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Idyllic hillside home, tranquil garden, pool, minutes to beach,all things Nosara

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

3 BD, 2.5 BA, Sleeps 6, 35' Salt Water Pool, Outdoor Shower, Meditation Area,

Dos Palmeras is a new, executive holiday three-bedroom home located in the peaceful and secluded EE Las Huacas region of Nosara. A renovation in January 2016 joined the two guest bedrooms to the main house with a walk-through passageway and the driveway is now paved for easier access.

Nestled in the hills above beautiful Guiones beach, Dos Palmeras is perfect for individuals looking for peace and quiet while remaining just a short drive from an assortment of popular restaurants, shops, and the beach itself (approx. 3km). With a large kitchen/living room area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a 35 foot infinity-edge pool, this home is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a small piece of paradise in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region.

The beautiful and spacious granite kitchen, kept cool by a large vaulted ceiling and fans, is fully equipped, complete with a gas range and a large refrigerator. With a unique open-concept design, the living room and master bedroom open fully to the terrace and pool beyond, giving one the sense of living outdoors. The home can also be completely secured with sliding doors and roll down motorized curtains for safety purposes. We also have multiple safes for your valuables.

The dining area on the terrace offers a breezy, sheltered eating experience with views out to the infinity pool and surrounding jungle. Wildlife is abundant, with howler monkeys passing by daily.

The bedrooms are all outfitted with king size beds but those in both guestrooms can be separated into two twin beds, depending upon your needs. A/C is available in all of the bedrooms, but with the gentle hilltop breezes and the house’s open design, you might just find that you don’t even need it. The house sleeps six.

Other features include: wireless internet, TV with DVD player, BBQ, safety bars or roll down curtains on all openings, safes, and an alarm system that is monitored by phone by a security service. We have a large water tank, so when the water is turned off in Guiones for part of the day or night, which happens quite often in the High Season/Dry season, you will have water available all the time.

Costa Rica has recently implemented a 13% sales tax on short term rentals of 21 days or less which we will calculate at time of booking. This does not apply to longer term rentals.

Enjoy your stay in beautiful Nosara. Pura Vida

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Property manager speaks English, Spanish, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

About Philip

We are a retired Canadian accountant and chiropractor from Toronto who designed and built this home to get away from the winters. We enjoy having our two sons join us for vacations.

Philip purchased this house in 2012

Why Philip chose Guanacaste

Nosara and the people here are amazing. Beautiful town to relax and unwind, you may want to surf or yoga if you are so inclined, otherwise just enjoy the peace and tranquility.

What makes this house unique

Our house, up in the hills above the beach receives cooling breezes and is peaceful and quiet but only a 5 minute drive to the main area for restaurants and shops. Neighbors are far enough away that you won't have to listen to their conversations and they to yours. You won't however escape the howler monkeys who will insist on being heard.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars - Reviewed 26 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

(from another rental website)

Loved this house located in the EE section of Nosara. Very newly constructed so everything is clean and fresh and attractive, both inside and out. We are veteran home renters, having rented 4 properties now in Nosara, as well as renting homes in the Bahamas, and various locations in the us so I think that experience makes me more picky than other vacationers might be. This house is great - nice interior, great master bedroom & bath. Lovely sliding door access to the outside area. Pool was fantastic and views of the jungle made it feel very secluded. Loved the outside shower as well. It's adequately equipped, not every bell/whistle you might want but nothing missing except there is no grill. We bought a small charcoal one to use as that was a big miss for us. The one word of caution I have is in the design of the house - the two guest rooms are not accessible via an internal door in the house. They can only be entered thru doors by the pool area. This is very clear in the floor plan posted on the website but I didn't catch it so this was a surprise to me. Wasn't an issue as it was only my husband and I but if we had kids, especially younger ones, I think this might be a challenge when doors are locked up at night. Jo & Agnes from Mango Property Mgmt. do a wonderful job, ensuring you're settled in and familiar with how everything works; they're happy to help if you have any questions or issues. Cleaning people, pool person and gardener all wonderful - did a great job while being unobtrusive. We would rent this house again. Note, when rating "would you recommend this for the following", I did not select older travelers or people w/disabilities are there are several stairs from the parking area down to the house which may be an issue.

Comment by owner: the grill is still there and all you need is a bag of charcoal or some driftwood from the beach. Fish, chicken and steaks are fantastic slow cooked on the grill. In my opinion... much tastier than a gas BBQ. NOTE: for 2015 we have added a gas BBQ. Thanks for the suggestion.
Mar 2014
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Playa Guiones House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Glass block wall for natural light
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower , Glass block wall. 2 guest bedrooms share
    Pool shower - outdoor shower
  • Both bathrooms have very large showers with glass block walls for natural light and cathedral ceilings. Guest bathroom has two sinks and separate lockable access doors for privacy.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds designed to fit together with king sheets
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds designed to fit together with king sheets
  • Master bedroom, ensuite bathroom and separate workstation/computer desk. Two sliding doors to terrace and pool. Guest bedrooms #2 and #3 share an ensuite bathroom and both have double doors open to terrace. All bedrooms have A/C and high cathedral ceilings with fans.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Get away from the noise and close proximity of other vacationers/residents in the town below and escape to the tranquility of your own open space, surrounded by thick jungle but yet only minutes away by car.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Idyllic hillside home, tranquil garden, pool, minutes to beach,all things Nosara
average rating of 4.9 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It was an amazing getaway. The owners are great the management company is great. Overall experience was great. Nothing bad to say about this place. I would go and stay there again for sure.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jonathon, we are so pleased you had an enjoyable time in Nosara and were happy with the choice of our home in which to spend your vacation. You will be most welcome to return anytime.
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“Sophisticated Jungle Living”

  • 5 of 5

Where to start? Dos Palmeras is located in a prestigious area of Nosara, a five minutes drive above the coast, and immersed in the fascinating rainforest. Private and tranquil, this beautifully designed house provides the perfect base for dipping in and out of the surrounding attractions, beaches and activities. Whoever planned/designed this villa thought of everything, and the facilities/equipment on hand are top notch. We are just loving eating out al fresco around the pool, and relaxing in between jaunts out around this stunning natural area. We are travelling with two teenage children, boy and girl, and the layout of the house is ideal for this set up as everyone is enjoying their own space and privacy. The best way to describe it would be 'luxury living within your own slice of paradise' - perfect for nature, animal and bird lovers - as you can while away the hours around the gorgeous infinity pool looking out for the different species of birds and animals passing through your very own garden! As for the surrounding area: we had read many reviews with people moaning about the dirt/rough roads around Nosara. This for us has not been a problem at all, and it's important to remember that the best things and places in the world are always slightly less accessible - we sincerely hope that the roads do not get too perfect - as this will encourage too many visitors and development. At the moment this all adds to the authenticity of the area, described by many as the Hawaii or Malibu of 30/40 years ago. Let's hope it stays this way and the fabulous ecosystem stays intact. During our stay we surfed, watched an 'arribada' turtle nesting event at Ostional, had a day out on Quad bikes, zip wiring, horse riding, kayaking...and in between enjoyed returning to our fabulous base of Dos Palmeras. All within easy distances. We have to say that our stay at this lovely property in many respects has made our holiday, and there's no question that should we ever return to this area we would stay here again (shame Costa Rica is so far from us!!). Highly, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul, thank you for this great review. We certainly hope you do return to Nosara one day despite the distance and we would welcome you back to Dos Palmeras anytime.
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Beautiful house and pool!

  • 5 of 5

The house is very nicely updated, spacious and clean with an excellent outdoor patio And saltwater pool. Everybody responded to our emails promptly and helped make renting a house out of the country an easy experience.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay and found that the house met your expectations. Your comments on the booking experience will be helpful to others.
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A beautiful and comfortable house!

  • 4 of 5

I loved the design and layout of the house and pool. It was aesthetically pleasing as well as very functional. The house stayed cool with the high ceilings, ceiling fans, and a/c units for the bedrooms. We were very comfortable with our 2 teenage boys and everyone enjoyed the pool after returning home. The management was prompt and helpful when issues arose (and there were a few) and even took the time to locate the glasses I unfortunately left behind, and mail them home. We asked for a breakfast cook and Graciela was fantastic. We had an abundance of delicious food every morning. One evening we wanted to dine at home with friends and asked her about cooking dinner. She suggested we have sushi and she would cook with her husband, who is a sushi chef. The meal was stunning and delicious. I highly recommend her services, as it made the vacation more relaxing. The patio is a very pleasant place to eat and rather than rushing out for 2-3 meals a day, or buying groceries and spending time in the kitchen, you can have delicious home-cooked food at your vacation home. The hammocks on the patio made for great relaxing and reading.

On the downside, I must mention a few drawbacks which could be easily remedied. The house was not well-stocked with necessities, particularly in the kitchen. Just three examples will suffice: there wasn't a pair of scissors to be found. Also, there were no sleeping pillows on the master bed and no wash cloths for bathing or washing your face. There were pillows in pillow shams but no pillows with pillowcases. I do not know if it is typical to sleep on a decorative pillow in an outer sham, or if we were expected to remove the shams and sleep on the pillows inside, although they did not have pillowcases. We took the pillows from the unused twin beds but if we were traveling with 4 children that would not have been an option. In such a nice home, I would have expected more attention to supplying the home with things that people use every day and with more thought to stocking a kitchen adequately. I did mention these things when I left and perhaps some changes were made.

Overall, I recommend the house and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Nosara.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Courtney, thank you for taking the time to comment. We are glad you enjoyed your stay overall despite some shortcomings. Donna and I were down there for two months earlier this year and there were two pairs of scissors in the kitchen. Our property manager did find both pairs of scissors in a kitchen drawer after your visit so you just must have missed them. We have six king pillows and four twin pillows for guests. We have instructed the housekeeping staff to have both the sham covered and pillow case covered sets on the master bed, i.e. a total of four. The sushi dinner you had sounds fantastic and we might try that too. Thanks for the tip. We hope you will return again.
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A wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in early July and had the best time. Four adults made the trip to this paradise. The house is wonderful. The main house is open to the outside with the bedrooms secluded away from the main living space. The bedrooms have AC which I would recommend. The pool is great and the hammocks around the pool are a nice place to relax. The kitchen has everything that you need. The grill outside was a nice feature that we used a lot. A rental car is a must. We drove around the area to get to the beach, restaurants and shopping. It was very easy to get around. We found a nice market about 10 mins away and did a lot of shopping there. We were able to cook at home for a lot of meals. La Luna is a great place to eat and see the sunset. By far our favorite! Zip lining with Miss Sky was a great morning activity. So much fun. Beach Dog Cafe was a great place to eat and drink before or after a stop at the beach. Coconut Harry's to surf and to eat at Taco Taco. El Chivo for a little night life and live music. Tibidabo is another great place. We had a wonderful meal there our last night. So many great places that I can't list them all.

Some other reviews talk about the security system and locks on everything being a drawback. I will say that they are not the most fun things to deal with, but I liked having the ease of mind that we were safe and our stuff was safe when we were not there. The area is very safe but small crime (stealing) is something that can happen. We were ok with the extra security because we knew we were safe.

The property management team was a great help as well. We had some electrical issues due to a storm and they were able to help without any problems. They even gave a couple of places to check out. They were very helpful during this whole process from start to finish. As was the owner. Philip, you have a great place. Thank you for sharing it with us. I appreciated all of your emails back and forth. You and Virginie were so helpful. Really made our trip easy and enjoyable.

I look forward to coming back to Dos Palmeras in the future. This was our second time to the area and each time we fall more in love with it. Thanks again to Philip, Virginie and Ivan!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, we are so pleased you enjoyed Nosara and more importantly you found the house comfortable and met your expectations. We would love to welcome you back the next time you decide to return to Nosara. Pura Vida
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed in March/April 2015. I have little to add to the other comments other than to agree that the house is outstanding. The setting is lovely (secluded jungle), and the house itself is well maintained and modern. The pool guy came nearly every day, and cleaning staff weekly. We were there with two other families and all agreed that we had lucked out with the nicest house (particularly given the relative low cost).

The only drawbacks (in my view) are that the two guest bedrooms are not connected to the main house (a bit of a problem for us with two young kids) and the road up to the house was not in the greatest shape (though none of the roads in Nosara are in the greatest shape).

In conclusion, we will definitely look to rent Dos Palmeras first when we return to Nosara.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The roads in Nosara are both a blessing and a curse. On the positive side it retains the undeveloped atmosphere and laid back character and on the negative side is it leads to a bumpy ride. In January 2016 we renovated to join the two guest bedrooms to the main house by knocking out two walls and creating a direct passageway link to now join all rooms from within the house. See the new floor-plan. Also in 2016 we paved the driveway so now renters have access if they want to park below the road. We look forward to your return in the future. Thanks for the comments.
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Café de Paris
"Great food!"
La Luna
Coconut Harry's Beach Rentals & Surf School
Nosara Yoga Institute
La Dolce Vita
"The best restaurant in Nosara"
The Gilded Iguana Restaurant
KayaSol Surf Hotel
Sibu Sanctuary
Burgers and Beers
Tica Massage
Il Pepperone
El Chivo Cantina
Tibidabo Mediterranean Food & Cocktail Bar
Beach Dog Cafe
Go Juice
Playa Guiones
Safari Surf School
Nosara Tico Surf School
Taco Taco
Agua Tibia Surf School
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Il Basilico
Al Chile
Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Tarred road near Samara
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Playa Guiones
Car: recommended

Playa Guiones/Nosara is famous for its 4 km long beach, with a steady break for surfing, its many yoga studios as well as the Yoga Institute, a healthy lifestyle with a varied assortment of menu items in the numerous restaurants and a good selection foods in the supermarkets. The zip-line at Miss Sky is reportedly the longest in Costa Rica.


Rates & Availability

Playa Guiones House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green season
Aug 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
6 night minimum stay
Mar 25 2018 - Apr 7 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Optional A/C $126/week $126
Tax Rate 13.0%

Air-conditioning, which is optional, is $18 per day or $126 per week calculated for the duration of you actual stay.

Costa Rica has recently implemented a 13% sales tax on short term rentals of 21 days or less which we will calculate at time of booking. This does not apply to longer term rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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