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Storm Zbel

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

May/June Special. Only $1000/wk! Private pool. Huge ocean view. Walk to beach!

88 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Puntarenas Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, sleeps 6. 4 in bdrms, 2 on blowup mattress.

Amazing Ocean view like you only see in travel posters! This villa is luxurious and conveniant to everything! You will be blown away by the view. Walk down to Playa Dominicalito for a surf or a swim. Hike to Poza Azul for the waterfall, then jump off of the rope swing into the cool, clear swimming hole! For dining enjoy all the local flavor restaurants or make yourself a delicious meal in your kitchen with fresh fish bought right from the boats below. Drink Margaritas from your balcony while watching the surfer's at Playa Dominicalito! Swim in your private pool! It's awesome! The Villa has a king sized bed and two twins that can couple to make another king! If you like we can provide you a blow up mattress to sleep two more. We also have cable TV and a bluetooth stereo with kickin' Bose speakers. WiFi Internet throughout. We live in the area and are on hand to greet you and share our local knowledge to make your stay unforgettable.

Does your date appear to be taken?: Check with us as we have several similar villas for rent for the same price!

SURFERS LOOKEY HERE!: I surf here several days a week. I know all of the spots and will be glad to drive around and show them to you upon your arrival. There is somewhere to surf here every day of the week!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Storm Zbel (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Storm Zbel

My name is Storm, my wife is Amy and our three boys are Xavier, Von and Aidan. We have lived here Since 2007. I used to be a D.J. on the radio in Boston, MA and Charleston, SC. Now I run a pirate bar and surf a lot. When you come to visit us the first rounds on us.

We look forward to sharing our local knowledge with you and pointing out all the great places, wether they be surf spots, restaurants, beaches, tours or secret waterfalls!

Storm Zbel purchased this villa in 2008

Why Storm Zbel chose Puntarenas

We have traveled extensively all over Costa Rica and knew immediately that this was the spot for us!


based on 88 traveler reviews

May/June Special. Only $1000/wk! Private pool. Huge ocean view. Walk to beach!
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 88 reviews
Raleigh NC

Amazing time /Amazing Host's and views cant be beat

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do the view justice. When you walk into the condo, the entire front is all windows looking out over the ocean. My husband and I did three nights there, driving from San Jose. I do recommend a 4-wheel drive around that area if renting a car. Amy was wonderful. She met us upon arrival and was wonderful, hospitable and welcoming. As we say in the south, bless her heart, she brought me some coffee as we had not stopped by the store yet. The Villa was spacious and had every luxury of home! The only bad part is was it was so nice, we never left it to go to the beach! The splash pool was awesome so we just decompressed from our corporate lives, had drinks at the villa and relaxed. The beach was right there, a walk down the hill, but we were enjoying the view from the Villa! They were great recommending places for dinner and lunch. The Jolly Rogers restaurant was awesome. Great burgers, best I have had in ages. We went to Por Que No twice, also amazing. Storm and the boys were there and very welcoming. Thank you Amy and Storm for making our first stop in CR so incredible. I would go back to Dominical and Amy and Storm's villa in a heartbeat. Thanks again!! PS go to the waterfalls on horseback, it was AMAZING!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location but needs some work

  • 2 of 5

The property has a beautiful view and it's right across the road from a nice beach. The home itself is in disrepair. The soap dish in master shower is broke off. There's a wiring short in several of the light switches. A few ceiling fans don't work. The screen door for 2nd bedroom was lying on the patio floor. The air conditioner in 2nd bedroom would not turn on. There were essential supplies such as toilet paper not provided even to last a day or 2. The property owners were very inattentive. I requested a light bulb for front porch and it took a few days to get that. It is very dark at night by the way and it's a challenge to get to the driveway in the dark. The stairway is very unsafe. It spirals and since it's tile it's easy to slip on with no handrail so I hurt my left foot while I was going downstairs. I hate to sound like a complainer nut it is what it us. It seems as though no one checks the house for needed maintenance. It desperately needs a coat of paint. It would be good to have window coverings for front sliding glass door to keep cool when leaving during the day. None of the locks on screen doors work and most of the screens have holes in them. Since this house was not cheap we really expected it to be in excellent condition. I hope this feedback helps to get house in better condition for future guests.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful stay in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This "home away from home" was awesome! Well maintained, beautiful view, private patio and pool - perfect for our family of four. Definitely recommend renting a four wheel drive not only for the villa but for enjoying the surrounding areas. Storm and Amy were wonderful hosts and provided tons of great services including booking some tours for us and recommending places to visit and to eat. The hospitality and amenities were just what we were looking for on our long weekend away.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Park City, UT

Amazing Time! Thank you Amy and Storm!

  • 5 of 5

We had the privilege of staying at the Villa two weeks ago and all the reviews you've read thus far are spot on! Upon arrival I was a little frazzled from the drive from SJO and when we walked through the door, the view literally took my breath away! Simply amazing. The Villa location is perfect for access to all activities which Amy was an absolute pro in setting up. We did the Mangrove Kayak tour with our guide Victor which was very relaxing (kids aged 10 and 13 really enjoyed it too). I thought the waves and caves might be a little too much for the 10 year old... Next time! We then did the white water rafting at Rifiki Lodge. Again, another fantastic adventure. Just us four, two rafts and three guides. One in a kayak because we were venturing upstream which had been closed off due to poor road conditions but the wood company had just "fixed" the roads. The drive was as exciting as the rafting :) Guides for that were Randol and Kenneth and their love of country and all it offers was very apparent (I'll have a more detailed review on Trip Advisor). Lastly was the waterfall tour with Drew. All I can say is DO IT! I don't want to spoil what it actually entails cause it's super cool! Drew (Andrew) and Juan made for an incredible tour. Now, back to the Villa: The pool, unlike quite a few in the development, has lighter tiles so the water stays cool and I can't put into words how much that means. You'll see! Storm and Amy have this unit rented out quite steadily so there were a couple of small things like a leaky AC unit and some exterior lights out but when you see where the location is and what it must take to actually get a service tech out there, you'll get it. Those items did not affect our stay in the slightest, just an FYI. The kitchen was well stocked, bed's super comfy, AC worked great in all rooms and the patio and Weber grill were awesome! Oh, we did drive to the waterfall which is really close to the house. But, it was dry so maybe ask Amy before you walk up there. So instead we hiked up to Nauyaca Falls which I highly recommend but go early if in the dry season cause it's HOT! The walk down to the beach is pretty easy but the walk home is pretty tough due to the incline of the access road but we found it easier to pack the car and drive down then you can hit the many other spectacular beaches that are within 30mins if you're so inclined. You gotta hit the Jolly Roger too! Went twice :) Thanks Zbel Family!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 stars for Dominical, Villa Tranquilla, and Amy & Storm

  • 5 of 5

If you're thinking of vacationing in Costa Rica and you don't want formal tours and hotels, let me give you three reasons that this is the right property. First, the location. The village of Dominical, Playa Dominicalito, and the nearby town of Uvita offer the beach, zip lining, ATV tours, surfing, horse back riding, and hanging out with the locals. All the activities that make the trip to Costa Rica exciting. Also, grocery stores and restaurants of all kinds are nearby. Second, the villa. All the comforts you want, a marvelous view for relaxing, and a pool for cooling off. All in a secure area on the hillside between the ocean and the lush foliage of the rain forest. Third, the owners. Amy and Storm were extremely helpful in making our trip perfect. Always available with recommendations for the best in zip lining, jungle tours, canyoning guides, or restaurants. It's like having good friends to text whenever you have a big decision to make. And yes, an evening at their restaurant Jolly Roger is a must do! We've traveled a lot, and stayed in numerous vacation properties. I simply can't imagine one better to enjoy all that makes Costa Rica so special.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with great location lots to do nearby.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent vacation house with great view. Lots of beaches and activities nearby along with great restaurants all within 20-30 min drive of the house. Owners Storm and Amy helped getting us info on the area and activities to do. There is also a awesome swimming hole with a waterfall within walking distance of the house. Had a great time in this laid back relaxed community that's very welcoming and friendly. Can't wait to revisit this area of Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Dominical is a funky little surfing and fishing town 30 minutes south of Manuel Antonio. I have traveled extensively throughout Costa Rica and when I visited the Dominical area I immediately knew that this was the spot for me. I hope it will be for you too!


Rates & Availability

Dominical Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May/June Special!
May 1 2016 - Jun 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
July-August 2016
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
September - November 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
December 1st - 22nd 2016
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Week
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

departure cleaning $65
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 2.5%

You must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the villa! It is also plenty useful for many other places in the area.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Puntarenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Ocean View
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bath - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The two twins can be converted to a king. A queen sized air mattress or daybed can be provided for additional guests.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Walk to Poza Azul, a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole only 15 minutes away by foot. Walk to Playa Dominicalito. Only a 5 minute walk down the hill. Wonderful surfing and swimming beach.

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