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UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE BEACHFRONT HOME- COSTA RICA

Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander

Advertiser since: 2014
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander

Advertiser since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE BEACHFRONT HOME- COSTA RICA

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Esterillos House Rental Photos and Description

Located 10 steps from our property is the tropical beach of Esterillo Oeste.

Casa Sirena ( The Mermaid's House)

Located just 10 steps from our property is the quiet and secluded beach of Esterillos Oeste. All of the wood work in our newly finished beach house is handcrafted from tropical hardwoods. To protect the forests we use only timber from fallen trees. All countertops and sinks were hand built from colored concrete. The house is two stories with all of the bedrooms upstairs. Casa Sirena has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms have a queen sized bed and the largest bedroom has an additional single bed. Two bedrooms upstairs share one large bathrooms, each with it's own entrance. There is abundant closet and drawer space. The linens and mattresses are of the highest quality. The sheets are Egyptian cotton and the mattresses are new and very comfortable. Each bedroom has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. With the windows open, you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea.

There is a small office downstairs that has a single bed also with air conditioning.

Downstairs is the kitchen / dining room and living room area which is spacious and comfortable

The full kitchen is equipped with new appliances and everything one would need to prepare meals. There The dining room table seats 12 comfortably. There is also a wet bar with a wine rack and several secure drawers with locks in which valuables may be stored.

There is a flat screen cable TV, wireless internet and a DVD player.

With the downstairs doors open you have a perfect view of the coconut palms on the beach. The downstairs also has air conditioning and fans. There is a fully equipped laundry room just off of the kitchen.

Outside there is a small pool and a covered rancho with a sink and simple barbecue. This is a fun social area and very easy and convenient. Lounging in the pool sipping marguerites you can listen to the waves of the ocean and squawks of the scarlet macaws roosting and eating in the nearby trees. Butterflies flutter and iguanas sun on the trees. Sometimes when the mangos are ripe the white faced capuchin monkeys come to feast. Palm trees are everywhere giving shade and fresh coconuts for coco water (agua de pipa) and coconut meat whenever you wish.

A caretaker and his family live on the property. He is also a fisherman who brings in the catch of the day which you can buy and cook fresh for dinner. If you want a very typical Costa Rican experience you can go out fishing with him in his fishing boat.

Our house (Casa Sirena ) is perfect for a large family or a group of friends or just a quiet getaway for a couple or small family. It is also great for entertaining.

Esterillos beach is a very quiet and secluded local beach far from the over developed tourist spots. It can be perfect for surfing and boogie boarding and at other times great for swimming and playing in the water.

It is a long and beautiful beach . You can walk for miles in either direction. Close by on the beach there are many large tide pools perfect for children (and adults) to swim in , snorkel or just relax and watch the ocean and sunset.These were formed by lava overflow and you may also find some fossils and shells (and maybe some monkeys) beach combing. There is a majestic bronze mermaid statue right on the beach of Esterillos Oeste that has become an icon of the wonderful Esterillos Oeste.

Esterillos Oeste is only 1 1/2 -2 hours drive from the airport on the Central Pacific coast , Although Esterillos Oeste is a small, and typical village on a tranquil beach , it is just 20 minutes South of the beach town of Jaco which has casinos, restaurants of all types,shops,bars, jazz and lots of night-life. Forty minutes south of Esterillos is the town of Quepos and the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the finest rain forest parks in the country. Manuel Antonio is home to a large diversity of wildlife including two species of monkeys, one of which is very rare and use their bushy tails for balance. There is a sloth trail, turtles, and many birds. It is a great place for hiking and has beautiful white sand beaches. There are some incredible views from high up on the rocky cliffs a ways through the jungle.

Other activities in the area include zip lines, monkey tours and birdwatching in mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing and diving, surfing, surfing lessons,jungle or beach tours on horseback, and boogie boarding, snorkeling, and massage.

Casa Sirena is a perfect home base to enjoy the wide variety of activities in the area or just chilling beach side, sunset watching, and boogie boarding.

We like to rent to conscientious people who have a respect for nature and will treat our home with care.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2014
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2014

About Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander

My husband and I are American citizens who have collectively lived in Costa Rica for 70 years. We are very knowledgeable about all aspects of Costa Rica. We are available to help with side trips and offer any other information. We take pride in our properties and are responsive to our renters needs.

Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander purchased this house in 2012

Why Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander chose Esterillos

My husband is from NYC but has lived in Costa Rica for over 40 years.He has always loved to renovate houses so when we saw this house , he knew he had to go for it. My husband is also a master woodworker craftsman and used these skills in 'Casa Sirena' . All of the wood work is handcrafted. The proximity to San Jose is also a major plus as is it's location which is between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio. It is the best of both worlds!

What makes this house unique

Esterillos Oeste is a peaceful, uncrowded beach. Sometimes you have the entire beach to yourself.

The beach is just steps from our property . It is wonderful to be so close to the beach. You can be sun bathing on the beach and run into the house for a snack , another beer ,extra towel or a jump into the pool and be back at the beach in a couple of minutes.

The natural surroundings are lovely. It is a very unique spot.

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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Reviews

4.7
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UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE BEACHFRONT HOME- COSTA RICA
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews
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Esterillos Puntarenas
Colorado
5

A Jewel on the Beach

  • 5 of 5
My family and I visited Costa Rica for the first time and stayed in the absolutely lovely home for 8 days of relaxation and bliss. From the moment we arrived - when Javier cut fresh coconuts for us - to the last day, we enjoyed the beauty of the home, the proximity to wonderful and exotic adventures, and the pure peace of the surf sounds 24 hours a day. The onsite pool is a refreshing respite from the sun, and the grill (along with a full kitchen) made cooking our own meals a snap. Because it's a slow-paced surfer village, we never encountered crowds and enjoyed our daily walks to the local bar for a cold drink.

And did I mention the flocks of macaws, watching iguanas in the trees, and eating fresh lobsters caught each morning by the caretaker? Simply amazing - we can't wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Esterillos Puntarenas
Amsterdam, Netherlands
5

Comfort and Beauty on the beach

  • 5 of 5
Casa Sirena was the perfect beach getaway. It's location was ideal - it is just meters away from a long stretch of almost-private beach, and it is quiet, yet close enough to town if we wanted a night out. The accommodations were very comfortable, with more than enough space for a large group, tasteful bathrooms both upstairs and downstairs, plenty of linen, a well-equiped kitchen, lots of parking space, a machine to wash our clothes. It made for luxurious beach bumming! Loved all the woodwork! And the art! Javier (the caretaker who lives behind the property) was a kind, friendly man who was on hand to help with anything that we needed, and the owners were incredibly responsive to our questions. We enjoyed the pool for nightly dips. The games and books on the shelves were a nice touch, and it was convenient to be able to stay connected via wifi. The air conditioning in the rooms and the living room / kitchen area downstairs made our stay comfortable on hot days, but it was also nice to simply open the doors to the garden to enjoy the ocean breeze. Loved this place! Can't wait to visit again!
  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Esterillos Puntarenas
Boston, MA
5

Relaxing and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5
I stayed for several days with some friends and had a wonderful time. Inside the beautiful exterior, the house is spacious, well-air-conditioned, and overall very comfortable. We cooked all of our meals in, and found that the kitchen was in great working order. There were plenty of showers, which was a huge plus considering how many times we went swimming. The house is literally across the street from the beach, and since it's such a quiet area, there were times we had the beach all to ourselves. (Other times we shared with the handful of surfers.) We went on several nice walks along the beach, which stretches for what feels like miles. The housekeeper knocked down fresh coconuts for us, and the fresh-caught lobster he grilled for us was delicious. Overall an extremely relaxing stay.
  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1

Fraud, Unsafe, Waste of Money

  • 1 of 5
If I could give NO stars, I would. My sister and I rented this house through VRBO (Nov 1-17) and the amenities listed are fraudulent. When we emailed and called the owners countless times with issues, they never responded and we ended up leaving early. We were told about the care taker that lives on property; but what we weren't told is that his wife and 3 kids live there as well. Not to mention all his buddies that randomly go to his house, which is behind the property, and have to walk through the driveway, leaving us no privacy or safety, since the pool and outdoor area is in the front of the house, beside the driveway. The outdoor area does not accommodate any more than possibly 3 people and the only area 10 people can sit, is at the dining room table. The A/C broke down for 3 days, leaving the downstairs unbearable since the windows barely open, which you cannot get any sort of cross breeze. The dryer broke down so we only were able to use it twice since they completely removed it. There are ants everywhere and no bug spray provided, not to mention the cockroaches. We had to accommodate the caretakers needs of moving our car, nearly every day and night so he can use the driveway. One day we couldn't even use the driveway because he had his fish net blocking it. We were finally able to put our car in the driveway in pitch black darkness and not to mention it was raining! There is a security camera in the living room which is very creepy and unnerving! They stated they had Egyptian cotton sheets, they were not!!! They stated having a fully stocked pantry; that was a joke. Brand new appliances….did I mention the dryer? Quiet and peaceful? No way! Our vacation was ruined and we left 4 days ago and the owners have still not contacted us! We are trying to get a full refund for this horrific experience. And the current reviews….I think they are all fake because they have a guest book in the house and the online reviews are word for word from the handwritten guest book. The price of this house is also grossly overinflated! The house 2 properties down, which is nicer, bigger and more privacy was 1/3 the cost of this dump!
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We stand by the amenities as listed. We are very proud of our home. We, our friends, and many guests have had lots of fun and enjoyed staying at Casa Sirena. The allegations are so numerous and untrue that we will only take the time to address a few of them.
We cannot understand, if the house was so terrible, why did they wait 12 days to leave?
The accusation that we were unavailable is false. We have a string of emails and phone records. We responded to every email and phone call as quickly as possible usually within an hour. The exception being the email and phone calls which were made the night when we were out for the evening. We were not home for their 10pm call and our son answered the 5:45 a.m.call. If regular working hours are considered, we were given zero hours to respond. We are available 24/7 for emergencies.
Our lovely beach house is 8.5 degrees off the equator in the tropics. There are many different kinds of bugs and other creatures; this is what nature entails. We do all we can for pest control; however, if you leave food and goodies out unattended, this attracts bugs.
The A/C was never broken. The technician that we sent down discovered that the thermostat was set too high and he simply adjusted the thermostat to a lower temperature, and the A/C began to work immediately. They were responsible for their own discomfort.
The security camera is only in use when the house is unoccupied and it is only facing the front door. We further told them to just unplug it.
We did not feel it necessary to mention that our caretaker has a wife and children. Their house is 175 ft. away from the main house. The caretaker is a fisherman and he and his family are humble, simple people. We can not understand why anyone would be afraid of him. He is there for the security of our guests, to watch and secure the property and to help guests when they need something. He does have a helper who works with him. Please read our reviews that speak highly of him.
We are sorry that our home and the rustic beach environment did not meet with the expectations that these renters had envisioned. The combination of being in Latin America, dealing with a foreign language,and crashing their rental car seemed to drive them out of their comfort zone.
We will be more than happy to answer questions that future travelers may have.
Oh by the way, the sheets in the photo were for some recently finished bunk beds. Egyptian cotton sheets are on the the queen beds.
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Esterillos Puntarenas
San José, Costa Rica
5

Esterillos un hogar frente al mar!

  • 5 of 5
Pasamos unas excelentes vacaciones en Esterillos, debido a muchos factores: una casa con todas las comodidades que además sin duda es un lugar súper acogedor, los niños no querían salir de la piscina y además poder caminar en la playa frente a la casa se nos hizo fascinante. Sin duda alguna quedemos con muchos deseos de volver.
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
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Esterillos Puntarenas
Somerville, New Jersey, USA
5

"Best home on the most fantastic beach!"

"Best home on the most fantastic beach!"
  • 5 of 5
The beach was wonderful! So much fun to watch the surfers and collect shells. Make sure to eat at Los Almendros, the fish was excellent! Walk down to the Mermaid (during the low tide) it's the perfect evening beach stroll.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Juan Santamaria Airport ,Alajuela
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Mariott Los Suenos, Herradura
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 34/ Costanera/
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Los Almendros
Car: recommended

Esterillos beach is a very quiet and secluded local beach far from the over developed tourist spots. It can be perfect for surfing and boogie boarding and at other times great for swimming and playing in the water.

It is a long and beautiful beach . You can walk for miles in either direction. Close by on the beach there are many large tide pools perfect for children (and adults) to swim in , snorkel or just relax and watch the ocean and sunset.These were formed by lava overflow and you may also find some fossils and shells (and maybe some monkeys) beach combing. The famous magnificent bronze mermaid statue graces the beach of Esterillos Oeste., Although Esterillos Oeste is a small, and typical village on a tranquil beach , it is just 20 minutes South of the beach town of Jaco which has casinos, restaurants of all types,shops,bars,jazz and lots of night-life.It is also a good place for souvenir shopping . Jaco is also a town where tours are easily booked.Forty minutes south of Esterillos is the town of Quepos and the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the finest rain forest parks in the country. Manuel Antonio is home to a large diversity of wildlife including two species of monkeys,, one of which is very rare and use their bushy tails for balance. There is a sloth trail,turtles,and many birds. It is a great place for hiking and has beautiful white sand beaches. There are some incredible views from high up on the rocky cliffs a ways through the jungle. I recommend visiting Manuel Antonio. They also have first class restaurants . Manuel Antonio is one of the places nearby that offers a variety of diving,snorkeling, deep sea fishing, whale watching tours among other specialty tours.

I also recommend a hike in Carara National Park. It is on the way to Esterillos Oeste and is an easy hike where you are apt to see all different kinds of wildlife. There are streams which you can bathe in and the hike is an easy one ; it is especially good for children and people who want a nice easy hike. Right before the park is the ' Crocodile Bridge'. This is a must stop; where it is possible to see sometimes as many as 20 crocodiles sunning by the estuary or floating with their snouts above the water. There are also many boating trips up estuaries where you may also see wildlife. These sights are about 30 minutes from our beach house 'Casa Sirena' (the mermaid's house). Also in this area is a zipline tree top adventure.

Other activities in the area include ziplines, monkey tours and birdwatching in mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing and diving,surfing , surfing lessons,jungle or beach tours on horseback, and boogie boarding,snorkeling,and massage.

Horseback riding on the beach or in forests is also fun and a different activity in all these areas.

Casa Sirena is a perfect home base to enjoy the wide variety of activities in the area or just chilling beach side sunset watching,and boogie boarding.

I have lived in Costa Rica for 26 years and am available to point you in the right direction , depending on your interests.

The medical services are in Jaco Beach ,20 minutes from Esterillos Oeste.

Some possible tours include : Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling , Rafting, Guided Park Tours,Estuary Boat Trips,Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling,Horseback Riding and Catamaran Tours

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Rates & Availability

From $300 Per night

Esterillos House Rental Rates

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Holiday Season
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
$425
$2,975
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,100
$6,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cancellation Fee $50
Additional Guest over 8 $25
Notes The monthly rates are substantially discounted.
A $500.00 refundable damage deposit fee will be held on your credit card until departure or a deposit of $500.00 upon arrival to be refunded upon departure.
Optional Maid Service Available for an extra fee.
There is an additional charge of $25 per night per guest over 8 guests

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Amenities

Esterillos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs is a large full bathroom There are 2 full bathroo
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom has a view to the beach .
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This is a large shared bathroom,with 2 private entrances
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , This is an outdoor bathroom with only a sink and toilet.
  • Downstairs is a large full bathroom. There are 2 full bathrooms upstairs. One is a large bathroom shared by 2 bedrooms ,each with it's own separate entrance. All of the counters are hand made from concrete with inlays.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , This room is a very small office downstairs w/ a single bed
  • Casa Sirena has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms have a queen sized bed and the largest bedroom has an additional single bed. Two bedrooms upstairs share one large bathrooms , each with it's own entrance.There is abundant closet and drawer space. The linens and mattresses are of the highest quality. The sheets are Egyptian cotton and the mattresses are new and very comfortable. Each bedroom has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. With the windows open, you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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