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RentRica Affordable Luxury Estate Large Pool Secluded 6+ Bedrooms Sleep 15

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Our home is in a gated community 2 minutes from the beach.

I have 3 properties in the Jaco / Playa Hermosa area. Feel free to mix and match. You can see all three at I book exclusively through HomeAway/VRBO and are a Premiere Partner.

If Casa Espana is booked for your dates check out:

Casa Overlook

THE Penthouse

This is our most popular home and my favorite. My wife, Katherine and I (Rick) own these homes ourselves. The number listed here with HomeAway/VRBO is my personal cellphone. You can call me anytime with any questions or concerns you may have. Although I think our homes are the best there is to offer, I also believe it is the level of service we provide that separates us from the others. Many of the properties you see listed are managed by brokers or agents. If you book with us you will be interacting with just Katherine, Maricela and myself. And we are available to you for anything at any time. We will help you book your tours, rent your car, get you directions to the house or anywhere else.

If the dates you need are only partially available, contact me. I may be able to put you in one house for part of your stay and the other for the rest.

Casa Espana, is 4 minutes and 25 seconds from the beach, 9 minutes from downtown Jaco and 1 hour, fifteen minutes from the San Jose (SJO) airport. It is in a small quiet, gated community called Opera Salvaje in Playa Hermosa. The house is secluded, has it's own gate, a large pool and is equipped like a luxury home in the US would be.

There are two buildings. The main house has 4 bedrooms on 3 levels with 4 full bathrooms. The guesthouse has 2 bedrooms and one bathroom. One of the bedrooms is actually 2 rooms. The pool is beautiful and big. There is a jacuzzi, pool bathroom, and a big yard. This is the perfect place for that family gathering you have been dreaming about.

The house is spacious, with a large open living, kitchen dining area, a banquet table for 12, and a second table for 4. There is an indoor waterfall, high-speed wireless Internet throughout, cable TV, Netflix and ice cold AC throughout the entire property. You will have all the amenities of home while living in the jungles of Central America.

The kitchen is very well equipped. There is a real espresso machine, dishwasher, gas stove and oven, a large island and plenty of room to cook up a storm. The water is perfectly safe to drink and tastes better than any tap water I have tried in the US.

I bought the absolute best mattresses and pillows. We brought high thread count sheets from the US. Nothing ruins a great vacation faster than a bad nights sleep. No expense has been spared anywhere on either of these homes. My accountant can attest to that :)

Here are how the bedrooms are laid out:

Main House

1 King Bed - Bedroom 1 - 1st Floor (down one level from the main floor) Private Bath

1 King Bed - Master Bedroom 3rd Floor - Private Bath

1 Queen Bed - 3rd Floor Bedroom - Private Bath

1 Queen Bed - 4th Floor Bedroom - Private Bath

Guest House

1 Queen Bed - Right Side Bedroom - Shared Bath

1 Queen Bed - Left Side Bedroom (this bedroom has 2 rooms) Shared Bath

1 Double Bed (lower bunk) - Left Side Bedroom (this bedroom has 2 rooms) Shared Bath

1 Twin Bed (upper bunk) - Left Side Bedroom (this bedroom has 2 rooms) Shared Bath

Other things you will find:

Washer and Dryer

3 Surf Boards

Large Flat Screen TV w/ Cable

Fast WiFi Everywhere Including the Pool

BBQ Grill, Microwave, Blender, Toaster Oven and Every Cooking Utensil Imaginable

Incredible Artwork Everywhere

Massage Table

Local Cellphone

US/Canadian Phone

Local Land Line Phone

Portable WiFi Hotspot You can Use Anywhere in Costa Rica Free

Here are some of the activities nearby:

Zip Lining - 20 minutes to the North in Los Suenos

Horseback riding 15 minutes away

Surfing Lessons in Jaco just 9 Minutes away

Manuel Antonio National Park (guaranteed Monkies) 50 minutes to the South.

ATV Rides 9 Minutes Away

River Rafting 50 minutes to the South

Golf 20 MInutes North

SCUBA Diving

There is so much more. If there is anything you are interested in that I didn't mention, just ask.

Getting Here: We are a 75-minute drive from the San Jose airport. DO NOT fly into Limon. Many times people make that mistake. Limon is on the North East Coast. All the cool stuff (well most of it) is on the Pacific side. You do not want to go to Limon. You can rent a car from Vamos in San Jose and drive yourself. It is highway all the way. I will give you coordinates to the house and you can get here with Google maps. I'll even show you how to download the maps in advance so you don't use data along the way. If you aren't comfortable driving here we can arrange a transport for you. Once you are in Jaco we can help you get a rental car.

Do I need a car? There is so much to see and do in every direction you are going to want to have vehicles. Yes, there are plenty of cabs and sure, we can arrange transportation to anything but I think you will love driving around here. We drive on the same side of the road as you do and it is easy to find your way around. Drivers are courteous and the roads are relatively safe and mostly paved.

Money: The local currency is colones. There are 560 colones to a US dollar. You don't need colones. You can use dollars everywhere. If you want colones the cheapest way to get them is out of the ATM. Don't go to any of the currency exchange booths. And don't buy colones from your bank in the US. You will get charged 10% or more with either of those. Cash is king in Costa Rica. Restaurants will take credit cards (usually) but Taxi rides, massages, and many other small purchases must be made in cash. If the power goes out no one can take credit cards. So keep some cash reserves.

Language: About half the people in Jaco speak English. Every restaurant, store and tour operator has English speaking employees. Costa Ricans are extremely friendly. They will help you with your Spanish. Maybe a cram course on before you go will help :)

Communication: You can call me at any time. My personal cell phone is listed here with HomeAway. If you are coming to Costa Rica it is best to create a WhatsApp account. This is how most of Central America, Mexico, and Europe communicate. It's free. You can talk with Maricela before and during your trip. Message or call her with WhatsApp for everything from a dinner reservation to a masseuse to come to the house. She will make dinner reservations for you, arrange transportation, book your tours and whatever else you need. Think of Maricela as your personal Concierge. Just don't forget to tip her before you leave ;)

Is It Safe? Yes. It is as safe in Costa Rica as it is in the US. There is no place in the world that has zero crime. Use common sense and you will be safe. Don't walk on the beach alone at night, mind your own business, watch out for riptides and don't stand under coconut trees or swim in the Tercoles River with the Crocodiles and you will be just fine.

Is this the right place for you? I picked this area and these homes very carefully. Even if you don't rent from me, this is the area you want to stay in. There are lots of places in Costa Rica that look good on the internet. And most of them are as beautiful as the pictures. But even though Costa Rica is a small country it can take a long time to get from one place to another. I looked at lots of locations. Many of the areas that try to attract your tourism dollars are in the middle of nowhere. Playa Hermosa is perfect. It's minutes from Jaco but away from the chaos. You have dozens of restaurants to choose from, loads of night life, a fancy casino and every activity imaginable a short ride away. There is live music at the Green Room in Jaco every night. And it's all right here on the Pacific ocean. I don't mean to knock the other side of the country but the Caribbean (anywhere) is nothing compared to the Pacific.

If you have any questions about travel to Costa Rica I am happy to answer them.

We host families, friends, and company get togethers. This is a luxury home within a gated community. It's not for bachelor parties. Only the guests registered with us, and the guards at the gate are allowed on the property.

Our other home is on the mountain and has incredible views. It's called Casa Overlook. You can see the photos, videos, and reviews on HomeAway, listing # 4248920.

More Details

Rick Culleton
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Rick Culleton

I am a traveler. I started purchasing large luxury vacation homes in 2013 after realizing how difficult it was to find first class accommodations for our extended family. My goal is to create places that are the backdrop for family vacations that are remembered for life.

Rick Culleton purchased this house in 2017

Why Rick Culleton chose Playa Hermosa

This house was built by renowned builder Kelie Limehouse as her own personal residence. This house is what launched her building career in Costa Rica. Kelie spent a month sitting on the lot studying the sunrise, sunset and wind direction. One of the photos in the listing is her original concept drawing. The house is intriguing from every angle, inside and out. There is an indoor water feature and lots of natural materials. Nearly all of the furnishings are locally made.

What makes this house unique

Convenient seclusion is the best way to describe the location. The house is located a mile and a half from the best beach for many miles in a gated neighborhood named Opera Salvaje in Playa Hermosa.


Playa Hermosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • There is a cash deposit of $500US required at check-in that is refunded in cash at checkout provided all keys and borrowed items are returned.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master - 1 king
    Second Floor - 1 queen
    Third Floor - 1 queen
    First Floor - 1 king
    Guest House - 1 queen
    Guest House Suite - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This bedroom is really two rooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Rick and Maricela were so easy to work with . Maricela helped us book our trips and answered us immediately with any questions . The property was beautiful and I would go back again . Katrina Good

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property. Well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful,safe, clean, delightful. What a wonderful place to come hone to every night. Rick and his property manager, Maricela, were quick to respond to any questions we had. We brought our five children and their spouses here for a week. HIGHLY recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! Our family all enjoyed it! The house and grounds and pool were very nice... Beautiful part of Costa Rica! Everything went so good from our driver who picked us up from the airport- thanks George! And Maria who did a fine job of making sure we were well taken care of ....and Marcella who checked us in and out again...and answered our questions and arranged for our transportation etc. Thank you and may God bless you all!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded paradise

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place for a larger group seeking to enjoy and explore Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Tucked in a jungle-like gated and guarded residential community about a mile from quiet and surf focused Playa Hermosa but only a 15 minute drive to the action, dining and shopping of Jaco. Casa de Espana offers everything needed to relax, enjoy and live the Pura Vida, even surfboards!

Rick, your owner, and Maricela and her husband Jonathan, his property managers, get you settled and are immediately responsive to any need or question that might arise during your stay.

Four bedrooms in the main house, plus a separate casita with two more, gives tons of sleeping space plus beneficial separation for kids or families. Kitchen has everything, espresso maker included. Ample high quality linens throughout and washer/dryer when needed.

We plan a return visit and fully recommend as an ideal place for a beach vacation Costa Rica style.

Only one suggestion: the home is fully equipped with multiple “mini-split” a/c units not so common in US or Canada. They work and cool wonderfully but operation and temp control can be different than conventional central units so there is a bit of learning curve to achieve best results. Rick can also fully adjust remotely should help be needed.

Stay here, you will thank me!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay! The house was beautiful and Maricela and Johnathan were both awesome hosts! We will for sure be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa De Espa es Paz, Amor, Alegria, y Pura Vida!!!

  • 5 of 5

I just got back from my stay at Casa de Espana in Costa Rica. LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!! Casa de Espana truly is a luxury estate with a "Welcome Home" comfort. My party was a group of 12 adults, each couple got their own spacious, well decorated, cozy room. The kitchen had we needed to make meals for my large group. The large patio and pool was our daily hangout, rain or shine. When you sit in the cozy patio lounge chairs and look all around you notice all the flora and fauna, and YES!!!! there were native animals that seemed to enjoy watching our shenanigans. Casa de Espana is located in a safe gated community, just a short drive to beach and Jaco's main street. The very best part of our stay was Rick's [owner], Maricela's, and Johnathan's [care takers] willingness and readyness to accommodate any request, answer any questions, and provide suggestions on what to while in Costa Rica. You can't beat hospitality like that!!! PURA VIDA!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
San Jose SJO
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Backyard Bar
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Los Suenos
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Backyard Bar
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Backyard Hotel Restaurant

Great surfing close by. Fishing, zip lining, ATV rides and much more are very close by.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund