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Luxury Casita for 2 - Amazing Ocean Views, Toucans, Parrots & Monkeys - Oh My!

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

"La Joyita", the Perfect Couples' Retreat

La Joyita (Little Jewel), our upscale casita, is situated in the hills above Punta Dominical and located in a small, gated community. Built in 2015, and until now used exclusively by the owners, it has been described as a casita with all the features and amenities of a grand villa. La Joyita is now available as the perfect retreat for couples celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, special birthday – or simply wanting a relaxing vacation home for two with year-round sunsets and a Pacific Ocean view reaching from Punta Dominical all the way to Manual Antonio. This is a special place where ridges of the rainforest meet the ocean below providing amazing vistas in all directions. 5 minutes from the main highway, La Joyita is away from the traffic, high enough to receive lovely breezes and take advantage of sweeping views.

Wake to the unforgettable voices of the Howler monkeys. Short walks on the property in the mornings will provide sightings of Howler or White-face Capuchin monkeys, maybe even a sloth. Lush tropical landscape attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, including the large iridescent Blue Morpho. Whether grilling, enjoying a beverage on the terrace or lounging in your private infinity pool you will see and hear many exotic birds, while watching fishing boats enter and leave the little harbor of Dominicalito. At night, you will be lulled to sleep by the rhythmic sounds of waves crashing on the beaches below.

With 1,000 square feet our one bedroom / one bathroom casita features ocean views from every room, local hardwood cabinets and doors, honey pine ceilings, many large windows to enjoy the ocean breezes, and stone surfaced terraces and walkways. The covered terrace with comfortable seating and dining area is the perfect spot for morning coffee and evening cocktails, and is adjacent to the infinity edge pool and covered gas grill. The front private courtyard offers a shady spot to enjoy the sounds of the custom water feature. The bedroom with large ocean viewing windows has a queen bed with quality linens, air conditioning (bedroom only) and a window seat perfect for reading a book while enjoying the vista. All rooms have ceiling fans. The casita was designed to maximize airflow and benefit from the lovely ocean breezes. The bath features a walk in shower. Washer/dryer are provided for your convenience. All linens, including pool towels, are provided. Should you choose to stay in and cook, the kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances has everything one could need. Additionally, a gas grill poolside is perfect for fresh, local fish.

For those who want to stay connected, we have high speed Internet, Roku and Netflix for entertainment. Amazon’s Echo is on hand to serve up Amazon Prime Music, answer questions and generally delight.

You may find it difficult to leave La Joyita, however there is much to explore in the area. Besides the many and varied beaches, activities are available for all interests and abilities: surfing lessons, fishing, zip-lines, horseback rides on the beach or through the jungle to a waterfall, whale watching, guided mangrove river tours, nature preserves, yoga classes, massages and more. We partner with a terrific concierge service to assist you with setting up the best excursions (they will also help with car rental and/or transport from the airport in San Jose). Please note: the roads are well maintained, however a 4WD vehicle is necessary for your stay at La Joyita, and recommended for any travel throughout Costa Rica.

For dining, there are some great restaurants in the area. Exotica is our personal favorite, Lucy and her husband are the most gracious hosts you will ever meet. Save room for dessert! For a fun experience without leaving the mountain, there is Bar Jolly Roger, 5 minutes from La Joyita. Their fare is chicken wings and burgers, and frequently have live music.

We look forward to making your Costa Rican vacation at La Joyita an amazing experience with memories to last a lifetime.

More Details

Property Manager
Gary Anderson
Member since: 2016
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2018

About Gary Anderson

After vacationing in Costa Rica many times, about 10 years ago my wife and I decided this was the perfect place to retire. We never tire of the beauty and wildlife here, not to mention the gracious and welcoming people.

Gary Anderson purchased this house in 2015

Why Gary Anderson chose Dominicalito

We have seen many parts of Costa Rica and we believe this area is special. The mountains come right down to the ocean like nowhere else in Central America. The views are spectacular and the consistent tropical breezes are wonderful.

What makes this house unique

Built in 2015 and newly offered on the vacation rental market, La Joyita was designed with two people in mind. It is well very appointed and has breathtaking views from every room.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Dominicalito, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children not allowed
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Luxury Casita for 2 - Amazing Ocean Views, Toucans, Parrots & Monkeys - Oh My!
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Stunning views and A+ customer service

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been looking forward to this trip since we booked it over one year ago. Gary, the owner, was quick to respond to my request to book. Adam, the property manager, was so kind and dealt with all my annoying emails for months before our trip. Adam arranged our rental car through Adobe. They were extremely easy to deal with and there were no hidden fees. I do suggest getting more coverage then just the minimum. There are lots of rocks as you go up the mountain and someone tried to break into our car while at dinner one night and left a mark on the side of the car. We were not responsible for anything. Also, I suggest you DO NOT get their GPS. It was terrible and got us nowhere. Get the portable WIFI. It allows you to use WAZE, which we used daily.

Once we arrived at the property, it was so surreal to be at the place we had viewed daily leading up to the trip. It was JUST as stunning in real life as it was on the website. Unfortunately, when we did arrive, the pool was drained. If you're like me, the pool was one of the biggest reasons we booked this house. Adam happened to be out of town and I was unable to get ahold of him. I contacted Gary and he responded within 20 minutes and we heard from Adam shortly after that. They were able to fix the problem within a few hours. THANK YOU OSCAR AND VICTOR!! Things happen, but the way they handled it made all the difference. You can tell they truly want all of their visitors to have the best experience!

The house is filled with everything you could possibly need or want. Even female products in the bathroom! Great touch, Donna! We went to the local BM and cooked quite a few meals at the house. They had seasonings, condiments, and every cooking utensil under the moon. The zero humidity room was fantastic!! Definitely hang your bathing suits and towels to have them dry quickly. For sure check out Jolly Rogers, best wings I've ever had!!!

The location is perfect. There is a waterfall at the bottom on the road you take to get to the house. You are within 20 minutes of many different beaches.

Thank you all for making our trip AMAZING!!!! We will definitely be back!!!

Morgan Brantley

  • Submitted: 8-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise for 2

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect getaway for two. The home comes equipped with all of the staples (all kitchen and laundry supplies) you and a loved one will need to enjoy this romantic getaway.

Adam (property manager) is fantastic to work with both before and during your stay and follows up on everything.

As others have said a 4x4 is REQUIRED but after climbing the hill home after every day or activity Costa Rica has to offer, you will be greeted by your own little oasis in the rainforest. Beautiful views, wildlife, and relaxation abounds.

If you are looking for a couples retreat, couldn’t recommend this casita enough.

  • Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul, We're happy to know that La Joyita made a perfect home base for the two of you during your Costa Rican vacation. We will pass your compliments along to Adam, as well. Thank you for the great review! Best, Gary and Donna
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Amazing - Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here in Dominicalito , Costa Rica so much. It was perfect.

The house was amazing, even better than described.

The view was breathtaking. The house was so well stocked, just like home. They have thought of everything to make your stay more enjoyable.

Adam was very knowledge and helpful.

He recommended several excursions for us and they were perfect.

We have nothing but awesome things to say about this Place and the wonderful people we met along the way.

We can see why so many people vacation here and never return home.

  • Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, We are so pleased that La Joyita exceeded your expectations. It is a bit hard to really describe how great the location and views are, even with the photos. Years ago we kept returning to this area on vacations until, yes, we just couldn't bring ourselves to leave. Hope you will return for another great vacation soon. Regards, Gary and Donna
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Excellence in an intimate villa

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in San Jose the day before as getting to the Casita would be a road trip of at least 4 hours-you really don't want to try to find this property in the evening! Unfortunately the Garmin we rented from the rental car agency was inaccurate and it ended up taking nearly 6 hours! We finally activated our phones and used Google Maps.We spent 3 days (April 2018) in this picturesque (it's as charming and well appointed -more than we has ever expected) Casita! Gary (the owner) was a fantastic communicator and his experience really shows as he set us us with Adam (who contacted us before and during our stay there) who anticipated our needs before we knew some of them!

We found peace, solitude and a beautiful natural setting for a very affordable price! It really is a 'little jewel'!

Thanks Gary & Adam


Martin & Patricia

  • Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patricia and Martin, Thank you for your kind words. We do strive to anticipate and provide for as many of our clients' needs as possible. So sorry to learn that the Garmin steered you wrong! It really is normally an easy and scenic drive from San Jose. We agree, La Joyita is in a beautiful and peaceful setting; but it is always nice to hear. Best regards, Gary and Donna
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Home run hit out of the Park!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow wow wow !!!!

My friend Jenny and I had both separately always wanted to visit CR. I planned our visit as a surprise for her birthday. I didn’t want to shop different vacation home choices and drive myself crazy. This little jewel was a GRANDSLAM first one up. Come on really?

19 Out 19 five (5) STAR REVIEWS??

Everything was fantastic

House, view, all comforts of home

Adam was Great

Planning to come back for sure !

I would like to thank Gary and Donna for the opportunity to share there home with us

It was very special


  • Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gary and Jenny, "Wow" right back at ya! I don't know what would be better than a grandslam. What a great review of La Joyita. Thank you so much. We are happy to have had a hand in making your first trip to Costa Rica (and a birthday celebration) a success, and hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Gary and Donna
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  • 5 of 5

It’s obvious Donna and Gary have put a lot of thought and care into building their home.The location,views,gardens and warm comfy feeling you experience inside and out make this place special.

Waking up to the sights and sounds of the jungle and ending our days with a refreshing swim, cocktails,bbq and dinner outside was a gift.Its sooo peaceful!

You will find this home well equipped as they have thought of everything.We we’re out most days and loved having the bag chairs and cooler to take with us on our travels.

Adam greeted us and provided us with helpful tips on what to do in the area.

Happy to have found a vacation home in the country we love and can’t wait to come back next year.

Jan and Ed

  • Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan and Ed, We are so pleased to know that you will be returning to La Joyita next January. That is the nicest compliment. Thank you. Happy that our little corner of the rain forest (with the big ocean view!) provided a peaceful setting for your vacation. Until next year, Gary and Donna
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Car: necessary

Other popular activities include a guided tour of an animal sanctuary for rescued wildlife - monkeys, sloths, parrots, etc. Also, ziplines and horseback riding on the beach or to a jungle waterfall/pool where you may swim. We work with a friendly and knowledgeable concierge service to provide you with assistance in booking these and many other adventures.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Dominicalito, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2018 Standard Rate
Apr 15 2018 - Nov 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
High Season 2019
Dec 1 2018 - Apr 27 2019
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$66.32
Property Damage Insurance C$78.26

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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