Jungle Home with 18m pool and ocean views - as seen in 'Easy Living' mag

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  • Property Type : House
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1.5 Bathrooms
  • 9 Sleeps

Crispin Freeman

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The bay of Pavones is one of the few truly unspoiled corners of paradise left in Costa Rica where endangered monkeys lunch in fruit trees at the side of the road, scarlet macaws squawk overhead and giant dazzling blue butterflies flap by. Amidst this beauty is where you'll find the 150 acre Finca Estrella and her four modern rental houses, Casa Amarilla being the most stunning. The neighbors are all wonderful friendly Ticos (Costa Ricans) so, if you want to absorb the real Costa Rican culture, this is the place to stay. Finca Estrella is only minutes from beautiful beaches, refreshing rivers and the local surf breaks.
Awaiting you at Casa Amarilla are granite kitchen counter-tops, jungle door-carvings, comfortable sofas and mattresses, jacuzzi bathtub, wrap-around wooden terrace with hammocks and rocking chairs for breath-taking views/stunning sunsets or stargazing - everything you need to have a fantastic vacation.
The beaches are wild and stunning, the perfect kind for beach-combing, and the warm waters are fantastic for surfing (rent a board) and boogie boarding. Or, if you fancy something different, follow dolphins watching silvery fish jumping in the waves while you stand-up paddleboard in the perfect water at Pilon. If you prefer to stay on the sand then there are a myriad of beautiful seeds to find, kite-surfers to admire, seabirds by the dozen. Pick up fish for the grill on the way home from the fishermen, most likely your only companions on the endless stretch of perfect sand. Local fishermen will happily oblige if you want to join them in their boats to catch some mackerel, sea bass, snook (robalo), dorado (mahi-mahi) or red snapper. For the more adventurous, inshore or offshore sportfishing can be arranged with Zancudo Lodge or the marinas of Golfito. Boat trips can also be arranged for visits to the Osa Peninsula, the Orchid Gardens, Wild Animal Refuge, Zipline Canopy Tours or Kayaking in the Rio Coto (River) - whales, dolphins and turtles are often spotted from the boats. You can even waterski and kite-surf!
Trek with our guys, Freddy and Enrique, around the extensive finca bird/butterfly/wildlife watching amongst the myriad of exotic flowers and fruit trees - pineapples, mangoes, watermelons, papayas, cashews, a wonderful type of lychee, coconuts, guavas, cacao (yes, you can make chocolate!) ice cream beans, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit all grow on the finca. Or head to the local waterfalls - walk or take the horses - and lunch in the cool shade on mossy logs before taking the plunge and clambering up the rocks to stand under the waterfalls' refreshing torrent. The 'pozo' - swimming hole - at the Cuervito River is a must on a hot day. Jump off rocks or fallen logs and relax in perfect surroundings listening to your jungle 'music'. Gold has been found in the local rivers so let the guys know if you would like to try your hand at gold-panning.
On 'rest' days, the hammocks by the beautiful 18m swimming pool will be waiting for you. Swing serenely listening to the toucans, clicking butterflies, the buzzing of hummingbirds' wings, the parrots' chatter or other exotic birds (over 200 kinds have been spotted) and Freddy or Enrique will gently nudge you when the monkeys/sloths/anything else you would like to see is around. If you fancy being 'arty' you can use the 'house-paints' and decorate the fruits of your beach-combing labors - ornate seeds, smooth stones or even discarded flip-flops or, let Grace paint jungle flowers on your toe-nails so you can take a bit of your vacation home with you......
See the beautiful photos of birds around the finca that one of guests took at https://ebird.org/media/catalog?yr=YPAST10®ion=Puntarenas,%20Costa%20Rica%20(CR)®ionCode=CR-P&userId=USER945385&user=John%20and%20Milena%20Beer 

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Amenities & Activities

  • Spa Bath/Jetted Tub
  • Shower
  • Alfresco Shower
  • Twin Bed
  • Queen Bed
  • King Bed
Bedroom Extras
  • Walk-in Closet
Child Friendly
  • Child Friendly
Cooling Comfort
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Air Conditioning
  • Check availability of a/c before booking.
Dining Room
  • Dining Table Seats
Disability Access Features
  • Ground Floor Unit
  • No DVD Player
  • No VCR
  • No TV
  • No Telephone
  • No Pets Allowed
  • No Smoking
  • Secluded
  • Linens Provided
Home Office
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Check availability of internet before booking
  • Microwave
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Water Filter
  • Utensils
  • Granite Counter Tops
  • Pots and Pans
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Washing Machine
Layout and Decor
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Spacious
  • Vaulted Ceilings
Maid Service
  • Weekly Housekeeping
Outside Living
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Parking Available
Swimming Pool
  • Community Swimming Pool
  • Car Recommended
Nearby Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Tours
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Nearby Attractions
  • Near Beach

Photo Gallery

The main terrace

The master bedroom with kingsize and single beds, walk-in closet and own terrace

Comfortable sofas and huge choice of books in the lounge

View through the lounge window to the outside raindrop shower

One of the beautiful local beaches

The swimming river at Cocal Beach

The rear of Casa Amarilla with its tropical garden

Kingsize bed in the guest bedroom

Stunning Osa Peninsular sunsets from the terrace

Carved wooden doors throughout

Kitesurfers at the local beach

One of the local waterfalls

Pilon Beach - our favourite. Surf break is off left of photo.

Rare scarlet macaws in the ceiba tree in front of Casa Amarilla

Additional Rate Information

A/c in the 3 bedrooms pw $133.78 

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Location Information


10 minutes' drive from world-class surf breaks. Stunning views of the Golfo Dulce. Perched in the rainforest teeming with wildlife.


150 acre finca with four houses and a pool. Surrounded by rainforest. Amazing surf and beautiful wildlife.


Unspoilt tip of Costa Rica right at the end of the road where rainforest meets the beach.


Experience the real Costa Rica in the comfort of a house just for you. Stay in the hills where you catch the cooling sea breeze and enjoy the tranquility away from the bustle of the beach.


Warm all year round (shorts and T-shirts). Dry season is January to March. Green season is September to November.


Fly to San Jose international. Either drive down and see the country of take an internal flight to Golfito and rent a car for the last hour.


A car is recommended . Buses are infrequent. We are remote.


We recommend a 4x4 for the high clearance as the roads aren't all paved. Bring plenty of sunscreen and be prepared to relax.


Laid back campesino way of life.


Spanish, English


Costa Rica is not cheap, but in our houses you will be self-catering, so can budget accordingly. Eat out at local sodas (Tico food) or restaurants (western tastes).

Guest Reviews

The best option for family holidays with kids. Very nice and spacious house generously equipped.

  • Natalia H.
  • Dec 22,2017
  • Dec 03,2016

Beautiful views as announced, plenty of wild life and a couple of pets around, a big swimming pool enjoyable anytime. The person in charge is efficient and helpful. It\'s a 30 minutes away from the beach, there is a couple of restaurants at the same distance, a 4x4 is needed. A visit to Golfito (45 min drive) and Paso Canoas (an hour drive) is recomendable. It is going to be our favourite place to stay with friends or family in this part of the country. Don\'t expect to see lots of tourists or exciting night life in the coast villages. It is easy to buy fresh fish and seafood. During national holidays the beaches are full with local people otherwise almost empty.

Wonderful vacation

  • Tanya K.
  • Dec 22,2017
  • Jan 05,2017

Dave and I stayed at Casa Amarillo from Jan. 15-23. What a lovely time of year to be in the jungle. We completely enjoyed our stay, and would like to pass on to anyone reading this that this is a beautiful home. We enjoyed every afternoon watching the sunset from the spectacular deck. We loved our morning walks through the finca. Freddy the caretaker is great. He was there checking on us each day, and showed us sloth, toucan, and even a group of spider monkeys. We met some of the local people during our stay, and must say that Costa Rica and its people seem warm and welcoming. I would absolutely stay here again.

A House to Fall in Love With

  • Shahar S.
  • Dec 22,2017
  • Jul 21,2015

This is a truly unique house. A blend of atmosphere, materials, decoration, structure, views and solitary that you can\'t really explain in words, but when you eventually leave it, you feel a little heart broken.

Perfect stay in Pavones

  • Matt
  • Dec 22,2017
  • Nov 20,2014

We visited Pavones in December 2014 and stayed in Casa Amarilla for a week. Everything was perfect. Right from the moment we are arrived we were well looked after - we were shown round the spacious house with stunning views from the large terrace, the huge pool and we were told that horse riding, surfing, paddle boarding and kite surfing could be arranged. We were even brought fresh coconuts in the morning! There was plenty to keep us entertained, but it’s also the perfect place to completely switch-off and relax and we spent a number of days relaxing in the hammocks on the terrace and watching the nature – toucans, monkeys, sloths and poison dart frogs can all be seen from the property - it really is paradise. We also enjoyed horse riding, surfing and spent plenty of time by the pool. Pavones is a short drive away and there is easy access to secluded beaches and restaurants. You can even buy fresh jumbo prawns from the fishermen on the beach which are great for the BBQ.

Pavones surf trip

  • Steve
  • Dec 22,2017
  • Jun 21,2011

The house and views were awsome! You never know what to expect when you reserve online,but this place was even better than we had expected.We would definitely stay here again and look forward to coming back soon.We can\'t say enough good things about the entire trip.....If you want comfort,privacy,great views,friendly help.....this is the place! It was about a 25 minute drive to surf Pavones, but being up the mountain with the cooler breeze made it worth it.

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