2 bedroom, 2 bathroom beachfront condo with spectacular ocean views
Mark Tompsett and Cheryle Croucher
About Mark Tompsett and Cheryle Croucher
We live in Canada north of Toronto. We have been together for over 30 years and share a love of travel. We have 3 kids, two of which have left the nest and one 17 year old still at home.. We have traveled all over the Caribbean but continually have found ourselves drawn back to Costa Rica. Our goal is to eventually, trade in the winters in Canada for the sun and surf of Costa Rica.
Mark Tompsett and Cheryle Croucher purchased this Condo in 2018
Why Mark Tompsett and Cheryle Croucher chose Playa Ocotal
After our fifth time to Costa Rica we made the decision to purchase at Los Almendros de Ocotal because it offered everything we loved. We stayed at Los Almendros on our second trip to Costa Rica. Los Almendros is a "Prime Beachfront" location. Our condo is a two minute walk down the hill to the beach and it has a fantastic view of the ocean. We love snorkeling and directly below our condo is some of the best snorkeling from shore that we have found in Costa Rica. "Father Rooster's" is a great beach bar and restaurant just a couple of hundred meters down the beach. We are only 5 minutes by car to Playas del Coco. Coco has everything you could possibly want, major grocery stores, bars, restaurants, casino, souvenir shops, emergency medical clinic and far more. This location makes having a car unnecessary. Cab rides are only $6 into Coco. With our fully equipped kitchen it makes preparing a home cooked meal a breeze.
What makes this Condo unique
We have have stayed at many rental homes and know what we look for in a rental. We are always interested in hearing from our guests about ways that we could make their stay even more enjoyable. We provide our guests with a GPS unit to help them locate the top restaurants in and around Coco and the best tourists attractions in Guanacaste. We also provide a cell phone that can be used to make phone calls throughout Costa Rica in order to eliminate expensive roaming charges from your cell phone carrier. We also supply chairs, coolers, and a sun shelter to enable maximum enjoyment of the beach. We also provide our guests with membership privileges at "The Coco Bay Beach Club” across the street from Los Almendros. It offers a private pool and towel service. Just one mile away guests have access to The Club at Coco Bay”. This private club offers tennis courts, swimming pools with a children's slide, exercise machines, yoga and zumba classes and a nice restaurant. We also have 2 three speed bicycles that are available for our guests to use.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Fantasy view of Playa Ocotal
This is an outstanding property. It was well stocked, very comfortable for relaxing, eating, cooking, and sleeping. The condo has a good TV that even gets some English speaking channels (commercials in Spanish so you can practice). The AC is top notch. I was shocked and pleased we had housekeeping twice in our 10-day stay and really appreciated the cleaning and fresh linens. The pool is an easy walk from the condo and was just lovely and mostly deserted. Mark, the owner, checked in with us and responded quickly but there really were no problems. He hooked us up with Memo Espinoza for 2 tours and we loved them—boat ride down the Tempisque with close up time with crocs and monkeys and a visit to a sloth refuge and waterfall.
Ocotal is great for snorkeling but you do end up in Playa de Coco for eating out, grocery shopping, and its beach. We drove up and back lots.
This is a great property and we were very happy with it.
Thanks Carolyn for taking the time to write a review of your stay. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay and the excursions you did with Memo. We enjoyed hosting you and hope to see you again.
Hit the spot
This property is not fancy, but it has everything we needed for a great stay. What I loved about this property is that the development included Costa Rican's as well as a few foreigners. It was just not a resort where you were shielded from the local community.
The best thing about this property its proximity to the beach. It is the last condo in the development, which is at the top of the hill. But it is only a short walk down to the beach. There were only a few other people on the beach, and there is some great snorkeling right off the beach. We saw loads of reef fish, stingrays, eels, and starfish. The owners have a closet full of snorkeling equipment to use that makes it easy to outfit your group. You can snorkel to the next cove which is a completely secluded beach. This is hard to beat and makes the location pretty spectacular. I loved this and could be happy on this beach for days.
We rented a car, so it was a short drive into Coco beach if we wanted a little night life. Plenty of activities nearby... fishing, zipline, hanging bridges, rafting, etc.
The owners were great giving us recommendations for activities, tours and travel, but it was pretty relaxing to stay right on the property. There is a great beach bar/restaurant that is a short walk down the beach. A car is not necessary and most of the activities will have a shuttle that will pick you up.
Thanks for the review Andy. We’re glad you found our little piece of paradise relaxing and close to everything you needed. Hopefully you’ll give us a chance to host you again so that you can take advantage of all the great adventures our area has to offer.
Mark was extremely helpful, especially since it was our first time to CR. The property is very comfortable and family friendly. The big bonus is 2 separate bedrooms and bathrooms. You don't find in hotels. Everything we needed was onsite. We arrived after hours and checkin was a breeze. The screened in porch offers an unforgettable sunrise, especially with your morning CR coffee. Off to the beach with the kayaks, which our 2 sons enjoyed. The next day we used the cooler to pack food for a fishing excursion and the waterproof bag for the kayaking. Both fishing trips were a very short walk to the beach. The front office was very friendly and helpful to answer questions and assist with transportation if needed. This is the perfect beach for quiet relaxing, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. The dinner table overlooks the beach and forest area, where we spotted a family of monkeys. The entire complex had beautiful blooming shrubs, plants, and a variety of trees, all beautifully maintained. The equipment Mark and Cheryl provide is an amazing asset to the trip. Most places only have the basics, but this condo has it all. Los Almendros is a very beautiful little community with easy access to the beach. We are at Father Rooster's twice, as they will prepare your freshly caught fish for a set up
(salad, rice, beans, plantains) charge. We absolutely loved our accommodations and CR. We will be back and hope to stay in this condo again soon.
Thanks Raquel for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We’re so happy you and your family had a great vacation. We try to provide what we can so that people can just show up with their bathing suits and enjoy. Pura Vida
Perfect Vacation Home!
This was by far the best experience ever! Mark is so attentive and quick to respond to any questions.
The condo had the most amazing views, and has countless extras to make your trip is just perfect.
I highly recommend this property and hope to be back again someday!
Thanks Brenda for taking the time to review your stay. It was a pleasure helping you make the most of your time in Costa Rica. Come back any time!
Paradise found on Ocatal Beach
Perfect location, amazing property , accommodating staff and management...
If you have never experienced a black sand beach I highly recommend it , Absolutely beautiful and the water is crystal clear . Excellent snorkeling , three different and gorgeous pools . Good food and drink at father roosters . Simply amazing sunsets .All the amenities you could ever want and host Mark & Cherie were by far the most accommodating and responsive host I have ever Experienced. One last thing if you’re looking for a jumping off location to go to volcanoes and surf and do all that Costa Rica has to offer this is the place . If you don’t trust me on the Blacksand beach there’s plenty of white sand beaches around the area . I really can’t say enough about this place and the hosts. Pura Vida!!!
Thanks Quinten for the great review. It was a pleasure having you as our guests and helping you to make the most of your vacation. Pura Vida
Beautiful views and relaxing spot.
We stayed here for a week, the owners are great and easy to get ahold of. The condo had everything we needed and more. My family really enjoyed snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. It was clean and quiet. Great for couples and families. The office staff were kind and courteous and the beach front Restaurant Father Roosters was awesome.
Thank you Georgette for taking the time to write a review. We’re very happy you and your family enjoyed your time in Costa Rica. Everyone loves our beach restaurant (Father Roosters). Great food, great, drinks and great sunsets. I’m glad your family took advantage of the snorkelling equipment. It’s one of my favourite things to do. Pura Vida