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Casa Z in the Heart of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private Home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Does your upcoming visit to Costa Rica include the lush and tropical Caribbean coast? Planning to stay a few days in Puerto Viejo? Why not try something different from the drab and plain cabinas and stay in a place that provides all the amenities of home? Stay at VRBO's highest rated private home in Puerto Viejo.

Casa Z is your home away from home. This spacious house provides you with two nicely appointed bedrooms, each with a private bath. The master suite sleeps 2 adults and features a walk-in closet and dressing area, and a huge shower with hot water. The other bedroom has two twin beds and a standard double bed. The adjacent bathroom also has hot water in the shower. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the dishes, utensils, and cookware that you need to prepare anything from a simple breakfast to a gourmet dinner. You’ll also find a full sized range and oven, microwave, coffee maker, blender, slow cooker, and toaster. The living room is large and comfortable with two sofas. You'll spend a lot of time outside on the veranda watching the local wildlife, enjoying your favorite beverage, or just relaxing in the Adirondack chairs with a good book. Local telephone service is included, and wi-fi Internet access is provided at no additional charge.

Casa Z is located in Puerto Viejo, so you are only a hundred meters from the beach and two blocks from the great restaurants and nightlife of this quaint village. Just to the north is the popular town of Cahuita, including Cahuita National Park. And just to the south are the towns of Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, and Manzanillo where you will find Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Miles of unspoiled beach await you.

There is so much to see and do in Costa Rica’s “forgotten” Atlantic coast. Whether an organized half or full day guided tour or an adventure on your own, Puerto Viejo offers a wide variety of local area tours and attractions. Whether it is walking along the beach, hiking through the jungle, surfing, snorkeling, swimming, white-water rafting, tours of butterfly and botanical gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, or just taking in the sun on the secluded and pristine beaches, you will surely find something for you.

Keywords: House, private, home, private home, villa, bungalow, beach house

More Details

Tony Waddell
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Tony Waddell

My very first trip to Costa Rica was on a cruise. The port of call was Limon, and I was so impressed, I thought if I ever retire, Costa Rica would be the place I'd want to call home. When I finally did retire, I moved to Costa Rica and fell in love with the Caribbean coast. I purchased land in Puerto Viejo and eventually built Casa del Zorro, which later became Casa Zorro, and now just Casa Z. I hope you love the area, and enjoy my home, which I happily share with you.

Tony Waddell purchased this house in 2000

Why Tony Waddell chose Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is so rich in diversity with miles of unspoiled and uncrowded beaches. While certainly not remote and isolated, it is refreshing to visit a coastline that is unmarred with high-rise hotels and all-inclusive resorts. The area is stunningly beautiful, and the people are very friendly and helpful.

What makes this house unique

Staying in a private home is so much better than checking into a hotel that you may not be familiar with. And the house is so close to the beach as well as to the stores, restaurants, and shops. It is literally a 2 minute walk to the beach and a 5 minute walk to the center of town. The owner lives in Costa Rica and the property is professionally managed, providing you with the best service possible.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I urge all guests to leave a comment here. Be honest and constructive. Let others know what you liked. Let me know what you didn't. And as always, if you have any questions, be sure to let me know.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Tony Waddell "Zorro"
Aug 2009
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Private bath and walk-in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1) Located in master bedroom., Double Beds (1) Located in second bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1) Located in second bedroom.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Casa Z in the Heart of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast
average rating of 4.568182 based on 46 reviews

Nice location, great space, well equipped kitchen, very secure. Tv, phone were provided- nice touch.

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time in Casa Z. Tony sent very detailed descriptions to get into the property. Things were very clean, good space in the house (lots of furniture) and nice patio setting. Very well equipped kitchen (better than we expected). Nice to have a washer and dryer for clothes. Had wonderful beach towels provided as well. They had thought of everyone..... candles & matches in case of power outage....... We all were very pleased we chose Casa Z. The small problem was the termites eating the wood in the 2 nd bedroom and the dust fell through the mosquito netting onto us when sleeping. After we moved the double bed to another location in the room it was good. Thanks, Tony for setting up the house so well.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Large and well appointed

  • 4 of 5

The house is large enough for 4 adults and the kitchen is well equipped for normal cooking needs. Its a Costa Rican home so understand that a 4 or 5 star rating does not mean the deluxe finishes that you might expect in North America or Europe. That said, it is very comfortable and well located on a side street within easy walking distances of downtown PV. The downsides aren't Casa Z's fault, but they may be your problem. The neighbour's dogs bark at all hours of the day and night so bring earplugs if that will be an issue for you. Similarly, music from the local clubs can be heard until the early hours. Those earplugs will come in handy for that as well! Overall, we very much enjoyed our stay at Casa Z and would go back again (with earplugs).

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was nice, well maintained and served us well

  • 4 of 5

We were pleased and would stay there again

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 3-weeks stay at Casa Z. 4 adults were comfortably and safe accommodated. We loved this house and the garden. There was everything you could want. A perfect location to stay close to town and short bike rides to the beaches.

The house was well kept by the property manager, who responded quickly and adequately when we called about a few issues. We also enjoyed the house cleaning service once a week and to have a washer /dryer in the house was also very useful.

Thanks a lot! We would definitely stay at Casa Z again.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Z from Sept 30th to Oct 7th. There was 4 of us (2 18 year olds) Casa Z was perfect and fit our needs perfectly. Casa Z is super close to town and surroundings so walking or renting bikes are the best options. Casa Z is clean, spacious and very safe. The owner is great and always available by email and gets right back to you if he is contacted. Check in and out is a breeze it was so nice to arrive to Casa Z and have everything expected from prior communication. This was our first time in the country so we did not know what to expect, but everything was perfect. I would not hesitate to stay at Casa Z the next time I travel to PV and highly recommend Casa Z for your stay.

Thank you to Casa Z for making our stay absolutely perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Your kind words are very appreciated. I always try to be available and respond to questions as quickly as possible. You folks were great renters and I'd be happy to have you back someday! Tony Waddell, owner
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  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had the most wonderful vacation at Casa Z! It was very spacious and comfortable for the four of us. The owner was very responsive with our reservation process and the management company went the extra mile when we accidentally locked ourselves out of the house AND the safe! The home has everything you could want and the location is primo!! I totally recommend Casa Z and will stay there on my next visit to Puerto Viejo!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cahuita National Park
Nearest Airport
230 Kilometres
Juan Santamaria International Airport (San Jose)
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
KOKi Beach Restaurant Bar Lounge
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Helena Brown's Caribbean Restaurant
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Salsa Brava
Car: not necessary

Waterfalls, National Parks, Day Trips to Panama, River Rafting, Arenal Volcano




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Stays of less than 6 consecutive nights must be reserved/booked via the property management company that represents Casa Z. Please send your inquiry via VRBO with information on how to contact you. We will send you a quote and provide you with the name and contact information of the property manager.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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