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Close to Surf - 2 Surfboards and 2 Hammocks Included

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Guanacaste Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps four (Queen size bed plus fold-out for kid

Included with the cottage are two surf boards. These are 'soft-top' long boards (excellent for beginners and kids - they have soft foamy decks and sides). Both have leashes and are ready to go. You also have two hammocks on the patio, plus a patio table with four chairs. There is a double bed available on request for kids if needed.

Many people write and ask if certain dates are open and what the rent is for those dates. If you want to know if the cottage is available on particular dates, scroll to the bottom of this web page for a calendar that shows you the dates that are open. You can also use the 'Detailed Price' link on the right (scroll upward until you see the photo at the top and look below the big yellow button) to get a quote for the rent for your dates. Once you've decided on your dates, the 'Book It' yellow button on the right will enable you to input your credit card to book the cottage. I will get a message that you've asked to book the cottage, and I'll contact you as soon as I get the message.

Another important thing to know is that electricity is expensive. There's a $12/day extra fee for A/C, which you don't need. You can wait to decide once you get there.

So, here's more about the cottage and Nosara. Welcome to Hawaii as it was in 1940, but with high speed 'premium' DSL WiFi. You are only 2 hours from the Liberia airport, and you can use a rental car, which you can pick up at the airport and drop in Nosara or we can send a van. This is a rustic surf town with dirt roads, friendly people, and lots of yoga and surfing going on. Your cottage is a 10 minute walk from the main surf beach, a five minute walk to the Yoga Institute, a ten minute walk to the Spanish Language Institute, and a two minute walk to downtown. You also can use my two 9 food soft-top surfboards. You are so close to downtown that, within a couple minutes walk, there is an ice cream shop, a mini-mart, a clinic, clothing stores, real estate offices, a bank, ATV and bike rentals, a lot of cafes and restaurants, and two surf shops. In the cottage, you have wireless high speed DSL internet, 24 hour on-call maintenence, local guides/maps, weekly housekeeping (daily housekeeping is optional), optional air conditioning (rarely needed), beach towels, ceiling fans, house linens are provided, a safe (will hold wallets, passports, 3 laptops), a TV connected to a DVD player for movies and music, security (ornate ironwork on doors and windows), a blender, a device to make juice out of citrus fruit, a coffeemaker, a pressure cooker, a microwave, a refrigerator, a stove, a toaster, a rice cooker, optional personal laundry at $10 per load, a covered porch with two hammocks, off-road parking, outside shower, a large patio, patio furniture, and a beautiful yard. You are located above one of Nosara's many nature preserves and you will see a lot of wildlife. During the day the howler and spider monkeys play in the trees, pizotes wander through the yard (they love peanut butter), and tropical birds and butterflies fill the air around you. I walk to the beach twice a day to surf, and usually are not disappointed by what I find. Dawn and sunset surfing are the best if tides and winds are right. The locals are outstanding surfers, but they make room for visitors. In fact, I really can't say enough about the friendly, hospitable people of Nosara. They especially warm up to you when you try your Spanish on them. This is not just a rental house for income - I live here part of the year myself, and I have fixed it up to be cozy and complete. I don't scrimp on any of the amenities, because I like to fix things up nicely for myself as well. I bought this cottage after I had come to Nosara for years to surf and enjoy the food, scenery, monkeys, and local population. With the purchase of the cottage, I inherited a wonderful wife/husband team of managers, who are on the spot when anything needs attending to. They manage the gardens, the housekeeping, the laundry, the renter's needs, and renter scheduling.

Keywords: High speed DSL WiFi, surfing, surf boards, bungalow, casita,private, monkeys visit, pizotes visit, A/C, fans, shopping, night life, safe for valuables (can fit 3 laptops, wallets, purses), secure (attractive ironwork is standard for Nosara), housekeeping service, laundry service, hammocks, off-road parking, covered and lighted patio, yoga institute nearby, yoga mat for your use, fishing, wildlife, nature preserve, waterfalls, zipline, beach, hiking

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

Property Manager
Jason Greenlee
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About Jason Greenlee

I'm 66. I'm a retired Forest Service smokejumper who is living his dream of spending his days surfing and looking for an adorable woman. I was fortunate to find her, and she's looking forward to seeing Costa Rica for the first time!

Jason Greenlee purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Jason Greenlee chose Costa Rica

I chose this town and this cottage because they bring together the yin and the yang of my life. I love splitting my time between San Antonio Mexican restaurants, Starbucks, and USA Today, on the one hand, and hanging out in the lineup off the big palm tree in Nosara on the other hand.

What makes this cottage unique

You can hear the sound of the surf from my patio. Watching the surf cam (google Nosara Surf Live Webcam) and listening to the volume of the waves tips us off if it's time to wax up. This property sits just east of a large national reserve, so the patio looks out onto jungle that will be there for generations to come. Our neighbors are renters, so the faces change, people come and go, and I meet many interesting people who are all here for the same reasons I'm here - surfing and yoga. My favorite things to do here include going to the health food store and buying gluten-free brownies, walking around on the many dirt roads in the area, and going down to the beach for the daily sunset party. A lot of the locals show up and just mingle while watching the sunset, and, sometimes, people stay and light a bonfire. There's a nice, several hour, walk up the beach all the way to Ostional, the turtle beach (or you can drive).

Guestbook comments from the manager

The property management service responded promptly to my emails in an efficient and professional manner. The home is small, yet clean, comfortable and I felt safe staying there alone. It is situated on the jungle trail where you can view the howler monkeys from the patio. It's within walking distance to the Nosara Yoga Institute, to the beach, banks, and all the amenities. I liked the outside patio area which I found extremely peaceful and enjoyed being surrounded by the nature.
Sep 2012
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Close to Surf - 2 Surfboards and 2 Hammocks Included
average rating of 4.75 based on 18 reviews

Perfect for Two

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this house. We were able to walk to the beach (even with large surfboards) as well as walk to various stores and restaurants. Great location. The jungle view off of the back porch was amazing and we saw a lot of monkeys and iguanas right from there. The hammock and boards were a nice touch. The kitchen had everything we needed. Everything was very secure and the owner and managers of the house were all very helpful. If we ever make it back to Costa Rica we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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new jersey

surf retreat in nosara

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to experience costa rica and want a great little spot to stay this home is excellent. Owner and manager easy to work with. Enjoy!!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice location, well equiped.

  • 4 of 5

This casita is very conveniently located (12 minute walk to the beach). There are 2 convenience stores, a bagel shop, a few restaurants, and the Spanish language institute within a 3 minute walking radius. As is often the case around here, the kitchen has no oven, just a double hot plate, but is otherwise well stocked, including a rice cooker, pressure cooker, blender, and toaster. There is a small TV with DVD player and a collection of movies, land line (phone), good internet (we worked remotely through this internet connection).

The place is very comfortable for 2 people. There is a nice blow up bed for a third and/or fourth person but there isn't really any room for it. (You can MAKE it fit, but it wouldn't work as a long term solution. We found the ceiling fans a bit noisy, (we were not using AC), but efficient. One neighbor is a permanent resident with very sweet and quiet dogs. The other neighbor is a similar rental unit. There is enough vegetation around the unit that it feels nice and private. The biggest challenge was water (not just this unit, all of Nosara). Running water was available only from about 9 am until 4 pm. We didn't find that out until we checked in but evidently this is the case in Nosara for most of the dry season, for anyone on municipal water.

Weekly cleaning service was great. The property management company that manages the unit promptly responded to requests/questions.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Little jungle getaway in fantastic location

  • 4 of 5

We were pleased with our private bungalow and relaxing patio. Used the surfboards and the hammocks happily. The location allows quick access to the beach but feels isolated. The outdoor shower was appreciated as well as the helpful hints in the notebook. We would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fredericton, Canada

All You Need

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent nearly 3 weeks here and loved it. I don't I have that relaxed in years. We surfed everyday with the supplied boards at first, then rented one, hung out in the hammocks and read and had siestas during the hottest part of the day. Biked down to the beach for a little more surfing and have drinks while watching the sunset. Awesome!

We cooked a bit (always breakfast) and ate out at some great restaurants.

This little place is great. It is fairly private, has good security, close to the stores, close enough to hear the surf at night and has a great porch.

The only thing I would have liked to have is a BBQ.

Didn't really want to write a great review, kinda wanted to keep it to myself, but my conscience got the better of me. Enjoy.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location and it has all we needed

  • 5 of 5

I had such a great time, I truly didn't wanted to come back. Of all the South/Central American countries I have visited Costa Rica is my favorite. The ocean is magnificent and the people so friendly. Surfing was a blast, every day great waves. We started using the two boards you left in the cottage to test the waters and then rented boards from "Agua Tibia" for a few days. Weather was great, only one day rained and we took it easy and waited for the rain to pass then back to the water. Love the location of your cottage and it has all what we needed to be comfy. Secluded yet within walking distance from everything. I made friends with the neighbors, the coconut lady, surf shop guys and the two guys who sell coffee cups at the beach. We went to the local supermarket (playa pelada) and bought our groceries there. People at the super were friendly and happy to see us and help us. I think we saved money by cooking at the cottage as the local restaurants are really expensive. I went to a coffee tour up in the mountains (Hojancha), totally worth the drive and got up at 5am every morning to watch the 12 or so monkeys travel to the tree behind your cottage. Check out went on without any issues, Virginie was helpful and friendly. I tried to avoid organico as his prices were stupid high ($6 for a quarter gallon of milk) and there are another 4 little markets like him around the area and charge a fraction of the price.

I will be back for sure.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Cafe de Paris
Nearest Motorway
Costa Rica Route 160
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Cafe de Paris
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Playa Guiones
Car: not necessary

You are a five minute walk on a nature trail from the Yoga Institute, and within walking distance of the Spanish Language Institute. Some of the local attractions include bird watching, surfing, treetop zip line, water falls, local restaurants, night life, shopping, paddleboarding, surfboard and paddleboard rentals, and grocery stores. A health food store/restaurant is within a two minute walk, the beach is a 10 minute walk, there are companies that will take you fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, paddleboarding, ultralight airplane, and horseback riding. The nearest beach is Guiones Beach, which is the best surfing in the area. The cottage is approximately 50 square meters and has a large and comfortable patio. The view is beautiful and gives you plenty of privacy. There is a small clinic nearby in case of emergencies. You are also near surf shops, an ice cream store, three or four surfing schools, car rentals, ATV rentals, bike rentals, several clothing stores, a mini-mart, a bakery, and a bank. Everyone speaks English.

Traveling to Nosara.

1. The best way to come to Nosara from Liberia Airport with a rental car:

We don't advise driving during nighttime when you are not familiar with the roads. We can arrange transport from the airport to Nosara. The trip takes 2-2.5 hours. If you want to rent a car, we advise you rent a GPS from the rental car company. With the GPS, you can at least enter "Nosara" or "Playa Guiones". Ask the car rental agent, and he will help you with the GPS. Once you are at the beach, the nearest location to the cottage that is easy to find is Cafe de Paris. If you don't use a GPS, here's what to do: Go south on Highway 21 to Nicoya. Then take Highway 150 south toward Samara. About 5 kms before Samara, you will see, on your left, National Rent a Car and Surfing Nosara Real Estate signs. Slow down. Then you will see a gas station and next a hardware store on your left. Across from the hardware store, to your right, is the partially paved dirt road to Nosara. If you get to Samara, you went too far. Once on the road to Nosara, you will pass Playa Garza. After Playa Garza, you will see a yoga institute on the left, and you will be coming into the beach area. Once you pass the yoga institute, look for a small sign on your left hand saying Casa Sombra. Turn in and go down a short hill. Your cottage is the center cottage. Virginie will be expecting you, but she needs to know the time and date of your arrival. If you have a phone, please give Virginie a call from Garza so she can meet at the house. If not, stop at Organico near the cottage. Organico is a mini market located on the main road on your right hand about 200m past the sign Casa Sombra, just before Coconut Harry's Surfshop. Organico will let you use their phone. Her cell is (+506) 8318.7840.

2. The best way to come to Nosara from San Jose with a rental car:

We can arrange transport from San Jose to Nosara. If you drive, we don't advise driving at night if you are not familiar with the roads. If you want to drive, we advise renting a GPS from the rental car agency. The trip takes 4 to 6 hours. From San Jose, take Route 27, a toll way, in the direction of Puntarenas. From Puntarenas follow Liberia-Las Canas, you will have left the Route 27 and are now on Panamerican or Route 1, lots of traffic, one lane, lots of curves, drive will follow this road for about 40 km (1 hour). At Restaurant LAS TRES HERMANAS (has lots of advertising along the road) Grill restaurant with giant bull statue and a gas station, turn left towards NICOYA. You will cross the Peninsula at the Puente de la Amistad. There are amazing views here. At low tide you can see a bunch of big crocs sunbathing. This is a nice stop. Continue on that road, at a T crossroads, Go right. When you get to Nicoya, turn left (at Burger King). Go aross town straight ahead. Follow SAMARA. About 5 kms before Samara, you will see, on your left National Rent a Car and Surfing Nosara Real Estate signs. Slow down. You will see a gas station and a hardware store on the left. Across from the hardware store, to your right, is the partially paved dirt road to Nosara. Follow that dirt road for about 25 kms. Don't follow Google, it will send you to Samara first then through another dirt road where you will have to cross a river and will most probably get stuck in with your car, unless you want some adventure. We usually meet at the Organico Market, just before Coconut Harry's surf shop and National Rent A Car, and call us from there. Organico will let you use their phone. Our cell phone is 8318 7840 or 8309 8194 and we would appreciate a call if you are delayed in any ways.


Rates & Availability

Guanacaste Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Normal Season
Aug 9 2016 - Dec 20 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas & Holiday
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas & Holiday
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50

In addition to the rental fee, you are charged $50 is kept for cleaning. When you are greeted at the cottage, the greeter will request a $100 damage deposit, which will be returned to you when you are leaving. We have two soft-top 9 foot longboards you can use (or you can rent long boards and short boards from several local shops). If there is damage to the boards, repairs will be deducted from the damage deposit.

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Guanacaste Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 440 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1), Child (fold-out) Double Bed (1). This bed is cool - it folds and unfolds with a switch.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Since moving here, we've discovered lots of information on where to buy groceries, where to shop, where to get hard-to-find things, how to get about (we mostly walk, take the local bus or hitch-hike), where to get car rentals, where the best and cheapest meals can be found, and where the best surfing spots are. We have documented all this in a binder you will find when you arrive. You will probably meet Marleen, the cat that adopted us when we moved here. Marleen's original owner passed away five years ago, and she's made a living by wandering from place to place and begging meals. She must like our cat food, because she hasn't budged from our refrigerator top since we first let her in. We leave cat food under the sink for her in case you're also a sucker for cute pussy cats. If we've run out of cat food , you can find it at the local mini-market down the path.

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