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Charming Rancher - 500m to Beautiful Beach!

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Last updated: 06/24/2015

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  • Minimum stay:1-15 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property 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 (please see notes below for pricing for the 2-bed unit). 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. A couple of years ago, we built two arbours over each driveway and planted bougainvillea which seem to be growing at the speed of light!


Property Type

  • Bungalow
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    barrier-free shower...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    With ensuite and safe...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    (in studio) With safe...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    With safe...moreless

  • All bedrooms have lots of closet space.

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Off master bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    (in studio)...moreless

  • All bathrooms are wheelchair accessible

Other Amenities

  • (Please note there is no working dishwasher). Snorkeling & sunset cruises and fishing can be booked from operators at the beach. More choices are available at the hotels as well as in Coco. Rory, our local guide, offers van pick-up and great tours ( ...moreless


  • Satellite / Cable:

    Many North American channels. Also German....moreless

  • Television:

    TV also in Master bedroom of 2-bed unit....moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    including fans in all rooms...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Shared by both units...moreless

  • Internet:

    Broadband wired internet in house plus WiFi. WiFi only in the apartment...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    driveway for each unit, 1 car per driveway...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lanai / Gazebo

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The pool is never crowded since it is for The Garden residents and their renters only....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green (Low) Season
May 1 - Nov 30, 2015
7 night min stay

$350 $900
Christmas 2015 to New Years
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016
15 night min stay

flat fee
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee per unit $60
  • Pet Fee $60
  • Taxes Not included


Rates above are for 1 bed/1 bath unit (sleeps 2) low season. Taxes all included.

For the 2 bed/2 bath house (sleeps 4):

Low Season/High Season:

$550/$850 week

$1500/$2200 month.

Xmas/New Year 2015 - 2-bed tentatively booked.

Please inquire for pricing for booking both units or for long-term leasing.

Deposit, payments and contract handled through property manager. Please see notes for 2-bed pricing.

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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
Playa Hermosa

Car: Not Necessary

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.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2005

About: Mr & Mrs Smith 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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Speaks: english


  • Casa 2

    Casa 2

  • House side: driveway & covered patio entrance. Patio doors in middle

    House side: driveway & covered patio entrance. Patio doors in middle

  • Pool and ranchero

    Pool and ranchero

  • Bedroom in smaller unit

    Bedroom in smaller unit

  • Bathroom off master in larger unit

    Bathroom off master in larger unit

  • Living & Dining in smaller unit (TV out of picture on right)

    Living & Dining in smaller unit (TV out of picture on right)

  • Howler monkeys in The Gardens trees.

    Howler monkeys in The Gardens trees.

  • Playa Hermosa beach sunset

    Playa Hermosa beach sunset

  • Lots of great fishing

    Lots of great fishing

  • Nearby tubing.

    Nearby tubing.

  • Local fauna!

    Local fauna!

  • Studio, door and driveway on right under arbour.

    Studio, door and driveway on right under arbour.

  • Pool. (Casa 2's roof is visible in the middle of the photo)

    Pool. (Casa 2's roof is visible in the middle of the photo)

  • pool and rancho

    pool and rancho

  • Kitchen in large unit

    Kitchen in large unit

  • Main bathroom in small unit (Identical in larger unit)

    Main bathroom in small unit (Identical in larger unit)

  • Kitchen in smaller unit

    Kitchen in smaller unit

  • Living room in larger unit.

    Living room in larger unit.

  • 5 minute walk to Playa Hermosa beach

    5 minute walk to Playa Hermosa beach

  • Sunset at Playa Hermosa beach

    Sunset at Playa Hermosa beach

  • fabulous falls about 40 mins away.

    fabulous falls about 40 mins away.

  • Top zip-lining nearby

    Top zip-lining nearby

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