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Quaint Tree Covered Cabinas steps from the beach(studio/onebed/twobed)

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Palm Beach Estates Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms/ 1 bedrooms/or Studio Apartments

Casa Camaleon is located in Palm Beach Estates which is a quiet and exclusively private community of Playa Grande. You will arrive at Palm Beach first through a gated entrance and then on to narrow stoned roads circling our community of only around 100 homes making our community quaint and beachy. We are a short walk from the world famous surf break of Playa Grande as well as several other popular surf beaches including our homebreak right out front which we call Palm Beach Main.

The Camaleon Cabinas are a small group of 5 private, self contained apartments, owner run with specific attention to detail. The decor is ethnic boutique style simply done but perfectly sufficient. We have 2 x studio apartments, 1 x one bedroom and 2 x two bedroom apartments. Each apartment is fully equipped from kitchenware to beach towels in the hopes you should find all you need in a perfect space that feels like home steps from the ocean.

We are unique in our ability to offer affordable accommodation without compromising on what we found to be important amenities whilst still being right by the most beautiful beach and also close to the ferry which crosses over in to Tamarindo for those who want to feel a little more hustle and bustle for the day. Palm Beach is in the centre of the Marine Park for the Turtle nesting grounds. The beach is seemingly endless and always uncrowded. Great surf, stunning beach, countless wildlife of all kinds, quaint town, very good for the soul.

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Keywords: Cabinas, Casita, Efficiency, Apartments, Studios, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, Surf, Beach, Tamarindo, Playa Grande.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sharr Lawrence
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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About Sharr Lawrence

We have lived in Costa Rica for 10 years now and in Central America for over 16 years. We love this country and enjoy sharing what we have learnt. Its a peaceful and magical place. We have two properties - Camaleon our budget cabinas and Rustica which is our newest property consisting of two slightly higher end one bedroom houses sharing a double lot. Between the options we hope to offer what any traveler may need. We love meeting new people from around the world.

What makes this apartment unique

The closeness of nature. Big teak trees, howler monkeys, parrots, fruits trees, hummingbirds and of course camaleons!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Casa Camaleon was a great place to stay! The location couldn't be more perfect, just outside of Tamarindo, which was a 2 min. boat ride or a 25 min. drive away and just a few blocks walk away from a pulperia, few restaurants/bars, and Playa Grande. We actually stayed first in the studio for one week and liked it so much we extended our stay. A few of our relatives joined us in the 2 bed apt which was just fine for the 5 of us. Sharr was a great host. She worked it all out on short notice for us and it was an easy transition to move apt. She was also very nice. I can say a lot about this place, but I'll keep it simple: if you like to surf, relax, and enjoy the beach scene this is the place for you.
Feb 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Quaint Tree Covered Cabinas steps from the beach(studio/onebed/twobed)
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews
Wilmington, NC

Perfect Cozy place

  • 5 of 5

Casa Camaleon is a wonderful casita just a 5 minute walk from Playa Grande where you can hear the waves. It is very clean and perfect for a small family or a couple friends looking to surf and explore. Security was there even at 2am when we first arrived to let us into the place. Murat is a great property manager very kind and helpful. I would absolutely go back and stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A small home away from home

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect! we rented bikes and got around very easily. Morat was very helpful throughout our stay. I can't wait to come back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place and Perfect Hostess

  • 5 of 5

We recently moved to Costa Rica and Casa Camaleon was our first stop. Our family stayed in a two bedroom unit for a week in early February. We were delighted with the accomodations. For the price, you won't find better. It is very simple, but clean and tastefully decorated. It is a short walk to the best beach we have ever visited in Costa Rica - not packed with tourists - peaceful and beautiful. Our hostess, Sharr, is what really made our experience perfect. She went out of her way to be sure our stay was wonderful and she was happy to help us during our steep learning curve!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Cozy Apartment Tucked Away in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay in our apartment in Playa Grande. We were warmly greeted by Janet, who was watching the units for Sharr while she was away. The feel was very welcoming as we were also greeted by the other tenants staying in 2 of the other 4 units. We felt like a tiny, quiet community here on this beach we had to ourselves. The walk to beach access was very close, with an incredible rock formation and estuary on one side, and a quick ferry ride to Tamarindo on the other.

The guest house seemed hard to find as it was tucked away along a bumpy dirt road, but once we found it, it was quite easy. Everything we needed was right there and we enjoyed our breakfasts on the patio and wine in our little living room in the evenings. The rooms also are very shaded with AC, so we stayed nice and cool and could sleep in later here, less effected by the very early rising sun.

We loved our stay and would be so happy to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal, Canada

really good time, really good place

  • 5 of 5

Casa caméléon is really a wonderfull place. I definitely recommand this casa where you can enjoy the amazing beach and the beautifull nature in a quiet area. Sharr and Terry, the owners, are really helpfull, nice, relax and pleasant. The wild beach, the leather back turtles, the nices waves and the incredibles sunsets are some of the reasons why you have to stop in Playa grande. If you don't have car you can take a taxi boat to Tamarindo( where you can find all the restaurants and groceries stores) whiches only 1$ but the last ride is at about 4:30 pm. After 4:30 you have to take a regular taxi whiches around 25$. So if you wanna get something a little bit appart of the noisy urban life that's your spot.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Review of Casa Cameleon, Playa Grande

  • 4 of 5

Sharr and Terry are a lovely couple who made me feel very welcome. The property itself is good value for the money, and includes air conditioning and WiFi which are essentials for me. As I went in the rainy season, it was very difficult to find restaurants and groceriy stores within walking distance, so be sure to take this into account when you plan your vacation. If you want mod cons on your doorstep, I would advise going to Tamarindo instead. But Playa Grande is gorgeous, precisely because it is remote, just be aware that it's not so easy just to pop out and get a beer, for example. During my stay it rained so heavily that I was unable to leave the room for several days and Sharr was kind enough to purchase groceries for me, as she had a car. A car would have been useful here, but one would need a 4 wheel drive as the roads are not the best. If you just want a chilled out, bare bones surf vacation, you cannot do much better than this.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Tamarindo Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Palm Beach
Car: not necessary

Surf instructors available for lessons.

Spa treatments available onsite.

Bicycle rentals.

Ziplining tours and many others arranged onsite.


Rates & Availability

Palm Beach Estates Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2016
Nov 15 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Xmas/New Year 2016/2017
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jan 9 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

No refunds but we will allow date changes for certain situations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Palm Beach Estates Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Hot water shower with amazing water pressure and great heat.
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Master Bedroom has King Bed. Second Bedroom has option of either double bed or bunk bed.
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Surf lessons, surfboard rentals, bicycle rentals all available to rent. Fresh organic produce and fish delivered to your front door. Your host Murat who lives onsite, are always available to personalise your vacation. We can assist with arranging affordable transportation to and from all airports. All concierge services are included in your stay for arranging activities such as fishing trips, surf trips to the famous Witches Rock and Ollies Point, sunset sail with snorkel and ziplining adventures, plus many more. We have excellent surf right out front of the apartments as well as the famous Playa Grande surf break a 20 minute walk or a short bike ride from your front door! Sunsets with a cocktail in hand are special part of every day!

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