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Spectacular Oceanfront Multi-level 5 BR/6 BA Villa! •Sleeps 13•

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

5 BR/ 6 BA sleeps 6 - 26 (with Casa Mirage #203273)

Villa Olivia is a fabulous mulit-level oceanfront vacation home exquisitely situated on the pristine sandy beach of Playa Grande. The mediterranean style layout of this Costa Rican beach house emphasizes open spaces and large verandas to accommodate large families, groups of friends, reunions and weddings. Furnishings and decor are contemporary and comfortable, many custom-made from local hardwoods.

A refreshing open air courtyard offers each bedroom a private entrance. Terrazzo tile floors flow throughout the interior and spill out across the spacious beachfront verandas. Tropical gardens with palm trees, papaya and coconut trees create an intimate atmosphere.

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Included in the rental rate is wireless internet, room cleaning every third day and evening security

Bedroom 1: 2 twins

Bedroom 2: queen

Bedroom 3: queen

Bedroom 4: queen & twin

Bedroom 5: queen, twin, & single futon

Villa Olivia offers a perfect and uncomplicated oceanfront vacation, specifically designed for friends, families, or groups. With our other oceanfront villa located next door, Casa Mirage, we can accommodate 26 guests.

Playa Grande “big beach” is truly one of the most unique, unspoiled vacation spots in Costa Rica. Located only an hour drive from the Liberia Airport (LIR) its 2 mile-long crescent shaped coastline of warm blue waters and honey colored sand forms the Las Baulas Marine National Park. A sanctuary for the nesting giant leatherback turtles.

Go explore the estuary in a canoe, spotting birds, iguanas and crocodiles basking on the sun-drenched riverbanks. Snorkel Playa Conchal made up of billions of crushed shells. Attend a weekend fiesta, featuring bull riding, traditional food, marimba music, and dancing. Tee-off at the course designed by Robert Trent Jones which meanders through a rolling terrain with breathtaking ocean views. To end the day sail along the shoreline as dolphins frolic beside you.

For thrill seekers and nature lovers alike enter the realms of the forest via a canopy tour. Get your adrenalin pumping inner tubing or riverafting on the Rio Negro. Visit Rincon De La Vieja to enjoy great hiking, waterfalls, boiling mud pots, sulpher vents and a large diversity of wildlife species. Get in the action of deep blue water fishing, targeting sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish, and snapper. Experience the rich Guanacaste folklore and ancient Chorotega Indian traditions of pottery making in village of Guatil.

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Julie Gordon
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

Why Julie Gordon chose Playa Grande

We are a family of 'water babies' born and raised on the beach shores of Santa Barbara, CA. (Of course the grand kids also have this ocean gene). Once my children (Julie, J.C, and Mark) became of an age when we could all travel my husband and I would take them during summer vacation on a surf safari to an exotic destination somewhere in the world. This was not only for fun, but to spend quality time with each other as well as to expose and educate them about different cultures and customs.

On a surfing safari to Costa Rica in '91 we instantly fell in love with the country, the kind and hospitable people, and the natural habitat. It was a paradise!! Long story short after returning to the States and raving to family and friends about this oasis a friend said he had the perfect property for our family in Playa Grande.

My husband flew down a month later and purchased the property for me as my 50th B-Day present! Over the past 17 years both my family and friends lives have been significantly enhanced by the beauty of the 'Tico' people, the natural wonders that surrounds us and the 'Pura Vida' lifestyle. This means Pure Life, an expression of contentment, happiness, and satisfaction with ones life. It's this philosophy that ranks Costa Rica as one of the happiest places in the world!!

We invite you along with your family and friends to visit and enjoy the surf, sand, sun, & experience the 'Pura Vida' life.

What makes this villa unique

fabulously situated upon the pristine white sandy beach of Playa Grande. Imagine surfing directly out the back door, scanning the trees for howler monkeys, sea shelling along the beach and gazing at the stars. In the privacy of your villa take delight swinging in a hammock, indulging in spa treatments, or simply smiling at a sunset.

Guestbook comments from the owner

4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

If your focus is on location this is the place to be. The view, the sunsets and walking out to the beach for sizable-but-not-rough waves make Villa Olivia a great spot for boogie boarders, surfers, family gatherings and friend-gatherings.

The place is a little rough around the edges, with plenty of bedrooms, each with their own key. Friendly security guards and a great supply of games/books for guests.

We were thrilled to have Kimberley cook for us, each meal at a reasonable price as long as you bring your own grocery and food supplies.

The house is spread out so each bedroom offers plenty of privacy and distance between the next.

5 of 5 stars Ease of booking 5 of 5 stars Directions to the property

5 of 5 stars Key pickup/access to the property 3 of 5 stars Overall condition

4 of 5 stars Quality of bedding/mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen/utensils quality

5 of 5 stars Cleanliness of bathroom 3 of 5 stars Quality of facilities/amenities

4 of 5 stars Service

Liked best: location

Liked least: occasionally low water pressure

Traveling group: Large Group

My age: 25-34

Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Yes.

Recommended for:

Friends getaway Older travelers

Large groups People with pets

The property was "as advertised". I recommend the location. The property was a good value for the price paid. The property provided wifi/internet access. My security deposit was returned on time.
Apr 2015
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Playa Grande Estates Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 26
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Kitchen - toilet , shower
    Studio - toilet , tub , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , oceanfront
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , oceanfront
    Studio - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , countryside Studio
  • All bedrooms are furnished with air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bathrooms and safe boxes.
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Spacious outside dining, kitchenette, wet bars, 2 extensive wrap-around oceanfront verandas, expansive countryside deck with rancho, and shaded courtyard. Air-conditioning, ceiling fans, safe box, and private bathrooms in every room. Enjoy wireless hammocks, lounge chairs & rocking chairs, BBQ, and outside bali shower. Room cleaning provided every third day, linens & towels are included (no beach towels). We now offer a 15' above ground pool, 4' deep all around.


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Spectacular Oceanfront Multi-level 5 BR/6 BA Villa! •Sleeps 13•
average rating of 5.0 based on 104 reviews
Santa Barbara, California

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in both Villas several times and can only say "This is Truly Paradise"...thank you for such a wonderful, relaxing holiday. I recommend this for a family holiday or a very special intimate occasion. Pam Geremia, Santa Barbara, California

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 3

Gorgeous House and Beach!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed her with my husband, kids and extended family. We had in total 9 adults and 3 kids (under the age of 7) and fit very comfortably in the house. The location on the beach is amazing and love the the tranquility of it! Beautiful views! If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax, please rent this home it's perfect. A lady from the surf shop came by and rented us boogie boards for the kids for $7 a day and offered surf lessons. They had a blast! If you want night life, Tamarindo is just a 20 min drive away. Great time and would definitely do it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coronado, Ca USA

Perfect Beach House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Olivia over Easter 2016. There were 11 of us, and the house accommodated us all very comfortably. The house could not have been better located, right on the sand with beautiful views and incredible sunsets! The surf right outside our door was, at times, should height with good form and really fun for the surfers in our group. We did charter a boat to take them to Witches Rock for what can only be described (by them) as the most epic surf of their lives. And that's saying a lot. They got lucky to hit it when it was breaking and they had the whole spot to themselves for a couple of hours. They were on cloud 9. We had the boat all day, fished a little, then surfed. The boat was $400/day. We booked him through the receptionist at Los Tortugas Hotel, which is just down the beach from Villa Olivia.

We had Kimberly cook for us every other night of the nine nights we stayed. She has a true talent and whipped up some delicious meals for us. It truly is a vacation when me (the mom) doesn't have to worry about shopping, cooking and/or cleaning up afterwards. The dining table outside easily sat us all and Kimberly came in, did her magic in the kitchen, served it all family style, and cleaned up. We all so enjoyed it! She charges $55.00 for her service and another $30 for taxi to do the shopping then gave us a receipt for the groceries. All said and done, our dinners ran about $150 per dinner for eleven. There were plenty of leftovers for the next day, so in essence, we had two meals from that. Groceries and the local beers are not inexpensive. We were kind of surprised by that.

We ventured out one day to Rincon, which was worth the drive. Another day we fished and then of course, the surfing. And the rest of the time, we just enjoyed our beautiful beach. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Beach front

  • 5 of 5

We were a small yoga group staying 3 nights in early April, 2016. Feels like 10-12 could fit comfortably, so we had lots of space. Very comfortable. Beach was nicer than expected, good for wading and body or boogie boarding. Not many places to eat really close, but a 10 minute walk will get you to a couple decent places. Kimberly will cook for you for a price. It was good food, although I our group is very health conscious, and we noticed that she used some ingredients we could prefer to live without. She also charged a $30 taxi fee to pick up food, so be aware of that. There is a phone on site, which was handy, although it took me a day to know it was there. Marianela is the contact there and can help you with activities and rides, although one of the rides she set us up with tried to get another $20 out of my client at the airport, not very respectful. Overall, a really nice place.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Playa Grande is a small community spread out over 2. miles. There are over 12 restaurants, a is needed to get to the majority. Kimberly is very open to cooking to the needs of the group and willing to avoid ingredients when requested. The phone is located in the living room next to the sofa. I will notify Marianela of the extra money requested for the airport transfer. If Kimberly is provided transportation by a guest there is no charge. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us.
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Stillwater, Oklahoma

50th wedding anniversary with whole family

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful week we had. Your place was just marvelous.

One never really knows what it will turn out to be until on site and

we were just ecstatic once in the house and saw all of the

accommodations. It seemed to us that you have the best place in Playa

Grande in the facility known as Villa Olivia!!!!!!! We could not have

asked for anything better. The staff were wonderful, gracious,

helpful, courteous, and very attentive. Kim was a fabulous cook,

every evening meal.

We participated in a number of interesting activities but enjoyed

the beach, the waves, and the view from the hammocks, lounge chairs,

and benches under the trees at your place the most!!!

Thank you for your responsiveness throughout the reservation process.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington D.C.

We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 21 just returned from our 5th time to Villa Olivia and Casa Mirage and I don't think we'll ever stay anywhere else!!! We love these homes. We love the beach. Julie, Maranela, Kimberly and the rest of the staff are amazing and super easy to work with. Kimberly cooked us an incredible meal once again. We are all so happy to call this our second home. Every year, I bring a group of friends down to Playa Grande. The group changes from year to year and everyone is amazed with this place, this country and these homes. We feel so lucky to be able to come year after year. I highly recommend both of these properties. Just don't book when I'm planning on coming or we'll have a serious problem!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Liberia Airport (LIR) 1 hour drive
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Playa Tamarindo

Playa Grande is a national park protecting the nesting site of the Giant Leatherback turtles (Oct - Mar), Explore the tidal pools around the volcanic rocks and walk to the northern coves, ending in a black sand beach, Enjoy world-class Surfing, and golfing, Take a horseback ride, canopy tour, kayak in the estuary, sunset cruise, or snorkel/dive, Hike through Rincon De La Vieja or Palo Verde National Park.

Playa Grande stretches over two miles along the magnificent northwest pacific coastline, 30 min. north of Playa Tamarindo and 30 min. south of Playa Flamingo. Villa Olivia sits on the northern end of Playa Grande near the big rock. This is a secluded and undeveloped beach community of only a dozen oceanfront vacation/retirement homes and one oceanfront hotel with restaurant, the Las Tortugas. Inland there are 4 small hotel/restaurants, 2 restaurants, a pulperia, and surf shop. Two markets are only 5 minutes away by car.





  • Along with our other villa located next door, Casa Mirage, we can accommodate up to 26 guests.
  • Rates: include all taxes and fees, linens & towels, room cleaning every third day, as well as nightly security. Beach towels not provided.
  • Payments:: can be made by personal check, money orders and PayPal.

    Deposit: A 50% deposit is required to hold the reservation and the remaining balance is due two months prior to arrival date.

    Cancellation: will be honored 60 days prior to arrival with full refund less $100 administrative fee. After 60 days refund is provided if any days are rented.

    With our other villa located next door, Casa Mirage #203273, we can sleep a total of 26.