Bandera Estate Rental Photos and Description
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, www.villalafiacacr.com for lots more information and photos.
- limited accessibility
- Events Allowed
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
About Laura Shifflette & Michael Passage
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
Why Laura Shifflette & Michael Passage chose Bandera
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.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Wonderful, relaxing getaway with the ocean and beach so close. Very private and comfortable home with everything you could want. Enjoyed relaxing by the pool, the sounds of parrots and the daily fresh coconut drink. The little French restaurant nearby was so enjoyable! La Fiaca has everything you may need. Can't wait to come back.