Charming Casita on Amazing Beach. Sleeps 2-4, $500/Week Usd(14 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
Zancudo is an unique place in Costa Rica, close to the Panama border, quiet and free of any large commercial development. Supplies are bought at either of two tiendas which carry most of the necessities of life and not a lot of extras. Fresh fruits and vegetables arrive at the door twice a week by way of Emilio's truck - some of the most delicious produce you could imagine, as well as cheese and more selections of wine! Fresh fish is available from the fishermen at the point - snapper, corbina, tuna, dorado and shrimp. Somehow, we don't miss 'the extras'.
Playa Zancudo is a 7 kilometre long beach inhabited by about 300 Costa RIcans, a friendly community of expats, and visiting tourists. The beach is spectacular and most of the time almost deserted. Swimming is safe and beautiful - gentle waves in the morning for a peaceful float and swim, or bigger waves in the afternoon for boogie boards. Occasionally, there is bio-luminescence for a magical night swim, When the tide is out, biking or walking the beach is the way to get from one end to the other. If the tide is in, there is a single road that runs parallel to the beach. A car is not necessary, as there is a taxi across the street to take you long distances and from day to day, most places are accessible by foot or bike.
From the large screened terrace at Casita Playa Plata, we watch the ocean through the palms and are often delighted by a visit from iguanas, green parrots, and a great variety of birds that pass through the trees. Scarlet mackaws have recently been spotted flying by... there are also humpback whale and dolphin sightings.
We have a volleyball court with a view of the ocean, ready for the games crowd and chairs ready for the spectators. Sometimes the biggest decision is whether to eat on the terrace or try out one of the beach restaurants, lie in a hammock or read in the shade of the rancho on the beach, enjoy the breeze from the ocean and watch the waves or take the plunge (with or without boogie boards), take the bikes or walk to explore the beach.
Zancudo also has a number of excellent restaurants - two doors from the casita is some of the finest Italian food I've ever had. Lali of Puerta Negra features fresh pastas, sauces and seafood and grows the herbs she needs in pots around the outdoor dining room, hung with canopy cloth ceilings and soft lighting. Sol y Mar is a short walk and always has good food and often live entertainment. The menu includes beef tenderloin with brandy cream sauce, fresh tuna (sashimi and steaks) and much more, some Tico fare, and great fruit batidos. It is also a bar, book exchange and small clothing store. Oceano has fresh bread and pizzas by order, and great fresh fish dinners, as well as special events and menus. Macondo is an excellent Italian restaurant featuring fresh pastas, savory sauces and fresh seafood. There are a several other dining places with excellent menus - Coloso and Katherine's Soda are the favourites of many on the beach, the newly opened Capitanes has great ceviche and pescado entero, Mar y Luna and Soda Loritos for an amazing Tico fish fry, and for a fine dining experience, Zancudo Lodge.
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Member since: 2012
- 785 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
- Double Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futon (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Massages are available within 5 minutes walk. Boat captains can be hired to take you fishing on the Gulf or beyond, and the local taxi can be hired to take you on longer trips out of Zancudo for day trips. Surf boards are available to rent south on the beach about 35 minute walk at Coloso and Tres Amigos. There are various excursions to an orchid garden, a wildlife sanctuary, snorkelling, mangrove tour, etc.. at Los Cocos. Trips into Corcovado are possible as well....moreless
- Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Ocean View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Free Long Distance:
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Mobile Phone:
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- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker:
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- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Car: Not Necessary
Bird-watching, biking and walking on the beach and exploring the area, boogie boarding and swimming in the waves and the warm gulf waters, sampling the fresh fish from the Gulf, fruits and vegetables from Emilio (delivered twice a week), and enjoying the offerings from the various exceptional restaurants. If you are interested in other activities, try horseback riding, world-class surfing at Pavones or beginner surfing a half hour south on the beach, boat tours in the mangroves, kayaking, fishing tours, boat tours to Puerto Jimenez, tours to the Orchid Farm and the Animal Sancutary, snorkeling tours, and ziplining in Golfito. (all tours at extra cost) Boat taxi trips to Golfito, Pt. Jimenez for Corcovado or Osa Peninsula tours, and custom trips available.
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: Jim and I are retired Canadians - biologist and visual arts teacher - from Peterborough, Ontario. We had visited Costa Rica several times before we came to Zancudo on the recommendation of a friend in 2010. In the fifth week of our six week rental here, we decided that Zancudo was everything we could ever hope for in a home away from home. Everyone in Zancudo seems to have the time to visit or pass on a friendly greeting as you move around the area - 'Hola' and 'Buenos dias' must be your first Spanish words when you spend time here. The Ticos and the expat community are very welcoming. I spend my days swimming, biking, reading, exploring local cuisine and making things. Jim loves gardening and fishing. On his first fishing trip out in the gulf, he caught a spectacular dorado - that may have been the moment we decided to stay. We found this wonderful property - beautifully treed with icacos, almonds, and coco palms, and further enhanced with hibiscus, beach spider lily, bromeliads, heliconia, orchids, and more tropical plants than I could name. It has the perfect location for convenience and safe swimming (grandkids do come for visits) and two great houses - the casa and the casita. We proceeded to make it home - first the casa ( available to rent in green season), where we live for 5 months of the year, and then the casita (available year round). We love it here.
Why the Owner Chose Zancudo, Costa Rica:
We are very happy to be in a quiet, friendly, safe, laid back beach community. There are no high rises, condo deveopments, or malls. Life is simple here. We feel healthier and happier as we spend a lot of time outdoors, get exercise, fresh air and healthful food - fresh and delicious. Socially, we can be as quiet or as busy as we like - we've met new friends on the beach and are coming to know many of the expats and Ticos who live here. It is also possible to become involved with the village life - face painting for the children at the annual festival, games nights, art workshops, potlucks and supper club, holiday parties, Cowboy Days horseback ride, etc... Costa Ricans say it best - Pura vida.
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Casita facing the oceanview.
View of the ocean and rancho from the cafe bar.
Bedroom with double bed, double doors from main room. Large window ocean view.
view from the bedroom onto the terrace and the ocean
You can see the rancho and the outdoor shower from the terrace.
mosaic outdoor shower for after swims
View of beach looking north on Golfo Dulce.
A lone walker early morning, looking south on the beach.
Beach walks offer new discoveries every day!
Boat taxi on the Rio Coto
Coming into Golfito from the Golfo Dulce
Iguana on a sculpture
Kitchen looking out toward the ocean has coffee bar and all necessities.
Comfortable sitting room with TV and DVD player, and convertible futon bed.
Bedroom with double bed.
bathroom with toilet, sink and hot water shower
Hammocks in the almond trees in front of the casita.
Sunset from the rancho on the beach in front of the casita.
Twice weekly, Emilio brings fresh fruit and vegetables.
Horse back riding on the beach
Mariposa (butterfly) on a ginger flower
One of the spectacular palms seen in this area
Squirrel monkey or mono titi
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Friday, February 17, 2017
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