Wildlife Paradise - Fantastic Gulf Views & Pool

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  • Property Type : House
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 5 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 del Sol having one of the most wonderful views. 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 del Sol are comfortable sofas and mattresses, a covered terrace perfect for relaxing, entertaining and absorbing the breath-taking views/stunning sunsets or stargazing, a palm-covered rancho where you can laze in a hammock and swing in the breeze in the heat of the day - 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. Or relax and let Grace paint jungle flowers on your toe-nails so you can take a bit of your vacation home with you......
The water spouts from passing whales have been spotted from the finca - the gulf teems with sealife so always keep a lookout.
Read 'A Friend Laughs' by Jo Freeman for the funny and true story of our beginnings. Essential reading for anyone who has dreamt of changing their life. Available from Amazon.
Check out the amazing bird photos from one of our guests 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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50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities & Activities

  • Shower
  • Twin Bed
  • Double Bed
  • Queen Bed
Bedroom Extras
  • Private Bathroom
Child Friendly
  • Child Friendly
Cooling Comfort
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Air Conditioning
Dining Room
  • Dining Table Seats
Disability Access Features
  • Ground Floor Unit
  • No DVD Player
  • No VCR
  • No TV
  • Pet Friendly
  • No Smoking
  • Secluded
  • Linens Provided
Home Office
  • Internet Access
  • Please check internet availability before booking. This may be limited in the house to pay-as-you-go. Unlimited wi-fi internet is available at the pool.
  • Microwave
  • Water Filter
  • Utensils
  • Pots and Pans
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Washing Machine
Maid Service
  • Weekly Housekeeping
Outside Living
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Shower
  • rancho
  • Parking Available
Swimming Pool
  • Community Swimming Pool
  • 18m x 6m pool with attached kids' pool and waterfall
  • Car Recommended
Nearby Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Tours
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Nearby Attractions
  • Near Beach

Photo Gallery

Terrace in the evening light

Kitchen and living area

Sunset view from the terrace

Endless beach stretching from Pilon to Zancudo

In the afternoon enjoy cool sea breezes

Riding lesson

They rode down to the sea

Fun in the river

Our friendly neighbours call in

Stand up paddle boarding

A jaguarundi (with her family) visits the finca

Additional Rate Information

A/c in the 3 bedrooms pw $66.89

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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

Costa Rica wonder

  • Anonymous
  • Dec 23,2017
  • Feb 11,2015

First time in Central America, although we have travelled extensively in the world. We love to organise our own travel arrangements and go \'off the beaten track\'. The flight down to Golfito was a stunning start to our adventure and then the road journey down to Pavones through interesting and diverse terrain really got us in the mood. Casa del Sol is part of an imaginative and tasteful development. It is a delightful villa in the midst of surrounding jungle, with stunning views of the sea below. We hired horses and went down to the beach - unspoilt and few people, with warm, clear water where we tried paddle- boarding for the first time. This really is a gem for those who want something rather different from the run of the mill. The use of the huge pool within five minutes walk is superb and the local folk could not be more friendly or helpful. The owners are very knowledgeable and were great at recommending places to go and where to eat and shop. A fabulous holiday.

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