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Down by the Sea sleeps up to 4

Bedrooms 2
Space 376 sq. ft.
Property type guest house


About the property

The location makes the difference of these charming private rooms.

Johannes Bakker
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, german, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Johannes Bakker

We are from Germany and the Netherlands and have the pleasure of almost 26 years living here at beautiful Playa Coyote. The climate, the nature and the friendly people, the "Ticos" keep us stuck here.

In addition to our Vacation rentals we also operate a small Gallery Café Santé as well as our Realty and Property Management office in the heart of our Village San Francisco de Coyote. It is never boring for us and we enjoy every day anew the beauty and tranquility of our small paradise which we are happy to share with you. We look forward to you, see you soon!

Johannes Bakker purchased this guest house in 2015

Why Johannes Bakker chose Playa Coyote

Down by the Sea is something special because we are right on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica! Wake up and start the day with a morning stroll along the beach and a refreshing swim in the Pacific Ocean. Grab your fresh coffee and enjoy the sunrise on the quiet, pristine, coconut-lined beach. Enjoy the colorful sunsets with a cold beer or a cool glass of wine and let yourself be lulled with the sound of the ocean in a deep restful sleep.

Your dream is our goal! Wellness for your soul!

What makes this guest house unique

Our area is far away from mass tourism and that is what we enjoy. We do not have a bar or restaurant next to the other, and we can not come up with Canopy or Quad rentals but we have small fine matched in nature Activities. You can rent kayaks and dive into the wild world of the mangrove, you can rent horses and ride to the waterfalls or on the beach, you can visit the butterfly farm and learn all about Costa Rican wildlife or the honey extraction, the production of coconut oils and other products of coconut oil. Explore how our macaws and our turtles protected by private organizations. All this you can learn and experience with us, here at Playa Coyote.


Playa Coyote Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 376 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , shower
    - toilet , shower
  • Spacious bright bathroom with large shower area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • master bedroom facing the beach - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Single room with twin bed - 1 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom has a queen size bed and has garden and sea views. Bedroom 2 is equipped with a single bed. there is in this room, the small refrigerator, coffee maker, the microwave and glasses and dishes.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Stunning Beach Hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

Hans and Hika Bakker are expats and gregarious, multilingual hosts. The bed and bath suite on the first floor of their home was small but very clean and tastefully decorated. The sliding door opened to a nice sitting area with chairs and a hammock. The walk to the beach through a palm grove was less than a hundred yards. The beach itself is incredible, several miles of fine sand, gentle slope, steady surf and good shell collection opportunities. Hika operates Cafe Senna in San Francisco, just up the road which is open for breakfast and lunch six days a week. The El Barco Restaurante & Bar is two miles down the road, also right on the beach, is a great spot for drinks and dinner.

While the area is a bit remote, we will likely return for a longer stay, to enjoy the conviviality, the quiet and the susurrus of the surf.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A slice of paradise Tico style

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is more spacious than the pictures give it credit.

The location was everything we wanted. We basically had the whole of playa coyote to ourselves! The beach was amazing in every way e.g. animals, sunsets, shells, water, privacy.

The apartment was clean, there were many beach toys and games available. The beds were very comfortable.

There was ample post beach showering and rinsing off facilities.

Heike and Hans were available most of the time if required and gave us lots of privacy.

It felt very safe there.

The sugar and coffee could have been topped up by the maid. Also, the beach towels could have been changed.

A small hob could be considered but there was a toaster, small fridge, coffee perculator and all the cutlery, plates etc you need.

check in and out details were a little confusing but you can always contact cafe Santos if confused.

There is also a slightly more expensive studio flat next door if you are thinking of staying with friends/family.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Rebecca and family, thank you for your generous review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our place so much. In our description, we do explicitly point out that our studio is particularly suitable for short stays since it has no kitchen. We did mention this before booking and offered you the apartment with a full kitchen instead. We do provide our guests with conveniences such as water bottles, coffee and sugar on arrival, which is a service which we offer but which should not be regarded as a matter of course. We are open to requests from our guests for things such as beach towels etc., (most of our guests do bring their own beach towels) and as you know we assist with organizing tours and laundry in our attempt to make your stay as perfect as possible. However, as we could see that these little things did not affect your holiday at all and we could see how you enjoyed your time here, we hope to welcome you again soon.
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Relax, don't worry - be happy

  • 5 of 5

It's been one year already since my wife and I spent a few weeks away from our winter at this place. The view from the bed is picture postcard perfect: fifty yards of lawn, bordered by lush tropical plants and trees. Beyond that: a band of palm trees, a beach with golden sand and, in all its blue glory, the Pacific Ocean.

The apartment is comfortable, has excellent beds and a roomy bathroom. As we spent most of our time outside (of course), our own private terrace was mostly used in the morning, when the sun was still behind the house.

The terrace has a very comfortable set of chair and couch - perfect for hours of reading. In the afternoons, we moved to the beach, sat in the shadow of the palm trees (without risking our lives: the owners regularly have all coconuts chopped off) and regularly cooled off in the ocean, floating in the lazy surf.

We didn't miss a kitchen: we could make coffee or tea in the apartment and we often drove the ten minutes to San Francisco de Coyote to have lunch in the excellent Café Santé and dinner at the open air restaurant Lomo Clara.

All in all: a perfect place if you want to get away from it all (in our case: a dreary winter in Western Europe). If, however, you want night life, bars, hordes of other tourists and music that goes THUMP THUMP THUMP for half the night...... then this is not the place for you! The owners are friendly and left us alone, but were always happy to supply information about the area when asked for.

Our fondest memories? Floating on our back in the ocean in the middle of the night under a full moon. And New Year's Eve, with locals and tourists eating and drinking around the bonfires on the beach. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unter Palmen, direkt am Strand

  • 5 of 5

Wir wollten eigentlich nur 1 Nacht bleiben aber es hat uns so sehr gefallen das wir noch drei weitere Nächte geblieben sind. Auf unserem Weg nach Nosara haben wir zum Mittagessen im Café Santé in San Francisco de Coyote angehalten. Wir hatten nicht nur tolle Sandwiches sondern auch eine so nette Unterhaltung mit der Inhaberin Heike, dass wir total die Zeit vergessen haben. Das war unser Glück den so sind wir auf Down by the Sea gestoßen, das uns Heike angeboten hat. Das Studio ist mit so viel liebe zum Detail gemacht, die Farbgestaltung der Zimmer, die Deko aus Strandgut, so was von geschschmackvoll. Toll toll toll. Das Studio hat einen kleinen Kühlschrank und eine Kaffeemaschine so konnten wir uns unser Frühstück selber bereiten. Eine tolle Erfahrung für uns war natürlich, das wir direkt am Strand waren. Somit konnten wir gleich nach dem Aufstehen, einen Kaffee kochen und mit diesem zum Strand spazieren, wo wirklich keine Menschenseele zu sehen war. Herrlich. Den Tag haben wir unter dem Sonnenschirm auf bequemen Sonnenliegen am Strand verbracht. Zwischendurch rein etwas kühles Obst und Wasser geholt und dann einfach nur relaxed auf den Liegen das Meer genossen. Ab 17 Uhr haben wir uns unser kaltes Bier geschnappt und uns den farbenprächtigen Sonnenuntergang angeschaut. Einfach Klasse! Ne, das hat Klasse. Am Tag unserer Abreise (Samstag da hat das Cafe geschlossen), hat Heike uns zur Stärkung für unsere Weiterfahrt sogar noch jedem von uns einen richtig leckeren Cappuccino gemacht. Down by the Sea ist wirklich ein Geheimtip den wir absolut empehlen können und gerade denen ans Herz legen können, die Abstand von den lauten und überfüllten Touristenzentren suchen. Wir kommen wieder und bedanken uns ganz herzlich für die tolle Gastfreundschaft. Danke und auf bald, Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hallo Ihr 2, vielen Dank für die nette Bewertung unseres Studios Down by the Sea. Wir freuen uns sehr, das es Euch bei uns Gefallen hat und hoffen das Ihr noch eine weiterhin schöne Zeit in Costa Rica hattet. Bis dahin alles Gute und vielleicht auf bald, empfehlt uns weiter. Down by the Sea
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Heaven Down by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful idyllic beach setting run by charming people we can’t wait to visit again. From miles of deserted gentle beach to freshly cut coconuts everything a beach lover could wish for . Sitting on the beach reading while the waves lapped around my feet . Amazing colours, and wildlife, shellfish, birds of prey - it’s sll there in abundance. Beautifully decorated guest rooms, some with direct beach access. It is remote and all the better got it. Don’t wait to visit if you adore true unspoilt beaches.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
163 Kilometres
Liberia Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
El Barco Beach Bar Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
63 Kilometres
Playa Naranjo
Nearest Golf
23 Kilometres
Punta Islita
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Laguna Mar
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Playa Coyote
Car: recommended

Honey and coconut oil production

butterfly Farm

sea ​​turtles

waterfall tours

canoe rentals




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $148.11

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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