About this listing
An exclusive unique property with breath taking ocean view, mountain view, plenty of privacy, wildlife, fruit trees and streams set on 250 acres.
The Main House has a large patio, 2-layer swimming pool, open kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
There are two adjacent guest houses - both with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. One has a kitchen. The other has a conference room.
At 275 meters in elevation, the property has a regular breeze and inspiring views all year around, all day long.
Toucans live in the trees around the house. It is not uncommon to see toucans daily. A wide array of wildlife lives in the property including white face and howler monkeys.
This property has many types of fruit trees and depending on when you're visiting, various fruits from the property are provided for your sampling.
If you're ready for serious hiking and bring the appropriate gear, we can arrange a guide to take you through our pristine jungle to see what few people have the opportunity to see.
Private trails, hiking tour, fruits on the property
Other Things to Note
High Season rate will be applied to Envision & Best Fest music festivals
[QUESTION] Is it best to rent cars?
[ANSWER] The usual thing is to rent cars. This will open up a lot of options for you. You can bring car seats on the plane. The airlines will check them in for free (like strollers).
How you rent cars depends on when everyone arrives & how much you're willing to spend. These days, we normally into San Jose & spend the night at a hotel. We do this because it's easy with kids. Then we wake up, eat breakfast, have rental cars delivered to hotel and drive down to our place. It's a beautiful 2.5-hour drive from San Jose. Then when leaving, we do the opposite.
You can simply arrive in San Jose, rent a car and immediately drive the 2.5 hours to our place.
We can also arrange for a shuttle van to pick up everyone at the airport & deliver you right to our place. And then have rental cars delivered to our house from Quepos. And do the same on the return. Shuttle vans are $175 each way.
Usually renting cars in San Jose is less expensive by $15 per day or so than renting in Quepos. I usually use Alamo.
You can also catch an internal flight from the San Jose domestic airports to either Quepos or Palmar Sur which are both 45 mins from our property. If any in your party do this, make sure to pack light as the internal flights charge for anything of one bag.
[QUESTION] Is there anything to do on your property?
[ANSWER] You can walk around our property for days on end. All 250 acres overlook the Pacific on one side. The other side is a dramatic mountain with old growth primary forest which is mesmerizing to look at, and better to hike through. Concrete roads run through the center of our property and there are trails that you can hike from there to lookouts, waterfalls, greenhouse, orchards all full of wild animals and no people. We love to take our guests on hikes on the property and return home for pool-time, lobster, cold beer and sunset. If you'd like a guide (and this is recommended until you're Tarzan), please let us know.
[QUESTION] How close is the beach?
[ANSWER] The property is about 10-20 minutes by car from several different beaches. Playa Hermosa is the closest spot - around 10 minutes. Domicalito is in a bay so the waves are less - 15 minutes. And Ballena is very picturesque and if you go at low tide there's no danger for the kids - 20 minutes away.
[QUESTION] Where is your house in relation to shopping, a selection of restaurants, etc.?
[ANSWER] Shopping. There is shopping in Dominical. It's more beach things like towels, beach blankets, jewelry, coconuts crafts, t-shirts. Uvita has much of this too along with a farmers market.
Then 45 mins north along the main highway next to Quepos is Manuel Antonio. This is a lot more developed than our area. It's more like South Beach or South Padre. There's a scene and there are great restaurants and some art galleries too. There's also Manuel Antonio park, although our guest tell us they prefer our property because there are no other people.
We normally buy coffee, t-shirts, and handicrafts at the airport. The prices are competitive and we pick up gifts on the way home so it's less hassle. :)
Restaurants. There is a restaurant within a minute from our front gate called Jolly Roger. They have chicken wings, pizza, salads.
There's also a chef from Florida Bert who runs an outstanding restaurant Bella Vista that's 10 minute drive from our place.
There's a hotel that has good food across the main highway from our place called Cuna Del Angel.
Then within 10-15 minutes along the main highway you can be in either Dominical or Uvita. The highway from Dominical and Uvita has dozens of restaurants with local food & fresh seafood.
If you're willing to drive 45 minutes south, there's a neat community of expats called Ojo Chal which has a outstanding restaurants ranging from french fusion to German to Indonesian.
[QUESTION] Is there a grocery store nearby?
[ANSWER] The grocery shopping is surprisingly good. Beyond a local farmers market, there are small grocery stores with plenty of fresh chicken & pork, vegetables, toiletries as well as nice bottles of wine & cold beer. There are grocery stores in Dominical and Uvita both of which are 15 minutes away. If you're interested we can have fresh lobster or fish delivered too.
[QUESTION] Would it be possible to hire a cook for a couple of nights, and if so, do you know about how much that would cost (to cook for 12 people)?
[ANSWER] Yes, it's possible. I know of two cooks/chefs. One is Bert who runs the Bella Vista. His place is just down the road. Another is Vanessa. Her place is similarly just down the road. Both of these people prefer to cook at their premises and bring the food and use our kitchen to serve. They're not cheap but they are good & professional.
Separately, I can usually convince some locals to prepare dishes like ceviche, and local cuisine and have it delivered. This is less expensive.
We usually stock up on basics like sandwich makings, bar-b-que fixings, local fruits, pastas and prepare meals at our house. Someone will clean the kitchens every other day. Then we have ceviche and local dishes deliver about every other day to complement this.
[QUESTION] What about little kids?
[ANSWER] The place has a couple of good features for parents. There's a pool & half if it is 1 ft deep. This is great for toddlers to start to learn the basics of swimming. Our kids (2 & 4 yr olds) want to spend most of their days here. If you're up for it, we can arrange for Kelly the local swim teacher to drop by to give lessons to your grandchildren too.
Apart from the pool which is down a set of stairs, the Main House & Guess House are on the same level so it's easy for kids to walk from one side to the other. We also just added a HDTV with DVD in the Guest House so that the adults can watch football or a movie in the Main House while the kids are watching Winnie the Pooh in the Guest House, or visa versa. We also have a full supply of toddler toys in storage that I'd be happy to arrange for your family to use. Our kids have climbed all over the place so it's got to be fairly child-proof at this point.
Another fun thing to do is to take the kids walking. The most unique part about our property is that there won't be any neighbors or other cars so you can walk along concrete roads through the rain forest and see monkeys, sloths, tapirs, frogs, birds, butterflies, fresh fruit on trees, flowering plants, lizards, water falls and more. Our kids love this. It's also a great way to get them to take naps. ;-)
We bring our Pack-N-Play from US. We wrap it in the clear heavy plastic that United Airlines and others offer for free. We check it in like a bag.
[QUESTION] What activities do you suggest?
[ANSWER] There is world class deep sea fishing out of Sierpe which is an hour drive south. You'd hire a captain and boat there, and have the time of your life.
There's horseback riding to amazing waterfalls. Lunch can be included. There are many waterfalls. You can also drive to plenty or walk to the ones on our property. You can also rent horses to ride on the beach!
You can also rent ATVs in Uvita and go on ATV trails and the beach.
Our property has excellent bird and animal watching.
There is world class surfing. Surf lessons & board rentals can be arranged.
About 45 minutes south, there's state-of-the-art zip lining! One of the best things ever!
About the Host, Jason
When we're not in Costa Rica, we're in Denver, where I run a small technology company with offices in Singapore & India. Prior to having kids, my wife & I spent more than 7 years in exotic locales in Asia, North, Central & South America, Australia, New Zealand & Europe.
We enjoy sports including swimming, skiing, boarding, hiking & camping. Our daughters love ballet, horseback riding & gymnastics too. We take education seriously and in our house, you'll hear English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese spoken on a regular basis.
Although I grew up hunting in Texas, the only similar activities we do in Costa Rica is fishing or wildlife viewing. We love untouched nature and have done our best to preserve our property - Selva Escondida - for our family and visitors. The experience of growing fruit trees, harvesting teak, building trails through the jungle has been wonderful and provides balance in our lives.