Welcome to the Caballitos del Mar blog.

This site is intended to provide more information for our guests who are staying at our homes in Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, or for anyone traveling to that area. Please feel free to visit our vrbo.com listing. Caballitos del Mar consists of three homes one km south of Dominical, owned by the Bernardi and Hawley families. Our property manager is Neil Harding, who is a wonderful resource when planning a trip to the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We hope you enjoy the site.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Villas of Caballitos del Mar

In the jungle, but right on the beach...
The villas are located about 1km south of Dominical, Puntarenas, Costa Rica between the Costanera Sur (Southern Coast Highway) and the ocean. We were fortunate to find property in the Maritime Zone, which allows us to build close to the ocean, but with restrictions to protect the spectacular Costa Rican environment. The three villas, owned by two close families, are virtually identical. This makes Caballitos del Mar ideal for multiple families that want to vacation together, yet have separate accommodations.

Great kayaking in the mangroves 15 minutes away
Dominical is a popular small town that appeals to visitors interested in surfing, eco-tourism, or the excellent Spanish language school, Adventure Education Center, or AEC. The town is not built-up like some of the coastal cities to the north, and has fewer than 1,000 residents. It has the feeling of Kauai or some of the South Pacific island chains, with a laid-back tempo and friendly people.

The town's location makes it convenient for many south coast destinations, including Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos, the Corcovado Peninsula, Uvita, and a large number of secluded beaches and surf spots.

Driving time from Juan Santamaria Airport or San Jose is about three hours by way of the coast, and four hours by way of the mountains. We've driven both routes many times, and while we prefer the coast route, we recommend that you experience the mountain route at least once to see a different aspect of the country.

On the beach, but secluded. View from the terrace.
The homes are all three bedroom and either three or four bathroom, two story, and approximately 2,200 sq.ft. (200 m^2) living space. Each home has a pool, laundry facilities, a full kitchen, and lots of ceiling fans to keep the air moving. The bedrooms are air-conditioned, although it's not necessary for most of the year. See these VRBO links: Villa 1, Villa 2, and Villa 3. If you prefer, you can look at them on Airbnb: Villa 3 on Airbnb.

The homes face the ocean and it's a 30 second walk to the semi-private beach. Dominical is a 20 minute walk by the beach (low to medium tide), where you can find restaurants, a beach with lifeguards, groceries, surf schools, and the language school.

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