House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
About Michael Krieger
Margarita and Michael have traveled extensively with their children, and currently reside in the California wine country. They have both worked in the high-tech world and are now raising a high-school aged daughter. They all love to travel and spend as much time as possible at Casa Margarita.
Michael Krieger purchased this House in 2005
Why Michael Krieger chose Paraiso
We fell in love with Costa Rica the first time we visited, back in 1994. On our second trip in 1995 we were introduced to Ray who owns the development (Pura Jungla) where we eventually built our dream home. We soon decided to purchase a two acre lot with stunning views of the Pacific. Several years later, in 2005 we began construction of Casa Margarita with the assistance of Ray, our dear late architect Edgar Cruz, and a wonderful team of contractors. The result wildly exceeded our expectations, and now we have a wonderful escape to share with all of you.
What makes this House unique
We are located in an amazing 250 acre eco-preserve filled with nature's bounty. Rare trees, exotic birds, howler monkey families and iguanas are our neighbors in paradise. We are just five minutes from dining, surfing, ocean beaches and more, and over the years we have developed friendships with many neighbors and business owners. It truly has become our second home. We love to ride down the road and have everyone call out to our daughter as we pass - she feels like Casa Margarita is her personal tree house - and in a way it is. We love to sit in the kitchen having breakfast and watch the monkeys come by on their way to feeding - I don't know who is more curious, us or them.
No smoking - Drought + Jungle = fire. Please don't smoke Drought + Jungle = fire. Please don't smoke
Max guests: 10
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
nature experience with convenience and great view
impressive house with large open spaces, well equipped and very helpful local support. Off the major tourist routes you still have shopping, bars, restaurants, and several of the beautiful beaches in a few minutes driving distance; "where the pavement ends" (quote of our local contact Ray, thanks!) a 4-wheel drive is certainly helpful.
During dry season insects were easily held at a safe distance with simple repellents and an eletric UV-lantern (which is available) to enjoy the evenings in a refreshing breeze on the terraces, or the most impressive views from the patios of both parts of the house over the treetops and out on the ocean or the near-by wildlife.
We would certainly come back if we get the chance (2 families with grown-up kids, party of 9 pers)
Thanks for your kind review, we know Ray and Deyanira are a big part of what makes our home special. We hope to see you again soon.
Very unique and overall nice place to relax!
Close to everything you'd want and very nice views. Lots of ants and wasps everywhere, so that kinda got old...but the house layout is conducive to that. An oven cooking pan of any kind would be great, but otherwise great kitchen equipment. Had a great time and thanks to Ray for quick support on finding the place in the dark!!
We're glad you had a great time at Casa Margarita, and yes Ray is a gem!
We're investigating a small artificial pond for insect abatement - they're just looking for water, according to Ray. That is the one downside of not having walls in the living and dining rooms, but the payoff is the amazing views of the ocean and mountains.
As for the oven pans, we'll double-check to ensure we have an assortment - we just upgraded all the appliances last month, and pans were there last time we checked.
Pura Jungla awesome experience!
Thank you Michael and Margarita for an awesome experience at the Casa Margarita! All seven of us were in awe when we got to the house. Beautiful views, sounds and relaxing. Nothing but quiet neighbors and loud monkeys. We loved the monkeys, not so much the bugs. The winds were incredible, shook us up the first day, thought we were having a hurricane, but we realized this is Costa Rica in the mountains. We cooked everyday from the house and were grateful for all the pots, dishes, etc. to make it easier. The days were very busy with lots of activities. We did the Rincon Zipline, that was the best. We spent time at the beaches. We got to release little hatchling turtles on the beach, what an experience. We hiked Denaria Natl. Park which we recommend. We met fantastic friends there in 27th of April. People in Costa Rica were very friendly and we learned alot of Spanish which we hope to keep using. The kids did not want to leave. We had so much fun! We would recommend Costa Rica everyday! Our Toyota 4 wheel drive was perfect! I don't know what we would have done without it. It's a must have for the traveling we did and the roads in and out around Pura Jungla. We would definitely recommend your home. Ray and Deanira were there to meet us and help us with anything we needed. They checked in on us and made sure things were good. Thank you Ray! We made so many good memories and really appreciate everything! Sincerely, Bob and Deb
This was an amazing place to stay. The pictures didn't do it justice. The drive from Liberia was easy, the nearby beaches were great. Our favorite was Playa Negra. He went to a few others too. The road to the jungle house was maintained very well, the people in the town Paraiso were very friendly and helpful. There is a seafood restaurant just on the way to Playa Juanquial (10 mins from house) that we had dinner twice which was good. The house is an open floor plan so the sounds, and night air are always around. Two things made this house for us. First was the monkeys which visited us, they hung out within 10 feet from us on a few occasions. Second was the owner of the preserve, Ray, he was helpful as could be. Any question he answered, any issue he handled, his wife made my daughter a birthday cake and he gave us a tour of his hotel/home, something that you have to see to believe. One of a kind. Can't recommend this enough.
Thanks for your kind words Matt! You are right, our home owes much of its charm to Ray and Deyanira, who care for it as if it was their own. La Casa Margarita, and the Pura Jungla development, are truly unique.
We hope to see you again in the future.
Michael & Margarita
fantastic decompression vacation getaway
woke up to the low rumble of the Howler monkeys every morning, warm Pacific ocean breezes mingling with the excellent Costa Rican coffee in my morning cup, then a quick drive to surf-wade on the almost completely deserted miles-long white sand beaches. Then back for a leisurely breakfast, a morning spent in the hammock chairs reading, an afternoon nap, wake up to enjoy the gorgeous sunset over the Pacific at 5:30 pm, then time for dinner at one of the many excellent local restaurants. Skip the surfer-tourist ghetto of Tamarindo and seek out this amazing treehouse just a mile of so from Paraiso. Much to do locally, from a great and safe zip-line at Pura Aventura (ask Ray to set you up), a short jaunt to Santa Cruz for groceries and sight-seeing, or a day trip to Guaitil for a shopping trip to pick up some of their Chorotego-style pottery. 'Can't wait to return.
Thank you for your kind words!
We couldn't agree more, might as well skip the tourist mecca that Tamarindo has become and enjoy some of the real Pura Vida. I'm thrilled we could accommodate your request to stay a few days longer, hope to see you two back again soon!
Call for information on the amazing outings we can arrange - from trips to active volcanoes to day trips to zip line tours, kayaking, horseback riding in the mountains and all Costa Rica has to offer.