On the Beach Surrounded by Jungle

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Last updated: 10/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Caballitos del Mar is a unique property located on the beach south of Dominical in Puntarenas Province. Located in the "Zona Maritima", it is as close as you can be to the gorgeous Playa Dominical, with its broad sand beaches, monument rocks, and world-class surfing. The property has towering trees over 100' tall which are the homes for kinkajous, toucans, and monkeys. The one acre parcel is fully landscaped, but nature is the predominant theme, with natural foliage and wildlife at your doorstep.

Dominical is a small village on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and is known for its consistently excellent surfing. The beach is broad and shallow, and allows swimming, surfing, and just cooling off. The lifestyle in the area is reminiscent of Kauai or Maui, with wonderful small restaurants with a variety of cuisines, surf shops with instruction, and renowned Spanish language school called AEC (Adventure Education Center).

The school is a 30 minute walk on the beach (low tide) or on the jungle paths. Quality restaurants are also easy walking or biking distances, or just a few minutes by car.

The home has two stories, with a full kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, and master bedroom on the first floor. The second floor has two more bedrooms, two full baths, and a loft area which can accommodate another guest.

Each bedroom is air-conditioned, and there are 7 fans throughout the home for additional ventilation. All windows are opening, and there are sliding glass doors in each bedroom and the living room. All windows and sliding doors have screens.

The pools are gorgeous, with blue tile basins and crystal clear water. They are the perfect way to cool off in the afternoon and to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset.

Eco-tourism is the only kind of tourism in Costa Rica, and the best excursions are on the South Pacific Coast. In less than an hour, you can be on horseback riding towards Nayuca Waterfalls, or on a boat on Rio Sierpe headed for the Osa Peninsula, or riding a zipline in nearby Hacienda Baru. A variety of excursion booking services are located in Dominical or at one of the excellent resorts in the area like Villas Rio Mar or Cuna de Angel. Rates are very reasonable, and we've never been disappointed by the quality or hospitality of the tours.

While many properties may claim to be "unique", we make that claim with confidence. We spent several years going through the permitting process that allows us to build in this very special, very protected Zona Maritima, and you'll not find a property within 50 miles that has the privacy, easy access to the beach, and jungle surroundings as Caballitos del Mar.

Dominical is now less than 3 hours by car from San Jose and the Costa Rica's main airport (which is served by American, Continental, Frontier, Taca, and other major airlines.) From the US, gateway cities include Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, and Miami. Rental cars are easily available for $40 to $80 per day from major companies, and the driving is courteous but the roads vary in quality.

Two main highways connect San Jose to Dominical, one of which takes approximately 3 hours (airport to home, along the coast) and the other takes 4 hours (over a 10,500' mountain pass). There are also regional airlines which serve Quepos (1 hour north) and Palmar Norte (1 hour south) from San Jose. You can also arrange private bus service from San Jose and for larger parties and the cost is very reasonable.

We have other homes available in Dominical with discounts offered for multiple home rentals. Please contact us for more information.

Caballitos Del Mar #2 sits between the two other villas (Caballitos Del Mar #1 and #3) that were built in a similar fashion. The three villas are private and can be rented separately or, for large groups conducting weddings or reunions, they can be rented all together. And while the beach out front is public, it is rarely visited by tourists or locals. For most of your stay, you’ll have the sand and waves all to yourself. Each villa can sleep as many as eight adults.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Children Welcome:

    Safe Beach, Extensive Wildlife, Shallow Pools. Note: Like all Pacific Beaches, the Surf Can Be Dangerous, and Rip Tides are Possible. All Children Should Be Supervised while Swimming, and Should Understand Rip Currents and How to Deal with Them....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    There are two steps between the driveway and front door. No barriers between the first floor and the pool....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Loft


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Bedroom with On Suite Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Bedroom with On Suite Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • Queen size Beds (2) There are two Queen beds: one in the downstairs bedroom and in one of the upstairs bedroom. We have beds for 7. The two couches can accommodate 2 more., Double Beds (1) The third bedroom has a double bed and a twin bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) Convertible Bed: This is more like a large couch, but it's fine to sleep on. Located in the loft area upstairs. Also a second large couch in the living room...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    There Are Two Flat Screen HD televisions: One Downstairs in the Living Room and One Upstairs in the Loft....moreless

  • Television:

    There are two TV one on each floor....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront:

    Semi-private beach is only a few steps away. Property is the Maritime Zone - an environmentally protected area - and is as close the beach as the law allows....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Located in each Bedroom. All rooms have fans and screened open windows. ...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    Single car garage with an automatic opener...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for additional cars is available on a gravel driveway inside a gated security area...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and Dryer Are in their Own Laundry Room with a Sink...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Works great with Skype phones or with iPhones that have the Skype app....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Brand New Appliances, Granite Countertops. Large Refrigerator with Icemaker, Full Size Range, Microwave, Diswasher....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Balcony:

    Each Upstairs Bedroom Has an Adjoining Balcony Area with Table and Patio Chairs. They Overlook the Pool, Jungle and Beach Area....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The stone patio surrounds the pool. A large portion of the patio is covered. There is an Outdoor Table for 6, Several Chairs to Relax in and Two Chaise Lounge Chairs next to the pool. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Beautiful Blue Tile Pool with Automatic Sweeper. Just steps from the Living and Dining Room. Ideal for cooling off during the day or enjoying a glass of wine before dinner....moreless



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from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sept 1 - Nov 15 2016
Sep 1 - Nov 15, 2016
3 night min stay
Nov 16 - Dec 18 2016
Nov 16 - Dec 18, 2016
5 night min stay
Dec 19 - Dec 26, 2016
7 night min stay
New Years Holiday
Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2017
7 night min stay
Jan 4 - Feb 22 2017
Jan 4 - Feb 22, 2017
5 night min stay
Feb 23 to Mar 2 2017
Feb 23 - Mar 2, 2017
7 night min stay
Mar 3 to Apr 30 2017
Mar 3 - Apr 30, 2017
5 night min stay
May 1 - Jun 30 2017
May 1 - Jun 30, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 13%

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Last updated: 10/17/2016
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22 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Roca Verde
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Roca Verde
Canto del Mar (Dominical, Costa Rica)
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended


Manager info

About: I have been an audiologist for over 30 years and have a private practice in Los Gatos, California. Although I work indoors, my heart is in outdoor adventures with friends - whether its river rafting, bicycling, kayaking, skiing, backpacking or hiking. Our home in Dominical is a phenomenal place to relax - with adventure that surrounds you.

Why Canto del Mar (Dominical, Costa Rica):
This is fulfillment of a dream: to have a tropical home in the jungle...on the a private environmentally protected area. Amazing!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Immediate beach access. Wildlife including monkeys, toucans, iguanas. Warm swimming pools and a modern home. World-class surfing and access to the ocean. Excellent restaurants and a variety of cuisines in the surrounding area. Rural, with good roads for access to Quepos/ Manuel Antonio Park (north) , the Osa Peninsula (south) San Isidro de General, and San Jose/Cartago (east).

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Speaks: english, spanish



  • A few steps past the pool, through the jungle,and  onto the beach!

    A few steps past the pool, through the jungle,and onto the beach!

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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