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Stunning Villa with 180 Degree Vistas of the Pacific Ocean

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Junquillal Villa Rental Photos and Description

4500 sq ft- 5 BR / 3BA Home with 180 Degree Pacific Ocean Views!

Villa Las Palmas Real, located on Playa Junquillal, Costa Rica, is situated on 6 acres of land only 150 meters from the beach. This 3 level 4500 sq ft villa enjoys spectacular 180 degree vistas of the Pacific Ocean from wrap around balconies. In a quiet private gated estate surrounded by palm trees, this is the ideal vacation spot for relaxing and getting away from it all. Our 5-bedroom villa is perfect for 2 - 4 couples traveling together, or as a romantic and extra-spacious getaway for 2. It will comfortably accommodate a family of twelve.There are three public beaches and a fresh water estuary within easy walking distance. There is a fabulous selection of restaurants in the area. During the day, you can see monkeys and a wide variety of birds near the house. At night, you can see Leatherback and Ridley Turtles nesting. Occasionally, you can see the spouts of Humpback whales from the deck. National Parks are a short drive. This custom vacation home was built to California standards.

Villa las Palmas Real: is a privately owned villa located in a gated 6 1/2 acre private estate in beautiful Playa Junquillal (pronounced hoon-key-yal), a secluded and tranquil little village located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The tranquil gardens around the villa have over 30 different types of palm trees, 20 different heliconias, bougainvilla, fruit trees, flowering trees including frangiapani & the beautiful yellow roble. Fishing, swimming, snorkeling and surfing, tranquil, secluded beaches and incredible wildlife ensure a fantastic vacation with something for everyone in Playa Junquillal.

Playa Junquillal: The village of Junquillal remains unspoiled and remote, a haven for those looking to spend their precious leisure time on the road less traveled. The village is home to only about 100 residents. Local Costa Ricans (Ticos) as well as international ex-pats welcome travelers with a warm hospitality seldom experienced in the whirlwind of the real world.

Restaurants and more: Taste the local cuisine at one of the several restaurants within walking distance (about 1 mile) of the villa or create your own gourmet experience at home in the well appointed modern kitchen. The surrounding area also has a number of wonderful restaurants. Enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the ocean or the tranquil sunrises from the main floor patio or the upper balcony. Listen to howler monkeys in the trees. Watch the parrots chase each other across the large 6 1/2 acre estate or watch iguanas laze in the sun. It is a short 3 minute stroll to the secluded pristine beaches. There is everything to do, but you don't have to do anything.

Activities include:

Swim - Scuba diving - Snorkel - Deep-sea fishing - kayak - Surf - Boogie board - Volcano tours -Golf - massages at the house, facials, mani/pedicures, mud baths - Zip lining /canopy tours - white water rafting - Monkey, whale, bird, turtle watching - Horse back riding -Stand up Paddle Board - Mountain bike riding - star gazing - release baby turtles - watch turtles nest

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, german, spanish, russian, italian
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Maire

Our family fell in love with Playa Junquillal the first time we visted and we have been part of the community ever since.

Why Maire chose Guanacaste

Playa Junquillal is a wonderful place to get away from it all. This tranquil setting has a 180 view of the ocean. We love the peaceful sunrises and sunsets from the balconies, the amazing number of stars at night and the sights and sounds of the ocean. The sounds of nature are all around - the parrots chasing each other across the lawn, the howler monkeys in the trees and the large zappos (frogs).

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at your home. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place. It was very peaceful and relaxing. Suldri took good care of us. The views from the decks are amazing and we didn't want to leave.

Thanks again, Jennie
Oct 2008
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Stunning Villa with 180 Degree Vistas of the Pacific Ocean
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 38 reviews
Idaho USA


  • 5 of 5

Thank you Emer for sharing your fabulous home with our family! It is so huge, clean, elegant and well equipped. We enjoyed the monkey's in the trees, beautiful sunsets, ocean views and peaceful setting and the rocking chairs on the patios. We rode horses with Erika on beautiful Playa Junquillal beach. Our son Allen proposed to his girlfriend there - so Playa Junquillal will always be extra special to us. We would love to return.

Thank you again, Gary and Jacque

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jacque & Gary, Congratulations on your son's engagement!! The beach is a very romantic place. We have had honeymooners before but this is the first engagement!! We are glad you enjoyed Villa Las Palmas Real and that it was a special place for you and your family! We are looking forward to your return. Emer
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Amazing tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

We have been home a week and miss this beautiful villa terribly! We stayed for a week and loved everything about this home! Emer, the owner, was fabulous staying in touch and very quickly responded to any questions we had. There are tons of books and information on the area. We rented a SUV because we knew we would be traveling quite a bit. The beach is a short 5 min walk and the monkeys on the property can be seen each day around the house or on the walk to the beach. If your looking for peace and quiet this is the home for you. The views are amazing and Suldri the caretaker of house is very kind and helpful. She tends to the home each morning. We had our 2 kids with us age 11 and 14 and they didn't miss watching television because wifi was great. We can't wait to return next year! Thank you Emer!

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

  • 5 of 5

Wow ! It's all I can say ! I highly recommend Villa Las Palmas Real to anyone who is looking for a perfect, clean and fully equiped accommodation. Emer, the owner, was very patient and helpful all through the booking process and once we got there, we were all simply amazed ! Great view and very short walk to a beautiful, safe and secluded beach. Howlers can be seen right from the terrace or walking down to the beach. Suldri, couldn't have been more helpful and Wendell her son(who's following her every steps) is just adorable. We got to see newly hatched turtles, birds and lizards. National parks are close enough to drive to and back in the same day. There are also grocery stores and restaurants nearby. This place is perfect for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the best of what Costa Rica has to offer. Thanks to the hosts !

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Costa Rica. I had researched the area that we were going to be in but nothing prepared me for what I experienced. The new airport was a great suprise. There are not many airports in Central and South America that are this nice. The drive to Junquillal was spectacular. The many different sights and sounds along the way seemed to get you into flow of life in Costa Rica.

Upon arriving at the property we found the most beautiful and well maintained home. The two master suites seem to have been nicely upgraded. The walk in closets were nice to have. Both bedrooms have never ending views. The architects touch in using open screens in the bedroom kept the temperature cool for Costa Rica. The family dining table is a work of art. It is made from a single slab of wood and it has been lovingly cared for it appears. The kitchen is new, modern and very usable. The best feature of the house in my opinion is the deck that wraps around three sides of the house. You can find a comfortable place to read and socialize morning, noon or night. The sunsets that can be viewed from the deck are some of the most spectacular that I have seen. From the deck you can talk to the Howler Monkeys and if you are lucky as I was you will see fire flys darting in and out of the numerous trees on this huge property. We spent most of the time at the house sitting on the deck. During the day we went to the beach just down the road and read books and went fly fishing off the reef in from of the house. The beach was crowded if they were as many as five people on it at one time. The changes in the tides are huge. This creates one of the widest beaches I have been on. We too a drive to see the turtles lay their eggs and we also went to the National Park to go ziplining and inner tubing down a river. The restaurants that we visited were as good and in some cases better than five star dining in LA. Although the home may be in a quiet and semi remote area I alway felt safe and secure. I was amazed when told that the water out of the faucet was drinkable. For such a small country they have made amazing and ongoing improvements for their citizens. This vacation home offers everything that one could hope for. It was truley a blessing to be able to stay at your home.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

A gem of a place in Costa Rica

  • 4 of 5

It took me almost 4 hours to find a rental on VRBO for my birthday celebration. And I'm very glad I found Villa Las Palmas Real!

Emer, thank you for sharing your home with us. From the moment we exchanged emails & had our phone call, I knew I've picked the right place. The details you provided prior to my visit helped make it a smooth and relaxing vacation. The rocking chairs on the patio was a great welcome on our first day (and during a thunderstorm one night, which was a nice surprise). We had enough beds and space for my friends & family of 7 total. Though it was a bit difficult to sleep at night in the master suites during this summer month since only 1 bedroom in the basement had A/C. It was well over 90 degrees & extremely humid during the day, and the temp wouldn't come down at night. An airconditioned bedroom would've been a nice respite after long days of sightseeing & activities. But its okay, we adjusted & we had extra fans. Suldri took good care of our needs (the daily cleaning & laundry was much welcome).

The reason I picked Playa Junquillal is because of its somewhat remote location. I'm not a "resort-type" of a vacationer, I highly prefer the local scene. And its exactly what I got. We rented 2 cars at Liberia airport to accommodate our group; drove to Santa Cruz for lunch and stocked up on groceries; then it was ~1-1.5 hrs of smooth driving to Junquillal until the last 1-2 km of gravel. It was 5pm, so we stopped at Bar Junquillal to watch our first Costa Rican sunset.

All the activities we wanted to do were within the neighborhood limits: horseback riding by the beach, estuary kayak tour, snorkeling & fishing, massage at home and others. It was also just a 20-40 min drive to other scenes like Lola's (beach bar/restaurant), Villa DeeVeena (delicious restaurant), Canopy Pura Aventura for ATV, mountain biking & zip-lining activities, and Nibanna Beach Bar in Tamarindo (very Cancun-ish but had very good drinks & even better prices). Barra Honda Caves were ~1-1.5 hrs East of Junquillal and Rincon de La Vieja National Park is just 15 mins north of the airport.

Make sure to bring your iPhone playlists, playing cards or even a couple of DVDs to watch to help you retire at night.

We got to know a handful of local people just hanging out, and they couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. Almost everyone spoke English, they take US dollars, and the water is drinkable! Costa Rica truly is a fantastic country. I wish to go back!

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, Colorado

Wonderful Costa Rica home with great small town feel

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I traveled to Costa Rica with our parents (both mine and his) for a week long vacation. This home was very welcoming and was large enough to accomodate 3 couples. The kitchen was fully stocked and the ocean was only a short 1-2 minute walk. We were even lucky enough to have "Raul" the doggie guide us to the beach for a tour where we were able to watch howler monkeys enjoying their breakfast! The home is 'off the beaten path' which was nice because we were able to try the local flavor at the restaurants and get a real feel of Costa Rica. The town was very small and quaint but had some of the best food - the locals were also very nice!

Since Playa Junquillal is so small and doesn't offer much in terms of restaurants on the beach, we went to other local beachs during that day that offered better surfing (for beginneris) and better food. We found that Play Avellanas was our favorite! Lola's, the only restaurant on that beach, offers wonderful food and great atmosphere. This beach is about 20 minutes from the home and offers great surf (and even beginner board rentals!)

Emer, the owner, is also VERY helpful! She had wonderful recomendations and was a huge asset when we were planning our trip. She even recommended a zipline/adventure tour that was by far the highlight of the trip!

The only reason this home doesn't get a 5 star review is because I had failed to notice that only one room (in the basement) was air conditioned. With 95 degree weather (and the laundry machine vent blowing hot air in the home), the house was well over 90 degrees during the days. We were able to cool it down at night (80ish), but it was sure HOT! We also had a lizzard sneak into the basement which offered an extra surprise!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lindsey, I am glad you enjoyed your stay in Costa Rica and all of the tips were helpful, especially the zipline day trip. For a small town, Playa Junquillal has some amazing restaurants in the area. Only one is beach front but several have wonderul views of the ocean. We also enjoy going up to Lola's and Playa Negra for additional beach front dining. I am sorry that the dryer was on while you were there. Usually it is used only when necessary during the heavy rainy season (Sept/Oct) since we have an outdoor clothes line. Thanks for the feedback - I will mention it to Suldri. It was unusually hot and still during your 2 day visit. The average temperature is generaly 83 degrees in Feb during the day and 73 at night. The lower 2 bedrooms have air conditioning. The upper two master suites have a cross ventillation window system that provides a great cross breeze and usually makes them comfortable. We have both ceiling fans and floor fans to provide additional air movement when necessary. Sorry about the surprise lizard. It is rare to get unexpected critters inside as we have a lot of weather stripping but it occassionally happens in the tropics. Regards, Emer
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1 Miles
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Nearest Golf
35 Miles
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Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Playa Venado/Junquillal
Car: recommended

There are 3 public beaches within easy walking distance. Playa Venado which is directly in front of the house and about one-mile long is an easy 3- 4 min. walk. We enjoy walking to the estuary on this beach each morning and evening. There is also a rocky area that provides great rock pool exploration and small pools for playing. It is a great beach for swimming or surfing. Playa Honda about a 5 min. walk away, more of a cove than a beach is about 200 yds long. It is a great area for swimming. Playa Junquillal, abt 2 miles long is a 10-15 min walk. The beaches have won the coveted Bandera Azul Award for many years. There is an excellent selection of restaurants. There are monkeys and a wide variety of birds near the house. At night, you can see Leatherback and Ridley Turtles nesting. There is an active local turtle protection group that welcomes involvement. Occasionally, you can see the spouts of Humpback whales from the deck. Golfing and National Parks are a short drive.

Other Activities: Deep sea fishing, Zip lining, Boogie boarding, Monkey, whale, turtle, bird watching, Surfing


Rates & Availability

Junquillal Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Semana Santa 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 17 2017
6 night minimum stay
Apr 18 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $40

Personal checks or PayPal accepted
Rates and terms are subject to change without notice.
Easter / Semana Santa, Christmas & New Years $2100 1 week minimum

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Junquillal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath I - toilet , shower , bidet , spa teak shower mat
    Master Bath II - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , spa teak shower mat
    Downstairs Bath - toilet , shower
    Outside - outdoor shower , to rinse the sand off after returning from the beach
  • There are two spacious master bedroom suites upstairs. One master bathroom has a combination bath tub/shower and the other has a large walk-in shower. Both have bidets and spa teak bath mats. The downstairs bathroom has a tempered glass shower, a wash hand basin and a toilet. All bathrooms are fully tiled and have Hansgrohe fittings. There is an outside shower with a spa teak mat to rinse off the sand after returning from the beach.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Suite I - 1 king , walk in closet and private bath with walk in shower
    Master Suite II - 1 king , 1 baby crib , walk in closet and private bath with combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bedroom I - 2 double
    Downstairs Bedroom II - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full sized futon
    Downstairs Bedroom III - 2 twin/ single , Set of bunk beds.
  • There are two expansive master bedroom suites upstairs. They each have king size beds, large walk- in closets, large private bathrooms and enjoy a full view of the ocean. There is a balcony on this level with 2 chairs -- an ideal place to watch the sunset or just enjoy the peace and quiet. The library is also on this level in between the two master bedrooms. There are a variety of types of books available to read -- everything from the classics to mysteries to a few children's books. The house also has a good selection of reference books including dictionaries, bird and plant guides. There are three bedrooms on the lower level. One largest bedroom has two full size beds.The second bedroom has a full sized futon. The third bedroom has bunk beds and is semi private. It is ideal for children. The upstairs bedrooms have ceiling fans with excellent cross ventilation for the cool ocean breezes. The lower bedroooms are air conditioned. There is also a portable crib.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There is a fully equipped gourmet kitchen to U.S. standards. It has granite counter-tops, a stainless steel refrigerator, an oven, a ceramic cook-top, a microwave, dishwasher, disposal, several coffee makers, juicers, a blender, ice maker etc. There is an elegant dining room with seating for eight. The custom dining table is one piece of Cenizero that was designed by Jay Morrison and the matching chairs are made of black leather and Cenizero. There is a high chair. The living room has 2 armchairs & 2 sofas. These are also made of Cenizero and were made by Muebles Soto. The family room area has a desk, sofa and Franz leather chair and a custom designed wooden media center by Muebles Soto. There is a TV, a DVD player an ipod player. There is a large outside porch on the main level with 8 leather Costa Rican rocking chairs. On the side porch, there are 2 chairs to relax in the shade in the afternoons. There is also a large stainless steel gas grill.

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