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OUTDOOR LIVING IN ABSOLUTE PRIVACY STEPS FROM THE WATER'S EDGE

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Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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OUTDOOR LIVING IN ABSOLUTE PRIVACY STEPS FROM THE WATER'S EDGE

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Playa Grande Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 15)

Enjoy the luxury of outdoor living in serenity and seclusion, in this amazing compound boasting multiple living areas for multiple activities.

Nestled on a 7.5 acre property, at the most private section of Playa Grande’s four mile long beach in Las Baulas National Marine Park, this spacious compound is just steps from the water’s edge and offers views of the beach and spectacular sunsets from virtually every vantage point.

The swimming pool is conveniently located between the Tiki bar, the main house and the guest house - all surrounded by beautiful gardens planted with palm trees, fruit trees and flowers that attract monkeys, exotic birds , iguanas and many other sorts of wildlife from the park .

With three master suites and two regular rooms (all with adjacent bathrooms and air conditioning), a fully equipped ocean view kitchen, three dinning areas and indoor and outdoor living areas Casa Velas is the ideal vacation home for groups of one or more families.

The Villa is designed in a way that integrates the different activity areas yet allowing for space and privacy among its guests.

If you plan your trip between October and March you will have the privilege of witnessing the majestic leatherback turtles nesting , sometimes right in front of the main house.

Daily housekeeping , gardener and 24 hour security are provided ; a private chef is also available at your request - all contributing to give you the experience of fun , play , relaxation and pampering that defines Costa Rican living.

A five minute walk will take you to the estuary that separates pristine Playa Grande from Tamarindo- where you will find an abundance of restaurants , shops and nightlife. A panga will take you across for a small fee.

Love Nature, Live Nature, Enjoy the Costa Rican Experience !!!!!

Keywords: Beachfront Villa, Beachfront house Compound

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner
Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

Why The Owner chose Playa Grande

My husband inherited the property from his father. Initially there was absolutely nothing and we would go camping ; we later designed the house to be as open as possible to keep the feeling of living outdoors that we loved so much. We have traveled all around the world and have not yet found a place quite like this one.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Travel with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.8
based on 23 traveler reviews

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Outdoor Living in Absolute Privacy Steps from the Water's Edge
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews
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Playa Grande Guanacaste
Houston, TX
5

The best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5
When renting online you of course pay attention to the description, but also the reviews. After reading the reviews, I thought - how could I go wrong. I was right - this place is a wonderful.

This property is cute, eclectic and very rustic. All of the bedrooms have AC, but the main living area didn't. I think the idea is that if you have the front and back sliding doors open, the breeze cools off the living area, however our group was a little crab, hermit crab, lizard adverse so we opted to keep the doors closed most days. This sometimes made it a little warm, but doable.

As others have said, Ana and Luis are really wonderful. They speak very little English, but we were able to communicate the big stuff just fine. For the cost, you can't beat having Ana available to cook for you. Our group had her make all of our meals and it was absolutely fantastic.

Luis was also very good at keeping the pool and property well kept. He cleaned the pool and raked the beach every day. He was also on hand when a little crab blocked me from going up to my room one evening. Having him around made me feel very safe - he rushed off anyone who tried to come on property and solicit the group ( Ana was also very good at that as well).

The only challenge was getting to/from Tamarindo after dark. The water taxis work fine during the day, but at night, there wasn't anything to get to on our own. One night we hired a driver to take us out, but it cost about $100RT ( I told my friend it was an expensive bar crawl). I saw other reviews on the Bula Bula and the Wilmart, but we didn't have any instructions on how to get there, so we relied heavily on Nova for our needs. It would have been nice to have this information written down for little things that we needed like extra water, or soda. I would highly advise against swimming the estuary as there are salt-water crocodiles and apparently they hunt at night. There is a grocery store (Auto-Mercado)in Tamarindo; the ATM dispenses colones and US dollars.

Future renters who want to do things in the evening may want to consider getting a car. We saw other tourist who did that and they got around just fine, but as others have said, the roads are bumpy.

Nova did a good job with making arrangements to and from airport and with our excursions. There were a couple of hiccups, here and there, but nothing major that would needs to be written about. Overall we had a great experience!
  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Playa Grande Guanacaste
5

Absolutely PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
Twelve of us stayed here for seven nights. We ranged in age from 17-59. Everyone had a fantastic time for several reasons: 1. The house is perfect for enjoying outdoor living in Costa Rica. The beach, the pool and the outdoor seating areas were perfect for lazy days on Playa Grande. If you like camping and resorting, this place will be a slice of heaven for you! 2. The location is perfect. You are close enough to get to Tamarindo easily, but you feel worlds away. Most of the time we had the beach to ourselves! If you like surfing or boogie boarding, it is perfect. Experienced and novice surfers will love it. We were able to stroll down the beach at night too, which was delightful under a full moon. 3. The FOOD experience. Nova bought our food for us, and Ana did all the cooking and cleaning up. What a treat!! The best part is that Ana is an EXCELLENT cook. I would come back here just for that. We went out to eat twice and regretted it both times. We all sat around and said, "Ana could do this SO much better!"
Thank you Casa Velas for an absolutely magical vacation. It's going to be hard to beat this one!
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Playa Grande Guanacaste
Edmonton, Alberta
5

Awesome Private House right on the Beach!!

  • 5 of 5
Our group of 15 stayed here for 8 nights and absolutely loved it. It is certainly off the beaten path and we loved the seclusion, yet it was a short walk to Tamarindo with all the amenities. the house was well equipped for everyone and the rooms were a good size all with a/c. We had Ana cook our suppers and she was simply amazing. She doesn't speak any English, but we used Google Translate and managed just fine. It was so nice to come home and have an awesome meal prepared that fed our whole group.

the pool was very refreshing and large. It was kept very clean. We loved the outdoor eating area(we ate outside every night). The wifi was excellent. We used Donny with Get Lost in Costa Rica for our excursions and he was excellent. Monkeys right on the property several times.

All in all, it was an amazing vacation and we would love to go back to Casa Velas. It was rustic, authentic Costa Rican, which we loved.
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Playa Grande Guanacaste
Denver
5

It is a Gem

  • 5 of 5
Casa Velas is a Costa Rica gem in Playa Grande. We were a group of 15 from ages 6-80 and we just got back from two weeks in Costa Rica. We stayed in three different houses and Casa Velas was our favorite. The house easily fit our group and we did not feel cramped. We loved the outdoor spaces to eat and relax. Being on the ocean and having a lovely pool was delightful. We played in the ocean and enjoyed the quiet beach area. Everyone tried to ride the waves with surf boards and boogie boads rented from Frijoles Locos Surf Shop- www.playagrandesurfshop.com. On the first day there we were lucky to see Howler Monkeys, a Raccoon and a coatimundi all in the same tree on the property. The kids had plenty of crabs and iguanas to keep them busy. We hired Ana to help us with cooking and cleaning and everyone loved her meals and help. We did one tour with Javier Vargas from www.lovingcostarica.com and this is one of the highlights of our entire trip. Javier was prompt, considerate and very personable. He kept us entertained and informed the whole trip to and from Palo Verde. He and the boat driver Luis made sure we saw tons of wildlife and we got up close and personal with Monkeys, Crocodiles and iguanas. We would highly recommend Casa Velas as a place to stay while in Playa Grande and Javier Vargas as a tour guide.

The dirt road to Casa Velas is a little long and bumpy. Tamarindo, a bustling surfing town, is an easy walk through forest path or down the beach but you must either hire a boat ($1 per person) or swim to get across the estuary and our group did both. The hotel Bula Bula and a small market are about a 10 minute walk if you need some supplies or a bar restaurant near by. There are a couple of other beaches just north of Playa Grande that we drove to where the surf was a little calmer but it is best to go near low tide. We had the power go out on us twice thanks to storms so make sure you have flashlights with you. Wifi was inconsistent due to the Internet provider. Hot water was nonexistent in the kitchen.
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Playa Grande Guanacaste
5

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5
My family of 4 and my brother-in-law and his family of 5 stayed here for 10 wonderful days. Ana was an amazing cook and Nova was a huge help with the logistics. We spent most of the time playing on the beach and in the pool, taking runs on the beach (which is a 10k out to the end and back), going into Tamarindo which is so close, yet so far away, which kept the beach in front of the home quiet. I would highly recommend!
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Outdoor Living in Absolute Privacy Steps from the Water's Edge
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Playa Grande Guanacaste
5

Surfing Paradise

  • 5 of 5
A group of friends on a surfing expedition chose Casa Velas because of it's location on Playa Grande. Our stay was fantastic. Ana, the owner, was very helpful, gracious and accommodating in helping us coordinate the trip. Nova, the property manager, was great and Ana, our housekeeper and cook, took very good care of us. She is a fabulous cook. The setting and location were perfect - right on the beach with the surf at our back door, lots of outdoor living space for relaxing and dining, a great pool and comfortable bedrooms. We were a short walk from the ferry to Tamarindo and a beautiful walk along the beach to a good restaurant and bar. We didn't want to leave. Thank you Ana for making your wonderful beach home available to us. Many memories are made here.

Wes
  • Submitted: May 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Map

Nearest Beach
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

From $400 Per night

Playa Grande Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Nov 16 2014 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$550
$3,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas week
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
$8,000
Flat fee
 
 
New Year's week
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
$8,750
Flat fee
 
 
Easter week
Mar 30 2015 - Apr 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$6,000
Flat fee
 
 
Low Season
May 1 2015 - Jun 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Jun 2 2015 - Aug 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
$550
$3,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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Refundable damage deposit $300
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Amenities

Playa Grande Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ocean front
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With private patio. Pool and ocean view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Suite. Garden view.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Sleeps up to 6. 2 bottom bunks queen. 2 top bunks twin.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Two joined twin beds to form a king + 1 twin. Ocean front
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (3), Bunk Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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