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Rejuvenate Your Spirit! Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica Vacation Rental

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Exciting, Lush, Affordable 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps Six

An extraordinary vacation awaits you at our slice of paradise! You'll find legendary waves, rain forest zip lining, waterfalls and many adventures as you satisfy all of your water sports and vacation dreams. Tastefully appointed and equipped with A/C, you'll discover a relaxing change of pace in our charming and secure alternative to busy Costa Rican hotels. Situated among fruit trees and an exotic tropical garden, our home will give you the oasis you seek for your family or surfing vacation. Just minutes to the famous Playa Hermosa (approx. 2.5 km to beach), restaurants, and attractions, you'll mingle with many international vacationers as you explore this amazing country. Playa Hermosa is conveniently located within minutes of bustling Jaco beach and hours of the famous Arenal Volcano. Come join us for a vacation of a lifetime! World Surfing Games were held in Playa Hermosa.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, All languages are accepted and translated
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2017

About Aileen

Avid travelers, we longed for a place to call our escape form the stressors of daily live. Once we saw Costa Rica, we fell in love with its natural beauty. Equally impressive is the locals. Funny, charming, welcoming and most endearing, we have made many good friends we now call family. From the beaches, to the mountains, there is an amazing array of nature to explore, enjoy and remember for a lifetime!

Aileen purchased this house in 2003

Why Aileen chose Puntarenas

Located on the Central Pacific Coast, we are only a one and a half hour drive from Juan Santa Maria International Airport (San Jose Airport-SJO) and only ten minutes south of the bustling town of Jaco. Our cozy cottage is minutes away from several local beaches, restaurants and tour operators. Go ziplining through the rainforest canopy, explore the beaches, and enjoy the comforts of home amid the wild, natural beauty of Costa Rica!

What makes this house unique

Lying in the patio hammock, you can forget the concept of time! Early morning coffee on the front porch with the Scarlet Macaws overhead making their daily journey to the ocean to feast on the almendros trees, one can easily shed layers of stress... and your day has just begun!


Playa Hermosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower only
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In living room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The living room has a comfy, oversized sofa with fold out queen bed. A house phone is available for free outgoing local calls; long distance is available with a phone card. Smoking is permitted outdoors only. WiFi on site.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Rejuvenate Your Spirit! Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica Vacation Rental
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

a Beautiful home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This property offers all the amenities of home in the middle of this tropical paradise.

I stayed here for the entire month of February and was not disappointed.

the home offers everything I needed and includes very fast internet.

The outside of the home is beautiful also, beautifully landscaped with various fruit trees throughout. We were able to make lime juice and fry up the plantains. various birds stop in the morning including Scarlet Macaws and a flock of Green Parrots. Only a 10 minute drive to Jaco and 2 miles from the Playa Hermosa beach. My sons preferred the waves at hermosa to any others they surfed (however they say in a few months the waves will be a lot bigger.

The pictures do not show you the 2nd bedroom but it contains 2 twin beds with amply storage space.

We rented a car for the month so that sightseeing and traveling were never a problem and i would recommend a car rental to anyone staying here.

Pura Vida!

Thanks Aileen, Thanks Fritz.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much to Charlie and family for choosing our little slice of paradise for their vacation. It is wonderful to have guests who appreciate and enjoy the beauty of our property and Cost Rica in general. We greatly enjoyed having you as guests and hope we have an opportunity to host you again! All the best and Pura Vida! Aileen & Fritz
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A Wonderful Costa Rican Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Aileen and Fritz's house! My husband and I traveled with our four young children and infant for six weeks in Costa Rica. Eileen and Fritz's house was our oasis to come home to after our daily adventures. We were able to go surfing almost daily and access all of the conveniences of Jaco from their house just a short distance away. The outdoor shower was great for rinsing sandy bodies, the kitchen was well stocked with supplies, and the AC was just what we needed to cool off on hot days. The kids also really enjoy the property. They made friends with lizards, and saw toucans, quetzals, and motmots in the trees on a daily basis. We could hear the howler monkeys from the porch, and seeing macaws flying overhead. Overall it was a perfect place for a family to call home during our long adventure. Thank you Fritz and Aileen! We can't wait to come back to visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden treasure!

  • 5 of 5

I have been to Costa Rica many times. I absolutely loved the adventure that is Cartlidge Villa! I found the property online, spoke to the owner, and booked it with no issues. Easy process. It was comforting that we could contact them any time on the app. The property is up the road a ways from the ocean. Transportation is a must for this property.

We loved the house! It had everything you need to survive for a week or two. Talking about a return trip already.

I loved surfing the waves with the long board. I enjoyed our trip to Manuel Antonio. I enjoyed zip lining and the gondola tour.

We went fishing at the river mouth and did well with jacks and snappers. We went shopping in Jaco and rode over to los suenos and saw all the big boats fishing in a tournament. We even adventured up the road even farther late one afternoon just to see how far we could go. We found the waterfall! Beautiful experience. Saw many types of birds. They are funny....the dull black bird sings a hell of a tune. While the most colorful birds I have ever seen squalk ha ha.

I prefer living the great outdoor adventure and returning to Cartlidge Villa. Two thumbs up.

Thanks Aileen!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Cozy Home with a View

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time on our Costa Rican adventure at Aileen and Fritz's! They were very helpful with any questions I had about planning the trip, which made things very easy. The house was very cute and tidy, and equipped with everything we needed for our 10 day stay. We did things like ziplining, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, aerial trams, nature tours, and of course hanging out at the beach, all a short distance away from the house. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! We love to help our guests get the most out of their vacation by sharing a list of ideas that we regularly update. As guests, you were outstanding! You left our home in good shape and enjoyed all you could get in from our suggestions. We look forward to welcoming you again! Pura Vida!
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Fabulous House!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in Aileen and Fritz's beautiful and peaceful house! Very nicely located near the little town of Playa Hermosa and Jaco, and we felt very safe with the gates and security system. Don't miss the TacoBar in Jaco for a GREAT and reasonable meal! Jaco beach - only a 10 minute drive from their house - is really only suited for surfing, so be careful in the giant waves. The same is true for Playa Hermosa. Three out of four of us were body-slammed in the huge waves - painful!

This house was fitted with all the necessities: cookware, dishes, very comfortable beds, and I saw more wildlife (including two monkeys - a kinkajou and a squirrel monkey) on their property from the front porch than I saw during the rest of our trip. You have to be up early (5:40-6 am), be patient, and just sit and wait. The monkeys hang out in the palm trees on the border of the front lawn, and the leaves rustle when they are in motion. The owners kindly provide sheets of information on things to do and guides for animal, bird, and reptile id, and maps of the area. They also recommended a car rental company that was very reasonable - not easy to find in CR. We tried to find the waterfall behind their property, but, sadly, couldn't. We found lots of other waterfalls in our week in CR, though.

We enjoyed Manuel Antonio beach a lot, which we drove to from their house on two days.That beach is swimable, gorgeous and the town quaint, nestled in the hillsides above. There is a cool "el Avion" bar there, constructed out of the American military airplane that crashed over Costa Rica and started the Iran-Contra scandal (Reagan, remember?) A bit of history that is fun to visit - the restaurant has great views, too! We would love to come back, and we highly recommend Aileen and Fritz's beautiful house!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much for choosing our home to vacation in. We are always delighted to hear of each guest's experience and what wildlife they spied from our front porch or back patio. It is our pleasure to host and provide a cozy stay for our guests! Jaco beach is generally a good place to swim except during high tide. This is true for most of the central pacific coast. Visitors should be mindful of the tides for swimming. Pura Vida!
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Beautiful Jungle Property

  • 5 of 5

The Cartlidge's home in Playa Hermosa was perfect for my wife and I's recent visit to Playa Hermosa. It was an oasis in the jungle where the many tropical birds flocked around the house in the morning providing a melodious cacophony of calls. We were lucky to happen upon a flock of 15 - 20 Scarlet Macaws feasting on their Beach Almond trees at Esterillos Oeste about 20 minutes from the house. The restaurants in Jaco and Playa Hermosa were phenomenal. While we were only in Costa Rica for 4 nights and 5 days, we were able to completely disconnect from the US grid and fully relax in paradise.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matt for your review of our Playa Hermosa vacation home. Our goal is to provide our guests relaxing comfort in our tropical slice of paradise. It was wonderful to hear that you saw a flock of Scarlet Macaws! Their brilliance is nothing short of amazing! We hope to welcome you again! Pure Vida!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Backyard
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Marriott Los Suenos
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 34, Coastal highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many in Playa Hermosa on Route 34
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Hermosa
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Sunrise or Sunset yoga and massage nearby. Ziplining, ATV, fishing, parasailing, and horseback riding tours available.


Rates & Availability

Playa Hermosa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
Apr 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 15 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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