2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with ocean views and empty beach
- english, spanish
About Angie Costello
We're Jim and Angie Costello, we believe in balancing work and play as equally as possible, and cramming in as much as we can before we get old or die, haha! We travel around on our boat, and aren't ready to retire to paradise yet. It gives us great satisfaction to know our home is waiting for us. We want to share it with folks like ourselves, who can only afford to see this beautiful world on a budget. We can't afford fancy resorts and hate them anyway, and we figure there are lots of other folks like us, who would love this place.
Angie Costello purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Angie Costello chose Las Canas
We wanted tranquility, beauty, and our own beach. We found it online, and immediately fell in love. The first time we saw it, we knew it was meant to be ours. Built by a Canadian artist, more than 20 years ago, there is charm in every chip of tile and seashell imbedded in the walls and floor. There is some sort of indescribable magic in this place!
What makes this Cottage unique
It's beautiful, natural, and a place to get away from the world and recharge your soul. We are surrounded by beauty and friends!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:21
No toilet paper in the toilets.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful and Secluded Beachfront Property with Honestly the Best Owners I Have Ever Worked With
First off, let me hand it to Jim and Angie for going out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed for this trip. The owners got in contact with us almost immediately after sending the booking request. They helped familiarize us with the area and even look at different airport destinations to make our trip more enjoyable. The property itself is everything we had hoped for. Aneuri and Papa , the caretakers of the property, were available for anything we might need. They cut open coconuts harvested from the trees on the property. They spent the time to cut open fresh Almonds that grow on the property as well. Aneuri even cooked us an excellent Arroz con Pollo dinner that was to die for. This place and the people are genuine and will stay in your hearts for years to come. If you are looking for a genuine Dominican Republic experience at a fantastic price for the amenities then this is it. The location is remote, but not far from Cabarete (a tourist town) or Gasper Hernandez so you can easily go out for groceries or to local restaurants. The locals are super friendly and very helpful. It helps if you speak Spanish, but isn't required. (With technology these days anything is possible.) We spent a week at the place and could have easily spent more time. It was a very relaxing and soul filling experience. The beach is amazing. Most of the time, we were about the only people on it. This is truly a piece of paradise. When given the chance, we definitely will return.
Wow! Thank you so much for the helpful review! We're so glad you had a good time! It sounds like you really opened yourself up to the experience and truly tasted the actual culture of Dominican Republic!
We strive to be helpful and informative for all our guests, and it's nice to know it was noticed. It's a lot of work to coordinate everybody and everything it takes to keep the cool old place going, but when we read reviews like yours, we know it's not in vain. This is what it's all about; letting other people feel, taste, and breath the real place like we do. Thanks for letting us know we accomplished our mission of truly sharing paradise with others.
We wish you safe travels, wherever you go, and we'd love to welcome you back anytime you need a soul charge.
Jim and Angie
Backyard and Beach are perfect for relaxing and entertaining
The property layout is nice, it’s an older house with true Dominican appeal. The house is all original no updates.
So glad you find it as authentic, basic, and charming as we do! We thought you were a great guest and would love to have you back sometime!
Jim and Angie
Authentic Dominican Republic Experience
We stayed at this property in June 2018. We had a great experience at Casa Costello as we relaxed and enjoyed nature. The village of Las Canas was a secluded area, but did have the amenities we needed. This property is located right on the beach and has a backyard that will melt your troubles away. The casa is very unique and has a native charm we were looking for.
The property owners were very good to work with and available as needed. Jim even called me prior to the trip to make sure all was in order and gave us pointers on what to do and what to expect. We had a local guide available to help get us oriented, arrange transportation, and show us the sites when desired. We went snorkeling with Randy Rode in Rio San Juan, swimming in the cave pools at Cabarete, and also enjoyed a dance club and attended a church service (all in Spanish). Your guide will cook authentic dishes for you if you choose. The local bus service was easy (and interesting) to use and only cost $1. The people here were extremely friendly and treated us like family from the minute we arrived.
Things to be aware of. If you are looking for a luxury resort - this property is not for you. Swimming at this beach can be tough as the waves pound pretty hard. We went to couple of other beaches during our stay that were incredible. The water here is probably not what you're used to, but drinking water is provided. Speaking at least a minimal level of Spanish will be helpful. My wife got us by, but I would have had a hard time.
Overall this was a great trip and I recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a one of kind experience.
We are so pleased that you had such a great stay! Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We can't wait to visit those cave pools ourselves. We know other travelers appreciate the information you shared too. We thought you were wonderful guests, and we hope you'll come back sometime and take advantage of our return guests discount.We wish you happy travels!
Angie and Jim
A Sweet Rustic Escape
My friend and i led a yoga retreat to the DR in March. It was a big group and we had rented a house for them in Las Canas. We decided we wanted to have our own space, a place for us to retreat to when necessary. We ended up booking Casa Costello just 2 doors down. Before we even got there, the owners, Jim and Angie were beyond helpful. They set up our airport transfers, connected us to people of the village that could help us with food and helped set up our excursions. I had several conversations on the phone with Jim prior to our arrival and he was always very reassuring that all will go smoothly (and it did!).
The beachfront house has a rustic kind of charm. This is not your luxury modern house so if that is what you are looking for, keep on searching. I slept in the upstairs bedroom (which has quite an interested staircase to climb up to to it- steep and windy! But there is also an outside staircase which is easier to climb). The bathroom is an interesting design with the toilet up a few steps. Not the easiest to use but points for creativity! There is a lot of space and an upstairs balcony that opens up to the the ocean. Falling asleep to the waves cannot be beat. It is a little hot in the room at night with the mosquito net down and no AC. You can always leave the doors open for air but i didn't want to risk letting bugs in.
My friend stayed downstairs, a more standard bedroom and bathroom--- comfortable and clean. Everything seemed to function in the kitchen although we didn't use it too much. I am not sure if there was one hidden away, but a tea kettle would have been nice to have.
The backyard which led to the beach was a nice addition--- we didn't use it much as we were out and about most of the time but nice to have anyways.
The beach was lovely but the tide was too high and waves were too strong to swim in. I am sure that changes throughout the year.
Las Canas is a bit remote from the bigger towns such as Cabarete-- about a 30 minute drive. The Costello's connected us to Aneuri, a local in town, who was able to get us taxi's whenever we needed, so it worked out well. There is not much in Las Canas so you will need to get taxis to get places- other beaches, excursions, restaurants, etc...
If you are looking for a quiet, bare bones, rustic, sweet little getaway, this is your place.
So glad our house was a good fit for you! Although we have no kettle, the water machine does piping hot water on demand. (We will get a kettle though, now that we know it would be missed.) Aneuri works for Casa Costello exclusively, and we couldn't be more grateful! He's a true concierge, and always bends over backwards to please our guests.
We plan to upgrade all the ceiling fans this summer, along with some other renovations.
We always enjoy having guests that appreciate our home's charecter as much as we do. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts...we'd love to have you again, when you have more time for the beach! Safe travels!
Jim and Angie
Many wonderful experiences at Casa Costello
First, Jim and Angie's responsiveness to our questions before our trip, and their helpfulness getting us information in advance, including a shopping list of our requests to have in the fridge in advance, was WONDERFUL. After caretaker Aneuri and his brother, an excellent driver, meet us at the airport, they made sure to show us where everything we needed was in th house before saying goodnight.
Delighted by the sound of the surf even before we could see the delightful views of the ocean from the second floor bedroom, the balcony, the main door way downstairs and everywhere in the yard, the beach in front of the house and the water temperature were just great- caution with currents needed some days. We walked for miles on the beach in each direction. The air temperature was more refreshing than many Carribbean locations, and we were enchanted by 7 different rainbows in our 8 days. There were quick showers- glad we brought rain jacket!- we loved how quickly the sky and sea changed colors as the breeze blew clouds away and the sun came out.
We particularly appreciated unlimited cold bottled spring water provided by the owners: we never had to buy water in bulk. Everything in the kitchen- coffee maker, fridge, toaster, microwave and stove worked well. The plantings in the shady yard were lovely and well tended. We enjoyed coconut water and fresh almonds from the yard, as well as the pineapples and grapes Anueri got for us. My husband loved lying in the hammock staring up at the sky through the palm fronds.
We really enjoyed visiting the caves in Caberete with Aneuri, swimming in the underground crystal clear pool and having excellent tour guides share their knowledge of plants and birds and the history of the caves with us. Watching the kite-surfing on Caberete beach with Aneuri was great fun, and we appreciated both Aneuri's care getting us to our dinner at Otra Cosa- highly recommended- and the beautiful sunset walking on that beach. Going to Playa Calleton with Aneuri was an absolute highlight-it is the most beautiful beach ever- and we loved our lunch with Aneuri at a table complete with white cloth, pina colodas and great shrimp at the water's edge.
Saving the very best for last, Aneuri 's cooking was astounding- our 2 fish dinners and our chicken night at the house were so far beyond our hopes. He is a great cook and a lovely person. We feel lucky to have become friends and lucky to have been there!
So glad you guys had a great time! We feel the place is pretty magical too! Thanks for sharing your experience about the caves. You were the first group from our house to visit them and it sounds like everybody else is missing out!
We work hard to take care of our guests, and we know Aneuri does too. Thanks for recognizing that a posting such a great review. We hope to have you guys back some day!
Angie and Jim
On the beach! Beautiful yard! Comfortable beds!
Keep in mind this is not for people who want luxury and everything taken care of for them. This is a place for people who want to experience where they are! It has some peccadilloes, this is the Dominican Republic and the tropics 😁� but we (4 adults... two who are 92!) enjoyed our 3 and a half week stay immensely!! We felt safe and comfortable the entire visit.
For the somewhat adventurous traveler, this home is perfect!!
So glad to hear you had a great time! People that bring their sense of adventure always do! We would welcome your return anytime. (We'll keep the rum stocked, just in case.)
Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We wish you safe and happy travels, wherever you go.
Jim and Angie
Golfing, Big Game Fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, cave tours, restaurants, and many other activities are available if desired. You are a public transportation ride away from Puerta Plata, Caberete, Kite Beach, Playa Grande, Rio San Juan and Laguna Gri-Gri.