Villa Olivia is a fabulous mulit-level oceanfront vacation home exquisitely situated on the pristine sandy beach of Playa Grande. The mediterranean style layout of this Costa Rican beach house emphasizes open spaces and large verandas to accommodate large families, groups of friends, reunions and weddings. Furnishings and decor are contemporary and comfortable, many custom-made from local hardwoods.
A refreshing open air courtyard offers each bedroom a private entrance. Terrazzo tile floors flow throughout the interior and spill out across the spacious beachfront verandas. Tropical gardens with palm trees, papaya and coconut trees create an intimate atmosphere.
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Included in the rental rate is wireless internet, room cleaning every third day and evening security
Bedroom 1: 2 twins
Bedroom 2: queen
Bedroom 3: queen
Bedroom 4: queen & twin
Bedroom 5: queen, twin, & single futon
Villa Olivia offers a perfect and uncomplicated oceanfront vacation, specifically designed for friends, families, or groups. With our other oceanfront villa located next door, Casa Mirage, we can accommodate 26 guests.
Playa Grande “big beach” is truly one of the most unique, unspoiled vacation spots in Costa Rica. Located only an hour drive from the Liberia Airport (LIR) its 2 mile-long crescent shaped coastline of warm blue waters and honey colored sand forms the Las Baulas Marine National Park. A sanctuary for the nesting giant leatherback turtles.
Go explore the estuary in a canoe, spotting birds, iguanas and crocodiles basking on the sun-drenched riverbanks. Snorkel Playa Conchal made up of billions of crushed shells. Attend a weekend fiesta, featuring bull riding, traditional food, marimba music, and dancing. Tee-off at the course designed by Robert Trent Jones which meanders through a rolling terrain with breathtaking ocean views. To end the day sail along the shoreline as dolphins frolic beside you.
For thrill seekers and nature lovers alike enter the realms of the forest via a canopy tour. Get your adrenalin pumping inner tubing or riverafting on the Rio Negro. Visit Rincon De La Vieja to enjoy great hiking, waterfalls, boiling mud pots, sulpher vents and a large diversity of wildlife species. Get in the action of deep blue water fishing, targeting sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish, and snapper. Experience the rich Guanacaste folklore and ancient Chorotega Indian traditions of pottery making in village of Guatil.
We are a family of 'water babies' born and raised on the beach shores of Santa Barbara, CA. (Of course the grand kids also have this ocean gene). Once my children (Julie, J.C, and Mark) became of an age when we could all travel my husband and I would take them during summer vacation on a surf safari to an exotic destination somewhere in the world. This was not only for fun, but to spend quality time with each other as well as to expose and educate them about different cultures and customs.
On a surfing safari to Costa Rica in '91 we instantly fell in love with the country, the kind and hospitable people, and the natural habitat. It was a paradise!! Long story short after returning to the States and raving to family and friends about this oasis a friend said he had the perfect property for our family in Playa Grande.
My husband flew down a month later and purchased the property for me as my 50th B-Day present! Over the past 17 years both my family and friends lives have been significantly enhanced by the beauty of the 'Tico' people, the natural wonders that surrounds us and the 'Pura Vida' lifestyle. This means Pure Life, an expression of contentment, happiness, and satisfaction with ones life. It's this philosophy that ranks Costa Rica as one of the happiest places in the world!!
We invite you along with your family and friends to visit and enjoy the surf, sand, sun, & experience the 'Pura Vida' life.
fabulously situated upon the pristine white sandy beach of Playa Grande. Imagine surfing directly out the back door, scanning the trees for howler monkeys, sea shelling along the beach and gazing at the stars. In the privacy of your villa take delight swinging in a hammock, indulging in spa treatments, or simply smiling at a sunset.
We were very pleased with Villa Olivia--it was exactly as promised. Right on the beach (part of a national park) with beautiful, tropical grounds; very comfortable rooms, and friendly, personable staff. If you are looking for a spacious family retreat, right on the beach, this is it. There are 4 bedrooms, two up, two down, each with a full bath, and an extra bath in the common area (there is a 5th bedroom/studio upstairs, but we did not rent it). The kitchen has everything you need to prepare dinner, with an outdoor grill area and outdoor dining area. Hammocks are everywhere, so no fights over who gets the hammock. And, since the beach is right out the front door, no loading up to go to the beach, because it's right there. Grab a morning cup of coffee and relax on the rockers on the front porch, or in a beach chair on the sand, or walk down the (almost deserted) beach. As we were there in February, the dry season, the insects were scarce, so we barely used the 3 cans of spray we brought. However, because Costa Rica is north of the equator, we did use almost all the sunblock. Did I mention that Villa Olivia is right on the beach? Sure, there are houses on either side, but you scarcely notice them, with all the lush tropical foliage. The coast line is made up of many small beaches, each different. Some can only be reached on foot or boat, and some you can drive to. While exploring Pirate's Beach (about 15 miles north of Playa Grande) we had the good luck to see a troupe of monkeys leisurely crossing the road, one at a time, via a cable hung for just that purpose. Another day, the Villa Olivia property manager arranged a day trip to Rincon, where we bathed in hot volcanic mud, soaked in hot/warm/cool volcanic pools, rode horses, zip-lined, and walked through a hanging-bridge nature trail to see monkeys, parrots, and other tropical birds.
Some tips: Take beach or swim shoes. The sand can be extremely hot mid-day. All roads may not be paved; don't be taken aback by it. Explore! If you are a picky eater, try something new! If you can't, then stop in Liberia at the big-box style "Jumbo" grocery store and stock up on what you need; the smaller 'super compras' closer to Playa Grande don't carry everything. Arrange for Kimberly to make dinner for you one night. It's worth it! http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g309245-d1654945-Ultimate_Oceanfront_Location_Villa_Olivia-Playa_Grande_Province_of_Guanacaste.html#REVIEWS
Playa Grande is a national park protecting the nesting site of the Giant Leatherback turtles (Oct - Mar), Explore the tidal pools around the volcanic rocks and walk to the northern coves, ending in a black sand beach, Enjoy world-class Surfing, and golfing, Take a horseback ride, canopy tour, kayak in the estuary, sunset cruise, or snorkel/dive, Hike through Rincon De La Vieja or Palo Verde National Park.
Playa Grande stretches over two miles along the magnificent northwest pacific coastline, 30 min. north of Playa Tamarindo and 30 min. south of Playa Flamingo. Villa Olivia sits on the northern end of Playa Grande near the big rock. This is a secluded and undeveloped beach community of only a dozen oceanfront vacation/retirement homes and one oceanfront hotel with restaurant, the Las Tortugas. Inland there are 4 small hotel/restaurants, 2 restaurants, a pulperia, and surf shop. Two markets are only 5 minutes away by car.