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Montezuma Sanctuary: Spacious Hill-Top Villa W/Spectacular 360-Degree Views

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Last updated: 03/04/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 1 to 12+ people

ALL RENTAL INCOME goes directly to support this beautiful 28-Acre Wildlife Sanctuary which entails the safety and preservation of all plants and trees, birds and animals living freely on this lovely estate. This hilltop home is 1 kilometer (less than 1 mile) from Montezuma Beach on a 28 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary bordering the Montezuma River, and less than a 5-minute drive from the center of Montezuma, where one can easily find an abundance of excellent restaurants, grocery- and gift-shopping and night life, not to mention the miles and miles of gorgeous beaches and trails. For those without a car, a 10 minute walk down the driveway gets you to the bus that runs every 2 hours between Montezuma and Cobano.

The fully-furnished home has two huge bedrooms with two bathrooms. Magnificent, 360-degree views of coastline, open sea, mountains and forest. The construction features large, open-air living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom with custom-made wicker furniture. There's a very large front porch with hammocks, Lounge Chairs and Rocking Chairs and table & chairs, with flowering plants all around.

Both bedrooms are octagon-shaped; the upstairs bedroom has a balcony with a 180-degree, walk-around corridor, walk-in closet and private, open-air bathroom with magnificent views, stone floor and built-in garden. This bedroom has one queen-size and one double bed. There are other mattresses available if needed. Some guests choose to put their mattress onto the balcony to sleep under the stars. The downstairs bedroom, has the same magnificent views of the coastline, ocean and mountains. It has a King-size bed (on wheels) with 6 huge drawers, for clothing and/or other storage, plus one single bed. This bedroom has an overhead fan, a built-in-the wall air-conditioner, an extra-large desk for computer, etc., a large-screen television, as well as a stereo sound system with speakers throughout the house. This stereo sound system has AM/FM Radio, double cassette tape and CD Player, with speakers throughout the entire house. There are additional mattresses available that can be used as a comfortable meditation couch or for additional guests.

There is a fully-equipped kitchen with 6-burner stove & oven, full-sized fridge with large freezer. In back of the house is a washing machine with an extra-large sink alongside, and a hot water tank that serves the entire house. There's even an outdoor shower, decorated with a wrought-iron palm tree, where one can shower outside with refreshing, cold water from the river (ideal for cooling off in the heat!) This home and property is truly a nature-lover's paradise!

The land is managed as a 'Wildlife Sanctuary'--so all kinds of birds and animals come and live here in safety away from dogs and hunters. The only sounds up here are those of the birds, all three species of monkeys, and the ocean and river. The animals we live with are: mapache (raccoon), pizotes (coatimundi), sloths, monkeys, porcupine, ant eaters, aracaris (relatives of toucans), all kinds of birds, and an abundance of butterflies, and humming birds.

Just outside the entrance, there is a path down to the famous Montezuma River (approximately 50 meters below). Be sure to bring good rubber-soled, hiking sandals, allowing you to hike down the path with ease and to walk in the river and hop from rock to rock, (flip-flops just won't do for this). This gorgeous river has abundant waterfalls (from small to huge), varying-size swimming holes, howler, spider and white-face monkeys and all kinds of species of birds and animals. One can easily meander down the River to the famous, huge Montezuma waterfalls where all the tourists go (by hiking up from the road down below in town). However, because we're approximately 1 kilometer up the River from where all the tourists congregate, our guests have the river all to themselves up here just below the Villa, and often will spend the entire day with their picnic lunch and a good book.
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/04/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12

  • Villa Bedroom 2 (downstairs): 1 king, 2 twin/ single


  • Villa Bedroom 1 (upstairs): 1 queen, 1 double

    Beautiful wooden, wrap-around deck~ front to back w/hammocks...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Villa Bathroom 1 (upstairs): toilet, shower

    Shower is under the roof w/side OPEN to View Ocean & Trees ...moreless

  • Villa Bathroom 2 (downstairs): toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Shower Curtain can open completely to Ocean and Garden Views...moreless

  • Both bathrooms have slate floors and have a private, outdoor section to shower, alongside nature, and under the stars! The Upstairs Bathroom toilet-seat, we call 'The Best Seat in the House' because looking straight forward you see the Ocean (to the side of the house) & looking to the left, you see the Mountains and the Ocean to the front of the house. The Upstairs Shower has a chest-high wall to the outside, so one feels they are showing completely in the great outdoors. Even with the downstairs' shower, one can open the shower curtain all the way to be looking out at the garden; but not nearly as dramatic as the upstairs shower. For this reason, most all of our guests take their showers upstairs, even if staying in the downstairs bedroom. In addition to the 2 showers, we also have a TOTALLY-OUTDOOR SHOWER (decorated by a wrought-iron palm tree), with cool fresh water from the River!!! So you can shower in the sun in the day or under the stars in the's magical!!!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The owner chose NOT to create a chlorinated pool because the Montezuma River is right below the home, offering a wide variety of small to huge NATURAL-WATER swimming pools and an equal number of small to HUGE waterfalls as well. NOTE: It's HOT at the beaches in Costa Rica & the feature that our guests love most is that our home is open to the outdoors, allowing the breezes to pass through. So if you’re coming from a hermetically-sealed home, please be aware that flying insects will be present, none of which will harm you. So if flying critters are any sort of an issue, then you would prefer our downstairs bedroom, as it is the only room that completely closes off to the outdoors. All of our guests have preferred the upstairs bedroom, as they are completely in contact with the outdoors. The windows CAN be closed but our guests always choose to leave them open, allowing the breezes from the Ocean, or the River to cool the room. There's a mosquito net for over the bed if desired....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    We have a DVD Player that can be hooked up to the TV. ...moreless

  • Games:

    We have playing cards and checkers and suggest guests bring their favorite games with them....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Lots of Music CD's and even Cassette Tapes in the downstairs bedroom drawer below the Stereo System.....moreless

  • Stereo:

    The Stereo System has Speakers throughout the house, so guests can bring their I-pad or favorite CD's. There are also CD's and even Cassette tapes in the drawer below the Stereo....moreless

  • Television:

    There is a Television but we do not have Cable and therefore it gets only local Costa Rican Channels....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    You can see the mountains that blend into the Ocean View at the front and side of the Villa....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    There are magnificent views of the Ocean from the front AND the back of the house. You can also see a large portion of the coastline, including Tortuga (Turtle) Island from the front of the house....moreless

  • River:

    The Montezuma River, with its abundant waterfalls and natural swimming pools, ranging from small to huge in size, is just 50 meters down the trail from both our Cottage and Villa!...moreless

  • Village:

    Montezuma is only 1 km from the entrance to our property w/buses every 2 hours up & down the hill. Commercialism is mostly all contained in town, leaving the beaches pristine and natural....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    There's a wrap-around breakfast bar with 4 comfortable chairs for eating & socializing as food is being prepared. Along-side there's a rectangular glass-top, dining table with 6 upholstered chairs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Downstairs bedroom....most of our guests don't care for air-conditioning, and prefer to be breathing fresh air. We have fans in both bedrooms.; ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Upon request (with prior arrangement), we have a 'Data Card' to plug into your computer which has excellent reception. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    We intentionally created our living room furniture so that EVERYTHING in the Living Room and Dining Area can be placed outside for YOGA or DANCE CLASSES or any other type of group activity....moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    If you have a compatible UNLOCKED cell phone, bring it. If not, we have a prepaid cell phone for rent during your stay in Montezuma (or longer)....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We have ample towels, but we ask that you bring your own BEACH TOWELS, We don't want our towels to be taken away from the house....moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items:

    Guests provide all of their own food, beverages and seasonings....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    6-burner gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven...moreless


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    There are grass and flower gardens all around the home, gardens surrounding the patio, and many plants all around INSIDE the home....moreless

  • Terrace


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 4 - Apr 20, 2017
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Low Season
Apr 21 - Nov 15, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

High Season 2
Nov 16 - Dec 18, 2017
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2018
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Jan 5 - Apr 20, 2018
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Juan Santamaria International
22 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Playa Montezuma

Car: Recommended

Wildlife sanctuary is less than 1 mile from downtown Montezuma. Some of the species you'll find:

- 232 species of birds. The most common species are motmots, white-fronted amazons, laughing hawks, woodpeckers and herons. Scarlet macaws have successfully been reintroduced in the area and can sometimes be seen in the morning or in the late afternoon.

- Among the mammals are rare species such as ocelots, pumas, margay cats, collared peccari, coyote, anteaters, and otters. Those we see on an-almost-daily basis are pizottis (coatamundis) and guatuzos, and the easiest to spot are howler and capuchin monkeys.

As far as Montezuma, this is what the San Diego Reader had to say in a recent article (Oct. 14, 2010):

'You know the place you daydream of escaping to on one of those hectic days at the office? This is it. Turn off your cell phone, unplug your laptop. Things move to a different rhythm here. Surf or hike the endless miles of pristine, largely uninhabited beaches. Explore the tide pools in the natural beach reserve. Go whitewater rafting. Play the guitar. Write that novel that’s been lingering in your soul. Create art. Make love. Listen to the pounding surf. Do absolutely nothing. Feel the stress ooze from the pores of your skin. Pressures? Worries? They drift away with the breeze and the surf in Montezuma.

Montezuma, Costa Rica, on the southern Pacific tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, was a tiny fishing village – an isolated, nearly uninhabited paradise – until the 1980s, when it was “discovered” by international travelers. It quickly gained popularity with artists, bohemians, hippies, surfers and dropouts who flocked here to get away from it all. Despite this influx, Montezuma has retained its village atmosphere. Italian immigrants opened several pizzerias and perhaps the best restaurant in town, Playa de las Artistas, decorated with a plethora of local artworks at its magnificent beach-side location.


I first heard about Montezuma on the PBS series Globe Trekker. Particularly memorable was the interview with the guy who lived off the land, boasting that for one year he only spent money on tomatoes and postage home. He said he watched the monkeys and ate what they ate. I knew I had to go there.

Each morning in Montezuma, I wandered along the beach from my hotel to the dusty main road five minutes away and our café overlooking the beach. We took our good sweet time lingering over breakfast and other meals. The capuchin monkeys are everywhere and entertaining to watch. At certain eating spots, they’re brazen enough to steal your food if you leave it unattended for a few minutes.

On my last night in Montezuma, I looked up at the night sky and saw a brilliant moon and an unusual cloud formation. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of what appeared to be a sleeping Albert Einstein, resting his chin on the moon. Goodbye, Montezuma. You’ll remain in my dreams.'


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: I came to Costa Rica in January of 1988 for a 3-week vacation, and after 2 weeks, I read in my Tourist Guide Book that the MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES of Costa Rica were in Montezuma, a tiny fishing village almost at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. In those days, only four people owned cars there, and it was a real "pilgrimage" to get there, because back then, there was no Ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera, just a foot-passenger launch. At that time, the only way one could go by car to Montezuma was to take a Ferry from Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo and drive all the way from there to Paquera. It was a time when "Really Bad Roads Brought Really Good People!" I went on the foot Launch and in Paquera there was an old yellow School Bus to Cobano and in Cobano only ONE TAXI drove people to Montezuma. Once I arrived there, I was amazed at the beauty all around me (the Biological Corridor runs through there). I felt I had "COME HOME", even though I couldn't speak a word of Spanish at the time. When my third, and final week of vacation ended, I literally couldn't leave, and I ended up staying for SEVEN MONTHS!!! I then returned to the United States in order to "finish up my life" there in order to return to Montezuma to make it my permanent home.

Why the Owner Chose Montezuma, Costa Rica:
I had looked for a property to buy for well over a year, focusing mostly on beach-front lands. However, the very first time I walked on this property, I knew that this was "the one". At that time, these 28-Acres were being used for raising cattle, meaning that the majority of it had been cut down, almost devoid of trees, so that the grasses would grow as pasture to feed the cattle. . What I loved the most about the property were the amazing views of the Coastline, Open Ocean, Mountains and Forest, but most of all, the fact that two sides of it bordered the beautiful Montezuma River. I was in awe of the beauty of this land, saying, "No one can 'OWN' this magnificence of nature!" Therefore, I decided that I was merely the "Guardian" of this land and "dedicated" it to be forever a true "Sanctuary" for the abundant Wildlife that existed there LONG BEFORE I came on the scene, and I planted hundreds of trees. When I returned in 1998 to build my home, I was shocked that Montezuma had been "discovered", and was now one of the preferred tourist attractions of Costa Rica. I was so grateful that I hadn't purchased land on the beaches in town, and felt so blessed that I had purchased a "Jungle Paradise", just 5 minutes from town and the beaches. One of the blessings is that those of us who came so long ago were all predominantly environmentalists, so the miles and miles of beaches walking from town towards Tango Mar and Tambor are "PROTECTED LANDS".

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Montezuma Sanctuary is the perfect spot for people who want to connect with nature. Sitting on a breezy hill inside a 28 acre (11 hectare) private wildlife sanctuary, our views are 360 degrees of forest, mountains and the gorgeous coastline. The famous Montezuma River runs along the side and back of the property, just 50 meters down two different paths. This gorgeous river has abundant waterfalls (small to huge), varying-size swimming holes, howler, white-face and spider monkeys and all species of birds and animals.I invite you to share in this unspoiled jungle paradise, just steps away from the picturesque town of Montezuma and its beautiful beaches. Warmest Regards, Kati

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Calendar last updated: 03/04/2017

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  • 2nd floor bedroom and deck, queen bed on wheels to sleep under the stars!

    2nd floor bedroom and deck, queen bed on wheels to sleep under the stars!

  • Downstairs bedroom with king bed

    Downstairs bedroom with king bed

  • Breakfast nook and dining area

    Breakfast nook and dining area

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Howler monkeys, whose calls keep them spaced out to avoid competing for food

    Howler monkeys, whose calls keep them spaced out to avoid competing for food

  • Flocks of parrots are a common sight at sunset

    Flocks of parrots are a common sight at sunset

  • Motmots wag their beautiful tails, as if to say hello!

    Motmots wag their beautiful tails, as if to say hello!

  • Hallway


  • Kitchen


  • Veranda with rocking chairs and hammocks

    Veranda with rocking chairs and hammocks

  • View from the veranda

    View from the veranda

  • View of the trees and ocean

    View of the trees and ocean

  • Capuchin monkeys are known to enjoy their midday nap - siesta time!

    Capuchin monkeys are known to enjoy their midday nap - siesta time!

  • Magpie Jays are beautiful, but watch out for your food 'cause they're fearless!

    Magpie Jays are beautiful, but watch out for your food 'cause they're fearless!

  • Pizotes are so cute, but please don't feed them!

    Pizotes are so cute, but please don't feed them!

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