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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


About the property

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 onto 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.

Pura Vida

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

More Details

Sharr Lawrence
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2017

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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Palm Beach Estates Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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
  • 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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Quaint Tree Covered Cabinas steps from the beach(studio/onebed/twobed)
average rating of 4.875 based on 36 reviews

Very clean, Howler Monkeys, quick walk to beach and ammenities. Great value for the money!

  • 5 of 5

Imagine the best 6 am wake up call to the sound of a Howler monkey troup passing thru! Our kids have never been so excited to be awakened that early! Was amazing to watch on the one day they happened to pass by. Rough start trying to find the place and communicating with property owner, but you can blame that on Homeaway's wonky process that forces you to download their app in order to try to get directions or view full itinerary and poor customer service who never made sure owner got our requests for directions. The place itself has an onsite property manager Kristi who did a great job checking in often, supplying us with extra towels and making sure we got help or suggestions on things when needed. Place is good sized and fit our family of 5 just fine. There is a place you can walk with kids and buy drinks and food and they let you use their pool for free if needed. Fun taking water taxi to Tamarindo if mingling with a ton of tourists is your thing. We liked how quiet and few people were on Playa Grande instead as well as the many other cool beaches nearby. Plenty of good restaurants close and a grocery store to walk to as well. Beds, except the futon, were way more comfortable than mattresses we slept on at all other locations in CR on our 2 week trip.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Basic but fun

  • 5 of 5

It has all the basics. We loved the washer and dryer....a line in the back yard. Kristi is very helpful for any needs. Ah but the beach...fantastic!!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we expected

  • 4 of 5

Our apt was very suitable for the 2 of us. But not many shelves or tables to put things. Very comfortable bed! Quiet nights..good sleeping! Good refrigerator and freezer. Close to the beach and restaurants Also very close to the little grocery market.

Very low key, but beautiful sand beach that is all open with no homes or hotels in sight!

Kristy was awesome, so helpful and wonderful personality ...she is Shar's right hand girl! She is always around if you need anything

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you Cheryl. It was a pleasure having you both. I am glad you mentioned you would enjoy more shelves as I had it on my list of improvements for future. Now we will get on that right away!! You were both certainly some of our favorite guests at Camaleon! Pura Vida.
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Our stay in Casa Camaleon

  • 5 of 5

Quaint, clean, economical, comfortable bed, excelent AC, close to the beach, quiet and hosted by the lovliest lady in Costa Rica

Jerry & Jane, Ontario, Canada

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Beautiful peaceful and very kind helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

Looking for a bit of a getaway from the hustle bustle and busy surf of tamarindo we booked our stay at Sharr's, we got all we wanted and more. Everyone was super helpful and kind, the property was amazing and peaceful, the surf perfect both for beginners and those looking to grow their skills. It's been a blast and a place we would be super excited to come back to! Thanks to Sharr n her family for the getaway we were dreaming of

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I came to the area for the first time in 2012. Ended up staying at Casa Camaleon for the second half of my stay. Went back for my honeymoon in 2016 and reached out to Casa Camaleon right away to see if they were available because i loved it so much more than any other places i had seen. First off, yes, there is A/C and wi-fi. So fear not! Secondly, the owners are very caring and loving and attentive to any needs or questions. They can offer all the travel advice you could possibly dream of - excursions for various activities, rides to and from the airport, etc, etc. The casitas are comfortable and cozy and have a very fun and relaxing beachy-tropical decor, reminding you that you're on vacation every minute. Small kitchens are perfect for cooking meals if you want to keep costs down. There's a very small grocery store down the street. Also a couple bar/restaurants within very short walking distance, as well as a surf camp where you can rent surf boards or take lessons. The beach is just around the corner - barely a walk. Also places to hike (beach and jungle) which you can leave straight from Casa Camaleon to get to. And Tamarindo is full of shops, restaurants, bars, things to do for just a dollar boat road across the river if you want more options. As compared to Tamarindo I'd pick staying here every time. It's quieter and cozier and there are far less people on the equally gorgeous beach with equally wonderful waves if you're surfing. I could have stayed for a year. Can't find a better place in the area!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • 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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2017
Jan 9 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Nov 15 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Xmas/New Year 2017/2018
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2018
Jan 4 2018 - Aug 31 2018
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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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