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Mike

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Charming Comfy Quiet Beach Home - Private Pool Patio Garden - EZ BEACH ACCESS

34 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Playa Grande House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 private Baths, (Sleeps 4) Very close to the Beach

Only a few steps from Costa Rica's finest beach. This charming two bedroom home, with Frank Lloyd Wright-styled French doors and windows, is artfully decorated and extremely comfortable. Each air-conditioned bedroom has it's own private full bathroom and the firm, comfortable king-size beds which are topped with luxurious feather beds and comforters with fresh duvets and the linens are excellent quality, high thread count cotton. The Kitchen and Living Room is spacious and airy with high ceilings detailed with beautiful local hardwoods and plenty of sun-drenched windows.

The large outdoor covered patio/porch is classically tiled and perfect for lounging and dining. It overlooks a private pool that has been described by the locals as 'The Sexiest Pool in Playa Grande'. The property is totally surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens which offers privacy for guests and the many exotic birds, butterflies, and other flora and fauna that call this cozy casita their home.

Keywords: Private Beach House nestled within the Las Baulas National Park and the Tamarindo Estuary Wildlife Refuge.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Mike (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Reviews

4.8
based on 34 traveler reviews

Charming Comfy Quiet Beach Home - Private Pool Patio Garden - EZ BEACH ACCESS
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 34 reviews
5

Everything We Expected and More!

  • 5 of 5

My son had and I spent a wonderful week here. The home was wonderful, the pool was fantastic, the beach was beautiful and so close. Mike, the owner is so nice and welcomed us with a wonderful basket of tropical fruits, bottled water and cold beer! He also comes every morning very early to clean the pool, and is easily reachable by phone/email should you need anything, a real pleasure! There are cute little cafe/restaurants within walking distance, a small produce store to pick up fruit/veggies, water, soda, wine, chips, medicine, etc.. We rented a bike ($10) for the entire day, and biked all around the neighborhood and area. Also took a water taxi to the 'bigger' town Tamarindo across the estuary, as well as an estuary tour. We had a car and so drove all over, and also signed up for the One Day Adventure Combo at Hacienda Guachipeli - what a day! Zip lining (9), Tarzan Swing, horseback riding, swimming by the waterfalls, repelling and lunch! Highly recommend. My son also took surf lessons at the beach next to the house, from Frijoles Locos, the local Surf Shop - he loved it and did great! And of course, we also loved coming home to Mike's wonderful place and relaxing, having dinner outside on the patio, and of course enjoying the pool! * If you rent a car, highly advise to rent a 4x4, even a small one - many of the roads in Costa Rica are bumpy/pot holes/dirt roads, etc.

Thank you Mike! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great, private, comfortable spot

  • 4 of 5

First and foremost, Mike is great, and responds immediately. You couldn't ask for a better host. Always appeared available and attentive, but you never saw him. He surprised us with champagne, as we were on our honeymoon, and also indulged us in some local fresh fruit (the pineapple is amazing). My wife and I loved our stay. The house is great, the pool is better and it's a short walk to the beach that really had no one on it the entire time we were there. Saw a monkey in our yard (no sloths or tiger heron, booo, but not Mike's or the house's fault) and enjoyed the patio area as much as we possible could.

A couple words of advice for future guests... the traditional beds sleep like futons unless you fluff the feather beds, and you will have ants... it's the tropics, if you're not in a hotel, you should expect to have ants... get over it, they don't bite. Also, the benches in the TV area weren't the most comfortable, we fixed this by pulling the cushions off and laying them out on the ground fort-style. It made for a bit more romantic and comfortable setting with wine and a movie. Saw a previous review regarding walk to beach, it isn't that far. Maybe took us two minutes to get there.

Loved the community and restaurants. Listen to Mike's suggestions and stick with him, they all panned out as he said (we tried his bottom suggested bar/restaurant and he was right to put it there). As stated, we loved this place and can't wait to get back to Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta
5

Beautiful Villa-Beautiful Setting!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Mike's Bungalow. We were on a trip with myself and my husband and another couple, and this house was perfect for such a holiday. We spent most of time by the pool, which was amazing and looks exactly like the picture at night! We felt like we had our own little secluded slice of Costa Rica. Every morning I sat on the rocking chair with my amazing coffee and a Bare Throated Tiger Heron would be wandering around the far side of the pool.

Even though there is technically no properties between this house and the beach, you still have to walk up the road a couple of houses to get to the beach entrance. Small price to pay to be literally in a Marine park, the purpose is protect the nesting ground-above the high tide mark-of the most amazing turtles in the world, the Leatherback. The sunsets on this beach are simply spectacular.

On the other side of the estates is the estuary, which is full of mangroves and crocodiles and you can go on an awesome taxi ride for a few bucks and it will drop you off at Hotel Bula Bula up the road from the house.

We actually rented bicycles up the road at the market for a few dollars, since it is a gated community we felt very safe riding all over even at night. There is a couple of bars/restaurants within the estates as well as a market. There is also surfboard lessons, as well as surfboard and boogie board rentals.

This is a world class surfing community, and one of the best beaches in Guanacaste, but it is not touristy. If you want nightclubs/nightlife etc you have to Tamarindo. You can actually see Tamarindo from the beach in front of the house, but it is separated by the estuary, which you can't swim/walk through as it has crocodiles! You can take a water taxi across for a couple of dollars, they are sitting there with boats until sunset. So if you stay late you have to take a car taxi back, which has to go around the estuary and is about a 20 minute drive.

We headed onto the Arenal region after this house, which was about a 3.5 hour drive. Guanacoste is much dryer than the inlands, so if you are looking for rainforests, toucans, volcano's etc that's where you would have to head from here. I wouldn't miss out on this part though!

All in all we loved it so much. Mike was excellent, the house had everything you could want. Wifi, all the local information, even came with some cold beer! And the beds were so comfy. I can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome Bungalow

  • 5 of 5

Mike's Bungalow was the perfect stay in Costa Rica. The house is in a gated community but is not touristy...if you want to see tourist shops and what not, go to the bigger city of Tamarindo. It's a short walk and a water taxi away. They have a couple lunch spots on the beach where you can watch the surfers. The Palm Beach Estates beach access is two or three houses down which was very convenient and easy to get to. The sunsets were spectacular! Every night we had a few cocktails on the beach and just watched the surf. There are several good restaurants within walking distance in the gated community. Mike's pool was simply beautiful and relaxing. The house had everything we needed, including wifi and lists of local suggestions and phone numbers. Mike's customer service was top notch throughout the entire booking process and stay! We've been bragging to our friends about this stay, and hope to come back again some day. Thanks again Mike; we had a great time!! Cheers!! --Cullen and Colleen

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moore ,SC
2

The good, The Bad, the ugly. An honest review.

  • 2 of 5

Let me start by saying we rented during the holiday season so we paid a VERY high rate. Maybe that is why we expected more than we got and were badly disappointed.

The pool is very nice and well maintained. The art work is lovely. There was Corona in the Fridge when we arrived. Nice touch. Mike is a pleasant person.

Beware of what isn't pictured!!! The kitchen is the worst I have ever seen. Even in my college days as a poor student I had better. It is literally about 10 square feet. We had wanted to cook a few meals there but saw immediately it was not possible.The cabinets are unbelievably old, rickety and really, really cheap as are the cooking utensils and dishes. There is no dishwasher. The dishes and utensils seemed dirty. There is no housekeeping whatsoever. Mike cleans between renters. There is no place to eat inside the house. No table at all.

The entry gate is run down, doesn't look like it's ever been painted. Dirt driveway.This is gives you a really bad vibe upon arrival, since it is surrounded by beautiful, well maintained homes.

The house itself is very, very small. We liked the Costa Rican style architecture but the beds were very uncomfortable as was the "sofa" which was the only seating in the interior. Both the beds and sofa are made from concrete which would be probably be okay if you had decent mattresses on the beds and cushions on the sofa . We literally could not find a comfortable position to watch the tiny TV .

This house is in serious need of proper maintenance and upgrading. The air conditioner in the living room constantly flooded the house. We had to keep a bowl and towels on the floor to catch the water. Missing, knobs on washer dryer, threadbare towels. the list goes on and on.

It really isn't that near the beach. Easy walking distance, but if you wanted to take lawn chairs a cooler, umbrellas, etc. It would be a chore. Don't believe what is said about getting to Tamarindo by beach and water taxi. Not nearly as convenient as is suggested and not possible to get back after dinner at night.

I know the tropics are "buggy" but we to kill a number of huge spiders every time we got in the shower. I always was a little paranoid that they were crawling in bed at night too!!!!

I hesitated to write this review because Mike seems like a nice enough guy. I just dont want anyone else to be misled as I feel we were.. Please e-mail me. I will be more than glad to be honest with you about the good and bad.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: UNFAIR INACCURATE REVIEW…4 Months later! Guest answers her own question by stating that she had “too high of expectations”. Then punishes me for her preconceived idea of what our Costa Rican house should be. My home is a typical Tico style house, hand built with German quality craftsmanship. The entire house is pictured, so there shouldn’t have been any surprises. Her critique is totally exaggerated and mean spirited. She was not “misled” and her “Honest Review” insinuates that myself and all the previous five star reviewers are dishonest. ★ When guests arrive there is more than just beer in the fridge. Cold bottled water, a bowl of tropical fruits and munchies, beautiful orchid plants in the kitchen and each bedroom, are all presented to welcome my guests. ★ I came to the house every morning to clean the pool. If there was a problem with the A/C why wasn’t I informed? I pride myself in correcting any problems immediately. ★ The open-style kitchen is a spacious 200 square feet with a 9 foot long counter and a ten foot high ceiling. Previous guests have cooked in the kitchen and eaten on the large counter with no complaints. Many guests also enjoy using the huge dining table outside on the patio. ★ The natural hardwood cabinets are hand crafted and not cheap. ★ The utensils and dishes are not cheap, in fact, the dishes are new Fiesta Ware type china. ★ Guest was emailed in advance that I was the housekeeper and that we had no dishwasher. ★ The entry gate is varnished local hardwood. Paint would ruin the beauty. ★ Stone driveway is not dirt. ★ The beds are built on traditional cement bases, with a wooden frame that supports a firm, posture-pedic mattress with a 4 inch feather bed topper. The bed is complete with high quality, high thread count sheets and feather down comforters covered with a washable cotton duvet. Past guests love the beds. ★ The towels are all new, plush, hotel quality. ★ The sofas have very thick futon style cotton seats and down feather cushions. ★ The missing knob on the brand new washer/dryer is set intentionally as a safety precaution to prevent over heating. ★ The TV is a brand new 40 inch Sony Flat Panel. ★ The beach is a very, short walk as most previous reviews state. ★ I’ve been a VRBO member since 2010 and this is the first negative review I’ve ever received and I was shocked and deeply hurt, because I strive to offer quality accommodations, emphasizing cleanliness, comfort, and security for each guest.
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5

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Mike's Beach House is simply amazing.

He's 200ft from best surf/sand beach you could imagine.

There are 3 awesome local restaurants within easy walking distance.

The house itself is beautiful; a perfect place to hang out by the pool if you've had too much sun.

If you're looking for a relaxing place to stay in this area, and want easy access to everything that makes Costa Rica great; this is your spot.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Three local bars within walking distance
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Hacienda Pinilla and Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Three restaurants within walking distance
Nearest Beach
125 Metres
Playa Grande is just a few steps to the beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa Grande Beach Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Las Baulas National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Tamarindo Estuary Wildlife Refuge
Car: not necessary

Bird watching, Turtle nesting Tours, Massages, Yoga, Canopy Zip Lines, Fiestas, Estuary Tours, Butterfly Farm, Monkeys, and phenomenal Sunsets.

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Rates & Availability

Playa Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
October
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
$399
 
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$599
 
 
President's Month 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$399
 
 
Easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$499
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$299
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Playa Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2 full sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , one full sink
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
The home is owner operated and a nice simple layout making it easy to move right into. You'll feel like it's yours as soon as you step into it. The ADT security system and private safes in each bedroom guarantee our guests security and safety. Easy and comfortable. Pura Vida!

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