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J.O. and Liz Ratliff

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Tranquil, secure, well-situated beach rental. Family friendly.

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Costa Rica Villa Rental Photos and Description

La Isla Palo Seco cottage description

Traveling about 3 miles from the friendly, working-class village of Parrita to head for the beach, you will pass a palm oil plantation, a large cattle and horse pasture, and the shrimp farm before reaching the beautiful community of Villas Las Flores. Villas Las Flores is a 23 acre community with 30 one-story villas. The grounds live up to the name with amazing landscaping and grooming. You can pick your own lemons, limes, mangos, observe an astounding variety of birds, or feed turtles at the lagoon. Our pool is never crowded, but always welcoming after a long day in the rainforest, Manuel Antonio or Carrera National Parks, surfing or beach combing nearby, or after returning from perhaps a longer visit to Monte Verde, Poas or Arenal Volcanos, or other special spots on the Pacific.

Our rental villa, Casa Mono Feliz, (number36) the prime location on the property....at the end of the road, and beside the lagoon, very private and quiet. We offer 2 bedrooms. One with either a king or twin beds, and one with a king bed, two full baths.

A tiled,drive-thru cochera with a fan and rocking chairs just made for listening to the birds and ocean, while watching the activity on the lagoon, and enjoying the amazing array of flowering plants and trees. Perfect setting for relaxing evening cocktails or morning coffee!

On the back, a screened in terraza with dining area, and more rocking chairs perfect for reading, relaxing, or watching the monkeys, coati, birds and iguanas in the mangrove behind us. The capuchin monkeys are nearly daily visitors in the back where you can observe and photograph them or walk out and chat with them! Over the days, you will come to recognize them as individual little personalities!

The kitchen, with granite countertops and teak cabinets is equipped fully with small appliances, dishes, cookware, etc. There are also an eating counter and pantry and dishwasher in this area.

In the living room are a futon which will also sleep 2 (queen), two comfortable chairs with ottoman, television, games, and more.

This is a desirable unit because it is well-equipped for longer stays. The furniture is comfortable, and the decor is cheerful.

There is a manager on property at all times as well as a night guard, gardeners and house keepers. The manager speaks English, French and Spanish. Taxis are readily available, and there are a couple of little restaurants with in an easy walk. You will need a car if you want to travel much.

Villas Las Flores is ideally located for travelers who want to spend time enjoying the variety of adventures you can plan while in Costa Rica, but who want a relaxing place to unpack, relax and as the base for those outings. In one day or less, you can visit Manual Antonio, Volcano Poas. La Paz Waterfall Gardens, numerous zip lines, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, many beaches,( some calm, others with great surfing), rain forest, The Rain Maker, mangrove tours, and fishing tours......just a sample. It is great to return after one of these days and jump into the pool to relax and relive your adventure.

Couples who are able to stay 1-3 months in this area return often and find this a friendly, safe and affordable way to leave the Northern winters behind. We are willing to discuss discounts for out-of-season or longer rentals. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding the villa or the area.

Keywords: Villa, Casita

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
J.O. and Liz Ratliff (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About J.O. and Liz Ratliff

We are a recently retired government worker and school counselor from Virginia (DC area). Having grown up in the West, we both have a love of nature, wildlife and the outdoors. We are also tired of winters! Our first visit to Costa Rica assured us that this friendly little country would offer us these comforts. Perhaps what impressed us most, though was the pride the locals have in their country. There is a sense of Pura Vida always. Our adult children are thrilled with our choice and also spend a lot of time at Villas Las Flores. We are just a 2 hour drive from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport. It is a beautiful mountain drive.

J.O. and Liz Ratliff purchased this villa in 2005

Why J.O. and Liz Ratliff chose Costa Rica

By our third visit in search of our Costa Rica dream home, we were sure of what we wanted. That was peace and tranquility, to be able to hear and see the ocean, an unspoiled, secluded beach, beautiful, natural plant life, abundant wildlife, security in an established community and friendly people. After visiting many congested, commercial, 'touristy' prospects, a friend recommended the small, quiet Villas Las Flores. As soon as we drove through the gates, we knew that we had found what we were looking for! Our primary home at Villas Las FLores is a 2 bedroom 2 bath in which we spend 3-4 months a year. Later, we purchased the one-bedroom, also available through VRBO.

If you are looking for night-life, shopping, gambling, and crowds, this is not for you. (Though you can find them nearby). If you want to unwind, relax, enjoy pleasant company and nature, you can do no better. This is a real jewel and a great bargain on the Costa Rica vacation rental market.

What makes this villa unique

There is a sense of community at Villas Las Flores. Many of the homeowners spend a good deal of time here.There are other group activities for anyone interested...pizza parties, pot-luck dinners, shuffle board tournaments, etc. Our location is perfect. We are between the surfing, tourist town of Jaco and the fishing seaport village of Quepos, and the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park and its lovely white beaches. An easy day's drive will take you to Monte Verde, Arenal, Dominical and more. Many guests 'headquarter' at VLF and take overnight trips to other spots. The management of VLF is always available to help you with car rentals and activity plans. Rental bicycles are available at VLF. We often ride into Parrita for a meal or a little shopping. The road that runs along the beach is also a fun ride. If you walk the beach in the other direction, you will come to the mouth of the Parrita River as it flows into the ocean....good fishing! Palo Seco Beach(Playa) lays East and West, so from the same location you can watch the morning sunrise and the evening sunset. I have never seen more spectacular skies anywhere! You are in for a memorable treat.

Reviews

1 traveler review

Tranquil, secure, well-situated beach rental. Family friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Wyoming, USA
5

Tico Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself and our two teenaged boys stayed here for a week and a half in August 2014 and I just can't say enough good things about the villa, the grounds and the staff. This was actually our second visit to this location, as well as the second time we stayed at Villas Las Flores. The first time was several years ago when the boys were only 7 and 4, and we had been wanting to return ever since our first trip.

After a tour of a nearby volcano and a leisurely but scenic and fascinating drive through the mountains, we arrived at Villas Las Flores #36 (VRBO 591963) and felt instantly welcome, comfortable, and relaxed. Everything from the well-stocked kitchen to the beautifully tiled bathrooms to the cool, comfortable bedrooms was perfect. You can hear the waves crashing on the beach out front, while you may hear and see a large group of capuchin monkeys swing through the trees in the back yard on their daily foraging trip. If your plans for the day don't include a trip to one of the many nearby attractions or adventure tours, there is plenty to do on the grounds of Villas Las Flores. The pool is warm, clean and beautifully maintained with lots of chairs to lounge in. The beach is an easy stroll away, but our favorite way to get there was to ride one of the bikes from the villa. When we decided to take a whale-watching/snorkel tour, the caretaker, Patrick, made the arrangements for us, as well as arrangements for a rental car to be delivered to Villas Las Flores for us to use during our stay. On the last morning there, one of the Villas Las Flores gardeners, Jose, demonstrated for us how to choose, pick and eat a ripe coconut from a tree in the yard. The boys were very impressed with his machete skills. All in all, our stay in VRBO rental 591963 (Villas Las Flores #36) was divine--from the perfectly-appointed villa, to the gorgeous gardens and grounds, to the location relative to some of our favorite spots to explore, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect adventure-anniversary getaway! Thanks to the delightful staff who are more than willing to go above and beyond to help a family of Wyoming landlubbers have the experience of a lifetime when visiting their beautiful country! And thanks also to the owners who have also gone out of their way to provide anything a family could possibly need to make themselves at home in this Tico paradise. We are already looking forward to our next visit and definitely hope to rent this same villa again.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
95 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Marisol on beach
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Marisol
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Palo Seco
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Parrita Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
high
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$165
$865
$2,430
 
 
low
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$135
$710
$1,985
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

You may pay the on-site administrator cash at check in, or pay via this site prior to that. You cannot pay with credit card at Villas Las Flores upon arrival.

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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Amenities

Costa Rica Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Twins or king in Bedroom 1 King in Bedroom 2 Queen futon in living room
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Both bedrooms are air-conditioned
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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