About the property
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Luxury House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. Sleeps 7 + 2
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 Amarilla being the most stunning. 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 Amarilla are granite kitchen counter-tops, jungle door-carvings, comfortable sofas and mattresses, jacuzzi bathtub, wrap-around wooden terrace with hammocks and rocking chairs for breath-taking views/stunning sunsets or stargazing - 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. If you fancy being 'arty' you can use the 'house-paints' and decorate the fruits of your beach-combing labors - ornate seeds, smooth stones or even discarded flip-flops or, 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.
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Spectacular views, lots of natural wildlife... but home has been neglected.
The home offers beautiful views of the tropical hills & valleys, with the gulf in the background. We saw squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, tucans & scarlet macaws daily, as we hiked trails near the home. The house itself has been neglected. Only one of the two bathrooms was functioning for our entire stay. The air conditioning in the largest bedroom didn’t work for our entire stay. There was severe termite damage in the master bedroom closet, a bad ant problem in the kitchen, and many wasp nests outside, under the deck roof. The caretaker, Freddy was very friendly and helpful, but seemed to have his hands full with maintence of the pool and multiple homes. We’ve visited Costa Rica many times, and understand the challenges associated with managing property in a tropical environment - the home isn’t receiving regular maintenance. Considering all of the things that didn’t work as they should - the rental was overpriced.
We absolutely loved it. We stayed for a month and have already made bookings for 2019. The views from the large covered veranda looking out across the rain forested hills to the ocean and beaches were absolutely gorgeous. Lots of colourful birds and butterflies. We often heard, but did not see howler and squirrel
monkeys. The house was larger and more luxurious than we had anticipated base on the pictures in the VRBO website.
The 2 km road to the house is a bit of a challenge, so a 4x4 vehicle is definitely recommended.
The pool is large and beautifully located amongst tropical plants and flowers.
Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful.
Many thanks for your kind words Ernie. Great that you are coming back again next year!
Dave and I stayed at Casa Amarillo from Jan. 15-23. What a lovely time of year to be in the jungle. We completely enjoyed our stay, and would like to pass on to anyone reading this that this is a beautiful home. We enjoyed every afternoon watching the sunset from the spectacular deck. We loved our morning walks through the finca. Freddy the caretaker is great. He was there checking on us each day, and showed us sloth, toucan, and even a group of spider monkeys. We met some of the local people during our stay, and must say that Costa Rica and its people seem warm and welcoming. I would absolutely stay here again.
The best option for family holidays with kids. Very nice and spacious house generously equipped.
Beautiful views as announced, plenty of wild life and a couple of pets around, a big swimming pool enjoyable anytime. The person in charge is efficient and helpful. It's a 30 minutes away from the beach, there is a couple of restaurants at the same distance, a 4x4 is needed. A visit to Golfito (45 min drive) and Paso Canoas (an hour drive) is recomendable. It is going to be our favourite place to stay with friends or family in this part of the country. Don't expect to see lots of tourists or exciting night life in the coast villages. It is easy to buy fresh fish and seafood. During national holidays the beaches are full with local people otherwise almost empty.
As Natalia says, this is a great place for families looking to get away from the tourist traps and enjoy peace and quiet, great views and genuine Tico hospitality amid the rainforest teeming with wildlife. I think Natalia is referring to the beach at Zancudo. The beaches at Pavones are about 20-25 minutes' drive and the beach at Pilon is about 10 minutes drive. Glad you had a lovely stay and we hope to see you again soon!
A House to Fall in Love With
This is a truly unique house. A blend of atmosphere, materials, decoration, structure, views and solitary that you can't really explain in words, but when you eventually leave it, you feel a little heart broken.
Perfect stay in Pavones
We visited Pavones in December 2014 and stayed in Casa Amarilla for a week. Everything was perfect. Right from the moment we are arrived we were well looked after - we were shown round the spacious house with stunning views from the large terrace, the huge pool and we were told that horse riding, surfing, paddle boarding and kite surfing could be arranged. We were even brought fresh coconuts in the morning!
There was plenty to keep us entertained, but it’s also the perfect place to completely switch-off and relax and we spent a number of days relaxing in the hammocks on the terrace and watching the nature – toucans, monkeys, sloths and poison dart frogs can all be seen from the property - it really is paradise. We also enjoyed horse riding, surfing and spent plenty of time by the pool.
Pavones is a short drive away and there is easy access to secluded beaches and restaurants. You can even buy fresh jumbo prawns from the fishermen on the beach which are great for the BBQ.
We can’t wait to return.
bodyboarding, surfing, kitesurfing, gold-panning, boat trips to the Osa Peninsula