"Wow" This is usually the first word that leaves my mouth when asked to describe the time my wife and I spent in Montezuma, Costa Rica. A big part of that wow is directed at how perfectly Peter, Rocio and Natalie's wonderful cabin fit in to the grand scheme of things. It was like being at home away from home, in terms of how quickly we felt at ease and welcomed.
Just to set the scene: There is a main house, which belongs to the family. And separate from the house is the Geco Cabin in which we stayed, to the side and slightly lower down. The other cabins I'd assume, are also to the side, but I didn't want to ask to see, since there were other guests and I respect the space of others when on vacation.
This neat, rustic cabin is not particularly large, but when you want to get away from the big city (NYC), forget all of the unnatural ways in which one spends his or her time when not working, this place really hits the spot in a big way. It has everything one could possibly need, so long as you're not expecting to flip through channels of nonsense on a television, or play video games.
The natural salt water pool is amazing! If you get up super early, you might share it with the occasional crab *which is harmless. They’re more afraid of you than anything and will leave right away* If you simply want to take in the early morning sun, you’ll probably be greeted by one or two of their incredibly sweet pups. In fact, the dogs loved hanging out with us, which of course is due to the fact that we are dog people and invited them to do so. It felt great knowing that they were guarding the entire place, and are also so loving…
The place was designed and built by Peter, and if I'm not mistaken, adorned with art created by Rocio's Uncle ( or cousin? Forgive and or correct me Peter! ) which is really beautiful, and adds a really cozy touch to everything. It's very clean, and has everything you'd need to cook in the kitchen part of the room.
The house its self is settled atop a cliff, overlooking a gorgeous oceanic panoramic landscape, which made our breakfast time breathtaking and engaging, as exotic birds flew overhead, and monstrous toads croaked in the distance. ( I loved that ) If you’re really, really early to rise, the sunrise is a particularly special treat, especially if you take it all in sitting at the pool. At night time, should you be visiting during the rainy season, you'll be treated to some awe inspiring lightening storms in the distant horizon, over the water. And if it's a clear night, the stars seem close enough to reach. Shooting stars, and passing satellites are also often seen, which is totally cool.
The patio deck has a nice breakfast table, and a very comfy hammock, if you simply want to lounge around and do absolutely nothing for a while. It’s great to just sit there, and listen to the creatures in the jungle, have butterflies land on you, and watch hummingbirds actually sit still with you!
What can I say about Peter and his family, except that they are all extremely happy, and friendly hosts who love to chat if you’re in the mood! My wife and I tried to be as self sufficient as possible, not asking much of anything from our hosts, but they were still at the ready, just in case.
We rented a 4x4 down the hill in town, which looking back now, was an excellent idea, vs. renting a small car. We definitely like to go off the beaten path from time to time, and you’ll find that the roads there are not exactly easy to traverse, if you have a “cute” little car! You can also rent an ATV on a day to day basis, which is a great idea if staying near-ish town, but if you're planning on a trip that will take you into sundown, I'd recommend the 4x4, in case of torrential downpour and tough roads. Speaking of which, there are two entrances into the cabins. One leads to the main house's driveway, and is closer to the main outside road, and the other leads right up to the cabin, just incase you want to offload groceries from town, or just want the car near by for whatever other reasons.
Honestly, there's just too much to say about the whole experience, and absolutely none of it is negative. None of it. BUT.. Let me be candid about something:
If you're not the type of person who likes the outdoors; if you absolutely need every fancy ammenity that a four star hotel has to offer; if you don't like humidity to the point that you're going to complain about being in such a location on earth.. Please, for logic's sake, go to a resort with air conditioning and poolside drinks served by "every other tourist bartender", and hang out with every other tourist that you swore you wanted to get away from in the first place!
Peter and his family will be there for you if you need something within reach and reason, and for that alone, my wife and I will not hesitate to ask them if we can stay the next time we're in that neck of the jungle. I'm actually very curious to see what the other vista views have to offer, and can't wait to go back again. I absolutely loved Montezuma and the surrounding villages and towns, and want to thank Peter, Rocio and Natalie for being such gracious, accomodating hosts. Hope to see you guys again soon...
Doug and Edit
P.S. If you would like to see photos we took, including the cabin, here is a link to my Flickr page:
We had a wonderful one week stay at Peter and Rocio's Geco Cabina. The ocean views from the cabina deck were amazing as well as the forest adjacent to the cabina. Lots of birds, butterflies and a few squirrels with howler monkeys off in the distance. The swimming pool was delightful with awesome ocean views too. The cabina was small but quite comfortable for two. It had lots of nice artistic touches such as nice wall paintings and tile work and quality construction throughout. We had everything we needed for home cooked meals. Peter is very personable. We had wonderful conversations about home construction and tree harvesting. He has a wealth of knowledge about Costa Rica. I felt I had made a new friend. Thanks Peter and Rocio for a great vacation.
I rented "The Colibri" for a week in March and I loved every minute! The cabin is isolated on a hillside and has the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
The cottage is absolutely fantastic and combines an original atmosphere with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchen. From the large balcony you can see parrots, eagles and hummingbirds. The bedroom is a small "tower room" with a stunning view and every night you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the howler monkeys and the waves while you can look at the stars and lights of the boats out at sea.
Last – but not least - the owners are the sweetest and most helpful people! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to enjoy Montezuma's wild nature and stay a little off the beaten track.
My wife and I recently spent a few nights in the Mariposa cottage. The cottage is a work of art; the attention to detail in the windows and mosaics add the welcoming feel. Our cabin was mostly very private, a short walk down the hill from the owner's house and next door to their other cabin. The views from the patio are wonderful too. If you open every window in Mariposa, you can be inside and still enjoy the outdoor breezes. The walk from Montezuma is quite steep, but the owners are willing to help pick you up and drop you off. They are definitely worth talking to and their insider's view of the area is a great bonus to the wonderful cabins. We were very pleased with out experience!
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Casa dotata di ogni comfort con una vista eccezionale sull'oceano Pacifico, padroni di casa deliziosi a pochi passi dalla casa, vivamente raccomandato un mezzo per muoversi perché la casa si trova sulle colline di Montezuma a 3 km dal centro abitato. Merita assolutamente!