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Lovely Villa, with private pool in a gated community on the Pacific Ocean

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, fully equipped for 6 people

Our villa is only 20 minutes for the Liberia International airport. We are located in Playa Hermosa on the Papagayo Gulf Peninsula.

The villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, a/c, internet, BBQ, TV, DVD, laundry & is fully equipped for 6 people. We have our own private plunge pool in the terrace area.

The villa is in a gated community which is shared with an all inclusive resort. We have security service 24/7, an on site shuttle service is available to guests from 6 am to 11 pm. My guests have free access to most of the the Resort amenities such as pools (one with a sloped edge entry for the little kids), jacuzzi area and wet bar, organized daily activities, Spa, and tour agency.

You can walk down to the beach for a swim, or be part of the resort beach activities. We recommend you to visit the Heliconias swimming pool, in order to be advised about daily activities for all.

20 minutes to Liberia International Airport: One of the reasons we chose to purchase in this area is its close proximity to the Liberia airport. It is a short 20 minute drive over new roads. As well, the northwest part of the country has a drier heat than the rest of the country so you don't feel the humidity like some of the other areas.

Once you arrive at our gated resort, there are complimentary staffed open air vehicles that shuttle resort guests around the property, to the beach, restaurants, to the 2 large pools, (one of which has a swim up bar), the disco and sports facilities including new tennis and basketball courts.

If you really want to be pampered you can take part in the Resort's all inclusive food and beverage packages.

Things to Do Nearby: There are five National Parks within a couple of hours drive, including Lake Arenal (2 hours away), which boasts a live volcano, hot springs with world class spas. Wind surfing at Lake Arenal is also world famous.

Take a boat tour in the Palo Verde Reserve. Here you will see many exotic birds, crocodiles, and perhaps some monkeys.

Go to Guatil and see where the local pottery is made using the traditional methods.

Also nearby are deep sea fishing, first class scuba diving, sailing, four wheeling and zip lines for racing through the tree tops on a rigged line with a harness, just to mention a few.

If you have a car you can easily do these tours on your own but if you prefer you can arrange these excursions onsite at the hotel through Swiss Travel.

The Beach: Most of the beaches in Costa Rica are darker sand beaches because of the lava rock. Playa Hermosa literally means 'beautiful beach' and it truly is. It is a great family beach, normally with gentle waves with no rip tides. The waves can be great for boogy boarding but if you want to surf you need to drive about an hour south to some of the beaches down the coast. Snorkeling can be done right from the shore or you can hire a boat to take you out for a few hours. The local Playa Hermosa Association pays to have the beach cleaned several times a week so the beach is not littered.

More Details

Diane MacCormac
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Diane MacCormac

My home is in BRitish Columbia. I have three adult sons and 7 grand children. I am a retired Social Worker. I have been coming to Costa Rica since 1990. I fell in love with CR the first time we came and bought my villa on the spur of the moment. I have been blessed to be able to come to this beautiful country many many times.

Diane MacCormac purchased this villa in 1990

Why Diane MacCormac chose Guanacaste

Costa Rica is a hot country but the Northwest area is a much drier heat so not as humid. Plus along the ocean there always seems to be a breeze which makes it much more comfortable.

Why go anywhere else when you found Paradise.

What makes this villa unique

My property is located in a Resort, which is in a gated community. This provides a great deal of security along with the benefits of having access to the resort amenities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Diane,

Nothing at all needed here. We have found your place to be the best stocked unit we have ever stayed in. There are so many plates and glasses and lots of pots and pans to use. Most places we have gone to in the past seem to have just enough stuff to get you by one meal whereas your spot has lots of all that we need. Another great thing that you take care of is toilet paper, paper towels and dish soap. We have always had to supply our own in the past so this is a real luxury not having to carry big bulging packages when we go shopping.

We are looking forward to,returning to Canada but not Too much!

We have really enjoyed our stay here and have met some great people.

We have gotten to know the owners of Qioxte restaurant down near the small grocery store. Great people and NEWFIES to boot!. We have eaten there twice already and are booked in for next Friday. They have a great guitarist on Friday nights and there food is unbelievable. I'm sure you have tried it. If not, it's a must. Favourite for me is there seafood pasta. Wow!

Don't worry about the review . It will be glowing!

Talk soon,

Jan 2016
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Playa Hermosa Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , large walk in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Mattresses recently updated and of good quality. Portable crib available on request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Smoking outside please.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Lovely Villa, with private pool in a gated community on the Pacific Ocean
average rating of 4.882353 based on 21 reviews
Bible Hill, NS, Canada

Fine for short stay.

  • 3 of 5

Our 5 week stay had some issues which I won't get into. In hindsight we should have booked for a week and moved on to another location.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Little River Academy

Spacious villa with a great outdoor space and private pool

  • 5 of 5

This villa was very comfortable. We shared this villa with another small family and had plenty of room. Beds are comfortable and we had hot water for showers and wifi worked great. Very close to the airport in Liberia and only took us about 25 minutes to get there. We spent most of our time on the balcony grilling and enjoying the pool which is shaded making the water pretty cool. We found it pretty easy to use the shuttle to get to the beach area. There is a grocery store just a few minutes away from the resort that has a pretty good selection of food and drinks. playa Hermosa is beautiful and the waves were calm enough to enjoy with kiddos. I highly recommend this villa!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your family as my guests. I am glad that you had a great time. I will look forward to hosting your family again in the future. Pura Vida, Diane
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Great Time in Playa Hermosa at Villa 38

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 stayed at Diane's Villa for a short 3 nights in early December, but wished it had been longer. We arrived after 7 days of rain in other parts of Costa Rica to beautiful sunshine and warm days. The place was perfect for our family...plenty of space, very clean and we loved the patio and pool area. Our booking process was easy. Diane provided great information before our stay and responded quickly to our emails. There was also a binder in the Villa with great instructions and area information. Our kids jet skied off the beach and we did a sailing cruise which we enjoyed. We loved how quiet the beach was, and how clean the community is. We highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you as my guests I hope you will have a chance to return sometime soon for a longer stay. I have recently done the Sunset Cruise as well and really enjoyed it. Jet skiing, paddle boards, boogie boarding, banana boats and snorkelling are all fun things to do right from our beach. I will look forward to seeing you again soon. Pura Vida Diane
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Perfect villa

  • 5 of 5

This villa is in a perfect location, and is clean and comfortable. Our family of 6 enjoyed the villa's private pool, well equipped kitchen, Playa Hermosa beach, and local dining too. It was fun to also be able to join the activities and pools of the attached resort. From Playa Hermosa we were able to easily travel to other beach areas and explore the Guanacaste region. Diane, the owner, was extremely helpful with details about the property and advice for our trip. Would highly recommend this villa!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Sylvia, it was a pleasure to host you and your family. Pura Vida, Diane
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Wonderful villa at one of the best beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent experience at the villa, it was well equipped, it has its own pool and we also had the opportunity to enjoy all the facilities at Villas Sol, we also received a very good attention from the local contact, Mr. Uriel, we fully recommend this villa!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rebeca for your review. Uriel is certainly an excellent contact person to manage my villa for me. He actually built the swimming pool for the villa about 8 years ago. I think it is ideal to be able to have a private villa that is located within a resort setting, that way you get the privacy of a private home plus access to the amenities of a resort. It doesn't get much better than that. It was a pleasure to have you as guests and I hope to host you again in the future. Pura Vida ...Diane
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Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with four young children (ages 6-8). We stayed in this amazing villa for a week. The home was extremely well-stocked and nicely decorated. It was clean, comfortable and roomy. The private pool and patio are perfect for hanging out on lazy afternoons. The air conditioning works wonderfully, and the beds are very comfy. The villa is in a great location with a quick walk to the beach. It's also easy to walk into town to the grocery store or restaurants. The villa grounds are hilly, but it was no problem for us to walk everywhere even with young kids. If you don't feel like walking, then they do have a convenient shuttle that takes you around to the beach, resort pools and other amenities. Diane was the best host ever. She provided details about the villa, the resort, and the surrounding communities. She also put us in touch with a tour company (Avispa's Adventures, who are also wonderful) for transportation from the airport and tours. The villa has maid service once a week, and pool service twice a week. It was a perfect getaway for our family. We looking forward to returning to Playa Hermosa again and staying in this villa!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kori, It was great having you and your family as my guests. I will look forward to hosting you again. Diane
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Liberia International
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Heleconia Wet Bar
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Villas Sol (Purchase meal coupons at reception)
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Playa Hermosa, 10 kls north of Playa del Coco
Car: recommended

Nearby Activities: Canopy zip line tours, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, butterfly gardens, horse back riding, looking for shells, beach activities, birding, ATVs

Day Trips:

Arenal volcano - where you may observe natural fireworks from a safe point.

Palo Verde National Park - noted for birding (over 300 species recorded) on the Rio Timpisque.

Borinquen Mountain Resort - located in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. You will find thermal pools, mud baths, natural saunas, horse back riding and guided forest walks.

Monteverde Cloud forest - truely a mecca for birders and also offers all kinds of outdoor natural activities.

Tabacon Resort - Natural Hot springs.

Guaitil Pottery - preserves the traditional method of making pottery. You are welcome to the village of Guaitil to watch.

Surfing - take a pick of surf spots for beginner to experienced surfers.

Deep Sea Fishing - There are many charter companies close by that offer deep sea fishing.

Nicaraua - local tour companies offer day trips to Nicaragua.


Rates & Availability

Playa Hermosa Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas/New Years 2015
Dec 18 2017 - Dec 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years 2018
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 5 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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