|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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The beaches of San Miguel and Playa Coyote are one uninterrupted ribbon of powdery sand that stretches for about eight miles and is blissfully crowd-free. Until just a few years ago, very few people — other than the local residents and families from the capital, San José — came to these beaches.
By the end of the 1990s, when the five-star resort at Punta Islita (15 km north of San Miguel) opened with a small airport, visitors started noticing San Miguel.
There are two identical cabins named Plenamar and Veramar. Each cabin, developed on a 1/3-acre parcel fronting the beach, has two floors totaling 800 square feet with two bedrooms and one bath.
The cottages were built in 2009.
The first floor is 16' x 24', has two twin beds with two extra trundle beds, and a small kitchen-dining area. An attached 12' x 16' covered porch opens to the garden. There is an outdoor shower.
The second floor has a 15' x 16' bedroom with a queen bed and a 5' x 12' bathroom. Walls and roof are done with masonry and reinforced concrete. Floors, doors, and trim are made of local sustainable woods — Cedar, Cenizaro (Samanea saman), and Pochote (Bombacopsis quinata). Finish specs feature porcelain and glass tiles, Baldwin door hardware, Toto plumbing fixtures, and Grohe faucets. Upper floor Bedroom has A/C. All rooms have ceiling fans.
Only a few hundred yards south of the property, Estero San Miguel, fills and empties with the tides. It's a great place to swim and watch wildlife. Howler monkeys are frequently seen—and heard! Further south and larger, Estero Coyote, runs several kilometers inland and features a small fishing harbor. There are boats available for hire to tour the estuary or to go fishing. Visit one of the turtle conservation stations, in San Miguel or Caletas. In July - August, you can see the Arribadas, the arrival of turtles on the beach to lay their eggs, watch the eggs hatch and see all the newborn turtles swim to the ocean.
You can rent horses in the area, and there is very good surfing and boggie boarding right in front of the cabins.
Keywords: Bungalow, Casita, Cabin
Miguel, Marie, and their two daughters have been visiting Costa Rica for over 20 years. They moved from Nosara to San Miguel to get away from the hectic beaches and re-discover the tranquility Costa Rica has to offer. As an Architect, Miguel has designed the beach front cottages with gracious details. We hope you enjoy the cabins and area as much as we do!
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009
Uncrowded beaches and natural beauty is what first comes to mind when visiting San Miguel. Nothing compares with being able to walk to the beach or surf right in front of your house.
Location, location, location. beach, surf, and restaurants all within walking distance.
This vacation rental was fabulous. To start with the house- it was a two story cottage. First floor with two twin beds and a small kitchen (dorm fridge, hot plate and french press for coffee). Second floor has the master bedroom with a full bathroom. It must be mentioned that with open windows the airflow at night is unbelievable- so well designed! No AC needed- just that nice salty air flowing! The property itself it gorgeously manicured with two hammocks to enjoy an afternoon nap.
And the best part- this home is directly ocean front. Walk right down a path from the lawn to enjoy the black sand beach. We enjoyed walks on the beach (we walked up to 10miles one day). And the beaches are very secluded and quiet.
There are two restaurants that are able to be accessed by the beach. The first was Loco Coco- excellent ceviche and the coldest Imperial ever! The second was a longer walk down the beach which is owned by a lovely German couple (El Barco- I think). The food there was excellent- wish we found it earlier in our trip!
There are many activities available in the area to enjoy (fishing, surfing, and many other activities) but we opted for coffee on the patio, walks on the beach, naps in the hammock with a cold Imperial, and enjoying beautiful sunsets each night. This is not a party town (as there is no town), there is no night life and there is very little occurring during the day (unless you book in advance).
We enjoyed Domingas breakfast each morning- it was so good and filling. We opted for the rice and beans, eggs, fresh fruit, juice and a pot of coffee. Everyone that works on this property were very nice and friendly.
I must say when I originally booked this property I was extremely impressed with Miguels professional nature and responsiveness to emails. There was a bit of anxiety over carrying the necessary amount of cash to pay the final amount of the rental. I wish that final payment was completed differently.
This is a beautiful property and I would highly recommend it.
Costa Rica is always an adventure- and we can't wait to return!!
What a beautiful, clean place. We enjoyed eight nights there. Beach combing and playing in the water every day. Plenty of good restaurants to choose from. I got along well enough with the hotplate that we whipped up eggs and fruit for breakfast each morning. Wish I was still there.
These cottages are lovely, and were perfect for the three of us – two adults and our 7 year old daughter. The area is spectacular, and very close to a scenic, almost deserted, beach. The cottage is very comfortable, with a well-supplied kitchen. All of the people we met such as the groundskeeper and cleaner are very friendly.
The boogie boards are a nice way to enjoy the surf. The three of us also took a surfing lesson with Connie and Ingo of Wild by Nature Adventures just down the beach. Great fun! Also down the beach and recommended for casual food and drinks is Locos Cocos. This is a beautiful part of Costa Rica to spend some time. The weather was hot and amazing, and the sunsets, breathtaking!
Spotless hygiene and perfect amenities, any description given falls short to illustrate the paradise you encounter here. Beach right in front, soft ocean lullaby all day long, perfectly maintained grass that makes you never want to wear shoes again! Open space with tons of natural light, green and a soft delicious breeze at night. Security is absolutely guaranteed, property staff are generous and super kind. Privacy in any way you can think of, hammocks facing the ocean are wonderful! Afternoon naps are mandatory with those hammocks :-) lovely linen and fresh cleaned. Mini kitchen had all we needed, we ordered fresh fish from a local fisherman that Marvin helped us find and even made delicious fish curry outdoors! We never left the house, that is how perfect and entertaining it was our star for my 6 yrs old daughter, my husband and I. We never missed TV but having a pool to freshen up would be greatly appreciated, in the future may be? Overall this is now our favorite place to vacation and get away from it all. Thank you Migue for your impeccable attention and your staff's as well. We will definitely keep coming back as often as we can :-)
Our family of four (kids 14 and 11) stayed at the beachfront cottage from March 26-30th. The setting is absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place to unwind and relax this is the perfect place for you. We had a blast with the boogie boards!! The sunsets are amazing. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
To confirm other reviews, the deserted beaches were spectacular (I ran 5 km before turning around, but felt like I could have gone twice as far); everyone was friendly and helpful (Miguel the nighttime security guard played soccer with my partner and our boys); Dominga’s breakfasts were amazing (and gave us delicious left-overs); the initial drive was indeed daunting but we quickly got used to the roads; and (from afar) Miguel the owner was attentive, his directions and instructions were flawless, his advice was helpful. We should have asked Marvin the groundskeeper for things earlier in the week – it seems he knows people and can arrange things.
To add: we were a family of 5 (myself, my partner, two boys aged 7 and 11 and my partner’s adult daughter). Sleeping downstairs is hot. There is a ceiling fan and pedestal fan, but we felt we had to close the patio doors, limiting fresh air circulation from outside. We eventually opted to not use the AC upstairs and keep all windows open, which worked well.
The kitchen is well equipped (just a colander missing), with microwave, toaster oven, hot plate, and minimal but sufficient dishes. We made most of our meals by taking the hot plate outside (there’s an outlet on the patio) to avoid adding heat indoors. Try as we might, we only managed to make three ice cubes in one week, but the small fridge kept cold the things we needed cold. It was important to be well equipped as there is no store within walking distance.
We took excellent surfing lessons from Connie and Ingo (Wild By Nature Adventures) a couple of kilometres south. Locos Cocos, the one eatery accessible by foot, was lovely. The surf, like the roads, was daunting at first (especially with young-ish children) but we soon found our comfort level, and the boogie boards were well used and extremely appreciated. There were a couple of power outages. They were very short, so not a great disturbance, but took us by surprise (e.g. when skyping home).
Nice touches: clothes line outside for hanging wet towels etc., outdoor shower for rinsing off, bidet, phone for local calls (we had no cell service), a few novels and guide books, all Miguel’s instructions etc. laminated (only in one cabin – would be nice in both), a flashlight.
Overall, our week in this remote location was spectacular. As our boys’ first experience of going south to escape the Canadian winter, there was nothing lacking.
Properties are right on the beach, sorrounded by lush gardens and palm trees
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$50|