|Space||1,550 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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
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
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.
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.
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!!
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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,
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Book 7 nights and get a hosted pizza party in our out door kitchen.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.