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Spacious hill top home with stunning ocean views.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,550 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Duplex Villa, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This elevated property sits high on a hill, surrounded by jungle and amazing wildlife, with stunning 180 degree views of the sparkling blue waters of the Golfo Dulce. Quietly situated just a few minutes outside the main town of Pavones, it is easily accessible from the main road. Just two kilometers away is a swimming beach and one of the longest surf breaks in the area. The world renowned Pavones point break is just a few kilometers down the road.

This secure, private, two bedroom home boasts all the modern conveniences. It is fully furnished with quality linens, comfortable mattresses, a fully equipped kitchen, wifi, flat screen TV with DVD player, and both front and back outdoor living spaces. Both bedrooms have connected private baths and the home comfortably sleeps six. Take a walk through the orchard of tropical fruit trees, coffee plants, displays of jungle flora, and the organic greenhouse and herb garden. Cool off in the outdoor shower while the monkeys, parrots, and toucans play in the palms above. The house has hot water, a/c, ceiling fans and is fully screened so you can take advantage of the tropical breezes unique to this area.

Surfing, kayaking, waterfall hikes, fishing, boat tours, horseback riding, or a morning of authentic Costa Rican farm culture, it all starts here. The owners live on site, speak English and Spanish and can help arrange all your adventures. From birdwatchers to adrenaline junkies, there’s something for everyone and we can help you plan a vacation with memories that will last a lifetime.

Keywords: Ocean Views, Surfing, stand up paddle boarding, Fishing, snorkeling, Horseback riding, zip lines, quad rentals, massage, waterfalls, bird watching, wild life viewing, adventure tours

More Details

Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler

I am originally from the San Diego area of Southern California. I grew up by the beach and have always enjoyed the life style and abundance of outdoor activities that ocean living provides. In 1978, just 6 months out of high school, I embarked on a 6 month surf adventure, traveling throughout most of the countries in Central America. I was immediately drawn to the people, culture and raw beauty of the land. It was an experience that changed my life. After returning to the states, I dreamed of some day owning a home in the tropics of Latin America. In 2004, I realized my dream by purchasing this magnificent property in the Pavones area of Costa Rica. So far ownership in the tropics has been an incredible experience, an experience I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy. Life in Pavones is 'Pura Vida'.

Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler purchased this villa in 2004

Why Michael Luke or Elizabeth Gensler chose Puntarenas

The area of Pavones and the Osa peninsula have been relatively untouched by development. It is a place where you can go to experience world class surfing and fishing, while being surrounded by broad variety of plants, animals, birds and marine life. It's like being in a zoo without cages. I love the rugged beauty of the area, culture and beautiful nature of the people.

What makes this villa unique

The view of the ocean and mountains is incredible! I really enjoy being able to view a variety of wild life from the house or while wandering the property. The house is easily accessable from the main road and is in the safe and secure neighborhood of Cuervito de Pavones. The property is loaded with fruit trees which make great morning, afternoon or evening snacks. You may be in the jungle, but you won't miss the modern conveniences of home when staying at Paraiso de Miguel.


Pavones Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Large tub and walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - walk in shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Rain drop shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Double and bunk beds in 2nd bedroom
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master Bedroom, Double Beds (1) Guest Bedroom, Bunk Beds (1) Guest Bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
(2) - Mountain bikes (6) - Surfboards in sizes from 6' to 10' (3) - Stand up Paddle boards (SUP) (3) - Boogie boards (6) - sets of snorkeling equipment (4) - Fishing poles (2)- 11ft Ocean kayaks * See our activities guide for the incremental cost of these amenities


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Spacious hill top home with stunning ocean views.
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 48 reviews
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

Best vacation

  • 5 of 5

I wish I had more than 5 stars to rate my stay and vacation at Paraiso de Miguel! To say it was amazing does not even begin to explain just how incredibly wonderful it was! The location is beautiful with a view clear out to the ocean. The grounds are well kept and the fruit and other treats growing are exceptional. The property was very clean and had everything needed and then some to feel comfortable and "at home", even while away on vacation. Although the location is surrounded by dirt roads, the quads and 4 wheel drive make getting around even more fun and adventurous! Furthermore, the outdoor kitchen and brick pizza oven show their attention to detail and great cooking options. Also, there is a small creek and waterfall that can even be walked to on the property. For a little "me time" and to wind down, there are 5 hammocks located around the property to enjoy.

The activities available to enjoy while staying at Paraiso de Miguel are very well organized and ease of payment makes everything so accommodating. I had only paddle boarded one other time and this was like nothing ever experienced. The water was calm, blue and warm with beautiful ocean ahead and a beach view from the ocean that was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. The next day, we went horseback riding that took us from the property to the beach and back through the jungle on a very steep but doable and scenic trail. There was a day that we chose to just relax and get pampered. Massages were arranged on the property and Rosie, who performs the services, is great at what she does, as well as being professional and just sweet as can be. Another day we went on a guided waterfall hike. The surrounding areas are so lush with trees and the guides were knowledgeable and accommodating. We first hiked to the top of the water fall and were able to look down at this amazing wonder, then back around to the bottom of the waterfall allowing us to swim in the pool that collected below. One of our final excursions was zip lining in Golfito. I had never done this before and it was so exhilarating!! Our guides were so kind and informative, putting all my fears at ease. There were 10 runs with the longest being 500 yards and the tallest being 150 yards up. The zip lines were in the rainforest and the views truly took my breath away.

I would recommend this vacation for anyone looking for adventure and a getaway not experienced in any other place I have ever visited!!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Heather, what a great review. Thanks so much and what made it so fun was your enthusiasm and willingness to try anything and everything. For a first-timer in beautiful Costa Rica you got to experience a great deal of what is offered down here and you did it laughing and squealing all the way! I'll never forget hearing your echoing sqeals as you zip-lined through the top of the jungle. Once again, a very happy birthday to you and I'm so glad we were able to gather our close friends (and a few of the local monkeys!) and give you a proper Tico style birthday party during your stay. We are looking forward to your return visit and showing you and your husband even more of what this country has to offer. I know you'll never be the same after having experienced the Pura Vida that permeates this amazing place.
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Chicago, il

Very well kept

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views, clean, very nice people

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Most Amazing Family Trip Ever!

  • 5 of 5

Our time in Costa Rica at Paraiso de Miguel was absolutely the best experience we could have dreamed of. Having traveled there years ago, I knew I could expect a beautiful country with gorgeous beaches and jungles, delicious food and friendly locals. But this trip surpassed all that thanks to the amazing hospitality of Michael and Lizzie who made possible a family adventure--two of us and three teenagers-- that we will remember forever. From the minute we got there they offered us just the right amount of attention and help, setting up awesome day trips (hike to waterfall with swimming hole, boat trip to islands for snorkeling and stand up paddling--complete with a packed picnic lunch-- and horse back riding on the beach) and giving us the info we needed to head out on our own to explore the town or the beaches. We had 2 BEAUTIFUL meals prepared by Lizzie, including the pizza night which was a blast!! We spent Christmas day with them on the beach enjoying their annual Christmas feast (roasted pig!) and a bon fire, and ended the week with Michael setting off fireworks from their back lawn to celebrate New Years. Along the way, if we had a scrape or cut, Lizzie was right there to help with some first aid supplies. When we got a flat tire, Michael gave my husband a ride in his truck to get it fixed. They were kind and friendly and super fun. We can't thank them enough for the amazing memories and we will be planning our next visit down as soon as possible! Nothing about this rental fell short, from the house, the hosts, the area, the activities-- everything surpassed our expectations in every way. Thank you Michael and Lizzie!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worth every penny! Peace, privacy, beach, beauty.....

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (2 adults, 2 teens, & a 10-yr old) stayed here for 4 days before Christmas 2016. It was a 7-hr drive from San José but we loved how far away and isolated this was from the crowded city and tourist-packed beaches! (Or, you can fly into Golfito, rent a car, and drive an hour to this rental instead). The property itself is wonderful. The views were spectacular, the gardens groomed, the house outfitted with everything we needed. The weather was great, but nights were a little warm for some family members. Mike and Liz were great hosts - available to book tours, give advice, and interested in getting to know us - and they gave us tons of privacy as well. We booked the boat tour to Los Mogos. It was a long day but the reward of a private island, warm ocean water, and SUP for the first time for my kids were all priceless. During our 4 days, we also drove down to the Panama border to shop for a morning, to Pavones to surf, tide pools at Punta Banco, and to Zancudo for a sunset where we were the only ones on the beach! We brought all of our own food so we can't speak for the local eating places. The markets (Super Comte, and in Laurel) were quite adequate.

We would love to come again and will definitely be recommending the place to friends and neighbors - as long as they don't book the week that we want!! Thanks Mike & Liz!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

What a phenomenal experience!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second trip to Costa Rica. The first time I traveled to CR I stayed in a resort and stuck to the touristy activities. Traveling to Puntarenas and staying with Mike and Lizzie was a completely different experience. I couldn't have asked for more friendly and hospitable hosts. Mike and Lizzie made me feel at home and helped plan activities and places to visit. During the trip I was able to hike to secluded waterfalls, explore beaches, and visit Corcovado National Park. I was also able to visit some of the local gems and restaurants. It was great getting away from the States to be able to wake up and look outside to see the beach, jungle, and wildlife.

To the traveler interested in seeing more of Costa Rica than the touristy resorts, I would strongly recommend staying at Paraiso de Miguel.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodsdie, CA

Simply Amazing

  • 5 of 5

I am writing this while sitting on the back porch of the property before we leave in a few hours. It is early in the morning and I am enjoying a nice cup of coffee while looking over a spectacular coastline vista. All I can say is WOW. It is very peaceful and quiet except for the chattering of exotic birds and monkeys in the trees surrounding the property. The property sits at the top of a hill located just the right distance from the water to allow a view of the entire gulf, yet being only a few minute drive away from walking on the beach if you are so inclined. Besides being beautiful, the property is comfortable, well appointed, private and safe. Yesterday my brother and I enjoyed a scuba excursion that included whales, dolphin, sea turtles, rays, etc. The day prior, while exploring the nearby area we actually encountered a sloth. The night before that we enjoyed a wonderful meal at La Pina Bruschetta in Pavones. Our decision to stay at this property was influenced by a local friend who recommended the property and the hosts. Overall, we are very pleased with this property and we intend to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Saleas Bar and Grill
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
Pan American
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Bar Guguara
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Jungle canopy zip lines, mountain biking, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), surf lessons/tours, ATV rentals/tours, river tubing, sport fishing, massage, river spa services, yoga, guided jungle trail hikes, guided beach walks, river and waterfall excursions, tide pool picnics,


Rates & Availability

Pavones Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Easter/Semana Santa
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $25
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

Book 7 nights and get a hosted pizza party in our out door kitchen.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.