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Hilltop Tropical Gem- Casa with Stunning 180 Degree Ocean View

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

At approximately 600’ above the beach at Los Cedros, Casa Canto del Mar offers a commanding view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Pacific. Located near the tip of Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, the casa is midway between the lively tourist town of Montezuma with its many restaurants and attractions for tourists and the sleepy fishing village of Cabuya where fresh fish is the order of the day. At Casa Canto del Mar you get 180 degree ocean views that are hard to beat at any price. You can watch waves break at Playa Los Cedros, cruise ships passing, and,in the spring, whales with their calves transiting the coast.

The casa is situated in a residential area along a ridge top and offers privacy and security. The house offers a blend of tropical living with a stone floor, coral horseshoe bar, and cane ceiling with fans. and modern convenience. Your living, dining, and kitchen area are under a large protective roof. The sleeping areas are enclosed and air conditioned with sliders opening to the terrace. No steps to climb.

The casa is comfortably casual by day and magical by night. Sconces on the pillars and under bar lighting give everything a golden glow. Judging the experience of our friends and guests it is a hard place to leave for other activities. Simply relax in the hammock with a book and a cool drink. What could be better?

The casa offers a full kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, blender, coffee-maker, a full complement of pots, pans, dishes, glasses and utensils. The cabinets, wicker, and wood furniture are custom made by local craftsman who took pride in their workmanship. The casa works well for one or two couples or a small family. It offers two full bedrooms with queen size beds and private baths.

All linens and towels are provided. The master bedroom offer a a shower and Jacuzzi tub for the ultimate in relaxation. Simply lean back and soak in the views? By closing the double doors between bedrooms, each bedroom becomes private space. Open the doors to create open flowing space for socializing.

Each bedroom has air conditioning and ceiling fans. Because of its hilltop location, the casa gets a breeze day and night making the need for air conditioning a rare occurrence. Travelling with children? They will love climbing the ladder to their very own sleeping loft.

The casa has the amenities for a comfortable vacation. It offers two hot water heaters, a washer and dryer, telephone, high speed internet with WiFi, and a radio with stereo CD player and music libary.

Keywords: casa, small house, cottage

More Details

Jim Gillin
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2010

About Jim Gillin

My wife, Liese, and I are not new to the hospitality business. We have over 20 years experience in hospitality and so understand the needs of guests. We own and operate two bed and breakfasts on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Liese is a retired nurse anesthetist and I am a retired University professor and academic administrator. We also operate a kayak sales and tour business in Maryland. We both have a passion for the natural environment which is what attracted them to Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We split our time between businesses in the States and living in Costa Rica four months each year.

Jim Gillin purchased this house in 2008

Why Jim Gillin chose Puntarenas

We were attracted to the ocean views, the flowering tropical plants, and the rural location of the casa. We love waking to the sounds of howler monkeys, watching green parrots fly by, or having coffee on the terrace and watching the sun rise over the Gulf of Nicoya. They love the gentle ocean breezes on the hilltop and walking down the hill to the beach. The casa is a short drive to attractions like Montezuma and Cabuya and grocery shopping and services including banking in Cobano yet it offers privacy, peacefulness, and security. We knew guests looking for an active vacation would find hiking, waterfall climbs, zipline tours, horseback riding on the beach or in the mountains, group or self guided ATV tours, snorkel trips, and surfing. Or, if pampering was needed, a variety of yoga retreats and message treatments. Truly there was something for every guest. We renovated the casa in 2009 to give it the flowing floor plan and tropical feel it enjoys today.

What makes this house unique

Guests will enjoy going to the beach about 3pm when the sun is not as hot. The late afternoon is best enjoyed with a bottle of wine, and a baguette of bread from the bakery in Cabuya, and some cheese. Evenings are special as you watch car headlights make their way along the coast road between Montezuma and Cabuya. It is the simple pleasures guests come to enjoy from their from their hilltop casa. Nights are dazzling. When there is little moonlight, the planets, constellations, and star clusters show themselves brilliantly. Because of our location, there is little to detract from their nightime splendor. We enjoy helping guests get acclimated and make recommendations for restaurants and activities. On request we make reservations for guests to the various area attractions and services. When we are not in Costa Rica, their bilingual property manager will meet guests at the Tambor airport or in Cobano and assist with their needs. Our manager lives in the area and is very familiar with the area and its attractions. He is on occasion hired by guests to serve as their personal driver and guide.


Cabuya House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Hilltop Tropical Gem- Casa with Stunning 180 Degree Ocean View
average rating of 4.0 based on 1 reviews
Austin, Colorado

Great views

  • 4 of 5

It was our third trip to Costa Rica and we were looking to a home with a view that we could share with another couple. Hilltop Casa met our expectations for a fantastic view as we were 600 feet above the beach overlooking the Pacific. It was a birdwatching paradise with nearby howler monkeys and other wildlife. The house was as expected a lovely tropical home with open-air facilities. The host was very helpful in locating excellent restaurants and hearby activities. Would recommend to home to the adventurous traveler.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.


  • $100-$165/nt - $600-$750/wk
  • US Dollars
  • High Season ............... $130/night (4 night min) .. $750/week
  • Low Season ................ $100/night (4 night min) .. $ 600/week
  • Christmas and Easter Week.. $165/night (3 night min) .. $1000/week
  • Monthly rentals. $2700

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