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Great Deal on Luxury Home with Gorgeous Ocean Views !

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Potrero House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 8

Bella Vista del Mar is located on the 'Gold Coast' of Costa Rica which is considered to be the prime area in Costa Rica to vacation. Our home is in the town of Potrero in an upscale, gated community called Villas Catalina. Villas Catalina is on Camino Las Catalina, across the street from two gorgeous beaches, Playa Penca and Playa Prieta, both voted in the top five most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Our home is located on a two lane country road. Now that it is a paved road, it can, at times, have some traffic. The holiday season and the peak winter months are the busiest season.

Our elegant town home blends spacious living, comfort and luxury with magnificent views of Flamingo and Potrero Bay, Playa Penca, Playa Prieta, and incredible Pacific sunsets. Sitting on our wrap-around terrace watching a beautiful sunset with the waves crashing in the background makes time stand still. The shared infinity pool also has a breathtaking panoramic view of the coastline.

Our two story town home has been tastefully decorated to reflect the Costa Rican culture. All of our furniture has been handmade by Costa Rican craftsman. It has granite and marble counter tops throughout and has all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. Our gourmet kitchen has just about everything you would need to cook a wonderful meal.

Our home has three bedrooms and three baths. The master has a king bed with private bath, the second bedroom has a queen bed with private bath and the third bedroom sleeps four with two sets of adult side custom-made bunk beds. There is also a full bath for this bedroom. Each bedroom has a partial ocean view of Flamingo Bay.

Bella Vista del Mar is very close to the beach... A quick three minute walk to two beautiful secluded beaches.

A bit more about our home: Our home is a two story stand alone home, not a condo. Next to our home is tropical gardens that allows for more privacy.

The Beaches: The beach is VERY close to our house. Our home sits on a hill overlooking Flamingo Bay. Just down from that hill is the ocean. Literally it is a 3-5 minute leisurely walk to two beautiful beaches. Playa Penca is a beautiful white sand beach in Flamingo Bay which is quite shallow for a long way out great for children, sunbathing, skim boarding and swimming. Playa Prieta is the same distance and has lots of great shade and big rolling waves for body surfing. Both beaches have been voted in the top five most gorgeous beaches in Costa Rica.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh

Our home is owned by two families from California who fell in love with Costa Rica as soon as we stepped foot in the country. We love to be able to escape to this tropical paradise as often as we can.

Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh purchased this house in 2006

Why Maggie Hudson, Jill & Jim Walsh chose Guanacaste

Both families went down together to Costa Rica in 2001 and fell in love with this area of Costa Rica. We wanted a home on the ocean that had all the luxuries we are accustomed to in the United States but was located in a Costa Rica community so that we could continue to have authentic Costa Rican experiences. Wonderful place to get away from it all!

What makes this house unique

Our home has beautiful views of the ocean and is located very close to the beaches. It is in a small gated community within an authentic Costa Rican community. It allows a traveler to have a very comfortable stay in a luxury home and yet have an authentic Costa Rican vacation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Recent website review:

Everything in the listing is accurate. However the pictures do not do it justice. The property was spotless inside and out. The gated community in which it's located is well maintained. Everyone from the security, to the maid, to the maintenance crew were so warm, welcoming and above all helpful. The staff of Special Places of Guanacaste were very friendly as well. Jill was wonderful in answering any questions and prompt in answer all of my emails and calls. The house also has everything you're used to as far as home appliances. The house is surrounded by beautiful forests and only a 5 minute walk to the beach. The living room, kitchen, dining room and outdoor patio have an amazing view of the beach. You can even hear the waves crashing on the beach at night. The infinity edge pool has breathtaking views. There is so much to do and see and after a long eventful day it's nice to come home to a place like this. This house is also perfectly located near some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches and resorts but not too close that you find yourself among a crowd of tourists. I definitely would recommend this place to a friend or relative. If I ever return to Costa Rica I will definitely stay in this wonderful home again. If you're considering traveling to Costa Rica and don't know where to stay you've found the perfect vacation home. You will not be disappointed.

Marquez family
Jul 2012
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Great Deal on Luxury Home with Gorgeous Ocean Views !
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews
Madison, WI

Beautiful Condo & Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this condo (2 couples) for 8 nights and each day was better than the one before. Everything about the property is is fantastic. The kitchen is amazing. We love to cook and it was fully equipped with everything you might need. The bedrooms and bathrooms are large and beautifully done. The view from the patio is stunning. It's close to the beach.

The only drawback is for people either elderly or have mobility problems. The property is set on a hillside and there is a lot of up and down.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2009
  • Stayed: Jan 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay! We appreciate that you took the time to submit a review. Just wanted to clarify to those looking at our reviews that our home is not a condo but a stand alone townhome.
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Beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in playa Prieta. Condo is very spacious, clean and in a great location surrounded by several beaches. We wanted to visit them all but ran out of time. There is a lot to visit and everything is close by.

We had a minor issue that was handled right away and that is not owner related but rather management related. Check-in time after 4pm is considered after hours so a $50 fee will be applied. I recommend double checking check-in and check-out times with management company before arrival. Other than that, It was definitely an unforgettable stay and recommend condo to families with young children and/or older. There is something for everyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking a moment and reviewing your stay. We are delighted that you had a wonderful time. Kind regards, Jim, Jill and Maggie
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Wonderful stay for second year in a row

  • 5 of 5

Our second year going. Beautiful house, friendly, responsive staff and the owners are nice and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Get ready for an amazing, life changing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying in this home and I would recommend this home to pretty much anyone (maybe except those with mobility issues?). Its beautiful, comfortable and the owners and management staff are accommodating and responsive. Love this place!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Austin, tx

Amazing property, great views, sounds of monkeys!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful property. Great kitchen, comfortable beds, but the views and wrap around deck with cover were amazing! Great local area, not touristy, but central enough for day trips and easy overnight trip inland to Arenal with cool mountain breezes. Perfect infinity pool and the most beautiful and I crowded white sand beach in the whole area just across the street, a 5 minute walk!!

This place is perfect for lounging, cooking and enjoying the views after an active day or if it's rainy. Very private, no loud neighbors. The owners have made this a wonderful and comfortable space for guests.

Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that your family had such a great time. We try to make our home inviting and comfortable. I think you meant to say uncrowded beach as there is never anyone on it....a secret gem! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay. Hope to have you back.
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Fantastic Stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

I recently had the pleasure of staying at this wonderful location with my family of 4. The condo has a great location, has a spectacular view, with easy access to 2 different beaches within walking distance and a lovely infinity pool to watch incredible sunsets. The location was very safe, with onsite 24 hour security and free parking. The unit was very comfortable and very functional for families. The owner was fantastic and easy to communicate with. Overall the location, functionality, security and overall experience cannot be beat! I can't wait to go back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so happy you had such a great time and looking forward to your return!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Liberia, Costa Rica
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Sol y Mar
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Playa Penca
Car: necessary

Our home is located in a quaint community on the Pacific Coast called Potrero in Flamingo Bay. If you have not traveled to Costa Rica before, it is a country of adventure. The people are wonderful and kind. Bella Vista del Mar is perfect for families who want to vacation together in a tropical paradise which offers many recreational activities. We are within walking distance (3-5 minutes) of two of the most gorgeous beaches in all of Costa Rica. There are many water sports within 15 min of our home. Locally there are many other activities including hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, canopy tours, ATV adventures.

Within 30 minutes is Tamarindo and Playa Grande, one of the surfing capitals of the world. There you can surf, take lessons or just lie on the beach. Within 3 hours is the Arenal Volcano and the Tabicon Hot Springs which is a must see. It is truly paradise on earth. There are many adventures including white water rafting, waterfall repelling, hiking and canopy tours.

Other Activities: Jungle Canopy tour, ATV adventures


Rates & Availability

Potrero House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Season 2016
Sep 17 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall High Season 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter High Season 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
Apr 24 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rental rates: $1500- $3500/ week
50% deposit due at time of reservation. Balance due 30 days prior to occupancy.
Stays less than one week or multiple week stays are available. You are encouraged to inquire.
NO refund of deposit for Christmas and Easter weeks.
Rates do not include 13% Costa Rican accommodation sales tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Potrero House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , (King bed)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , (Queen bed)
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , (4 large twins that comfortably sleep adults)
  • All bedrooms have a nice ocean view and all bedrooms are air conditioned with separate climate controls. The upstairs bedroom has 4 large bunk beds which are comfortable and will easily accommodate adults. The lower level has a large master suite with a king size bed and private bathroom. Also on this level is a second bedroom with a queen bed and attached private bathroom. .
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Our two story home was completed in February 2006. The main level includes the living room, dining room, large gourmet kitchen, large outside deck and patio with a beautiful view of the ocean as well as a full bath and bedroom with 4 large bunk beds. The lower level has a large master suite with a king size bed and private bathroom. Also on this level is a second bedroom with a queen bed and attached private bathroom. All the bedrooms have a nice ocean view. A laundry room is also on this floor with washer, dryer and second refrigerator/freezer. All rooms are air conditioned. The home has cable TV, DVD player, CD player, full stereo with inside and outside speakers and surround sound, high speed Internet and telephone. The Sony sound system is IPOD ready. The beautiful shared infinity pool with spa has two bathrooms/showers and a barbecue. Our home is a non-smoking home.

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