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Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Playa Ocotal Condo Rental Photos and Description

2 BR, 2 Baths, A/C, Full kitchen, Wi-Fi, Screened Patio, Tennis, Gym, Yoga

Condo 42 is Los Almendros' most popular and best equipped two bedroom rental unit.

This condo offers:

1) Beautiful ocean view, 2-3 minute walk to Ocotal beach.

2) Very quiet & private. No condos above or below. No passing auto traffic.

3) Los Almendros' best equipped kitchen.

4) Member privileges at The Club at Coco Bay: Exercise gym, tennis courts, swimming pools, yoga.

5) Entertainment center with 42 inch Sony flat screen television, DVD player and iPod music system.

6) Screened rear patio with 32 inch flat screen television.

7) Tastefully decorated with art & pottery from five Latin American countries.

8) Three independently controlled split level A/C units in living room & both bedrooms.

9) Private Wi-Fi, telephone and cable TV.

10) Honeywell combination safe (Combo set by guest).

11) Deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.

12) Covered, secure, parking a few steps from condo's front door.

13) Cell phone: Free calls to anywhere in Costa Rica.

14) Garmin GPS: Explore Guanacaste without getting lost or having to ask directions.

15) Free snorkeling equipment: adult & children sizes.

16) Free kayaks: two 8' Sit-On-Top kayaks (new 2014)

17) Binoculars: Over 60 bird species have been observed from our rear patio.

18) Beach chairs, beach towels, ice chest, ...

19) Hiking gear (Binoculars, canteens, backpack).

20) Swimming pool toys: Kick boards and inflatables.

21) Boogie boards.

22) Charcoal barbecue.

23) Washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.

24) Premium linens and towels purchased in USA.

25) Pack & Play for infants/toddlers(Upon request)

***L/A's most popular rental unit in 2012 and 2013***

Property Overview: Los Almendros is an upscale, beachfront development on Playa Ocotal’s northern shore. This modern, gated community has 43 condominiums. The development has 3 swimming pools, 2 outdoor barbecues and a covered gazebo for weddings and group meetings. The gazebo is a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Condo 42: Condo 42 is the end unit on Los Almendros' premium front row. The condo's rear patio sits directly above a small tropical forest and has a beautiful ocean view. The patio provides an excellent vantage point to observe Guanacaste birds and other colorful wildlife.

Screened Patio: Condo 42 is the only Los Almendros rental unit with a screened rear patio. In the evening, guests can relax and listen to the ocean surf without being bothered by insects attracted by the patio's overhead lights. The ability to use the patio, day or night, significantly increases the condo's living space. Families with children appreciate having a second television on the patio.

Outstanding Swimming and Snorkeling: Playa Ocotal is one of Guanacaste's quietest and cleanest 'Blue Flag' beaches. The ocean surf is very gentle. Playa Ocotal has no dangerous riptides. Travel guides recommend Playa Ocotal to outdoor enthusiasts who want to snorkel from a Guanacaste beach. Guanacaste snorkelers drive many miles to explore the rock formations at both ends of Playa Ocotal Beach. Playa Ocotal's best snorkeling is directly below Los Almendros. On most days, snorkelers see numerous species of colorful, tropical fish in Playa Ocotal's clear waters.

Club membership: We are members of The Club at Coco Bay. Guests staying in our condominium enjoy full membership privileges at this outstanding private facility. The Club at Coco Bay offers lighted tennis courts, a gym with modern exercise equipment, two swimming pools, yoga/Zumba classes and one of the area's best restaurants.

Father Rooster's Restaurant: One of Ocotal's most popular restaurants is located less than 200 meters from the entrance to Los Almendros. Father Rooster's is a beachfront restaurant that serves tasty appetizers, full meals and delicious tropical drinks. Fresh seafood is the restaurant's specialty. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Father Rooster's is a great place to enjoy a beautiful Guanacaste sunset.

Playas del Coco: Coco is Guanacaste's fastest growing beach community. The town is a 5 minute drive from Los Almendros. Coco has modern grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, ATM machines, restaurants, ice cream shops, disco/bars, souvenir shops, a casino and an emergency medical facility.

Garmin GPS: We provide our guests the same EZFind GPS software that local rental car agencies charge $7-10 per day. We have added numerous restaurants and activities to EZFind's standard package. Our GPS unit includes all of Coco's best restaurants and Guanacaste's most popular tourist attractions. Select 'Home' and our GPS unit will provide you the safest, quickest route back to Los Almendros.

Pre-Paid Cell Phone: Cell phones from the USA and Canada require a different chip to work in Costa Rica. If the required chip is purchased, roaming charges can be very high. To resolve communication concerns, we provide our guests a pre-paid cell phone that can be used to call anywhere in Costa Rica. A few important phone numbers have been programmed for emergency use. These include the Los Almendros office, our General Manager's cell phone and the cell phone number of an English speaking doctor who works out of the emergency medical clinic in Playas del Coco.

Most guests use their iPads and Skype to make inexpensive calls to the USA or Canada.

Rocket Frog Diving: The Rocket Frog dive shop is located next door to Los Almendros' business office. Rocket Frog has Guanacaste's fastest dive boat and newest scuba equipment. Training is conducted in Los Almendros' main pool. Guests staying at Los Almendros are entitled to a 10% discount on all dive services.

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor is the world's leading travel information website. TripAdvisor rates vacation properties based on reviews posted by travelers who have stayed at the resort. Los Almendros' fully equipped condominiums are classified by TripAdvisor as a 'specialty lodging'. Los Almendros is one of Northern Guanacaste's top rated beachfront properties. We are Playa Ocotal's #1 rated 'specialty lodging'.

Vacation Planning Assistance: Playa Ocotal is an excellent location from which to initiate day trips. Los Almendros has an experienced, bilingual office staff that assists guests in making reservations for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, rafting, tubing, zip lining, massages, hiking, bird watching, hot springs, rain forest tours, volcanoes, canopy tours and horseback riding. The on-site General Manager has been with Los Almendros for over ten years. He is bilingual, a Guanacaste native, and knows all the local tour operators. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to help guests plan and coordinate their vacation activities.

Transportation: A car is nice to have, but is not a necessity in Costa Rica. Taxi’s from Los Almendros to Coco cost $7-8 each way. Several tour operators will pick-up and drop off at Los Almendros. Taxi service is available to and from the Liberia airport ($55 car, $70 van). The Los Almendros office can arrange to have you picked up at the Liberia Airport, and have a rental vehicle delivered to your condo.

If Condo 42 is not available: The VRBO calendar for Condo 42 is always kept up to date. If our condo is not available for the dates you require, please contact us. All condos at Los Almendros are privately owned. Some condos are more popular than others. We would be happy to identify the best available condo at Los Almendros for the dates you require. Rental rates will be the same as the rates posted for condo 42.

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  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Events Allowed

Gail Brewer

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We are originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan. Ron worked for Ford Motor Company as a Lean Manufacturing Specialist. I was a Registerd Nurse. We retired seven years ago and moved to Costa Rica. We enjoy Costa Rica's beautiful weather and year around outdoor activities. We are both Univiersity of Michigan graduates. We have three adult children. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Southfield, Michigan, Our children enjoy vacationing in Costa Rica. During the USA's cold winter months, they enjoy coming down to Playa Ocotal for a relaxing week in the sun. We look forward to having grand children that we can teach to swim and snorkle in Playa Ocotal's gentle waters.

Gail Brewer purchased this condo in 2005

Los Almendros de Ocotal enjoys a 'Prime' beachfront location. Most equivalent properties in Guanacaste are owned by large hotels. Los Almendros de Ocotal is preferred by travelers who prefer to stay at a small, less commercial resort. Los Almendros does not require its guests to purchase an 'all inclusive' meal plan. Our guests enjoy dining at local independent restaurants, and preparing an occasional home cooked meal. They do not worry about missing scheduled meals...they can dine wherever their travels take them. Playa Ocotal is a very quiet and peaceful beach. The rock formations directly below Los Almendros is one of Guanacaste's most popular locations for snorkeling from shore. Snorkelers routinely see schools of beautiful angel fish, game fish, rays, eels and octopi. We provide our guests good quality snorkeling gear, free of charge.

Relying on feedback from our guests, we continuously add new items for our patrons to enjoy. For example: 1) Playas del Coco has over 30 restaurants. Several of the best restaurants are not easy to find. We provide our guests a free GPS unit. The GPS device is pre-programmed with the location of Coco's best restaurants and Guanacaste's most popular tourist attractions. Our GPS unit recognizes Los Almendros as 'Home'. No matter where you travel in Costa Rica, your GPS unit will provide you the quickest, safest return route to Los Almendros. 2) US and Canadian cell phones require a special chip to function in Costa Rica. When they do work, roaming charges are expensive. We provide our North American guests a cell phone that can be used to make free calls anywhere in Costa Rica. The phone numbers of the Los Almendros office, our General Manager's cell phone, and the number of an English speaking doctor in Coco are pre-programmed. 3) Playa Ocotal offers Guanacaste's best snorkeling. The rock formations directly below Los Almendros is the most popular off-shore snorkeling location in Northern Guanacaste. 4) A popular, reasonably priced, beachfront restaurant is located less than 100 meters from the entrance to Los Almendros. 'Father Rooster's' specializes in seafood and delicious tropical drinks. The 'vegetarian nachos' are a favorite appetizer. 5) Los Almendros has a top rated dive shop on site...Rocket Frog Divers. Guests our entitled to a 10% discount off Rocket Frog's published rates. 6) In addition to world class deep sea fishing, many families enjoy fishing near shore for red snapper. They grill their fresh catch on the private charcoal BBQ in front of our condo. 7) Our guests enjoy membership privileges at Coco Bay Beach Club. This club offers spa treatments, tennis courts, swimming pools with children slide, exercise machines, yoga classes and Zumba classes.

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Beachfront, Ocean View, Gym, Tennis, Snorkeling Gear,Kayaks, 2 min walk to beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Beachfront, Ocean View, Gym, Tennis, Snorkeling Gear,Kayaks, 2 min walk to beach
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Playa Ocotal Guanacaste

Our favorite place to stay

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
Jeanie and I have been coming to Costa Rica almost every year for the past decade to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We have stayed at a number of Guanacaste resorts and visited several others. Ocotal is our favorite beach, and Los Almendros de Ocotal is our favorite place to stay. This year we stayed at a condo on the front row that had excellent reviews posted on VRBO. The reviews were right on the mark. Our condo was well equipped and only a 2-3 minute walk to the beach. An earlier review listed a number of local restaurants. We are not familiar with all of the restaurants listed, but we agree with the reviewer's overall assessment...we too have never had a bad meal in Costa Rica. In Ocotal, both Father Rooster's and Ocotal Beach Resort are excellent restaurants. The restaurant at Ocotal Beach Resort is up on a bluff, and may be the best place in the area to watch Costa Rica's beautiful sunsets. Ocotal Beach and the rear terrace of our condo also provided excellent sunset views. Picante's is another Ocotal restaurant that offers good food and beautiful ocean views. Our rental unit had a nice BBQ unit out front. We purchased charcoal, lighter fluid and fresh seafood in Coco. We grilled the fish and enjoyed a fantastic home cooked meal. At night the air-conditioned bedrooms are very comfortable. However, our condo had ceiling fans and secure screen doors that enabled Jeanie and I to go to sleep listening to the ocean surf and enjoying the comfortable breeze that comes off the ocean in the evening.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Beachfront, Ocean View, Gym, Tennis, Snorkeling Gear,Kayaks, 2 min walk to beach
+506 2438-9219
Playa Ocotal Guanacaste
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An Awesome Week at Los Almendros

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
Our family of four just returned from beautiful Costa Rica. We decided to stay at Los Almendros because of all of the great reviews we had read on Trip Advisor, and we were not disappointed. We stayed in Condo #42 which was a very nice 2 bedroom unit which also supplied snorkel equipment for their guests. The view of the beach was beautiful. We spent lots of time exploring the black sand beach which also had all sorts of rock formations that the kids had a blast climbing. The tide changes made the exploration different each and every time. The snorkeling was right off of the beach and was really great with lots of beautiful fish and the kids were excited to even see a couple of stingrays. There is a nice restaurant directly on the beach called Father Rooster which had great food and was so convenient on the nights we didn't feel like heading to Coco, the touristy neighboring town. The condo complex had several swimming pools which were all very nice, and we always stopped at the pools for a short swim after going to the beach. Stephanie, who runs the desk at Los Almendros was always very friendly and helpful. Our family doesn't like crowds and Playa Ocotal was never crowded and a perfect location for our family. Having the snorkeling opportunity right there was even better. We spent lots of time at the beach and also booked a snorkel tour with Pelican tours which are located right on the beach in Ocotal. We saw a pod of dolphin and then stopped at a beach where he knew howler monkeys hung out and sure enough, there they were eating mangos out of the trees. We came across a giant (and I mean giant) school of black fin tuna. When Brian, our guide, saw them he got out his rod and reel and almost immediately hooked one and allowed my 15 year old son to reel it in which was quite a work out and very exciting. Needless to say, we got a deep sea fishing adventure that my son will never forget! And yes, we also stopped at 3 snorkeling sites which were also very nice. We also made a stop at a "cave" which we thought we were going to snorkel in but it was really a place where the water had created a huge hole in the cliff and water rushed in and out. Our guide walked us to the top of that hill for a gorgeous overlook so that made up for the disappointment of not snorkeling in the "cave." I would definitely recommend Los Almendros and Playa Ocotal for any family looking for a great vacation. (Originally posted by Kirsten on TripAdvisor).
Beachfront, Ocean View, Gym, Tennis, Snorkeling Gear,Kayaks, 2 min walk to beach
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Playa Ocotal Guanacaste
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Relaxing Adventure in Costa Rica

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
This was our 3rd visit to Los Almendros and plan on returning again. The office staff and dive shop staff are great - they make you feel like part of the community. The short distance to Father Rooster, the beach, and town makes this a great place to spend some time.

We suggest this location if you are looking for something off the beaten path. No McDonald's or Starbuck and you get to live like the locals with the kitchen, outside BBQ and the ocean at your doorstep.

Can't wait to go back...

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple

(Posted by Paul C. on TripAdvisor 4/26/13)
Beachfront, Ocean View, Gym, Tennis, Snorkeling Gear,Kayaks, 2 min walk to beach
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Playa Ocotal Guanacaste
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Los Almendros de Ocotal

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
We stayed at Unit #42 and felt fortunate to have such a complete home away from home. Everything we needed was right there. We loved staying at Los Almendros for several reasons: The short walk to the beach was perfect. On the return, we could stop at the pools and shower off before walking in to the condo. We loved eating at Father Roosters! What a pleasure to dine on the sand overlooking the little bay. The fish was cooked to perfection every time we ate there. We enjoyed being at the condo to relax and look at the changing view of the bay; we enjoyed the flowers, the little crabs scurrying by, and our neighbors. This was one of the finest vacations we have ever had.
(Posted by Jen T on TripAdvisor 3/25/13)
Beachfront, Ocean View, Gym, Tennis, Snorkeling Gear,Kayaks, 2 min walk to beach
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Playa Ocotal Guanacaste
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Quiet Beauty

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
What a comfortable quiet clean place. The young lady Stephanie was most gracious and helpful. If you want to stay in a beautiful setting with a complete kitchen this is the place. You are far enough from the city to enjoy the serenity.
(Posted by James L. on TripAdvisor)
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20 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
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3 Miles
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Nearest Golf
10 Miles
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Availability & Rates

Playa Ocotal Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Semana Santa/Easter Week
Apr 13 2014 - Apr 20 2014
7 nights
Green Season: 2
Apr 21 2014 - Jun 14 2014
3 nights
Jun 15 2014 - Aug 31 2014
3 nights
Green Season 3
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 14 2014
3 nights
High Season 2
Nov 15 2014 - Dec 20 2014
3 nights
Christmas/ New Years
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 nights
High Season 1
Jan 4 2015 - Mar 28 2015
3 nights
Semana Santa/Easter 2015
Mar 29 2015 - Apr 5 2015
7 nights
Green Season 1
Apr 6 2015 - Jun 27 2015
3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes The above rates do not include Costa Rica's 13% hotel tax.
Maid service is provided once per week. Clean towels are available upon request.
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Playa Ocotal Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Spa
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Blender
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have a full shower. Hot water is provided by a 60 gallon tank. All electrical outlets are wired for 110v current (Same as in the USA and Canada).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom has a queen size bed w/premium mattress and 2 inch latex toppers. Second bedroom has two twin beds. The twin beds also have 2 inch latex toppers. Mattress pads, linens and latex toppers are imported from USA. If you are traveling with a small child, a Graco Pack & Play is available upon request. Sofa in living room converts into a queen size bed that provides reasonably good comfort and support.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Balcony
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • rafting
  • deepsea fishing
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