Here you will find absolute tranquility. Our home features a breezy ocean view of coastline and mountains extending to the horizon. Hummingbirds greet you in the morning, and the sound of waves breaking on distant sand put you to sleep at night.
We've been hard at work continuing improvements and adding a wood fired earth oven… more photos soon!
Our home is a naturally flowing, round, open air structure that has an attached enclosed bedroom, with sliding windows and screens, and it's own private veranda. This place is blissfully peaceful, quiet, private, and romantic, and close to nature! The design features large sweeping views of rugged mountains and coastline, that have been tastefully framed with natural teak wood logs, a vaulted ceiling, and cool tile floors.
The round natural building is referred to as "The Rancho". It is built exclusively from beautiful, local teak wood. The Rancho has an open living space with a comfortable seating area, breezy hammock, a well finished kitchen, a small bathroom, and second open air bedroom.
The kitchen has a smoked glass, 3 burner gas stovetop, poured natural curve concrete counter tops, and a two basin stainless steel sink. There is a refrigerator, and also a sealed storage bin for dry foods.
Within the rancho is an enclosed bathroom, with a modern flush toilet and small hand sink. There is also another enclosed room that can be used as an office space, second bedroom, or for extra storage. There is an outdoor shower located around the back wall of the Rancho, tucked into a lush tropical garden.
There are flowers, abundant birds and wildlife, as well as Mangos, Bananas, Passion Fruit, Breadfruit, Avocados, and Ylang Ylang growing in abundance throughout the property.
This place is remote! You will need a 4x4 rental car with good clearance, or a locally available quad (ATV).
There are solar panels and a battery bank to power 12V lights, radio, refrigeration, and pressurized water. There are a couple of 110v outlets for laptops, and other small items. Local cell service signal is good here.
WiFi Internet is via a very slow speed USB stick that operates with with cellular sim card - email us for details.
The closest beach "Playa Manzanillo" is 4 km away, and nearly deserted, stretching to the horizon in both directions. The northern reaches of this beach encompass Costa Rica's newest wildlife refuge, The Caletas Ario WIldlife Refuge, home to (among other things) nesting endangered "leatherback" sea turtles. The southern reaches of this beach are a series of tide pools, rocky headlands, and protected coves. Epic sunsets and beach walks are the daily norm here.
The strikingly beautiful beach of Playa Hermosa is 8 km. This area is the closest popular surfing beach, and has recently experienced much fame and publicity as one of the world's top beaches, and as home to a handful of models and movie stars. The waves at Hermosa can be friendly and fun, and it is a great spot to learn to surf.
Santa Teresa is firmly planted on the tourist map of Costa Rica, with its many restaurants, spas, luxury hotels, yoga centers, and international travel scene (10km). This area can offer absolute world class surf, and is known for fast, powerful, hollow beach break.
For adventurous, expert surfers, there are many unknown, un-surfed, un-mapped, un-publicized breaks in the area. Keep it that way.
The "dry" season is from Dec - May, and you are nearly guaranteed sunny dry conditions in this time. It occasionally rains, but this is quite rare during the dry season.
June - Nov is the "green" season, and is the time when there is a mix of on rain and sun on the pacific coast, although many sunny days and fabulous weather do exist.
From San Jose - 6 hours
From Liberia - 4 hours
From Tambor - 1 hour
Please contact us for more info.
*** We can arrange cleaning service for $25 per cleaning , with advance notice
*** Laundry service is available for $15/ average sized load, with advance notice
Guests have private access to all of our home and sprawling mountain top property. We encourage everyone to walk around and explore the lush jungle, the fields of flowers, and see the different ocean and mountain views.
Most of our interaction with guest is via email. Our home is blissfully peaceful, quiet, private, and romantic.
We only rent our home when we are not staying there, usually we are back in the U.S. or Denmark at the time. Our nearest neighbor, and close friend, is a local man named Carlos Esquivel. Carlos will be there to give you the keys and show you in. He speaks spanish only. In the event of any unforseen urgent situation, Carlos is available to help, although if it is not an emergency, we ask to contact us first to help co-ordinate everything smoothly.
If you'd like, we can, with advance notice, arrange for cleaning and laundry services during your stay which are co-ordinated through Carlos and his wife, Arjerie.
Our "Neighborhood", known to locals as "La Palmita" is a private secluded mountain top that is hidden in the jungle, a close distance to popular tourist areas and world famous beaches. The surrounding area is agricultural land with a mix of jungle, pasture, and roaming cows. The nearest neighbors are pure farmers, living off of the land, producing milk, and cheese, and raising animals.
You'll need to rent a 4x4 car with good clearance to enjoy this area.
You can also locally rent a "quad" or ATV.
Considering that the cost is nearly the same, it is nice to be dust free and have a/c in a rental car. It is also a more comfortable ride.
We'd like to encourage you to get in touch and ask any questions you'd like. Our place can be an amazing perfect vacation for the right people looking for the right experience. Independent, adventurous travelers, who appreciate nature and simple living will absolutely be in love.
If your looking for a 5 star resort style place, and a front desk to call when you see some ants or a spider, this likely won't be for you.
We ask that our home be treated as it was your own.
Energy conservation and water conservation are critical...
La Palmita is very beautiful and we thank Walt and Katrine for having us!
The view is stunning. Also the neighbours are SO so lovely. and the restaurant Dayka is amaaaazing. Especially to cool off in the pool as it's super hot here!
There were some things that we weren't aware of before getting to La Palmita. We didn't know the water for washing would be so limited or that there was only one power point for us to use to charge things etc. (outlets in the bedroom weren't yet operational). We weren't sure how much we could use of water or power so erred on the side of caution.
It is a beautiful place, but very bare bones and guests should be prepared for that. We hope Walt and Katrine understand.
All in all, we thought there were a few things that the hosts might need to provide more info about before guests make the big trip.
We were happy to host Eloise and her partner, and very glad they enjoyed their stay and found La Palmita to be beautiful and tranquil as advertised!
For those considering a stay at our place, we suggest to thoroughly read our description and welcome packet, which explains all of the details about living with solar power, including the fact that there are only a couple of 110V outlets for charging phones, computers, etc.
We have to disagree however, that our home is "very bare bones"... We have invested many thousands of dollars to create a comfortable and pleasing environment close to nature.
Some details like state of the art LED lighting, an ultra efficient powerless washing machine, 1500 count Egyptian Cotton sheets, artwork, ceramic tile flooring, stone walkways and patio, poured concrete countertops, and custom made teak furniture come together to provide an experience that is far beyond bare bones.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel experience, with a front desk and air conditioning, this is certainly not for you.
If you are looking for a quiet, private, romantic, beautiful, eco friendly retreat, then you will be very happy here.
We do ask everyone to very conservative with water and power, but nonetheless there is plenty of water for whatever washing or showering guests feel like doing!
Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.... we're happy to help however we can!
Walt and Katrine were wonderful hosts. They responded very quickly to all communication and did everything possible to ensure that our stay was comfortable and relaxing. The directions to the house were amazing and made navigating there easy. The view was more spectacular than the photos. Thank you Walt and Katrine for sharing your slice of paradise.
Walt and Katrina were a pleasure to communicate with. Their sweet little place in LaPalmita was perfect for our family of three. We loved being able to get away from the town of Santa Teresa after a day of surf and fun at the beach and come home to a tranquil environment filled with flowers and wild life. This place is for people that enjoy an adventure because of the roads and remote living.
WOW – is what we have to say about Katrine and Walt’s Eco-Retreat in La Palmita Costa Rica.
My boyfriend and I rented a car and spent two weeks traveling around the Pacific coast. We were looking for a romantic place that would be close to the nature, and we found it here.
We were originally concerned the Eco-Retreat might be too remote, especially when we were driving there on an endless dirt road, over mountains and even through rivers!! Luckily Walt had provided us with very detailed directions. By the time we arrived we were both sick of driving and feeling a bit worn out. Then, we walked into the rancho and took one look at the amazing view and knew we had made a good choice. Laying in the hammock, looking out to the sea and mountains is absolutely spectacular. The location is unique, out in the country, with Costa Rican farmers as the closest neighbors, but not too far to be to the beach in ten minutes, or to go out to dinner easily. We were concerned about there only being solar power, but on arrival we found a guide to "living off the grid”. The only real change for us was turning off the refri at night when we went to bed.
The area is as amazing as the property. Manzanillo is like a little town that time forgot. Cowboys ride by on horses, cows walk the streets, and when we took our morning walk on the beach we were the only ones there.
It was nice to take the drive to Santa Teresa about 15 kilometers away to visit a tourist area and shop and go out for a delicious dinner. After spending the afternoon and evening we were happy to return to our hidden retreat.
The only negative for us was the slow internet connection. The hosts have plans to upgrade to a faster satellite system, but they didn’t know yet exactly when the work would be completed.
Walt and Katrine are great hosts and easy to communicate with. They have a really unique life set up down here and are eager to share the experience. When we were out to dinner we mentioned we were staying at their place and the owners of the restaurant treated us like family. What a great spot for a relaxing vacation. Pura Vida and pure adventure. We can’t wait to come back for a longer stay!
We are a married couple, with a small baby girl, Nova. We met in Costa Rica and fell in love while spending our winters here at this house. For many years we have been slowly improving the property, adding a new bedroom, and making all of the little touches that make a place like home.
Walt has been an avid surfer, globetrotter, and organic farmer, based in VT, USA for over 15 years. He has a successful farm (Mountain Flower Farm) and has been spending winters in Costa Rica since 2006.
Katrine is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and came to Costa Rica in 2010 to write her master's thesis in psychology while living on the beach.
It is her touch, eye for design, and "modern" living requirements that elevated Walt beyond sleeping in his tent under the Rancho roof for months on end...