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Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office

Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office


Property Details

Updated: May 13, 2015
3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms (sleeps 8)

Casa Ventanas is located a short 5-7 minute drive up from the coastal highway. Location, location, location! Many homes are located 15 minutes or more from the highway. Consider location for your vacation destination! We have completely renovated the kitchen. All new solid hardwood cabinetry, stainless appliances and granite countertops. The kitchen is fabulous. The exterior and roof have been completely repainted with teak exterior ceilings re-varnished April, 2011. 2012 improvements included resurfacing the pool area and installation of a new 5100 liter back up water supply and pool resurfacing and re-fencing. The property is in perfect condition.

This fabulous, extremely private three-bedroom home is nestled on a 6.14 acre private estate in a private community in the coastal foothills of Playa Ventanas, 1 km north of the village of Ojochal on the beautiful four lane coastal highway. Entrance to property is gated. It has incredible views of the ocean, offshore rocky islets, the Terraba River delta and entire Osa Peninsula, and lush, jungle-covered mountains. At the bottom of the property is a river with flowing stream, small waterfall and swimming hole. This lovely layout is perfect for maximum appreciation of the beautiful natural environment on the South Pacific Zone, either for private contemplation or for entertaining friends. The estate is surrounded by banana trees and jungle wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, toucans, parrots, sloths and morpho butterflies. The grounds include a running river and primary old growth forest. Access is 1.5km from coastal highway on gravel road (5 minutes). Entrance to property is gated and access to house is from a 100 meter private road. 4WD ONLY vehicles should be rented.

The beautifully crafted, 2400-square-foot, furnished home features glass, wood, and stone with vaulted ceilings. The home, built in 2000, has 3.5 baths. The estate includes a 20' by 30' tiled swimming pool , with patio area and incredible jungle and white water ocean view over pristine rainforest on 6 acre estate. Entire poolside is decked in stone. The master bedroom suite includes a king-size bed, private bath with double vanity, tub and a shower with porthole. Guest suites have private baths with showers. One room has a queen-size bed and the other guestroom has two twin beds. Each bedroom with individual wireless remote air conditioning. Bedding and towels are included.

This open-concept home has a living room with ceiling-to-floor windows overlooking the ocean and the jungle. The fully equipped kitchen includes a snack bar and dining area. Right off of the kitchen are laundry facilities with washer and dryer.

The Costa Rican jungle is just steps from the door of this home. The Rio Media Luna bounds the estate and the river and running waterfalls and swimming holes are active year round and just a short 5 minute walk down the hill from the swimming pool. Safety hand lines have been added to mark the trail and steps down have been cut to provide for a safe and easy trip down the hill to the river. Travel down the mountainside by car to the nearby pristine beaches, including magnificent Playa Ventanas, renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in southern Costa Rica. Enjoy the sunset poolside or experience the beauty of a Playa Ventanas sunset. Enjoy the many nearby activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, sport fishing, mangrove tours, horseback riding, waterfalls, canopy tours, and much more.

This area of the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica is best described as a beautiful unspoiled natural area for unspoiled people. There are no beach clubs, no umbrella drinks served by waiters on the beach. Just uncrowded, unspoiled natural wonderment around every corner. No crowds, no tourist buses, no gated communities. Instead you will find an interesting mix of expatriates from all over western Europe, Canada and the USA mixing and working together with the local Ticos. Dining in nearby Ojochal is world class. Local restaurants Exotica and Citrus and others provide dining opportunities not available in other areas of Costa Rica.

Services include water from a community spring, electricity, 172 channel Sky TV with dvd library, and garbage collection. WI FI at the house. Skype phone on premises with USA based phone number with or without computer. Please bring your laptop. House is wireless throughout. Property is protected by a wireless alarm system. Our property managers live above the nearby village of Ojochal and are there to assist you in insuring a wonderful vacation. Mid week maid service is included in every rental.

Ojochal is located approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours from SJO Airport via the coastal route through Jaco, Quepos and Dominical. Since the international airport is north of San Jose, driving due west to the coast avoids delays getting through San Jose. Given the completion of the Caldera Highway (tollway to the pacific coast), driving is now an easy 3.5 to 4 hour drive from the San Jose Airport. An alternative to either route is to fly Nature Air or Sansa from San Jose to the air strip at Palmar Sur. From there it is a 20 minute drive to Casa de Ventanas. Solid Rent a Car can arrange to have a 4x4 ready for you upon arrival. 4x4 vehicles ONLY should be used due to road conditions in the area. Advance reservations would be required. 50% Deposit fee due upon confirmation of reservation. 50% Final deposit due 30 days prior to arrival. $300 US Security deposit fee payable at check in and refundable at check out if no damages. No pets. On site property manager for arrival-departure and information.

No refunds available 120 days or less prior to check-in date.

No credit will be issued for early departures, late arrivals, or no-shows.

Given the remoteness of the area, guests arriving to SJO airport after 1 pm will need to overnight prior to arriving at Casa de Ventanas the next day.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Sunset at Playa Ventanas is truly something to experience. This area of Southern Costa Rica is still a magical place for the whole family. The fact that this day is typical instead of special says it all.


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Guestbook comments from the owner

Welcome to Casa de Ventanas. We are in the process of updating the house throughout 2007. We have tried and will continue to try to provide a wonderful vacation experience for your family. The area of Costa Rica from Dominical to Ojochal is truly magnificent. The mountains crash down to the sea and the outdoor activities in a 25 mile radius are outstanding. The house and grounds provide their own constant entertainment. There are three troops of resident howler monkeys and toucans daily visit the trees surrounding the house. Keep the binoculars handy! The dining experience in Ojochal is not to be believed. Exotica is outstanding french cuisine and reservations are necessary. French is a common language in this little village. La Paracela on the way to Dominical is another favorite. Across the highway from La Paracels is La Macha. Try it for some authentic Tico cuisine. Finally, just south of Ojochal is the Boca Coronado. This little restaurant is Tico but run with a french accent!

Not to be missed is a trip to Hacienda Baru just north of Dominical for a canopy zip line tour. Similarly, do not miss Don Lulo's horseback trip to Nauyaca Falls. It is located in Plantanillo, just 5 minutes north of Dominical on the road to San Isidro.

Finally, spend plenty of time at Playa Ventanas, just 1km north of the entrance to Cinco Ventanas. Park your car in the private area and pay 75cents/hour to have your car watched. Short palm tree lined walk down to the beach. Do not miss it. It is closed Wednesday.

For the surfers, Playa Ventanas has a small beginner's surf break if the tide is coming in. The real surfing takes place at Dominical beach, 25 minutes to the north.

Enjoy your vacation and tell us what we can do to make it better!

Jay Friedman and his partners.
Mar 2007
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62 Reviews

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Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office
+1 -2108859010
Ojochal Puntarenas
Arlington, Va

Perfect location and layout!

  • 5 of 5
We love to stay in different area of Costa Rica. Unfortunately, we just can't help ourselves. Every trip has to include a week at Casa de Ventanas. The location is perfect. It is an easy drive (and I do not say this lightly in Costa Rica!) to activities and parks on the west coast. If you are wondering where the really terrific restaurants are in Costa Rica-- Ojochal, just down the road. Citrus is outstanding. Don't miss the passion fruit sorbet concoction at Exotica for dessert. There are fishing tours, multiple excellent canopy tours, fab beaches, a wonderful horseback/waterfall tour, nature preserves, eco-tours, surfing, and much more.

Every morning we got up early so as not to miss what were often dozens of toucans in the trees around the rancho. Every evening we swim in the pool overlooking the ocean. Howler monkeys are all over the area. Down by the property waterfall, our guests watched coatimundi playing. We have taken friends the last two trips and they have also vowed to return. The beautiful casa is perfect for families and couples. The master bedroom is on one side of the house and 2 additional bedrooms on the other end. Every bedroom has an en suite bath. Everything you need to grill your fresh caught fish or make tall frozen drinks is on hand. The grocery is close by. We stayed in other casas in the area before finding this one. Before you select a place, ask about the drive up the mountains. This casa is only a few minutes drive, you do not have to ford any streams in your vehicle to get there (often the case) and the roads are well kept and wider than many -- allowing two way traffic. Management is great and it is nice to have free skype and internet if you need it to touch base with home. You'll definitely want a mountain view and breezes. Casas on the beach can get quite hot.

If you are looking for a resort with lots of crowds and chain restaurants, this place is not for you! This is a fantastic casa in the middle of all the nature and people the make Costa Rica so incredible!
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Linda, you DO know the area very well! It is really great to have others appreciate the details that we put into the house. It is a beautiful area to be sure, but having the comforts of USA standards is not easy! Thanks for coming back to see us and sending your friends as well! Saludos, Jay
Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office
+1 -2108859010
Ojochal Puntarenas
Montréal Canada

Gorgeous house

  • 5 of 5
A wonderful aerie overlooking the Pacific and Osa peninsula. The house was perfectly suited for us, a family with two kids and my sister, as the layout is expansive and keeps kid noise contained to wherever the little people are playing. Pool is divine and much floating and star gazing at night. Driveway is hairy steep but doable without 4x4.
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Glad you all enjoyed your stay! Hopefully you guys enjoyed the wonderful French food at Citrus and Exotica as well!

Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office
+1 -2108859010
Ojochal Puntarenas

Murray & Pam

Murray & Pam
  • 5 of 5
We have stayed in jay's place on at least four different occasions in four different years. Every time is better than the last. Jay has become a true friend and has assisted us in becoming part of the local community.
It doesn't get any better than this.
  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anyone that knows me knows I rarely am speechless. Well this did it.

Thank you murray.

Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office
+1 -2108859010
Ojochal Puntarenas
Montreal Canada


  • 4 of 5
Just got back from a 10 day stay at this lovely property. I have been coming to this area for many years & usually stay with friends, but this time we stayed at Casa Ventana. All the comfort of home plus a beautiful jungle setting.
Its a spacious, private home and property. The Howler monkeys came to check us out a few times & the Toucans were 15 feet away. One morning I counted 16 in a period of 30 seconds. Lots to do in the area & some of the best dining in C.R.
Already working on a return visit!
  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Awesome! Can't wait for next month myself!!

Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office
+1 -2108859010
Ojochal Puntarenas

highly recommended

  • 5 of 5
My family of 4 stayed at Casa de Ventanas for 11 nights and we absolutely loved it. Great location, beautiful house, fantastic pool, well equipped kitchen, modern appliances and just gorgeous surrounding jungle. There was nothing missing! OK, the internet is a little slow but you shouldn't be working there anyway. My kids grew gills from being in the pool for so many hours. If you're thinking of Costa Rica, go to Casa de Ventanas. I plan to return as soon as possible!
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Yep. Most everything is slow there! We are lucky nowadays to have the 2mb speed we get!

Pura vida. Jay
Big Ocean View; A/C in all BR; waterfall; high speed internet; complete office
+1 -2108859010
Ojochal Puntarenas

private and well-kept home in a beautiful area of Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5
This is a private, well-kept home in a very rural and unspoiled part of Costa Rica. I will start by saying that the photos on VRBO are 100% accurate in their portrayal of the home. There were no surprises and this being our first time renting a house online, I was very thankful for that!

The inside of the home is clean and comfortable. The layout was ideal for our family of 5 -- 2 adults and 3 children. The children had their own wing and bathrooms. The master suite is absolutely fantastic. We slept with the sliding doors open every night to enjoy the fresh air and sounds of the jungle. There really is nothing better than waking up with the animals to a beautiful sunrise every morning. A/C was not used at all during our stay in August.

The outdoor area is delightful. There is a beautiful stone patio and the pool is gorgeous, very clean and well-maintained and big enough for 3 active kids. There are no visible homes so this is a truly private setting with a gorgeous view. The walk down to the waterfall from the house is a real adventure, we saw bats, a poison dart frog, and a jaguarundi! The kids jumped from the top of the waterfall into the swimming hole again and again.

The area has many activities to choose from. The ocean water is very clean and warm. The rivers are also a real treat for cooling off on a hot day. Be sure to check out El Pavon waterfall. We also hiked to Nauyaca waterfall which was well worth the effort. There were several swimming holes to stop at along the way. We enjoyed Playa Ventana (a little disappointing that so much trash gets stuck in the cove, but don't let it deter you from visiting) and loved Playa Ballena for walking and swimming and picking up shells and sand dollars. Also, Jay recommended the Rafiki Safari Lodge rafting trip and that was the absolute highlight of our trip for the whole family.

I would recommend this house and area of CR without hesitation. We can't wait to come back!
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Glad you guys had a great trip! We followed you in the same day! thanks for leaving it nice.

Pura Vida.



From the Owner

The main reason for visiting this area is the abundant wildlife and the unspoiled area. The mountains plummet to the sea and the privacy and jungle are incredible.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Short 7-8 minute drive to house from coastal highway. House is 2.5km up from highway. Playa Ventanas is a short 10 minute drive from house. 4wd required for area roads. Canopy zip line touring, horseback riding to fabulous Nauyaca waterfalls within 30 minute drive at Dominical. See Photos for picture of fabulous Nauyaca Falls. Incredible Dominical surf break less than 30 minutes on coastal highway.


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Nov 1 2015 - Dec 15 2015
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Dec 16 2015 - Mar 31 2016
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From the Owner

There are several distinguishing characteristics of Casa Ventanas over others in our area. First and foremost size and privacy. Many homes sit on postage stamp lots. This house sits on 6 acres and all surrounding properties are similar and larger. This makes a huge impact on wildlife. More nature; less us! Secondly, we are CLOSE to the highway on a non sketchy road. That becomes huge. The ability to drive 5 minutes down the highway is a big deal. The cinco ventanas road is also in great shape year round. Also a big deal.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View


  • rain forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2600 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • 2 floor safes on site for valuables during stay. Wireless alarm system with auto style key fobs for operation. Provides complete security for valuables during day trips from house.

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