Volcano View Mountain Cabin

House - Entire home/apt · , Guapiles, Limon, Costa Rica
Barrett + Mariluz

The natural wood cabin is spacious, private, and set in paradise. Perfect for couples looking for privacy, sole adventurers, and groups or families looking to get down on a farm. The best stop between San Jose and the Caribbean Coast.

Your host, Barrett + Mariluz
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The natural wood cabin is spacious, private, and set in paradise. Perfect for couples looking for privacy, sole adventurers, and groups or families looking to get down on a farm. The best stop between San Jose and the Caribbean Coast.

The Space

Mountain top working farm with year round cool climate, views and water falls. Stay in our rustic farm house, hike our 50 acres and learn about (email hidden) as you tour our projects.

Our farm consists of a hardwood and plantain plantation, lots of various fruit trees, orchid collection and forest, chickens, hogs, and tilapias.

We are rustic, meets clean. Not luxury but very comfortable with all essentials. Our farm is off the grid, and powered by hydro-electric energy. We have wireless internet. Temperature rarely reaches much above 85F in the day and 65F on the coldest nights so no need for AC or Heating here.

Visitors see amazing things here. Brilliantly starry nights and full moons, world class bird watching, an orchid exhibition with over 100 specimen. The pure life.

Our host Mari has over 15 years of experience preparing gourmet traditional dishes and prepares lunch and dinner daily for guests included in the nightly price. The house has a private kitchen stocked with home grown produce. Guests are on their own to whip up coffee and breakfasts. Hosts live in a small guest house behind the main farm house and can take you on private waterfall, swimming hole, and jungle tours.

Guest Access

Guests have access to mountain hiking trails, swimming holes, tilapia pond, water falls, and a yoga/dance/music/relax space.

In the house, a guests have access to a private kitchen and refridgerator, wrap-around porch, and flat screen television with Netflix.

Interaction with Guests

First off, we help guests get acquainted with the home area, which covers about 5 acres.

Each day, we offer to guide the guests to explore something special in the surrounding 45 acres of rain-forest. That could include trips to private swimming holes, waterfalls, and intense jungle hikes.

We also serve our guests lunch and dinner daily in private picturesque settings.

If guests have questions, or need anything, we are here to help.

The Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is safe and private. Our closest neighbors are 1km away, and we look out for each other. You will not find other tourists around, in fact, you won't find too many people around. It's safe to say the animals in our town outnumber the people, and we're OK with that.

Getting around

We are centrally located between San Jose and the Caribbean towns of Tortuguerro, Limon, Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. You can be in SJ in two hours or on the beach in two and a half. But once on the mountain, many guests don't think to leave till it's time to go. The town of Guapiles is down below and we often arrange guest pickups at the bus terminal because you will need a 4x4 to dive up here.

Other Things to Note

Looking for an off-road adventure? The roads here are rocky (and rock!). We cater to those with a love for the road. Like the saying goes, if it happens on two wheels, it's cools with us. Unless you are biking or taking your motorcycle up here, you will need a 4x4. Sorry, that economy compact car might not make it up here without making you liable on that damage-insurance policy. Heck, it might be worth it though ;)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $30 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Cleaning Fee: $15
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

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  • Barrett and Mariluz's mountain cabin (email hidden) to escape the world around you and be one with the jungle. Staying with them is like joining an expat-Costa Rican family and shows you what it takes and truly means to live off the land. They were very respectful of space but were available to answer any questions about Costa Rica and share their life experiences. Mariluz's cooking is some of the best we had in Costa Rica, with generous portions of food grown and raised right on their grounds. Mariluz's brother took my wife and I on a jungle walk that was one of the most amazing experiences we had in Costa Rica. Although there was a language barrier, he took the time to show us the diverse flora and fauna and helping us climb through the tougher parts of the jungle. The walk ended at a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. If you're making the trek from the Pacific to Caribbean coast, I highly recommend stopping here for a couple of nights to truly escape!

    As others have mentioned, be prepared to have a 4-wheel drive and be confident in your driving skills. We drove around the entire country in 2 weeks and the road to their house was the most challenging drive we encountered. With that said, luckily once you make it to the top there is no need to leave until you're ready to move on to your next destination.

    We look forward to visiting again on our next trip to Costa Rica to see how their farm has grown and enjoy more of Mariluz's cooking!

    June 2014
  • Like the other reviews..Barrett & Mari are good hosts. Our group consisted of, myself, my mother, my college age daughter & her friend. Barrett goes out of his way to accommodate his guests, he took the girls on a few different hikes and even helped my mom along on a hike. Unfortunately, I had a stomach bug so I didn't feel up to the hiking but Barrett made me a tea with plants from their farm that helped tremendously. The property is beautiful. Keep in mind this is not a hotel/resort and it is in the jungle. If you are looking for amenities this is not it, but if you are looking to experience natural Costa Rica you will find it with Barrett & Mari. The accommodations are simple and clean, there are bugs & there is dirt since you are in the jungle. You will be woken by the roosters when the sun comes up(5ish) but if your like us, it was perfect, as we were up with the sun our entire trip. I slept like a rock every night. "THE ROAD", yes, it is rocky, steep and takes 40-45min to travel but it is WAY better than driving in San Jose(we were lost in the city for 2hours) You will definitely want a 4x4 and I would recommend arriving before dark. I also recommend stopping at the store to purchase snacks, drinks, etc. before you head up the mountain. My only regrets are not being able to eat all of the yummy food that everyone else devoured and missing out on the hikes.

    June 2014
  • Based on the already glowing reviews, deciding to stay with Barrett and Mari was a no-brainer.

    We realized early on that renting a car would be a hassle for us. Barrett immediately recommended a local driver, who met us right outside of baggage claim and gave us a fun and informative ride to Guapiles. There, Barrett met us in a 4x4 and up the rocky road we went.

    The property is absolutely gorgeous and has so much to offer. Not only do you have an entire cabin to yourself, but you also have access to swimming holes, waterfalls, dense jungle, a huge orchid collection, and a host of loving animals. We’d spend the mornings cooking farm fresh eggs, drinking Costa Rican coffee, and enjoying quiet time at “El Rancho,” a spacious pagoda just steps away from our front door. Our days were full of adventures on and around the property, whether that be exploring an ancient Mayan trench or diving into a private, pristine swimming hole.

    It’s already been said but it can’t be said enough. Mari’s food is incredible! Fresh tilapia, roast pork, stuffed chicken, yum, yum, yummmm! The fridge is also stocked with soda and beer for an extra treat. Barrett was even kind enough to grab some wine for us while in town on an errand.

    Our only advice…Make sure to pack that bug spray and anti-itch cream! But, overall, tremendous stay! A great way to see what it’s like to live off-the-grid pura vida style.

    May 2014
  • If you visit Costa Rica and don’t stay here, you’re really missing out. Barrett & Mari are two of the nicest people I’ve met, and it was a privilege to stay with them. They’ll give you as much privacy as you want and are really good at letting you relax / explore the property at your leisure…but if you’re interested in learning about farm life or off-the-grid setups, Barrett is happy to answer questions and let you accompany him on his daily tasks. Mari’s food (two meals a day) is fantastic and I’ll echo the sentiments of another reviewer…it was definitely the best dining I experienced in Costa Rica. Knowing that the bulk of the food is from the very property on which you’re staying is an added bonus.

    The property is beautiful: remote, pristine and the closest to a full-on escape from the modern world that I’ve found. You’ve got free reign to explore pretty much all of it. There is an abundance of wildlife and you have access to trails and wilderness that are barely explored...in all my adventuring I never saw another person. For lodgings you have the entire front farmhouse to yourself — it’s a large room with a huge comfortable bed, a basic kitchen setup and easy access to a bathroom. There’s even a nice little cat that sleeps at the foot of your bed.

    If you’re looking for a spot that’s just a base as you drive/check out the more touristy side of Costa Rica, this place probably isn’t for you. But if you want an experience that is truly unique and are aiming to relax while seeing a part of the country you certainly wouldn’t get to check out otherwise, I can’t imagine a better stay than this. It was the highlight of my Costa Rica visit and I’m already looking forward to when I can go back.

    February 2014
  • Barrett and Mari were very generous, attentive, and friendly hosts. The food prepared was amazing and their land beautiful. Their home is remote with nothing but nature creating the soundtrack. With that said, be prepared to travel about an hour on a very rocky road to their home. While only 10km from main road, it feels like 100. A proper vehicle is a must! The home is basic and a little empty feeling, but all necessities were provided. We definitely recommend the farm house to those looking for something a little more genuine off the beaten path.

    February 2013
  • My wife and I had an incredible experience at Barrett and Mari's property. They are two incredibly nice, open, and laid back people (with an adorable daughter) that helped make our stay very memorable. Mari's cooking (all food from the farm) was the best we had on our trip and Barrett's hikes showing us all his property had to offer - from dense jungle to beautiful, isolated waterfalls to the clearest swimming holes we have ever seen - made it a truly memorable experience. We couldn't recommend their place more and we plan to go back.

    January 2013
  • If you are thinking about getting away from it all and living off the grid, but a little reluctant to make the plunge, take a trip to Costa Rica to Barrett and Mari's house to learn what is it like. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how painless it can be. But it will take some work to get the power you need to survive, whether it is gas, electric or flowing waster. Off the grid does not mean less work; it will be more. Barrett has extensive knowledge to share on this process. Mari shows you how to cook meals and clean up safely and even take a warm bath. The do have a water heater but temporary down. The stream that is next to the house provides the power to see and for Barrett to earn a living.
    You can to see wild parrots flying overhead, hear monkeys in the distance and hike trails to see a beautiful water falls and what a rain forest is really like.
    Did I mention the food? Mari is a great cook and will keep you well fed well into the evening. The nights are cool and the days pleasant and the views spectacular. Getting there is the hardest part but well worth the bumpy ride.
    How could I not mention Brenda, their 18 mo old daughter. What a beauty and a great little climber. She will keep you entertained.
    You will not regret your time in Costa Rica with great hosts, good food, good information and a wonderful experience.

    October 2012
  • Stayin with Barrett and Mariluz was a great experience! They were extremely accommodating. You get to have the rustic house in front of their place all to yourself with amazing (HUGE) meals (lunch and dinner) prepared from fresh ingredients by Mariluz. We cooked up some eggs with fruit and coffee for breakfast that they layed out for us the night before. The trek to get to the place is an adventure in itself, but definitely worth it. Completely serene, beautiful surroundings. We walked along the river up to the waterfall and even though it was the first one we saw on our trip, it is still my favorite. The perfect place to get away from it all and learn a lot about living off the grid. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

    August 2012
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We are a PURA VIDA family that believes in making a positive difference in the world. Caring and Sharing is at the center of our lives daily. Our dream home in the mountains of Costa Rica is a labor of love that we hope inspires our visitors. Come visit us, learn what it means to live "off-the-grid" and have a truly unique experience on your trip to Costa Rica
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