- english, spanish
Why Owner chose Parrita
The house is located in Alazan. Alazan is an eco-friendly, intentional community overlooking the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Alazan boasts generous lots in a natural tropical rainforest environment, providing the perfect landscape for your environmentally-sensitive and adaptive dream home. Enjoy ocean and mountain views, seasonal streams and waterfalls, and an abundance of tropical flora and fauna. Alazan include electricity, water, wireless internet, and road access. A welcoming driveway leads up to our beautiful, yet simple entrance gate and adjacent gatekeeper house provide both privacy and security for the entire property. Alazan also has an active homeowners association with annual on-site meetings, and an engaged HOA board that meets on a frequent basis. Alazan is not just another development, it’s a COMMUNITY! Please join us! Our vision is to create an intentional community of people who are drawn to the Costa Rican lifestyle and are committed to: -Creating a vibrant and inclusive community -Living in closer harmony with nature -Reducing consumption of natural resources -Promoting ecologically-sensitive land development practices -Fostering social responsibility and involvement with the greater local community
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please consider children must be supervised
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Secluded jungle retreat
We had a great time ! Property owner and manger are very helpful and informative. The property is absolutely beautiful - someone did a great job designing / building the house !! Even more amazing was the surrounding jungle atmosphere and wildlife which abounds. Only regret is not staying longer !
Thank you for the review, we hope to see back again in the near future!
Amazing experience to be out in the jungle but protected from animals
Really enjoyed the house- unique architecture.
If you love outdoor experience, this is the house for you.
Felt very safe also.
Wonderful concierge Juliet and cook Silvaney.
We would go back again!!
Great place to connect with nature
Wonderful experience, and quite different than the norm. Essentially outdoor screened in living. The sounds of rain and wildlife throughout the evenings were inspiring!
Highly recommend taking advantage of the private chef options... Silva’s food was amazing, and took stress away from meal preparation, delivered and setup in the house for you!
Everything We Had Hoped For
The house is so comfortable, well designed with excellent beds, showers and kitchen facilities. Very easy to live there. The road from the highway is so bad that it is an incentive to stay in the house and commune with the jungle.
1. Oil the second floor screen door that opens to the deck outside.
2. If guests leave any non perishable food items, ask caretakers to leave at least one or two items, such as rice or canned goods, for the next guests. We found it impossible to shop for food en route the house, coming directly from the airport--went to bed hungry.
Overall, a very sweet place to stay!
Thank you for the review and suggestions, we will of course look into this right away!
Original tree house!
A lovely week staying in this property lodged up in the forest. We saw birds ( inc. Scarlet macaws) butterflies & monkeys from our balcony and poison dart frog just up the track! A file with details of things worth seeing in the area would have been helpful ( the Rainmaker reserve was beautiful When we found it!). A quick clear up of any paper on the jungle floor would keep it pristine!
All in all, if you enjoy nature, a great place to stay.
Nice and secluded
No issues with the check in and out. Air conditioning in the bedroom was nice. Very secluded and a neat location off the beaten path. The house was clean, but a “deep clean” was due for areas like window sills and other nooks and crannies.
Thank you for your review, we will look into your comments about deep cleaning, but as you mentioned the house is very remote and in the middle of the jungle, we do our best to keep them as presentable as possible.
Restaurants in Parrita, offer typical Tico food and casados. My favorite seafood restaurant is Chepe, go to the highway, head south and it will be on your left just after crossing the bridge over the Parrita river.
Also recommended are: restaurants, Pilones and Huetar.
Silvana, who works at Alazan is an excellent cook and you can negotiate with her on creating a meal at the house.
Los Almendros Restaurant
Further away—recommend use GPS, Los Almendros Restaurant, Esterillos Oeste for Asian Fusion and Caribbean food.
Alma del Pacifico
Alma, we were told about this by people at Alazan and have been many times now! Love it and enjoy the pool and the spa as well, decadent but well worth it! Spectacular resort, if you eat there you can use the beach. When the Sea Almond trees have nuts, there will be Scarlet Macaws.
Hotel Costa Verde, simple and great! Cocktails, beer and burgers…
Here are a few highlights of popular places and activities within a 20-60 minute drive of Alazan:
– Endless beaches and coastline – Playa Palo Seco, Playa Bejuco, Playa Bandera, and Esterillos Este, Centro, and Oesteare all magnificent beaches and all are within a 20-30 minute drive of Alazan. Esterillos Oeste is popular with surfersand is one of the only beaches in Costa Rica to have lifeguards on duty.
– Iguana Chocolate Farm tour – Just up the Parrita River valley from Alazan, this cute little farm offers tours and sells a variety of cacao products.
– Rainmaker Conservation Project – The Rainmaker Conservation Project that offers canopy tours and lots of wildlife.
– Rancho Mastatal – Just 40 minutes up the valley from Alazan, Rancho Mastatal offers courses in sustainable building, bamboo construction, biodigesters, and Permaculture.
– Villa Vanilla – This spice farm outside of Quepos offers fabulous tours for those who love food or have an interest in biodynamic farming.
– Manuel Antonio (the town) – Manuel Antonio is a small, world renowned resort community that features fabulous restaurants and bars but thankfully, no high-rises! Enjoy sunset cocktails and dinner at any one of a number of excellent eateries. There are several dance bars as well for those who haven’t burned themselves out already at the beach.
– Manuel Antonio (the National Park) – This is one of Costa Rica’s smallest yet most famous national parks. For good reason: This park is jam packed with wildlife (almost 300 species of mammals and birds), hiking trails, primary and secondary rainforest, and white sand beaches. In 2011, Manuel Antonio was listed by Forbes as one of the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks.
– Quepos Farmers Market – Quepos has a fun farmers market on Saturdays. Skip the grocery stores and buy your product here (or at the many roadside stands)
There are many, many other activities in the area. Click here for an abbreviated.
Tours & Activites
· Mangrove Boat Tours
· Kayak Tours
· Deep Sea Fishing Tours
· Guided Mountain Bike Tours
· Mountain & Banana Bike Rentals
· Horseback Waterfall Tour
· Sea Kayaking
· Jet Ski Safari
· Surfing Lessons
· Whale/Dolphin Watch Tours
· Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
· Zip Lines
Beaches & Surfing
Board rental and sales – Chucks WOW, in Jaco and Nika Boards
Chucks is in Jaco, the end near the Best Western. He has a lot of choice and is from the US. Nika has great boards and is closer than Jaco.
The wave is one of the best on the central pacific – not for learning mind you! But if you got some skills then the outside reef is superb and on low tide the pools offer swimming and snorkeling. I have seen juvenile tuna, bass, puffers, angel fish and much, much more!
I will cover all of these in one – The beach is all the same, it runs from Esterillos Oeste to Bandera. The further south you go the heavier the wave. However for learning, Centro is good and even down to Bandera, the wave breaks further out and you can ride and learn in the white water. Oeste tends to break right on the beach.
If anyone gets into surfing this is an amazing left hand wave, it can run for over a kilometer on a good day… and I have had it on a good day! River mouth point break near Caldera and don’t listen to the stories… no crocs and no surgical waste! Water is clean and the wave is amazing but can get crowded on weekends.
Getting to Alazan has gotten much easier! New highways and bridges have made the drive from San Jose, Manuel Antonio and Dominical much simpler, safer and quicker. A new eco-friendly golf and ocean club, and a new luxury marina are both within 20 minutes from Alazan and are now operational!