Stunning ocean views, comfort, & tranquility await the adventurous traveler at this private beach retreat in Costa Rica. Cristal Azul offers incredible service & the perfect touch of rustic elegance off the beaten path! So private there are no signs!
Four charming hillside cabinas guarantee there is never a crowd at Cristal Azul. (We offer single cabina rental and full property rental) Offering the utmost in privacy and comfort with the most stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Southern Coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula, guests enjoy a simple touch of luxury at this remote beach retreat in paradise; the only Costa Rican owned & operated retreat/hotel in Playa San Miguel/Javila.
Nestled high on a hillside overlooking 9km of undeveloped beachfront on the Southern coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula, Cristal Azul offers guests the ultimate in privacy, comfort, and tranquility.
Perfect for the adventurous spirit who likes to stray off the beaten path, half the journey to reach this remote beach is spent traversing bumpy roads only passable with a 4WD vehicle.
Leave the crowds behind, step back to a quieter time and be prepared to forget what day it is very quickly! With no signs pointing the way and no public access at all, Cristal Azul is a perfect destination to experience Costa Rican “Pura Vida”.
A truly personalized experience filled with adventure, fine local cuisine and culture await you and your guests at Cristal Azul.
“I intend to spend many vacations here and encourage anyone who has a desire for an extraordinary location, indigenous congeniality, views that would make your screensaver green with envy and the opportunity to visit the Costa Rican coast like few ever do, visit Cristal Azul. Tip: Ask for Henner`s special Rum Punch. Sip, relax and repeat.” M. Palm, Las Vegas NV
Guests have access to the following:
Four cozy cabinas with private baths and deluxe amenities, open air tropical Rancho for dining, lounging and play. Professional Billiards Table, game closet, Bose Stereo with IPod Hookup. Vanishing edge pool with deck/day beds, pool and beach towels provided. 180' views of the Pacific. Daily housekeeping provided and all linens changed every three days. On site Owners/Hosts: close enough if you need them but far enough to ensure your privacy.
"Ivo and I feel so lucky to have shared your beautiful oasis in the wild with you! It was such a pleasure to meet both of you-your hospitality made us feel so at home. This is the place one can only dream about and almost feels created as a honeymoon paradise. The first morning I woke up I thought I must have gone to heaven to have opened my eyes to such a view. Really ideal here! The peace, the view, the animals roaming about! Thanks so much!"
Anitha T. & Ivo L. USA
Interaction with Guests
Your hosts, Henner and Zene, are on the property in the main house which is their year round home. They are with guests to serve breakfasts and dinners and are close enough if you need them and far enough away to ensure privacy. A small staff is on site to assist when needed and prepare snacks and meals. Hosts handle all tour and activity planning for guests.
Guests are provided with hand held radios upon arrival that work on the property and in the surrounding area in case they need to get in touch with hosts.
With over a dozen years active and involved in this small community, and with Henner's lifetime in Costa Rica, guest interaction is always interesting and stimulating. There is so much more to learn about the history and culture of this country that you just can't get out of a guide book!
Playa San Miguel, located on a 10km stretch of deserted sands, is a small community set off the main dirt road that twists along this coastline. It is home to less than one hundred year round residents and boasts less than a handful of local bars and restaurants offering a tasty variety of typical and continental cuisine.
Centrally located between the more developed beach towns of Mal Pais and Samara, Cristal Azul is the perfect destination to immerse oneself in the pristine beauty and tranquility of this coastal region and still have access to the commercial tourist destinations a short drive away.
Expect to come here and leave the world behind! Escape, rest, relax and rejuvenate!
Guests are required to have their own 4WD transportation as there are no public buses in the area and no taxis! Zene is available to handle all of your in-country air and land travel and has worked closely with the top agencies in the country for over a dozen years. Extra perks included discounted rates when available, free GPS, phones, surf board rack & coolers. Free additional driver on your policy and discounted damage deposits.
Other Things to Note
There is plenty of light seasonal adventure, local culture and incredible tranquility to enjoy while visiting this empty stretch of beach as well as several day trips in the more developed tourist towns of Mal Pais and Samara for those who like to get out and explore. Your hosts are on site to help plan all activities and make daily suggestions. Kick back, relax and play as much, or as little, as you like – we will handle all of the details for you!
Mike's Jungle Butterfly Farm
The Ara Project - A Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary
Wing Nuts Canopy Tours
Guatil Artisan Community
Barra Honda Caves
Turtle Trax Sea Turtle
Plus: Surf, Yoga, Waterfall Hikes, Horseback tours, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, Mangrove boat tours, Panga Fishing and guided bird watching tours!
No pets please! We do have a family of dogs who are quite entertaining and great with people of all ages!
Cristal Azul welcomes guests of 8 years and older. Allowances can be made on full property rentals but all guests must be 100% diaper independent. NO exceptions.
Stay here and you could give this host their first review!