SPECTACULAR 'VIEW' HOME SET HIGH UP ON A HILL

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Rick Festa

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
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SPECTACULAR 'VIEW' HOME SET HIGH UP ON A HILL

Playa Flamingo Villa Rental Photos and Description

Private home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

You'll love the home, but the view will blow you away! A spectacular 'view' home set high up on a hill overlooking several pristine beaches, Catalina Islands, night lights and the Flamingo marina. Secluded, yet within minutes of beautiful beaches, restaurants, stores, night life, casinos, night clubs, sport fishing, sunset cruises, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, canopy tours, championship golf and surfing.

This private home is nicely furnished with all the amenities needed for a perfect vacation. A beautiful infinity edge pool highlights the back yard, with ever-changing views of the beaches and islands below. There are patios, decks with lounge chairs and green areas for lots of outside activities. Inside, you'll find a master bedroom with a king-size bed (with new premium mattress)and private ceramic tile bath. Two spare bedrooms share a full bath and have a queen bed in one and a double bed in the other. All the bedrooms have a view of the ocean. The living and dining rooms have three walls of glass with a 180 degree view of the ocean. Furnishings include a sofa, love seat, glass dining room table, Tiffany lamps and leather rocking chairs. The full kitchen includes everything you need, like a microwave oven, full-size stove and refrigerator, dishes, glasses, pots and pans, blender, toaster, coffee maker and grinder.

Wildlife is abundant at my home. Wake up to the sounds of Howler monkeys. See flocks of parrots flying overhead, as well as Turkey Vultures, Magpie Bluejays, Hummingbirds, Blue-Crowned Mot Mots, Crimson-collar Tanagers, to name a few. Beautiful Butterflies, fireflies and HUGE colorful grasshoppers, as well as Armadillos, Mapaches (raccoon/anteater looking animals), Racoons, colorful lizzards and Iguanas.

NEW, NEW, NEW!!!!! I now WIFI at my home. Bring your laptop, Ipad, etc, or use my Netbook! There is also a cell phone for your use, to make local calls, while at my home. I also have unlimited FREE calling to and from the US, using my US virtual phone number. Leave a phone number for friends and family, so they can be in touch with you. It is a US number, so no international charges apply. You can also call anyone in the US and Canada for FREE!!

The home is located 25 minutes from the Tamarindo Domestic Airport, one hour from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) and four hours from the San Jose International Airport (SJO). The nearest white-sand beach is a five minute drive, with several to choose from with-in 15 minutes. Local grocery stores are with-in five minutes, as well as several restaurants, bars, coffee shops, juice bars.

Whether you are looking for a place to relax and unwind and enjoy a little piece of paradise, or a home base to explore what Costa Rica is all about, then Casa Prieta is for you!

For additional photos of my home, a reservation form, guest book and a welcome letter with lots of information, please visit my own web site link listed below at 'Links to more information'.

PLEASE NOTE: My home is NOT with in walking distance to the beaches. It is located 500 feet above the beaches and it is a 5 minute drive down the hill, to the beaches, restaurants, grocery stores, bars, etc. Of course, you can walk to it, but it is long way back up the hill! Great, if you like the exercise!

There is a completely different 'feel' up at my home. Usually there is a nice breeze, which keeps the mosquitoes away. And the views, as stated in most all of the reviews, is spectacular!

Keywords: Private home with beautiful infinity edge pool

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome

Rick Festa

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2004
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I 'discovered' Costa Rica in 2001 and immediately fell in love with all its beauty and diversity. As a home builder in the Northeast, I found it very difficult to build in the winter months. My friend just returned from CR and told me all about how beautiful it was, how friendly the people were and that you could buy property there as a foreigner. On my first trip there, I had no intention on buying a home, but rather to find a lot and build a home, until I found Casa Prieta! I stood in the backyard, overlooking the ocean and islands below the home and quickly changed my mind. This is what I've been looking for all my life. I decided to buy the home and rent it to others to enjoy too. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share such a place and hear what others have to say in my guest books at the home. I hope to share it with you too!

Rick Festa purchased this villa in 2002

Guanacaste is the driest, sunniest part of Costa Rica. There is usually a slight breeze, so no bugs! And of course, you get to see glorious sunsets over the ocean, 365 days a year!!

It's the VIEW, VIEW, VIEW!!!!!! The ever-changing vista is what I like most about my home. You can stay on the beach, but at night, all you see is darkness. At my home, during the day, you see gorgeous views of the ocean, islands, surf, mountains and valleys. At night, you see all the lights below the home. Breathtaking!!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

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Spectacular 'View' Home Set High up on a Hill
average rating of 5.0 based on 49 reviews
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Spectacular 'View' Home Set High up on a Hill
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Playa Flamingo Guanacaste
5

perfect 10 vacation home.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
We met friends from Ohio for 9 days in Costa Rica and Casa Prieta was amazing! It was spacious and comfortable. It had everything we needed and more. The owner, Rick has really thought of everything. If you ever plan a trip to Costa Rica, THIS is where you want to stay. The view from our house was nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful grounds and trees and flowers. An infinity pool. Birds all around. A 500 ft drop to the Pacific Ocean below us, that made it possible to hear the Ocean at all times. Early sunrise over the mountains behind our house brought out the Howler Monkeys that I heard for the first time. WOW they sound freaky and huge. But, as I learned later in the trip, they are not huge or freaky...they just sound that way. :) The sunsets at our house took my breath away. I've seen a few that were amazing , but this? The sky went from shades of Blue and Yellow, to bright Oranges mixed with a golden ball sitting low in the sky. Until finally, it would turn deep orange and reds and look as though the sky had been set on fire, and then just seem to slip into the ocean.....it really did make me cry it was so amazing. I watched the sun set every night and I was never disappointed. Our housekeeper, Francis was so sweet and did such a wonderful job. I felt like the house was "new again" after she left each time. Every morning I had coffee on the deck while a bird visited me for bread crumbs. Every day we sunned poolside and had fresh fruit blended drinks. And at night after whatever the day had brought, we seemed to naturally end up back at our house early for either swimming or just sitting under that huge sky. It really was perfect...This vacation exceeded every expectation I had, and blew my preconceived notions of Central America out of the water. There are mountains and Volcanoes all around. The monkeys and geckos make cool sounds that I've never heard before. The food tastes better there. The Pacific Ocean is amazing, loud and powerful. The Flowers, even in the dry season are lovely, And the people are gorgeous and kind. Costa Rica is the most beautiful place I have ever seen with my own eyes.
I think I'm in love....
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.
Pura Vida.
Tracey and Will Smith
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Best vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
My husband and I just had the best vacation ever! Thank you Rick for sharing your beautiful paradise villa with us.

The views, the sounds, the exclusion all was magical! I heard you are coming right after us. Have great vacation....many, many thanks! :)
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Playa Flamingo Guanacaste
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The views.....

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
The views from Casa Prieta are among the most beautiful we've experienced and will indelibly be etched in our mind whenever we think of Costa Rica. It is ever changing and we found ourselves always pointing to something "new" we didn't see before.

We enjoyed the area a great deal. This was our third "dental" trip to Costa Rica, but the first to the north west corner of the country. We visited most of the area beaches and it would be difficult to name the best since each one of them have their own unique benefit. Every place we visited was made more special by the Ticos/Ticas. They are a country of splendid people.

Carlos and Carlos (finest gourmet), the Green House (serene and enjoyable menu), Coco Loco (beachy at its best) and the Shack (pure American) were among our favorites. Each is very diverse from the other, but the food and service are outstanding.

The staff (Francis, Elsie and Roselind) from Tropical Homes Of Costa Rica are wonderful, reliable, warm and friendly people. The interior of the home was kept very clean during our stay and added to our enjoyment.

We'll also thank our host Rick for his courteous and thorough indoctrination to his home. We appreciate the prompt response to our inquiries.

We'll now return to our mountainous home in the beautiful desert of Tucson, AZ, but we'll retain wonderful memories of our stay on the Pacific! Casa Prieta is a beautiful home!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Wow, what an incredible place!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Wow, what an incredible place. We are very sad to leave. Despite the rainy season, we have had beautiful weather and caught sunsets every night.

We tried many excursions; Zip lining, horse back riding, white water tubing, ATV tours and catamaran- all of these were very fun, but we found that our favorite thing was enjoying the view at Casa Prieta by the pool. Nothing beats it!

We really recommend the catamaran ride with Martin Del Ray. We saw whales! Our favorite restaurants were Sugar Beach Hotel and La Pearla.

We never heard the infamous Howler monkeys at the house, but we did see a mama and baby monkey one morning! We also saw a parrot.

We were so entertained by the beauty of Casa Prieta that the TV was never turned on! We encourage all the guests to try that!!

We have really enjoyed our time here and will certainly be back! Pura Vida!!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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I think I have died and gone to heaven

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
"I think I have died and gone to heaven." What an amazing home with a gorgeous view. I can't believe this is a third world country from where I sit.

So I begin....day one, we drove into Playa Flamingo, went to the beach, spent WAY too much $ on groceries (wish we stopped at a larger supper market) and enjoyed the sunset. We took about a 100 pictures of the sun setting. Day 2, went on a 1/2 day fishing trip, caught a few durado, rooster fish and a amberjack. Durado was fantastic! Day 3 and 4, drove to Arenal, very long winding trip, took 4 hours. Couldn't see the volcano but took a tour to the base of the volcano and went to some hot springs river, was amazing! Day 5 went to Playa Danta, played corn hole, drank beer and kayaked. Day 6 went to Congo Trail. Guides were funny!

Went to Pirates beach. Wish we had gone there the first day. Crystal clear water and you can walk to the islands at low tide. Go to Huacus and make a right by the soccer field. You will feel like you are lost, but just follow the signs. Rough road, but our front wheel car made it easily. This is a must see beach!

Take time to meet the locals, they are extremely nice if they aren't trying to sell you something. Always bargain with prices.

Overall our excursion was amazing. We would definitely come back and bring our kids next time.
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Liberia International (LIR)
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Playa Pence and Playa Prieta
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Las Brisas
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Melia Conchal, Hicienda Panilla
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sol and Mar
Car: recommended

Canopy tours (zip lines), Sunset Cruises, Massages, Private chef.

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Availability & Rates

Playa Flamingo Villa Rental Rates

Notes

  • $250-$295/nt - $1600-$3500/wk
  • US Dollars
  • Jan 02-April 31 .. $295/night, 4 night minimum . $2000/week
  • May 01-Aug 31 .. $275/night, 4 night minimum .. $1800/week
  • Sep 01-Oct 31 ..$250/night.3 night minimum.... $1600/week
  • Nov 01- to Christmas week ..4 night minimum.... $1800/week
  • Christmas week..................................$2500/week
  • New Years week ................................ $3500/week
  • Semana Santa (Easter week)......................#3000/week
  • PLEASE VIEW THE AVAILABILITY CALENDAR BEFORE REQUESTING DATES. Book now!!

Amenities

Playa Flamingo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Telephone
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Parking Off Street
  • PC
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Garage ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Catering Available ...
  • Dishwasher
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom has a brand new premium mattress., Queen size Beds (1) Spare bedroom has a beautiful new queen bed made from local Costa Rican wood. New mattress too., Double Beds (1) Spare bedroom has a double bed with drawers underneath and a new premium mattress.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • luaus
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • shelling
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surfing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • wind-surfing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • rafting
  • equestrian events
  • deepsea fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • tennis
  • kayaking
Notes:
Private Infinity Edge Pool, Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioning, WIFI, Satellite TV with HBO and Cinemax (32' LCD TV in Living room), DVD/CD Player, Stereo system, Linens and Towels provided, Outdoor Pool Shower, Alarm clock, Iron and ironing board, Hair dryer, Deck With Lounge Chairs and Maid Service every other day.