2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4, Laundry, Kitchen. Pool, Carport
About Sterling Baker
As I was approaching retirement, I decided that Ocotal was a little piece of heaven, where I intended to spend the rest of my life. As a building contractor myself I worked with the designer on the location and optimal view of the ocean for both the main house and the guest house over the much-needed carport. I love gardening, as you can see from the pictures of the house. I completed the house in 2003 and have been living in the guest house with the sliding doors open to hear the soothing ocean at night. I head into town in the morning to the Panaderia (bakery) to grab a coffee and people watch. In the afternoon I tend to my gardens
Sterling Baker purchased this House in 2004
Why Sterling Baker chose Playa Ocotal
Ocotal Beach and the gated community we live in is 10 minutes down the Gold Coast from Coco Beach, a hopping town during the high season. There is great and affordable food stores, bakeries and financial institutions. However, as you drive beyond Coco to Ocotal, you enter your own little bit of heaven. As you come through the gates you can see the ocean, just minutes away. Take a u-turn up the hill and you climb, and climb and climb, until you are almost at the top and you are at your house. I oversaw construction and paid attention to the details, which is why I have the Million Dollar view! Walk around the total estate 3km in about an hour to enjoy all of the views, while really get a workout. I also head down to the beach in the afternoon for a swim and a run. Just a 30-minute drive from the Liberia International Airport (LIR). Direct flights from Canada. You can take tours from here on a catamaran to secluded beaches, go with certified Scuba divers or sport fishing and over to Diamante to zip line. The snorkeling in the bay is outstanding. I have seen rays and schools of fish 10' deep and 3 football fields long. Head north and you can enjoy the 4 Seasons Hotel 18 hole golf course. Just a 10 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Coco Beach, for shopping, exploring and great local coffee at Ticoffia, tell Karina Sterling sent you for great service and special gifts.
What makes this House unique
Do not misconstrue the rainy season at Ocotal Beach. For a very great majority of the time, it only means that you have blazing sun through the early afternoon and it often comes back before the sun sets. You will actually appreciate the break from the sun. May to September you do not have to contend with the huge influx of winter tourists, so you can call the place your own! I had one tenant in 2014 from August to December and they had only 3 days where the sun did not come out at all. They lived here 3 years and only 6 days without seeing the sun!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Relaxation at it’s best!
Daily sunsets, quiet beach, beautiful mornings bird watching and seeing the howler monkeys, cooling off in the pool with a gorgeous view, making meals in a well-equipped kitchen, wonderful sleeps, and a gem of a host (Sterling and his dog Coco) who greeted us and ensured our holiday was the best! Our family can’t say enough about this beautiful property and its amenities. Thank you to Sterling who was always available when needed (including airport transfers), and for maintaining an incredible property. We will definitely be back!
Greatest guest's , five stars,
Thanks for the condition you left the house.
Spyglass and the infinity pool has incredible views overlooking Playa Ocotal. The property is well situated close to Coco Beach and all it's amenities. Sterling was a great host. Inconspicuous, but there if you needed him. A great place to relax and unwind.
J&C, T&C, Ontario
Sterling was a very good host.
The house has amazing views from every room. I would definitely go back again
Randy, Paul, Machelle and Tina was a great and happy group.
Have a safe return to Canada and hope for your return CR
Sterling was a wonderful host and very responsive. We loved his dog Jojo, who was a frequent visitor and made our stay special! The view over Playa Ocotal was stunning, and we enjoyed spending our afternoons bird watching looking out over the water, and watching the sun set.
Four Stars Tekla and Chuck was my Guests for all of December and January.
Maintaining the house is difficult on long term. I prefer short term.
Easy to control all situations. Can give red carpet service on short term.
Wonderful Vacation Home
We had the best holiday ever at Sterling's Spy Glass Home. The house is absolutely amazing. It is perfect for two couples with private master suites at each end. It has all the amenities needed. It is well stocked with toiletries, laundry supplies, dish soap, pool floaties, lawn chairs, a cooler and most importantly a blender for fun drinks:)
The view is breathtaking. Waking up and having morning coffee on the deck with the ocean view was a highlight to each day. One morning the howler monkeys came right by our deck. The pool is on the side of the house and the covered deck on the front so you have beautiful views all around and a break from the sun if one area is too hot.
The beach at Ocotal is very nice. It is an easy walk down the hill, quite the hike back up. The snorkeling at the beach was great. Father Roosters restaurant on the beach is very good.
The best part of this vacation rental by far is the owner, Sterling. The hospitality he provided was above anything we expected. He picked us up at the airport late at night. When we arrived at his home he had groceries for us. He had eggs, bread, cereal, coffee, chips, beer and I'm not even sure what else. So after an exhausting day of traveling we had nothing to worry about. Sterling also let us rent his vehicle, which was very handy, and gave us a lot of tips on where to get groceries and some great places to explore. Our last two days we had to move to a condo in Coco as his house was previously booked. Sterling drove from there to the airport at 3 am to catch our flight home.
This is not just a vacation rental, it feels like home. We miss everything there, including Jojo (Sterlings dog) coming to join us for breakfast every morning. We are already looking at the calendar to see when we can come back again.
SIX STARS for Jennifer,s group.
Could not be a better group to host.
The house was left in great shape and had a lot of helpful hints.
Fun group and I believe they will return.
Videos at YOUTUBE search: Spyglass House in Playa Ocotal, Overlooking beautiful Ocotal Bay and has a well maintained pool, patio, and landscaping around the home. The property is surrounded by a tropical forest with flora & fauna, Monkey's, Squirrels, an array of Birds, and Iguanas. Costa Rica boasts over 10,000 varieties of plants, trees, orchids, and over 3,000 species and types of Butterflies, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians, fresh and salt water Fish. There are also many Indigenous people who still reside in Costa Rica keeping their heritage alive.
Spyglass House is an estimated 500 meter walk to Playa Ocotal beach. Playa Ocotal is a “Blue Banner Beach” and meets all International environmental standards. Playa Ocotal is great for Snorkeling. You can see over 70% of sea life within a short swim of the beach. Playa Ocotal is a secluded beach, with Father Rooster's, a dive shop, fishing from beach, boat charter, sailing. Nearby Playa del Coco is the beach hub for the entire area with most everything you might want or need including tours.
Golf: The Papagayo Golf and Country Club is located only 10 kilometers southeast of Playas del Coco. Papagayo Golf and Country Club in Libertad offers 335 acres of peace and tranquility. This is the first private golf course open to the public in Guanacaste. This course is USGA Certified with a Slope Rating of 122. This country club contains a user friendly 18 hole course and has a practice tee and a driving range. Papagayo Golf and Country Club is 355 Acres of peace and tranquility. For more information on a truly unique golfing experience, simple use any search engine and enter Papagayo Golf and Country Club, Costa Rica.