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Charm House The Bed Living Area Bathroom Kitchen Walk To The Beach (Mangrove Boardwalk Through Cabinas Las Olas) Mangroves Meet The Ocean Incredible Beach Beach Walk Picturesque Afternoons from Lola's Bar & Restaurant Horseback Riding Howler Monkey & Baby Gorgeous Sunsets Local Parrot Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Sea Turtle Hatchlings Excellent Surf Exceptional Beach Break Left Point Break The River Mouth The Highway The Beach Club Beach Club Pool Like No Place Else


Last updated: 04/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Special offer: Super Sale during construction (just $500/month) May & June Details

Playa Avellanas house description


Private One Bedroom Guest House with Deluxe Satellite Television Package, AC (Air Conditioning), Private Telephone & Private High Speed Internet with WiFi, Kitchen & Bathroom. Privately Gated, Quiet and Secluded. Short Walk To Beach, Restaurants, and Shopping.

Incredible Surfing & Fishing Year Round. Tons Of Wildlife - Including Turtles, Monkeys, Parrots, & so much more.


Keywords: guest house, guesthouse, cabina, casita, avellanas, playa avellanas, negra, playa negra, tamarindo, playa tamarindo, hacienda pinilla, costa rica playa, costarica playa, surf costarica, surf costa rica

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Included


                  • Non Smoking Only:

                    No Smoking Inside Please...moreless

                  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
                  • Wheelchair Accessible
                  • Pets Considered

                  Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

                  Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

                  Kitchen & Dining

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Toaster
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Stove
                  • Coffee Maker


                  • Washing Machine:

                    maid is available to do washing in main house....moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    maid is available to do washing in main house....moreless

                  • Parking:

                    Plenty of secure gated parking....moreless

                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Babysitter
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer

                  Other Amenities

                      • two hammocks


                      • Satellite / Cable:

                        Deluxe Satellite Package with Extensive Sports & Movie Programming, HBO's, Cinemax, Sports, ESPN, CNN, BBC, MTV, VH1, Radio, Discovery, History, Animal Planet, etc....moreless

                      • Books:

                        a small growing collection of books and magazines....moreless

                      • Toys:

                        scrabble & a deck of cards...moreless

                      • Television


                      • Broadband Access:

                        Private High Speed Internet & WiFi...moreless

                      • Internet:

                        Private High Speed Internet & WiFi...moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Water Sports Gear:

                        We Rent Surfboards, Boogie Boards, & Snorkeling Equipment, As Well As Offer Lessons....moreless

                      • Golf:

                        worldclass golf nearby at Hacienda Pinilla...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Lawn / Garden


                      • Sports & Activities
                      • Adventure
                      • Family
                      • Away From It All
                      • Budget
                      • Romantic

                      Location & View

                          • Rural


                              • Not Necessary


                              • Surfing
                              • Golf
                              • Kayaking
                              • Snorkeling/Diving
                              • Swimming
                              • Wind-Surfing
                              • Sound/Bay Fishing
                              • Mountain Biking
                              • Fishing
                              • Cycling
                              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                              • Golf Privileges Optional
                              • Surf Fishing
                              • Snorkeling
                              • Equestrian Events
                              • Hiking
                              • Tennis
                              • Deepsea Fishing
                              • Sailing
                              • Medical Services
                              • Beachcombing
                              • Playground
                              • Eco Tourism
                              • Bird Watching
                              • Marina
                              • Health/Beauty Spa
                              • Restaurants
                              • Churches
                              • Arboretum
                              • Scenic Drives
                              • Sight Seeing
                              • Horseback Riding
                              • Massage Therapist
                              • Groceries
                              • Shelling
                              • Wildlife Viewing
                              • Walking
                              • Boating
                              • Shopping

                              Other Activities

                                  • sunbathing, atv tours, zip-line canopy tours, surf lessons, golf lessons, volcano expeditions, turtle tours * IF CALENDAR IS BOOKED, PLEASE ASK US ABOUT OUR OTHER RENTAL!...moreless


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                                  • Amazing low-key getaway!

                                    Amazing low-key getaway!

                                    • Guest Courtney W (Denver, CO)
                                    • Date of stay 12/07/13
                                    • Review Submitted 03/19/14
                                    My boyfriend and I spent 3 weeks here in December, and had a wonderful time! We were looking for a spot where we could easily relax and spend a lot of time on the beach, and this place was perfect. Ben was a fantastic host - he took us into town a few times, gave us lots of local advice, and gave me an awesome surf lesson! The beach is great for lounging, swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, and fishing (my boyfriend caught tons of tuna, so we had some delicious fresh fish dinners). The guesthouse itself is very quaint, and is comfortable for 2 people. We felt really safe here, partly due to the two guard dogs:-) They are super friendly, and were great companions for us while we were there! We'd definitely recommend this spot for anyone looking for a relaxing and quiet stay off the beaten path!

                                    Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                                  • Wonderful 6 Weeks!

                                    Wonderful 6 Weeks!

                                    • Guest Kevin P.
                                    • Date of stay 01/20/14
                                    • Review Submitted 03/12/14
                                    This place was great! Ben was a great host, and even took me along to trips into town to get groceries. Internet is fast so working from here was easy. This place would be so much better if you have your own vehicle, or plan to walk a lot. Beach is close enough to carry a surfboard down too. The A/C is brand new, and turns the place into a freezer in about 5 minutes. Would visit again! The two dogs on the property were so nice, will miss them for sure!

                                    Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                                  • Great for Quiet and Surfing

                                    Great for Quiet and Surfing

                                    • Guest Female - 33yo (Atlanta, GA)
                                    • Date of stay 11/18/13
                                    • Review Submitted 12/13/13
                                    I took some time off in-between jobs and really enjoyed my stay here. I was looking for something quiet and off the beaten path where I could spend time surfing and relaxing. I really liked the fact that there was a kitchen so I could make my own food, wifi so I could work when needed and the hammocks were wonderful for relaxing. Ben (the owner) is a great surf instructor and very patient. He also made it very easy for me to rent a board and change it out as my surfing ability improved. Overall I felt very much at home during my stay here both in Ben's place and in the community.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                                  • Nice and Relaxing

                                    Nice and Relaxing

                                    • Guest Anonymous
                                    • Date of stay 04/04/13
                                    • Review Submitted 09/21/13
                                    I stayed here for about a week and found it to be well worth it. The accommodations aren't luxurious but for the price and location they were great. I was able to use my use my laptop with the wireless internet and cook my meals in house which are two of the main things I look for when traveling through Central and South America. As for the location I think it is ideal for people looking for a more authentic and tranquil costa rican vacation compared to what you would find in a more touristy area such as Tamarindo. The casita is a short and scenic 5 minute walk to the beach and Avellanas is a great beach for both surfing and enjoying the picturesque costa rican landscape. The owner Ben is very nice and accommodating with any questions or concerns you may have while there. He offers surf lessons if you want to learn or you can rent a board from his quiver if you are traveling without yours. Overall I had a very positive experience and would highly recommend this rental for 1-2 people.

                                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                                  • Excellent place to enjoy a trip to Playa Avellanas

                                    Excellent place to enjoy a trip to Playa Avellanas

                                    • Guest Christopher (USA)
                                    • Date of stay 08/10/13
                                    • Review Submitted 09/21/13
                                    I enjoyed my time here immensely and would recommend it to anyone.This guesthouse is only a 5 minute walk from the pathway down to Playa Avellanas. It features a bedroom and bed that could sleep two, indoor bathroom, and indoor kitchen. The bedroom has AC and ceiling fans with wooden dresser for clothing and desk for writing letters or reading.There is a television with satellite tv also there is high speed wifi access to the internet.Outside there are 2 hammocks and chairs for relaxing around the very peaceful and private property.

                                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                                  • Mind blowing paradise - absolutely loved it!

                                    Mind blowing paradise - absolutely loved it!

                                    • Guest mm1234 (New York, New York)
                                    • Date of stay 12/14/12
                                    • Review Submitted 01/30/13
                                    Right away we noticed Playa Avellanas Guest House is one of the closest properties to the boardwalk and definitely the nicest of the ones we saw. Unlike the others it's super secure with a large cacti perimeter and two guard dogs. That really made us feel better since we were two girls staying alone. After getting inside the perfectly charming compound Benny greated us and made sure we were all setteled in the guesthouse. It was very clean and cutely decorated, even nicer than the pictures. It's bigger than the pictures too. The hammoks in front are nap-perfect, we took some fab naps there after the ocean. Benny was a great host and gave us some good advice for the rest of our trip. We loved walking to the beach in the morning, going out in Tamarindo at night, visitng the local dairy farm, and practicing our surfing :-) We plan on coming back next month!

                                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, people with disabilities, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 7/7

                                  • A Big Disappointment

                                    A Big Disappointment

                                    • Guest Sherry (CT)
                                    • Date of stay 12/01/12
                                    • Review Submitted 12/28/12
                                    Ben, the owner/manager is such a nice person that I write this review with deep regret, but the unbearable conditions at this "house" (it is a tiny cottage) completely screwed up my plans for a longer tour of Costa Rica. I stayed in Avellanas not even half the time planned and since my budget was based on staying there for a month I had to cut my entire trip in half. Ben refused to refund any portion of the money I had paid. On the positive side, this casita is temptingly cheap. It is safe (from theft), there is internet and TV. There is no hot water, and sometimes no cold water either, and the place is generally so poorly constructed that it is open to insects, frogs in the bathroom and kitchen and lots of scorpions. (I was stung by one in my bed). The snake guard on the bottom of the kitchen door left a huge gap of space. (Thank God I did not encounter snakes inside). I finally enlisted the gardener to help close the gap with a board and that helped against the scorpions, but my experience generally was exactly the same as the reviewer below. Had I seen her review, I would not have gone. Ben insisted that it is like that everywhere in Costa Rica, but I stayed in 3 other places and did not find that to be true. The dogs are really sweet and do make you feel safe, but they are in your face every minute as is the poop and you cannot walk two steps without a tick crawling up your leg. I had to buy several items for the kitchen, which in general is almost completely unworkable. It was a week before I had a decent sheet and never any mattress pad over a pretty filthy mattress. The wood shutters on the windows look charming, but to run the AC (which works just barely) you have to close them leaving you with no view to the outside at all. Kind of like jail. Sorry, Ben, but if you apply yourself a little and fix things up, you will have a nice property. It is a bit of a hike to the beach, which is gorgeous when you get there, and if you are staying more than a couple of days you really need a car as there is not much in Avellanas and you will not want to spend more time in the house than is absolutely necessary. Very nice people locally, especially at Las Olas. Lola's is lovely. If you don't mind camping, go for it. If you are expecting something more civilized, remember that you get what you pay for. Take lots of Raid (the spiders are huge) and a can opener.

                                    Recommended for: Adventure seekers.

                                    Owner response: My maid, my gardener, & myself bent over backwards for this lady, day & night. She is 1 of 3 bad reviews over our last 4 years of operation & there was absolutely no pleasing her. She told me she was really loving her stay, then started screaming, swearing, & threatening a bad review when we refused to let her take in a stray dog off the beach. I wish I could of done something more for her.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/4

                                  • Very bad. Parents beware.

                                    Very bad. Parents beware.

                                    • Guest Lindsey N.
                                    • Date of stay 11/24/12
                                    • Review Submitted 12/03/12
                                    This place is advertised as child friendly - what a joke. I was traveling with my 7 year old son and couldn't even stay at this place for our pre-paid week. We were greeted by two very cute, big dogs which one (the Rottweiler) was biting us. We later found out he was a puppy which explained why his bite hurt so much. This was the first problem. Entering the place it gives you the feeling of okay- let's make the best of this and what I mean by that is they have a very good photographer for the online pics. The place was dirty, had scorpions, spiders and big red ants all over including the bed and a lovely frog in the toilet. It gave me the feeling it hadn't been used or opened in months. The kitchen is a joke unless you plan on making pb&j's all week - poor utensils, pots/pans and there is a propane grill with 2 lighters that don't work next to it. At this point my son doesn't want to be inside but can't go outside because of the dog that bites. The owner was out of town at the time so he had a friend helping who was very nice but not as available as she said she would be. When I tried to discuss all these things she was "busy" with her boyfriends(?) visit. I called her name with no response. I immediately emailed the owner, Ben, to discuss my refund and what all happened. After numerous emails of me trying to justify the problems which is weird in itself and not once did he ask if we were okay since his dog was biting us he did not refund me but offered me another week with 2 surf lessons if I did not put my review on here. I will take the loss to save my travel friends from this disaster.

                                    Owner response: The house is not advertised as child friendly, but as children welcome & we have never once had a problem before ever. Additionally, Elvis, our Rottweiler, is extremely loving & playful 1 year old puppy with a kind & gentle soul. He is a teddy bear & is here to protect our guests & the property along with his sister Bessie, a Rhodesian & total sweetheart...& this is explained clearly on our listing (please note there are many robberies at neighboring hotels & houses but never here). Also, the client admitted to me that Elvis never bit in anger, just trying to play (which I wouldn't consider biting personally). He is also very obedient, and responds well to the commands “no”, “stay”, & “sit”. Additionally, I was traveling at the exact time of arrival, & had my maid there looking after things as explained to the client previously. The house was extremely clean upon my review, as I expected. Also, Costa Rica is a very bio-diverse place with a lot of wildlife, especially out here in the rural areas & with the changing from rainy to dry season, it is not uncommon for insects to get stirred up from time to time, or ants to storm in & clean up a dead insect. And yes, there is the occasional scorpion out here, though they are not the dangerous variety, delivering more of a bee sting in the rare chance you would get stung. Frogs do occasionally get inside as well...this is Costa Rica & either could of been easily removed. I am under the impression that this place was more rural than the client expected, and that she was looking for any excuse to get a refund & head to the city (we turned down 4 other renters for this week after her booking). We also were not even given a chance to resolve anything, provide any missing utensils from the main house, etc, as she left without notifying us, or explaining her concerns. She has also left a number of bad reviews which she deleted after my response & has changed her story to me a number of times. Every hotel/rental owner around here has the occasional visitor like this & I am sorry we could not be more accommodating.

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                                  • 30 YO female

                                    30 YO female

                                    • Guest 30 YO female (Humboldt, CA)
                                    • Date of stay 06/14/12
                                    • Review Submitted 07/01/12
                                    Perfect little getaway. There are now interior doors to the kitchen and bathroom. Equipped with all you could need for low-key vacation. Bed is comfortable, AC works well, satellite TV and WiFi for moments when you need a break after epic day of beach, surf, wildlife, and fun. "Landlord" (main house) is awesome and very helpful/accommodating. Two very sweet "guard dogs", iguanas, geckos, howler monkeys, and birds. I had such a wonderful time and would recommend to anyone looking for peace and something a little less tourismo.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                                  • when i saw this place i was just like would ya look at that!

                                    when i saw this place i was just like would ya look at that!

                                    • Guest Mr. GEO (Southern California)
                                    • Date of stay 01/12/12
                                    • Review Submitted 06/17/12
                                    Super good place to stay. My girlfriend and I enjoyed 3weeks here. Perfect for a couples getaway. The owner is really nice. Nice Kitchen and Bath room. Short walk to the beach and good security. Gracias! PURA VIDA

                                    Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3


                                  Special offer: Super Sale during construction (just $500/month) May & June

                                  We are adding a couple rooms off the rear of this rental (specifically off the kitchen & bathroom side & not the bedroom/hammocks/ocean side) all with concrete mostly, which is much quieter. We are looking for renters who will be ok with this & also would like to enjoy a wonderfully discounted opportunity to stay here in paradise for just $500/month (usually $750) with everything include

                                  Offer for: Apr 30, 2014 - Jun 30, 2014 View calendar

                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Easter Week
                                  Apr 12 - Apr 19, 2014
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $400 $800
                                  Dec 23 - Dec 26, 2014
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $400 $800
                                  My Standard Rate
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $250 $700
                                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                                  • Taxes Not included

                                  Cancellation policy:

                                  Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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                                  Last updated: 04/16/2014
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                                  • Nearest Airport: Liberia (LIR) 1 hour 30 minute AC Shuttle ride at 55 Miles
                                  • Nearest Motorway: Coastal Road at Playa Avellanas
                                  • Nearest Beach: Playa Avellanas (out front) at 300 Metres
                                  • Nearest Barpub: Cabinas Las Olas at 200 Metres
                                  • Nearest Golf: Hacienda Pinilla at 0.5 Miles
                                  • Nearest Restaurant: Hotel Maunua Loa at 50 Metres

                                  Owner info

                                  Year Purchased: 2006

                                  About the owner: I am a young surfer from Southern California, who is living in the family house at the back of the property, while managing and renting out our front guest house.

                                  Why the Owner Chose Playa Avellanas:
                                  We picked this location for our Costa Rica residence, because it is absolutely the best part of Costa Rica to be in! The beach is incredible & the surfing absolutely amazing!

                                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                                  Nature, Serenity, Peace, and Relaxation... (ALSO SURFING & FISHING) * IF CALENDAR IS BOOKED, PLEASE ASK US ABOUT OUR OTHER RENTALS!

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                                  • Charm House

                                    Charm House

                                  • Living Area

                                    Living Area

                                  • Kitchen


                                  • Mangroves Meet The Ocean

                                    Mangroves Meet The Ocean

                                  • Beach Walk

                                    Beach Walk

                                  • Horseback Riding

                                    Horseback Riding

                                  • Gorgeous Sunsets

                                    Gorgeous Sunsets

                                  • Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

                                    Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

                                  • Excellent Surf

                                    Excellent Surf

                                  • Left Point Break

                                    Left Point Break

                                  • The Highway

                                    The Highway

                                  • Beach Club Pool

                                    Beach Club Pool

                                  • The Bed

                                    The Bed

                                  • Bathroom


                                  • Walk To The Beach (Mangrove Boardwalk Through Cabinas Las Olas)

                                    Walk To The Beach (Mangrove Boardwalk Through Cabinas Las Olas)

                                  • Incredible Beach

                                    Incredible Beach

                                  • Picturesque Afternoons from Lola's Bar & Restaurant

                                    Picturesque Afternoons from Lola's Bar & Restaurant

                                  • Howler Monkey & Baby

                                    Howler Monkey & Baby

                                  • Local Parrot

                                    Local Parrot

                                  • Sea Turtle Hatchlings

                                    Sea Turtle Hatchlings

                                  • Exceptional Beach Break

                                    Exceptional Beach Break

                                  • The River Mouth

                                    The River Mouth

                                  • The Beach Club

                                    The Beach Club

                                  • Like No Place Else

                                    Like No Place Else

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                                  This listing was first published here in 2010.

                                  Date last modified - Friday, April 18, 2014

                                  $50 - $100 per night (USD)

                                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 2

                                  View calendar: Updated 04/16/14
                                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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