Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Beachfront, OceanView, 2 min walk to beach, Gym, Snorkel Equip, Bicycles, GPS

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 BR, 2 Baths, sleeps 4, A/C, Full kitchen, Wi-Fi, Screened Patio,Tennis, Gym

Los Almendros is an upscale, beachfront development on Playa Ocotal’s northern shore. This modern, gated community has 43 privately owned condominiums. The development has 3 swimming pools, 2 outdoor barbecues and a covered gazebo for weddings and group meetings.

Condo 42 is the end unit on Los Almendros' premium front row. The condo's rear patio is located directly above a small tropical forest. The patio has a beautiful ocean view. It also provides nature lovers an excellent vantage point to observe colorful birds, howler monkeys and other wildlife living in the trees below. It is a 2-3 minute walk from Condo 42 to Ocotal Beach.

Los Almendros classifies their condos as "Standard" or "Superior". A 10% premium is charged for "Superior" units. Condo 42 a "Superior" rental unit. Superior condos are required to offer:

- Upgraded furnishings and wall decorations

- A/C units in each bedroom and the living room

- Flat screen TV

- Private Wi-Fi system

- Combination safe, and

- Dead bolt locks on exterior doors

Condo 42 is Los Almendros' most popular and best equipped two bedroom condo. This condo offers many extras that enable our guest's to enjoy a more relaxing and memorable vacation:

1) Beautiful ocean view, and less than a 3 minute walk to Ocotal Beach.

2) Very quiet & private. No condos above or below. No passing auto traffic.

3) Los Almendros' best equipped kitchen.

4) Member privileges at The Club at Coco Bay: Exercise gym, tennis courts, swimming pools, yoga.

5) Entertainment center with 42 inch Sony flat screen television, DVD player and iPod music system.

6) Screened rear patio w/ overhead light and fan.

7) Tastefully decorated with art & pottery from five Latin American countries.

8) Three independently controlled split level A/C units in living room & both bedrooms.

9) Private Wi-Fi, telephone and cable TV.

10) Honeywell combination safe (Combo set by guest).

11) Deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.

12) Wall mounted hair dryers

13) Covered, secure, parking a few steps from condo's front door.

14) Cell phone: Free calls to anywhere in Costa Rica.

15) Garmin GPS: Explore Guanacaste without getting lost or having to ask directions.

16) Free snorkeling equipment: adult & children sizes.

17) Free cruiser bicycles: Two 3-speed bikes w/baskets (One men's & one women's).

18) Binoculars: Over 60 bird species have been observed from our rear patio. Howler monkeys come within 30-40 feet of our rear patio.

19) Beach Canopy/Sun Shield: ZiggyShade (Amazon's top rated sun shade)

20) Beach chairs, beach towels, ice chest, ...

21) Hiking gear (Binoculars, canteens, backpack).

22) Swimming pool toys: Kick boards and inflatables.

23) Charcoal barbecue.

24) Washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.

25) Premium linens and towels purchased in USA.

26) Pack & Play for infants/toddlers(Upon request)

***L/A's most popular 2 bedroom rental unit 2014 -2016***

Screened Patio: Condo 42 is the only Los Almendros rental unit with a screened rear patio. In the evening, guests can relax and listen to the ocean surf without being bothered by insects attracted by the patio's overhead lights. The ability to use the patio, day or night, significantly increases the condo's living space.

Outstanding Swimming and Snorkeling: Playa Ocotal is one of Guanacaste's quietest and cleanest 'Blue Flag' beaches. The ocean surf is very gentle. Playa Ocotal has no dangerous riptides. Travel guides recommend Playa Ocotal to outdoor enthusiasts who want to snorkel from a Guanacaste beach. Guanacaste snorkelers drive many miles to explore the rock formations at both ends of Playa Ocotal Beach. Playa Ocotal's best snorkeling is directly below Los Almendros. On most days, snorkelers see numerous species of colorful, tropical fish in Playa Ocotal's tranquil waters.

Sun Screen for beach : ZiggyShade is made from UPF50 light weight lycra (swim suit fabric) . The ZiggyShade, protects beach users from the sun. The ZiggyShade beach tent can be set up by a single person in less than five minutes, When positioned properly, ZiggyShades are wind resistant and have no bendable/breakable umbrella spokes. Open on four sides, the tent allows ocean breezes to pass under the canopy while providing users a 360 degree view of their surroundings. The ZiggyShade weighs 11 pounds and comes with its own carry bag.

Club membership: We are members of The Club at Coco Bay. Guests staying in our condominium enjoy full membership privileges at this outstanding private facility. The Club at Coco Bay offers lighted tennis courts, a gym with modern exercise equipment, two swimming pools, yoga/Zumba classes and one of the area's best restaurants.

Father Rooster's Restaurant: One of Ocotal's most popular restaurants is located less than 200 meters from the entrance to Los Almendros. Father Rooster's is a beachfront restaurant that serves tasty appetizers, full meals and delicious tropical drinks. Fresh seafood is the restaurant's specialty. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Father Rooster's is a great place to enjoy a beautiful Guanacaste sunset.

Playas del Coco: Coco is Guanacaste's fastest growing beach community. The town is a 5 minute drive from Los Almendros. Coco has modern grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, ATM machines, restaurants, ice cream shops, disco/bars, souvenir shops, a casino and an emergency medical facility.

In July, 2015, the Hard Rock Café opened a new restaurant in Coco. Los Almendros is less than 10 minutes from this popular chain restaurant.

Garmin GPS: We provide our guests the same EZFind GPS software that local rental car agencies charge $7-10 per day. We have added numerous local restaurants and activities to EZFind's standard package. Our GPS unit includes all of Coco's best restaurants and Guanacaste's most popular tourist attractions. Select 'Home' and our GPS unit will provide you the safest, quickest route back to Los Almendros.

Pre-Paid Cell Phone: Cell phones from the USA and Canada require a different chip to work in Costa Rica. To eliminate communication concerns, we provide our guests a pre-paid cell phone that can be used to call anywhere in Costa Rica. A few important phone numbers have been programmed for emergency use. These include the Los Almendros office, and the cell phone number of an English speaking doctor who works out of the emergency medical clinic in Playas del Coco.

Most guests use their iPads and Skype to make inexpensive calls to the USA or Canada.

Rocket Frog Diving: The Rocket Frog dive shop is located in nearby Coco. Rocket Frog has Guanacaste's fastest dive boat and newest scuba equipment. Training is conducted in a modern swimming pool. Guests staying at Los Almendros enjoy a 2-3 minute walk to Rocket Frog's Playa Ocotal boat launch site.

Los Almendros' fully equipped condominiums are classified as a 'specialty lodging'. There are 279 housing developments in Guanacaste that are classified as "specialty lodgings". Los Almendros is Playa Ocotal's #1 rated 'specialty lodging' and the #3 rated "beachfront" specialty lodging Guanacaste. Local travel agents consider Los Almendros de Ocotal Guanacaste's best beachfront value.

Vacation Planning Assistance: Playa Ocotal is an excellent location from which to initiate day trips. Los Almendros has an experienced, bilingual office staff that assists guests in making reservations for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, rafting, tubing, zip lining, massages, hiking, bird watching, hot springs, rain forest tours, volcanoes, canopy tours and horseback riding. Our Customer Service Reps are bilingual, Guanacaste natives, and familiar with local tour operators. One of their greatest strengths is the ability to help guests plan and coordinate their vacation activities.

Transportation: A car is nice to have, but is not a necessity in Costa Rica. Taxi’s from Los Almendros to Coco cost $7-8 each way. Bilingual tour operators provide affordable transportation from Los Almendros to Guanacaste tourist attractions. Taxi service is available to and from the Liberia airport ($55 car, $70 van). The Los Almendros office can arrange to have a rental vehicle delivered to your condo.

Bicycles: Coco rental shops offer single speed cruisers. We provide our guests two 26"" cruisers, one men's model and one step-through female. Both cruisers are equipped with Shimano's reliable and easy to use, Nexus 3 speed gear system. Two medium sized hills between Los Almendros and Coco are easier to climb with the Nexus gear system. Both bicycles have baskets, comfortable saddle seats and old style cruiser/pedal rear brakes.

More Details


Cantón Carrillo Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have a full shower. Hot water is provided by a Steibel instant hot, tankless water will never run out of hot water. All electrical outlets are wired for 110v current (Same as in the USA and Canada).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom has a queen size bed w/premium mattress. Second bedroom has two twin beds. We also provide our guests two military cots that can be set up for children of up to 125 pounds. The cots can be set up in the living room or on the rear patio. The twin beds each have 2 inch, high quality, latex toppers over the mattress. Mattress pads, linens and latex toppers are imported from USA. If you are traveling with a small child, a Graco Pack & Play is available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

75% Complete
21% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
3% Complete
Beachfront, OceanView, 2 min walk to beach, Gym, Snorkel Equip, Bicycles, GPS
average rating of 4.642857 based on 36 reviews
Sandy Oregon

Lovely condo, well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this very comfortable condo. The a/c unit in the living room was on the fritz and both the management, Stefani, and the owner were very responsive and when it could not be fixed during our stay, provided a nice compensation. The location is lovely, close to a sweet bay. Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Sweet location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our 2 adult children for a week. The setting was perfect. Very quiet location with great views. The 2 bedroom/2 bath unit was stocked with everything we needed: cooking supplies, beach towels, a local cell phone and fins. We explored from north to south and found Playa Ocotal to be the best beach in the area. Great snorkeling at low tide. Tom discovered diving at Rocket Frogs. Thanks, Gail and Ron. We'll be back! Tom & Elaine

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice time that we are already looking at airline tickets for next year. The condo is extremely clean, very well equipped, and private. We felt safe and comfortable our entire stay. The pools are warm and clean but we spent the majority of our time on the beach or in the ocean. We did a ton of snorkeling and even some fishing. The water was 88 degrees, and I could have stayed in all day. I also went scuba diving with Rocket Frog Dive Shop. I cannot recommend them highly enough. I took the PADI refresher course and made 5 dives with them. The water has just moderate visibility, but lots of marine life both large and small! I love diving in Costa Rica. The staff in the office went out of their way to be helpful, call cabs, arrange a rental car, and take overall good care of us! Stephanie is a gem!!! Inside the condo, we spent the majority of our time on the screened in porch. While we did not see monkeys at our condo, we saw them several times in the trees on the beach just south of Father Roosters. We enjoyed having the bikes and kayaks to use. We did not use them a ton, but we could have. Ocotal is quite, but that is what we enjoy. We will be back! Thank you so very much for everything.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

This place has everything you need!

  • 4 of 5

Location is amazing! Just a short 3min walk to beach. Owner thought of everything including 2 kayaks, 2 beach chairs, 2 bikes, cooler, 4 beach towels, snorkeling equipment etc. cute restaurant with great local people just 4 minute walk.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great views, amazing location, awesome beach and pools

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at wonderful Playa Ocotal. Amazing views, stunning beach and awesome wildlife. The weather was increadilble - loved the warm afternoons at sunset on the patio.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Serene and Great Location

  • 4 of 5

We spent five days in this unit and really enjoyed our stay. The unit was everything we expected and the complex is very clean and quiet. The views from the enclosed screen porch and dining room were spectacular. This particular unit as at the end of the road with no one above or below which is very nice. Be aware though, from this unit, the hike to and down to the beach is very steep albeit short.

The beach itself is a black sand beach with rocky parts of the beach that lead into the ocean. Snorkeling is just okay due to the strong winds making the viewing challenging but we enjoyed it nonetheless. There's not much to do in Ocotal except chill and read a good book. Everyone was super nice and friendly. If you want more activity, then Coco was a quick 5 minute ride and cost about $6 each way.

The owners went above and beyond to stock it with everything you needed and more. While it is nice to have a bike and kayak to use, there was really nowhere to bike because Coco was too far and hot. And unless you were fairly strong, there is no way to hike up and down this serious hill to the beach carrying 30lb kayaks. I did appreciate having the snorkel gear and binoculars though! We saw so many birds from the enclosed porch and were fortunate to see the Howler monkeys too!

The beds in the unit would comfortable with good pillows. I have to disagree with a previous poster who called this a dump. It's not. It's a low key complex on a quiet beach. I would say that it does need some slight updating as the unit is starting to feel slightly worn but that shouldn't dissuade you from reserving the unit.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Gail Brewer
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Gail Brewer

We are originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan. Ron worked for Ford Motor Company as a Lean Manufacturing Specialist. I was a Registerd Nurse. We both retired 13 years ago at age 55 and moved to Costa Rica. We enjoy Costa Rica's beautiful weather and year around outdoor activities. We are both Univiersity of Michigan graduates. Ron earned his MBA at the University of Texas in Austin. We have three adult children. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Southfield, Michigan, Our children enjoy vacationing in Costa Rica. During the USA's cold winter months, they enjoy coming down to Playa Ocotal for a relaxing week in the sun. Our grand children enjoy swimming in Los Almendros' pools and building sand castles on the beach.

Gail Brewer purchased this condo in 2005

Why Gail Brewer chose Cantón Carrillo

Los Almendros de Ocotal enjoys a 'Prime' beachfront location. Most equivalent properties in Guanacaste are owned by large hotels. Los Almendros de Ocotal is preferred by travelers who prefer to stay at a small, less commercial resort. Los Almendros does not require its guests to purchase an 'all inclusive' meal plan. Our guests enjoy dining at local independent restaurants, and the option to occasionally prepare a home cooked meal. Los Almendros guests do not worry about missing pre-paid, scheduled meals. They dine in private restaurants wherever their travels take them.

Playa Ocotal is a very quiet and peaceful beach. The rock formations directly below Los Almendros is one of Guanacaste's most popular locations for snorkeling from shore. Snorkelers routinely see schools of beautiful angel fish, game fish, rays, eels and octopi. We provide our guests good quality snorkeling gear, free of charge.

What makes this condo unique

Relying on feedback from our guests, we continuously add new items for our patrons to enjoy. For example: 1) Playas del Coco has over 50 restaurants. Several of the best restaurants are not easy to find. We provide our guests a free GPS unit. The GPS device is pre-programmed with the location of Coco's best restaurants and Guanacaste's most popular tourist attractions. Our GPS unit recognizes Los Almendros as 'Home'. No matter where you travel in Costa Rica, your GPS unit will provide you the quickest, safest return route to Los Almendros. 2) US and Canadian cell phones require a special chip to function in Costa Rica. When they do work, roaming charges are expensive. We provide our North American guests a cell phone that can be used to make free calls anywhere in Costa Rica. The phone numbers of the Los Almendros office and the number of an English speaking doctor in Coco are pre-programmed. 3) Playa Ocotal offers Guanacaste's best snorkeling. The rock formations directly below Los Almendros is the most popular off-shore snorkeling location in Northern Guanacaste. 4) A popular, reasonably priced, beachfront restaurant is located less than 100 meters from the entrance to Los Almendros. 'Father Rooster's' specializes in seafood and delicious tropical drinks. The 'vegetarian nachos' are a favorite appetizer. 5) Rocket Frog Divers, Guanacaste's top rated dive shop, operates out of Coco. Los Almendros guests can walk to their launch site on Playa Ocotal. 6) Guests staying in #42 have membership privileges to The Ocotal Beach Club. This private club offers spa treatments, tennis courts, swimming pools with children slide, exercise machines, yoga classes and Zumba classes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars

What a great place! Thank you so much to Stefanie for taking care of us. She helped us plan day trips at a moments notice and was more than accommodating with anything we needed-and we needed a lot! The condo #42 was very nice with breathtaking views of Ocotal. We woke up to monkeys practically on our deck one morning. The pool options were endless and the occasional sight of the howler troop was always exciting. The beach was beautiful-black sand with blue water-amazing! Sunsets were colorful and we loved exploring the rocks at low tide. We saw colorful fish in the tide pools and exotic birds overhead. Not much in the town to do or see-but plenty to see in the surrounding areas if you have a car. It was very hot though otherwise-highly recommended
Apr 2016
  • 1 of 8


Lizard Lounge -- CLOSED
"Great place to enjoy tropical drinks and mingle with other singles."
Parque National Rincón de la Vieja
"Great for hiking, bird watching and horse back riding."
Do It Center
"Best hardware store in Guanacaste."
Father Rooster's Restaurant & Bar
"Rustic, beachfront restaurant next door to Los Almendros de Ocotal, an upscale development w..."
Papagayo Golf & Country Club
"18 hole golf course with beautiful Guanacaste wildlife."
Arenal Volcano
"3 hour drive from Los Almendros"
The Congo Trail Canopy Tour
"20 minutes from Los Almendros."
Beach Bum's (Beach Bar) -- CLOSED
"Beach front bar in Playas del Coco. "
Coconutz Sports Bar & Eatery
"Good place to watch US sporting events. Good food...good drinks. 10 minutes from Los Almen..."
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
"30 minute drive to Los Almendros de Ocotal. Airport pick-up available."
Los Almendros de Ocotal
"Beachfront Condos with beautiful ocean views. 2 minute walk to the beach. 5 minute drive t..."
Rocket Frog Divers
"Best dive shop in the area. Modern equipment and excellent staff."
Villa Italia
"Best Italian restaurant in Guanacaste. Reservation recommended."
Citron Restaurante
"Great food, reasonable prices."
Catarata Fortuna
"Nice hike to beautiful waterfall"
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
"Most beautiful gardens in Costa Rica"
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Playas del Coco
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Papagayo Country Club, Open to Public
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Father Rooster's, Seafood, Tropical Drinks
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Playa Ocotal
Nearest Point of Interest
Los Almendros de Ocotal
Nearest Point of Interest
Father Rooster's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Liberia Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Papagayo Golf Course
Car: recommended

Los Almendros is 30 min. from the Liberia Airport, 5 min. from vibrant Playas del Coco and 60 minutes from two of Costa Rica's finest national parks. Our central Guanacaste location provides convenient access to activities in both the Northern and Southern parts of the province. Playa Ocotal is a protected 'Blue Flag' beach. It is a perfect beach for snorkelers and families with children. On most days, the surf is very gentle. Ocotal has no dangerous rip tides. Snorkelers are able to see and enjoy numerous species of colorful fish, eels and rays. Children spend hours exploring the tide pools directly below Los Almendros. The tide pools contain hundreds of small, colorful fish that get trapped by the changing tide.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

The above rates do not include Costa Rica's 13% hotel tax.

Maid service is provided once per week. Clean towels are available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties