Montezuma Sanctuary:Villa w/360-Views

From $125 / night

Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Montezuma Sanctuary:Villa w/360-Views
2 bedrooms
12 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 12
Type: Villa
Per night: $125 - $175
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Montezuma vacation villa rental
ALL RENTAL INCOME goes directly to support this beautiful 28-Acre Wildlife Sanctuary which entails the safety and preservation of all plants and trees, birds and animals living freely on this lovely estate. This hilltop home is 1 kilometer (less than 1 mile) from Montezuma Beach on a 28 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary bordering the Montezuma River, and less than a 5-minute drive from the center of Montezuma, where one can easily find an abundance of excellent restaurants, grocery- and gift-shopping and night life, not to mention the miles and miles of gorgeous beaches and trails. For those without a car, a 10 minute walk down the driveway gets you to the bus that runs every 2 hours between Montezuma and Cobano.

The fully-furnished home has two huge bedrooms with two bathrooms. Magnificent, 360-degree views of coastline, open sea, mountains and forest. The construction features large, open-air living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom with custom-made wicker furniture. There's a very large front porch with hammocks, Lounge Chairs and Rocking Chairs and table & chairs, with flowering plants all around.

Both bedrooms are octagon-shaped; the upstairs bedroom has a balcony with a 180-degree, walk-around corridor, walk-in closet and private, open-air bathroom with magnificent views, stone floor and built-in garden. This bedroom has one queen-size and one double bed. There are other mattresses available if needed. Some guests choose to put their mattress onto the balcony to sleep under the stars. The downstairs bedroom, has the same magnificent views of the coastline, ocean and mountains. It has a King-size bed (on wheels) with 6 huge drawers, for clothing and/or other storage, plus one single bed. This bedroom has an overhead fan, a built-in-the wall air-conditioner, an extra-large desk for computer, etc., a large-screen television, as well as a stereo sound system with speakers throughout the house. This stereo sound system has AM/FM Radio, double cassette tape and CD Player, with speakers throughout the entire house. There are additional mattresses available that can be used as a comfortable meditation couch or for additional guests.

There is a fully-equipped kitchen with 6-burner stove & oven, full-sized fridge with large freezer. In back of the house is a washing machine with an extra-large sink alongside, and a hot water tank that serves the entire house. There's even an outdoor shower, decorated with a wrought-iron palm tree, where one can shower outside with refreshing, cold water from the river (ideal for cooling off in the heat!) This home and property is truly a nature-lover's paradise!

The land is managed as a 'Wildlife Sanctuary'--so all kinds of birds and animals come and live here in safety away from dogs and hunters. The only sounds up here are those of the birds, all three species of monkeys, and the ocean and river. The animals we live with are: mapache (raccoon), pizotes (coatimundi), sloths, monkeys, porcupine, ant eaters, aracaris (relatives of toucans), all kinds of birds, and an abundance of butterflies, and humming birds.

Just outside the entrance, there is a path down to the famous Montezuma River (approximately 50 meters below). Be sure to bring good rubber-soled, hiking sandals, allowing you to hike down the path with ease and to walk in the river and hop from rock to rock, (flip-flops just won't do for this). This gorgeous river has abundant waterfalls (from small to huge), varying-size swimming holes, howler, spider and white-face monkeys and all kinds of species of birds and animals. One can easily meander down the River to the famous, huge Montezuma waterfalls where all the tourists go (by hiking up from the road down below in town). However, because we're approximately 1 kilometer up the River from where all the tourists congregate, our guests have the river all to themselves up here just below the Villa, and often will spend the entire day with their picnic lunch and a good book.

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Availability Calendar



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 05 2017 Apr 20 2017 $165 - - - 3 Nights
Apr 21 2017 Nov 15 2017 $125 - - - 3 Nights
Nov 16 2017 Dec 15 2017 $165 - - - 4 Nights
Dec 16 2017 Jan 03 2018 $175 - - - 4 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Deposits: 50% Down to CONFIRM Reservation 50% Upon Arrival
Payment Options: Personal Check
Other Fees: If Reservation is Cancelled prior to 90 days notice, there is a 100% Refund. 50% at time of booking, 50% upon arrival Non-refundable 50% deposit if cancelled within 60 days of arrival.



  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Patio
  • View (Ocean)
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Porch
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Full Kitchen
  • Parking Included
  • View (Mountains)
  • Appliances

  • Blender
  • DVD Player
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • CD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Radio
  • TV (Antenna)
  • Activities

  • Hiking
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (1 mile)
  • Scuba Diving
    (1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (2 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (1 mile)
  • Surfing
    (3 miles)
  • Ocean
    (<1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (4 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (1 mile)
  • Golf
    (2 miles)
  • Pool
    (4 miles)
  • Beach
    (1 mile)
  • Park
    (1 mile)
  • Horseback Riding
    (2 miles)
  • Tennis
    (10 miles)
  • Boating
    (1 mile)
  • Playground
    (1 mile)

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Reviews for this vacation villa rental in Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

I wish to preface here that ALL OF THE FOLLOWING "REVIEWS" came to us through another page in which we've been advertising for several years. ALL REVIEWS have been transferred

5 Stars Out of 5

We came to stay at the Villa for 5 days and I'm not going to lie, as city dwellers we found it quite a contrast! It's quite true, there is a gorgeous waterfall literally steps away from the Villa (the path is steep and I'm not unfit and I found it a 'medium' in terms of effort needed to get up and down). The Villa is lovely, very simple with no distractions, which meant we really did slow down and relax. As we came at a hot time of year, we did find ourselves cooling down in the downstairs room that has an AC unit a few times during our stay. The 4 of us (2 adults 2 kids) spent most nights in the upstairs (open) bedroom and awoke each morning around 4 a.m. to the howler monkeys which was quite magical. Contrary to other reviews we did feel we needed to use the mosquito nets but maybe it was the time of year we visited....and they love to bite me.

The kids favorite moment was meeting the pizotes (coatamundis) that frequent the villa and one morning we were treated to a greeting from a family of at least 10!

We felt that having a car to travel to the beach at Montezuma was pretty essential --- maybe if we didn't have kids, and the heat wasn't so intense, then we could have enjoyed the walk to the main road and the bus into town.

Embarrassingly, our Spanish is not great but we did manage to communicate with Johnny when we needed anything at all.

The most important and valuable thing I have to say is that Kati, the owner, was amazing. Although she resides in San Jose, from the moment we first inquired about the Villa she was so incredibly helpful. She called the ferry for me when I was confused about the timing of it, she recommended routes to drive and places to visit. She couldn't have been more helpful - and more available. This really helped to ensure that as a family we had a great stay.

Vicky C. Submitted: Jan 23, 2016 Stayed: Dec 2015

5 Stars Out of 5

Three days at this Wildlife Sanctuary are not enough! We all really loved being there and discovering the abundance of wildlife that surrounds this beautiful property. Way above Montezuma, although actually quite close (less than 1 mile), makes this a wonderful peaceful getaway from the world. Johnny, the caretaker, is very helpful and sweet. Definitely a great experience.

Submitted: Feb 19, 2014 Stayed: Dec 2013
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Owner's Response: Hi Dee, Thanks so much for the lovely Review you posted. We were so happy that you and your friends had such a wonderful time in our home. Dee, you're so right in saying that "Three Days is Not Enough" because we continually hear this from our guests as they are leaving to continue on with their vacations. They say things like, "Just as we were beginning to truly RELAX into this lovely home of yours, we had to leave to go to our next destination. We wish we had booked more time with you!" By the way, Dee, we are now working with a lawyer to become an "official" Not-for-Profit Corporation because, as you know, it has always been our intention to exclusively support the Sanctuary with all the Rental Income so as to make this Wildlife Sanctuary totally self-supporting. Hoping to see you again soon, Warmest regards, Kati

5 Stars Out of 5

Five days in this paradise was not enough to disconnect and live the way it should be. This is a big open concept Villa with 2 huge bedrooms. The open concept allows to be completely immersed in nature with a comfort of a 5 stars hotel. Montezuma is quite hilly and the house is located up the main route.

I truly recommend this Villa !

Antoine, Montreal--Submitted: Mar 26, 2014 Stayed: Mar 2014
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O wner's Response: Dear Antoine, Not all of our guests think to write a review, so it is always a pleasure to hear what they have to say about their stay with us. Your commentary says what most of our guests say when they have stayed less than a week.....that "it just wasn't enough time!!!" They have all said, in one way or another, that just as they were beginning to "settle in" to the peacefulness and grace of being in the Sanctuary, that they were sorry that they had to leave for the next "Programmed Destination.? I'm glad you mentioned it so that others, perhaps, won't make the same mistake -- not just because it is so lovely being in our home, on the land, or in the River below, but also because there is so much to see and do in and around Montezuma. We've had people stay a week to 2 months with us, using the Villa as "Home Base" from which to explore all around Montezuma, Malpais, Santa Theresa, Playa Hermosa, Manzanillo, Playa Coyote and more. I would like to mention here that the entrance to our property is less than 1 mile from downtown Montezuma and the beaches. For those, like you, who choose not to rent a car, there are buses every 2 hours that pass by the entrance to our property. It was a great pleasure meeting both you and Veronique and I sincerely hope you will tell all of your friends about us and that you two will return again soon. With much affection, Kati

5 Stars Out of 5

We stayed here for three nights of our honeymoon and wish we could have stayed longer. The house is beautiful and exotic with the open floor plan and open air. We saw - and heard - a lot of wildlife, including iguanas, coatis, capuchin monkeys and many birds and butterflies. The house enjoys near total privacy in every direction. We chose not to rent a car, and it was a half-hour walk down the long hill to Montezuma and the beach, with a quick US$6 taxi ride back up to the house. A steep, but quick hike down to the river behind the house rewards you with beautiful pools and access to waterfalls, as well as even more wildlife.

The owner, Kati, was eager to offer us suggestions on transportation and gave great recommendations for our stay in San Jose, as well. Although he does not speak English (so be prepared for that), the caretaker, Johnny, is very helpful.

This is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy Costa Rica's outdoors in a unique and cozy home. It was the highlight of our trip and we highly recommend it!

Jessica B. -- Submitted: Apr 3, 2014 Stayed: Mar 2014

5 Stars Out of 5

We have just returned from a 2-week stay at Montezuma Sanctuary, and where do I begin to describe the fabulous vacation we had! There were 4 of us in our group, "sixty-ish" in age. For my husband and me, it was our first trip to Costa Rica. Our main goals were to see lots of wildlife and to experience at least a little of the lifestyle and culture of Costa Rica away from the very touristy places.

Our expectations were definitely surpassed! First of all, the location of the house is perfect. It sits high up on a hill and has the most wonderful views of the bay, mountains and surrounding jungle. The sunrises are incredible. The wildlife surrounding you will gently wake you and you will feel totally one with nature as the sun lights up the sky with gorgeous colors. The house is unique with everything being open to nature, lovely breezes always (we never once thought we should have air conditioning) and all that you need to be comfortable.

Although we did rent a car for a week to travel to Malpais, Santa Theresa, etc. we're not sure we would bother next time. For the other week, we relied on local transportation, bus and taxi, to go to Cobano, Montezuma, Cabuya, Cabo Blanco Nature reserve, etc. We also walked several times into Montezuma (about a leisurely 30 min. walk). The road is quite steep but good exercise!

We did the walk down to the river by the path that is right beside the house. It wasn't easy for us women in the group (it's very steep and lots of slippery spots, rocks, etc.) but we were able to do it. Once down at the river, you can walk to all the waterfalls.

The beach town of Montezuma has everything you need-- groceries, souvenir boutiques, great restaurants and fabulous beaches. Great for swimming! No jet skis, banana boats or parasailing. It was school vacation and we shared the beach and town with Costa Rican families, young travelers and "older" travelers like us.

As for the wildlife, we saw more monkeys, parrots, butterflies, agouti, coati, iguanas and various insects just while sitting on the porch than I would have imagined! Certainly, many more than at Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve.

The owner of the house, Kati, is so helpful and really wants you to have an amazing time. She has a wealth of information about the area and is just a phone call away. Johnny, the administrator, takes care of everything. He doesn't speak English but with our bit of Spanish, we had no problems.

Kati and Johnny, thank you for sharing Montezuma Sanctuary with us!

Curtis S. -- Submitted: Jan 29, 2015 Stayed: Jan 2015

5 Stars Out of 5

We couldn't have imagined a more magical place to stay in Costa Rica. We were a group of four adults and three five year-olds and this place suited us perfectly. It is spacious and open with hammocks and comfy chairs throughout (lazing in a hammock overlooking the jungle and Nicoya Peninsula was heavenly). The kids kept themselves endlessly busy running around inside and out (and swinging in hammocks) and we never felt cooped up. We had a rule that the kids weren't allowed on the upstairs deck without an adult since there is no railing. This was not a problem at all for us - the kids are old enough to obey the rules and we enjoyed the unobstructed views from that deck (there is also a door to the upstairs that can be kept closed). The kitchen is well equipped (and big - we could all be working without tripping over each other) and we cooked all but three meals over the course of our 8 day stay. Johnny, the caretaker, was available 24/7, but totally unobtrusive. One day we came home to a huge jug of fresh pipa juice (coconut water) in our refrigerator. So refreshing! Kati, the owner, was always a phone call away and had lots of suggestions of things to do that would be suitable for our group (with kids). The area is wonderful - beaches, restaurants, Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, a local butterfly garden (a hit with the kids) and much more. However, just hanging out, cooking and eating in that tranquil setting was often enough for us.

It was the nature surrounding this astounding place that really blew us away. We had a birding scope set up on the upstairs bedroom deck as well as a few pair of binoculars. We all had fun identifying parrots, flycatchers, motmots, cuckoos and more. It was astounding. The kids loved seeing the howler monkeys, the iguanas, the interesting insects, reptiles, the coatis, and agoutis. There was a tree frog in our upstairs bathroom for a few days. Beautiful! The views from every vantage point are really stunning. The house is very open, but is surprisingly cool. We used blankets at night, especially in the upstairs bedroom - it got wonderfully breezy. We had been mildly concerned about mosquitoes, but they were a non-issue for us. This house is perfect for people who are interested (and not afraid of) nature, who don't want a cookie-cutter made-for-tourists' experience. The house is full of beautiful character and Costa Rican wildlife abounds. This is not the Hyatt-Regency (or whatever). It's a hundred times better.

Nora J. Submitted: Mar 20, 2015 Stayed: Mar 2015

5 Stars Out of 5

For a nature lover, the Montezuma Sanctuary is truly a dream come true. My wife and I spent a week here in October, and had a wonderful experience. The Sanctuary is well-maintained, very private (on 28 Acres of Land), and wondrously beautiful. We enjoyed waking to the sounds of the Howler monkeys, and watching the sunrise from the ocean-view deck. The upstairs bedroom is a magical place, with panoramic 360-degree views of the ocean, mountains and rain forest. All of the windows are open to the cool hillside breezes, and it feels almost as if you are sleeping in the forest. I had worried about problems with mosquitoes, but in our entire stay saw only a few, and were never bitten. The bed was very comfortable, and was equipped with a mosquito net, but we found we didn't really need that. While it is true that insects can fly in and out of the bedroom, that was never a problem for us. The open wall in the upstairs shower gives you the feeling of showering in the rain forest! We had worried also about the absence of air-conditioning, but due to hilltop location and cool night breezes, we were very comfortable. The downstairs area is beautiful, with many hammocks and comfortable chairs and couches, and the kitchen is well equipped. It is important to not leave food out, as the downstairs is visited by coatis, raccoon and other animals at night, but this was not a problem for us. The village of Montezuma is a 20 minute walk (less than 5 minute car ride), and the river a 10 minute walk down a fairly steep trail. We enjoyed seeing many animals, including coatis, monkeys, hummingbirds, tons of butterflies, birds, and even an anteater!

The owner, Kati, is a wonderful woman who went out of her way to help us in every way. She was available to answer all of our questions and helped us obtain a rental car at a good rate. Kati moved from the US to Costa Rica over 20 years ago, and is intimately familiar with the local people and culture. Johnny, the groundskeeper, lives with his wife in a small tree-house near the main house. He is friendly, helpful, and always available if needed. We greatly enjoyed the restaurants and shops in Montezuma, as well as hiking on the beach and in the rain forest. The people were, without exception, friendly and helpful.

Overall, my wife and I had a wonderful and memorable trip, and we plan to return to the Sanctuary when we can. If you are an outdoor type, a lover of nature and animals, you will find this to be a little slice of paradise! I give the Sanctuary my highest recommendation!

William C. Submitted: Apr 26, 2015 Stayed: Oct 2014

5 Stars Out of 5

It is a very special and beautiful place. The house is beautiful, there is a light breeze in downstairs area even in the hot afternoons. There are many animals around - monkeys, agutis and coatamundis. Beautiful birds. The road to the house from the main road had lots of flowers during our stay, so we enjoyed walking among the beautiful butterflies. The family of pizotes (coatamundis), with 4 small ones, were visiting almost every day. We never gave them any food, so they were very polite and didn't bother us and were fun to have as visitors. There are plenty of cozy places to relax on both levels of the Villa. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. Kati, the owner, is an amazing woman and very caring host. We returned home a week ago and already miss the place.

Angela D. Submitted: Aug 18, 2015 Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Dear Angela, I want to thank you so much for your lovely review of our Montezuma Wildlife Sanctuary Villa. Because you chose to stay with us for more than a month, you had the unique opportunity to literally immerse yourselves in the beauty that surrounds you there, allowing you to have a real RETREAT to disengage and unwind from a normally hectic lifestyle. So many of our guests have told me later that they were sorry that they hadn't arranged for a longer stay with us, saying that a week, and even 10 days, just wasn't enough time for them because they discovered that there was so much to see and experience within such a short driving distance from the house. Many were frustrated when they decided that they wanted to stay longer, because we already had reservations for other guests who were previously scheduled to arrive on their departure dates. So, you see, you were wise to have reserved for over a month's time. I've enjoyed getting to know you both and my only regret is that we were unable to enjoy a relaxed dinner together the evening of your departure. I hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future. Warmest regards, Kati

5 Stars Out of 5

WOW..Fabulous doesn't even begin to describe our time here. The home is completely open to the Rainforest, as we were told it would be. The downstairs area is a large open area that serves as the living, dining and kitchen area with an opening out to a huge patio area complete with lounge chairs, rockers and hammocks. The kitchen (as well as the rest of the house) is well equipped with everything you would ever need to prepare your meals. Kati has a sound system with speakers throughout the house.

The bedroom downstairs is a large octagonal room that is decorated perfectly and is totally secure if you're a little shy about sleeping out in the open air.

The upstairs bedroom is unbelievable!!! After climbing the most unique staircase I have ever seen, you enter the master suite. Once again, the room is huge and in the shape of an octagon. The arched windows on all walls are completely open to the outside to allow the night-time breezes off the ocean to blow through your room. This room has it's own private deck with chairs and swings sitting high above the trees with an incredible view of the Pacific. After being awakened by the Howler Monkeys we sat out on the deck and watched and listened to the forest come alive....truly spectacular!!!!

Both bathrooms are open to the forest on the side with the shower. You feel that you are showering in the middle of the forest.

Kati was a wealth of information and a delight to work with. We have since come to feel that we have a new friend here in CR.

We cannot wait for our family and friends to come visit so we can make our way back to this wonderful home.

Don't miss this one!!!

Nan & Ed. -- Submitted: Apr 17, 2014 Stayed: Apr 2014
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O wner's Response: Dearest Nan and Ed, Thank you so very much for your very lovely, and articulate, Review of our 28 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary Villa. It truly made my heart sing to hear how much you two enjoyed your stay with us. I know you wanted to stay longer, and I was sorry that we had a previous reservation for other guests to arrive, not allowing you to spend more time with us!!! However, as you said, ?We cannot wait for our family and friends to come visit so we can make our way back to this wonderful home.?, so I know we will be seeing you again. Because you didn't mention it in your review, I was wondering if you had seen our almost-daily animal/bird visitors, like the white-face and howler monkeys, pizotes (coatamundis), guatusos, deer, the variety of birds and the zillions of butterflies and humming birds, etc. Did they not come around to see you? I am truly grateful that you will be renting a home full-time here in Costa Rica because I, too, feel I have some wonderful new friends here. I look forward to getting together in the not-too-distant future. With deep appreciation and much affection, Kati

5 Stars Out of 5

My friends and I spent a wonderful time at this beautiful Villa in Montezuma. The place has amazing views and great common spaces to hang out around the kitchen and living room. The fact that the living room is completely open space (no windows nor doors) makes this living room area fresh because of the winds that come from both the Ocean in the front and the River in the back, plus it allows one to feel in total contact with nature. The Villa has two enormous bedrooms (each one can sleep up to 6 or more people), and two bathrooms, each one with open-air showers and wonderful slate floors.

The upstairs bedroom is a very special space. It has access to a deck overlooking the property where you can sit or sleep out under the stars and watch the sunrise over the ocean in the morning. Sleeping in that room, with all of the windows open, is an experience you will not forget.

The house has everything you need to have a comfortable vacation. The kitchen is well equipped and the furniture is both tasteful and comfortable. This Wildlife Sanctuary Villa is conveniently located less than a mile from the town and beaches of Montezuma (5 minute drive) and far enough to avoid the noise of the bars and restaurants from downtown. If you don?t have a car it is about a 20 minute walk down to town and there are buses that run up and down the hill every 2 hours.

The place does not have a swimming pool, the owner never wished to have a chlorinated pool because she has, instead, the Montezuma River right in the backyard, down a trail where we went swimming. It is a short hike (hilly so take good hiking shoes or sandals, NOT flip flops, and once you get to the River, you have the place all to yourselves, along with all of the birds and the monkeys who are always there.. We spent about three hours just reading and sunbathing, and it was heavenly.

Kati, the owner, and Johnny, the Administrator, will do anything they can to accommodate your needs. Johnny (who lives in the tree house next door) is a great host and helps you with anything you might need.

Andrea P. Submitted: Feb 12, 2014 Stayed: Nov 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the glowing review Andrea. We loved having you here and we are looking forward to your next visit. I want you to know that we are working on getting an "Official" Not-for-Profit Status for this beautiful Sanctuary we have for the animals. Our intention is to become self-sustaining, with all monies being used to maintain salaries and maintenance of the property. Warmest love to you, Andrea!

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