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Beachfront Tropical Garden - 'Casita Del Mar'

1 Review
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


Tambor Beach House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Nestled within a garden of palm trees and exotic, tropical plants, 'La Casita del Mar' is the perfect get-away for a couple looking to get 'lost' in Costa Rica. Set right on the beach in Bahia Bellena (also called Tambor Bay), this house offers a cozy retreat for maximum relaxation. When the beauty of Bahia Ballena washes over you, you'll never want to return to civilization.

Your day might consist of waking up, looking out into the gardens and beach, laying in the hammock, reading a book, and having a tasty beverage. A dip in the ocean is, of course, a must, and a walk into Tambor for lunch might be in order. Of course, the restless might spend the afternoon on a round of golf, horseback riding, sailing, para-sailing, sea-fishing, or any of a number of local activities.

A number of restaurants are nearby, a favorite being 'La Trattoria,' run by a local pair of Italians. Their food is authentic and delicious, and shouldn't be missed. Also nearby are any of a number of Costa Rican restaurants. Typical dishes are the 'Casados con chuleta', which is typically has a tasty cut of pork chop or chicken with rice, or 'Arroz con camarones' (Rice with Shrimp), which is a Costa Rican take on fried rice. Paired with an Imperial, the beer of Costa Rican, you will be enjoying a life of simple pleasures.

Keywords: House, casita, beach, quiet, garden, peaceful, getaway, palms, hammock

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  • non smoking only
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About The Owner

While growing up in the States, our family always loved to travel. Road-trips, day long or week-long, to trips to Canada and Europe were things my sister and I looked forward to doing with our parents. When the family reunited in Tambor for her incredible wedding, we all fell in love with the beaches, lush landscapes, horseback riding, and 'la pura vida' (the good life).

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Puntarenas

We love Tambor for it's unique, 'untouched' feel. Unlike most other parts of Costa Rica that have seen tremendous over-development, Tambor remains off the beaten path, offering the same wonderful ocean views and sunsets in a hidden paradise. One of our favorite restaurants is 'La Trattoria' where its Italian owners offer delicious Italian cuisine for cheap . . . and it's only a stone's throw down the road -- throw on your flip flops and buon appetito!


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Beachfront Tropical Garden - 'Casita Del Mar'
average rating of 1.0 based on 1 reviews
Alexandria VA

Renter Beware--Property Not Worthy of a VRBO Lisiting

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Having used owner-rented properties all over the world, I consider myself a seasoned VRBO renter. During our past few visits to Costa Rica, I got great rentals at comparable rates to La Casita.

This property is not representative of VRBO properties at any rate.

The limited photos used to advertise the property are accurate, but incomplete. While the property is “rustic” and it is located at the beach, what’s not shown is what leaves this property unworthy of a VRBO listing.

First not shown was the shower—which was of greatest concern. It produced two or three very, very weak streams of cold water, with no power. On top of the water was a poorly rigged electrical heating unit with exposed wires, posing a tremendous safety hazard. These electrical heating units are commonly known as suicide showers.

Another safety issue not shown in the photos were the exposed electrical outlets throughout the house.

The washer, located outside under an alcove was loaded with dirt, rust, leaves, bugs and spider webs. It was completely unusable.

Outside, hanging on the house, were a dozen or more bats—the kind that fly at night. Not the kind used in baseball.

The house was not prepared in advance of our arrival. The property manager told us she was not informed we were coming. However, I spoke to her an hour and a half before we got on the hour-long ferry ride to the property. At a minimum, she had 2.5 hours time to change the sheets on the bed. But she didn’t. When we pulled back the sheets on the bed, we found them covered in a woman’s hair.

The bathroom was filthy, the house had an unclean odor to it. The floor was dirty.

There were cable television wires balled up and twisted in one of the exposed electrical outlets laying on the rusted shelving unit that was intended to serve as a closet.

We contacted the owners immediately to alert them of the problems—most importantly the electrical issues in the shower and around the house.

This property was not at all acceptable or suitable for rental. We left La Casita in less than 12 hours. The owners refused to refund our money. I can NOT recommend this property be rented based on the very poor condition in which we found it.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Tambor Beach House Rental Rates

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Nov 15 2016 - Apr 15 2017
14 night minimum stay
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14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Tambor Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • non smoking only
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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