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.
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.
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.
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.
While there is no parking directly on the property there is room for one car on the road in front of the house.
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.
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!
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!
My husband and I and our two kids (9 and 11 years old) are just back from our trip to Casa Astrid. We just loved it! The main part of the house is open air and screened so there's a constant ocean breeze. The bedrooms are closed off with AC which was great for sleeping. We saw Howler monkeys in the yard every day and tons of birds including little green parrots as well as some huge butterflies. There's a little sitting area on the beach where we had out coffee in the morning and watched the pelicans. There's also practically no one else on the beach so we usually had it all to ourselves.
The beach at the house is rocky but there are no waves so the kids could swim without me having to worry. We drove to Montezuma or Santa Theresa every day to play in the big waves, which the kids loved. We took surfing lessons in Santa Theresa which was also great and very reasonable.
The waterfalls at Montezuma are also fun. You can jump off the falls and swim in the pools. We also loved the Montezuma zip lines. Great guides and a great course.
Big thanks to Jenny, the property manager and owner of Cafe Coyote, who was so helpful and made us feel right at home.
Thanks so much! We'll be back next time we are in Costa Rica!
Our stay at Casa Astrid was lovely! We had everything we needed and the beds were comfy. The ocean was soothing and right there! One morning we awoke to an entire howler monkey tribe which we watched for an hour travel the trees around the house. Jenny at Cafe coyote was ever present for any need we had and rented us our bicycles and our atv to Mal Pais. We fell in love with Panderia Cabuya for breakfast and enjoyed dinner at Coyote Cafe. If you are looking for a private stay in between many lively beach towns this is a great place. We did have to travel to beaches we swam at but the journey was just as good as the beach, we really got to know our little slice of paradise.
We stayed at Casa Astrid at the end of November. From the day of booking, Tanya was exceptionally helpful with questions about the house, travel within the country, and what we should bring along.
If you want to be steps from the Cabuya beach, you can't get any closer than this. It is centrally located for getting to the stores and restaurants, and the roads to Montezuma, Mal Pais or Cabo Blanco park.
The covered patio is perfect for eating and lounging, or for watching the monkeys pass through the trees overhead. We saw saw tons of birds in the yard as well. In the front yard is a lime tree with a good supply of juicy fruit.
The bedrooms are fully enclosed to keep the a/c in, so would provide privacy to multiple couples or a mixed traveling group. If you don't need the a/c and leave the door open, you can hear the waves.
Having the washing machine was a nice bonus - it worked great & there was line outside plus an indoor rack for drying.
One thing to consider... there is no hot water. This seems to be the norm in Cabuya, but was different than we'd experienced traveling to other beach destinations.
Lastly, we can't say enough good things about Jenny, the property manager. As the first renters of the season, we had a little trouble with the internet and some appliances -she quickly found replacements and called in the cable guy. She helped us arrange a shuttle from the airport (door to door service) and find a motorcycle rental once we arrived. She also has a great restaurant and is helpful with improving your Spanish skills.
Thanks for sharing your casa Tanya!
Justin & Sarah