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Peter Downing

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english

BEACH-FRONT WITH SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEW ON PLAYA PALO SECO!

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

Two level, 4 bedroom beach house, on 1/2 acre lot with private pool

Villa Dos Gatos (House of Two Cats) is fronted by a large teak balcony featuring two hammocks + 4 person dining table - this is the signature location of the house with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The main living area of the house is located on the upper level; at this level the ocean-view presents itself from all points in the open-concept kitchen, dining and living room areas. Vaulted ceilings, teak beams and numerous windows enhance this area with abundant light and air. The kitchen is well equipped with coffee maker, toaster, pots & pans, cutlery, dishes, glasses, blender, electric stove and fridge. For indoor dining a lunch bar separates the kitchen and living room - there are 6 bar-height, teak chairs. Behind the house is the private pool and rancho with propane and charcoal bar-b-ques; a bar in the rancho offers an outside dining option near the pool.

The yard features a huge mango tree, two almond trees, numerous palms and other tropical plants.

Beach, Ocean and Weather are the main attractions at Isla Palo Seco; they are spectacular! Isla Palo Seco is a barrier island, essentially a sand spit, that extends 8 km in length. The sand beach extends the entire length of the Island on the ocean-facing side; approximately 8 km of palm-lined, pristine beach. The ocean water is warm, surprisingly warm. Waves are constant; they are a surfer/boogie boarder's dream. At Dos Gatos we have 3 surf boards (2 long boards and 1 short board) and 4 boogie boards for our guests to use. At high or low tide the beach is breathtaking but if you want to walk the beach low tide is best. At low tide the ocean recedes to uncover a flat, sand strip that extends for more than half of the 100 or so metres between the water and the beach grass and palms. This flat sand is firm and a pleasure to walk. The beach is never crowded with people. Except for weekends and holidays when Tico (Costa Rican) families gather at the beach, it is almost deserted. I once walked the entire length of the Island and encountered only 3 people! The estero located on the back side of the island is extensive and it known for its fishing and sight seeing.

The weather between December 1 and May 1 (summer) is predictable; except for the occasional rainfall in the evening or night - average daytime high temp is 33 c under clear skies and average nighttime lows are 21 c. Even in the green season there is sun on most days from early morning to early afternoon when the clouds roll in with late afternoon showers - the average temps vary only slightly.

There are several very good restaurants on the beach: 'Mar Y Sol' is a restaurant/bar with relaxed atmosphere and good food, 'Beso Del Viento' offers French quesine by reservation, 'Hotel La Isla' has an extensive menu and the newest resort on the Island 'Clandestino Resort' and "Coco Mar" (newest restaurant on the beach) offer more upscale dining at reasonable prices.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Peter Downing (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Peter Downing

We are a Brady Bunch type family - we have 6 adult children between us and 9 grandchildren - this is our family vacation home! The house was designed to accommodate large groups - if the group is larger than this house can accommodate there are nearby over-flow options.

Peter Downing purchased this house in 2012

Why Peter Downing chose Costa Rica

We were initially attracted to the tropics by the beaches, palm trees and warm breezes. We chose Costa Rica for our vacation home because of its stable government and relative safety - we were attracted to La Isla Palo Seco in particular because of the pristine quiet beach. This is not the place to go for the night life - but if you are looking for a tropical paradise this fits the bill - the house is big enough for family vacations or groups who wish to vacation together with private pool and an essentially private beach! Sunset watching is very popular here - sunsets are different every day and they can be quite spectacular. As you end your day on the balcony (perhaps with a favorite beverage) you will be serenaded by the sounds of the ocean, the breeze in the palms and the cheeping of the geckos - enjoy.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)
BEACH-FRONT WITH SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEW ON PLAYA PALO SECO!
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Hermitage, PA, USA
5

Sooo relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned after having spent 11 days at this beautiful house...FANTASTIC time! we were four adults and four teenagers, and all of us fit very comfortably at Dos Gatos. Four bedrooms with A/C, plus two very nice porches, hammocks, and a nice "commons" area allowed all of us to be able to "to our own thing" without feeling cramped.

For those who like the ocean, it is just across the street. Fantastic surfing and boogey-boarding...the surf lessons in Jaco paid off! Early AM walks during low tide were fantastic...so peaceful...no one else on the beach! The currents are pretty strong, so if you are more of a pool person, the pool and BBQ area in the backyard will be perfect for you! It was so nice to lounge around the pool, drink fresh coconut water (Reyes the guard can cut them open for you!), and just take in all of the sights and sounds. Monkeys, iguanas, birds, and some of the most beautiful butterflies you will ever see. Also, depending on the season, you will have fresh limes and mangoes to pick from in the yard ....!

DEFINITELY follow Peter's advice and rent your car from Zuma ... they offer a first-class service! Can't say enough about how impressed we were with them! If you like your libations (aside from beer), buy several bottles at the Duty Free Shop...not only is it MUCH cheaper, but it's not watered down like some of the stuff we bought in town. The MaxiPali Stores (Costa Rican WalMart) in Jaco and Quepos carry many items. The little stores in Parrita aren't bad, but save $$ and buy your fruits and veggies at the stands in Parrita (located right near bus stop)...nice selection and good prices! Don't waste your $$ on bottled water...we drank the tap water and suffered no ill effects! Also, Inga and Pablo at Mar y Sol were very helpful...count on them (their English is perfect) to help you to set up zipline tours, horseback riding, etc. Reyes (security guard), Silvia (housekeeper), and Juan (pool guy) were all extremely helpful. They did their best to help make our stay as comfortable as possible. Isla Palo Seco has lots to offer as far as sights and sounds...take time to explore it!

Lastly, make sure to bring your own bug spray...we had both Cutter's and Off, and they worked well. Figure on one can/person/week...otherwise, you will pay $10/can at the local stores.

All in all, it was simply "perfecto"! Gracias, Peter!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 9 days at Villa Dos Gatos. Absolutely perfect. Every detail was thought out. We spent our time lounging by the pool or heading to the secluded beach across the street. This house had more than enough room for our party of 4 adults and one teenager. The house was convenient to everything yet secluded enough that we felt totally at peace.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Long Grove, IL, USA
5

Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

My family and i stayed at Villa Dos Gatos from June 29th through July 9th of 2016.

Peter is an excellent host, the booking was straightforward and he was extremely helpful. Providing detailed instructions on getting to the house from San Jose, local spots to visit and lots of information about the house itself. He called us at the house after we had arrived to make sure everything was ok.

The house itself is ideal if you're looking for a quiet spot away from the tourist areas but with an easy drive in Jaco or Quepos. The beach was deserted for most of the time we were there. The boys loved the boogie boards and the waves were ideal for them. They spent hours on the beach itself, then a quick shower (setup right next to the pool) and then a refreshing fresh water dip in the pool. If you have young ones just be careful about the undercurrent and possible zip currents. The waves are powerful and you need to treat them with some respect.

The house itself has everything you'll need, all the necessary items for your stay. All the, 4, bedrooms have AC and ceiling fans, we stayed with just the fans as we very comfortable with just those going. The upstairs patio is a great place to hang out. We spent many an hour just enjoying the beach, white faced monkeys, yellow headed Caracara and various iguana's which visited the fruit trees regularly. The Caracara enjoyed the couple of land crabs that the boys got out of the pool. They were quick to pounce on the meal.

There is no TV, but Peter has a projector which we used frequently to screen films etc on the wall. Internet is fine and download speed was good enough for 3 boys and myself downloading and the boys steaming video. Cell phone reception at the beach is spotty, but we connected to the wifi and used voip calling when necessary.

Mary y Sol is an ideal place for a meal & drink. Pablo speaks excellent English and he helped us with a zip line tour and fishing in the estuary, where we also saw crocodiles, monkeys and lots of birds. We eat there 3 or 4 times during the stay. Everything cooked fresh. The fish and calamari were excellent.

Manuel Antonio was a bit disappointing. Peter is right when he says it's very busy with lots of tourists and locals. Associated costs for the places around the park and trinkets are vastly over priced. So we didn't do much there. The park itself is very busy, but we got to see a 3 toed sloth which was about 200 feet up in the canopy.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words - greatly appreciated by us to hear that our guests had such a nice time at our vacation home!
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5

Villa Dos Gatos - Just beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Villa Dos Gatos is a beautiful home on a beautiful beach in a beautiful country. We couldn't ask for anything more. Clean, comfortable rooms. There's a gas or a charcoal grill out by the pool, whichever you prefer. The kitchen is equipped with everything you might need. Buy the local coffee in the grocery store in Jaco, it's great.

The property has fruit trees and wildlife in abundance. We even experienced our own little "National Geographic" moment when one of the resident hawks made a meal of a large Halloween Crab. Many iguanas live out by the shed. There's a red squirrel that hangs out around the house that is the biggest I have ever seen.

The road to the house is not paved but is very well taken care of. Just up the road is a wonderful restaurant, Mar y Sol, which has great fresh seafood. Just across the road is a beach that is unbelieveable. We were there for a week and I saw a grand total of three people the whole time. The beach is a wonderful dark sand and it stretches for miles. The very first day we found a sand dollar. The waves close to shore are easily manageable by anyone interested in getting in the water. A little farther out and the waves can get up to 15 feet. My son and I spent hours with the boogie boards available in the house. What an amazing time.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your thoughts about our house and this place - five years since construction and we still look forward to each vacation there as something special - and we agree that the coffee here is very good - we always buy the "1820" brand - Peter
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London, Ontario Canada
5

Just So Well Conceived. Well Thought Out, Top To Bottom.

  • 5 of 5

First off, I have never wrote a review before. I actually really dislike the whole tripadvisor thing. I hope that lends extra credibility to my review. My family rented this lovely home from Jan 31-Feb 7, 2015. Peter could not have been better to deal with. We had rented on this beach before so we knew about the remoteness of the property. The thing that struck us the most was the thought that went into the design of the house and the comfort level as a rental property. EVERYTHING is where it should be. When we didn't know where something would be, it was always the first place we looked.

There were also so many little things, many more hand utensils, towels, pans, dishes etc. than I have ever had in any rental. All good quality, and in plentiful supply. They kept all the stuff from previous renters that you many have forgot, or run out of (bug spray, shampoo etc). Lots of stuff for the kids to play with, a great BBQ, I could go on and on.

It is quite a way from things, which is mostly good. We traveled to Quepos most nights as we had on our previous visit. We especially like Barba Roja and El Lagarto great sunset views and moderate upscale dining. We agree with Peter that the local beach restaurants are also quite good, and spent most of the time at Mar Y Lago. La Canada was good in Parrita (15 minutes or so).

The pool was the highlight for us. Again, smartly conceived. The pool is about 5 feet deep. A perfect depth for most adults and the kids can safely dive and swim to the bottom to "collect" things. It also has an underwater bench that is half in the shade and half in the sun with a perfectly placed umbrella shading those who are trying to avoid the sun for a bit. Just VERY smart.

We did not know that there was not a TV in the house, but we watched Netflix on our laptop with the excellent wifi connection. They even had a great wireless bluetooth speaker to connect your music too!

Thanks for a great stay. I think this house offers tremendous value and if you like remote and private, this is the place for you!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for taking the time to write this review - it is gratifying for us to know that our vacation home is as pleasant for our guests as it is for us - Peter
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Bend, Oregon, USA
5

Hands Down Best Place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay on the Pacific side of Costa Rica was hands down the best part of our vacation because of our stay at “Villa Dos Gatos”. We can’t say enough about how fabulous this house was for family fun. I had done a lot of research on the internet before finding Peter and Stephanie’s house and was not a bit disappointed when we arrived. I understand buying property and building a house in Costa Rica can be quite challenging and Peter has done a 1st class job. I can’t imagine anyone not being totally pleased with their experience from the first contact to book a reservation to their departure. Peter even called us on the house phone there the day after we arrived to make sure everything was OK. Everyone else has already mentioned the great things about the house, especially the pool which by-the-way, the photos do not do it justice. The surf boards and boogie boards; what a bonus to have those right there at the house. The book of information there was through and invaluable for making the most of your stay. I would like to take the time to say more about the local people in the beach community there associated with Peter’s house. The night we arrived it was after dark and Reyes was there with his flash light to help us get into the house. We didn’t speak enough Spanish to communicate well with Reye’s but we did manage to convince him to have dinner with us the night we barbecued fish the guys had caught. Our first full day there was Super Bowl Sunday so we went down to Inga’s Mar Y Sol soda which is just across the single lane bridge out onto the island. All the local ex-pats were there so we met Woody, Peter’s property manager, and learned more about the area. Also met Pablo, Inga’s son and arranged the Sky Mountain Zipline tour. That turned out to be a great adventure. The kids became friends with Pablo and we learned a lot about Costa Rica from him. We had to stop and have hugs with Pablo the day we left. The night we had a small medical emergency Reyes called Juan the pool guy right away as he was close by and then we called Woody who guided us down to the local clinic where everything was taken care of. We will spread the word to all our friends and family and hope and dream that we will get to go back someday. Thank’s Peter. From Bend, Oregon. PS: Sorry about the pool chair. PPSS: For any intrepid travelers headed to the Turrialba mountain area we would recommend white water rafting for class 3 and 4 rapids on the Pacuare River.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

on the back side of the Isla is and extensive estuary; (fishing and touring is available - Manuel Antonio National Park is located 30 km away; with jungle trails, beautiful protected beaches for swimming and snorkling - Jaco is 45 kms away; a surfer town with extensive tourist services - deep sea fishing is available out of Quepos (25 km away) or Herradura (50 km away) - horseback riding is available right on the beach - whitewater rafting can be arranged by our property manager - Sky Mountain zip-lining is about 20 minutes away with the longest lines in Costa Rica and spectacular views of the Parrita River valley

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Puntarenas House Rental Rates

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5 night minimum stay
$185
$1,295
 

Additional information about rental rates

$150.00 cancellation fee
-payment in full 2 weeks prior to arrival
NOTE:
Dry Season: if 2 or more weeks are booked $1,150.00/ week --- extra nights in addition to 1 week or more = $170.00
Green Season: if 2 or more weeks are booked $1,000.00/week --- extra nights in addition to 1 week or more = $150.00

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Amenities

Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 bathrooms - one up and one down (each bathroom has toilet, sink and shower - there is also an outside shower for washing off sand and salt from the ovean
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
  • 4 bedrooms are air conditioned and they have ceiling fans - in one bedroom is a bunkbed with Queen mattress on bottom and single on top - the 3 other bedrooms are equipped with 2 twin beds in each - when they are placed together they produce a king size bed or they can be split into two singles depending on preference.
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • whitewater rafting

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