What a gem! My husband and I enjoyed our spring break vacation in this spectacular home in the heart of Ojochal. The pictures do not do the home or the remarkable natural splendor that surrounds the property justice! Though the home can accommodate a group of 15 and would be fabulous for a family vacation, we enjoyed having the entire space to ourselves. The remote location is designed for privacy and comfort and is perfect for some peace and quiet or a little romance if that's what you're looking for.
It was sunny and warm every day, with maybe the occasional hour of rain some afternoons, which didn't stop us from playing in the pool or taking natural rain showers. Here, you truly are a part of nature. We very much miss the cool breezes and the chorus of animals calls. Being a Florida native, a big plus was having ZERO mosquitoes - amazing!
The house is well-maintained and fully equipped with all modern conveniences. We took advantage of being in the jungle, but thoroughly enjoyed the amenities of home, such as WiFi and air conditioning. The tempurpedic beds were extraordinarily comfortable, and we awoke well-rested to the delightful call of the wild in the mornings - no need for an alarm clock. My husband is a chef, so we thoroughly enjoyed how organized and well-equipped the kitchen was. We ate an amazing breakfast and enjoyed pool time each morning, then headed out to one of the lovely restaurants in the area for lunch, did a bit of shopping and basked in the sun on a different beach each afternoon.
While the property makes you feel "away from it all," the main highway is a 5 minute drive down the mountain and is not much further to an array of great restaurants, convenient shopping and beautiful beaches. While you can't go wrong with any of the beaches, Playa Ventanas and its caves are a must! Enjoy some pastries at the local French bakery, spend a few hours at the Restaurante Tilapias el Pavon and swim in its nearby waterfall, and/or watch a sunset (with drink in hand) at Azul, located at the El Castillo Hotel. No matter where you are, the sunsets are glorious! A few more suggestions include eating at Jolly Roger in Dominical, walking along the Whale's Tale at low tide, or visiting the beach-front town of Dominical (especially for you surfers). We spent many nights in awe of the incredible 360 degree view of the stars from the back deck. With the city's minimal lighting, it is truly a breathtaking sight.
The ONLY detail that would be considered a negative is the road leading up to the house. A 4WD vehicle will make your drive up the mountain a little easier, but is not necessary. We drove a Toyota Yaris and, while we got stuck going up the short/steep way the first day, we learned our lesson and continued to use the slightly longer/less steep route the rest of the week, which allowed us to see a more intimate part of town. It is true that if you stay on the main roads, you'll miss much of the magic that is Costa Rica, so do not deny yourself a comfortable, memorable stay in this home, since most of the roads in Costa Rica require 4WD anyway. HOWEVER, I have it on good authority that they have begun road work to improve it.
The owner and property manager are hospitable without being intrusive, and they are perfectly in sync to the needs and desires of guests who rent the home. In fact, we only saw one person at the home our entire stay, and he came to service the pool.
Ultimately, it truly is a magnificent home away from home and is the perfect combination of altitude to beat the heat of the beach and accessibility to the highway for sightseeing, ocean time and adventures. After our departure, we were overcome with homesickness for our new paradise. In fact, we have been looking into buying a home in the area for ourselves. Beware: staying here is a conversion experience. We will certainly return - just not soon enough! Thank you, Angie, for sharing your lovely casa! Pura Vida!
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