Log cabin | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Finca Estrella (Star Farm) is a 150 acre paradise snuggled in the hills of Cuervito de Pavones with spectacular views of the rainforest, Osa Peninsula and the Gulf Dulce. Troops of endangered squirrels monkeys and white-faced monkeys swing in the trees and scarlet macaws squawk overhead. The beach is a short drive away.
Casa Madera (Wooden House), Finca Estrella's brand new two bedroomed holiday home is perched above the 18m swimming pool. The eco-friendly cabina has hammocks strung on the large terrace for admiring the stunning views, star gazing or simply wildlife/bird spotting. Come and relax in paradise - perfect for everyone from honeymooners to families.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pilon 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Golfito 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The master bedroom has a queen bed and the guest room is flexible and can have either a queen bed, a queen and a single, or two singles.
The open plan living/kitchen area is designed to catch the cooling breezes and the large terrace is perfect for chilling on, watching fabulous sunsets or star-gazing at night.
Price includes weekly house-keeping.
|Further details outdoors|
There is an outdoor shower and the laundry is located under the terrace.
Ride, walk or bike the finca trails looking for bird and wildlife or fruit-picking, relax in a hammock on the terrace or by the swimming pool watching the hummingbirds, barbecue fresh fish in the rancho at the pool. Practise your spanish with the wonderful local families that live nearby.
Take the horses to the waterfall, river or the local beach, wildlife spotting as you go.
The Puntarenas region
Puntarenas is the southernmost province of Costa Rica with a climate that is hot and humid. The dry season runs from December to April then the rains start again, they reach a peak in October and then start to fade.
In the green season, the rains normally occur for an hour or so in the afternoon and then the sun comes out again.
For surfers, the surf can be up at any time of the year although the rainy season - August to December - is usually best. Kite-surfing is at its best between December and April. The nearest beach, Pilon, has a great break - usually quiet - and the famous world-class Pavones break is a 20 minute drive away. You can see the lines on the water from Finca Estrella.
To boost your spirit and fitness level, yoga classes in Pavones- 20 minutes away - run all year round. Turtles nest on the local beaches, hike past the giant bamboos to our waterfall, take a cooling swim in the refreshing Cuervito river, a lazy boat trip down the Rio Coto from Zancudo or dolphin and whale spotting as you zip across to the Osa Peninsula, to where Corcovado National Park is located, is unforgettable or boogie board at the shallow sandy waters of Zancudo beach.
If fishing is your thing then take a trip with one of the local fishermen or go sportfishing from Zancudo or Golfito, making sure to sample the quesadillas at Banana Bay Marina when you get back! If you want to eat it but don't want to catch it yourself then a visit to the fishermen at local Pilon beach, 10 minutes away, is a must.
For wildlife, take a walk/ride early in the morning or late afternoon to spot monkeys, or sit on the terrace/balcony following the mournful cry of the toucan at sunrise and sunset. Watch for the giant blue Morpho Azul butterfly flap past, or the myriad of smaller colourful varieties crossing your path. A squawk overhead will be a scarlet macaw, look out for them on the wild almond tree above the pool. Sloths are spotted often, munching away on their favourite leaves.
The local bull fiestas at Conte and Naranjo are worth a visit as are the cabalgatas where locals show off their prowess on horseback. Eat churros (stick donuts) and sample local fayre from the buzzing stalls.