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Casa Escapada... near beaches, in the village yet surrounded by nature.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Private home 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. sleeps four

Casa Escapada awaits you. Surround yourself with sounds of nature yet be in the village. The property is fenced with entrance gate, very private, parking for two cars inside gate and jungle on three sides. You will find Casa Escapada immaculate and very well maintained. Not only are there many birds, butterflies and hummingbirds but we are very fortunate to be on a Morpho trail and most mornings you will see two or more Morpho butterflies come through the gardens. Mid day a refreshing mountain breeze comes through the porcelain tile terrace while you relax in a hammock or swim in the ceramic tile salt water pool.

There are numerous beautiful beaches along the coast with the first, Playa Tortuga, only one mile from the house. Playa Tortuga is home to the turtle reserve, Reserve Playa Tortuga. Next, heading north, is Playa Ventanas, Ojochal's own beach, which is very picturesue with shady palms and sea cave. Then comes Playa Bellena which is a protected marine park and home to humpback whales during their mating season. And many more beaches continuing along the coast.

A few minutes drive up Calle Perozoso you will find two elegant restaurants where you can enjoy amazing sunsets. Azul at El Casello or Bamboo Room at Alma... or you can go to a close by beach and sit on a log with your own beverage for a different view.

Food is what makes Ojochal special. It is a culinary destination packed with adventure. Besides Azul and Bamboo Room there are other culinary eaterys to include Exotica, Citrus, Ylang Ylang and more.

The adventure can include snorkeling or diving at Cano Island, white water rafting, zip lining, ATV treks, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, hiking, horseback riding or calmer, no less enjoyable, things such as walking the Whales's Tail at Playa Ballena, whale and dolphin watching, visiting an animal rescue, watching turtles hatch and make their first trek to the sea, walking the beach or just observing nature from the terrace.

More Details

Owner
lee ann lee
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, y hablo espanol un poco ;)
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

Map

Nearest Airport
117 Miles
Juan Santamaría International Airport--3 1/2 hrs
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
There are a couple bars within 1/2 mile
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
coastal highway (Costanera)
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Exotica... four houses up the road
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
There are numerous beaches along the Costanera
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* viewing the wildlife.

* enjoying the beaches.

* dining at the numerous ethnic restuarants.

* shopping.

* adventure activities.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* viewing the wildlife.

* enjoying the beaches.

* walking in the mountains.

* dining on the terrace..

Top Thing to do in Family:

* viewing the wildlife.

* enjoying the beaches.

* visting the butterfly gardens...

We are on the Main Street in Ojochal (Calle Principal) less than a five minute drive from tihe Costanera Highway--about 1 kilometer or 1/2 mile.

It is a 4 hour drive from San Jose through the Sierra de la Muerte, a beautiful mountain range, or 3 1/2 hour drive or bus ride on the coastal route (a much easier drive) or a 40 minute flight from San Jose to a local airport in Palmar Sur. There are numerous car rentals in San Jose or you can take a van and rent a car when you arrive. You can also take public transportation which goes conveniently from San Jose to Uvita (thrtee hours) which is only a short taxi ride (10 minutes) to Ojochal or continue to Ojochal on the bus and get off at the Ojochal sign.

There are numerous beaches around Ojochal, and they are very beautiful. Visiting all but one of them requires a brief car ride. These are all easily reachable by bus which passes by about every two hours. The other, Playa Tortuga, you can walk to but requires strict attention to the tides as, with most all beaches here, it disappears wth high tide. Most of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast has very strong currents with dangerous rip tides, which is quite perfect for most surfers. Not being surfers we picked this southern region of Costa Rica because of the safer waters though not without rip tides. For those who are interested in surfing Domincal, a reknowned surf town, is only 30 minutes away. Another plus to our beaches is the lack of people. They are very secluded and without lifeguards, food concessions or any amenities –just you and nature. At Playa Uvita you will be able to walk to a little settlement with restaurants and gift shops. If you’re looking for a more populace area then Manuel Antonio is a nice trip and it is about one hour north on the newly paved section of the Costanera “Highway”.

Because Ojochal is still relatively undeveloped (though that is changing), there is a large selection of wild animals. You will hear the monkeys in the jungle early in the morning, the parrots flying overhead as the sun comes up and sets, and the vast array of other animals that live in the jungle. At various times of the year the Toucans visit what we call the “Toucan Tree” to eat the seeds, giant iguanas are often seen sunning in the nearby trees and sometimes you will see monkeys nearby. My favorite early morning visitors are the large blue irridescent Morpho butterflys that lop along their flight path through the gardens.

There are also many other activities close by like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, boating, rafting, canopy tours (zip lines) etc. The information office in Uvita (about 10 minutes to the north) can direct you as well as a newly owned info center in Ojochal. Another nice trip is to the Osa where you can drive (or take the bus) to Sierpe... then take the water taxi to Drake's Bay. Here you will find Corcovada National Park--the Amazon of Costa Rica.

Ojochal has a vast selection of fabulous international eateries, authentic French bakeries, local supermarket, excellent wine and liquior store and fresh seafood is readily available.

Amenities

Ojochal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Cool and freshing outdoor shower and hot water shower inside
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Each bedroom has minimum two windows and ceiling fan for maximum air flow. Includes shelves and hooks for clothing.
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
We have had our little piece of paradise for over ten years. It is very comfortable, well kept and with the following amenities--refrigerator, gas stove, running water, hot water shower, fans in all rooms and on covered terrace, washing machine with solar dryer (clothes line), phone, fast speed internet and linens provided. It has two bedrooms (each with a double bed), bath, kitchen, living room with two daybeds/sofas and outside living area (terrace) with hammock and grill. There is now a recently constructed pool ( 20 ft x 9 ft). Casa Escapada is well kept, immaculate and with beautiful gardens. We have a manager who will take care of any problems you might encounter while you are here. We are located in the village and it is possible to do without a car though highly recommended to have one.

Reviews

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Casa Escapada... near beaches, in the village yet surrounded by nature.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews
5

Escapada was our paradise for three weeks

  • 5 of 5

What we needed was three weeks away from the end of a long Vermont winter. What we got was 21 days of paradise. The setting was perfect for walking to the store or many of the incredible restaurants. Tortuga Beach is within walking distance and there are many more within a short drive. The activities are boundless. We went on the waterfall horseback ride and took the boat up the Sierpe River with crocodiles, toucans, scarlet macaws and three varieties of monkeys. We stayed overnight in Puerto Jimenez (Port Jim) where from our balcony we watched the local kids jump off the pier at sunset. All of the Osa Peninsula was exciting.

For our first week all we did was stay at Escapada and read from Lee Ann's library of around thirty books.The hammocks were close to the pool so whenever it got hot, we jumped in. The pool area is private enough that a swim suit is not always necessary. There is a delightful outdoor shower for before and after the pool.

There is a grill (ranchero) so we alternated between cooking at home and going to a diverse selection of restaurants. We went to Exotica (French), Sur (Euro), Mamma e Papa (Italian), Frederico's (Pizza), Ylang Ylang (Indonesian), Terraba (Seafood) and the Bambu Room (bar, music, sunsets,American food). All these reataurants were within two miles ... most you could walk to.

Escapa is the right combination of a reasonable price and a very comfortable stay. We highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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5

Relaxing, and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

A week at La Escapada is a perfect week. You can walk to an uncrowded beach or two local waterfalls; or just chill in the hammock and cool off in the pool. Games to play , and good wifi signal eliminate frustration with other homes at this reasonable rental rate. Fully equipped kitchen for easy meal prep, or enjoy the "Culinary Capital of Costa Rica" by visiting one of several close-by options. Man selling fish at street corner= a nice fresh meal to savor for a long time! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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4

Belle habitation a proximité de tout. Nous avons beaucoup aimé

  • 4 of 5

La maison est petite mais possède toute les commodités Super beau terrain avec piscine et BBQ

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Great escape at Casa Escapada!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful adventure vacation in Ojochal, Costa Rica. The house is on a gravel road a few kilometers from the highway, about a five minute walk to two grocery/liquor stores and less than that to one of several excellent restaurants. We especially liked the Bamboo Room and Exotica restaurant. Though it's on a main road, the lot is large and you feel like you are in the jungle. The grounds are beautiful: cacao, coconut and lime trees on the property as well as pineapple and banana plants and many different varieties of flowers. We spent a lot of time in the pool watching owl eye and morpho butterflies, iguanas and several species of birds cruise through the property. This area is known as the southern zone, and we wanted to see what it was like in the "green" season. Since I come from a dry climate I was somewhat concerned when I read how much rain the area gets in September and October, but the rain was one of my favorite things. I spent several evenings watching the rain from one of two hammocks on the patio, and the setting was so comfortable there were several days that I didn't venture from the property. I enjoyed my walks to Tortuga beach (about 22 minutes) and the river right across from the main gate, but I would recommend having a car (we were able to have one delivered and picked up at the property). Lee Ann was very helpful in answering our questions, and her guide book at the house was very informative on things to do including tips on restaurants, markets and beaches. I spent a total of 5 weeks here, and it flew by way too fast!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Jungle, critters, beaches... so much!

  • 5 of 5

We have been at Casa Escapada for 2 months. We have LOVED it. It's right in the village, so it's easy to run to the store, but the lot is very big so you still feel like you're all alone. The pool has kept my young boys very happy when we're not able to go to the beach and just need to relax. Jesus Lizards and Iguanas stop by when we're quiet, and the yard is always full of butterflies. We got a big bunch of bananas from the yard as well as limes, guavas and mamon chinos! There are several little games for the kids when they are swimmed out, and a little path thru the woods where we've seen toucans and other colorful birds. We've really enjoyed our time here, and are sad to be leaving. We'll definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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5

amazing escape and unwind casa.

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 10 days @ Lee Ann's casa in Ojachal. Her place is perfect for the traveler looking to get away from 'development' sites. Perfect for the 2 of us, but it could easily work for 2 couples, uncomplicated, simple and now she has a pool. More than a dipping pool (a la Key West) and just the right size for afternoon cocktails, with in pool seating area..2 hammocks for the afternoon nap on the covered porch. One of the best dicoveries was that Ojachal has many fine dining options, including 2 five star restauarnts..Yes, i mean that. Check them out yourself ..Citrus and Exotica. You could walk to either one from her place. We also were close enough to the Corcovado National Park to shedule a 3 day excursion to the jungle..monkeys galore, tapir coati and lucky enough to spy 2 pumas lounging in the noonday heat under some brush next to a river..Thx. to our intrepid guide Carlos.

We are planning our trip for next year already..An added plus is that the cost is quite reasonable

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Utulities included in all rates to include electric, internet/wifi, water, trash pick up, pool maintance and gardener. Full refund if cancelled 60 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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