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.
Please enjoy and treat the home as if it was yours. Please do not feed the local wildlife. Especially the white face monkeys! Pura Vida!
Leanne was great, she met us at the bus station, was super friendly and waited for us whilst we did some shopping before driving us out to the house.
The house is a simple design with two big doors opening the kitchen out onto the verandah. The bedrooms are also accessed off the verandah/patio, nothing fancy but had everything we needed. The verandah is what makes this house great, very wide with a nice table, chairs and hammock and is in effect the living room. We spent most of our stay lounging around on the verandah listening to the howler monkeys and watching iguanas walk by. It was wonderfully quiet and relaxing. A small rocky beach is right in front of the house and we found it good for cooling off and there is another sandy stretch of beach not far from the house.
Wifi was a bonus and works well with laptop and iPhones.
Fresh limes from the garden were perfect for an evening cocktail!
The house is an easy 25 minute walk into montezuma on a dirt road, we did the walk daily with no issues, apart from one day it was raining so we got a taxi for 3000 colones (approx $6USD)
We would recommend Leanne as an excellent host and recommend El Rafael to those looking for a peaceful stay in a well equipped house.
Leanne, thanks again for making us feel at home, we would definitely stay here again if in Montezuma.
I am pleased to report that the house exceeded our expectations. We were prepared for a "rustic stay" so the accommodations were fine; more spacious than expected. The long covered porch with plenty of tables and chairs was a great place to dine al fresco.
Leanne Siewert graciously met us in Montezuma, worried because we had been delayed by road improvement crews (yay! roads need it) and some hard rain. She led us to the house, opened up, explained everything very clearly in a very charming Texas accent. Her instructions included which beach to avoid due to rip currents, to use bug spray due to the possibility of dengue (reported a few towns removed from Montezuma).
The house had towels, clean sheets on the beds and even coffee next to the coffee maker. Amenities included 2 burner stove top, refrigerator with freezer, a toaster oven and an oscillating floor fan in each of the bedrooms (helpful to sleep better and to help "dry" clothes a little.
Once installed, Leanne kindly told us that if she did not hear from us during our stay she would assume we were happy BUT to definitely call her for ANY reason - whether to ask a question, to find medical assistance, or where to eat. Couldn't have asked for more! Thank you, Leanne!
As a bonus, we saw a monkey, a couple of large (2 ft long) lizards, butterflies, hummingbirds, a gang of huge and overly confident "blue jays", an opossum and small and large bats.
Leanne was a wonderful host. She set us up and left us to explore paradise. I loves El Rafal as the house is named. It is artistic and fun and relaxing. The tile and woodwork are beautiful. Life is lived on the veranda which is the main living area. The kitchen opens wide to this space. The gardens are lush and beautiful. The ocean is across the road. The beaches within walking distance were empty and inviting and calm. For me this was a perfect destination to read, enjoy nature, cook and do nothing. It is a long way from a party scene. You could bring your own party and have perfect privacy, but it's above all quiet and relaxing.
One caveat. This place is an open air house in the jungle across the street from the ocean. Expect iguanas in the yard, crabs in the kitchen at night, bats, birds and little lizards climbing the walls. The bedrooms have screened windows and mosquito netting over the beds, but we did find a scorpion in the room one night. Personally I loved the relaxing adventure of it and expect that in a tropical setting.
I hope to return to el Rafal.
Great location, 10 min from the center in car, near to a beach.
Leanne was very helpful, she give us a bunch of very useful tip.
The only thing you can miss it a maybe the AC but there is 2 fan. Definitely a great place to stay.
The house was awesome! The place was perfect, fully rounded from the nature and jwith the sea just 50 meters away.
It was very clean, a little masterpiece of privacy and comfort, with a wonderful and well-groomed garden rich in tropical plants and also some animals (we've seen a lot of iguanas).
Everyday we went by walking in the center, it's an healty and relaxing 30 minutes walk.
Leanne is a perfect host, easy going and very helpful. We didn't have a car and she offers to come to pick us up at the bus station.
She left a list of interesting and helpful information.
If we'll be back to Montezuma we will stay in this house, for sure!!!
We had a wonderful visit to El Rafal and Leanne was a fantastic host! She gave us a ton of helpful information on the area and was available for anything we needed during our stay. The whole community at Las Rocas helped look after me and my friend (two young females traveling in Costa Rica) during our stay, as needed.
El Rafal is ideal if you're looking for a tranquil experience in Montezuma. One of many highlights is your own beach just across the road. Just don't forget your bug spray, be prepared for a 25-minute walk to town (taxi also available), and be sure to call Gullierm(phone number hidden) a surf lesson.
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 .
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!