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A special home, a special place.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

This is a one of a kind vacation experience in a gated resort 10 home community. When you arrive you will be welcomed by our Frank, a local Costa Rican, originally from Germany. Bring plenty of sunblock. Our area of Costa Rica is the driest in the country so sunny weather is almost guaranteed in the high season. Enjoy the 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home and relax on the outdoor covered lanai, or the second floor balcony and read a book. Stay indoors and watch satellite TV on the flat screen or use the wireless internet. If you are more adventurous rent a boat and catch a rooster fish or jet ski. Ziplining and rafting is nearby. Whatever you choose to do, you will have a vacation of a lifetime for a fraction of the price. Our resort community has been written up in the New York Times, Elle, USA Today, In Style Magazine, and featured on Fox News Business Channel, News 10, The Daily News and the New York Post and even on the Macy's Jumbotron in Times Square. Come visit us and see what so many people have been raving about!

Keywords: private villa, ocean view, private pool, housekeeper, private cook, fitness center, horseback riding, kayak, bikes included, Liberia airport, canopy tour, rafting, fishing, scuba diving, kitesurfing, secluded beach

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Scott

My name is Scott and I own this property with my dad, my brother (a missionary in Nicaragua) and a family friend. I love this place and to visit as often as I can. When I am here I love to fish, jet ski, get massages, take ATV tours, lay on the beach, spearfish, eat and relax. I hope you love it as much as I do. Frank is the manager and will greet you, get you the keys or set up tours.Frank owns a local scuba diving operation and has been in the area for over 30 years.

Scott purchased this villa in 2006

Why Scott chose Cantón La Cruz

We are located near the city of La Cruz in the North Pacific Guanacaste region of Costa Rica only 1 hour 30 minutes northwest from the Liberia airport overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Bahia Salinas. Isla Bolaños National Wildlife Refuge is just a few minutes from Recreo in Bahía Salinas where it was established to protect nesting sites for Brown Pelicans and Magnificent Frigate birds and is a favorite spot for bird enthusiasts. We are located just 20 minutes from the Nicaraguan border and day or overnight trips to Granada or San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua are popular. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is also a popular day trip.. At this National Park, guests can observe evidence of the country’s volcanic activity: mud baths, geysers, caverns, natural saunas, steaming baths and hot water lagoons. Guests will find activities ranging from canopy and zipline tours, white water rafting, horseback riding to the waterfalls, hiking, rock climbing and relaxing in the thermal waters and healing mud.

What makes this villa unique

When you arrive you will be greeted Frank. The beauty of the views of Bolanos Bay and the Volcanoes are hard to describe. Whether it's relaxing at your private pool sipping a freshly made frozen beverage, spearfishing off the beach at Playa Rajada, enjoying the sunset on a private boat tour, fishing for rooster fish or ziplining through the canopies, you will not be disappointed.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This was our second time here at house #10. We went in April of 2008 last time. Very different landscape. It was just after the rainy season so it was very lush. There were different birds. I loved the flock of green parrots that flew over our house daily. The monkeys were still visible even with the leaves. The staff was outstanding from the maid to the chef (Carlichi- who I would request if going down) and Ricardo who made sure that our day was planned. Lucie came to the room to give us a massage. Best massage ever.

Ricardo even came out on the boat with us who was captained by our Costa Rican local fisherman Jose. (Request Jose for the boat). Jose took us to a secluded area in Santa Rosa park and the kids and wife went fishing while I went spearfishing with Jose. Ricardo came on the boat and Jose had a first mate so I was comfortable leaving them on the boat to fish. Jose pointed out fish to shoot and I shot. 4 10 pound fish were speared. A 100 lb shark was shot but he got away. (not kidding).

Earlier in the week I went scuba diving in Playa Del Coco. It was ok. I also rented tanks from a local diver (Frank) and dove around Playa Rajada and El Jobo on my own. Not that great. Next time I will go with Frank to Santa Rosa.

I can't say enough about this vacation, Recreo and house #10. Thank you Recreo for another vacation of a lifetime!!! See next year
Nov 2009
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Cantón La Cruz Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , toilet only
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , toilet only
  • 6
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , one bed is in wood frame on floor. pulls out from under bed.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , downstairs room
  • King size beds (2) eurotop mattresses, Twin or Single Beds (4). Have a pull out couch and a pull out platform bed that sleeps 2 more. 10 total beds.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Personal chef, maid, gym, mountain top cantina, kayaking, snorkel, basketball, tennis, beach chairs, fishing, horseback. Gated community, welcome center. Boat rental, airport pick up, transportation to day excursions, golf cart rental, scuba, ziplining, rafting, canopy tour, kitesurfing all nearby and available for fee.


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A special home, a special place.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 9 reviews

Great week in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this home. Even though we knew it was remote, I don't think we really appreciated how different the stay would be! In most countries we visited, we still have a Costco nearby so it isn't too different from home. We were 2 families with kids ages 11 & 14. The kids really liked that this was not a resort experience & they got a true sense of being in another country.

Of the dozens of VRBO's we've rented, this was the least stocked kitchen so next time we would buy everything before leaving Liberia (dish soap, spices, oils, laundry soap, water jug). We found rice & beans at the little bodega in town for dinner one night. The other nights we visited La Palapa (they cooked a fish we caught), Blue Dreams for pizza & Joanna's(?). We highly recommend the sunset sailing trip & nicaraguan day trip (this took care of two meals too). I would request Frank's contact information a few weeks before you arrive to make arrangements. The house manager (Frank) was very good & helpful during our stay.

I recommend arriving in day light. The first time finding the home can be tricky - especially if gps is not working. We ended up setting our phone for directions to Dreams. When we were close, the gps finally found recreo. Also, for Internet, understand that the house has a hotspot which isn't very powerful. If you need access for work, make sure you understand your data options on your phone (we had great phone reception but I couldn't access my work VPN through the house hotspot).

We spent time on Playa Rajada & the Dreams beach. Next time, we would try a few other beaches we saw signs for (though we expect the popular beaches for kitesurfers might be too windy). We rented a 4 wheel drive which we would recommend for Costa Rica. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We are working on getting better internet and it should be there shortly. I have also instructed Frank to have the items stocked you suggested. Glad you enjoyed the house and the area. We love it too!!!
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Great Place to Vacation

  • 4 of 5

This is a excellent place to vacation . The owners were very accommodating to work with and the local manager was more than willing to make your stay a rememberable experience. Excellent view and easy access. Close to ocean with an great beach. I and my family felt safe and secure. I recommend this unit and intend to use it in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place! Relaxing atmosphere and fanstastic view!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for a getaway from the busy life. Surrounded by nature and a fantastic view of the bay. Each morning we sat on the patio with a coffee enjoying the view and the sounds of animals. Then we had the option to sit by the pool or head down to the beach which is huge and a great area to walk. Each day we saw monkeys. We bought some plantains to keep the monkeys around for a while. It was amazing how close we were able to get to the monkeys. We also saw Iguanas, Macaws and Pezotes.

The building manager who meets you at the property is a great guy. He makes sure you have what you need, makes sure you are able to get a hold of him in case of emergency or needs, has connections for adventure activities and they keep the place clean.

The house is beautiful, roomy, great outdoor space and each bedroom has a private bathroom.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elsberry, Missouri, USA

Great Place! Quiet Spot! Awesome Views!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a great time. My family of 6 enjoyed the pool, beautiful view over the Pacific Ocean, 3-minute drive to the beach. I'd recommend this to anyone, and look forward to going back in April.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time, personal service, wonderful house, awesome vistas

  • 5 of 5

I'm actually writing this review late because I looked it up to rent again and realized I hadn't wrote one in the first place. The house is extremely nice and well laid out. The development, such as it were, consists of only a small number of lots and even smaller number of houses, such that we had great privacy. The views of the ocean from the pool were terrific. We took day trips to both Nicaragua and Lake Arenal, so this should give you an idea of how conveniently located the villa was located. I would recommend using the chef services--our meals were great. The house was consistently cleaned, the owner and on-site management were extremely responsive, and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oxford, UK

Marvellous Time

  • 5 of 5

As described. We were looking for accomodation near the kite surfing area in northern Costa Rica and found this one. We took the all inclusive option. Five of us so more than ample space, facilities are excellent, management makes sure that all your needs are catered for. Wifi works fine. Plenty of equipment at the beach and the staff there very accomodating. Staff were so very pleasant, evrything was kept clean, laundry done daily, Wendy the cook was splendid, all food properly and scrupulously prepared and very willing to adjust to our requests and tastes. Owner was good to communicate with. Maybe some of the plumbing could be serviced otherwise it was a five star stay. Thoroughly recommended

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Playa Rajada
Nearest Point of Interest
Our house
Nearest Point of Interest
Canopy Tour
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Ecoplaya resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

There is ziplining nearby, ATV tours, horseback tours




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $95

Base rate listed is for two people. Above two people is an extra $25 per person. Private cook, daily maid service and food stocking is available for addition fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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