About this listing
El Rafal is a charming private home located 1.5 miles south of Montezuma. It is located 50 meters from sandy beaches and rock formations ideal for fishing, swimming, yoga, and bond fires. The home was built to USA standards to ensure your safety.
El Rafal faces the ocean and is encircled by beautiful tropical gardens on approximately 6150m2 of private property. The house is approximately 4m X 20m (750sf) not including the large patio. There is a small secluded beach, ideal for ocean entry, just meters from the front door. El Rafal is located in a quiet, private area, with only 2 homes nearby. Safe, off street parking is included.
El Rafal is perfect for couples traveling together and for families with children over 3 years old. It is located a mere 25 minute walk from the small town of Montezuma. We advise not walking at night due to poor road lighting.
Each 3 x 4 meter bedroom has a private bathroom with toilet/sink/and shower. One bedroom is furnished with a double bed and the other bedroom is furnished with a double and 2 single bunk beds. Large windows on both sides of the room allow cross breezes to circulate and cool the space naturally. Each bedroom has a safe, ceiling fan and floor fan. Both bedroom doors open to the exterior and do not have interior kitchen access.
El Rafal was built with outdoor living in mind....Our guests spend most of their time hanging out in hammocks under the large patios....after spending hours at the beach.
The bedrooms are separated by a large furnished kitchen. The kitchen has a 3 burner stove top, toaster oven, and full size refrigerator. You will find a coffee pot and blender in the kitchen. The kitchen opens onto a long 8' X 58' covered patio. The patio is perfect for outdoor dining, checking your email, playing cards or simply lounging in a hammock while creating wonderful memories with friends and family.
The 6150m2 of private property is fenced with barb wire and live tropical plants. Private parking, telephone and wifi are included. There is also a refreshing outdoor shower for use after a long day at the beach. Guests will find banana, star fruit, and 3 different types of lime trees on the property. All of which are here for your enjoyment. There is a small charcoal outdoor "tico" grill available for fresh fish and burgers...Guests will also find a large garden table available for cleaning today's catch. There is a small plant nursery. This year the owners added a rustic out door bread oven!
Interaction with Guests
I am available 24 hours a day for emergencies. My philosophy is we are adults and most of our guests rent a house vs a hotel room for peace, quiet, safety, and privacy. I can be at El Rafal daily if needed. We want your time with us to be a very happy memory. No question is a stupid question. I will advise you of all local tips!
El Rafal 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 top 10 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 experience the real Costa Rica. 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.
Please contact Leanne if you want her to advise or help you reserve an activity...
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.
Rio Las Cedros is a small river with a small waterfall that drops into a freshwater lagoon 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!
It is not necessary to rent a car during your stay at El Rafal. It is a 25-30 minute walk to Montezuma and a 45 minute walk to Cabuya. There are local taxis that cost $6-$8 each way to El Rafal. There is also a small bus that runs daily between Montezuma and Cabuya. It stops on the road next to El Rafal. Please be advised the bus does not run after dark. Please be advised that buses run on "Tico time" We recommend renting a 4x4 SUV or ATV so you can explore the surrounding area....there is so much to see and do....
Other Things to Note
I am happy to furnish maps, directions, and local knowledge of this area. All you need to do is ask!
Please enjoy and treat the home as if it was your own. We ask that you do not smoke indoors. Pets are welcome, if well trained and approved in advance. Please do not feed the local wildlife. Especially the white face monkeys! Pura Vida!
I love meeting new people and learning new cultures. I moved to paradise eight years ago with my husband, Ron. I have been managing property in Costa Rica for 4 years. I enjoy the simple life!