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Amazing Oceanfront Location, 5 Bedroom Villa

Julie Gordon

Member since: 1999
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights

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Amazing Oceanfront Location, 5 Bedroom Villa

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights


Playa Grande Villa Rental Photos and Description

5BR/ 5BA (Sleeps 2-26) with Villa Olivia #1914 (sleeps 13)

Casa Mirage is a delightful and inviting multi-story oceanfront villa fabulously situated upon the pristine white sandy beach of Playa Grande. Uniquely located with no path to walk, road to cross, or green wall blocking the ocean view. This Mediterranean style vacation home is attractively built from rich local hardwoods, furnishings are contemporary, colorful, comfortable, many customized. Upper level rooms offer pristine beachfront views, with lower level rooms opening into a vibrant garden courtyard. Terrazzo tile floors flow throughout the interior and spill out across the spacious wrap-around beach view verandas.

We offer luxurious 'ROLL OUT OF BED' surfing, beach bike riding, horseback riding, strolling the seashore. Take a step outside: scan the trees for howler monkeys, indulge in a massage under the alemendra trees or relax in a hammock along the oceans edge.


Click on 'OWNER INFO' above to view our main WEBSITE, local RESTAURANTS & FACEBOOK site. -----------------------------------------------------


• Wireless INTERNET

• Complimentary Beach BIKE Cruiser (more bikes for rent )

• Seaside Dinning

• 15' Above Ground POOL

• 8' Round Splash POOL

• Hammocks, LOUNGE Chairs, & Rocking Chairs

• Bali Shower


• AIR Conditioning

• Ceiling FANS

• Large Lock Boxes

• House Keeping 3x/wk


• On-site Gardner & MAINTENANCE


• Private COOK

• Airport Shuttle



• STOCKED Refrigerator Prior to Arrival

• European BAKERY Truck Delivery - 2x wk

• Fresh SEAFOOD Delivery

• Local ESTUARY Tour, HORSEBACK Riding,

• SURF Lessons


• Rincon De La Vieja ADVENTURE Tour

Within walking distance are a variety of 12 restaurants, surf shops, spa services, and yoga classes, horseback riding, turtle tours, and surfboard & SUP rentals. For all this, PG is the perfect laid-back beach vacation.

Sleeping 13, this 5 bedroom/5 bathroom beachfront location offers a perfect and uncomplicated oceanfront vacation, designed with multiple couples, friends, families, and groups in mind. Including our adjacent villa Villa Olivia vrbo#1914 (sleeps 13) we can accommodate a total of 26 guests. Smaller groups are welcome.

• WEBSITE: villasdeplayagrande com

• FACEBOOK: costaricavillas

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.


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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Julie Gordon (Owner)
Member since: 1999
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Why Julie Gordon chose Playa Grande

We are a family of 'water babies' 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 and expose them to 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, Jim, flew down a month later and purchased the property for me as my 50th B-Day present! Over the past 16 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.

What makes this villa unique

Traveling to the end of the road we found Playa Grande, a magical beach where for thousands of years the prehistoric leatherback turtles have come to nest and the ancient Chortega Indians performed ceremonies.

We decided to build a vacation home for our family as it is uniquely located oceanfront, with no path to walk, road to cross, or green wall blocking the view. We enjoy rolling out of bed and surfing out the backyard, scanning the trees for howler monkeys, sea shelling and exploring tide pools and gazing at the brilliant stars.

It's barefoot luxury. Where peacefulness, beauty, and the' Pura Vida' way is easily attained!

Guestbook comments from the owner

*** On Trip Advisor*** We just got back from Costa Rica and were sad to leave. This house was amazing. It's a great layout and in a perfect location. Kimberly was awesome and one of the best cooks ever! The full time security made us feel safe (especially traveling with a 2 and 4 year old) Thanks for living up to our expectations - we would absolutely recommend this property and Playa Grande.
Mar 2014
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Amazing Oceanfront Location, 5 Bedroom Villa
average rating of 4.869565 based on 79 reviews
Auburn, CA

Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a week in paradise, I only wish we had booked a longer stay! The house was perfect for our 2 families of 4, everyone had their own space but the house also offers plenty of room for us all to eat together, or lounge on the patio or yard. Beach access is right out the back door, to a long, wide uncrowded beach. Sunsets up on top of the "Rock" were fun for the kids (15-23).Plenty of patio furniture and beach lounges to enjoy the outdoors. We saw one turtle on the beach one night, though it wasn't nesting season! The orange and purple crabs are everywhere - it became a nightly ritual of shooing the crabs out of the courtyard (Not an easy task without hurting them)so they wouldn't scurry into our rooms when the doors were opened! All part of the jungle life, it didn't bother us at all. Water pressure in the house is really low at times, but there is a drought right now so it was no problem for us to deal with. House water is safe to drink, we had no problems. We had Kimberly cook 3 dinners for us - she is not only a great cook (Her Arroz con Pollo is amazing!) but she is very helpful in answering questions about the house and the area in general. Taco stand just down the block is great, Bula Bula has a really nice dinner in a beautiful setting, but the stand out meal was at Café del Pueblo, the small restaurant on the left as you're heading out of Playa Grande. Not to miss!

We booked an Adventure Tour through Frijoles Locos (Corynne is so nice and very helpful!) at Rincon de la Vieja. $85/pp if you drive yourself, which is a very easy 1 3/4 drive away. It included awesome ziplining through gorgeous river gorge, horseback riding (I would skip this part - unimpressive) and whitewater river tubing - the highlight of or whole trip! Also amazing hot springs and mud bath, and a great buffet lunch. Awesome day, I would HIGHLY recommend!

Overall, the house exceeded our expectations. Just remember that you are in a beach house in the jungle so there are critters and sand everywhere. Relax and enjoy! PURA VIDA

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Seattle, WA

Gorgeous Beach but Not so good on cleaniness or Comfort

  • 2 of 5

I have traveled many places staying in homes from minimalist to luxury and I have to say there were some disappointments with this home. This house has Positives and Negatives.

The positives first: My family stayed here and truly enjoyed the beautiful playa grande beach. The scenery was amazing. The back yard was wonderful with immediate beach access and comfortable hammocks to lounge in. We spent most of our time surfing. We loved the outdoor shower. The staff caring for the home were very friendly people. The owner Julie is wonderful and easy to work with.

The Negatives:

I discovered within a few days stay that the pillow I slept on was covered in black mold which caused me to get a respiratory infection. I am still sick from the mold 1 month later and very disappointed that little care was used to ensure clean and healthy bedding.

After a few days Tons of Frogs decided to mate in the small wading pool in the back yard which was fun to experience all those frogs (I do enjoy nature) however the pool was never cleaned during out 2 week stay and was not useable.

There were limited pots and pans as well as kitchen tools knives and baking dishes. I would not call this kitchen well equipped. It’s adequate for very minimal cooking. Luckily we brought our own kitchen knives to cook with.

Bath towels and sheets were stained and appeared dirty.

The couches in the home were not as pictured in the ad. There was only 1 small couch which did not provide enough seating for everyone to relax in the house. Also the couch was a bit dirty.

Overall this could be a wonderful vacation home if it were better maintained, clean, and offered more seating and a better equipped kitchen. The images of the home in the ad look like it was well cared for at one time. We will miss playa grande beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your feedback and will be making some changes. We pride ourselves on both cleanliness and comfort. We have a property manager available 24 hours and an excellent staff with a minimum of 2 on the grounds during the day to resolve issues that may arise. The property manager made every effort to contact you, leaving a note on the counter and stopping by on numerous occasions to ensure your stay was enjoyable. 1, Pillows: When you contacted me the morning after your 1st night stay explaining in the middle of the night you had to retrieve a pillow from another room I was speechless New pillows were immediately bought that day. When the pillow cases are washed, the exterior of the pillows are as well. It's upsetting to hear you are stilling experiencing respiratory issues. 2. Kiddie Pool: We do not monitor the little pool. There is a hose and drain next to it, we don't have this information posted and will now do so. Had we been notified we would have resolved this immediately. 3. Pots & Pans: We do not advertise a "well" equipped kitchen, providing the main necessities, There are times when pots/pans go missing and are needed and isn't always noticed before the next group arrives. Once again had we been able to speak with you, we would have purchased items to better suit your needs. 4. Bath Towels & Sheets: Unfortunately, some are stained giving the dirty appearance. They were bought only 3 months prior to your arrival, this occurs due to an ingredient in some sun tan lotions. 5. Livingroom: it was recently remodeled ( a wall was changed) to better accommodate large groups, with a sofa being removed and more chairs added. The updated photo wasn't added an oversight on my part. Being a group of only 5 and still uncomfortable I can only apologize for it not meeting your expectations. 6. Couch: the cover is regularly removed and washed. I arrived to Playa Grande 1 week after your departure to perform maintenance and repairs. Based on this overall review and my inspection of the house I believe this was regrettably a case where a significant difference existed between what we offer and what was expected.

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely had the best time staying in Casa Mirage. We could not have asked for more. It exceeded our expectations from what they told us to expect. The house was perfect for our 6 couples (each had their own room) and having the beach just footsteps away was incredible. The little pool, the hammocks, the lawn chairs, and the area to play games made the outside as enjoyable as the inside of the house. We appreciated the security of the night watchman as well as the kind ladies who cleaned the house. They were very helpful and thorough and the property was well maintained. Kimberly was a great cook. There were also some good restaurants close by. I would definitely recommend this home to anyone who wants to stay at an incredible beachfront property. Thank you to the owners who are willing to share their own bit of heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to not sound corny about this amazing place. Suffice it to say it is a "secret spot" for many of us who go there over and over again. I never return soon enough or stay long enough and always leave too soon. Pura vida!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
So. Hamilton,MA

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxed time. A perfect location right on the beach with ample beds for our crew. Marianela was most solicitous and eveything we needed was right there (or a few blocks away at the Surf Shop. Would recommend highly for anyone to recharge their battreies from the February grumpiness that New England winters drive us to.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Iowa City, Iowa

  • 5 of 5

Four families (20 people) rented Villa Olivia and Casa Mirage over Spring Break 2009. The houses were wonderful and all that we hoped they would be: close together, clean, well-stocked, safe, and sit directly on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach you'll ever find. We took in a zip line tour, horse back riding, snorkeling off a rented sailboat, surfing lessons, hiking by the volcano We did it all! Kimberly was a great cook for our large crowd. Corinne and Ian at Los Frijoles were fun party planners for our group. Great restaurants within walking distance or a short drive away. Fantastic weather. Muchas Gracias.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Playa Grande Park Restaurant
Las Tortugas Hotel/Restaurant
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Liberia (LIR)
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Playa Conchal
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Playa Tamarindo, 25 min. drive
Car: recommended

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 along side.


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.


Rates & Availability

Playa Grande Villa Rental Rates


  • From $2500/wk. (3 nt. min stay)
  • $
  • Jan 3 - Mar & July $2,900/wk....(2-9 guests) $3400/wk....(10-13 guests)
  • Winter Break Feb 15 - 22 $3,700/wk 1/wk. minimum
  • Apr, Jun - Aug $2,200/wk...(2-9 guests) $2,600/wk...(10-13 guests)
  • Easter Week $3,700/wk...(13 guests) 1/wk. minimum
  • May,Sep - Oct $1,500/wk...(2-9 guests) $1,800/wk...(10-13 guests)
  • Nov - Dec 19 $2,500/wk...(2-9 guests) $2,800/wk...(10-13 guests)
  • X- Mas Week:: Dec 20 - 29 $6,000/wk...(13 guests) • Includes Studio •
  • New Year's Stay:: $640/nt.....(2-9 guests)4/nt. min. $125/nt..(13 guest)


Playa Grande Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Shared with Rooms 4 & 5
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bed 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bed 2
    Bath 5 - Livingroom - toilet , shower , Livingroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bed 3
  • Upper level rooms 4 & 5 share a bath.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , upstairs, oceanfront view
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , upstairs, oceanfront view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Lower level: opens into garden courtyard
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Lower level: opens into garden courtyard
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Lower level: opens into garden courtyard
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Airport transfer, rental car, adventure tours, massages, surf lessons, bike rentals and more available and arranged through our manager, Marianela. 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.

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