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Costa Rica “Top of the Mountain” Panoramic Pacific Ocean View Luxury Villa

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 ½ Bath, Sleeps 6 - MBR w/ King, BR#2, 2 Queen beds, BR#3, 2 twins

Spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Coast Papagayo Gulf. Relax and enjoy our intimate infinity pool. Awake to the sounds and sights of tropical birds, parrots and howler monkeys. Beautifully furnished and professionally decorated, split level villa, screened, CD/DVD, complete kitchen, dining room and separate office. Rate includes all utilities, AC, cable TV, wireless Internet and washer/dryer. Personal concierge and maid service. Intimate open-air beachside restaurant, and bar so you don't have to go far for an evening meal and entertainment. Additional beach side community pools

Gated resort community. Our secluded ebony sand beach cove, flanked by volcanic cliffs, offers spectacular snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, wave runner and seaside exploring. Friendly resort staff provides discounted tours and transportation from your door to the most exciting outdoor adventures in Costa Rica.

Easy access to nearby grocery and souvenir shoping (3 km), several national parks, active volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs, river rafting, moonlight horseback rides, local flora and fauna, eco tours, and exciting canopy and zip line adventures. Enjoy world class bill fishing and sunset sails direct from our beach. Scuba and surfing classes available.

We are always available to personally assist you with everything you may require to help ensure your Costa Rica visit will be the memory of a lifetime. Pura Vida!

15 Dec 16

Sandy and John, You have a lovely vacation home. We all felt very comfortable. The views are spectacular! Thank you so very much for sharing your little bit of paradise. We enjoyed it all. We met so many great people. The restaurant was terrific and what a wonderful staff they have. We all truely enjoyed staying in your beautiful villa. Jim and Joan Richard , Paula and Bill, MA USA

20 Mar 16

We loved your place and enjoyed every single minute of our stay. We loved our 3 hour dinners under the stars. Your villa is so delightful. Everywhere you look you can see the attention to detail. It is truly beautiful, The perfect vacation. John, we really appreciate you helping us with our travel and touring arrangements and preparing us for the smartest way to pass through the airport procedures without delays. Your suggestions were invaluable and truely apprecaited. Sue and Al, VA

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John and Sandy Thomas
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About John and Sandy Thomas

Sandy and I fell in love with Costa Rica many years ago and finally purchased our own villa to fully experience the beauty and romance of the Costa Rican North West coast. We alternate between Naples FL and Bahia Pez Vela every year and enjoy sharing our villa with others who can appreciate those special memories in life.

John and Sandy Thomas purchased this villa in 2007

Why John and Sandy Thomas chose Costa Rica

Like many North American visitors, we researched the entire coastline of Costa Rica before discovering Bahia Pez Vela within the tiny community of Playa Ocotal, well off the beaten path. In fact, we actually found this beautiful piece of paradise while exploring and walking along the Pacific shoreline.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Costa Rica “Top of the Mountain” Panoramic Pacific Ocean View Luxury Villa
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

wonderful condo at playa ocotal

  • 5 of 5

Our family fell in love with Costa Rica- staying at Playa Ocotal was wonderfuly and relaxing. John and Sandy were the most accomodating and outgoing condo owners we have ever rented from. The condo was spacious, clean, gorgeous views, wonderful pools( the beach, black sandy, was jusy ok)- we felt safe in CR compared with Belize the year before. Need a car to get to restaurants but we had a driver take us to Montervede for an exciting overnight experience.

I'm sure that we could have done more in the area but we had terrific sunny days and all we wanted to do was read and relax by the pool. Seranaded by monkeys which was fun. We were a family of 5 with all grown kids. Everyone had an amazing time.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always nice to receive thoughtful comments. Encourages us to ensure our next guest is equally satisfied with everything we can do to make their trip more enjoyabloe
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Family Adventure . . . Pura Vida!

  • 5 of 5

Bahia Pez Vela is a quiet, peaceful resort of 40 villas with its own beach area and amazing restaurant Picante. John and Sandy’s villa is beautifully decorated and comfortable. Plenty spacious for our group. The kitchen is well appointed with anything you could need. It was also nice to have a laundry and a safe to store valuables. The Villa had a good supply of towels both for showering and for the beach. Did I mention the view? Stunning! It was very nice to have the pool up on the ridge by the house. There was no one there and we had it all to our self. As we are all very “connected” the wifi in the house worked great.

We flew into Libera Airport. Have Cesar arrange a shuttle to pick you up especially if arriving after dark. The villa is only about 30 minutes (4 adults 4 kids $70) from the airport but the roads are a little tricky the first time in the dark between Coco Beach and the villa. You will need a car. Cesar can arrange this for drop off the next morning which was great. (8 passenger van worked great for our group – week rental with taxes and filled with gas ~$700). The villa is at the top of a steep ridge. This makes for an amazing view, excellent workout, and tests the skills of a manual transmission driver of an 8 passenger van!

We really enjoyed the beach and the pool area by the beach. We ate many meals at Picante. They were extremely accommodating. Loved their frozen mojito, also try the traditional Casada. We had the place to ourselves many times as we arrived right at the end of the busy season. Their prices were reasonable and the food was great. We had Cesar arrange a fishing trip for our group. They picked us up and dropped us back at the beach. Although we didn’t catch a Rooster fish as my son hoped we caught enough red snapper for our whole group to have dinner. Picante prepared it for us traditionally and made salad, rice and plantains – all so delicious.

Back to the beach. The beach is a black sand beach. Some people didn’t like this. We found no issue with the black sand. It was not any hotter and there were places to rinse by the pool. There is good snorkeling on both sides of the cove. It was really fun to hike at the beach. Go to the right and you can hike all the way to Father Roosters as long as the tide was not high. Fun adventure! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A thoughtful review and very much appreciated as these observations are often helpful to others in confirming their decision. Sandy and I are pleased that your CR adventure was filled with wonderful memories. Pura vida!
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Sudbury, Ma

Beautiful, relaxing and so much fun for family!!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late at night and could not see our surroundings at all, so when we woke up we were pleasantly surprised!! The view from our bedroom was stunning... but then when we went out to the patio which sets itself out overlooking the area and then the ocean, it was perfect. Beautiful blue birds came over to join in our excitement. We saw monkeys around the area several times. Cesar and Jackie were super helpful and we went on an all day adventure, which at first felt expensive, but for all the activitites it included, we felt it was a great deal. We opted for the "private tour" but that just meant private transportation up to the adventure, about 1.5 hours away. We felt it was worth it as our driver Walter was always there ready to help us or hand us a cold beer / water when we needed it! We rented a car for half of the time we were there, walking into Coco beach town was difficult for our family (3 teenagers, and us parents). The pool up by our villa was great. Everything was well maintained. The villa itself was perfect. Very clean and really spacious and nice. The kitchen had everything we needed. We made Pina Coladas in the blender and brought them out to the pool. There was a much larger pool down by the beach as well, but we preferred the one close to our Villa. We snorkeled right on the beach and saw many colorful fish. The sand was a beautiful black color - very unique. We took the suggestion of John and Sandy, the owners and stopped on our way to SJO airport in La Fortuna. Arenal active volcano with many hotsprings. It is worth going to if you are flying into/out of San Jose Airport. All in all, we will be back. Nothing negative to say about our experience in this Villa, and this area of Costa Rica!!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always appreciative of the considerate reviews of our guests who truly enjoy their Costa Rican experience. Wonderful memories are what it is all about.
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It is beautiful and truly a little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

John and Sandy's villa was the perfect place from which to explore all that Guanacaste has to offer. The villa is beautifully appointed and stocked with everything you will need to make your stay comfortable and most of all, very special. The location is superb! We sat on the veranda at the edge of the property in the early morning watching the sunrise over the hills, listening to the birds and the sounds of the howler monkeys in the trees below the property. Sitting on the same veranda at night, after a cooling dip and cocktail by the infinity pool, we saw several shooting stars in the star filled night sky and enjoyed a glass of wine with some vacationing neighbors. We had breakfast sitting under the shade of the patio close to the villa, enjoying Costa Rican coffee and pastries from the local bakery in the morning and wonderful evening meals at Picante restaurant and Father Roosters. The black sand beach was beautiful and the warm water with perfect waves were only bested by the great snorkeling! The colorful fish were spectacular!

Not only has the resort itself so much to offer, the surrounding area is a area of natural beauty a hive of fun filled activities. On New Years eve, we took a sailing trip to one of the little nearby bays to snorkel, take in the sunset, which was spectacular, followed by a delicious buffet dinner at Picante after which we danced the evening away with so many fun people and watched the fireworks displays. We visited Rincon de la Vieja and Palo Verde National Parks where we enjoyed so many fun activities; zip lining, horseback riding, water tubing, which was the BEST, bathed in the nearby thermal springs and saw so many wonderful animals...crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, and monkeys on a river boat trip. We visited the local monkey farm where my daughter cuddled the cutest little baby howler monkey. We had simply the best vacation ever and I cannot say enough for how helpful John and Sandy were with helping us with logistics and information. It is clear that they love their Costa Rican home and are glad and proud to share it with those of us who have been fortunate enough to have found this little gem. It is beautiful and truly a little slice of heaven!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Villa with stunning views.

  • 5 of 5

As a family of five we all agreed that this was the best vacation (Christmas) ever. John and Sandy's 3 bedroom villa is truly amazing. From its perch at the top of a mountain, we had a panoramic view of the ocean, access to the shared infinity pool for the "upper level" villas, beautiful sunsets, the sounds of waves crashing on the beach below, and our favorite, the local howler monkeys who shared coffee in the morning with us from their perch in the tree in front of the villa's private deck area. The villa had everything we could need, it was beautifully decorated, spacious, had a well equipped kitchen, laundry room, and was very clean. The owners, John and Sandy even had a little surprise waiting for us upon arrival. Three christmas stocking were hung with our daughters names, and a bottle of champagne with glasses was awaiting our arrival. Everything was perfect.....thank you John and Sandy!!

I would recommend a car to get around. We like to explore and loved venturing out on day trips to the local volcanoes, zip lining, beach combing, and hiking to several waterfalls. Cesar arranged out car rental before our arrival and was very helpful in scheduling and guiding our other adventures. We did a snorkeling trip right from our private beach at the villa. Thank you Cesar! The resort restaurant is Picante, it was very good but we also wanted to sample the local town fare in Playa Del Coco so having a care was very helpful. We enjoyed an little place called La Coq, fresh hummus, tomato feta salad, gyros etc. for a lite dinner/lunch and right next door is a gelato place.

We were sad to see our vacation come to an end. We all agreed that Sandy and John were fantastic to work with, great communication via email, and phone, and we would recommend their villa without hesitation! You will not be disappointed!! In fact, we are hoping to get back to Costa Rica again in the fall and will definitely be contacting John and Sandy once again.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kelowna, BC


  • 5 of 5

This rental offers the full package: upscale home beautifully decorated, large well-equipped kitchen, 3 spacious bedrooms. Quiet resort has back yard with flowering shrubs and amazing views of Pacific Ocean and lush rolling hills from large windows, 2 patios and 1 balcony. Owners John and Sandy are genuine honest folks, friendly and accommodating. Cesar, concierge, was wonderful at arrangements, eg driver to meet us at airport (great idea!), and Adobe car rental delivered Santa Fe 4x4 next morning, as well as several tours. Location is great, 10 min to Coco Beach, a cute little resort town day and night with friendly people. Felt safe in entire area. As a Canadian and past travel /cruise consultant we have travelled Europe, Asia, USA and many tropical islands. As a first experience with VRBO / home, we were curious and cautious, but look forward to many more vacations just like this!! If this description appeals, just book it - you won't regret it! Laurie and Bob, BC, Canada

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always our pleasure to help assist our guests obtain the best accommodations and local tours from reputable dealers at the best possible prices. The comments of Laurie and Bob are very thoughtful and sincerely appreciated, pura vida, John & Sandy
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Picante Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Papagayo Golf
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Playa del Coco
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Picante Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Playa Azul - Private beach
Car: recommended

According to The Lonely Planet, Playa Ocotal has “the cleanest and quietest beach in all the area, offering good swimming and snorkeling” and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Papagayo, with the lush Santa Rosa National park across the way, from our private ebony-sand beach,hidden in a cove surrounded by cliffs. The perfect dreamy getaway for those seeking peace, relaxation and romance. This recent review might be helpful

Spectacular Villa !! Breathtaking views of ocean,mountains, and star lit skies..... great restaurant on site with wonderful staff- went deep sea fishing - brought back the local catch and the chef prepared a meal to die for!! Beach had beautiful black sand and the snokeling was phenominal. Went on the day long adventure of zip lines,horseback riding, and whitewater rafting- Probably the best day of our lives- (only $80.00 U.S. Dollars!) Downtown is only 3 km away and the nightlife was lots of fun- Can't wait to go back !!


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High Season
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Easter Week
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Green Season
Oct 13 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

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Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Guanacaste Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2150 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower , Guest Bathroom with tiled shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , large tiled shower
    Bathroom #3 - toilet
  • All Bathrooms tiled and decorated. Linens, soaps provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Split level villa with bedrooms above. Kitchen, dining room, living room and seperate office on the lower level. Master Bedroom with king sized bed and balcony overlooking Pacific, Large Guest Bedroom with two queen sized beds, overlooking Pacific Both with ample closet space. All bedrooms have full dressers Third Bedroom with twin beds All quality linens provided
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Villa is fully furnished. Everything you may need is either on site or available through the Resort Manager's Office. Intimate infinity pool overlooking the Pacific (plus two other large community pools and a lap pool on site.) Excellent indoor/outdoor Restaurant& Bar, Picante, on site, located beside our secluded black sand beach

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