Casa Marina - Charming and Peaceful Cabinas by the Beach
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Playa Grande apartment description
Casa Marina is located in Playa Grande, one of the best beaches in Costa Rica, home of the Las Baulas National Park.
The house is only 100 yards from the beach and a very short walk to restaurants and a grocery store. We offer all the comfort of a hotel with added privacy and tranquility. We offer 2 side by side studios/suites that sleep a total of 6 people, but if there is only 2 or 3 people traveling, you can just get 1 unit.
Both suites are very clean and comfortable, one has a queen-size bed ,the other one has a queen size bed and a double futon. Both have a stove, a refrigerator,a microwave, coffee maker, air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot water.
You can explore the lush, tropical surroundings, surf perfect waves or just relax by the pool or on the porch. We can assist you customize your vacation and make your time in Playa Grande a great and unforgettable experience.
Keywords: Cabinas, Efficiency, 2 bedroom house,Studio,surf
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Included
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 2-6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Safety boxes Surfboard and boogie board rental
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
Traveling to Costa Rica for my niece's wedding, other family members were staying at two large rented houses on the beach in Playa Grande or at one of the small hotels in Playa Grande Estates. I decided to find something less active, more peaceful. Casa Marina turned out to be perfect. The previous reviews give an accurate picture of the look and feel of Frank and Marina's cabinas. First of all, whether inside your studio or outside on the porch or near the pool, there is a feeling of spaciousness. The sounds of occasional vehicles or dogs barking are punctuated by long periods of nothing but waves pounding and the assorted wildlife. When the sky is clear, it is hot. By 9 in the morning even a tshirt felt like too much. I came to count on Carlos' arrival everyday on his motorbike with fresh coconuts. Drink the juice then break them open for the fresh meat. Walking to the beach at 6 in the morning became a daily ritual. First I swam, then I rented a board and surfed. The outside break proved too demanding for my now novice skills, so I went to square one, catching the foam inside. Mostly I was the only person in the water for as far as I could see. No rocks, no crowds, no currents, eighty degree water; perfect for a beginner. Then time for breakfast. I could have stocked up and made out fine at my studio, but I started going over to the local hotel, and soon developed a taste for the local dish, gallo pinto (eggs, beans, rice, fruit and a sauce that you pour over everything. Did I mention it was hot. Mid-days I tried to stay out of the sun. After the family and wedding festivities were over, I began venturing into Tamarindo. Once I made the twenty minute walk on the beach to the mouth of the estuary to wave for the water taxi ($1), but then I settled into riding over with Reuben out of the local hotel launch point ($3). Early evening was back to the beach for walking, swimming, surfing and the sometimes stunning sunsets. Try to find something for no-seeums, the tiny flying insects whose bite leaves itchy little bumps. A minor nuisance but probably preventable. By eight I was usually pooped, but several times I made the seven minute walk back to the hotel for beers, bar talk and even watched part of a baseball game on TV. The walk into Playa Grande itself was 30 minutes on the beach. Better surf, a few more restaurants and bars. Running out of space here, all that is mentioned about Marina's support and helpfulness is true.
- Guest Rick (San Anselmo, California)
- Date of stay 05/14/13
- Review Submitted 05/25/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+.
We Loved It!Guest comment entered by owner
We Loved It!
My husband and our 10 year old twins just returned from a stay at Marina's casita. It met our expectations perfectly. We wanted to be the shortest walk from the beach possible with a pool and kitchenette. Marina's architecture and design background show in how efficiently she's put so much into the unit with the bed and futon. We had everything we needed to make light meals and poolside snacks. While it was snug with the four of us, we preferred sacrificing space for proximity to the beach. The bed and the futon are both very comfortable and the shower was awesome. The linens including bath towels are supplied by Marina which she replaced a couple of times during our stay. She and her husband Frank live in the larger bungalow at the rear of their lot, so were not in our space but always available for great tips on the area as well as surfing - anything really. The pool is a tranquil and very well tended zen like garden which provided a much needed place to cool off during the incredibly hot days. Great access to grocery stores and restaurants too! Playa Tamarindo is just a 15 min walk and $1 water taxi ride south down the beach. Thanks so much Marina and Frank!! Pura Vida, Brad and Cathy
- Guest Cathy H.
- Date of stay 03/28/13
- Review Submitted 05/19/13
Beautiful Piece of Paradise
Beautiful Piece of Paradise
This is a spectacular little getaway, perfect for two couples or a family. It has two very nice cabinas with kitchens and internet access that have their own private pool. The location is secluded and peaceful in a private development, and it is only a 100 yds. from beautiful Playa Grande beach. The beach offers great surfing, bodyboarding, turtle watching, shell collecting, and relaxing on the soft sand. There is a small grocery store and several restaurants within walking distance, and an estuary nearby where you can see lots of wildlife and waterfowl. There are surf shops and a little town nearby, so you have everything you need. Marina is friendly and easy to work with, making the reservation process easy. Casa Marina is a beautiful, peaceful piece of paradise that I would recommend to anyone.
- Guest davidscott (United States)
- Date of stay 02/21/12
- Review Submitted 03/18/12
Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Marina and Frank were very gracious hosts. We wer delayed so we called and Marina took our shopping list aaand went to the store for our late arival.Nice, clean and comfortable room a very short walk to a beautiful beach and groceries. If we are in the area again we will call Marina first...Dena & Mick (illinois)
- Guest Mick (Illiois)
- Date of stay 01/24/12
- Review Submitted 01/29/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
As I sit here on our last morning at Casa Marina I am very sad to be leaving this paradise! The cabinas here are so comfortable the short walk to the beach is beautiful, the surf is great! There are just a few restaurants here but all are very good! Marina and Frank are great hosts as usual ( our second time here)! Very quiet and relaxing! Anyone who is coming to Playa Grande should stay at Casa Marina as it is centrally located to everything, even a short walk and boat ferry to Tamarindo if you want to go to shop! I think these cabinas are more suited for couples than families as there are only two on the property and it is very quiet and peaceful! So if you like to surf, relax, walk on the beach, enjoy the nature of Costa Rica to the fullest come stay at Casa Marina!
- Guest Heidi (Pensacola Beach, Florida USA)
- Date of stay 12/12/11
- Review Submitted 12/21/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Surfin' Costa Rica
Surfin' Costa Rica
Our recent stay a Casa Marina was delightful! We are a couple in our late 20’s and we were looking for a low-key environment where we could relax and learn surf. We got just what we wanted!!! It was nice to be able to walk around the neighborhood to the local grocery store and the delicious restaurants. The surfing at the (very close) beach was perfect for our level and the seclusion of the beach was divine! The room, pool, and grounds are well cared for and hostess Marina is outstanding. Her warm personality, knowledge of the area, and willingness to help truly made our experience exceptional. Having free wi-fi on site was an added bonus and put ease to the usual hassle of finding and paying for the Internet when traveling internationally. Casa Maria has all the essentials and is private. It was a truly relaxing vacation in a wonderfully relaxing environment! Also, ask Marina about her handmade silver and stone jewelry. I bought a beautiful silver cuff bracelet that is a great souvenir to remember our Costa Rican adventure!!!
- Guest Nial and Sean (Jackson Hole, WY)
- Date of stay 03/29/11
- Review Submitted 04/14/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Great Sunsets and Beach
Great Sunsets and Beach
We had a great time at Casa Marina watching the sunsets and surfers on the beautiful and nearly deserted beach. We could hear the waves crashing on he beach every night. We took daily runs on the beach and cooled off in the wonderful pool right outside of our front door. We enjoyed a couple of pool side candlelight dinners with food bought at the local store and walked to nearby restaurants on a couple of other nights. Since the property sits in the middle a natural reserve we saw and heard lots of local birds and other animals such as monkeys and iguanas. Marina is a great hostess with a complete knowledge of the area.
- Guest Rick & Linda (Rochester New York)
- Date of stay 03/20/11
- Review Submitted 04/06/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Loved our stay at Casa Marina!!! 3min walk to the beach, which was not saturated with people, gorgeous beach!!! Cheap ferry ride away from Tamarindo if you want to get some shopping done, and yoga classes, surf classes, surf rentals, bike rentals all within walking distance. Ended up not renting a car and just enjoying Playa Grande. Marina is a also a great host, full of ideas and travel sugesstions if you need them.
- Guest Patty (Oregon)
- Date of stay 03/06/11
- Review Submitted 03/28/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Beautiful and Secure
Beautiful and Secure
My husband and I have stayed at Casa Marina's a few times now and we absoletly love it. The cabinas are very clean and comfortable and have everything you need. Its very close to the path to the beach and still has plently of privacy. Marina is very accomidating and a pleasure to work with. I would highly reccomend staying at Casa Marinas!
- Guest Amy (Colorado)
- Date of stay 01/06/11
- Review Submitted 01/12/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
My boyfriend and I stayed here over Thanksgiving and we had an amazing time! The place is about a minute from the beach, has wi-fi, a pool, and you can even rent a surfboard from Marina! The place is some-what remote -- near some restaurants but you need a car or a taxi to get into town -- (which is exactly what we wanted) so I would suggest renting a car if you want to really get around but if you want to just relax by the beach and surf this is a perfect location. Best of all, Marina is super helpful and sweet and will help you organize anything!
- Guest Rach (LA)
- Date of stay 11/19/10
- Review Submitted 12/07/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Rates vary according to season. Low Season ... May 01-Nov 15 .. $65/$130 night High Season .. Nov 16-Apr 30 .. $75/$150 night Inquire for Christmas/New year wk and Easter wk All rates are intended for 2 people, additional person add $15.
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Walkway to the pool
View from the porch
Suite # 2
Garden and pool
Playa Grande Sunset
Playa Grande Surf
Futon - Suite # 2
Futon in Suite #2
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