At night, its hard to tell the difference between the local fishermen and stars along the horizon! The Milk Way is breathtaking!
Barefoot Luxury on the Beach
11 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
4.5 baths
11 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
4.5 baths
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A beach-lovers dream in paradise, Cristal Azul is perfect those looking to avoid the crowds and enjoy what Costa Rica was like before the world arrived. Great times are had here and memories too last a liftime are created! Your hosts also own "LocosCocos" rated "The Best Beach Bar" in Costa Rica by Lonely Planet!

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2017 SUMMER VACATION UPDATE: It's the nesting season for sea turtles! Join Turtle Trax for a day on the beach at the hatchery excavating and releasing new hatchlings into the sea or take part in a night patrol in search of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs!

Looking for the ultimate beach getaway and the chance to move at a slower pace for a few days, play, rest, enjoy good company, and create memories that will last a lifetime? Prepare to forget about your cell phones and get lost in paradise! Cristal Azul is your destination in paradise offering incredible privacy, tranquility and barefoot luxury off the beaten path. This beach lovers retreat is perfect for small groups and families looking to experience what Costa Rica was like before the world arrived.

This tropical retreat is located on a hillside on 14 acres of 100% private property with no public access and no signs pointing the way. What makes it truly unique is unlike other rentals that are typically one family homes with common and sleeping areas under one roof, Cristal Azul is a traditional Costa Rican family retreat with an oversized, open-air Rancho that serves as the common area and sleeping quarters are "cabina" style and set a short distance from the hub of all activity. And, unlike many locations on the beach, biting bugs at sunup and sundown are rare if at all so you are able to enjoy the "glamping" experience in the rancho at any hour of the day. And if a break is needed to cool down in the AC or take a escape from the group, the cozy cabinas are steps away.

The town and surrounding area of San Miguel are incredibly safe and by the end of your stay, you will surely have made a few local friends. Guests enjoy a private oasis of paradise at the beach with not a neighbor in site! Less than ¼ of a mile as “the crow flies” from the surf and sand, the private access to reach this home away from home is 1.5km up a rolling dirt road that requires a 4x4 vehicle but, the privacy, seclusion, and full immersion with nature enjoyed here is unrivaled and worth the little extra effort required.

Four charming cabinas all with floor to ceiling windows, 180' views of the Pacific and queen beds are set overlooking the beaches of San Miguel and Coyote with views extending 30 miles down to coastline to Mal Pais. Each has AC, hot water, ceiling fans, home made teak furniture, fine bedding & linens and an outdoor, open air shower. A bunk bed is in the cabina closest to the Rancho and a single day bed is available to add to any of the other three cabinas.

Hiking enthusiasists can walk from the Rancho to the beach via a rocky footpath that accesses the main dirt road, otherwise, it is a slow paced five-minute drive down 1.5 km dirt road. The beach is a six mile stretch of undeveloped sands that is divided by an Estuary. This is where the kayak tours in the mangrove drop in and also an excellent place for birding enthusiasts and those who prefer calmer waters, tides permitting. On any typical day you will not see more than half a dozen other people on the beach and maybe a few local fishermen and surfers. Endless walks beachcombing are truly enjoyed here.

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The over-sized open-air “Rancho” (perfect for the "Glamping" experience) is set overlooking a vanishing edge pool and has a private bar, professional billiards table, dining, and lounge area. This is where guests spend lazy days taking in the views, wildlife, and enjoying the vanishing edge pool that makes you feel like you are floating over the Pacific. Decks and hammocks abound for impromptu naps as you snooze with the sound of the surf crashing below on San Miguel. A small but ample kitchen and full size Weber grill provide enough space to create simple snacks our gourmet delights. Fresh, “catch of the day” fish and seafood can be bought directly from local fisherman who arrive daily at LocosCocos. Or, just come down for a late afternoon swim or walk and join us for sundowner cocktails and dinner and avoid cooking as much as possible!

LocosCocos has an outdoor shower and is a toes-in-the-sand beachfront eatery with no dress codes and absolutely no need for stilettos! Meal plans can be prepared for groups who plan to have lunches and dinners on the beach, or a combination of both! With advance planning, a personal chef can be arranged at additional cost to prepare sunset dinners in the rancho as well!

Guests can walk from the rancho to the beach via a rocky footpath that accesses the main dirt road, otherwise, it is a slow paced five-minute drive down 1.5 km dirt road. The beach is a six mile stretch of undeveloped sands that is divided by an Estuary that is the kayak tours in the mangrove launch from and also an excellent place for birding enthusiasts! On any typical day you will not see more than half a dozen other people on the beach and maybe a few local fishermen and surfers.

Guests at Cristal Azul have the opportunity to see and experience a way of life that has been replaced with gated communities, high-rise hotels, and condos. There is plenty of light adventure to enjoy guided or unguided and our proximity to Samara & Mal Pais offer excellent day trip excursions. A truly personalized experience filled with old fashioned fun, fine local cuisine and culture await you and your guests at Cristal Azul.

"There are so many highlights of our stay at Cristal Azul, with the top being the warmth and hospitality of Zene and Henner. Zene helped with a number of arrangements for our group of 7, two families with older kids (teens and a 21 year old) with surfing, nearby tidepools for the explorers, and fabulous dinners on the beach at Henner's Locos Cocos. We loved the ever- amazing pool overlooking the ocean where we spent time cooling off and watching the waves, birds, and lizards. The boys racked up a number of games on the pool table; and the older boys in the hammock. And Zene is right - a 4-wheel drive is needed for the drive! It's daunting the first time and gets better once you get used to it. Completely worth it to spend time in this away-from-it-all oasis. " -Michelle, Washington DC 2016

We promise you comfort and a touch of luxury in a place that many consider to one of the last untouched hidden gems of Costa Rica. It is our goal that you leave wishing you could stay a little longer!

Interaction with guests

Prior to arrival you will receive information about the area, activities available to your group and how to pre-arrange as much as possible to ensure you take advantage of all this area has to offer! We will make all of the arrangements for you and help you create a fabulous itinerary with as much or as little as you would like to do!

Your hosts, Zene and Henner live on the property in the main house which is far enough away to offer you incredible privacy (200 meters) but close enough when you need any help planning any day trips, activities, tours, therapeutic massages, private Yoga or any thing you need assistance with. A small staff is on site, but out of sight, in case there is need of housekeeping or laundry services (at additional cost). Local favorites like Gallo Pinto and fresh fruit juices called “refrescos” can be prepared for you at additional cost and stocked in the kitchen for you.

Other things to note

Guests at Cristal Azul have the opportunity to see and experience a way of life that has been replaced with gated communities, high-rise hotels, and condos. There is plenty of light adventure to enjoy guided or unguided and our proximity to Samara & Mal Pais offer excellent day trip excursions. A truly personalized experience filled with old fashioned fun, fine local cuisine and culture await you and your guests at Cristal Azul.

Our corporate account with several car rental companies allows guests to take advantage of discounted rates up to 15%. We only represent companies that have proven to us that they offer exceptional service and quality vehicles. Rentals with us also offer you the opportunity to include personal Mi-Fi Internet routers and surf board rack rentals.

Activities available in our area include: Surfing, Fishing, Kayaking in mangroves, Horse, ATV & Mountain Bike Tours, a Butterfly Farm, Scarlett Macaw Sanctuary, Sea Turtle Preservation (in season), Yoga and Massage. Stargazing at night in the pool is a guest favorite!

Rental equipment available for fun in the sun: ATV’s, Mountain Bikes, Surf Boards, SUP Boards, Sea Kayaks, Boogey Boards and Snorkeling gear.

Day trips available in our area include and are not limited to: full day offshore sport fishing excursions, zip lines suitable for all ages, national parks and sanctuaries, and professional snorkeling excursions.

"There are so many highlights of our stay at Cristal Azul, with the top being the warmth and hospitality of Zene and Henner. Zene helped with a number of arrangements for our group of 7, two families with older kids (teens and a 21 year old) with surfing, nearby tidepools for the explorers, and fabulous dinners on the beach at Henner's Locos Cocos. We loved the ever- amazing pool overlooking the ocean where we spent time cooling off and watching the waves, birds, and lizards. The boys racked up a number of games on the pool table; and the older boys in the hammock. And Zene is right - a 4-wheel drive is needed for the drive! It's daunting the first time and gets better once you get used to it. Completely worth it to spend time in this away-from-it-all oasis. " -Michelle, Washington DC 2016
LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Ara Project - A Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary
Islita Contemporary Art Project
Wing Nuts Canopy Tours
Golfo Adventure Park Zip Line (26 Zips over 11 waterfalls!)
Kingfisher Sportfishing
Guatil Artisan Community
Karen Morgensen Reserve
Barra Honda Caves
Turtle Trax Sea Turtle


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 11AM

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 10 years and older. Allowances can be made and must be confirmed prior to arrival with full property rentals but all guests must be 100% diaper independent. NO exceptions.

No smoking in the cabinas whatsoever, only in the open air setting, please.

All guests must have their own transportation: 4x4 required.

Events, Photo Shoots & Weddings available with confirmation.

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Dog(s) live in the house

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Safety features
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Cristal Azul User Profile

Cristal Azul Hotel is owned and operated by husband and wife team Henner and Zene Morales. He, a native to Costa Rica and professional sport fishing captain and she an ex-teacher and transplant from Boston; their style and ethics have evolved over more than a dozen years of experience living in the area. Together they commit to offer a truly personalized vacation experience in a luxurious, peaceful, natural environment where mind, body and spirit are nurtured and rejuvenated. We are close enough if you need anything and far enough to give you incredible privacy. Let us spoil you in paradise! Pura Vida! Note: We also are home to a family of friendly pups that often steal the hearts of guests up on the hill!

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