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Tom

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german

4 BR/4 BA, Pool, Ocean View, Steps from the Beach, Reduced Rates

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Overview

Guanacaste House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This incredible ocean view home is only about 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy relaxing strolls on the sandy beach, swim in the family-friendly ocean bay, and return for a fresh water dip in the privacy of your own pool. In the evening enjoy the unforgettable Costa Rican sunsets from the 2nd floor furnished balcony, or the 3rd floor shaded belvedere.

If you want excitement, a huge selection of activities are readily available: scuba diving, snorkelling, turtle expeditions, sport fishing, canopy tours, sunset sails...to name just a few. Costa Rica is famous for its diverse wildlife population. Monkey sightings are common, occasionally even from the pool at Casa Cerca del Mar!

If you are more inclined to relax, Casa Cerca del Mar offers a cool and comfortable home away from home to enjoy the peace and serenity of a quiet beach in Costa Rica...Just sit and listen to the rhythm of the ocean waves!

Keywords: Home

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Tom (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german

About Tom

When my wife and I both retired from high-stress health service careers, we decided to devote our lives to escaping the 'hustle and bustle' of life: Costa Rica made that dream come true, and we feel we have managed to turn the clock back on our lives, never feeling healthier or younger!

Tom purchased this house in 2004

Why Tom chose Costa Rica

It was love at first sight! A unique 3-level home in a quiet exclusive neighborhood...Beautiful private garden... Monkeys visiting the mango tree next to our own pool... The sounds and sights of the ocean from our master bedroom...How much better could it be???

What makes this house unique

One of things we like bast about our location it that the ocean in front of the villa is safe for swimmers of all ages-- There are no hidden obstacles or severe drop-offs, and no dangerous currents or rip-tides. The kids can safely enjoy body-boarding, and very occasionally, (about once a year) an ocean 'swell' from the North will build great surfing waves. But for the most part the ocean outside the Casa is tame and safe for swimmers of all ages and skill levels.

And I'm certain you'll be as surprised as we are when you walk out onto the beach and scan the two miles of beach to your left and then the mile of beach to your right and see maybe only a handful of beach-goers...you'll instantly realize the entire bay is all YOURS to enjoy!

Please take the time to explore Playa Penca just to the North, a bit beyond the 'Las Brisas' beach bar and restaurant. The waves are a little rougher there, but the ocean and beach are pristine and you will find some great shade trees to laze under while watching the Pelicans dive for fish in the cove.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(55 traveler reviews)
4 BR/4 BA, Pool, Ocean View, Steps from the Beach, Reduced Rates
average rating of 4.8727274 based on 55 reviews
5

everything we hoped for!!

  • 5 of 5

This home allowed to truly experience Guanacaste with our family of 5 kids. I expected us to be one block from the beach, but we were one home from the beach! The space of 3 bedrooms downstairs with the master suite upstairs gave us all space and relaxation. The kitchen allowed for easy breakfasts and the ability to sleep late on vacation. The wi-fi kept the kids connected to social media.

The security system was very easy to use and we always felt safe. By locking the doors, using the slider bars, and alarming the system, there was no way anyone could take our stuff. In addition, we used the safe in the upstairs master bedroom to store laptops, ipads, and passports at all times. Simple and easy to use! It is no different than in my own home.

We explored the beach by the house (Potrero), the beach to the north (Penca), then Conchal and Tamarindo to the south. The snorkeling at Penca and Conchal were far better than I expected based on online reviews. We saw eels, puffer fish, tuna, trumpetfish, starfish, eagle ray, and a moorish idol (Gil from Finding Nemo).

We went on a sailboat (Serendipity) for a day which I recommend.

We enjoyed the local restaurants. Hibiscus and Las Brisas were our favorites. Hibiscus is a block away and Las Brisas is at the north end of Playa Portrero. We had seafood everynight and all was delicious and well presented.

Benito cleaned the pool each morning and Sylvia came twice during our week. The pool was fun for extra kids playtime.

Renting a home is the way to go in this friendly, unspoiled region. Everything is safe and friendly so we enjoyed exploring. Pura Vida!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Great home by the beach!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay at Casa Cerca del Mar! We had 7 travelers: 2 grandparents, 2 adults, and 3 teens and we stayed 8 nights. It was definitely not long enough! The pictures were right on and the house was close enough to the beach to run over there barefoot or just listen to the sound of the waves crashing. Benito kept our pool area tidy and Sylvia come 2x in the week to give us a full house cleaning and linen change. Both of them were so nice! Saoia the house manager was great when she checked us in and out; she had all sorts of info on the area and even drew us a map so we could find our way around and get to places like the market or the bank.

We loved the great room area in living room, dining room, kitchen. This made for great family meals and fun game nights. We also loved our coffee up in the crow's next (even with a tricky spiral staircase) or happy hour on the 2nd level balcony (we loved that the master suite was just off this balcony!). A special perk with the house was water toys that were included....2 sea kayaks, an old surf board, a broken but usable boogie board, 2 beach balls, and an inner tube. We used some of these items every day and it helped to keep us at home more often where we could play in the pool or surf instead of feeling like we had to go out and spend money on tours.

We booked a great snorkel cruise with Lazy Lizard and loved every minute of that outing! We also did an 11-line zip line with Congo Trail Tours where we braved the dirt roads and drove ourselves up into the jungle. All outings were an adventure when you drive yourself in Costa Rica!

The only down side we experienced was a male howler monkey who perched in a tree and woke us up at 530am; thank goodness he was only there 1 time!! The only other monkey spotting was around 5pm when a family passed thru in the trees on the lot adjacent to the house. They were great to watch and added to the jungle feel and sounds that were all around.

I will definitely suggest this house to anyone vacationing in the area of Playa Potrero! Thanks Tom for providing a house option that made for such great memories!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

A "YAY" FOR A GREAT STAY!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect house for my wife and me, our daughter, her husband and their three teenagers! There was room for us all to spread out and feel at home, and yet room for us all to have privacy and quiet moments. Once we brought groceries in (including gallons of Pop's Coco Ice Cream!!!!!), everything we needed was at hand. We all loved the pool, the veranda and crow's nest, the ocean, the kayaks, even the weather, which was supposed to rain on us everyday, but did only twice. Tom's staff of Saioa, Benito and Sylvia made sure everything was in order and tidy for our 8 day stay. I do have to say that the house felt darker than I expected....the photos and videos tend to brighten everything a bit unrealistically. But that is the only picky item I can think of to describe an otherwise fun and memorable time for our first visit to Costa Rica. Vielen Dank, Tom!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Perfection

  • 5 of 5

Words can not express how wonderful this house is. We stayed for 3 weeks. The house was perfect for a good size group (8 adults) and a 3 and 6 year old. Everyone had their own space and having private bathrooms in each room was great. My favorite part of the house was the upstairs terrace. The view of the ocean was spectacular. Morning coffees have never been better and beautiful sunsets was a great way to end the day. As wonderful as the house was, what really made the trip memorable were Saioa, Benito, Sylvia, Eder, and Tom. I am forever grateful for their kindness. They are there to help with whatever you need and they do it all with such joy. I instantly felt safe which was so important as we were traveling with young kids. They became our family while we were there! Everything is walking distance, but we decided to rent a golf cart from Golf Kart Oasis to get around. They are so great and they deliver the golf carts to the house. It was so much fun and a great call as we got to explore great beaches. Playa Penca was spectacular. Make sure to get sandwiches at the little restaurant. They are delicious! Playa Conchal was also a must see and perfect for kids. Mother Nature truly out did herself with all the beautiful beaches near the house. The people of Potrero are so kind and welcoming. It was heartwarming being immersed in such kindness for 3 weeks. We also enjoyed visiting Antonio at the fruit and vegetable stand near by. Everything tastes so great!! We will definitely be back to this special house and town! In all honesty, it was the best family vacation we have been on! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Nice big house for 2 families

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There were 8 of us. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the house fit us perfectly. The home was very clean. The wifi was excellent (downstairs only). We were literally steps from the brown, super soft, sandy beach. The beach in Portrero had very few people on it the whole week. The house provided towels for the beach and private pool. We walked to restaurants for the first 4 days and rented a car the last 3. We loved the property manager. She came by for the a/c leaking and surfboard/kayak repair. She was super informative. We were surprised to have the maid come on our 2nd day. It was not necessary.... not dirty yet. She came again on the 5th. We found the gardener, Benito, there all times of the day, every day. We lost the privacy of renting a home rather than staying in a hotel. He arrived by 7:30 every morning. Be sure to turn off the backyard alarm early or it wakes the whole house up. The house is very well secured. Locked gate, outside and inside alarms, bars in the doors and windows, and a safe for your belongings. We felt safe, but NEVER left anything unlocked!!!! We were warned many times of the recent break-in. The women never stayed home or left alone... safety in numbers! (But the local women do all the time!) There was a/c in every room. Big plus! The beds were hard... literally made our hips ache as weird as that sounds. There were great sheets and towels too! The plumbing downstairs was iffy...we plunged a few times. I think that is Costa Rica for you. We did have a washer and dryer to use. So helpful! We used Justin from Wet and Wild to go ATV and zip-lining. He also took us to Rincon (awesome trip), and Arenal volcano (far, but worth it). Justin is the way to go!! We also did the Lazy Lizard catamaran (fabulous)!! The sunset from the 3rd level is beautiful! We loved Perla's and Hibiscus...minutes to walk to from the house. Costa Rica sailing center is a short walk from beach side..good drinks! You'll need a car to go to Tamarindo and Flamingo, but not for any excursions. The excursions always picked us up. Justin came to the house to book excursions...no internet required. He is cash only..be prepared. Edder picked us up from airport for $80. He'll also drive you around, but it's so expensive ($100) that you may as well rent a car.There is a mini store minutes from the house, but it's kinda rough. Overall, I wouldn't change a thing. I loved renting a house rather than a hotel. The homeowner was also helpful

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Le paradis sur terre

  • 5 of 5

Nous venons de passer trois semaines avec deux couples d' amis à casa cerca del mar, ce fut un véritable bonheur.

La maison est très agréable non seulement elles est jolie avec son look hacienda, mais elle aussi spacieuse, idéalement situé à 50 m de la plage .

Une précieuse équipe s'en occupe.

Saioa l' hôtesse d'accueil, nous a prodigué tous les conseils pratiques pour passer un agréable séjour, et nous a conseillé des visites: parcs naturels, volcans des restaurants que nous avons beaucoup appréciés..

Benito le sympathique jardinier, tous les matins nettoyait, le jardin et la piscine puis nous cueillait des noix de coco, pour nous faire boire le lait appelé "agua pipa" .

Il nous aidait à porter les canoës kayak jusqu'à la mer, et comme à Potrero elle est très poissonneuse, nous a gentiment prêté son matériel de pêche, pour que nous tentions de disputer quelques poissons au nombreux pélicans

Sylvia la femme de ménage très gaie, très efficace, rendait la maison nickel à chacun de ses passages

Tous les matins nous prenions notre petit déjeuner sur la terrasse du 1er étage, bercés par le bruit des vagues et par les incroyables chants d'oiseaux.

Nous y dégustions de délicieux ananas et autres fruits achetés sur les étals des producteurs locaux.

Nous profitions d'un beau point de vue sur le golf de Potrero, les écureuils venaient nous y saluer en bondissant de branches en branches ou en grignotant les noix sur les cocotiers voisins.

Puis nous allions prendre un bain dans l'océan, faisions de longues marches sur la splendide plages qui jouxte la maison, avant rentrer se rafraichir dans la piscine et déguster un café ( du Costarica ) dans le jardin tropical.

Le reste de la journée était consacré à découvrir les richesses naturelles de cette merveilleuse région : parcs naturel protégés , volcans, rivières enchanteresses.

En plus des adresses conseillées par saioa, nous avons découvert à Brasilito, un restaurant que je vous conseille "le manglar ": typique, on y très bien accueilli, Martin y sert de délicieux cocktails avec les fruits qu'il mixte pour vous et des plats locaux "casado".

En fin de journée, quand nous rentrions assez tôt, nous allions voir le coucher de soleil depuis le belvédère au 2° etage de la maison

Nous n'avons pas eu le temps de faire tous ce que nous souhaitions, il nous faudra revenir à casa cerca del mar.

Encore merci à tom de nous avoir fait découvrir ce lieu de rêve

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Las Brisas
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Bahia Del Sol- 5 minute walk down the beach
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
Playa Potrero
Car: necessary

This comfortable villa is located in a quiet neighborhood on a secluded beach. For that reason, security is an important issue. Although there is no violent crime to speak of, there have been two break-ins in which thieves took some valuable possessions. Therefore, as of August 15, 2016, we are including a guard service at no extra charge as an added measure of security for our guests.

The home is equipped with High Speed Internet and WI-FI so you always have the option of staying connected with your Smart Phones, tablets and Laptops. You'll enjoy twice weekly maid service and daily pool and grounds maintenance. Play with our two sea-kayaks (1 two-person - 1 one-person)-- paddle out to explore the nearby islands, or fish for Wahoo, Rooster Fish, or Snapper in the lush fishing grounds of Potrero Bay. The ocean in front of the house is yours to enjoy!

The property manager 'Saioa' will be there to greet you and introduce you to the house. And she will gladly help with all your arrangements: From Liberia Airport pick-up to Zip-Lining, Snorkeling, and any number of spectacular Nature and Wildlife Tours.

The neighborhood is safe and quiet, and the house is easy walking distance from grocery stores, fun restaurants, and night spots. Enjoy the swim-up bar at the Bahia Del Sol just a few minutes walk south on the beach, or stay up late dancing on 'Ladies Night Wednesdays' at the Las Brisas nightclub and restaurant, just a few minutes walk north along the beach. Don't miss breakfast at The Shack or live music at Coconuts. Speaking of coconuts, our grounds keeper, Benito, will be happy to fetch fresh coconut water for you from the local palms-- watching him open them deftly with his machete is an experience you won't forget! And if you like, we can arrange a traditional Costa Rican chef for your party-- he will shop, cook, serve, and clean-up for as little as $10/plate while you enjoy the spectacular sunsets from the 2nd or 3rd floor verandas.

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Rates & Availability

Guanacaste House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Indian Summer
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
$320
 
 
Rainy Season
Aug 27 2016 - Nov 4 2016
1 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Early High Season
Nov 5 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$314
 
 
High Season 2
Nov 19 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$349
 
 
Christmas
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
$649
 
 
Christmas to New Years
Dec 27 2016 - Dec 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
$575
 
 
New Years
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$775
 
 
High Season 1
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
$349
 
 
Off Peak
Apr 17 2017 - Jul 9 2017
1 night minimum stay
$299
 
 
Indian Summer
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 25 2017
1 night minimum stay
$320
 
 
Rainy Season
Aug 26 2017 - Nov 3 2017
1 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Early High Season
Nov 4 2017 - Nov 18 2017
1 night minimum stay
$314
 
 
High Season 2
Nov 19 2017 - Dec 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
$349
 
 
Christmas
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$649
 
 
Christmas to New Years
Dec 27 2017 - Dec 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$575
 
 
New Years
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
$775
 
 
High Season 1
Jan 2 2018 - Apr 21 2018
1 night minimum stay
$349
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 2.5%

Rental Policy: Maximum capacity cannot exceed eight (8) without the consent of the house owner. You will be charged $25 additional per night per extra person. This is a no smoking home! No pets without the consent of the owner. Cancellations made within sixty (60) days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment. Check-in time is 2 PM. Check out must be before 12 NOON.

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Amenities

Guanacaste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Modern, well appointed, tiled with full shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) On Request
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Indoor/Outdoor Dining Areas accommodating 8 Guests, Covered ocean view Balcony and 3rd floor Shaded Belvedere to enjoy ocean views and sunsets.

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