|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
A lovely vacation house with large private beach garden, located in the quaint fisherman village of Cabuya, 8 km from Montezuma and 2 km from the Cabo Blanco National Park.
From the large, covered terrace you look down to the beach and the island of Cabuya. The terrace has comfortable sitting areas and functions as the open air living room where you always enjoy a nice ocean breeze. Inside there is the fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and two cozy bedrooms. In front of the terrace is an additional outdoor shower and a barbecue place.
THE HOUSE: The vacation house is well kept and cheerfully decorated with local artworks and mosaics. The house has two bedrooms, one with a queen size bed, one with two single beds, both with mosquito nets and fan. A safe box is available to store your valuables.
The kitchen is spacious and comes fully equipped with big fridge, stove with oven, blender, toaster all kind of dishes, washing machine and music player.
The house has telephone (national calls only) and fast wireless internet.
The beach house has its own private entrance and a parking space.
Kayaks and mountain bikes can be rented.
This was by far the best place that we have ever stayed in the Cabuya area and we have been there eight times. The house was lovely and situated in a beautiful garden setting overlooking the Bay of Nicoya. Claudia and Chris were wonderful hosts, available to help with anything that we needed or to answer any questions.. Claudia even made a call for us to arrange a day trip to Curu where we snorkeled off of the Tortuga Islands, hiked through the park, saw amazing wildlife, and then swam at night with phytoplankton!! An amazing, amazing day and one that we would not have been able to arrange easily ourselves as our Spanish is not yet up to the task.
Other days were spent enjoying the lovely views from the shore while sipping a drink while watching the moon rise over the water, tasting local treats at the many great restaurants in the vicinity, watching howler monkeys play in the trees, or trying to spot the giant sea turtles that swim just past the reef while we were out in the sea kayaks that Claudia generously provided. The house had absolutely everything that we needed, including a washing machine, which was a huge plus. Although vacations are meant to get away from it all, it was nice to have the excellent wifi in order to be reachable by the people who were not lucky enough to be with us in paradise. While Cabuya is not for everyone (not a luxury hotel to be found and somewhat dusty when not in the rainy season) it is a perfect place to feel the true heart of Costa Rica in one of the worlds seven Blue Zones. We will definitely be back and will absolutely stay in this wonderful house again!!
We recently spent Christmas at La Floresta and really enjoyed our time there. Claudia the host is very friendly and helpful, she went out of her way to make us feel welcome. She has her own house and studio next door so is always around if needed. The house is in a fantastic location, in a large and beautiful garden with direct access to the mostly empty beach. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor living space. You can use the pool in the next door hotel. Cabuya itself is small and tranquil, with a few shops and restaurants. It is very relaxing but near to the more touristy hubs of Montezuma and Santa Teresa where there are many more facilities if needed ... we would definitely recommend a stay here!
We absolutely loved our stay at La Floresta. We stayed for 4 weeks in the spacious 2 bedroom house set amid a forest of trees and flowering plants opening on its own private ocean view. The house has a fully equipped large kitchen with gas stove, large oven, blender, everything we could want as two people who like to cook. There is also an outdoor cooking area with a beautifully crafted cooking grate that swings over the open cooking fire. We frequently cooked chicken and fresh fish from a local fisherman who lived just up the road from us. One of our favorite features of the house was the large covered but open on three sides area that formed an open living area facing the ocean and forested garden area. It was beautifully furnished with a large, hand crafted dining table and chairs, sumptuous day bed, hammocks of course, and even a rocking chair! When we were anywhere on the La Floresta property we felt like we were all alone together in an exotic paradise but, in fact, we could easily step out the property gate and walk to the nearby lovely village of Cabuya for groceries or to eat at one of the excellent family owned restaurants. Claudia, the owner and manager of the property, is a very fine artist and a lovely and gracious person to get to know. Claudia has her house and studio on the property but the estate is so large and fully landscaped that we really never knew if she was home or not unless we walked the path to her house and knocked on her door. We enjoyed our stay there so much that we tried to book the house with Claudia for our next visit to the area later in the year but, of course, she was already booked! Anyone who has the privilege to stay in this wonderful place is lucky indeed!
This January/February marked our third stay at La Floresta and our 4th visit to Cabuya. I have mixed feelings about writing this review because I like to think that La Floresta is my own secret getaway and am hesitant to share it with anyone else but, Claudia asked me to do it and so only as a favor to our host.
Of all of the many beaches we have visited in Costa Rica, this place is the best. The beach itself is not the prettiest since at low tide there is a lot of exposed volcanic rock. But that is just fine with us since that is the time many different shore birds choose to search for minnows and crabs. High tide offers the time to swim. What borders the beach, however, is quite beautiful and there are rarely any other people in site. La Floresta offers almost constant cooling breezes during the day and lots of shade to avoid the hot daytime sun. In the afternoon, we often sit on the chairs overlooking the Pacific watching the pelicans dive and drinking cold Costa Rican beer. At low tide I usually hike out to the cemetery island where I fly cast off of the rocks or wade into the cove. No time is ever the same, with sitings of large sea turtles, schools of fish and beautifully colored sting rays.
The house is simple yet elegant. We spend most of our time on the open but, covered living room patio. The outdoor shower is a plus. The area is nicely landscaped with native plants and trees that offer shade and privacy. Claudia lives next door but her place is hidden from La Floresta. Claudia is , however, almost always around and ready to help out if needed.
The village of Cabuya is not a tourist town. If you want that you should stay in Mal Pais or Santa Teresa where you will get your fill. Cabuya is where you get to meet Ticos and practice your Spanish. There are at least 2 great restaurants, Marvin's and El Coyote, and a couple a couple of other good ones, all within easy walking distance of La Floresta. There is a bakery and there are 2 small supermarkets. You can buy fresh and smoked fish from local folks.
In addition to the ocean, there is a small river within easy walking distance that offers waterfalls, pools of clear, cool water and great birding. For those who enjoy wildlife Cabuya offers significant biodiversity.
In summary, we continue to return to La Floresta because it is a unique place like nothing else we have found in Costa Rica.
I enjoyed my stay at La Floresta and can't wait to return for my next visit. I was there during the second week of October. Everything about my stay was what I had hoped for as a getaway in the tropics. The property is lovely, tucked within the trees with immediate access to the beach, sun and ocean. I enjoyed long walks, great food, good company and relaxing as one would expect to do in a tropical paradise. Also worth mentioning is the cemetario on the island across from Claudia's property which is steeped with local history. Definitely worth checking out when the tide is low :) Claudia was a lovely host and I am so appreciative that she was there to help make my stay enjoyable and care free. She was always available if I had questions about traveling the roads locally and around the country, always with the best recommendations whether it be to drive, fly or take a bicycle :) - This was especially helpful since I don't have a strong command of the Spanish language and getting around isn't as straight forward as you might think. From the time of booking my stay at La Floresta, up to my arrival in Cabuya, Claudia was the most accommodating and gracious hostess and she offers a truly wonderful location on the beach in Cabuya, Costa Rica.
Our family of 4 (our daughters were 5 and 2) stayed in La Floresta for the entire month of February 2013. This was the last chapter of our 3-month adventure in Costa Rica. We will forever keep very fond memories of this place. We simply felt so good.
The house is set in a very lush garden, full of beautiful trees and funny animals. The trees shelter the house from the sun, and there is always a gentle breeze blowing through the branches, which make the patio a very cosy place to be at any time of the day, even when it is blazing hot. Iguanas, monkeys and birds are the stars around here, and we spent much time observing them and enjoying their company.
But what really makes La Floresta a unique place is the immediate access to the beach. Just walk through the garden for one minute, pass under the palm trees ceiling, and you find yourself facing the ocean and Cabuya island. And best of all, you are all alone and at high tide, you can swim without danger as there are no waves nor riptides, which are rare privileges in this region of Costa Rica.
We spent hours on the beach and in the water. We actually started the day by waking up very early to contemplate the sun rise over the sea. Then we would come back a after breakfast with our 2 daughters to enjoy the beach while it was not too hot. During the day, we did many excursions in the vicinity of Cabuya: we explored Cabo Blanco park, enjoyed the funny Montezuma scene, the amazing scenery and waves at Playa Santa Teresa... We had no car but we had time, therefore we were happy to manage with local buses and sometimes taxis. In the evening, we celebrated by grilling over the open fire in the garden delicious fresh fish that we bought directly from the Cabuya fishermen.
Eventually, we got to know our host Claudia, who lives in the neighbouring house. We got along very well and had lots of fun and inspiring conversations with her. Our girls loved her even though they did not share a common language. We shared unforgettable moments, and we truly hope we will be back one day, this time in the wet season to see the river flow in the middle of the garden!
So if you are looking for a friendly paradise, off the beaten track and away from the crowds, we warmly recommend you La Floresta.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|1 pet weekly extra charge||$50|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Greenseason rates ,are available ,please ask the manager,about a longhterm Greensaison -Deal.
week is 500.-us and the night 80.- us -minimum 3 nights -for greenseason.
highseason price is 600.- a week again,price is for 2 pax, any additional adult is 20 dollar extra a night,kids under 10 years free,
With paypal ore directly to mi costa rican account,ask for detailed banking info ,the owner claudia bassauer