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Stunning Villa with 180 Degree Vistas of the Pacific Ocean

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

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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Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, german, spanish, russian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

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 Junquillal

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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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.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • festivals
  • 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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Stunning Villa with 180 Degree Vistas of the Pacific Ocean
average rating of 4.875 based on 43 reviews
St. Louis, Missouri

Eco-Tourist Hideaway Gem

  • 5 of 5

This property was an unexpected delight for those looking to adventure into the heart of Costa Rica, without giving up any amenities. Along with a wonderful Kitchen to cook in (granite tops and all appliances needed), WiFi, and a very European decorating style, it was comfortable, quiet and so close to nature. The bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor offer stunning views and a great nights sleep.

The "sunsetting" on the balconies offered up a wonderful evening show of colors and skylines with the Beach and Ocean as our back drop. Then we retired to the Kitchen for a wonderful meal and continued back to the balconies to review the encore of a "Star" studded night sky complete with meteors if you are lucky enough, we were.

The Beach is very private and secluded with no tourists, so the Ocean was ours to enjoy at will. with long walks to the Estuary and boogie boarding. The homeowners had boards in the storage shed for us to use. It was fun.

The restaurants in Junquillal were wonderful all run by locals and getting the meet them made the experiences all the better. We love to eat out and did so often to try the local food and cuisine. I would highly recommend it.

Also, in town we were able to participate in a turtle release and watch the cycle of life unfold from our own hand. The hatchery there called the home an informed us of the time and place on the day it happened. Just stop by and put your name on the list to be called during your visit, it was a humbling experience to behold.

We loved this place and will stay there again next year, certainly enjoyed having an entire home to ourselves with access to a wonderful beach, a nice town with great restaurants, and privacy.

Enjoy and thanks to the homeowners for helping us during our visit

to get a real "Costa Rican" visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Villa Las Palmas Real!
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Relaxing Vacation at the Villa

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were looking for a place we could all be together, play games, sing, and easily spend time at the beach. The house provided it all. We often woke early and walked the beach. Around mid day we drove to Lonchitas (I believe that was the name) and picked up typical Costa Rican food that we had pre-ordered. That way we weren't cooking during the heat of the day. We played games till about 3 or 4pm every day. Then we all walked back down to the beach for a fun filled time in the waves and on the beach. We always stayed there till just after sunset. The sand was fine black sand and the water was clear and clean. And most days we had the whole beach to ourselves. We saw the baby turtles released into the water one evening! And we saw and heard the howler monkeys at least three times! We also saw one scorpion on the road and about a million ants everywhere we went in Costa Rica. It was a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you made special family memories celebrating milestone birthdays and enjoying spectacular "Flash Gordon" sunsets!
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Duncan, OK

Amazing family vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 11 (ages 7-71) stayed here for our family "Christmas" vacation. We do something every year, and, in my opinion, this was our best trip ever! First of all, Emer was wonderful all along the process of booking and preparing to arrive. After our conversation on the phone, I felt familiar with the place long before we arrived. By the time we got to the house the night of our arrival, it was dark. (Emer's directions were excellent, even in the dark) When we pulled into the driveway, we thought maybe we were at the wrong place. It was so pretty!!!! Suldri (Suldri was awesome!) was there to let us in. Let me say, I was a little nervous when we walked in, because it was very warm. The house had been closed up, and I was afraid everyone would be miserable. But soon it cooled off and we adjusted, and I don't think anyone was ever uncomfortable after the windows were opened and the house started to cool. The thing about this property is that it felt like HOME. It still felt like we were on vacation, but it was a unique experience. It was very laid just felt like we had our own little slice of paradise. We met neighbors, yet the beach was usually virtually our own. It was also neat to realize the history, and that this property had been in Emer's family for some time. We had plenty of space for all of us...we could relax, or walk to the the monkeys. We didn't all have to be doing the same thing, yet we spent great time together as well. The rocking chairs on the porch were amazing! (my dad bought one like it) In Costa Rica, there is lots to see within driving distance. But we also completely enjoyed just being on the property. My 71-year-old dad is a farmer/rancher, and is never seen without his boots and jeans. The day he walked down to the beach in his swimming trunks and sandals and played in the water with the grandkids....that was a lasting memory made and will always be treasured. We were all so much in our happy places there! A bucket list moment for me was getting to watch the turtles hatch in Junquillal, and then getting to hold them and release them. It was such an emotional experience! That night my daughters, nieces, and I got to patrol with the volunteer group watching for nesting turtles. The sky was amazing...falling stars like I've never seen. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime. Thank you SO very much Emer, for sharing your lovely home with our family.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent choice for real Costa Rica experience

  • 5 of 5

We had nine people in our group, and we had a wonderful time. This place was perfect for us. It allowed us to chill out with plenty of space and amenities, and was also close enough to easily get to the activities we wanted to do. The balcony view is spectacular. There is very little I can think of that I would have changed if I could. You'll need a car, btw, but then the Nicola peninsula is at your feet

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, Missouri

A Little Taste of Heaven-- Really!.......

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I arrived a sense of peace, tranquility and calmness set in. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy nature, this is the place. Each morning I couldn't decide where I wanted to sit with my coffee and read - on the terrace....the upstairs balcony right outside my room felt like you were in a "palm" tree house with a beautiful view of the ocean. We really enjoyed the short walk to the beach every morning with Raoul as our doggie guide. He was a hoot. The beach is not crowed and sometimes we saw very few people which was so nice to have the beach to ourselves. We spotted a few howler monkeys and the birds from the upstairs balcony were amazing to see. "Sunsetting" is a new verb which included cocktails as the sun went down each night. We learned this from the friendly locals. The sunsets were like nothing I've seen and immediately became my screensaver on my phone. The house is well equipped and a great place if you enjoy cooking with friends and hanging out, of course, after your sunsetting. Emer was fantastic with her helpful tips of places to see and do. The family home is very clean and very inviting. Suldri, the caretaker, makes sure it stays this way too. I love the old pictures Emer shares with her guests as you can imagine the stories.

If you are looking for fun activities to do, this is the place to stay because you are so close - releasing the sea turtles was one of my favorites. The evenings we decided to go out, the restaurants selection is incredible. I used to live in NYC so was surprised to find such amazing restaurants - in fact one of my favorites is now in Costa Rica - Villa Deevena. We went back twice. I can't wait to come back for a visit!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Villa las Palmas Real! "Sunsetting", turtle releases, classical concerts in the jungle and the many amazing restaurants help make it special for us too! Looking forward to your return!
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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: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Junquillal Eco Lodge
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Hacienda Panilla
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Junquillal Eco Lodge
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




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $75

Personal checks or PayPal accepted
Rates and terms are subject to change without notice.
Easter / Semana Santa, Christmas & New Years $2170 1 week minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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