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Dave

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Beach Bungalow in Costa Rica. Welcome to Paradise!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Hermosa Paradise Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This is a beautiful two-bedroom bungalow on stilts in the beachfront community, 'Hermosa Bungalows.' Located directly behind a full-size pool with views to the Pacific Ocean, and a short barefoot walk of less than 100 yards to a beautiful black sand beach with outstanding surf. Our bungalow is fully stocked to make your stay a truly memorable vacation. We take pride in offering our home as a welcome retreat for families with children, couples on an adventurous getaway, wedding parties or anniversary celebrations, and travelers who appreciate a home as a better option than a hotel room. You can't beat staying in this 1000 square foot home compared to a hotel!

The bungalow features two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with two twins (that can be modified into an additional queen bed), and a queen sofa-bed in the living room. A portacrib is also available for infants. The kitchen is large and completely stocked with amenities. The bathroom has been completely expanded and remodeled with a large vanity and mirror as well as a large shower, with intricate mosaic tiles on the walls and vanity. Our bungalow has an additional water filtration system and tank to ensure clean water for our guests, an important feature during the rainy season! An extensive double-layer river rock leach field drainage system was installed to ensure adequate and rapid irrigation and drainage for the bathroom. The interior furniture is custom-made from native woods and there are bamboo black-out blinds throughout for ultimate privacy and for those who like to sleep in!

As with any property near the beach, it is important to maintain it with regular and frequent upkeep. So throughout the last 2 years we have made several UPGRADES to improve our guests' experiences:

Exterior and interior REPAINTING.

REFINISHED the interior wood floors.

Replaced exterior balcony wood floors with new native hardwood.

Added in-home WIFI with private password for our guests' use.

NEW CUSHIONS on all the couches and chairs.

New FLAT SCREEN TV in living room.

Replaced surf board racks.

Refinished storage locker for guests' suitcases and gear.

Replaced balcony ceiling with durable weather-proof material.

Reinforced balcony railings.

Complete bathroom remodel.

Installed new tile backsplash in kitchen.

Reinforced the master bed frame.

Built-in stone BBQ.

New concrete stairs and replaced wood banister.

Also, in order to enhance your vacation experience, our on-site manager, Brian, (from California) provides assistance with making your stay at Bungalow 14 a vacation to remember!

You can enjoy great views from the expansive balcony which is furnished with rocking chairs and an outdoor dining table, or from the hammock facing the pool from our balcony. The pool is directly in front of the bungalow so there is a combined pool/ocean view during the day, and at night we're the ONLY rental bungalow in the complex with the lighted pool completely in front of our balcony.

Ecotourism and surfing are huge attractions to this part of Costa Rica, and the beach directly in front of our bungalow complex is one of the best on the Pacific, with the 'Almendro Tree' landmark as a well-known surf location. The water is always warm, and surfboard rentals are readily available. The ISA world surf competitions at Playa Hermosa are within walking distance from our bungalow.

Tropical birds and iguanas are frequent sightings from the bungalow, and macaws are often heard and seen flying overhead in the late afternoon. A wildlife estuary is adjacent to the bungalows and is a dream location for birdwatchers. Large sea turtles are known to come up on the beach to lay eggs, night excursions during their nesting season may offer a surprise sighting.

Incredible wildlife is also seen at Manuel Antonio National Park, less than an hour drive south. There you may see white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths, koatis, iguanas, and several bird species. The Carara National Park is only a 20-minute drive to our north. It is a sanctuary for wild scarlet macaws, and toucans are also seen there. Self-guided tours as well as hired guides can be taken at both parks.

The town of Jacó is a 5-minute drive to the north, where you can find restaurants, bars, surf shops, and markets. Excursions (ie. ATV, rafting) can be arranged by our manager. Fishing, boating, and snorkeling trips are available from the marina by the Marriott Los Suenos 5 minutes north of Jacó. The Marriott also has an excellent golf course. You can't leave Costa Rica without taking a canopy (zip-line) tour, one of the most exhilarating experiences you will ever have. Yes, you will fly through the jungle with just a harness and a cable!

We welcome you to our home and know that you will be amazed by the beauty of Costa Rica!!!

Keywords: Bungalow on Stilts

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dave (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Dave

We live in the Laguna Beach area of Orange County, California. Along with our 2 sons, we use it as our second home. It is truly a restful and fun get-away from the busy work and school lives that we lead. We hope that you enjoy your vacation and feel welcome in our home.

Dave purchased this bungalow in 2003

Why Dave chose Puntarenas

We are the original owners of this wonderful bungalow. We purchased it during the construction phase when the pool was just a hole in the ground! It is a wonderful location in the bungalow complex, directly behind the pool with a view to the ocean. Playa Hermosa is a quiet beach town 5 minutes south of the busy town of Jaco, so we feel it is a perfect location to be in nature but close to a town for nightlife and excursions.

What makes this bungalow unique

The Costa Rica experience means relaxation and natural beauty! We know you will love our Hermosa Paradise home! You will hear tropical birds, see iguanas everywhere, and feel the power of the Pacific Ocean at a beautiful black sand beach less than 200 yards from the bungalow. Sitting on the balcony, you can enjoy the beauty of the pool and feel the ocean breeze.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)
Beach Bungalow in Costa Rica. Welcome to Paradise!
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews
Arcata, CA
3

Good location; close, but away from Jaco beach

  • 3 of 5

Overall, the place was decent. The shower head really needs to be replaced. The toilet handle sticks easily and can flood. The bedspread was torn a bit. The curtains were funky. The biggest thing is the shaking of the whole place when the washing machine is spinning. I though it was cool, being in a raised structure, but my girlfriend was freaked out some. Earthquake risk? Nice layout, great kitchen and being next to the pool with a big balcony made up for it.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments Trent. We appreciate your feedback on the shower head and toilet lever, and will definitely address those issues as they had not been a problem prior to your visit.
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5

Pictures don't even come close to how amazing it is

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Costa Rica. From the moment we arrive to the property we were in awe. This is the prime location of all the bungalows. The property is extremely clean, and there's always someone there if we needed anything. The bungalow was ready for our arrival with the A/c on. It had everything we needed. From lines and towels, to pots and pans, even books and DVDs. Even beach towels, so pack light! Having the pool right at our door steps was a plus, because if your not at the beach, you'll be in the pool keeping cool. And don't forget bug spray and make sure you check the Deet level on it. The bugs are not bad every day, but there were a few days that made up for it. Overall, the property exceeded our expectations, we stayed for 16 days. The water is drinkable! Everywhere! You'll need to make a short trip into Jaco for shopping. The meat at the stores for BBQing is amazing!!! Go for the porkchops!!!! Bacon and chicken. And use the handbook for dinning out. The bakery and coffee bar will not disappoint, cinnamon rolls, fresh bread, amazing salads. Pura Vida

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful comments Heidi! Valery and I are so happy you enjoyed our home. It sounds like you and your family had the full Pura Vida experience! You are certainly welcome to return anytime when you're ready for a tropical get-away.
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5

Good bungalow in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The bungalow is great, with strong ac units in both bedrooms and the living room. Place was in great shape, the only minor complaints are the lack of seasonings in the kitchen and the minimal drawer space for clothes.

The real standout is the location; not only is it across a quiet dirt road from a beach that extends for miles, but the bungalow community is extremely family friendly. When we were there there were lots of families with kids ranging from infants to teens; if you are looking to party, this place probably wouldn't be a good fit. The vibe was so nice that if it wasn't a six hour flight for us, we'd think about buying our own bungalow. Thanks for the great stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ben! We're so happy that your family had a great vacation at the bungalow. We hope you return next year! Thanks for the feedback and the suggestions, as we strive to provide the best possible experience for all of our guests. Dave & Valery
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4

Loved Playa Hermosa! Hope to return soon!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Playa Hermosa Bungalows during our first visit to Costa Rica. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful upkeep of the landscaping around the pool and property. The house was clean and bright and roomy. We cooked almost all of our meals, and the kitchen is equipped with all we needed as far as cookware. We brought all of our spices from home. You need to bring your own beach towels, they are not supplied. All the families that live in the bungalows were so welcoming to us from the moment we got there. We felt like it was our home while we were there. The pool is crystal clear clean and the covered area next to the pool is great for hanging out to eat, drink and play games. Your cars stay covered so they are not baking in the sun all day. The black sand beach, just a few steps across the road, is beautiful, and a great surf spot. It's close to town, but not smack in the middle, so you feel like you are really out in the middle of nowhere till you get into your car and drive back onto the main highway. We ventured out on road trips to Manuel Antonio Beach, which was beautiful, and to Carara National Park Rain Forrest which was having a major downpour the day we went, but it was still fun hiking thru the mud. We were told the wildlife there is amazing, but the rain kept everything hiding that day. Brian manages the property, and he is very helpful for anything you need or questions you have. We had a great dinner out at a little local place called Graffiti's, in Jaco. I hope to come back to the Playa Hermosa Bungalows again soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joi, We're so happy you enjoyed our home and were able to enjoy the kitchen and the pool, as well as the black sand beach! Thanks for the awesome comments, and we love it when we hear a guest say they felt like it was their home while they were there. By the way, there are several beach towels in the cabinet under the TV, perhaps you missed that drawer. The trips to Manuel Antonio and Carara are wonderful excursions. Our property manager, Brian, has been an outstanding resource for our guests. We appreciate all of your comments. Come back next year! Dave and Valery
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5

Home away from home!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Playa Hermosa and loved every second in the cozy bungalow :). The safe, community feel created a perfect escape for both our kids and my husband and I. The kids enjoyed the pool and beautiful grounds (including the grass volleyball court and amazing wildlife viewing), while my husband and I took advantage of the relaxing deck and hammocks.

Each week a local fisherman comes by with his fresh catch! We bought beautiful Ahi tuna and cooked it fresh that night in our well stocked kitchen.

The resident host is always available to answer questions and help word anything you might need.

We recommend renting a car so you can explore all the amazing things in and around Jaco. The beach right in front of the bungalows is perfect for surfing but too rough for kids to play in. We loved watching all the surfers, but when we wanted a swim we just drove south to a calmer beach.

The national parks in both directions from Playa Hermosa are incredible. We saw beautiful wild life and got some pictures that are wall worthy :). I recommend hiring a guide if possible, well worth it!

Costa Rica is truly an amazing country with abundant beauty and friendly locals. If you enjoy exploring or just relaxing, the bungalows in playa Hermosa are truly a home away from home :)

We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Niki, we're so glad that you and your family had a great vacation! It's always wonderful for Valery and I when a young family can enjoy a safe and relaxing get-away in our CR home. You are welcome back anytime!!
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OC, California
5

Honeymooners Delight

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked Bungalow 14 with Dave and Valery and I cannot say enough good things about our experience. The location was perfect!! We were close to all the major activities, close to delicious restaurants, shopping; you name it! Booking our white water rafting and zip lining tours were a breeze with the property manager. He was very friendly, spoke English and gave us great advice about where to go and what to eat. The beach right in front of the bungalow was incredible, we spent a lot of time laying out and swimming in the water (you've got to be a good swimmer though). The surf is great for those of you who surf: we saw so many locals come and ride the waves. We think about our Costa Rican get away daily and look forward to future trips!! I can't wait! I highly recommend staying at this cute and cozy bungalow, don't hesitate and book now. You wont regret it!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback Michelle! Valery and I are so happy to have welcomed an awesome couple like you two to our bungalow. We hope you come back again next year!!
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Marriott Los Suenos
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Backyard Hotel Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Playa Hermosa

World-class surfing at Playa Hermosa directly in front of complex, Stunning Sunsets, White-water Rafting, Canopy ('zip line') tours, Turtle expeditions, ATV tours, hangliding, impressive bird watching and wildlife, rainforest parks nearby at Manuel Antonio and Carara National Parks, 15 min drive from 18-hole golf at Marriott Los Suenos where marina is also available for deep sea fishing, jet ski, and scuba.

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Rates & Availability

Hermosa Paradise Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
American Summer
Jul 16 2016 - Sep 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Sep 11 2016 - Dec 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
$125
$800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season Starts
Dec 10 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Semana Santa 2017
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$125
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200

Christmas/New Years rates are $250/night, 3-night minimum, from any 7-day period including the holidays.
Easter/Semana Santa rates are $250/night, 3-night minimum, includes the week which ends on Easter Sunday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Hermosa Paradise Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Completely remodeled and expanded in 2012, large vanity and mirror, walk-in shower, mosaic tiles, new plumbing and drainage system.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , the 2 twins can be converted into a queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twins in the guest bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Pack-n-play available in the guest closet., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen fold-out from living room sofa. Excellent condition.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Hardwood floors, Hammock, Water filter for clean water year-round (especially important during rainy season). Our guests love the black-out shades on all the windows to allow a dark, restful morning if desired.

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