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Charming Casita on Amazing Beach. Sleeps 2-4, $500/Week Usd

(17 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/09/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The casita started as a traditional Costa Rican house with ventilating block all around the tops of the walls, windows opening to the ocean breeze and an outdoor sink for all the cleaning. We have lovingly renovated it to include thatched roof, a shared laundry with the Casa (a second larger house on the wide lot, also available for rent in green season), an outdoor shower with mosaic floor, and extra large screened terrace with hammocks, dining table and chairs, two loungers and lots of space for outdoor living. A new outdoor sink remains, in a new location, for cleaning fish caught in the gulf. Indoors, there is a kitchen with coffee maker, blender, cook top, fridge, and a flip up coffee bar at the window, facing the ocean. The indoor bathroom has a shower with on-demand hot water. In the living room is a TV and DVD player, a Sarchi rocking chair and a double bed futon couch. Double doors lead to a separate bedroom with double bed (facing the ocean with a large window). The sound of waves lulls you to sleep. Overhead fans and one standing fan keep you cool.

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.

Check out Facebook: Zancudo Playa Plata for more photos of Casa and Casita.

Keywords: casita with screened terrace
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 785 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    The enclosed terrace is a large, safe, protected (from sun and mosquitos) place to play....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    on terrace and outside only....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom has toilet, sink and shower with hot water. There is a second outdoor shower to rinse off after a swim in the ocean....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    A selection of books are in casita and more can be borrowed from Sol y Mar...moreless

  • Television:

    Apple TV and your Netflix sign-in. Bring a HDMI cable to connect own laptop if you wish....moreless


  • Away From It All


  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Casita is located on the beachside of Zancudo road, visible from the house....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Zancudo is a 7 km long stretch of sandy beach which is almost totally deserted... ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Across Golfo Dulce is the Osa Peninsula. From the terrace or the beach rancho, see beautiful sunsets, dolphins and ocean birds....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Walk across the yard onto the beach and spectacular beach and ocean views, or watch the waves from the terrace. ...moreless

  • Resort:

    Zancudo Lodge at the north end of the beach offers fine dining for lunch and dinner....moreless

  • Village:

    Zancudo village has a school, grocery and hardware, restaurants and sodas, police station and pulperias....moreless

  • Water View:

    view of ocean - Golfo Dulce...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Table and chairs on terrace, as well as breakfast coffee bar in kitchen...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Free Long Distance:

    Skype is available through WIFI on your own device for calls outside CR and all calls within Costa Rica are free long distance....moreless

  • Internet:

    Apple TV and TV...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    TV and Apple TV, futon, Sarchi rocking chair, coffee table, lamp. Spacious outdoor living area on screened terrace....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    It is possible to buy your own cell phone and pay as you go - rates are very affordable in Costa Rica....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    ample space for parking...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    space to park a boat trailer and car...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline in Casa for emergency use Dec-May. Advise to use Skype to call out of CR. May purchase cell phone and cards for under $60 for use in CR only....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    shared full sized washing machine in separate laundry room accessible from outside, and shared with casa....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    separate router for Casita brings in strong signal...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Seasonally, catering is offered from Oceano, Puerta Negra, Ellie's Olas Bravas, and more. Just ask....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    filter coffee maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:


  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Kitchen:

    Casita kitchen includes sink, gas stove and oven, and various appliances, a flip up coffee bar with two stools, and fridge....moreless

  • Oven


  • Bicycles:

    2 bicycles are available for your use...moreless

  • Boat:

    Boat tours can be arranged at nearby Los Cocos. Details in information binder....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks can be rented at nearby locations...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    large screened ceramic tiled room with dining table, chairs, loungers, hammocks and the view and sound of the ocean....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large grassed area, palm trees, almond and icaco trees, gardens. Rancho shared with casa with two hammocks and ranchito at beach for sunset gazing....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    on request...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Stand-up paddleboards can be rented at Los Cocos....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2018
Dec 1 - May 1, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$348 $1,244
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • 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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Last updated: 05/09/2017
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400 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Sol y Mar
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
public boat taxi to Golfito
20 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Puerta Negra
Zancudo, Costa Rica
Nearest Beach
Playa Zancudo at front door

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.


Owner info

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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/09/2017

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  • Casita facing the oceanview.

    Casita facing the oceanview.

  • Newly enlarged kitchen with full facilities.

    Newly enlarged kitchen with full facilities.

  • Living sitting area with TV and futon for relaxation.

    Living sitting area with TV and futon for relaxation.

  • Bedroom with double bed, large window looking out over ocean, and overhead fan.

    Bedroom with double bed, large window looking out over ocean, and overhead fan.

  • You can see the rancho and the outdoor shower from the terrace.

    You can see the rancho and the outdoor shower from the terrace.

  • mosaic outdoor shower for after swims

    mosaic outdoor shower for after swims

  • Sunset from the rancho on the beach 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.

    Twice weekly, Emilio brings fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Boat taxi on the Rio Coto

    Boat taxi on the Rio Coto

  • Squirrel monkey or mono titi

    Squirrel monkey or mono titi

  • Exploring the estuaries of Rio Coto.

    Exploring the estuaries of Rio Coto.

  • Pelicans in Golfito

    Pelicans in Golfito

  • Welcome to Puertas del Sol  the Casita - information book

    Welcome to Puertas del Sol the Casita - information book

  • View of the ocean and rancho from the cafe bar.

    View of the ocean and rancho from the cafe bar.

  • Bedroom opens from living sitting area.

    Bedroom opens from living sitting area.

  • Bathroom has on demand hot water shower.

    Bathroom has on demand hot water shower.

  • Terrace lights

    Terrace lights

  • Sunset stormy sky at the ranchitos.

    Sunset stormy sky at the ranchitos.

  • A lone walker early morning, looking south on the beach.

    A lone walker early morning, looking south on the beach.

  • Beach walks offer new discoveries every day!

    Beach walks offer new discoveries every day!

  • Iguana on a sculpture

    Iguana on a sculpture

  • Coming into Golfito from the Golfo Dulce

    Coming into Golfito from the Golfo Dulce

  • Early morning bicycle ride on the beach.

    Early morning bicycle ride on the beach.

  • Sunsets at the ranchito.

    Sunsets at the ranchito.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 18, 2017

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