|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Villa Dos Gatos (House of Two Cats) is fronted by a large teak balcony featuring two hammocks + 4 person dining table - this is the signature location of the house with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The main living area of the house is located on the upper level; at this level the ocean-view presents itself from all points in the open-concept kitchen, dining and living room areas. Vaulted ceilings, teak beams and numerous windows enhance this area with abundant light and air. The kitchen is well equipped with coffee maker, toaster, pots & pans, cutlery, dishes, glasses, blender, electric stove and fridge. For indoor dining a lunch bar separates the kitchen and living room - there are 6 bar-height, teak chairs. Behind the house is the private pool and rancho with propane and charcoal bar-b-ques; a bar in the rancho offers an outside dining option near the pool.
The yard features a huge mango tree, two almond trees, numerous palms and other tropical plants.
Beach, Ocean and Weather are the main attractions at Isla Palo Seco; they are spectacular! Isla Palo Seco is a barrier island, essentially a sand spit, that extends 8 km in length. The sand beach extends the entire length of the Island on the ocean-facing side; approximately 8 km of palm-lined, pristine beach. The ocean water is warm, surprisingly warm. Waves are constant; they are a surfer/boogie boarder's dream. At Dos Gatos we have 3 surf boards (2 long boards and 1 short board) and 4 boogie boards for our guests to use. At high or low tide the beach is breathtaking but if you want to walk the beach low tide is best. At low tide the ocean recedes to uncover a flat, sand strip that extends for more than half of the 100 or so metres between the water and the beach grass and palms. This flat sand is firm and a pleasure to walk. The beach is never crowded with people. Except for weekends and holidays when Tico (Costa Rican) families gather at the beach, it is almost deserted. I once walked the entire length of the Island and encountered only 3 people! The estero located on the back side of the island is extensive and it known for its fishing and sight seeing.
The weather between December 1 and May 1 (summer) is predictable; except for the occasional rainfall in the evening or night - average daytime high temp is 33 c under clear skies and average nighttime lows are 21 c. Even in the green season there is sun on most days from early morning to early afternoon when the clouds roll in with late afternoon showers - the average temps vary only slightly.
There are several very good restaurants on the beach: 'Mar Y Sol' is a restaurant/bar with relaxed atmosphere and good food, 'Beso Del Viento' offers French quesine by reservation, 'Hotel La Isla' has an extensive menu and the newest resort on the Island 'Clandestino Resort' and "Coco Mar" (newest restaurant on the beach) offer more upscale dining at reasonable prices.
We are a Brady Bunch type family - we have 6 adult children between us and 9 grandchildren - this is our family vacation home! The house was designed to accommodate large groups - if the group is larger than this house can accommodate there are nearby over-flow options.
Peter Downing purchased this house in 2012
We were initially attracted to the tropics by the beaches, palm trees and warm breezes. We chose Costa Rica for our vacation home because of its stable government and relative safety - we were attracted to La Isla Palo Seco in particular because of the pristine quiet beach. This is not the place to go for the night life - but if you are looking for a tropical paradise this fits the bill - the house is big enough for family vacations or groups who wish to vacation together with private pool and an essentially private beach! Sunset watching is very popular here - sunsets are different every day and they can be quite spectacular. As you end your day on the balcony (perhaps with a favorite beverage) you will be serenaded by the sounds of the ocean, the breeze in the palms and the cheeping of the geckos - enjoy.
We stayed 1 week and had everything we needed. Plenty of towels, dishes, pans, etc. Bugs didn't bother us- we needed more sunscreen than bug spray! The tours we did were fabulous- Discovery Horse Tours is the best- she knows what she is doing and the horses are very behaved and well cared for! We learned a lot and we own 2 horses! The zip line tour was the Adveture Tours where you take a team up and zip down- my 20 year old daughter did it with me and it was very professional and safe- a double zip line with 3 clips holding you on and they stop you- fantastic!! We visited the Pura Vida Garden and it was beautiful! The beach is amazing and right across the street- we loved drinking coffee on the balcony and gazing at the ocean. The iguanas are so adorable and have fun personalities- I believe they enjoyed us too:)!! Thank you!
Peter was a breeze to work with; very nice, accommodating, and informative. Let us know what to expect at every point of our trip and made us feel welcom. We loved this house off the beaten path in the middle of paradise. Here are a couple things we liked and a couple things we were surprised by:
Pros: The house is perfect. The pool is refreshing and a nice break from the afternoon heat (traveled in late January). The A/Cs in the bedrooms worked perfectly. The surf boards and boogie boards are very nice and amazing to use each morning (even has a umbrella and travel cooler to take over to the beach). The beach is totally your own with good surfing options for beginners. There is no TV but he does have a nice projector to use. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker he lets us use is also very nice. He recently installed a safe that made things feel very secure. The wildlife is fun, we saw beautiful Macaws most every morning and afternoon. You can also get fresh shrimp delivered to the house, which was fun and delicious.
Surprises: There is either a wedding venue or the neighbors just decided to have a reception/wedding next door (next door is relative since there is vacant land all around the property). The wedding happened one night we were there, and its nothing against the house, but the party was VERY loud and lasted most of the night. Was a big surprise from the otherwise very secluded and quiet life at Dos Gatos.
Most places take american dollars so we didnt feel the need for exchanging. But a surprising amount of places did not take credit either. So travel accordingly.
There are a lot of options for dining and purchasing groceries in Parrita, so we didnt end up feeling the need to stop in Jaco (other than saying we were able to see Jaco).
I would totally recommend Dos Gatos to any traveler looking to get an authentic Costa Rica experience of Pura Vida!! People looking for quiet, relaxing, off the beaten path adventure.
First, Peter was very easy to work with and responded to my emailed questions quite quickly. Second, the house is very nice. Lastly, the home sits on a nice yard right on the Pacific Ocean w/great view. The home was clean and comfortable and as described/shown in the photos. Peter & Stephanie have done a tremendous job ensuring just about everything you need is available in the home (coffee pots, pots/pans, beach towels etc.). In addition to having a well-stocked home, they’ve done a very good job giving instructions on how to enjoy your time there. This included restaurant recommendations, information on local attractions like the farmer’s market, fishing, and so on, and even how best to manage the bugs that inhabit the beach (no see ums). During the evening of our arrival Peter called to answer any questions we may have had after getting settled. In addition, Peter & Woody were very helpful and responsive to our needs – for example they helped us find a Catholic Church for Christmas mass.
Some of the activities we did during our visit was the Tres Piscinas Waterfalls, Manuel Antonio National Park, farmers market in Quepos, and Biesanz Beach. I think we all agreed that they Tres Piscinas was the highlight of our trip. Restaurants in the area we ate at were Mar y Sol (decent) and Soda Los Tucanes (very good!). We also picked up meat at a couple different carnicerias in Parrita which were very good, as well as the small bakery in town. I would recommend that you venture into this little town and walk around. While it looks a little rough we found it was pretty typical for Costa Rica and the stores and merchants were quite helpful given our limited Spanish. The Maxi Pali in Parrita was quite good and had essentially everything you need under one roof. This store is owned by Wal Mart so picture that on a smaller scale. The only criticism I have is that the 2nd story of the home gets quite warm if you are gone during the day and close up the windows - however it wasn't unbearable. Perhaps a fan that could be put by the back door balcony to pull in cool evening air and move out the warm air would help? Fortunately the A/C units in the bedrooms cool the bedrooms down very quickly (5-10 minutes) making them very comfortable for sleeping.
Overall our experience here was excellent and we certainly recommend the Villa Dos Gatos – thank you Peter & Stephanie!
We just returned after having spent 11 days at this beautiful house...FANTASTIC time! we were four adults and four teenagers, and all of us fit very comfortably at Dos Gatos. Four bedrooms with A/C, plus two very nice porches, hammocks, and a nice "commons" area allowed all of us to be able to "to our own thing" without feeling cramped.
For those who like the ocean, it is just across the street. Fantastic surfing and boogey-boarding...the surf lessons in Jaco paid off! Early AM walks during low tide were fantastic...so peaceful...no one else on the beach! The currents are pretty strong, so if you are more of a pool person, the pool and BBQ area in the backyard will be perfect for you! It was so nice to lounge around the pool, drink fresh coconut water (Reyes the guard can cut them open for you!), and just take in all of the sights and sounds. Monkeys, iguanas, birds, and some of the most beautiful butterflies you will ever see. Also, depending on the season, you will have fresh limes and mangoes to pick from in the yard ....!
DEFINITELY follow Peter's advice and rent your car from Zuma ... they offer a first-class service! Can't say enough about how impressed we were with them! If you like your libations (aside from beer), buy several bottles at the Duty Free Shop...not only is it MUCH cheaper, but it's not watered down like some of the stuff we bought in town. The MaxiPali Stores (Costa Rican WalMart) in Jaco and Quepos carry many items. The little stores in Parrita aren't bad, but save $$ and buy your fruits and veggies at the stands in Parrita (located right near bus stop)...nice selection and good prices! Don't waste your $$ on bottled water...we drank the tap water and suffered no ill effects! Also, Inga and Pablo at Mar y Sol were very helpful...count on them (their English is perfect) to help you to set up zipline tours, horseback riding, etc. Reyes (security guard), Silvia (housekeeper), and Juan (pool guy) were all extremely helpful. They did their best to help make our stay as comfortable as possible. Isla Palo Seco has lots to offer as far as sights and sounds...take time to explore it!
Lastly, make sure to bring your own bug spray...we had both Cutter's and Off, and they worked well. Figure on one can/person/week...otherwise, you will pay $10/can at the local stores.
All in all, it was simply "perfecto"! Gracias, Peter!!!
Just returned from 9 days at Villa Dos Gatos. Absolutely perfect. Every detail was thought out. We spent our time lounging by the pool or heading to the secluded beach across the street. This house had more than enough room for our party of 4 adults and one teenager. The house was convenient to everything yet secluded enough that we felt totally at peace.
My family and i stayed at Villa Dos Gatos from June 29th through July 9th of 2016.
Peter is an excellent host, the booking was straightforward and he was extremely helpful. Providing detailed instructions on getting to the house from San Jose, local spots to visit and lots of information about the house itself. He called us at the house after we had arrived to make sure everything was ok.
The house itself is ideal if you're looking for a quiet spot away from the tourist areas but with an easy drive in Jaco or Quepos. The beach was deserted for most of the time we were there. The boys loved the boogie boards and the waves were ideal for them. They spent hours on the beach itself, then a quick shower (setup right next to the pool) and then a refreshing fresh water dip in the pool. If you have young ones just be careful about the undercurrent and possible zip currents. The waves are powerful and you need to treat them with some respect.
The house itself has everything you'll need, all the necessary items for your stay. All the, 4, bedrooms have AC and ceiling fans, we stayed with just the fans as we very comfortable with just those going. The upstairs patio is a great place to hang out. We spent many an hour just enjoying the beach, white faced monkeys, yellow headed Caracara and various iguana's which visited the fruit trees regularly. The Caracara enjoyed the couple of land crabs that the boys got out of the pool. They were quick to pounce on the meal.
There is no TV, but Peter has a projector which we used frequently to screen films etc on the wall. Internet is fine and download speed was good enough for 3 boys and myself downloading and the boys steaming video. Cell phone reception at the beach is spotty, but we connected to the wifi and used voip calling when necessary.
Mary y Sol is an ideal place for a meal & drink. Pablo speaks excellent English and he helped us with a zip line tour and fishing in the estuary, where we also saw crocodiles, monkeys and lots of birds. We eat there 3 or 4 times during the stay. Everything cooked fresh. The fish and calamari were excellent.
Manuel Antonio was a bit disappointing. Peter is right when he says it's very busy with lots of tourists and locals. Associated costs for the places around the park and trinkets are vastly over priced. So we didn't do much there. The park itself is very busy, but we got to see a 3 toed sloth which was about 200 feet up in the canopy.
on the back side of the Isla is and extensive estuary; (fishing and touring is available - Manuel Antonio National Park is located 30 km away; with jungle trails, beautiful protected beaches for swimming and snorkling - Jaco is 45 kms away; a surfer town with extensive tourist services - deep sea fishing is available out of Quepos (25 km away) or Herradura (50 km away) - horseback riding is available right on the beach - whitewater rafting can be arranged by our property manager - Sky Mountain zip-lining is about 20 minutes away with the longest lines in Costa Rica and spectacular views of the Parrita River valley
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$150.00 cancellation fee
-payment in full 2 weeks prior to arrival
Dry Season: if 2 or more weeks are booked $1,150.00/ week --- extra nights in addition to 1 week or more = $170.00
Green Season: if 2 or more weeks are booked $1,000.00/week --- extra nights in addition to 1 week or more = $150.00