About this listing
El Rafal is a charming, rustic private cabina located 1.5 miles south of Montezuma and 1.5 miles north of Cabuya. The house faces the ocean which is only 20 meters away. A protected green zone separates the house from the ocean and a tiny sandy beach with rock formations ideal for fishing, yoga, and bond fires. Monkeys and iguanas frequent the property. A larger sandy beach and Rio Cedros is only a five minute walk from the property.
El Rafal is encircled by beautiful tropical gardens on approximately 1.5 acres or 6150m2 of private property. The house is approximately 4m X 20m (13' X 70'equalling 750sf) not including the 3 large patios. Each bedroom has a private keyed entrance with a covered porch, sitting area and clothes line. El Rafal is located in a quiet, secluded area, with only 2 other homes nearby. Safe, gated, off street parking is included.
El Rafal is perfect for groups of mature millennials. It is ideal for couples traveling together who want communal areas and private , secure bedrooms. Families with children over 3 years old will enjoy the property.
Each 3 x 4 meter bedroom has a private attached 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 for a family with children. Large windows on opposite 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 as is all traditional Costa Rica housing ....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 maker 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 1 .5 acre or 6150m2 of private property is fenced with 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 do not live on the property, but can be there within 10 minutes. My husband and I are available 24 hours a day for emergencies. We want your time with us to be a very happy memory. No question is a stupid question. I will give you all the 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 $8 - $10 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 behind El Rafal.
Other things to note
I am happy to furnish maps, directions, and local knowledge of this area. All you need to do is ask!
We ask that you do not smoke indoors. Do not bring locals home. Lock doors when you are not there. Pets are welcome, if well trained and approved in advance. Please do not feed the local wildlife.
Hola! My name is Leanne and my husband, Ron, and I manage El Rafal. We left Texas 11 years ago on my 50th birthday to become part of a new culture and community. We love Costa Rica! Montezuma is our home. We have managed rental properties in this area for the past 7 years.
We want your stay with us to be a wonderful experience. We are happy to help you with anything you need...there is no such thing as a stupid question. Informed guests are happy guests. We do not live on site but are available 24/7 for emergencies by phone. We can be at El Rafal in less than 10 minutes.
Let us share Pura Vida, (Pure Life), with you....