Eco Mountain Retreat - the Real Costa Rica!
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Esterillos Este bed and breakfast description
Our 20 acre organic eco retreat is nestled in lush virgin forest and rolling pasteur lands.Perched on a hill above the Pacific Ocean at about 2000 feet of altitude, you'll experience relaxing breezes and cool night temperatures at our unique Costa Rica experience. Located between two National Parks, Cangreja to the east and Manuel Antonio to the south, hiking trails are abundant both in the parks and on site at Rancho Tranquilo. Abundant waterfalls and natural pools are available for swimming and provide a cool retreat after a day's hike. Natural hot springs were recently discovered nearby! Horseback riding and ziplining the canopy are also available nearby. Away from it all, we are only 20 minutes off the paved coastal highway, 30 minutes to a quiet non-tourist beach and 40 minutes to world famous surfing beaches in Esterillos and Playa Hermosa. Jaco, a tourist town teaming with restaurants, clubs and shopping is 45 minutes away. Awaken to the sounds of exotic birds and view blue morpho butterflies throughout the property. Rancho Tranquilo provides relaxation in a natural Costa Rican rainforest.
A 2500 sf thatched roof open-air common area has kitchen, dining and lliving areas decorated in local artisan furnishings. All lighting, fans/electric is solar powered. There are fans, but no A/C. A fire pit is available for fireside evenings under the stars you can almost touch!. There are 2 shared bathrooms, one full with shower, the other 1/2 bath, and 2 additional outside showers, one on an edge overlooking the forest with the sound of the river in the distance. Pura Vida!
- 350 sq. ft.
- Bed And Breakfast
- Bed & Breakfast
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Included In Price
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Rain Forests
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Mountain View
sports and adventure activities
- Mountain Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Whitewater Rafting
- Surf Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Water Tubing
breakfast meal type
- Included In Price
- Catering Available
dinner meal type
- Booking Possible
- Local Activities Guide
- Towels Provided
- Living Room:
- Local Maps
- Wireless Internet
- Linens Provided
- Toilet Paper
- Pantry Items
- Cooking Utensils
- 2 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils
lunch meal type
- Booking Possible
- Large Cooler
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Gated Community
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden
- Walkway To Water
- Wood Deck
- Outdoor Grill
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Thatched Roof Cabins
Thatched Roof Cabins
We had a great time at Rancho Tranquilo! We are avid campers and we loved the idea of staying in a thatched roof cabin. The cabin is cozy and there is a porch area to sit and enjoy the views right outside your room. ( We never saw a mosquito or fly our whole visit) The kitchen area is about 50 feet from the cabins and has a counter space, a two burner stove and a sink. There is also a gas grill and a pantry cabinet. You will need a cooler and ice if you plan on doing much cooking. The small bathroom is about 100 feet from the cabins and there is one shower under the first cabin. There is another shower next to the bathroom but it is not private. On the last day we were there they were preparing to start on the new bathroom shower complex so that will be very nice and it is close to the three cabins. The property is well maintained and clean and very beautiful. As other reviewers have commented, we saw wild life and there are two good hiking trails. We enjoyed cooling off in the stream, that cuts through the trails, after our hike. Carlos and Oscar are very good hosts and very helpful. Owners Aileen and Fritz don't live on the property but drove in to see if we had everything we needed and gave us restaurant recommendations. They do have wifi so you can get online if you need to. The Manuel Antonio park (a must see) is about an hour and a half away and it has three great beaches in the park. We snorkeled in the first beach and saw quite a bit of marine life (best seen closer to the rocks, it is clearer there). The only down side of our stay was the drive on 239, it is very rugged and is 11.5 miles from Hwy 39 to the Rancho.
- Guest cheryl c.
- Date of stay 02/12/12
- Review Submitted 03/02/12
Amazing & Highly Recommended!!
Amazing & Highly Recommended!!
We cannot say enough wonderful things about Rancho Tranquilo and our time there. We stayed at the property the entire 3 days (without leaving to sight-see or do other things), and loved how we were able to get away from everything and enjoy nature --- we even became birdwatching converts while we were there. We saw an incredible array of wildlife - 2 different types of monkey troops several times in the nearby trees performing acrobatics for us, blue morphos floated past, and it became an exciting daily tradition to get up early in the morning and wait in the afternoon for our private "bird shows" - different varieties of toucans, the white hawk--just unbelievable. The accommodations were great; we loved the outdoor kitchen/common area, which had gorgeous locally made wooden furniture. We have gushed about our time at RT over and over to friends and highly recommend it to others!! It was such a peaceful, relaxing and rewarding experience - we felt grounded and one with nature - such a fabulous place!--we only wish we could visit more often! We were in Costa Rica 3 weeks and stayed in a wide-range of landscapes and accommodations but our rewarding and absolutely gorgeous experience at RT was unparalleled. It was by far one of our top Costa Rican highlights and favorites!!
- Guest Courtney K.
- Date of stay 09/11/11
- Review Submitted 10/11/11
A Truly Unique Experience
A Truly Unique Experience
Had an amazing time at Rancho Tranquilo. Wanting to escape the tourist traps and experience the true Costa Rica, we got more than we could have expected here. The first morning we awoke to monkeys playing in the trees, right next to our cozy little rancho. The next morning we saw a toucan while having breakfast. The place is beautifully rustic and remote but also has enough creature comforts to make it a relaxing experience. This is truly a special place. Every day that we ventured off the mountain we kept just wanting to get back and make a rum drink with the fresh fruit all around and just lay in a hammock until it was time to throw some fresh fish on the grill. Oscar the caretaker was very knowledgeable and helpful. As publishers of a green publication, it was great to see the owners had such an appreciation for nature and taking care of it as best as possible. There is a beautiful waterfall that is just a short hike. And Alex's Rustica Bar &Grill is a very cool little spot for a cold Pilsen or some great Tipico food. We feel very lucky to have had such an unique experience by staying at Rancho Tranquilo and are already plotting when we can get back, --Lorne & Lindsey Charleston, S.C.
- Guest Lorne C.
- Date of stay 07/04/11
- Review Submitted 08/04/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
The name couldn’t be more fitting. Rancho Tranquilo is wonderfully relaxing and extraordinarily picturesque. We vacationed in Costa Rica for a week and spent our first three nights at the ranch. As soon as we arrived we knew we were experiencing the best first and that our subsequent lodging locations weren’t going to compare to the ranch and that turned out to be true. If you want to experience absolute natural beauty and serenity it can be found at Rancho Tranquilo. We enjoyed gazing at the scenery, spotting birds, hiking the trails and relaxing on the hammocks in the breeze listening to the gentle sounds of the nearby running river. The property is superbly maintained, decorated with beautifully handcrafted furniture and has an extensive array of vegetation including pineapple plants, lime trees, orange trees, starfruit trees, cashew trees, hibiscus and many other colorful plants. It’s not every day Midwesterners wake up and have freshly picked pineapple, plantains and starfruit for breakfast! Sleeping in the thatched roof cabin gave you the sense you were at one with nature (yet very safe) and was thrilling. We can’t wait to return someday and bring family and friends along with us!
- Guest Jen & Dave (Madison, WI, USA)
- Date of stay 03/14/11
- Review Submitted 05/27/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: It gives us great pleasure to share our Rancho Tranquilo with visitors, especially those in search of what is the essence of this beautiful country. Jennifer has given us a wonderful review and we couldn't have said it better. Please join us as we share our slice of paradise...it's what you're searching for!
Relaxation in Paradise
Relaxation in Paradise
This place absolutely exceeded all of my expectations. This is THE place to get away from it all. The water is sweet, the bed a comfy cloud, the kitchen cooks great, the toilet does flush and everything is nicely maintained. The ranchos are beautifully constructed little houses of teak and palm atop tall stilts to catch breezes and provide amazing views. A larger shelter of the same construction includes a kitchen, large dining, and lounging area. Great care in decoration has been taken throughout. Even the tables are extraordinary; massive slices cut from fallen Guanacaste trees surrounded by unique handmade chairs. We slept in luxury as a nearby waterfall and a cool night breeze lulled us to dreamland. The property is surrounded by stunning views of mountains and jungle among a lovely garden of flowers and fruit trees. We were treated daily to fresh star fruit, limes, pineapple, peppers, papaya, and more provided by the garden and jungle. Being a biologist, outdoor enthusiast, and amateur photographer, this was true paradise. You will be serenaded by the songs of small birds, toucans, frogs, parrots, and charming chirping geckos. You will see not one single tourist. If you feel the need to hit the surf, zip down a cable, or hang with the tourists: Several beaches, national parks, adventure thrills, shopping, and restaurants are a short drive from the Rancho. I suggest hiking on the property's many trails to sit under a small waterfall, enjoy a splendid sunset, or scout out local wildlife. For a real treat, chat up the caretaker of the place you are likely to gain new knowledge, great memories, and a lifelong friend. BE WARNED, you will likely forget what day it is.
- Guest RattlerJen (Washington DC, USA)
- Date of stay 03/21/11
- Review Submitted 03/31/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
"Tranquillo" is a word you hear a great deal in Costa Rica-- cab drivers chant it to calm down in traffic-- people use it to remind us to chill out, everything's fine. Staying at the ranch at the beginning of our trip was the perfect way to get into this mindset. We were away from phones, computers, view-spoiling electrical cables, and any connection to the daily grind. We spent most of our time outdoors, often sheltered under the beautiful thatching. We found local fish, meat and produce and had great barbeques to supplement the ubiquitous gallo pinto. Outdoor showers looking down on hawks flying in the valley below, waking up to mist over the mountains, swimming in a nearby waterfall pool-- this is "pura vida." If you want to really get away this is the spot. The pictures on this site show the views and some wildlife, but only as captured by a camera's angle. Imagine an upscale florist's most exotic selection-- and these are the common plants. Phrases like "oh look honey there's a toucan in the papaya tree" became common. This is a great place for those who want nature and privacy-- but you have to be okay with nature and privacy. Its a jungle mountain-- there are bugs. There are stairs and ladders to climb once you are there though you can 4-wheel up to the property. Email the owners while you are planning the trip, they were extremely forthcoming about what amenities are (or aren't) offered. Fritz and Aileen provided us with a great deal of information about getting around in Costa Rica. They arranged for a driver who met us at the airport and took us to Playa Hermosa, a beautiful beach town on the Pacific coast, where we stayed the first night. The caretaker's brother drove us up the mountain the next day which was fun and adventurous. The contacts they gave us helped us for the rest of our trip while getting around and staying in Costa Rica, as people are big on referrals. (Knocks a few bucks off hotel rooms as well) I hope to stay for longer next time we can go to the ranch, and I hope that wonderful people can enjoy it as we did. We went other places but our true and most memorable experience was at Rancho Tranquillo. Have fun, travelive.
- Guest A+P (Bay Area/California)
- Date of stay 12/23/09
- Review Submitted 01/12/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
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- Nearest Airport: San Jose at 60 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Route 34 at 10 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Banderas at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Alex's Rustic Restaurant and Bar at 1 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Marriott Los Suenos, Herradura at 35 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Alex's Restaurant and Bar at 1 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Living at the Jersey Shore, we longed for a winter retreat. One trip to Costa Rica and we were hooked! We purchased a beach area lot and a couple of years later we saw this property. Once again...hooked!
Why the Owner Chose Esterillos Este:
We loved the serenity of the mountains, the beautiful views from any location, the plethora of exotic birds, butterflies, and other animals including monkeys, and the incredible starry nights. We decided a couple of years in that we wanted to share this natural beauty with other visitors so the real Costa Rica would be known .
The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
This is the 'other' Costa Rica, far away from busy tourist towns. If pure, abundant nature is what you are after, this is your spot. You'll feel like you are floating above the clouds when you awake and will stay in a Pura Vida mode the entire stay. Guests are welcome to enjoy the fruit from our many fruit trees. Fresh Costa Rica coffee is brewed each morning and enjoy a traditional Tico breakfast before you begin your daily adventures.
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Welcome to Rancho Tranquilo!
Rustic cabin surrounded by flora and fauna!
Monkeys are frequent visitors!.
Rancho Tranquilo main area
Bar and sitting area...solar powered stereo...very tranquilo!
Help yourself to fresh picks of the day!
Balcony on cabin #1
Full bath complex at cabins
View a Two or Three-toed Sloth on the ground and in tree tops!
One of two outside showers-Cabin #1
Two open-air nature showers with mountain views!
Large dining table and chairs made by local artisans!
Seating area under Cabin #1
Cabins, 1, 2 & 3
Very large dining area for guests...available for parties!
Relaxing lin the common area...check out the wildlife through our telescope!
Before dawn in the mountains!
Manuel Antonio National Park with uncrowded beaches, lizards & lots of monkeys!
Toucans feast on our many plantain trees that are always making fruit!
Explore the rainforest on our trails!
Sunset on local Bandera Beach!
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