El Rafal or The Patio is a charming home located 1.5 miles south of Montezuma. It is surrounded by sandy beaches and rock formations ideal for fishing, beach-combing, and 'getting away from it all'. El Rafal faces the ocean and is encircled by beautiful tropical gardens on approximately 6150m2 of private property. There is a beautiful private beach just 50 meters from the patio. The house is located in a quiet, private area, with only 3 homes nearby. Safe, off street parking is included.
Each bedroom has a safe and en suite bath. One bedroom is furnished with a double bed and the second bedroom is furnished with a double bed and bunk beds that sleep two. Large windows allow sea breezes to circulate and cool the rooms naturally. The bedrooms are separated by a fully furnished kitchen which opens onto a large covered patio facing the ocean. The patio is the perfect for outdoor dining or simply lounging in a hammock, while creating wonderful memories with friends and family.
El Rafal is located at one of the top five destinations for fishing from shore & surfing in this area. Anglers, bring your fishing pole or learn to fish like a local with a 'carrete'. If you surf, the long left point break of Los Cedros is a favorite among tourists and locals. Cedros beach is uncrowded and perfect for swimming, sun bathing, and shelling.
A quiet river with a small waterfall that drops into a freshwater lagoon is not far from El Rafal. This clear freshwater swimming hole has a rope swing that is sure to delight children and the child within you!
The house is located between the town of Montezuma (3 kilometers south) and the tiny fishing village of Cabuya (3 kilometers north).
Montezuma has become one of 'the places' to visit in Costa Rica. It has many shops, restaurants, sodas, and artisans. Local night life happens at Chico's Bar and the Montezuma Bar. Dining in Montezuma is diverse with more than a dozen restaurants ranging from Tico 'sodas' to gourmet meals with prices and flavors to suit every budget. There is an organic market on Saturday mornings in the park. Fresh organic produce and local products including souvenirs are sold as the community gathers to visit with friends and neighbors. There are several tour offices to help you arrange deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, Tortuga Island, and horseback tours. Montezuma has a canopy zip-line tour that allows you to 'fly' over rivers and waterfalls. There is a larger waterfall and swimming hole located just before you leave Montezuma. A short 20 minute hike up the river will take you to the falls.
Cabuya is a tiny fishing village where one can get to know real Ticos. Tourism has not made many changes here. Cabuya's cemetery is located on an uninhabited island that is accessible from the mainland only during low tide. The island is beautiful and some of the best snorkeling in the area is found in the waters off the island. Cabuya is close to the Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Preserve, which is a must see for nature lovers.
It is not absolutely necessary to rent a car while you stay at El Rafal. It is about a 30 minute walk to Montezuma and about 45 minutes to Cabuya. There are local taxis and a bus that runs daily.
El Rafael was a great experience. We were able to do so many things from this location and the private beach was amazing everyday. The sunrises are absolutely wonderful. It was very easy to cook in the well equipped kitchen. We were do thankful for a blender! Piña and ice every day! Be ready to experience a lot of nature on this secluded location. Out family had a terrific time. We enjoyed day trips to Tortuga island, zip lines, drives to Mail Pais, St. Therese, and of course Montezuma. We walked to Montezuma quite a few times, but also drove in a few times for dinner at Las Artistas (amazing food!) and breakfast at the bakery once. Watched a few games at the pubs, Chicos, Las Cascada and El. Sano Banano. Leanne was a great host . Helpful and attentive .
El Rafal is amazing!!!! Leanne and Ron are wonderful hosts. They were very helpful during our stay, gave us tons of advice, tips, and some good history. After we locked ourselves out our first night, made a call to Leanne and she was there in 15 minutes to let us in, such a sweetie.
The house is beautiful and slightly remote with its own access to a secluded beach. We woke up to howler monkeys in the morning and fell asleep to the sound of the waves at night. The town of Montezuma is just 2 kilometers away, either a 30 minute walk or a short bus or taxi ride from el Rafal. We enjoyed the food and scenery of the town and everyone we met along the way was happy and friendly. We stumbled upon a salsa/rock band playing one night at cafe organica, made up of a few friends and the young son of the lead singer, the kid was rocking out on maracas and the violin, just a typical night in montezuma.
There are a few surf beaches around montezuma or you can make a short drive to malpais to find some more great waves.
We look forward to our next visit to El Rafal and would highly recommend this place to anyone traveling to Montezuma.
Big thank you to Leanne and Ron for the warm welcome!!
We had the time of our lifes in Montezuma. It was one of our favorite places in Costa Rica. Leanne is a great host, she came to pick us up and give us advices on what to do / where to eat...
The house is truly amazing !! It is located 20/25 minutes from Montezuma by foot. The garden is big and there is an outdoor shower ! We enjoyed spending time on the patio looking at the nature around. Just 50 meters away, there is a small beach perfect to watch the sunrise. Well, I would love to keep this little paradise for myself...If I come back to Costa Rica one day, I would be happy to rent this place again!
Great host and great house!
The house was open to all the natural beauty of Costa Rica and the Montezuma area. A 60 second walk to the beach and hidden away in the jungle was the perfect combination.
Very private, felt like we were away from it all.
Leanne was very informative and responsive to all my questions and requests before, during and even after the trip.
I highly recommend El Rafal to anyone going to the Montezuma area, and cannot wait to visit again.
Was nice to talk to Leanne, she has provided us with a lot of useful information about the place (ex. Watefalls,Restaurants...) and people there. A very nice house with everything inside, what we needed. Thank you, Leanne.
This place was wonderful! Much bigger than I would have thought from the photos. The place is very cozy and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The beach ocean is just across the road and you can hear and see the ocean from the patio. Communication with Leanne was a breeze. Overall fantastic experience.
This is such a perfect place, tucked away in the trees and right on the ocean. You can hear the ocean from the house, and in just a few steps you're at a very secluded and tranquil beach. We spent a lot of time just sitting on the porch in the hammock and rocking chairs, watching the monkeys and iguanas, and listening to the waves. The house has everything you need for a very calm vacation, including a kitchen if you decide to cook.
Leanne and her husband Ron were perfect hosts and answered every little question we had and had great recommendations for anything we wanted to do, see, eat, or experience.
Montezuma is a small surf town with a really laid back vibe. It's a bit of a trek to get there, but worth the effort. I only wish I had more time there! The house is a little outside of town, which is perfect if you're looking for a quiet vacation. Getting taxis to and from town was really easy.
Everyone we met was friendly, accommodating, and willing to help us enjoy the calm and beautiful life in Costa Rica.
Leanne was a wonderful host, and the house was a great jungle escape! Leanne was easy to contact for questions before and during our stay, and we had fresh coffee waiting at the house for us when we arrived. The house is about a 20-30 minute walk from the town of Montezuma, but in a beautiful area with nobody to disturb our stay. The open kitchen setup was great for cooking family style meals, we spent a lot of time around the big patio table enjoying the many birds and lizards that are all around the house. Definitely recommended!
El Rafal is by far the best place we stayed in Costa Rica -- we went to Arenal, Monteverde, and other beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula, which were nowhere near as funky/nice and it was only $10 more per person a night!
The set up of the house is really cool: all situated around the front porch. The kitchen is open, and the two bedrooms are located at either end of the house. I wouldn't recommend this place for families with young children, but it would be perfect for couples or groups of adults looking for a breezy, simple, outdoor-oriented space.
There was really good coffee in the pantry and a bottle of wine waiting for us upon arrival. Leanne drove us to the place and walked us around the property -- she's a great host! Very communicative, warm, knowledgeable and gave us some great suggestions for things to do in the area.
The beaches are rocky here, but you can find some sandy spots not too far from El Rafal. Highly recommended.
We had a great time @ the house. It was comfortable and quiet and the shoreline is stunningly beautiful (not the best for swimming but there is a river close by that was nice). Leanne was gracious and very helpful.
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