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Casa De La Vida Grande: a Tropical Paradise in Playa Grande

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Casa de La Vida Grande view from front gate

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Last updated: 07/08/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Playa Grande house description

Completed in February 2007, this Spanish Mediterranean-style house is located in Palm Beach Estates in Las Baulas Marine National Park in Guanacaste.

The house is a 5-minute walk to Playa Grande beach, the seasonal nesting grounds of the endangered leatherback turtle and an internationally famous surfing beach, and also to the mangrove estuary, several restaurants, a market/bar/internet cafe, and surfboard rentals and lesson providers. Tamarindo is accessible within a short walk via the beach and water taxi to cross the estuary, or in 25 minutes by car.

A separate studio apartment on the property is available as as an additional rental for larger groups, or as a standalone rental for individuals and couples.

Our property manager is based right in Playa Grande and readily available to assist with all aspects of your vacation, including arranging ground transportation and child care services, as well as booking the many tours and activities available in the area.


The main house has 3 bedrooms (2 upstairs, 1 downstairs), each with a queen-size bed, its own closet with security safe, and private balcony/lookout, plus 2 full bathrooms (one with a double shower and one with a bathtub). The downstairs contains a spacious open living and dining area, full kitchen with oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, range/breakfast island, and a study/reading room with ADSL broadband internet connection that opens up to the pool and patio area. The upstairs has a sitting room with cable TV and DVD player, plus a full-size futon for additional sleeping space. All rooms have individually controlled air-conditioning and ceiling fans, all floors are wide Brazilian tile, and there are 4 telephones available throughout the house.

If you need additional room, we also have a studio apartment, available as a separate rental unit, which contains an additional full-size bed and futon, as well as a small kitchen, dining table, full bathroom, and its own telephone line.

The outside features a large wrap-around terrace with a dining area and hammock, semi-shaded lap pool with patio and chairs, lush tropical garden with plentiful flora and full-grown trees, and an outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach. There are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities available right from the terrace or patio, with hundreds of birds, howler monkeys, iguanas and butterflies in the neighborhood.

Our property manager is based right in Playa Grande and readily available to assist with all aspects of your vacation, including arranging ground transportation, a private chef if desired, child care, laundry and grocery shopping services, as well as booking the many tours and activities available in the area, such as surfing, SCUBA, snorkeling, sunset sailing, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, estuary boat tours, zipline canopy tours, bike rentals, golf, tennis, turtle watching, yoga, massage and spa treatments.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included
              • Massage
              • Private Chef

              Suitability

              • Wheelchair Accessible
              • Pets Considered
              • Children Welcome
              • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12

              • Upstairs Master: 1 queen

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              • Upstairs Guest: 1 queen

                Upstairs guest bedroom with queen bed...moreless

              • Downstairs Guest: 1 queen

                Downstairs guest bedroom with queen bed...moreless

              • Studio: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

                Separate studio apartment with full bed and full-size futon...moreless

              • Each bedroom has plentiful closet space. Both upstairs bedrooms open up to a private balcony, and the downstairs bedroom opens up to a private patio with a hammock and view of the pool and garden. There is an additional full-size futon in the TV room available as additional sleeping space, ideal for children....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Upstairs: toilet, tub

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              • Outdoor Shower: outdoor shower

                Perfect for rinsing off after the beach or pool...moreless

              • Downstairs: toilet, shower

                double shower...moreless

              • Studio: toilet, shower

                Additional bathroom in separate studio apartment...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • The outside features a large wrap-around terrace with a dining area, sitting area, lap pool with patio and chairs, lush tropical garden with plentiful flora and full-grown trees. There are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities available right from the terrace or patio, with hundreds of birds, howler monkeys, iguanas and butterflies in the neighborhood. All rooms have individually controlled air-conditioning and ceiling fans, all floors are wide Brasilian tile, and there are landline telephones available for free calls within Costa Rica. The house has a brand new easy-to-use state-of-the-art security system with integrated smoke detectors and an automatic dialer for immediate response. A safe for personal valuables is also available in the master bedroom. Our nearby property manager can help you in booking the many activities available in the area, such as surfing, sunset sailing, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, zipline canopy tours, turtle watching, and spa services....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Radio
                  • Audio Tape Player
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television
                  • DVD Player
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • Books
                  • Games
                  • Games For Kids

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All

                  Attractions

                  • Restaurants
                  • Zoo
                  • Rain Forests

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  local services and businesses

                  • Babysitter
                  • Massage Therapist

                  Location Type

                  • Rural
                  • Near The Ocean

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Water Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Tennis
                  • Surfing
                  • Sailing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Rafting
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Snorkeling/Diving

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people

                      forms of payment

                          • Accept Credit Card

                          General

                          • Covered Parking
                          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                          • Garage
                          • Broadband Access
                          • Telephone
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Internet
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Air Conditioning
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Safe
                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Parking
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Thermos Bottle
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Ceiling Fans
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Local Activities Guide
                          • Local Maps
                          • Paper Towels
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Security System
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper

                          house cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Included

                              Kitchen

                              • Catering Available
                              • Kitchen
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Ice Maker
                              • Refrigerator
                              • 4 Ring Stove
                              • Oven
                              • Freezer
                              • Stove
                              • Microwave
                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Toaster
                              • Blender

                              Outside

                              • Beach Chairs
                              • Beach Towels
                              • Small Cooler
                              • Balcony
                              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                              • Porch / Veranda
                              • Lawn / Garden
                              • Terrace
                              • Barbecue
                              • Patio
                              • Outdoor Grill Gas
                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Lanai / Gazebo
                              • Outdoor Grill

                              Payment Type

                              • Amex
                              • Visa
                              • Mastercard

                              Pool / Spa

                              • Outdoor Pool
                              • Private Pool
                               

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Low/Rainy
                              May 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              $270
                              $1,600
                              High/Dry
                              Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              $300
                              $1,800
                              Holidays
                              Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $420
                              $2,500
                              High/Dry
                              Jan 4 - Mar 27, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $300
                              $1,800
                              Easter/Semana Santa
                              Mar 28 - Apr 5, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $420
                              $2,500
                              High/Dry
                              Apr 6 - Apr 30, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $300
                              $1,800

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
                              • Taxes Not included

                              Notes:

                              Rental rate includes daily pool cleaning, housekeeping three times per week, all linens, beach towels, and many staple items.

                              Main House:

                              Low (May-Oct): $270/night, $1600/wk

                              High (Nov-Apr): $300/night, $1800/wk

                              Holiday (New Year's, Christmas, Easter): $420/night, $2500/wk

                              Studio Apartment:

                              Low (May-Oct): $60/night, $360/wk

                              High (Nov-Apr): $80/night, $480/wk

                              Holiday: $100/night, $600/wk


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                              Calendar

                              Last updated: 07/08/2014
                              Check availability
                              23 Available
                              21 Unavailable
                              22 Today
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                              Location

                              Car: Not Necessary

                              Other Activities: kayaking, wildlife viewing

                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2004

                              About the owner: My brother and I live in Massachusetts and are co-owners of this property. Our father, a veterinarian, purchased the land in 2004 upon becoming enamored with Costa Rica during his first visit to Playa Grande. Along with a professional architect, and after many months of research and searching for materials throughout Costa Rica, he designed the house using his own background in architecture, which he had studied prior to turning his focus to veterinary medicine. The house was constructed throughout 2005 and 2006 and was completed in February 2007, with our father spending at least one week per month there to supervise and participate directly in the construction. Sadly, he passed away in May 2008 and did not have much time to enjoy the results of his labor, but the house stands as a testament to the many years of passion, dedication and effort he poured into it. Our father loved hosting groups of guests at his home for dinners, dancing and relaxing, and made a point to head to the beach every evening for the beautiful Playa Grande sunsets. While we are unable to spend much time there ourselves, we are honored to continue our father's legacy, and hope you will find Casa de La Vida Grande (as he named it) the perfect destination for your Costa Rica vacation.


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                              Speaks: english, spanish

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                              Photos

                              • Casa de La Vida Grande view from front gate

                                Casa de La Vida Grande view from front gate

                              • Rear view including outdoor shower

                                Rear view including outdoor shower

                              • Contemporary kitchen with center island and range

                                Contemporary kitchen with center island and range

                              • Master bedroom with private balcony.

                                Master bedroom with private balcony.

                              • Upstairs sitting area with cable TV, DVD & futon

                                Upstairs sitting area with cable TV, DVD & futon

                              • Studio apartment above garage, optional add-on

                                Studio apartment above garage, optional add-on

                              • Lap pool, patio and wrap-around terrace

                                Lap pool, patio and wrap-around terrace

                              • View of open living dining area view from kitchen

                                View of open living dining area view from kitchen

                              • Open living sitting area adjacent to dining room

                                Open living sitting area adjacent to dining room

                              • Upstairs guest bedroom with private balcony.

                                Upstairs guest bedroom with private balcony.

                              • 'Pura Vida' from Playa Grande!

                                'Pura Vida' from Playa Grande!

                              • Studio apartment kitchen

                                Studio apartment kitchen

                              VRBO #121644

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                              This listing was first published here in 2007.

                              Date last modified - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

                              $270 - $420 per night (USD)
                              3

                              4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 12

                              View calendar: Updated 07/08/14
                              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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