Open Concept Beach House in quiete village near MomtezumaHand Crafted Bunk Bed in Second Bedroom
Casa Astrid Beach Front Euro House


Entire home/apt

6 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds


Entire home/apt

6 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds

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About this listing

European-rustic beach house with AC bedrooms, WIFI, cathedral ceilings & ceiling fans, gated parking, a covered lounging/dining deck, right on Cabuya beach, 7km from Montezuma. Cabuya is an authentic village with cafes, restaurants and supermarkets.


The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 2AM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 10%

Description

The space

Casa Astrid's open air cathedral ceilings and french doors, which span the ocean side of the house, allow for wonderful light and ventilation. The spacious covered deck is ideal for dining or relaxing in one of the various hammocks, or lounge chairs. Two bedrooms, one with a double bunk bed, and a built in couch provide sleeping space for up to 6 guests.

Bring your laptop to enjoy our highspeed Internet connection via the fiber optic phone line. Sleep in the cool quiet, courtesy of the external air conditioning units in both bedrooms.

The house is located in the a little village of Cabuya, which is 7km from Montezuma. Cabuya boasts a number of great little cafes, restaurants, bakeries and stores, including three full service mini supermarkets where you can buy fresh fruits & vegetables, household supplies including toiletries and even beer, wine & liquor. Our house is within a three minute walk of a bakery, a restaurant, a cafe, a mini supermarket and a tiny boutique. The bus that goes to Montrezuma with a transfer to Cobano stops a "block" from our house.

The beach in front of the house is unusual in that there is a rocky shelf that extends out for about 50 meters. There are no strong tides or big waves. The beach changes dramatically as the tide goes out. It is lovely for swimming around high tide and fun for exploring and wading at low tide.

Guest access

Should you arrive after hours you will find a key in a lock box on the side of the house. I will email you the code after you book. Our property manager, Jenny owns the Cafe Coyote which is about two "blocks" from the house. You can check in with her anytime you need anything.

The neighborhood

LOCAL BUSINESSES
There are a surprising number of restaurants and businesses right in Cabuya. Almost all of the hotels also boast a decent restaurant.

Some restaurants will deliver food to the house or at least offer the option of take away food. The two grocery stores also have excellent produce, alcohol and decent meat and fish. You can also buy fish from local fishermen for a good price. In fact, people come from Cobano and Montezuma to Cabuya to get their fresh seafood.

Cafe Coyote, about the equivalent of two city blocks from the house, not only serves up excellent food and fresh fruit shakes and offers wireless Internet service. Ask Jenny, the owner to set up transportation and tours for you. She knows everything about the area and is also our most excellent property manager!

There is also a bus service that runs every two hours from the crossroads by the house to Montezuma. Montezuma has an excellent variety of restaurants, bars and stores. From Montezuma you can catch a bus into Cobano, which has the only bank in the area.

TAKE A HIKE
At low tide, take a 5 minute walk to the Magical Cabuya Island. Explore the island beaches, views and cemetery.

Walk 2km to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and take a two hour hike through the jungle to a pristine beach.

Walk 10 minutes up the beach to the River Lajas and hike up the river to one of several waterfalls.

Walk for an hour (7km) along the beach to Montezuma and enjoy a drink at one of the many funky restaurants.

Take a two hour hike via the high road over the Cabo Blanco reserve enjoying the amazing views and take a dip at the beach of Mal Pais or Playa Carmen.

TAKE A SWIM
Swim in the lovely warm safe water right in front of the house at high tide. There are no currents or big waves to worry about. Make sure to bring water shoes as the bottom is rocky.

At low tide wade in the tide pools. Find an amazing assortment of shells, stones and sea creatures.

Bring your snorkel gear and flippers out to Cabuya Island to see coral and tropical marine life.

Swim in the cool pools at the mouth of the river Lajas, only a ten minute walk along the beach.

Rent kayaks form the Howler Monkey Hotel, two doors down and kayak around Cabuya Island.


TAKE IT EASY
Swing in a hammock and let the wildlife come to you. Monkeys, birds, iguanas, butterflies and geckos are regular visitors in the back yard.

Take your book and beach chair to the shady water's edge and enjoy the sound of the waves and the tropical breeze.

Build a sand castle and go beach combing with the kids. The beach changes regularly with the tide. You will be amazed at the treasures that you will find.

Watch the moon rise over the ocean and see the splendid night sky unfold before your eyes right in front of the house.

Getting around

PARKING
While there is no parking directly on the property there is room for one car on the road in front of the house.

TAXI SERVICE
A taxi to Montezuma is about $4 and to Cobano about $14. You can call a taxi to come to the house. Jenny, the owner of Cafe Coyote can arrange car rentals and an form of transportation you like for you. She can also book local tours and give you great advice about the area.

BUS
There is hourly bus service from a stop about 50m from the house into Montezuma

Other things to note

USE THE SAFE AND LOCKING CABINETS FOR FOR VALUABLES
Use the same common sense that you would at home. Don't leave your valuables out in plain view to tempt the honest! We have never had a break in at the house but if you leave you wallet out and the door open when someone happens to be walking by then you wallet may decide to take a walk too!


House Rules

AIR CONDITIONING
There is air conditioning in the bedrooms. Please do not leave the AC on 24 hours/day. It only take about a minute for the bedrooms to cool down so turn it on right before you turn in! The rest of the house is open air (with screened in windows) so don't run the AC with the bedroom doors open. Use the awesome ceiling fans instead!


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Availability
3 nights minimum stay

11 Reviews


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Eric User Profile
April 2017
Casa Astrid is a great house in a very special part of Costa Rica. The location and close access to the beach, Cabo Blanco and all kinds of fun activities make this an excellent place for a great vacation with kids. We spent ten days at the house and did something fun every day -- my kids were very sad to leave. Cabuya is a special place in Costa Rica -- the people there are amazingly friendly and it has somehow managed to escape the glitzy tourism that now dominates most of the country. Don't go there if you want well-developed roads and high-end tourist infrastructure, but DO go there if you want to escape to a peaceful and charming place. Tanya is an excellent host: she provides great tips and is very communicative. Jenny is always willing to help out.

Sarah User ProfileSarah is a superhost.
March 2017
Tonya's place was awesome. Just as described. The village of cabuya is lovely and much more tranquil than Montezuma, the big tourist attraction that most people stop at down the road. We looked out over the water in the back, and saw a whole group of capuchin monkeys right out the front door to greet us. Jenny, our host locally, was lovely and very helpful in many areas. Definitely recommend this place to others!

Tony User Profile
December 2016
Fantastic location for a quiet vacation. All the local restaurants were very good. Quiet and safe location. Rocky beach as described, but lovely (bring water shoes). New instant hot water shower head worked great. Local vibe to the area - much quieter and a sharp contrast to Montezuma.
Tanya User Profile
Response from Tanya:
Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay! Love to have you back anytime :)
December 2016

Daniel User Profile
December 2016
A fine choice if you're looking to disconnect. Bring beach shoes for the rocky shore and you can wade out for 100m at low tide. We weren't able to get hot water during our stay but I didn't miss it much with the tropical heat. Internet exists, but it's dial up, not fiber as listed. Jenny (the owner of Cafe Cayote and your host) is great and very helpful! If you're in the mood for a more social (and higher priced) getaway, check Santa Teresa. Also know the roads there from Cabuya are ROUGH and difficult to manage after dark or in the rainy season.

Tony User Profile
April 2016
This house was amazing! Perfect for a family who like to be out of the crowds. The host took excellent care of us and Jenni, here local associate is the woman who can do it all. You can have a very enjoyable stay without a car if you like to walk. But transportation opens up 2 coasts for fun! Every evening was a Howler Monkey Highway in the back yard. Too cool

Teresa User Profile
March 2016
We loved our time at Tanya's home. It was very comfortable for the 5 of us and the area was relaxed and friendly. We loved exploring as well as just hanging out relaxing on the back patio. We loved the outdoor shower too. The neighbors baby chicks came and visited us each day. We really were impressed by the great help and hospitality of Jenny and her family during our stay. They made us feel very welcome and arranged transportation, etc. for us. Jenny is also a great cook and her cafe a good place for smoothies, fajitas, pizza and more. We enjoyed our stay very much and would love to come again in the future. Thank you!

Stephanie User Profile
January 2016
Casa Astrid is an out of the little house on the tip of the Nicoya penisula. The house is small but has all the basics for a nice vacation. The house sits on the ocean front. When the tide is low the beach is very rocky and rough - its an old lava flow. Its a totally different place when the tide is high and its comfortable to swim. Just beyond the rocky lava flow is great snorkeling and fishing so rent a kayak from one the places down the street. The locals are friendly and helpful. Jenny at the Coyote Cafe is extremely friendly and helpful. She can set you up with whatever is needed. She found some wonderful shrimp for us and organized a snorkeling trip for us. Plus her restaurant has excellent food at fair prices. We saw two kinds of monkeys in the trees around the house, lots of igauanas and the most amazing hermit crabs! Rent an SUV with good tires - the roads to Cabuya are a bit challenging.

Victoria, Canada · Joined in April 2013
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Traveling family of four.

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