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Laura Shifflette & Michael Passage

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Bedrooms 3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Estate, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths (Sleeps 8-10)

Beachfront villa with lush, private grounds and every amenity located on a magnificent undiscovered beach on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, midway between Jaco and Manuel Antonio. You'll feel as if you're in your own private resort as you experience all the home has to offer. Traditional Spanish hacienda styling combines with tropical flair to create a welcoming retreat you'll never want to leave.

Three generously sized and well-appointed bedrooms plus three full baths provide ample room to sleep up to 10 people, where the sounds of surf will lull you to sleep each night. The three bedrooms feature one king bed, one queen, and two doubles, plus a pull out sofa in the living room, providing plenty of privacy for everybody. The bathrooms feature large, walk-in showers. One bathroom includes an open air double shower where bougainvillea cascades over the wall to greet you.

Kitchen, Dining & Living Rooms, Pool Area, Grounds: The gourmet kitchen, outfitted by a 'foodie', and furnished with brand new stainless steel appliances, provides plenty of space to create your own culinary masterpieces. Extensive collection of dishware, serveware, flatware and linens. The large living room provides a generous space to relax for everyone. Handmade custom hardwood furnishings throughout the house, including a solid teak table and chairs that seat ten in the dining room.

Relax beside the private lap pool with a good book, nap under palm trees in a hammock, enjoy sunsets or an early morning walk on the 4 mile beach just outside the door. A rancho, the covered bar and barbeque area by the pool, provides ample outdoor entertaining space. Outdoor fountains at the entry and by the pool add to the atmosphere. Another rancho by the beach completes the picture.

Nearly two acres of manicured and lushly landscaped grounds overflow with gorgeous tropical plantings, orchids and palm trees to provide you with a serene and private getaway.

Adventures Await You: Numerous adventures await you close by. Beach activities include surfing, swimming, body surfing, boogie boarding, fishing and shelling. Nearby are zip-lining, sportfishing, golf, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, tennis, boating, horseback riding, canyoning, and hiking.

View the abundant wildlife Costa Rica has to offer. Flocks of pelicans soar on the breezes overhead. Parrots chatter as they dart through and feast on fruit each morning. Butterflies and hummingbirds are frequent visitors and the grounds are landscaped with plantings designed to attract them. Monkeys, sloths and iguanas live close by and pass through the property regularly. Various species of sea turtles nest on the local beaches, and if you're lucky, one of the sea turtle conservation organizations may be doing a baby turtle release during your visit that you can participate in. Grey whales also migrate past out in the deep water at certain times of the year.

Other Information: The home is convenient to San Jose and the Central Valley, with close proximity to several of Costa Rica's spectacular national parks: Manuel Antonio, Carara, and a bit further away, Marino Ballena.

The small, authentic Costa Rican town of Parrita is close by.

Many good restaurants are located a short drive away in either direction. The house also features high speed Internet and a Wi Fi network. A flat screen TV combined with a Roku box, as well as a well-stocked games cupboard provide indoor entertainment options.

Make sure to check out our website, for lots more information and photos.

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  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Events Allowed

Laura Shifflette & Michael Passage

This advertiser has been with since 2011
Speaks english, french, Some Spanish
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We hadn't planned on purchasing a home in Costa Rica when we found this house - it just spoke to us! We totally fell in love, and things gradually evolved from there. We live in Seattle, so it is wonderful to have a place to escape our grey winter skies, which we do at every opportunity.

Laura Shifflette & Michael Passage purchased this estate in 2010

We had made several trips to Costa Rica when we started to look at property. The country has so much going for it: stunning beauty everywhere, friendly people, amazing wildlife, not to mention its stable democracy and everything that goes with that. We were captivated.

Of all the places we looked, we liked Playa Bandera the best. It is still relatively undiscovered, and one of the few beaches where the road passes behind the houses, instead of in front of them which makes a big difference. We love that for most of the year, we can walk on this incredible, utterly perfect beach on a brilliant sunny morning and see two or four other people, at the most.

The house was a real 'fixer' when we found it, but it had 'great bones' and we could really see the possibilities!

We spent an entire year with a full time construction crew returning her to her former glory - and then some! - addressing every conceivable detail. It was truly a labor of love. We repaired and painted walls, ceramic tile, wrought iron, etc. We replaced nearly all the lighting. We had handmade furniture built. It was an incredible project and a wonderful experience.

Now La Fiaca is our own little piece of paradise. We are excited to share it with others, whom we hope will fall in love with the place the way we did.

Bedrooms 3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Beachfront Villa on Magnificent Deserted Beach. Private Lap Pool
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 23 reviews
Beachfront Villa on Magnificent Deserted Beach. Private Lap Pool
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Bandera Puntarenas

Warm and relaxing getaway for a group

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
We travelled with a group of 10 people, ranging in age from 5 - 65 to stay at La Fiaca. We arranged a driver at the request of the homeowners (Jose) who was reliable and made transportation to the home simple after our overnight flight. We were glad not to have rented a car as we heard many stories of corruption in the local Policia. However, we felt a little isolated without a vehicle at La Fiaca. We got around this by using taxis and arranging tours to Manual Antonio and other places with companies that picked up our group and accommodated stops at the store or a restaurant after our tours - this was never a problem. When we arrived at the home, it was just as we expected, only better. The home and grounds were clean and beautiful. We had all the amenities a large group would need and found all the groceries we needed in the small town of Parrita nearby. Our group made great use of the pool and the beach. We had four kids who spent endless hours searching for crabs, butterflies, frogs, and other creatures during our two-week stay. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the hospitality of the caretakers. We arranged for Rosa to prepare authentic meals four our group and this should not be missed by anyone who stays at the home. Santiago plied us with fresh coconut meat and milk and drove us to town to visit the store. Our daughter came down with an ear infection early Sunday morning and he drove us to multiple Farmacias and eventually waited with us at La Clinica while we saw the doctor and received medication. We were very relieved to have a skilled Spanish speaking person with us! We found the area beautiful and clean; and the people very friendly. We took a couple of day trips to Quepos and Jaco and enjoyed the food and bustling culture there as well. We also were able to watch the Superbowl at the home while listening to the waves crash around us. It was spectacular. The weather was very hot (mid to upper 90's) our entire trip and the home stayed quite warm into the evenings but it was cooler outside. There are plenty of fans to use and during the day, we made endless dips in the pool to cool off. All in the all, we enjoyed Costa Rica more than many trips we have taken to Mexico. The home was incredible and very comfortable for us. The only downside was being somewhat isolated - there are no bars or restaurants within walking distance. The beauty and relaxation more than made up for it.
Owner's Response: We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, and we are happy you found creative ways to work around your "no car" decision. That's great. We are pleased to hear that our caretaker, Santiago and family, took such good care of you during your stay. We hope to welcome you back for another visit soon.
Beachfront Villa on Magnificent Deserted Beach. Private Lap Pool
+1 2063620221
Bandera Puntarenas

Paradise Costa Rica Style!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
This property is exquisite in every way from the Villa itself, to the grounds, pool, and beach. The owners and staff (in particular, Santi) insured that our expectations were exceeded with their perfectly maintained property with every possible amenity from the comfy hammocks hanging from the palm trees to the beach fire built and lit for us by Santi. The kitchen and outdoor brick oven/grill along with beautiful indoor outdoor dining spaces allowed us to dine and entertain even better than at home or the finest of restaurants. We truly did not want to leave the property, and when we did, we couldn't wait to get back! This is a must stay in Costa Rica!!!!
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Please come back and stay with us again soon! Pura vida!
Beachfront Villa on Magnificent Deserted Beach. Private Lap Pool
+1 2063620221
Bandera Puntarenas


  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
We stayed for four nights with some friends. The location is perfect, very quiet and right on the beach. The gardens and pool area are lovely and very well maintained. We barbecued and swam most evenings. Very relaxing and a great place to chill out.

The house is well layed out with large rooms, nice kitchen and comfortable living areas.

We took a day trip to Manuel Antonio park, saw a couple of sloths, lots of monkeys and went swimming. A great day.

Would definitlely do this again
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed our special piece of paradise, and glad you had a wonderful Costa Rican adventure. It sounds as if you also saw some incredible wildlife. Wonderful! We hope to welcome you back very soon again.
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Beachfront Villa on Magnificent Deserted Beach. Private Lap Pool
+1 2063620221
Bandera Puntarenas

Lovely beach home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
The house was fabulous. As was the pool. As was the caretaker and his family. As happens in places with salt air, the refrigerator died while we were there. And, unbelievably, the caretaker's family brought their refrigerator over for our use.

We cooked most of our meals and found the kitchen very well equipped. Laura, the owner, was very responsive to all our questions and the house is in impeccable shape.

All around, a lovely place to stay.
Owner's Response: We were so sorry to hear that the (nearly new!) refrigerator stopped working during your stay, but we were not surprised to learn that our caretakers kindly offered the use of their own refrigerator to keep your food cold while it was being repaired. That is the sort of thing they would do. Fortunately, the problem is now fixed and it's all good. We were delighted to hear that the rest of your stay was wonderful (and uneventful) and you enjoyed our own little slice of paradise. We hope to welcome you back one day!
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Beachfront Villa on Magnificent Deserted Beach. Private Lap Pool
+1 2063620221
Bandera Puntarenas

An Amazing Week!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
We spent a delightful week at La Fiaca in late March 2013. It was a wonderful way to experience Costa Rica and our family of five had a terrific time. If we have an opportunity to frequent to Costa Rica again, we will definitely plan on returning to this very special place.

The owners were extremely helpful in helping us plan our trip and their website gave us all of the hints we needed to use their home as a base for exploring the nearby countryside. Santiago (the caretaker) and his family were also wonderful and greeted us with fresh coconuts on the beach when we arrived. The kids loved to play with their dogs and were fascinated with the chickens. As we were leaving for the airport, we noticed that the tire on our vehicle was going flat. Santiago and his family once again stepped in and changed the tire for us. Clearly above and beyond in terms of taking care of us during our visit.

The house and the grounds are even lovelier than the pictures depict. The house had everything we needed as the owners had clearly thought of their house guests’ every need. It is truly both a “home” and a “resort”. The pool was great for relaxing and the beach was simply spectacular. The waves were even gentle enough during our stay to allow the kids to boogie board. On a busy day, you might see twenty people at the beach if you really looked hard in both directions. And the sunsets were spectacular – just as advertised.

We have many special memories of our week in Costa Rica and our stay at La Fiaca was a big part what made our experience so enjoyable. It is a truly unique and wonderful place. Enjoy your visit!
Owner's Response: We are so very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you have a chance to return to Costa Rica very soon, and look forward to welcoming you.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
San Jose or Quepos
Nearest Ferry
82 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Kilometres
Highway 34
Nearest Beach
Playa Bandera
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
Ruta de Alex
Nearest Golf
37 Kilometres
Los Suenos
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Ruta de Alex
Car: recommended

Convenient to Manuel Antonio, Jaco, San Jose. Many attractions nearby, and tons to do right on our own beach!

Other Activities: Swimming, surfing, bodysurfing, boogie boarding, beach fishing, beachcombing, beachwalking, wildlife viewing, and bird watching are all available on-site.

Also available nearby: canopy tours & zip lines, sportfishing, ultra-light flights, golf, boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, mangrove tours, wildlife viewing, bird watching, hiking, snorkeling & scuba diving, canyoning, shopping, health/beauty spas.

For more information, photos and videos, see our website, see link below.

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Availability & Rates

Bandera Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
High Season
Apr 21 2014 - May 31 2014
3 nights
Green Season
Jun 1 2014 - Nov 20 2014
3 nights
Thanksgiving 2104
Nov 21 2014 - Nov 30 2014
7 nights
High Season
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 12 2014
3 nights
Christmas/New Years 2014
Dec 13 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 nights
High Season
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 26 2015
3 nights
Easter, 2015
Mar 27 2015 - Apr 5 2015
7 nights
High Season
Apr 6 2015 - May 31 2015
3 nights
Green Season
Jun 1 2015 - Nov 20 2015
3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Notes Minimum stay 7 nights during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter weeks. Minimum stay 3 nights otherwise.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Bandera Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Spa
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking ...
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , bidet
    Main Floor Bath - toilet , shower
    Pool Bath - toilet , shower , Open air double shower
  • Three generous bathrooms with large walk-in showers, custom tilework, and custom-built teak cabinetry. One bathroom includes an open air double shower with bougainvillea cascading over the wall to greet you. Imagine showering with the sky above you!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull-out couch in Living Room
    Master Suite - 1 queen , Custom built hardwood bed
    Guest Room 2 - 2 double , Custom built hardwood beds
    Guest Room 1 - 1 king , Custom built hardwood four poster bed
  • La Fiaca has three generously sized bedrooms equipped with comfortable beds with high quality mattresses, high thread count sheets and plenty of pillows- everything you need to relax and fall asleep to the sounds of the surf. The upper floor master suite features a queen-sized custom-built hardwood bed, dressing area, large en suite bathroom, plus a screened veranda with comfortable seating and a desk which overlooks the grounds and the ocean. Two guest bedrooms are on the main floor. One features a king-sized four poster bed with pineapple finials, custom-built of hardwood, and a campaign desk. The other features two custom-built hardwood double beds. Each bedroom features large, comfortable rattan easy chairs, plus built-in teak shelving units for storage of your belongings and luggage.
  • Television ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Small Cooler
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Terrace
  • Boat ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • water parks
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • whale watching
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • water skiing
  • hunting
  • equestrian events
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • whitewater rafting
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • snorkeling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • golf
  • surfing
Also nearby: Canopy tours (Zip lines), Ultralight aircraft tours, sea kayaking. Brand new large beach palapa/rancho, Additional entertainment amenities are planned. Charcoal BBQ Grill: Built in brick barbeque with sink, counter space, and bar area in the covered 'Rancho' adjacent to the pool. Perfect for entertaining! Beachfront: Just steps outside the door through a palm grove to the beach where you will find four miles of mostly deserted beach. Oceanfront: We are right on the Pacific, so you will enjoy the sound of surf day and night Cooking Utensils Provided: Lots of cooking utensils and tools provided in this 'foodie's' kitchen! Complete selection of dishware, flatware, linens and serving pieces. Full Kitchen: Brand new stainless steel appliances: Gas range & oven, side by side refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, dishwasher. Lots of smaller appliances. Refrigerator: New side by side stainless steel refrigerator/freezer with ice maker and ice/water dispenser.

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