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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,150 sq. ft.
Property type villa
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 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 Cantón Carrillo

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.


Cantón Carrillo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
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, on site, located beside our secluded black sand "blue flag" beach


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Costa Rica “Top of the Mountain” Panoramic Pacific Ocean View Luxury Villa
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 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: December 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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Amazing, Relaxing, and Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We decided to take a last minute vacation to Costa Rica. I absolutely fell in love with this property. I noticed that it was not available during the week that we wanted to go. I reached out to John and he rearranged his schedule for us. I could not believe that someone would be so kind and rearrange their life for us. John was very accommodating and extremely kind. He made us feel at ease.

This property is absolutely perfect!!! It is in the perfect location. All the houses are separated. We had our privacy and I felt secure because they have staff at the entrance gate at all times. There was an infinity pool steps away from the property. We spent almost every night in the pool watching the most amazing sunsets. There is another pool just down a small hill. That pool was great also. Our kids had a great time swimming while we ate at the restaurant, Picante. The restaurant has an open concept and we sat close to the pool to watch our children play. The food is delicious at Picante. We had most of our meals here. The staff at the restaurant were extremely kind and accommodating. They always had our best interest at heart and we felt like family before we left.

I highly recommend this property. Everything was perfect. The entire house was fully furnished and had everything that we needed. We lacked for nothing. The master bedroom has a beautiful balcony and we watched the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean. It was Heaven! We heard the howler monkeys many afternoons and we could hear many birds singing. It was such a cool experience. There is black sand beach steps from the property. It is beautiful!

The downtown area was great and we felt very safe. Everyone in Costa Rica is very kind. We went shopping and ate at many of the local restaurants. We took the river tour and saw lots of crocodiles, iguanas, birds, and monkeys. We took a rain forest tour. It was very educational and beautiful. We highly recommend Wilsons Ranch! It was one of the highlights of our trip. We rode the horses through the country side and through the rain forest. We hooked the horses up, hiked through the rain forest, and swam in the most beautiful hidden turquoise river. We went fishing and caught over 50 fish (not kidding), we went snorkeling, we went to Tamarindo and swam in the warmest water, and we went to Diamante. We had the time of our lives.

Rent a car!!!

You can't go wrong with this Villa! It was a taste of heaven. Thank you, John for everything!!! The Millers

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Who would have guessed that the Millers could have their plans met with less than a week's notice. Adriana, we are happy for you and your family and that we could help make your expectations come true. Pura vida, John & Sandy
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Amazing view. Beautiful and cozy villa.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family time in this place.

The villa is beautiful and has everything you need for cooking.

We stayed for a week and would like to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just Paradise !!

  • 5 of 5

Playa Ocotal, the surrounding area, and in particular Bahia Pez Vela, is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit. Our favourite of the three places we have stayed in Costa Rica.

John and Sandy are very accommodating and helpful. They were prompt in responding to all our questions and provided many useful tips and suggestions. The same can be said of Cesar and Jaqueline, the onsite property managers.

The 3 bedroom villa is spacious, well decorated, and comfortable with beautiful panoramic views of the bay. The kitchen has everything you require, even for a long term visit. The Villa has an abundance of towels, dishes, linens and everything you require for a comfortable stay. There is a washer, dryer and a good sized safe, although we never felt any security risk. The Wi-Fi works well, there is a good “music player” with many CD’s available, or link via Bluetooth to your device. There is a TV, but we never found the time to turn it on. Another bonus, unlike many other places we have stayed, you can actually drink the tap water.

The property itself is “gated”, has multiple swimming pools, a wonderful black sand beach that is a short, but steep, walk down the hill (good exercise), and an on-site restaurant, Picante, that is well worth a visit or two. The infinity pool, just steps from the villa and overlooking the ocean, is a great place to relax. I would be remiss not to mention that all the staff on site, everyone, was just fantastic, very cheerful and went out of their way to be helpful.

We flew into Liberia Airport, at around midday, where Cesar had very kindly arranged for us to pick up a rental car. We had no problem finding the villa, but at night it could be “tricky” if you do not have GPS or are not accustomed to driving in that environment. I would strongly recommend having a car. US dollars are accepted just about everywhere. The supermarkets give a good rate but for restaurants, etc. it would be better to exchange funds at the many banks/money changers available.

The nearest town, Playas del Coco, is a great place to visit and hang out. There are several restaurants/bars worth a visit. Our favourites were: Zi Lounge, fish dinner at Papagayo, Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill, and just hanging out at Coconutz. Father Rooster's, just down from the villa is also very nice – try their margaritas!

There are many “day trips” you can make from the villa, including some nice beaches. But you will soon ask yourself – when you are in paradise, why leave? Pura Vida!!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very appreciative of a thoughtful review as it does help others in their choice and planning. Such comments are important to us and never taken for granted. . . and reinforce the importance of solid preparation and constant coordination to insure that every visit results in a special memory.
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Everything We Hoped For

  • 5 of 5

Simply a fantastic week! A beautiful hilltop view of Ocatal Beach, our first morning we eased into the day by sitting on the patio overlooking the ocean, enjoying our Costa Rican coffee and meeting our new monkey friends...and it only got better from there.

Bahia Pez Vela is a terrific spot. Great views, multiple swimming pools, a quick walk down to the beach, nearby restaurants, easy access to the nearest town Cocoa Beach and the Liberia International Airport. John and Sandy are wonderful hosts and had everything prepared as promised for our stay. We had six adults in the villa and had more than enough room to have a cocktail, cook some dinner, have another cocktail...and relax. The villa was well appointed, had all necessary supplies like coffee maker, pots & pans, grill, towels, etc. It's exactly as you see in the pictures and is your own slice of paradise (for a week or so.) Cesar and the staff at Bahia Pez Vela were also very helpful in lining up tours, excursions and taxis. I highly recommend Costa Rica and John & Sandy's villa. If I could rate it 5 Stars + I would!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas gracias! We very much appreciate you taking the time to record these kind comments. It's a team effort. A lot of coordination goes on behind the scenes to ensure every visit is a special occasion. We're pleased that your Costa Rican vacation was memorable and problem free - the way it should be. Pura vida, John & Sandy
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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: April 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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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 !!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

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.

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