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Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi

Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi


Property Details

Updated: Mar 4, 2015
Master bedrm up, studio bedrm w/ queen & twin below, tent platform,

Beautiful 2011-built house at the Rain Forest Preserve just above Dominical, Walking distance to beach, but it is up from the Costinera highway, so we recommend anyone who stays at Canopy Vista have a 4 Wheel drive vehicle. Surfing, tours, Dominical fine dining. Air conditioning in bedrooms. Pool/spa. Viewing platform and decks overlooking canopy. Tucans come to visit.

Perfect for 2 couples to share as the upper and lower levels have separate entrances, bathrooms, etc and the luxury tent setup can provide a 3rd living space. Upper & lower levels have setups for over 100 free movies & 5000 songs in the IMAC and AppleTVs.

House is close to paragliding, waterfalls, birdwatching, lot's of wildlife in the Preserve. House has 1 master bedroom upstairs with bath, full kitchen, incredible views of jungle, mountains, and a peak of the ocean; separate downstairs bedroom with 1 queen and 1 single bed, bath and kitchenette area with microwave, 2-burner range-top & cooler.

Private location nestled in 5 acres of jungle, with huge views of the 1000-acre Rain Forrest canopy.. Three-sided wrap-around deck lets you walk from your view of the jungle canopy and ocean to the mountain view on the other side.

Wifi. Computer available upon request on site upstairs with high speed internet connection.

Enjoy bird-watching, the beach, fantastic restaurants, day excursions. Check with caretaker for catered meals. Take the short hike to our very own private waterfall/pool within the Preserve.

With luggage, you will need a 4wd to access the property or use 4wd taxi.

You will love the Dominical area, which boasts one of of the biggest waterfalls in the southern zone located just up the highway. Nayuaka is accessible via a horseback tour for only $60. Also, horseback riding along the beach is just down the road off the Costanera highway at Mercedes. Fill out the form at to list your preferences, Kathleen is happy to send you a customized set of recommendations and pricing info.

We have great 3G cell reception at the house, and provide a backup cell phone for use at the house only.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I fell so in love with this country that I mortgaged my house here in Colorado to buy the land at the Rainforest Preserve in 2006, and then I also bought a reforestation farm about 30 min. from the Preserve. I built the house there in December 2011.

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Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi
Dominical Puntarenas

The Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay here was absolutely lovely! The house is right in the middle of the jungle which makes you feel like you're in a tropical paradise. The views are stunningly beautiful and the house itself is very nice. The location is great because you're tucked away in the jungle, which gives you a great sense of privacy. At the same time, you're minutes away from the beach, as well as the town, so you don't have to go out of your way to get anywhere. There's a great kitchen area that was a lot of fun to cook in and the wrap around balcony is incredible! I think the balcony and views were two of our most favorite things about staying here. We saw so many colorful birds and butterflies outside in the front yard which was awesome. We even saw a sloth down the road on one of our walks to a nearby waterfall. There's a tent platform on the property that you can camp out in which was really cool and there's a downstairs room with two beds that makes it really easy to travel with friends and family. It was so nice to be able to just walk outside and have so many great trails for walking and hiking. It was also nice to be conveniently near the beach and all of the town's restaurants and stores. This was honestly the best vacation I have ever had. Costa Rica is a beautiful place and this house was the perfect home during our stay. If I ever get another chance to visit Costa Rica, I will definitely choose to stay at this wonderful vacation rental again.

Pura Vida! :)
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brittany! I love sharing my Costa Rica home with people such as yourself who really appreciate the many wonderful aspects of this house and location.

Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi
Dominical Puntarenas
York, PA

Perfect family location

  • 5 of 5
My 3 adult children and I shared this lovely retreat for 5 days. We were welcomed by toucans and Edwin, who led us on a hike in the surrounding rainforest. Sitting each day in the canopy and watching jungle life team around us was amazing. The house was well designed with screens and BR AC to make sleeping comfortable. We enjoyed exploring nearby beaches but found Manuel Antonio our favorite for swimming and hiking. This is not your typical beach resort but was exactly what we were looking for ...and you too if you want to escape commercialism but have the comforts of home.
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I am very glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to having you back again.

Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi
Dominical Puntarenas
Westminster, Maryland


  • 5 of 5
Couldn't ask for a better place to stay in dominical. The drive up definitely needs a 4x4 and is a little daunting the first time but that's the fun of Costa Rica! I absolutely loved this place, along with everyone in my group.
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay!
Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi
Dominical Puntarenas

Beautiful new house; brilliant location

  • 5 of 5
The vacation was great! You have a beautiful house. The upstairs/downstairs configuration suited us perfectly with our two older teenagers. We really enjoyed the pool -- very glad you put it in before we got there! We also appreciated the air conditioning in the bedrooms; it helped us get a restful sleep each night.

The caretaker was very helpful and came right away when we had a little trouble with our door lock. His wife did our laundry for a small fee while we were away at the park for the day. Although they don't speak much English (and we don't speak much Spanish), they are very nice people, and we managed with text messaging and our translation app on our phone. It was an adventure in communication!

It was lovely to just sit and listen to the jungle noises, watch the toucans fly by, and eat some fruit while reading our books. On several occasions we walked to the sunset platform; it's a beautiful view over the ocean with amazing sunsets.

I don't know if we'll get back to Costa Rica, but if we do, we would definitely consider staying at your house again. And if anyone we know is headed to Costa Rica, we'll recommend your house as a great place to stay. It was a wonderful experience for all of us!
  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christina,
Thank you very much for your feedback on the house. I hope you'll be able to come visit again soon!
Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi
Dominical Puntarenas

A beautiful sanctuary, love the toucans!

  • 5 of 5
The home feels new and is well maintained, with a fantastic wrap-around deck that allows easy viewing of the rainforest canopy. We enjoyed sitting on the deck every morning with our coffee to check out the vistas and the wildlife. We were fortunate to see a small flock of toucans stop by on a nearby tree every morning. Also saw a baby tapir several mornings foraging for its breakfast.

One reviewer had mentioned the heat in the unit, and that was a concern. However since that time, air conditioner units have been installed in the bedrooms, so there was never a problem keeping cool and getting a good night sleep.

We enjoyed our time in Dominical and walking the beach and enjoying the sunsets. There are some fun restaurants and several nice live music venues. We did a day trip out to Canos Island and another day trip and a horseback ride out to Nauyaca Falls.

We loved our 2 weeks over the Christmas holiday at Canopy Vista and Dominical, and are looking forward to going back in the next 6 months and enjoying the new pool that is being installed there in February.
  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review!
Nestled in Rain Forest Preserve yet only 5 min to beach New pool/spa. Wifi
Dominical Puntarenas
Boston area, United States

A tranquil and beautiful oasis

  • 4 of 5
Yes, the jungle views are truly stunning. You have to squint to see a sliver of the ocean, but we we loved relaxing on the wraparound deck and gazing upon the rain forest. Even from inside the house, you get an amazing feeling of serenity, as light pours in and you're surrounded by a gorgeous landscape. You feel like you've escaped to a private paradise--you won't see or hear any neighbors, although the house is not so remote as to feel unsafe. The road leading to the house is rather harrowing, though, at least at first. Trust Kathleen when she says you need a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and you should arrive before dark! Speaking of Kathleen, she's wonderful to deal with. Easygoing and accommodating, she responded quickly to emails, provided helpful tips on what to do in the area, and returned our security deposit promptly. Edwin, the local caretaker, was also a sweetheart, but he doesn't speak much English. As for the house, it was clean and comfortable, although the downstairs quarters aren't nearly as appealing as upstairs. The beds had good mattresses, the kitchen had everything we needed (including a very welcome big jug of bottled water in the fridge), the Wi-Fi worked great, and the large selection of movies available to watch was a nice surprise. One thing to be aware of: the walls of the bedroom and bathroom on the upper level don't go all the way to the ceiling, so noise can carry over from the living area and kitchen. Also, we found it impossible to keep bugs out--there were a few ants on the floor when we arrived, and other little insects kept appearing. Fortunately, they weren't troublesome (we got no bites of any kind, had no kitchen invaders, saw no scary spiders), and after all, this is the jungle! One other caveat: I wouldn't consider the beach to be within walking distance, unless you're a very hardy walker. The trip down might not be too bad, but the return hike back up the hill would be challenging, especially in hot weather. Also, don't count on swimming at the waterfall in the preserve. It was only a trickle when we were there (early January), but we found a nice alternative at nearby Posa Azul. Not as impressive as Nauyaca Falls, but refreshing and un-touristy.
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. At the end of January we installed a pool/spa and hang out area on the ground level. Pictures coming soon!


From the Owner

Awake to the sounds of the jungle and see the Tucans fly into 'Tucan tree' right in front of your eyes shortly after dawn. See the top of the canopy and animals like the Pizotes or white faced monkeys wondering around below. Canopy Vista is up the mountain 6 switchbacks, and this affords greater safety away from the public beach, and is only a 15-20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive down to the famous Dominical surf beach. There are lots of places to walk within the Preserve, including the big ocean overlook ('the Miradore'), and our community orchard, and a waterfall. The house has incredible views of the Preserve on 3 sides and a small view of the ocean. The house is new as of 2011, has lots of windows and a great ocean breeze. Bedrooms can be air conditioned individually. High speed internet available at the house, and IMAC computer may be checked out. The computer also has lots of movies and music. There is also a small TV monitor with Apple TV in the downstairs room.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

House on the edge of the Rainforest Preserve with pool/spa, air conditioning in bedrooms and optional 2-room Luxury Tent on the adjacent viewing platform. Internet available at the house. Located within the Rain Forest Preserve on

a private 5 acres lot. Straight down Mango Manor road and across the Costanera highway you will find the famous Dominical surf beach. There is a waterfall within the Preserve and I will help you locate many hidden waterfall jewels in the area. GREAT house for one or two families with teenage kids to enjoy as there are 3 distinct living spaces: upstairs, downstairs & the tent platform. It is a small house, but packs a lot of privacy.

The ocean and great surf beach of Dominical are just a 15 minute walk down the hill.This amazing new house and tent platform has easy access to all of the amenities offered by the southern zone: great wildlife, the beach, fantastic restaurants, day excursions.

30 foot waterfall with pool below within walking distance. Special breakfast 'Mirador' overlooking the big Pacific just a 5 minute walk away.

A yoga retreat center is located within the Rainforest Preserve. Please check for retreat dates.


From $90 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season Jan 16-April 30
Jan 16 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
May 1-August 30 Season
May 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
September 1-Dec 14th
Sep 1 2015 - Dec 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning $40
  • Property Damage Protection $49

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Contact the owner for special seasonal discounts. Daily rates quoted are based on 4 person occupancy. I love kids, but we have found the house ist best suited for families with children over 12 years of age. $10/day/person for additional guests. Special rate of $90/night for Envision Fest dates of Feb 26-March 2 for downstairs only, 2.

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Updated: Mar 4, 2015


From the Owner

Easy access to the beach, the town of Dominical, and all of the local attractions. Easy to bird-watch or see butterflies right from the house. Paraglide launchplace nearby. Big tent available for extra guests or teens 13 or above. Pool, Wifi, air conditioning.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

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


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 1200 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • Each bedroom area has a bathroom with shower, including the tent platform area.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single, 2 rooms in tent
  • All new house & appliances & furniture as of Dec. 2011


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available


  • We provide an 'unplugged' environment for a relaxing stay in the tropics. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for driving on anything other than the two paved highways in Costa Rica. The road into the Preserve up to the house requires a 4wd.

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