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Outdoor Living in Absolute Privacy Steps from the Water's Edge

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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Palm Beach Estates Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 15)

Enjoy the luxury of outdoor living in serenity and seclusion, in this amazing compound boasting multiple living areas for multiple activities.

Unique. In a category of it's own; Casa Velas is nestled on a 7.5 acre property, with over 200 meters (675 linear feet) of beach frontage, at the most private sector of Playa Grande’s four mile long beach, within Las Baulas National Marine Park. This spacious compound is just steps from the water’s edge and offers views of the beach and spectacular sunsets from virtually every vantage point.

The very large swimming pool (where you can actually swim laps and children can actually play), is only steps from the beach and conveniently located between the Tiki bar, the main house and the guest house - all surrounded by beautiful gardens planted with palm trees, fruit trees and flowers that attract monkeys, exotic birds , iguanas and many other sorts of wildlife from the park .

With three master suites and two regular bedrooms (all with adjacent bathrooms, air conditioning and TV), a fully equipped ocean view kitchen, three dinning areas and indoor and outdoor living areas, Casa Velas is the ideal vacation home for groups of one or more families.

The Villa is designed in a way that integrates the different activity areas yet allowing for space and privacy among its guests.

If you plan your trip between October and March you will have the privilege of witnessing the majestic Leatherback Turtles nesting , sometimes right in front of the main house.

Daily housekeeping , gardener and 24 hour security are provided ; our amazing private chef is also available at your request - all contributing to give you the experience of fun , play , relaxation and pampering that defines Costa Rican living.

A five minute walk will take you to the estuary that separates pristine Playa Grande from Tamarindo - where you will find an abundance of restaurants , shops and nightlife. A panga will take you across for a small fee.

The luxury of open space, space and more space to generate a delicious sense of freedom.

Love Nature, Live Nature, Enjoy the Costa Rican Experience !!!!!

Keywords: Beachfront Villa, Beachfront house Compound

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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Why The Owner chose Playa Grande

My husband inherited the property from his family. Initially there was absolutely nothing so we would go camping. It was fantastic. Casa Velas was one of the first constructions in Playa Grande. When the first house was built, regulations did not require that there be a setback from the public area, so it was built as close to the beach as possible. We later opened up the house to to keep the feeling of outdoor living that we love so much. We have traveled around the world and have not yet found a place quite like our beautiful Playa Grande.

What makes this villa unique

No other house in the area is as close to the ocean as Casa Velas. We do not walk to the beach. We can be in the comfort of the villa and be steps from the ocean.

The large swimming pool, also steps from the ocean, has the compound wrapped around it - very convenient to watch over the younger guests.

The luxury of great open space to generate a delicious sense of freedom.


based on 31 traveler reviews

Outdoor Living in Absolute Privacy Steps from the Water's Edge
average rating of 4.7419353 based on 31 reviews

Perfect week

  • 5 of 5

A terrific week at Casa Velas. We were 3 families--7 adults, 4 kids under 12 and the house met all our needs. Having the pool and beach so accessible meant the kids were always entertained and the spaciousness of the property met the adults could relax and even work in privacy. Having the 5 bedrooms air conditioned was a godsend in a very hot week.

The gentle sloping beach meant the kids could play in the water while the adults surfed. Ana the cook and housekeeper cooked us 2 great meals and kept the house free of sand. When we cooked we realized the cookware-- especially the skillets and frying pans need updating.

Not having a car was not a problem. We often took the 15 minute walk to the estuary and took the boat ($1 per person) to Tamarindo. Don't try swimming it---one day we saw the 10 foot crocodile. When we made reservations at Seven for their Friday night barbecue ($10) they sent a pickup truck to pick all of us up and return us afterwards.

Mariana of "You Are Costa Rica" provided us with transportation, tours, surfing lessons and even some supplies (a case of beer) as well as advice. We were also fortunate to be there when the mangoes on the property were ripe and when the Howler monkeys came to eat.

A great week and we all hope to return.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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White Plains, New York

The Best Easter Week !

  • 5 of 5

Casa Velas is an oasis for surfers, birdwatchers and sand-castle enthusiasts in sunny Playa Grande. The home is steps from the blue Pacific Ocean!

The large beach-front property offers acres of privacy surrounded by the Las Baulas marine park, the nesting site of the enormous leatherback sea turtles. We were delighted hunting for Easter Eggs in the coconut grove that surrounds Casa Velas. Naturally, the property is visited by flocks of birds, colorful lizards, howler monkeys and all of the wonderful animals that thrive in this protected area.

The kids had the time of their lives building fortresses on the sandy beach. At low tide, the water is shallow and the waves are gentle enough for toddlers.

After a day in the sun, Ana and Luis, the hosts, made sure everyone was properly hydrated with fresh coconut water from the local market, all harvested from local groves.

We were glad we picked a home with a large swimming pool and air conditioned rooms.

Casa Velas is a short walk away from the estuary where boats carried us across to Tamarindo Beach, a fun town for shopping and dining. But everyone was so relaxed that we barely left the privacy of the property.

After visiting dozens of beach houses around the world, Casa Velas is a perfect 10! The house offers a perfect balance of urban comforts like air conditioning, hot water, wi fi and a healthy connection with nature and the colorful local wildlife. We will definitely return. Next time, we want to experience the contrasts of the green season. Thank you Casa Velas!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa velas

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of 13 (10 adults and 3 young children ages 1, 2, and 3)who spent the week at Casa Velas. Overall, we had a very nice and relaxing week. Our plan from the beginning, was to have the opportunity to spend quality time together, as a family. We are an easy crowd to please. Casa Velas was perfect for us in that regard. However, I would like to mention a couple of things ... From the start, I (grandma) stated we would need 2 cribs. The owner (Ana) admitted that they never had a request for two, but had plenty of time to accommodate. Well... When we arrived there were no cribs. I mentioned this to Ana (Housekeeper)who was still there cleaning and she knew nothing. She did say that Felipe would help us. Felipe, the concierge, came by and was a bit confused. He did call Ana, the owner, and passed the phone to me. Her exact words were, "you should have reminded me". Let me just say, I am super detailed, kept all my emails, and would have never booked a place that could not keep the grandbabies safe. I felt terrible! Felipe, to his credit, found two cribs. He said he had to charge a rental fee, unfortunately. I did mention that we are easy going, right? We moved on. Later in the week, someone was walking through the property in the middle of the night. He continually banged on one of the doors of the smaller house. My son said he was a bit freaked because the person kept trying to enter the room. Mind you... There is no phone or directions on how to handle such matters. As it turned out the police came a few hours later, caught the guy on a nearby property and dealt with it. Yes... I realize this can happen anywhere in the world. It was just so concerning for our entire group. We were surprised that the owner did not call to check on us regarding this ordeal. We only spoke through my son-in-law(who speaks Spanish fluently) and Ana, the housekeeper. It was a weird and rather unsettling experience. The water filter did not work. I like to see the good in everything so I will also say.... The beach is fantastic. The owners at Wil-mart are so helpful and kind. You really can get by without a car if you plan to chill by the beach or pool for the week. We went into Tamarindo once, which was very easy to do. The sunsets were incredible. Yes, there are bugs and cockroaches, but the property is right on the beach. I am not sure if that can be avoided.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

10 of us (6 adults, 4 kids 4-8) were here for 2 weeks in Feb ’16.

The property is amazing inside and out and we loved the location. The beach (magical at night!) is incredible and we spent hours in the waves and building sand castles. We enjoyed Tamarindo but were happy to come back to the quiet of Playa Grande. We didn't have a car, but we ferried over to Tamarindo, caught an cab that took us to the Mega Super grocery store, waited while we shopped and drove us to Casa Velas for $25USD. The incredibly helpful owners of the Wil*Mart (10 min bike up the road or walk up the beach) will deliver your water, groceries and ice for free.

For the pool house, the stairs are outside of the house and we could not have heard the kids if they needed us at night and they actually had to go outside to come up to our room. The door downstairs does not latch when you close the door, it only has a deadbolt that needs to be locked from inside or with a key from outside. Not an issue with older kids or couples, but it is with little kids. Gusts of wind easily blow the door open when not bolted. Had we known this beforehand, we would have brought a baby monitor. Ana & Luis & more live in the back of this house and the walls are paper thin. You can hear everything.

Why not 5 stars? The water was safe to drink from the taps everywhere else in the area, but at Casa Velas, the water from the taps was saltwater. Owner Ana had Luis bring us a jug of water that night as it was late and we didn't have a car. They do still serve you water to drink form the taps at the other restaurants in the area and it was fine. Also, our water was turned off a few of times w/o warning. Friends at a hotel up the beach were at least told when the water was going to be shut off and given a bucket of water to keep beside the toilet in order to flush it if needed. If water restrictions are still in place when you are there, consider doing this as well. Owner Ana has plans to fix this issue. We also had issues with leaky plumbing but Luis was quick to come and deal with it when called at 3 am. While these issues were not insurmountable, they were very inconvenient. 2 weeks without a freshwater shower! Even the plates and glasses tasted like salt and the pool was salty due of this. In the end, Ana did compensate us for the inconveniences.

If not for the water problems it would have been perfect. Focus on the positive, be prepared for the negative. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Beach Front House

  • 5 of 5

When I say beach front I mean BEACH FRONT! The private beach is only a few yards from the house! We stayed here July 2015 and couldn't have asked for anything better. The house is comfortable and every bedroom has its own bath. We hardly saw anyone on the beach, only surfers out in the water. They do offer surf lessons right in front of the house for a minimal cost which we did and had a blast. Tamarindo is a short walk down the beach and a one minute boat ride across the inlet. The house was clean and kept up. Monkeys inhabit the trees in the front yard which we got to see. The pool is a good size and well maintained. I would totally recommend this location for your Costa Rica getaway! The only negative I would say is that the road in front of the house is less to be desired ( in other words, have good shocks!) but everything else makes up for that!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

Costa Rica, Baby!

  • 4 of 5

Just got back from 9 days. Phenomenal! It was hot and it took a couple days to get use to the heat during the day and how to stay cool. (Go in and out of the water starting about 9 am.). Beach and surf was super! Except for a dog attack to my 5 year old who fell down in the waves. But at least no biting, just a lot of scratching. Yes, the dogs are prolific, and come in and out of your house. And this time of year it is horrendous with their fleas and even had one family member come home with a tick! The flea bites were miserable. I thought the property manager would come in and sweep or tidy up, but after 3 days we got onto a routine of sweeping all the leaves out. Never got fresh towels for inside, but got fresh beach towels once. Luis cleaned the pool every morning. We loved swimming in that pool. I think Ana swept the little front porch once or twice. Maybe if we had given her money she would have done more?

Crabs? They think they own the place. They start sneaking in when the sun goes down and try and get into the a/c bedrooms when you briefly open the door. You can definitely hear them scratching around inside in the middle of the night or in the morning. Ana is a wonderful cook. We had we cook one night for us. It only took her 2 hours, and she missed one of the dishes we asked for, but chalk that up to language. We did have one of our family who spoke almost fluent Spanish. And when there was a descrepancy with one missing beach towel, Ana turned her back and walked out on her attempt to talk with her. We got it straightened out though.

Nova was great at helping us with our excursions. Just wish we could have done this before we got down there.

Having a car was the way to go. I don't think carrying groceries going over the estuary by boat or swimming would not have worked.

The beds were great and the a/c divine!

This area is the dry forest on the beach. You got to get into the rain forest and see that for a few days too, if possible.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patti: Thank you for your review. I would like to clarify that the dog issue was an isolated event. Indeed a dog, that a neighbor had adopted, and did like wonder in and to make himself very much at home at the beach houses. Our property keepers did confirm that it was playful and friendly, although a bit of a nuisance. You did not mention in your review that, once the incident was reported, we immediately contacted the owner to make sure the dog was kept from wondering and you never saw him again. I am surprised to hear about flees!!!! Maybe noseeums (a very small flying insect that usually comes out at dawn and dusk at the beginning of the rainy season - a 2 week period). Regarding our maid service: It is unfortunate that you did not call her when you needed her or write me. The cleaning service is included in the rental, however our staff reported that one of the members in your group had specifically asked them not to come by the house to clean. It must have been a misunderstanding. Again, this is an isolated issue and a first for us. Our previous guests have always been very satisfied with our staff. They have actually praised their work and service, and they tend to our guests very willingly and with a smile. No need to give them money as you suggest . . . We did put you in contact with our concierge service, as we do with all our guests during the booking period . . . Best regards, Ana C.
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Rates & Availability

Palm Beach Estates Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Nov 15 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas Week
Dec 19 2016 - Dec 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Year's Week
Dec 26 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
High Season
Jan 4 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Easter week
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 16 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

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Palm Beach Estates Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ocean front
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With private patio. Pool and ocean view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Suite. Garden view.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Sleeps up to 6. 2 bottom bunks queen. 2 top bunks twin.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Two joined twin beds to form a king + 1 twin. Ocean front
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (3), Bunk Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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