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Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english, spanish

UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE BEACHFRONT HOME- COSTA RICA

30 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Esterillos Oeste House Rental Photos and Description

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 newly finished 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. 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.

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 new appliances and everything one would need to prepare meals. There The dining room table seats 12 comfortably. There is also a wet bar with a wine rack and 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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

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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Reviews

4.8
based on 30 traveler reviews

UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE BEACHFRONT HOME- COSTA RICA
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 31 reviews
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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Upstate NY
5

Wonderful house on the beach

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this beach house for five days, and it was a wonderful experience. In the killer heat of Costa Rica, the air conditioning was quite a relief. The house is beautiful and well cared for. The kitchen/living room is a warm, open space that can accommodate quite the crowd (I think we had 15 people there for dinner). The caretaker/maintenance person is very helpful, and does his best to fix any problems on the spot. We all had a wonderful time, and we would definitely stay there again next time!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY, USA
5

the best tropical beach on earth

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at your wonderful home. This beach is probably the best tropical beach on earth. The sand is soft, the water is warm, the waves are gigantic, the forest is behind you, and there is a beautiful sunset. At this amazing house, with colorful walls and lots of space, I was transformed and I left much more relaxed.

We were a large group, but there was plenty of room for all of us. When the beach was too hot, we enjoyed taking a dip in the pool, which was warm even at night.

Emily was really help and considerate. I can't wait to return as soon as possible.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing and truly beachfront

  • 5 of 5

This house is spectacularly situated: the wonderful beach is literally a minute from the front door, the house is pretty easy to navigate to, it's close enough to amenities and things to do, and yet it's not an area swamped with tourists. It was just exactly what my family (six adults) was looking for. From the beginning to the end Emily was super helpful in offering help and ideas and communication was all very easy; it was clear she was invested in us having not just a good, but great, vacation.

The house itself is terrific and has everything you need to be self-sufficient. I would not describe it as luxe, but very thoughtfully and thoroughly appointed and fit a great niche for us. We also can't say enough about the caretaker, who was very helpful and warm. Food options within walking distance are a little scarce, but one of the few restaurants that is was really spectacular. Would stay here again without a second thought!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, welcoming and clean house

  • 5 of 5

Casa Sirena is a beautiful, welcoming and clean house. It is directly on a quiet beach with strong waves. It is the better equipped house I’ve rented in Costa Rica. The owner was fast to answer all my emails. She is thoughtful and prepared all the information we needed. The caretaker is very nice and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Center Valley, PA
5

Wonderful home steps from the beach with great amenities !

  • 5 of 5

We spent eight nights at Casa Sirena with our two teenage sons and our friends who have one teenage son. The boys had an awesome time on the beach and also took surfing lessons from a local guy. We all loved the caretaker and his family. He was always there if we needed anything; yet never intrusive. The home was perfect for our two families ! We enjoyed walking the beach and talking with other home owners and locals. Taking a dip in the pool was really refreshing as well!

While visiting, we tried many of the local restaurants(often within walking distance) and enjoyed the local fresh seafood! One evening we grilled freshly caught lobster and another night the caretaker grilled red snapper for us...very memorable dinners ! The home is in a great location for zipling , horseback riding, disc golf, and touring Manuel Antonio.

From our initial booking, to our final departure, the owner was outstanding! Her home is lovely and she was great to work with ! We're already discussing our next trip to Costa Rica !

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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Rates & Availability

Esterillos Oeste House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
December Rates
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
$425
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday Season
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,100
$6,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $125
Cancellation Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Each Guest over 8 guests $50

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 $100.00.
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.

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Amenities

Esterillos Oeste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
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:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children 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

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