available to provide meals for you. It is great food and so easy. Pool is very beautiful and in the hot or humid part of the day a welcome addition. The ocean, right in front of the property, is superb. Love the warm water. We had a great time and will return.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Puerto Jimenez
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Buena Esperanza
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Puerto Jimenez to Golfito
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Encanta La Vida
Nearest Beach
Car: not necessary

Cabo Matapalo, known by the locals as simply Matapalo, is a small community located 15 km south on a bumpy dirt road from the town of Puerto Jimenez. The area consists of a scattering of eco-lodges and rental homes with one local bar. There are no banks or grocery stores, so make sure to stock up in Puerto Jimenez before heading out. Over the years, Matapalo has become a surf destination. It borders a beach along the Pacific Ocean that routinely ushers in large swells. There are several areas to surf. The waves vary in difficulty, allowing for beginner to expert surfing opportunity. The abundant wildlife also makes this area popular among travelers. Four species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths, agoutis, and coatimundis are just a small sample of the wildlife that one sees on a regular basis. The Audobon Society has named Cabo Matapalo one of the premiere bird watching venues in the world. Matapalo is where travelers go to be at one with nature and find ultimate relaxation.

The pristine rainforests and rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Declared one of the most biologically intense places on Earth by National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula has become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country. The Osa Peninsula is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the country’s rare and endangered animal and bird species, including squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and other forest cats. With a large chunk of the peninsula forming the Corcovado National Park, this area has the single largest expanse of lowland tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the tallest rainforests in the world. The area hosts more than 375 bird species, a fourth of Costa Rica's tree species and more than 4000-5000 vascular plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. The rain forest is made up of 700 tree species — the greatest diversity of tree species in all of Central America.


Rates & Availability

Puntarenas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are set for up to 8 guests. Additional guests are $40/person/night. Maximum occupancy is 12.

50% is required to confirm the booking. The balance is due prior to arrival.

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Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , His and Her Sinks
    Pan Dulce Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Backwash Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Matapalo Bungalow Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Casa Grande Bath - toilet , shower
  • Aside from the bathrooms in each bedroom, there is a full bathroom located off the dining area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Pan Dulce Bungalow - 2 queen
    Backwash Bungalow - 2 queen
    Matapalo Bungalow - 2 queen
  • The master bedroom is located at the top of the spiral staircase in the Casa Grande. The bungalows are detached. Each have their own bathroom, patio, and outdoor shower.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Mindugar is fully equipped and set up to function as a full service property. If you're interested in adding meals to your reservation, just let us know and we can arrange for a private chef.

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