Charming Rancher - Walk to Beach & Amenities
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Playa Hermosa bungalow description
The gardens is a private gated community of only 10 detached houses located approximately halfway along one of only two roads to the beach. Casa 2 is a stand-alone rancher divided into a larger 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house and a smaller 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment. Each unit can be rented separately or together (there is NO connecting door, however, only separate entrances). The units have their own driveway and garden and the community pool is about 50 yards away. Next to the pool is a rancho with a large table, seating and barbeque for get-togethers.
Casa 2 was built approximately 10 years ago by an American developer who built 6 of the homes in the community and still resides in one. Using local craftsmen, native wood and colourful tile, our house has an authentic and charming Costa Rican or 'Tico' style. It is clean, simply furnished yet has all amenities and is freshly painted.
There are two units: the house unit (approx 950 sq ft) has a large covered patio with a laundry area at the back containing a washer & dryer (shared by the apartment if rented). There is a full kitchen with stove and fridge next to a dining and living area. Sliding doors open to another small covered patio at the front. There is a bathroom with a barrier-less shower and two large bedrooms, one of which has another bathroom ensuite and a safe. Each bedroom has a queen bed and plenty of wardrobe/storage space. There is cable tv, a phone for local calls (all Costa Rica) and wired internet. Fans and air conditioning are in each room. The house sleeps four.
The apartment unit (approx 550 q ft) has a small patio in front of its own driveway. It has an open floor plan, with a full kitchen on one side and a living/dining area on the other. A small bedroom with a queen bed, a safe and lots of closet space is at the back next to a full shower room. There is cable tv, wireless internet and air conditioning throughout. The apartment sleeps 2.
Outside each unit, there is a shower for rinsing off beach sand. We have a mango and an almond tree and plenty of native flora and birds. Last year, we built two arbours over each driveway and planted bougainvillea which seem to be growing at the speed of light!
- 1500 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- All bedrooms have lots of closet space.
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- All bathrooms are wheelchair accessible
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Air Conditioning:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
Pool & Spa
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Water Tubing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Eco Tourism
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Playa hermosa, Guanacaste, is a small village approximately 30 mins drive from the liberia airport, (which is 8 miles west of the city of Liberia). Playa Hermosa is a mostly residential area with a gorgeous, 3km long beach, acclaimed for its beauty and cleanliness. This beach is a mere 5 minute walk from the house - look for the local howler monkeys in the trees! There are a number of bars and restaurants, from casual to high-end dining, two small supermarkets, an ATM, launderette and various stores, all within walking distance (up to 15-20 minutes). Several boutique hotels offer evening entertainment and other amenities such as spa services and tour bookings for non-guests. For more action, grab a taxi to Playas del Coco (called Coco by the locals), a busy, touristy town with lots of shopping, restaurants, supermarkets, nightlife and even a casino. With all basic amenities, it is possible to stay in Playa Hermosa without renting a car. There are plenty of taxis and tour operators who will pick you up from the house. This plan would suit those who like to walk, blend in with the locals or who need a casual or short vacation. Alternatively, we often rent a car for a few days so we can travel more freely and widely. A good time to do that is upon arrival, since the cost of a days car rental or a taxi from the airport to Hermosa are similar. It would also allow you to visit more of the fabulous coast or explore inland towards the volcanoes....moreless
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We had a wonderful time in Hermosa & definitely recommend this place for anyone considering a vacation in Costa Rica. The owner responded quickly to our inquiry and the management company was professional and efficient. Two thumbs up!
- Guest Boulder adventure seekers (Boulder, Colorado)
- Date of stay 08/03/13
- Review Submitted 08/11/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Manager response: We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope you get to come down again! Thanks for taking the time to post a review.
Charming rancher indeed!
Charming rancher indeed!
This past spring break, we travelled to Costa Rica with another family. Renting these two side-by-side units was perfect! It gave us an opportunity to stay together, cook together and hang around together in the evening, enjoying the warm Costa Rican breeze. We did a lot of cooking in the two units. They were well equipped with all of the utensils and appliances that we could have possibly needed. It really helped to keep our costs down (4 adults and 3 hungry teenagers). We also had an opportunity to visit and dine at many of the local restaurants. There are several to choose from in the area, and those situated along the beach front are particulary wonderful for catching the evening breeze and glorious sunset! A local guide (arranged through the owners of this property) took us out on a wonderful day trip to visit the jungle and experience the food, culture and vast flora and fauna of Costa Rica. We liked this property so much that we have not only recommended it to others, we have also passed along the information to a travel agent friend of ours. It's situated in a perfect area with easy access to the beach and to the town of Playa Coco. Playa Hermosa is a nice quiet place to be. When you want night life, Coco is just a 10 minute cab ride away. On the property, there is a wonderful pool for cooling off. The entire property is safe and secure and well maintained. We were very pleased with the way everything was kept. We had a wonderful vacation and created a great number of memories staying in these bungalows.
- Guest Ian and Joyce (Vancouver, BC Canada)
- Date of stay 03/17/13
- Review Submitted 07/05/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities.
Manager response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and are especially grateful for your lovely review. We hope that you will find the time to visit Playa Hermosa again - it was a pleasure to host your families. Pura Vida!
Playa Hermosa stay
Playa Hermosa stay
We stayed in the large unit during Spring Break and found it to be a perfect size for 4 guests. Well equipped and clean. The gated complex is quiet yet social (we met several neighbours). The beach, which is a short walk, was quiet even for high season and has several quaint little eateries along it with authentic Costa Rican food. The owner put us in touch with a local guide which made transfers to and from the airport effortless. We didn’t rent a car so found this extra helpful. The Hermosa bay area has enough amenities (groceries, restaurants) to accommodate but not too many to feel you are in a tourist town. All in all we really enjoyed our stay and found the atmosphere relaxing and rejuvenating. We will be back!
- Guest Wanda (Vancouver, BC)
- Date of stay 03/24/13
- Review Submitted 05/30/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, adventure seekers.
Manager response: So happy you had a great time and hope you can make it back again soon, Marion. Thanks for taking the time to review and we hope you have many happy travels!
Lovely clean private little house. We had a rental car but spent a great deal of time in the Gardens. M husband walked the beach every morning bringing me news of the howler monkeys that would greet him on route. The pool was perfect for lounging and visiting with other owners or guests. This is a quiet spot which suited us as we wanted to embrace living away for six weeks. The property manager is North American and a phone call away. The owners answered all our questions prior to booking and gave us lots of helpful information. Lovely fruit stand outside the "electronic gate", small Italian restaurant with wood burning oven steps away, two great hotels minutes walking distance for evenings out. The property is actually nicer than shown! We will definitely, be returning in the future!
- Guest Heather (Canada)
- Date of stay 01/19/12
- Review Submitted 12/31/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, people with disabilities.
Manager response: Thanks for taking the time for a review - it is greatly appreciated! It was a pleasure hosting you and Bryan, Heather, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Pura Vida!
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
3 night min stay
|Green (Low) Season
May 2 - Nov 30
3 night min stay
|Dry (High) Season
Dec 1 - May 1
3 night min stay
|Christmas 2013 to New Years
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2014
15 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Rates above are for 1 bed/1 bath unit (sleeps 2) low season.
For the 2 bed/2 bath house (sleeps 4):
Low Season/High Season:
Xmas/New Year 12/20-01/03/2014: $1,500 (2 weeks)
For BOTH units (sleeps 6) Low/High season:
Xmas/New Year: $1000 (2 weeks)
Deposit of $150 per booking by cheque, bank draft, Paypal or e-transfer.
This deposit is refundable, less $25 for admin, up to 45 days prior. No refund for cancellations less than 45 days prior.
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A $40 cleaning fee will be added to each unit per booking.
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- Nearest Airport: Liberia at 20 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Playa Hermosa at 500 Metres
Year Purchased: 2005
About: Dave and Karen are British-Canadians with a thirst for travel. After leaving England in 1980, they've lived in Alberta, California, Oregon and BC, recently moving from the mainland to gorgeous Vancouver Island. They live on a small acreage by the sea and enjoy cruising the west coast on their boat in the summer.
Why Playa Hermosa:
They fell in love with Costa Rica after a fabulous vacation with their sons in 2004, and started researching the best locations, settling on the NW Pacific coast for its pristine waters and Playa Hermosa for its beach and village atmosphere. Their duplex rancher is 'home away from home' as their fellow neighbours in The Gardens (Canadian, American & German) are great friends and create a wonderful welcome every January to March (making the house usually unavailable).
The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
Costa Rica is not Florida or Hawaii. And with its lack of resorts and low crime, it isn't Mexico either. It is still third-worldly with dirt roads, parched fields, power failures, iguanas, spiders, rough shacks, chickens in the road and little sense of urgency or schedule. But if you like the sound of birds, monkeys in the trees, stunning foliage, friendly people, zip-lining, fishing, floating in the waves, unbelievable coffee and the sense that you have truly left home, then Costa Rica just might be for you.
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House side: driveway & covered patio entrance. Patio doors in middle
Pool and ranchero
Howler monkeys in The Gardens trees.
Kitchen in studio unit
Studio, door and driveway on right under arbour.
Pool. (Casa 2's roof is visible in the middle of the photo)
Sunset at Playa Hermosa beach
Kitchen in large unit
Living room in larger unit
Bathroom off master
Living & Dining in studio unit (TV out of picture on right)
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