CHARMING RANCHER - 500M TO BEAUTIFUL BEACH!

Karen

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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CHARMING RANCHER - 500M TO BEAUTIFUL BEACH!

Playa Hermosa Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

1-3 Bedrooms & 1-3 Bathrooms In Gated Community walking distance to all.

The gardens is a private gated community of only 10 detached houses located approximately halfway along one of only two roads to the beach. Casa 2 is a stand-alone rancher divided into a larger 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house and a smaller 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment. Each unit can be rented separately or together (there is NO connecting door, however, only separate entrances). The units have their own driveway and garden and the community pool is about 50 yards away. Next to the pool is a rancho with a large table, seating and barbeque for get-togethers.

Casa 2 was built approximately 10 years ago by an American developer who built 6 of the homes in the community and still resides in one. Using local craftsmen, native wood and colourful tile, our house has an authentic and charming Costa Rican or 'Tico' style. It is clean, simply furnished yet has all amenities and is freshly painted.

There are two units: the house unit (approx 950 sq ft) has a large covered patio with a laundry area at the back containing a washer & dryer (shared by the apartment if rented). There is a full kitchen with stove and fridge next to a dining and living area. Sliding doors open to another small covered patio at the front. There is a bathroom with a barrier-less shower and two large bedrooms, one of which has another bathroom ensuite and a safe. Each bedroom has a queen bed and plenty of wardrobe/storage space. There is cable tv, a phone for local calls (all Costa Rica) and wired internet. Fans and air conditioning are in each room. The house sleeps four.

The apartment unit (approx 550 q ft) has a small patio in front of its own driveway. It has an open floor plan, with a full kitchen on one side and a living/dining area on the other. A small bedroom with a queen bed, a safe and lots of closet space is at the back next to a full shower room. There is cable tv, wireless internet and air conditioning throughout. The apartment sleeps 2.

Outside each unit, there is a shower for rinsing off beach sand. We have a mango and an almond tree and plenty of native flora and birds. Last year, we built two arbours over each driveway and planted bougainvillea which seem to be growing at the speed of light!

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Karen

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2006
Speaks english

Dave and Karen are British-Canadians with a thirst for travel. After leaving England in 1980, they've lived in Alberta, California, Oregon and BC, recently moving from the mainland to gorgeous Vancouver Island. They live on a small acreage by the sea and enjoy cruising the west coast on their boat in the summer.

Karen purchased this bungalow in 2005

They fell in love with Costa Rica after a fabulous vacation with their sons in 2004, and started researching the best locations, settling on the NW Pacific coast for its pristine waters and Playa Hermosa for its beach and village atmosphere. Their duplex rancher is 'home away from home' as their fellow neighbours in The Gardens (Canadian, American & German) are great friends and create a wonderful welcome every January to March (making the house usually unavailable).

Costa Rica is not Florida or Hawaii. And with its lack of resorts and low crime, it isn't Mexico either. It is still third-worldly with dirt roads, parched fields, power failures, iguanas, spiders, rough shacks, chickens in the road and little sense of urgency or schedule. But if you like the sound of birds, monkeys in the trees, stunning foliage, friendly people, zip-lining, fishing, floating in the waves, unbelievable coffee and the sense that you have truly left home, then Costa Rica just might be for you.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Charming Rancher - 500m to Beautiful Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
5

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5
We were here for the last part of our Costa Rican Trip. The property manager took very good care of our needs and communicated well with us via email before our arrival. This place is exactly as pictured, in a nice little gated community, the pool was great, the house had everything we needed and we were just a 5 minute walk to the beach. We loved it there. Could walk anywhere if you wanted restaurants and just to look around. We definately want to come back again.
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that we contributed to your wonderful stay in Costa Rica, truly one of our favourite countries. I'm glad you enjoyed the area - so relaxing and non-touristy but with everything you need within walking distance. We would be happy to have you rent from us again and would like to offer our 10% re-booking discount when you're ready. Pura Vida!
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5

Break from Alberta Canada winter!

  • 5 of 5
Spent a wonderful five weeks here!
Five minute walk to a beautiful beach. Walked this beach every day. Sometimes twice a day. Checking out the high and low tides. And yes a few happy hours spent at the beach pubs.
Pool in the gardens for us to also enjoy. Other home owners and guests of this gated community were so friendly. Most of the time we were alone at the pool.
Saw the Howler Monkeys many times walking to the beach. So cute!
We went to other beaches in the area also. All fantastic.
No need for a car. Ten minute walk to the grocery store. This store has everything you need. Food, liquor and pharmacy.
Town of Coco close by for any other shopping. $12 taxi gets you there. Only did this a couple times.
Went fishing a few times. Not me personally fished but I got to spend five hours on the water! Saw turtles, dolphins, snakes, sting rays, jelly fish and worked on my tan. The boat picked us up right at the beach!
We went with friends zip lining, tubing and horse back riding. Friends had a car. One hour drive to get there. Was a blast!
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about my holiday. I am very early morning riser and early to bed lady. Was not looking for night life holiday. Wanted a relaxing holiday and I got what I wanted!
Will definitely be going back!!!
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 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, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your break and hope that you come and visit again!
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Boulder, Colorado
5

Perfect spot

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time in Hermosa & definitely recommend this place for anyone considering a vacation in Costa Rica. The owner responded quickly to our inquiry and the management company was professional and efficient. Two thumbs up!
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope you get to come down again! Thanks for taking the time to post a review.
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Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Vancouver, BC Canada
5

Charming rancher indeed!

  • 5 of 5
This past spring break, we travelled to Costa Rica with another family. Renting these two side-by-side units was perfect! It gave us an opportunity to stay together, cook together and hang around together in the evening, enjoying the warm Costa Rican breeze.

We did a lot of cooking in the two units. They were well equipped with all of the utensils and appliances that we could have possibly needed. It really helped to keep our costs down (4 adults and 3 hungry teenagers).

We also had an opportunity to visit and dine at many of the local restaurants. There are several to choose from in the area, and those situated along the beach front are particulary wonderful for catching the evening breeze and glorious sunset!

A local guide (arranged through the owners of this property) took us out on a wonderful day trip to visit the jungle and experience the food, culture and vast flora and fauna of Costa Rica.

We liked this property so much that we have not only recommended it to others, we have also passed along the information to a travel agent friend of ours. It's situated in a perfect area with easy access to the beach and to the town of Playa Coco. Playa Hermosa is a nice quiet place to be. When you want night life, Coco is just a 10 minute cab ride away.

On the property, there is a wonderful pool for cooling off. The entire property is safe and secure and well maintained. We were very pleased with the way everything was kept.

We had a wonderful vacation and created a great number of memories staying in these bungalows.
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and are especially grateful for your lovely review. We hope that you will find the time to visit Playa Hermosa again - it was a pleasure to host your families. Pura Vida!
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Vancouver, BC
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Playa Hermosa stay

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in the large unit during Spring Break and found it to be a perfect size for 4 guests. Well equipped and clean. The gated complex is quiet yet social (we met several neighbours). The beach, which is a short walk, was quiet even for high season and has several quaint little eateries along it with authentic Costa Rican food. The owner put us in touch with a local guide which made transfers to and from the airport effortless. We didn’t rent a car so found this extra helpful. The Hermosa bay area has enough amenities (groceries, restaurants) to accommodate but not too many to feel you are in a tourist town. All in all we really enjoyed our stay and found the atmosphere relaxing and rejuvenating. We will be back!
  • Submitted: May 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So happy you had a great time and hope you can make it back again soon, Marion. Thanks for taking the time to review and we hope you have many happy travels!
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Paradise

  • 5 of 5
Lovely clean private little house. We had a rental car but spent a great deal of time in the Gardens. M husband walked the beach every morning bringing me news of the howler monkeys that would greet him on route. The pool was perfect for lounging and visiting with other owners or guests. This is a quiet spot which suited us as we wanted to embrace living away for six weeks. The property manager is North American and a phone call away. The owners answered all our questions prior to booking and gave us lots of helpful information. Lovely fruit stand outside the "electronic gate", small Italian restaurant with wood burning oven steps away, two great hotels minutes walking distance for evenings out. The property is actually nicer than shown! We will definitely, be returning in the future!
  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time for a review - it is greatly appreciated! It was a pleasure hosting you and Bryan, Heather, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Pura Vida!
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Map

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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Liberia
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Playa Hermosa
Car: not necessary

Playa hermosa, Guanacaste, is a small village approximately 30 mins drive from the Liberia airport, (which is 8 miles west of the city of Liberia). Playa Hermosa is a mostly residential area with a gorgeous, 3km long beach, acclaimed for its beauty and cleanliness. This beach is a mere 5 minute walk from the house - look for the local howler monkeys in the trees! There are a number of bars and restaurants, from casual to high-end dining, two small supermarkets, an ATM, launderette and various stores, all within walking distance (up to 15-20 minutes). Several boutique hotels offer evening entertainment and other amenities such as spa services and tour bookings for non-guests. For more action, grab a taxi to Playas del Coco (called Coco by the locals), a busy, touristy town with lots of shopping, restaurants, supermarkets, nightlife and even a casino.

With all basic amenities, it is possible to stay in Playa Hermosa without renting a car. There are plenty of taxis and tour operators who will pick you up from the house. This plan would suit those who like to walk, blend in with the locals or who need a casual or short vacation. Alternatively, we often rent a car for a few days so we can travel more freely and widely. A good time to do that is upon arrival, since the cost of a days car rental or a taxi from the airport to Hermosa are similar. It would also allow you to visit more of the fabulous coast or explore inland towards the volcanoes.

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Availability & Rates

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Playa Hermosa Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Green (Low) Season
May 2 2014 - Nov 30 2014
7 night minimum stay
$350
$900
 
 
Dry (High) Season
Dec 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
$500
$1,250
 
 
Christmas 2014 to New Years
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
15 night minimum stay
$1,500
Flat fee
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning fee per unit $50
Notes Rates above are for 1 bed/1 bath unit (sleeps 2) low season. Taxes all included.

For the 2 bed/2 bath house (sleeps 4):
Low Season/High Season:
$550/$850 week
$1500/$2200 month.

Xmas/New Year 12/20-01/03/2015 (2 weeks):
1-bed unit: $1,500
2-bed unit: $2,400

Please inquire for pricing for booking both units or for long-term leasing.
Deposits handled through property manager.
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Amenities

Amenities

Playa Hermosa Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
  • Adventure
General:
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Off master bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , (in studio)
  • All bathrooms are wheelchair accessible
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , With ensuite and safe
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , (in studio) With safe
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , With safe
  • All bedrooms have lots of closet space.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • water tubing
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • parasailing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • fishing
Notes:
Snorkeling & sunset cruises and fishing can be booked from operators at the beach. More choices are available at the hotels as well as in Coco. Rory, our local guide, offers van pick-up and great tours (www.rorysrides.com).
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