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Paradise Getaway in Costa Rica

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2900 square ft. of beautiful living space with ocean & mountain views!

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living and dining rooms, spacious fully functional kitchen with new appliances. Walk-in to full laundry room with washer & dryer. Features an amazing terrace that spans the full width of the back of the house, with fabulous views of the Gulf of Nicoya, Pacific Ocean, Puntarenas, and mountain ranges. Enjoy early morning breakfasts, mid afternoon cocktails, and beautiful sunsets on our spacious terrace. Birdwatching and just plain relaxing can also be enjoyed! Easy access to terrace from living/dining room and 2 main floor bedrooms. Plenty of parking available at front of house, or in lower carport.

House is located in a 24 lot gated community, on a spacious 5000 sq. meter lot. The property still operates as a working coffee plantation. Beautiful trails, a waterfall, creeks, tilapia pond, and of course lots of coffee plants, make it a very charming and relaxing environment. Butterflies, deer, ducks, toucans, parrots, and various other birds can be seen on our property. Positano de Magallanes is a very special place!

Centrally located, within 90 minutes of many major attractions such as Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls & Gardens, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Carrera National Rainforest, Sarchi, Puntarenas, Zip-Lining, Butterfly Farms, and much more. The nearest beach is just a 35 minute drive away, part of a national rainforest, where capuchin monkeys come down from the trees to join you for lunch.

Shopping is just a short 5 minute drive away, in lovely San Ramon. Large shopping mall with movie theatres and plenty of shops, the University of Costa Rica, hospital, restaurants,banks, farmers market, pharmacies, dentists, and everything else you may need during your stay.

You will meet Norm & Ana, our property managers, in San Ramon. From there, they will take you to our house, a short 5 minute drive away in Magallanes. Norm & Ana will walk you through the house, pointing out its many features, and provide you with the keys. Enjoy your welcome basket, which includes some of the varied and delicious fruits available in Costa Rica.

If you need something smaller, check out our other new property at VRBO #676793 , which sleeps up to 3 people. See listing for details, or contact us.

More Details

Joe Pignatelli
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2017

About Joe Pignatelli

Joe is an insurance broker and Liz works for a builder in Canada. They have been married for 39 years and have 3 children. Some of their interests include music, golf, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Joe Pignatelli purchased this house in 2010

Why Joe Pignatelli chose Alajuela Province

After looking at Florida, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, we felt that Costa Rica had so much more to offer. The country is so beautiful, and very easy to travel through. There are many micro climates to suit individual needs and an abundance of things to do. In 1949 the country abolished their army and invested all their money into education and health care, therefore they have a well educated and happy population. Recent surveys show that Costa Ricans are one of the happiest people in the world. Costa Rica has a very low crime rate compared to other countries in Central & South America. They also have a longer life expectancy because of the lifestyle they live - Pura Vida!

What makes this house unique

Our house is just 5 minutes from San Ramon, which is approximately 35 minutes west of the San Jose Airport, and is very central to everything. San Ramon has a hospital, university, shopping, churchs, movie theatres, and best of all, the weather is fabulous! Because San Ramon is 3500 ft. above sea level, the average daytime temperature all year round is 25 celcius, or 78 farenheit. Evenings are usually a little bit cooler, but very pleasant. There is no need to have air conditioning or heating in our home. If you are interested in some more heat, just drive 40 minutes west to the beach where the temperatures can reach 35 celcius plus. Our location is central to as many activities and attractions you can imagine. Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall & Gardens, La Fortuna & Lake Arenal, San Luis Zip-Lining, Carera National Rainforest, Sarchi, Tortuga Island, and San Jose are all a reasonable drive away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I were blown away by the spectacular views from this home. Norman and Ana were wonderful. Norman took us to the grocery store before going to the house so we could cook meals in this fully equipped home. Rooms were perfectly decorated with comfortable beds. Loved the master bathroom rainfall shower. The house had plenty of towels, instructions on where to visit and a nice memory garden to leave something for the homeowners. We had a fabulous stay and would definitely go back!
Apr 2016
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San Ramón House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main floor
  • 2 full-size and fully equipped.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master with Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Spacious rooms. King size beds (1) in master bedroom., Queen size Beds (2) in guest bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Paradise Getaway in Costa Rica
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
Fairfield TX - JC Ranch

This is the first property I have stayed that was much more beautiful than the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

This property not only meet every need but added so much to our enjoyment - the view - the furnishings - the location.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay, and the property exceeded your expectations. Hope to see you again in your future travels.
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exceptional accomodations and wonderful country

  • 5 of 5

I decided to take my family on a memorable trip and there was no other destination than Costa Rica. We wanted to cook ourselves and there was no other home that suited our needs but this beautiful new home overlooking the coffee plantation. We sat on the terrace in the morning, noon and evening and saw tucans and all other type of birds, what a relaxing time. Memories are made of this and my grandchildren said so many times "thanks gram for bringing us here". We all had our own lovely space, walked to get fresh eggs, walked on the trails, watched the sunsets and sun rising and just sat and listened to nature.Thanks so much for letting us share your home.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you and your family enjoyed staying at our home while you toured around Costa Rica and enjoyed its charms. Hope to see you back again some time soon!
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Beautiful, Peaceful and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

The home is located in a gated community that is impeccably maintained. The gardens and waterfalls throughout are beautiful and the view from the private deck of the home is peaceful and great at night. The home is the best equipped, most comfortable and best maintained vacation home that we have ever stayed at in Costa Rica. We found wonderful places close by to go eat and there is a mini market just down the hill from the house. Also being so close to Highway 1 made our travels easy. Help was readily available if we needed it and internet and a phone was provided for our use. We hope to stay again next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are very happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our little Piece of Paradise. We would love to have you back anytime. Take care! Joe & Liz
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Two Months close to Heaven

  • 5 of 5

I really want to find the words to describe these two incredible months that we stayed at Joe's Home, this place is located in the best community in San Ramon of Alajuela, it is close to everything and at the same time you can enjoy the privacy of a gated community in the mountains, we were impressed from the first day we were there, the sunsets that you can see from the living room window are a recreation of the sunsets that you will see from heaven, Amazing.

The house has everything you would need, and I meant "everything"

We spent two months in the house with my family of four, my two daughters 16 and 12 and they really enjoyed the place, we went for a short walks and they walked by themselves, security is not an issue.

our idea of been there is because we have plans to live in the area on the near future and this house was perfect for us.

I want to thanks Joe & Liz for treated us as a friends and let us rent their lovely place for such a long term. I am looking to rent in the future from you guys.

Thank you very much !! me and my family enjoyed a lot the piece of paradise you have !! I truly recommend this house for families, couples and small groups

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Eduardo! We are very happy that your family enjoyed our house and the area is spectacular, as you mentioned. Good luck with your house.
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There's a reason they call it "paradise."

  • 5 of 5

The home will spoil you. The view will inspire you. The location will provide you a home base central to an amazing number of activities and attractions in this lovely country. The neighbors and friends you meet will entice you to return. This place is truly lovely and lives well up to its description. Two couples, long-term friends, shared it for 10 days earlier this month and found it a perfect place to launch from and lounge in. Thanks to Joe & Liz, Ana & Norman, Alexa, and Wagner for your welcoming and wonderful spirits.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure hosting you and we are delighted that you had such a good time. Definitely agree on your description of the central location of our home - one of the reasons we chose to be in San Ramon. It was also really special for us to meet you and we enjoyed our time together at sunset. You are welcome to come back anytime. Joe & Liz
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Northern Michigan

Stunning Views and Centrally Located

  • 5 of 5

This property and home are exceptionally beautiful, quiet and serene.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you LuAnn! We are very happy that you all enjoyed your stay here. Hope to see you again, Joe & Liz
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Rates & Availability

San Ramón House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Peak Season
Jan 1 2017 - May 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Peak Season
May 15 2017 - Aug 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Standard Rate
Aug 15 2017 - Dec 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Break
Dec 17 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Peak Season
Jan 1 2018 - May 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Mid Peak Season
May 15 2018 - Aug 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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"This is a breathtaking tourist location and it's only a 90 minutes drive from our house."
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"A very beautiful theatre where you can go for music and plays."
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"A very artsy town. You can find souvenirs, leather, furniture, and lots of shopping. Easy da..."
Carara National Park
"This rainforest is about a 90 minute drive from our house. If you like nature, this is a gre..."
Zoo Ave
"This is a great tropical zoo, located about 35 minutes away."
Nearest Airport
38 Kilometres
San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Don Quixote
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Santa Anna
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Panamerican Hwy#1
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Don Quixote
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Just 8 minutes west of San Ramon. Major attractions within 90 minutes of our home include Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls & Gardens, San Luis Zip-Lining, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal & Volcano, Sarchi, Carara National Rainforest, and the Gulf of Nicoya with several beaches. Enjoy many activities such as Zip-lining, Hiking, Whitewater Rafting, Sports Fishing, Swimming, Biking, Sunbathing, Snorkeling, Scuba-diving, Birdwatching, and much more! It's a nature lover's feast.


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