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Privacy and Solitude...Incredible Views......Secluded Beach - Tons of recreation

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)


If you have ever dreamed of being surrounded by flowering plants, smells that say fresh, oxygen filled air, hundreds of varieties of exotic birds, greenery, bright blue skies, gorgeous views in every direction all with the subtle sound of waves reaching the shores, this is the place for you. An extraordinary hide out where you and a loved one can immerse yourselves in the beauty of this paradise.

There are few places in the entire world that are as stunningly beautiful, private and safe as La Cuesta Roja, S.A., our home, available to you. If this, one of a kind, property was in California, it would be a 20 million dollar property and most likely, not available to rent. Ideally located near the renowned Corcovado National Park, Drake Bay where Sir Francis Drake hid from pirates, and the Terraba Sierpe National mangrove preserve. Tours of these and other local destinations available by pick up right in front of the house. No matter what your pleasure is; fishing, swimming, whale watching, swimming with the dolphins, zip lining, horse back riding, kayaking and more, it is all available right from the secluded beach in front of the house. This is truly a place you will think is only viewable in the movies and available to millionaires. Warning, you will want to pinch yourself when you look around and see where you are.

La Cuesta Roja is our private home perched on a hill overlooking the big blue and magnificent Pacific Ocean where you can watch whales pass by. Turn your head slightly and you are looking at a vast palm lined beach which is part of the island across the river. Turn again and you are looking up the incredibly beautiful and wild Sierpe River and the biggest mangrove reserve in Central America.

Looking up the river you can see two distinct mountain ranges in the distance. A slight turn again and you see where the river meets the magnificent and wild Rain forest. You can literally see thousands and thousands of acres but miraculously, you cannot see another house. Sound like a movie setting? Wait until you see it.

Our home for rent is still our home where we spend nearly half the year. It needs to be said that this is a rental property for the healthy and adventurous and not a good place for those who are not in good physical condition or not seeking adventure. While it has most of the comforts; I always asks if you like camping as a prerequisite to enjoying this special place. Location, location, location our home is not fancy, new or in of its self fabulous but the location is. While most of the time our beach is uninhabited, all beaches in Costa Rica belong to the Costa Rican people and they have every right to enjoy them. Occasionally, especially during holidays such as Christmas, New Years and Easter there will be Costa Rican families who come to the beach. We have never encountered a problem, they are generally families enjoying the beach.

When you arrive at our beach by boat (there is no other way to get here) there is a concrete walkway winding it's way up the slope to where the house is set. There are several places where you will want to stop on the assent just to absorb the beauty. With any luck you will be met by our happy and smiling caretaker who will, with the help of our boat driver, help carry your luggage, groceries, water, beer etc up to the house.

Provided we supply the transportation you will be orientated by one of us and shown the ropes. The beds will have clean fresh linens; the towels will be clean and ready. The refrigerator will be on and cold and you will be ready to settle in. It may take a few minutes to come to realize you are actually seeing the views you will be seeing.

The boat captain will depart and you will be on your own. For your safety and convenience, our caretaker will remain there the entire time of your stay in his home below.

The home has two bedrooms each with private bathroom, flushing toilets, sinks and hot showers. The master bedroom has a king size bed the guest room has two wide twins that can be pushed together to make a king. Please specify how you would like the beds made up and if you require additional cots.

There is a refrigerator, a gas stove with oven and complete kitchen set up with dishes and utensils. There is a large center island counter type table with bar stools all around. There is a living room with comfortable chairs and couch with coffee table and end tables.

You are 'off the grid'. The electricity is solar and is not guaranteed. It runs everything we throw at it but requires new levels of conservative restraint in order for you to not stretch the batteries beyond their capacity. There is both 12 volt and 110 volt service so you can recharge camera, IPod and cell phone batteries and have light in the evening.

There is cell phone service if you have a cell phone that works in Costa Rica. We will provide a cell phone for emergencies, supplies and tour arrangements only.

There is a washing machine for you to wash those few items you may need to do as well as a Costa Rican clothes dryer (clothes line out back). Each of these items and areas are covered in detail in the guest's handbook readily available on premises.

Please check with me about availability. Some of the reservations are family and friends who can be very flexible. We will work hard to accommodate your desired dates.

Ask about 'Special Rates' from September 15 through November 15 which is the heart of the Rainy season. It is great there at that time but it can rain more than other times of the year.

Keywords: Private Home

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James Cameron
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About James Cameron

The owner, Jim Cameron is an adventurist who first came to Costa Rica over 40 years ago. His 30 plus years as a Spcialty Coffee Roaster brought him to Costa Rica several times a year for many years. He fell in love with Costa Rica and this very very special part of the country. He now lives here full time visiting the US and his family from his home base at the Boca De Sierpe.

James Cameron purchased this house in 2002

Why James Cameron chose Puntarenas

After 40 plus years of visiting Costa Rica while I was in the coffee business, I stumbled onto the Sierpe River. It is like no other place and the people here are the kindest, most friendly people anywhere. The virtually untouched beauty of the river combined with the rain forest, mangrove and ocean add up to the closest thing to paradise I have ever seen. I had to be part of it.

What makes this house unique

We can be on the beach in 2 minutes from the front door. At low tide you can walk down beach after beach, all uninhabited and beautiful. Want fresh fish for dinner? catch them off the rocks in front. Hike the trails out back through the rain forest, kayak in the incredible mangroves in our two kayaks or canoe across the river and pick a basket of fresh limes for your Corona. Swim in the gentle surf below the house in water that is room temperature and protected from the big waves of the open Pacific. Or just relax and read in the midst of splendor.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(53 traveler reviews)

Privacy and Solitude...Incredible Views......Secluded Beach - Tons of recreation
average rating of 4.8867927 based on 53 reviews

Meeting paradise in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a wonderful week at this place far away from the beaten paths in Costa Rica.

We arrived with our 3 kids in august 2014. Our kids were 3, 5 and 7 Years old.

All was perfectly organized by Jim.

Jim helped us:

- by answering patiently all our questions during our planning phase

- shopping in Sierpe and get all the stuff to the boat.

- getting CR-Sim-card for my mobile phone to have a (not very reliable) access to the outside world

After our arrival we had to admit:

All promises made by Jim about this paradise were true.

I've never again seen so much animals at any other place in Costa Rica.

Some troops of howler monkeys around the house, a very large troop of capuchin monkeys at one of the lonely and endless beaches, Tuccans, Macaws, Iguanas, Geckos.. and on and on and on.

The housekeeper Rafa and his wife were really great. They helped us with all our small problems (getting kayaks into the water, open pipas, serve fresh fish, walk to the waterfall, fresh fruits etc.)

Jim and Rafa were at first a little bit nervous about our three little kids. But there weren't any problems

(basic dangers like rip tides or venomous animals are to be considered at every place in CR!)

The place is perfect for a holiday to focus on your family and nature.

Over the last years we spent 8 Weeks in Costa Rica on 6 different locations and if you are looking for real Costa Rica ... this is it.

But keep in mind:

- no access to any shops, medical aid or other luxury without a 45min boat trip (one way)

- no luxury at the house, but all you need for a relaxed stay

- read carefully about Jims description of the house to get a feeling if this kind of holiday is the right thing to do for you

At the moment i'm sitting at home and with a mixture of desire and anticipation i know one thing for sure: I (we) will come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A once in a lifetime experience!! Absolute Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week at La Cuesta Roja. We are in our late 20s and love an adventure! Soon after booking the trip we found out I was pregnant, so this turned into our “Babymoon” as I was 4.5 months pregnant on the trip. Jim is great and helped us every step of the way! La Cuesta Roja was just as described! Nothing fancy, but had everything we needed – beds, cooking, hot water, flushing toilets, ceiling fan at night, and laundry! This is not a trip if you don’t like nature, sweating and bugs! We found several crabs, geckos and other small insects in house – which was to be expected. We could have spent the entire week just sitting on the porch enjoying the view – it was breathtaking!

Jim helped us arrange the van shuttle from San Jose to Sierpe, where we spent the night at a small motel. We are glad we took the van ride vs. flight to Sierpe, seeing the countryside was amazing. If you stay the night in Sierpe – do not expect much AT ALL of the accommodations, but it’s just one night and then Jim will take you away on his boat down the river to paradise!

We went fishing one day with Jim and had a great time. He made sure we caught several fish – plenty to share and we had enough Wahoo and Tuna to eat during our entire stay. The Wahoo on the grill was delicious! We saw howler monkeys, lizards, scarlet macaws, and many other critters just within footsteps of the house. We loved walking the beach each evening and sitting on the porch watching thunderstorms roll in. We canoed across the river to the beach a few times. Beautiful! One of our favorite days was spent canoeing into the mangroves. It was so peaceful. We saw and heard so many howler monkeys while we were in the mangroves – will never forget it! Rafa took us on a hike into the jungle one day – it was quite a trek! We made it to the top of the mountain and saw the amazing huge trees and various wildlife. Well worth it. Rafa was fantastic! We do not speak any Spanish, but were still able to communicate and he always helped when we needed it! The Coves of the Caves hike ended up being a bit harder than expected because of the timing of the tides during our stay. One of Rafa’s dogs adopted us for the week and went everywhere with us and slept on the porch. So sweet! Bring bug spray and ziploc bags to keep out ants.

This was a once in a lifetime trip! We now have a sweet baby girl who we will be able to tell stories to of her adventures in Costa Rica before she was born!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Accurately described

  • 4 of 5

Pros. In the description it is quite clear that this is a remote location with incredible views. It certainly was that and more. The beach and grounds are beautiful. The water amazing for swimming. Glorified camping for sure. Rafa the caretaker is amazing and truly a hard worker and kind. He is worth his weight in gold. Jim and Sofie are very nice and accomodating. The boat ride to the house from Sierpe beautiful and the smells along the river are amazing. As Jim indicates in his review you should be in good shape for this adventure.

Cons. I am not in good shape at 57 but I thought I could do this. I did it but it was difficult for me. From getting in and out of the boat at the house (there is not a dock or ladder to the boat) to climbing the stairs to the house, I had a difficult time. The pictures of the house are somewhat accurate but overall not as nice in reality as in the pics but I find that is always the case when you rent homes or hotel rooms. The house is very worn but if camping is your thing you should be very happy here. The heat and humidity was unbearable for not only me but my 20 year old daughter and 53 year old husband.

We did a half day fishing trip with Jim and Sofie and they made sure my daughter caught a prize catch of a 50lb whahu fish. You should ask Jim to bring ice out for your fishing trip as that would make the trip more enjoyable for you as you won't have a way to get ice any other way.

We did see howler monkeys right outside our door and iguanas. We were not lucky enough to see the scarlet macaws.

We would not recommend the waterfall hike as promoted in the home manual. It is not an easy walk nor is it on an established trail. It felt like going in to Vietnam. Rafa saved my daughter and husband from being bitten by a 6ft long fer de lance snake. Rafa and his dogs spotted it first and killed it. Needless to say my family turned around and did not go to the waterfall that day.

Overall I would not return due to my age and physical fitness or not. The heat was too much for us and I felt that there were too many bugs and geckos in the house including ants. The house has a very wet and humid feel to it and it just turned me off.

Having said all this Jim could not have done anything more than he has done in describing the home and location. I feel he is accurate. I give this 4 stars not because of Jim but just in general my perception.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family was very, very kind and seemed to enjoy the stay. I do try to paint a very accurate picture of the property and what it involves. It is clearly for the adventurous and people in good physical condition. In three years of rentals, this was the first snake incident and was out on a hike in the jungle and NOT at the house. This is a connection to true nature and that includes the animals that live in the jungle. The short grass, activity and rafa's dogs keep snakes away from the house. Truth is you need to go looking for them if you want to see one. I did have extra ice in the cooler on board but I did fail to mention that to them as they left their cooler at the house. I appreciate the input and will certainly be more informative that there is extra ice for future guests. Thank you for helping keep this property "accurately Described".
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6 days of family adventure in paradise

  • 5 of 5

and our top 6 reasons for why we will be going back to la Cuesta Roja:

1. Family-friendly - my partner and I and our two boys (7 & 9) had an adventure that will never be forgotten! We had no worries about their safety, lots of room to roam and expend energy, days were spent playing in the waves, running up and down the stairs - not as onerous as has been described, very manageable, generally discovering. Great house layout with separate room and bathroom for the kids, though we lived on the covered porch when not down at the beach or exploring the jungle.

2. Wildlife - the howler monkeys hung out one day in the trees beside the house, the 4 scarlet red macaws who returned to "their" tree daily, the lizards, the crabs, the wild horses on the beach across from the house, and all the dogs! Who needs a zoo - just go to la Cuesta Roja!

3. Vista & natural setting - overwhelmingly beautiful, just get in the hammock each morning and pinch yourself - it is real and it is amazing! Beaches to wander, jungle to explore, we paddled on the river and explored the mangroves. The stunning flowers around the property, discovering how pineapples grow, mango trees, banana trees and being able to eat as much coconut as we could!

4. La Cuesta Roja is remote yet so very comfortable - beds, cooking, small fridge, showers & flushing toilets (!), fab solar-powered system - never failed, laundry (!), even an iPod dock for our tunes in the evening!!! Jim has thought of everything. There are even 5-6 pairs of boots and 6 life-jackets as well as 2 boogie boards.

5. Jim was more like a friend than an owner, we really enjoyed our time with him - including a day of fantastic fishing - who catches a sailfish and a rooster fish - we did (well, Jim's expertise did!)!! He was so easy to work with, patiently answered all our Qs before we arrived, was available to us when were on-site and then shared pictures with us after our trip. Jim, you've got friends in Toronto!!!

6. This was a life experience, it is the most talked-about part of our 2wk trip in Costa Rica (surfing lessons in Dominical ranked #2!) and I've shared Jim's web-site link with loads of friends and encouraged them to take their own adventure. We'll be back :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Experience, Not Just Lodging

  • 5 of 5

After a 2 week journey down the Pacific Coast (staying in 7 rental homes), La Cuesta Roja was our most memorable stay. Our only complaint was not booking the property longer! Jim, was extremely easy to work with from setting everything up, to bringing us emergency beers when we ran out! I can't say enough about our amazing day of fishing with Jim and Carlos. Being a group of anglers that went on multiple guided charters throughout our stay in Costa Rica, this was not only our most successful day (lost count after 40!), but the most fun and relaxed. You are fishing with friends, not just a paying customer with a guide that's counting down the minutes until their shift is over. The beautiful beaches, mangrove lagoons, animals, trails, comfortable lodging, and expertise from the caretaker (Rafa) all make this location a nature lover's paradise. This trip was so inspirational, that we're taking Spanish classes and already planning our next trip (or maybe even a re-location) to this majestic area. Thanks again Jim, we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Afraid to tell you how great this spot is

  • 5 of 5

Because you might book it up and make it impossible for me to rent next time! Jim is a great host, and the listing is exactly as he says. This is for adventurous folks who wish to truely go off the grid for a while. My wife and I enjoyed being removed from society for a week and wish we had more time there to unwind even further. I can't say enough about the views, the seclusion and the absolute peacefulness of Siepre Rio. A must on your bucket list!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Palmar Norte

The river, ocean and mangroves make the perfect place to use our kayaks to explore beaches, channels through the mangrove or just cross the river to the huge generally empty beach where you can pick limes, shells and sand dollars 5 inches in diameter.

Want to hike in the Rain Forest? Trails come right to the house and while Rafa the caretaker doesn't speak English nor is he a certified guide, he can take you into the Rain Forest and show you wild life, flora, water falls and more. Rubber boots suggested available in Sierpe for $10/pair.

Don't miss the hike to the 'Cove of the Caves' a hike down a series of beaches to a cove full of caves. An adventure and a challenge but well worth the effort. Ask us to send the information on the 'Cove of The Caves hike'.


Rates & Availability

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Nov 15 2016 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

Please note that the price quoted by HomeAway may differ as they will not calculate the $10 per person per night for more than two people as per rate chart.

Payment is as follows: 1/2 total due at confirmation, half of remaining balance due 60 days prior to arrival and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. This is explained in more detail in my confirmation email.

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Bahía Drake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Cell Phone Provided for Emergencies Only, We now have three Kayaks and a canoe for your use while you stay at our home

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