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 private 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 5 years old.
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 and fan. Both bedroom doors open to the exterior.
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.
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 $4-$6 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. 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
Leanne is 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!
El Rafal is a magical place! We loved our stay here and wished we stayed more than 3 nights. The yard is wild and beautiful, with plenty of tropical flowers, fruit trees (the limes were delicious on everything) and animals. There are also plenty of chairs, tables, a little bbq and an outdoor shower. The house is very open, the kitchen has two barn doors opening onto the porch, which made for a perfect spot to cook and eat outside. The beach is very close, you can hear the waves from the house. It's sandy with a few rocks, and great for swimming in the clear blue water. There lots of tide pools and rocks to explore as well, and a larger beach just a short walk down.
Leanne was wonderful, she picked us up in Montezuma and was totally available for any questions or advice we needed. There is a landline in the house for making local calls, so it is easy to reach her, call a taxi or book your surfing lessons. Definitely take surfing with Pablo, he is such a great teacher and person.
We did not have a car, which was perfectly fine. The town is a 20 min walk or a quick bus or taxi away. We even walked to town along the rocky beach once which was a gorgeous hike. The house is really perfect for people who are looking to cook at home and the enjoy quiet privacy away from town. You can also rent ATVs in town which would be perfect for getting around.
While the house is very clean, well built and lovely, this isn't a luxury experience, so look forward to seeing iguanas, bugs and hear loud birds early in the morning. Welcome to the jungle! Definitely will be coming back to El Rafal in the future.
We really enjoyed our 3 night stay at this home in Montezuma! We ended up arriving to Montezuma several hours earlier than expected because the roads where better than expected. Leanne had great communication before we arrived, giving us perfect instructions on how to find her home and then explained that they would then escort us to the home. Since we were so early her husband took us. He was very lovely, stopping to tell us a dangerous place to avoid swimming and then giving us many recommendations for food options. We enjoyed the house itself, and its worth noting that we stayed here with another couple. The 2 rooms entry doors are on the outside far left and far right sides of the house. It was perfect for us to have to totally separate spaces and bathrooms. There are great safes for passports and things in each room. The kitchen was equipped... bare bones if your planning on doing any real cooking. We made eggs and toast with fruit for breakfast each morning. We had taken Leanne's recommendation for stopping in Cobano for groceries and were really glad we did. There is no AC in the home, but a fan for each room and kitchen. One of the days we were there was sweltering with no breeze, but the rest of the time was pleasant. The Wifi worked very well. The beach is so private and we found lots of really great seashells there. We did lots of walking while there and found so many lizards and monkeys! In all, I'd say if your looking for a place that is remote, basic yet comfortable, but offers lots of little adventures, Montezuma is a great little hippy town and this house (about a 10 min drive) is a great place to stay!
We had a great time! Leanne picked us up from Montezuma and after we had bought our supplies we drove together to the property el rafal. By car it takes you 10 minutes and if you walk it takes about 20-30 minutes to Montezuma. The house was very clean and the area was peaceful. The kitchen had everything you need to cook. We did not have to buy water because the house was connected to a private spring. The garden had a shower and even two starfruit trees and a plantain tree, unfortunately the plantains were not ready but the starfruit was great. In the garden you will see Leanne's Love for detail. Nice flowers, the jungle shower and sometimes animals will pay you a visit by passing by. Leanne told us also about this fischer man not far away, where you can buy fresh tasty and cheap fish! The house has a telephone from where you can call Leanne any time. In the house you will find a sheath and a magazine with helpful information about bus intervals, tours and also the number of a taxi driver. Do not miss out the sunrise you can see at the private beach! We were very happy to have chosen this place for our stay. It was very relaxing and calm. I was actually really sad when we had to leave.. :( but everything has its end.
Das Haus ist sehr schön und wirklich gemütlich gestaltet, sauber und verfügt über alles, was man braucht, um ein paar Tage die Pazifikküste etwas abseits vom touristischen Trubel von Montezuma zu genießen (Ort trotzdem gut erreichbar). Durch den schönen Garten gelangt man mit ein paar Schritten über die kaum befahrene Schotterstraße an einen wunderschönen, allerdings felsigen Strand, gute hundertfünfzig Meter weiter kann man dann aber sehr gut baden.
Leanne ist eine sehr nette und hilfsbereite Gastgeberin, die stets erreichbar war, was aber selten nötig wurde, da sie alles perfekt vorbereitet hatte. Vielen Dank!
La casa es muy bonita y acogedora, limpia, y dispone de todo que se pueda necesitar para pasar unos días en la costa del Pacífico, un poco apartado de la vida turística en Montezuma, que sin embargo siempre está al alcanze. Pasando por el jardín bonito y atravesando la pequeña carretera (muy pocos coches) se llega inmediatamente a una playa bonita pero rocosa, pero a poco más de ciento y cincuenta metros de allí es posible bañarse con gusto.
Leanne es una anfitriona muy amable , siempre disponible y dispuesta a ayudar, aunque apenas fue necesario porque tenía todo preparado perfectamente. Muchas gracias!
The house is beautiful and very cosy and offers everything you could need to spend a few nice days on the Pacific coast, a little bit away from the tourist-life in Montezuma, yet not isolated. Passing through the beautiful garden and crossing a small road in a few seconds you are on a beautiful yet rocky beach, and just a little bit more than 150 meters from there you get to a beach which is good for bathing.
Leanne was a perfect and very friendly host, easy to get in contact whith, although there was little need to reach her as she had preparred everything in a perfect way. Thanks a lot!
We really enjoyed our stay at El Rafal! The porch is expansive and provides a great place for reading and relaxing. We also saw multiple iguanas in the front yard, which was really neat. You can hear the ocean from the house and it is a quick walk down to the water. The house is a ways out of Montezuma, but we had a car and it was no trouble driving into town. One thing to note is that the house is split up - with the kitchen in the middle and the bedrooms on each side, with no internal access to the kitchen from the bedrooms. Also, as Leanne will mention, it's the jungle and the bugs can be pesky. That aside, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend El Rafal. We are also grateful to Leanne for her friendly assistance!
We enjoyed El Rafal so much. It was a beautiful retreat and wonderful getaway.
The three of us had a very relaxing time with the family of friendly iguanas in the garden.
Swimming beach is under 4 min walk away and there was a private cove right across from our front gate.
Leanne was so friendly and so helpful and was waiting for us when we arrived in Montezuma.
Our first night we had a tropical storm but the house is so protected by beautiful forest it was fine. Interent / phone went out during the storm but Leanne’s husband Ron did not even have to be called. He came down the next morning ang it back up for us. Both are great folks and super warm, friendly, caring and helpful.
We needed solo time and to de-stress and El Rafal is perfect for this. The market in town is @ a mile or less walk but one can always call a cab and they will come get you for a minimal cost. We preferred this to car renting.
Kitchen is quite adequate for cooking. Loved the artistic touches and beach/country feeling of the place. Great close location to other little beach towns around if you want a change of scene for the day.
All in all a wonderful find!
Leanne and El Rafal was wonderful! We stayed for four days/three nights and it was the perfect amount of time. Leanne was very accommodating and always ready to help or answer any questions. The beach is wonderful and everything is pretty close. The walk to town was not horrible at all, but it did take about 20-25min, but getting a taxi was never difficult. l would definitely recommend this place to anyone. Don't expect 5 star hotel conditions, it's more of a camping/ cabin experience, but it was definitely a great find and a great deal!
About the Host, Leanne
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!