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4.3 / 5Excellent
10 reviews

Amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Outdoor Space

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What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Cabarete Beach
    16 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Kite Beach
    18 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Encuentro Beach
    23 min drive
  • Airport
    Santiago (STI-Cibao Intl.)
    69 min drive

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    About this area

    Las Canas

    Located in Gaspar Hernandez, this cottage is in a rural location and on the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Cabarete Beach and Playa Magante.

    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Cabarete Beach - 16 min drive
    • Kite Beach - 18 min drive
    • Encuentro Beach - 23 min drive
    • Gri Gri Lagoon - 28 min drive
    • Sosua Beach - 30 min drive

    Getting around

    • Santiago (STI-Cibao Intl.) - 69 min drive

    About this property

    Authentic Beachfront Caribbean Hideaway-crashing Surf, Palms, & Tradewinds!

    Please read! Our house is old and we love it! We have many guests each year that are like us who appreciate the same qualities and charm of the property as we do. Everything rusts with the high salt content in the air and the constant breeze so we have to replace the refrigerator, stove, ceiling fans every 3 years so we do not buy the largest and most expensive appliances. If something breaks down, no problem just let us know and we will have a repair man fix it. We also have 2 cats, a Momma and 1 of her son kitties. We are not at the property on a regular basis and the cats are necessary for rodent control. We have had guests rent and ask us to relocate the cats because they are allergic to cats. The cats remain with the property. We will assist with anything we can so our guests enjoy their time and it is important that guests choose the right property for their stay. Thank you for your time. Jim Costello Are you ready to go someplace where you can relax on the beach all day and fall asleep to the surf pounding on the shore at night? Want to know what it's like to really live Island Life? Tired of people following you around, trying to sell you trinkets? Wondering if there's anything left unspoiled and beautiful in the Caribbean? Then Casa Costello is where you need to be. Lie beneath a palm frond roof, sip coffee on the terrace with stunning views. With two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two large terraces, and a cabana overlooking the beach, you'll have plenty of room to spread out in the shade and enjoy the trades. Our place is private and quiet. One side of a beat up wooden door is all flowers, hammock and birds, the other side is the deserted beach you've only imagined in your dreams! (No jellyfish, lots of sand dollars, star fish, and sea-glass.) Rustic, colorful, and original, you've never stayed at a place like this! We have little red crabs living in the garden, (and occasionally wander into the house by mistake, ha-ha.) There are numerous birds and lizards to watch in the yard all day, and our cats are always on patrol. As for excursions, everything from fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding, river rafting, ziplines, golfing or caving can be arranged. There are also rum factory and coffee tours. Just let us know what adventures you seek before your arrival, and we'll help you get it planned out. For business travelers, our internet WiFi is basic and great for communicating with us, streaming movies, email etc. If you require a faster WiFi for work, it can be purchased for 90US$ for 30 days. It can be paid in cash at the house, the company will be paid and change the WiFi to 10 Mbit down 2.5 Mbit up that same day. Sustainable, ecotourism is important to us. We refuse to put up a giant concrete wall to separate our home from the beach and the people. We like the sound of the sea, we like the locals that help us take care of the place, and we like our salty window screens. We want to feel the sand beneath our feet, taste the fresh fruit and fish, and we love being a part of the community in Las Canas. We pay a price for this, sure. Every hinge or latch rusts within days, and we have to have people on call to fix things as they break. We have to replace everything electrical on a regular basis. (Just replaced the ceiling fans.) Is it worth the hassle and work? Absolutely! Our reviews say it better than we can.

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    property manager

    Angie Costello

    Speaks English, Spanish

    Property amenities

    Beach

    On the beach

    Internet

    WiFi available

    Parking and transport

    On-site parking

    Kitchen

    Fridge
    Hob
    Microwave
    Oven
    Coffee/tea maker
    Toaster
    Cookware/dishes/utensils

    Bedrooms

    2 bedrooms
    Bed sheets provided
    Sofa bed

    Bathrooms

    3 bathrooms
    Shower only
    Towels provided

    Living spaces

    Living room
    Dining room

    Entertainment

    TV with cable/satellite service
    Books
    Games

    Outdoor areas

    Balcony
    Garden

    Laundry

    Washing machine

    Pets

    No pets allowed

    Suitability/Accessibility

    Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    Concierge services

    Location highlights

    Near the ocean
    On the waterfront
    In a rural location

    Things to do

    Scuba diving nearby
    Rafting nearby
    Hiking/biking trails nearby
    Ecotours nearby
    Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
    Windsurfing nearby
    Snorkelling nearby
    Cave exploring nearby

    General

    Sleeps 5
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    5/5 Excellent

      Beautiful and Secluded Beachfront Property with Honestly the Best Owners I Have Ever Worked With

      First off, let me hand it to Jim and Angie for going out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed for this trip. The owners got in contact with us almost immediately after sending the booking request. They helped familiarize us with the area and even look at different airport destinations to make our trip more enjoyable. The property itself is everything we had hoped for. Aneuri and Papa , the caretakers of the property, were available for anything we might need. They cut open coconuts harvested from the trees on the property. They spent the time to cut open fresh Almonds that grow on the property as well. Aneuri even cooked us an excellent Arroz con Pollo dinner that was to die for. This place and the people are genuine and will stay in your hearts for years to come. If you are looking for a genuine Dominican Republic experience at a fantastic price for the amenities then this is it. The location is remote, but not far from Cabarete (a tourist town) or Gasper Hernandez so you can easily go out for groceries or to local restaurants. The locals are super friendly and very helpful. It helps if you speak Spanish, but isn't required. (With technology these days anything is possible.) We spent a week at the place and could have easily spent more time. It was a very relaxing and soul filling experience. The beach is amazing. Most of the time, we were about the only people on it. This is truly a piece of paradise. When given the chance, we definitely will return.

      4/5 Good

        Backyard and Beach are perfect for relaxing and entertaining

        The property layout is nice, it’s an older house with true Dominican appeal. The house is all original no updates.

        5/5 Excellent

          Authentic Dominican Republic Experience

          We stayed at this property in June 2018. We had a great experience at Casa Costello as we relaxed and enjoyed nature. The village of Las Canas was a secluded area, but did have the amenities we needed. This property is located right on the beach and has a backyard that will melt your troubles away. The casa is very unique and has a native charm we were looking for. The property owners were very good to work with and available as needed. Jim even called me prior to the trip to make sure all was in order and gave us pointers on what to do and what to expect. We had a local guide available to help get us oriented, arrange transportation, and show us the sites when desired. We went snorkeling with Randy Rode in Rio San Juan, swimming in the cave pools at Cabarete, and also enjoyed a dance club and attended a church service (all in Spanish). Your guide will cook authentic dishes for you if you choose. The local bus service was easy (and interesting) to use and only cost $1. The people here were extremely friendly and treated us like family from the minute we arrived. Things to be aware of. If you are looking for a luxury resort - this property is not for you. Swimming at this beach can be tough as the waves pound pretty hard. We went to couple of other beaches during our stay that were incredible. The water here is probably not what you're used to, but drinking water is provided. Speaking at least a minimal level of Spanish will be helpful. My wife got us by, but I would have had a hard time. Overall this was a great trip and I recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a one of kind experience.

          4/5 Good

            Many wonderful experiences at Casa Costello

            First, Jim and Angie's responsiveness to our questions before our trip, and their helpfulness getting us information in advance, including a shopping list of our requests to have in the fridge in advance, was WONDERFUL. After caretaker Aneuri and his brother, an excellent driver, meet us at the airport, they made sure to show us where everything we needed was in th house before saying goodnight. Delighted by the sound of the surf even before we could see the delightful views of the ocean from the second floor bedroom, the balcony, the main door way downstairs and everywhere in the yard, the beach in front of the house and the water temperature were just great- caution with currents needed some days. We walked for miles on the beach in each direction. The air temperature was more refreshing than many Carribbean locations, and we were enchanted by 7 different rainbows in our 8 days. There were quick showers- glad we brought rain jacket!- we loved how quickly the sky and sea changed colors as the breeze blew clouds away and the sun came out. We particularly appreciated unlimited cold bottled spring water provided by the owners: we never had to buy water in bulk. Everything in the kitchen- coffee maker, fridge, toaster, microwave and stove worked well. The plantings in the shady yard were lovely and well tended. We enjoyed coconut water and fresh almonds from the yard, as well as the pineapples and grapes Anueri got for us. My husband loved lying in the hammock staring up at the sky through the palm fronds. We really enjoyed visiting the caves in Caberete with Aneuri, swimming in the underground crystal clear pool and having excellent tour guides share their knowledge of plants and birds and the history of the caves with us. Watching the kite-surfing on Caberete beach with Aneuri was great fun, and we appreciated both Aneuri's care getting us to our dinner at Otra Cosa- highly recommended- and the beautiful sunset walking on that beach. Going to Playa Calleton with Aneuri was an absolute highlight-it is the most beautiful beach ever- and we loved our lunch with Aneuri at a table complete with white cloth, pina colodas and great shrimp at the water's edge. Saving the very best for last, Aneuri 's cooking was astounding- our 2 fish dinners and our chicken night at the house were so far beyond our hopes. He is a great cook and a lovely person. We feel lucky to have become friends and lucky to have been there!

            1/5

              Very dissapointing, unpleasantly "authentic", stinky - run away after 4 nights whilst paying for 7!!

              Arriving at night the hut looked scary but mainly due to lack of good light on lower floor, lots of killed insects on windows and stale smell. Upper floor was lot better and more optimistic. Daylight showed the hut is not in a good shape and needs serious care and serious cleaning (beer bottles, other garbage on site, broken door frame, broken utilities like shower, cabinet doors and handles, smelly brownish tap water, all kind of other wet and mildew smells, …). Half of the rental would be so so and title of "Low budget" more appropriate as long as “Authentic” should not mean authentically destroyed by teeth of time and lack of care. Second night Aneuri (local care taker) helped us to move second mattress on upper floor so that all of us could enjoy fresh air (which was not available in lower bedroom). However, heavy rain at night made our bed completely wet! The roof was broken just above us for quite a long time as we could recognize from old water sediments on the floor in the morning. Third evening we wanted to enjoy the breeze on upper terrace combined with some internet browsing. Wifi was working only from time to time and all kinds of unpleasant smells coming from sides of the hut including excrement smells were pretty disturbing. Luckily it was not raining that night so we had normal sleep in dry bed... Fourth night we woke up at midnight with smell of overheated electric wires coming from the corner of upper bedroom where the whole family slept. Seemed like thermostat of water heater was going to burn soon. That was the last drop, such hut can burn in a minute … Next morning we packed our things and send email to the owners about what we went through. No single response arrived from them for almost 2 weeks up till now. No apology, no return of unused nights, only confirmation of refundable deposit return arrived. Yes, we may appreciate newly painted terrace, wooden furniture on upper floor, newly made curtains, view from the terrace and help of local guy Aneuri but we could not avoid to notice also the pretty disturbing rest. Btw, the cottage was supposed to be for 6 (we were 5) – but it was impossible to sleep on the foldable sofa bed, therefore our 3 kids slept in the main double bed. Concerning the bed linens – only blanket and pillows were prepared, something to cover up we found in plastic boxes down stairs. Luckily one box out of three was safely locked, the rest of bed cloths was wet and stinky. WE CAN NOT RECOMMEND!

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