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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,350 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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 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 Playa Hermosa

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:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
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.


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Lovely Villa, with private pool in a gated community on the Pacific Ocean
average rating of 4.857143 based on 25 reviews
Albuquerque , NM

Beautiful villa in an amazing area with a great owner

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was the most amazing we have ever taken. This Villa is perfectly situated close to the beach and near amazing places to visit in Guanacaste. The Villa has a very well-equipped kitchen with everything one would need to cook every meal there and never need to eat out. The beds were comfortable and everything was very clean. The lap pool is perfect for kids and adults, and it was quite refreshing at the end of each day after adventuring. The rooms are good-sized and our family of four had plenty of room with extra space - I can imagine a family of six would fit well. There's a nice clothes washer and dryer in the unit, which we used to do laundry. The shuttles were a convenient way to get to the beach, but it's a short walk, too. We did not eat at the resort since we had the kitchen. The resort personnel did not have the best attitude or customer service, but it didn't affect us too much since we rented privately through Diane, who was great. She provided a lot of great info and was very responsive to each of our messages. We used Avispa Adventures tour company (recommended by Diane) to take us to amazing places almost each day throughout our stay. We didn't need to rent a car as they offered pick up and drop off service to the airport. They offered custom tours taking us to places that we wanted to see and experience, and it was perfect. I would definitely come back and stay here at this Villa again.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Audrey, i really appreciate you takingthe time to write this lovely review on my villa. I am glad you and your family had such an amazing time and I hope to see you back in the future. Diane
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Charming, clean, spacious villa with thoughtful owner and great ambiance!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at this villa - definitely every bit as nice as you see in the pictures and then a lot more! Our group of six with 4 adult kids fit comfortably, with one son opting to sleep on the comfy couch in the living room for the two nights he joined us rather than share a double bed with his brother. Everything we needed from kitchen supplies to bathroom amenities and extra linens and towels were provided. We never felt crowded, although we were mostly out of the villa from sunrise until after dinner. The pool was perfect for cooling off and the ambiance of the terrace immediately put us in vacation mode, especially the hammock! The AC in each room was definitely a plus, as was the convenience of the washer and dryer. The location of the villa within in the resort was super convenient - easy walk to one of the large pools/swim-up bar, as well as to the beach, resort lobby, and the small market a few blocks outside of the resort. Only once did we use the shuttle, which seemed readily available, rather than walk the climb back to the villa from the beach. Plenty of privacy, too, especially with the terrace looking out over the hill and the heavy vegetation on either side of the villa. Amazing view! As mentioned in another review, we also opted not to rent a car and to use Advista Adventures for our transportation and tours - Amy was awesome! The villa owner, Diane, was always accessible by email and provided us all of the information we needed ahead of time to make our stay stress free. We would definitely stay here again! Thank you, Diane, for sharing your wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mimi, I am glad you all enjoyed your stay. Warm Regards, Diane
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Costa Rica

Excellent ubication and comfortable condo

  • 4 of 5

The condo is very comfortable for a family or group of friends.

Located in a beautiful beach.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Where do you live?brookfield wisconsin

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Diane was immediately responsive to me and kept in contact right up until our arrival date. This put me at ease and allowed me to enjoy our three days in La Fortuna prior to arriving in Playa Hermosa, knowing Diane had taken care of everything. The caretaker was available to let us in upon our arrival and was there to clean the pool a couple times. Rosita, the house keeper, came once during our 6 night stay and did a wonderful job, I have never rented a VRBO that included cleaning, this was great!. Our family of 5 (kids 17, 14, and 12) found the villa to be perfect for us. The pool was in the shade most of the day, for us, this was a vacation saver!!! It is very hot during the day and we sunburn fairly easily. The main pool has very little shade and those spots got snatched up early, so having our own shaded pool was invaluable. If you are a sun worshiper, don't worry, there is plenty of sun! I was worried about the distance to the beach, this proved not a problem as the shuttle service was running constantly and the wait was never very long at all. All though the villa is not "updated" , it is very clean and beautifully kept. There are other properties here that are newly updated with granite and new cabinets, but they are more expensive. Save your money for the amazing excursions Costa Rica has to offer and stay here. The AC in each room allowed everyone to set their own comfort level. Having the house located within Villas Sol was a plus. We had our privacy and quite, but could take advantage of all the property had to offer. This is a gem and an amazing value. Perfect for families but not too big for a couple wanting a retreat. Very private, although the houses look close together, there is thick vegetation that acts as a privacy wall between the houses. We never saw or heard any of the neighbors. We ate on the beach each night with no reservations or waits (and we were there during spring break and Costa Rica's "Holy Week" where the whole country is on vacation) The beach was never crowded and we always found a spot in the shade or in the sun. I hope go back to Playa Hermosa, and I will stay in this Villa again.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Janet for your great review, greatly appreciated.
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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: January 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: December 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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