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UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE BEACHFRONT HOME- COSTA RICA

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Located 10 steps from our property is the tropical beach of Esterillo Oeste.

Casa Sirena ( The Mermaid's House)

Located just 10 steps from our property is the quiet and secluded beach of Esterillos Oeste. All of the wood work in our beach house is handcrafted from tropical hardwoods. To protect the forests we use only timber from fallen trees. All countertops and sinks were hand built from colored concrete. The house is two stories with all of the bedrooms upstairs. Casa Sirena has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms have a queen sized bed and the largest bedroom has an additional single bed. Two bedrooms upstairs share one large bathrooms, each with it's own entrance. There is abundant closet and drawer space. The linens and mattresses are of the highest quality. Each bedroom has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. With the windows open, you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea.

There is a small office downstairs that has a single bed also with air conditioning.

Downstairs is the kitchen / dining room and living room area which is spacious and comfortable

The full kitchen is equipped with appliances and everything one would need to prepare meals. There The dining room table seats 12 comfortably. There are several secure drawers with locks in which valuables may be stored.

There is a flat screen cable TV, wireless internet and a DVD player.

With the downstairs doors open you have a perfect view of the coconut palms on the beach. The downstairs also has air conditioning and fans. There is a fully equipped laundry room just off of the kitchen.

Outside there is a small pool and a covered rancho with a sink and simple barbecue. This is a fun social area and very easy and convenient. Lounging in the pool sipping marguerites you can listen to the waves of the ocean and squawks of the scarlet macaws roosting and eating in the nearby trees. Butterflies flutter and iguanas sun on the trees. Sometimes when the mangos are ripe the white faced capuchin monkeys come to feast. Palm trees are everywhere giving shade and fresh coconuts for coco water (agua de pipa) and coconut meat whenever you wish.

A caretaker and his family live on the property. He is also a fisherman who brings in the catch of the day which you can buy and cook fresh for dinner. If you want a very typical Costa Rican experience you can go out fishing with him in his fishing boat.

Our house (Casa Sirena ) is perfect for a large family or a group of friends or just a quiet getaway for a couple or small family. It is also great for entertaining.

Esterillos beach is a very quiet and secluded local beach far from the over developed tourist spots. It can be perfect for surfing and boogie boarding and at other times great for swimming and playing in the water.

It is a long and beautiful beach . You can walk for miles in either direction. Close by on the beach there are many large tide pools perfect for children (and adults) to swim in , snorkel or just relax and watch the ocean and sunset.These were formed by lava overflow and you may also find some fossils and shells (and maybe some monkeys) beach combing. There is a majestic bronze mermaid statue right on the beach of Esterillos Oeste that has become an icon of the wonderful Esterillos Oeste.

Esterillos Oeste is only 1 1/2 -2 hours drive from the airport on the Central Pacific coast , Although Esterillos Oeste is a small, and typical village on a tranquil beach , it is just 20 minutes South of the beach town of Jaco which has casinos, restaurants of all types,shops,bars, jazz and lots of night-life. Forty minutes south of Esterillos is the town of Quepos and the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the finest rain forest parks in the country. Manuel Antonio is home to a large diversity of wildlife including two species of monkeys, one of which is very rare and use their bushy tails for balance. There is a sloth trail, turtles, and many birds. It is a great place for hiking and has beautiful white sand beaches. There are some incredible views from high up on the rocky cliffs a ways through the jungle.

Other activities in the area include zip lines, monkey tours and birdwatching in mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing and diving, surfing, surfing lessons,jungle or beach tours on horseback, and boogie boarding, snorkeling, and massage.

Casa Sirena is a perfect home base to enjoy the wide variety of activities in the area or just chilling beach side, sunset watching, and boogie boarding.

We like to rent to conscientious people who have a respect for nature and will treat our home with care.

More Details

Owner
Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander

My husband and I are American citizens who have collectively lived in Costa Rica for 70 years. We are very knowledgeable about all aspects of Costa Rica. We are available to help with side trips and offer any other information. We take pride in our properties and are responsive to our renters needs.

Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander purchased this house in 2012

Why Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander chose Puntarenas

My husband is from NYC but has lived in Costa Rica for over 40 years.He has always loved to renovate houses so when we saw this house , he knew he had to go for it. My husband is also a master woodworker craftsman and used these skills in 'Casa Sirena' . All of the wood work is handcrafted. The proximity to San Jose is also a major plus as is it's location which is between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio. It is the best of both worlds!

What makes this house unique

Esterillos Oeste is a peaceful, uncrowded beach. Sometimes you have the entire beach to yourself.

The beach is just steps from our property . It is wonderful to be so close to the beach. You can be sun bathing on the beach and run into the house for a snack , another beer ,extra towel or a jump into the pool and be back at the beach in a couple of minutes.

The natural surroundings are lovely. It is a very unique spot.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Wow Factor - Pictures Don't Do it Justice!”

Reviewed 1 week ago for a stay in February 2015

Our first thought was that the pictures don't do this beautiful place justice (and we thought it looked beautiful from the photos already)! The main floor is (mainly) a communal area with a wet bar and a huge cooking area, so it's perfect for groups who want to hang out and cook the fresh fish you might be able to get from the local fishermen. Of course, there's also a huge BBQ pit outside, so that's awesome, too. The bedrooms are beautiful, the view phenomenal, the house is bright and airy, and, most of the time, you feel quite secluded from the neighbors, since one side is a vacant lot. Even when the house to the south is occupied (weekends), the lush vegetation in the fabulous garden makes the place feel very private. We saw scarlet macaws in the almond trees (daily) and a pair of green parrots in the palm trees. Huge iguanas hang out in the tree next door.



The caretaker and his family were a highlight of the trip. He took members of our party out fishing and helped us with anything we needed. Super-friendly and helpful. Nearby is a phenomenal restaurant, Los Almendros, and we also really like the Surf Mi bar's Sunday BBQ. Not far to Manuel Antonio and several other parks. Close enough to shopping at the Auto Mercado, which, we found with the help of the owner who went over and above anything we could have expected in terms of small touches to welcome us and helping us find the amenities we needed. Beyond amazing hosts who make it really feel like you're an honored guest in a beautiful home. I would recommend this to anyone for a beach holiday - especially if it's a large party who likes to cook, eat, make cocktails and drink them. Perfect open kitchen for a fun time. Great hosts, home and town.
Feb 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Juan Santamaria Airport ,Alajuela
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Mariott Los Suenos, Herradura
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 34/ Costanera/
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Los Almendros
Car: recommended

Esterillos beach is a very quiet and secluded local beach far from the over developed tourist spots. It can be perfect for surfing and boogie boarding and at other times great for swimming and playing in the water.

It is a long and beautiful beach . You can walk for miles in either direction. Close by on the beach there are many large tide pools perfect for children (and adults) to swim in , snorkel or just relax and watch the ocean and sunset.These were formed by lava overflow and you may also find some fossils and shells (and maybe some monkeys) beach combing. The famous magnificent bronze mermaid statue graces the beach of Esterillos Oeste., Although Esterillos Oeste is a small, and typical village on a tranquil beach , it is just 20 minutes South of the beach town of Jaco which has casinos, restaurants of all types,shops,bars,jazz and lots of night-life.It is also a good place for souvenir shopping . Jaco is also a town where tours are easily booked.Forty minutes south of Esterillos is the town of Quepos and the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the finest rain forest parks in the country. Manuel Antonio is home to a large diversity of wildlife including two species of monkeys,, one of which is very rare and use their bushy tails for balance. There is a sloth trail,turtles,and many birds. It is a great place for hiking and has beautiful white sand beaches. There are some incredible views from high up on the rocky cliffs a ways through the jungle. I recommend visiting Manuel Antonio. They also have first class restaurants . Manuel Antonio is one of the places nearby that offers a variety of diving,snorkeling, deep sea fishing, whale watching tours among other specialty tours.

I also recommend a hike in Carara National Park. It is on the way to Esterillos Oeste and is an easy hike where you are apt to see all different kinds of wildlife. There are streams which you can bathe in and the hike is an easy one ; it is especially good for children and people who want a nice easy hike. Right before the park is the ' Crocodile Bridge'. This is a must stop; where it is possible to see sometimes as many as 20 crocodiles sunning by the estuary or floating with their snouts above the water. There are also many boating trips up estuaries where you may also see wildlife. These sights are about 30 minutes from our beach house 'Casa Sirena' (the mermaid's house). Also in this area is a zipline tree top adventure.

Other activities in the area include ziplines, monkey tours and birdwatching in mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing and diving,surfing , surfing lessons,jungle or beach tours on horseback, and boogie boarding,snorkeling,and massage.

Horseback riding on the beach or in forests is also fun and a different activity in all these areas.

Casa Sirena is a perfect home base to enjoy the wide variety of activities in the area or just chilling beach side sunset watching,and boogie boarding.

I have lived in Costa Rica for 26 years and am available to point you in the right direction , depending on your interests.

The medical services are in Jaco Beach ,20 minutes from Esterillos Oeste.

Some possible tours include : Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling , Rafting, Guided Park Tours,Estuary Boat Trips,Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling,Horseback Riding and Catamaran Tours

Amenities

Esterillos Oeste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs is a large full bathroom There are 2 full bathroo
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom has a view to the beach .
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This is a large shared bathroom,with 2 private entrances
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , This is an outdoor bathroom with only a sink and toilet.
  • Downstairs is a large full bathroom. There are 2 full bathrooms upstairs. One is a large bathroom shared by 2 bedrooms ,each with it's own separate entrance. All of the counters are hand made from concrete with inlays.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , This room is a very small office downstairs w/ a single bed
  • Casa Sirena has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms have a queen sized bed and the largest bedroom has an additional single bed. Two bedrooms upstairs share one large bathrooms , each with it's own entrance.There is abundant closet and drawer space. The linens and mattresses are of the highest quality. The sheets are Egyptian cotton and the mattresses are new and very comfortable. Each bedroom has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. With the windows open, you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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5

Absolutely Perfect :)

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends stayed at this wonderful getaway for 8 nights. This beach house has everything you are looking for. From the perfect (hidden away from it all) location with the Pacific Ocean right in front of you with swaying Palms, to the fabulously furnished home. The kitchen has everything you need, the beds are super comfortable, there is plenty of space for a large group to not feel on top of one another, the outdoor grill area is wonderful for just hanging out and listening to the birds, the ocean and reading. The decor is quite refreshing, as it is done with wonderful original art on every wall, and a beautiful pottery mermaid as you round the circle staircase. All of the beautiful art and and wooden pieces (from the furniture to staircase to light-covers and more) are handmade originals from the owners. This house has heart and soul and you will feel it. It was also super clean!!! Our days were spent under the palm trees drinking coconut water out of freshcut coconuts from the caretaker, walking the beach picking up shells (enjoyed that immensely) We even found a hidden waterfall unexpectedly down past the Mermaid.. what an experience. This owner cares about her guests experience and it shows. We researched many, ,many houses and are so happy we chose Casa Sirena as it could not have been better. If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax and experience paradise, Look no further, this is the place you want to be!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Beautiful Costa Rica

  • 4 of 5

This was a beautiful home, a little off the beaten path with direct access to the beach. Very quiet and a beautiful setting. The caretaker, Javier, was very helpful and took very good care of us. We arrived during the rainy season and had some beautiful storms while we were there that we enjoyed watching from the beach. However, we did have problems with the phone and wi-fi due to the storms. The pool is small but nice and private and afforded a great view of the macaws that came to visit . The property is about half way between Jaco and Manuel Antonio with it's own quiet little village setting. The owner was really helpful and offered to help schedule activities for us. We had a great time and will definitely visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

what a GEM!! a perfect family get away

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do this beach house justice. There is an ambiance about this place that you can only really "get" by walking in the door. Ontop of that the foliage on the property is much more shady and lush than you see in the photos. I picked this place because it seemed to have a large comfortable interior that my wife would enjoy, while the rest of us were out surfing out front or at the point. She spent many hours lounging on the living room couch and the hammock by the pool reading. The main room is very large and the ceilings are tall. The open floor plan made it easy for people to cook in the kitchen while chatting with people in the dining room. We had eight people staying here for ten days and everybody had plenty of space. The woodwork and the attention details is exceptional. This house is not like summer camp or a weekend condo. It's a loved, well taken care of home. The space was warm and cozy without feeling like your living in somebody else's space. Speaking of warm, we did not use the air conditioners very much but when we needed them they cooled the place up very quickly. I think there's a total of six AC units . Great bedding and linens as well.

The location was perfect. The beach was just steps away. The house was just far enough out of the little village to get that secluded beach feeling, but within easy walking distance to the market and restaurants, so you still feel connected. We loved to walk up the beach in the morning to the mermaid statue and grab breakfast at the Rancho Hotel. Or to Alemendro's for dinner. Great food,craft beer and live music there. There were so many great sights and endless activities within 20 to 40 minutes of driving. Our host Emily was super helpful with providing us lots of info, answering questions and sorting out which activities with which companies were best. The waterfall tour she recommended was amazing!!

The caretaker on the property was very attentive without being intrusive. He was there every day with a smile cleaning the pool, setting up the lounge furniture and hammock and cutting open coconuts for us.

Everybody was happy. We had a perfect vacation and this beach house had a whole lot to do with that. Thank you so much Emily.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Etters, PA
5

Lovely

  • 5 of 5

Casa Sirena was a lovely home. It was spacious and comfortable, Javier was very helpful and even greeted us with freshly opened coconuts as well as cooking a delicious meal with fresh grilled fish. The beach was beautiful, almost like having a private beach, and although not great for swimming, it was relaxing to just walk on or sit and contemplate. The pool was a great place to cool off in after a day of touring around the area. The scarlet macaws flying through daily was a treat as well. And Emily helped with making arrangements for the Monkey Mangrove tour and arranged for massages at the house for the three of us. What a relaxing end to our vacation having this outside with the sound of the ocean in the background.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Wonderful, warm and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

On one of the larger and more peaceful beaches we've been to in CR, this home has everything you need and more for a perfect getaway: great layout; private, comfortable bedrooms; air conditioning; fans; hot water; washer/dryer; even towels, boogy boards and beach chairs. The caretaker, Javier, and his family are true gems. They made us feel like family. Great communication made is smooth sailing from beginning to end.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this charming house. The caretaker Javier and his family are wonderful. Emily will help arrange tours and had many great suggestions for activities.

The beach is really great. Waves and current can be strong so surfing and bodysurfing are good which we enjoyed The sun is strong too so we took advantage of the shade in the trees and the beach umbrellas (provided by the house). She also has boogy boards but you need to bring your own swim fins. There are plenty of spots to chill and sunrise and sunset are magical. There is a lot of activity in the morning with dogs and roosters so you will wake early unless you run A/C This was fine because dawn was beautiful and great time to walk or run on the beach.

Local restaurants are good. People are really friendly. I'd recommend some Spanish ability but google translate works well. One of the best things here is the community and the more you can communicate with them the happier you will be.

The house has everything you need. It's also an easy drive to Manuel Antonio for a day trip. We really liked the plunge pool too

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $125

The monthly rates are discounted 25%. The three week rate is discounted 15%.
A $500.00 refundable damage deposit fee is required and will be returned after a review of the house.
There is a cleaning charge of $125.00.
There is an additional charge of $50 per night per guest when there are over 8 adult guests
Easter week rates and December rates are $475.00 a night.
The final 50% rental charge is due 60 days prior to check in during the month of December and Easter week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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