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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
La Isla Palo Seco house description
The house is fronted by a large teak balcony featuring two hammocks + 4 person dining table - this is the signature location of the house with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The main living area of the house is located on the upper level; at this level the ocean-view presents itself from all points in the open-concept kitchen, dining and living room areas. Vaulted ceilings, teak beams and numerous windows enhance this area with abundant light and air. The kitchen is well equipped with coffee maker, toaster, pots & pans, cutlery, dishes, glasses, electric stove and fridge. For indoor dining a lunch bar separates the kitchen and living room - there are 6 bar-height, teak chairs. Behind the house is the private pool and rancho with charcoal bar-b-que; a bar in the rancho offers an outside dining option near the pool.
The yard features a huge mango tree, two almond trees, numerous palms and other tropical plants.
Beach, Ocean and Weather are the main attractions at Isla Palo Seco; they are spectacular! Isla Palo Seco is a barrier island, essentially a sand spit, that extends 8 km in length. The sand beach extends the entire length of the Island on the ocean-facing side; approximately 8 km of palm-lined, pristine beach. The ocean water is warm, surprisingly warm. Waves are constant; they are a surfer/boogie boarder's dream. At Dos Gatos we have 3 surf boards (2 long boards and 1 short board) and 2 boogie boards for our guests to use. At high or low tide the beach is breathtaking but if you want to walk the beach low tide is best. At low tide the ocean recedes to uncover a flat, sand strip that extends for more than half of the 100 or so metres between the water and the beach grass and palms. This flat sand is firm and a pleasure to walk. The beach is never crowded with people. Except for weekends and holidays when Tico (Costa Rican) families gather at the beach, it is almost deserted. I once walked the entire length of the Island and encountered only 3 people! The estero located on the back side of the island is extensive and it known for its fishing and sight seeing.
The weather between December 1 and May 1 (summer) is predictable; except for the occasional rainfall in the evening or night - average daytime high temp is 33 c under clear skies and average nighttime lows are 21 c. Even in the green season there is sun on most days from early morning to early afternoon when the clouds roll in with late afternoon showers - the average temps vary only slightly. For more details on climate see www.weather2travel.com/jaco costa rica.
There are several very good restaurants on the beach: 'La Macha 2' is a bar with relaxed atmosphere and good food, 'Beso Del Viento' offers French quesine by reservation, 'Hotel La Isla' has an extensive menu and the newest resort on the Island 'Clandestino Resort' offers more upscale dining at reasonable prices.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9
- 4 bedrooms are air conditioned and they have ceiling fans - in one bedroom is a bunkbed with Queen mattress on bottom and single on top - the 3 other bedrooms are equipped with 2 twin beds in each - when they are placed together they produce a king size bed or they can be split into two singles depending on preference....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Linens Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Air Conditioning
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Surf Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Deepsea Fishing
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- on the back side of the Isla is and extensive estuary; (fishing and touring is available - Manuel Antonio National Park is located 30 km away; with jungle trails, beautiful protected beaches for swimming and snorkling - Jaco is 45 kms away; a surfer town with extensive tourist services - deep sea fishing is available out of Quepos (25 km away) or Herradura (50 km away) - horseback riding is available right on the beach - whitewater rafting can be arranged by our property manager - Sky Mountain zip-lining is about 20 minutes away with the longest lines in Costa Rica and spectacular views of the Parrita River valley...moreless
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Great house, great beach, great pool!
Great house, great beach, great pool!
We had a very pleasant stay at Villa Dos Gatos. The location is perfect, the house is very well furnished and comfortable, the deck is fantastic. We were 4 adults, 4 teens and we had plenty of room for everybody. I recommand this house to everybody who wants to relax in a great spot as well as visiting the central part of the Pacific coast.
- Guest mpintal (Greenfield Park, Québec)
- Date of stay 08/09/13
- Review Submitted 08/26/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers.
Manager response: Marie, Caroline and families - thank you for your kind comments - it is always gratifying to know that others enjoyed the house and the location as much as we do - Peter and Stephanie
Great house. Great beach.
Great house. Great beach.
Executive Summary: Can’t beat this house for proximity to what is basically a large private beach – literally 30 seconds from the front door to the water. Owners, Peter and Stephanie, are great to work with – responded quickly and were patient with our newbie questions. A little more info: Six adults plus our 9-year old were quite comfortable in Villa Dos Gatos. We loved the pool, the bbq grill, the balcony, the hammocks, and the fresh mangos. We spent 2 of our 6 days in Costa Rica just hanging out at the house reading, swimming (pool and ocean), and walking on the beach. We might’ve seen 15 people on the beach during our 5 days there, and 13 of those were on Sunday – this is definitely a “local” beach. Of course, everything in the house worked and it was clean. The tap water was safe to drink even for us soft Americans. Note that Villa Dos Gatos is quite remote and the last few miles of road leading to the house are pretty rough and frustrating to negotiate, so plan your outings efficiently – you probably won’t want to be driving back and forth multiple times per day. There are 2 good restaurants on the same road as the house - just a few minutes drive away. One last note: Bring 1 large can of bug spray and 1 large can of sun screen for each member of your group for each week you’ll be in Costa Rica. We ran out and had to buy Off! for $10/can. Obviously that’s a tropical country situation unrelated to Villa Dos Gatos.
- Guest Ken B.
- Date of stay 06/02/13
- Review Submitted 06/09/13
Manager response: Thanks for your comments Ken - the stretch of road from Parrita is an definitely an adventure to navigate (we are told that the fix will happen soon -- we'll see) - slow is the only way to travel it - especially in a small car which is what we drive - sorry for the bug situation but ordinarily they are an issue for 1 - 1 1/2 hr at dawn and dusk - bug spray is effective and advised - we use it too and we also bring it with us to avoid the expensive option in CR --- Peter
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Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2014
5 night min stay
May 1 - Nov 30, 2014
5 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
$150.00 cancellation fee
-payment in full 2 weeks prior to arrival
Dry Season: if 2 or more weeks are booked $1,150.00/ week --- extra nights in addition to 1 week or more = $170.00
Green Season: if 2 or more weeks are booked $1,000.00/week --- extra nights in addition to 1 week or more = $150.00
- Taxes Included
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Year Purchased: 2012
About: We are a Brady Bunch type family - we have 6 adult children between us and 7 grandchildren - this is our family vacation home! The house was designed to accommodate large groups - if the group is larger than this house can accommodate there are nearby over-flow options.
Why La Isla Palo Seco:
We were initially attracted to the tropics by the beaches, palm trees and warm breezes. We chose Costa Rica for our vacation home because of its stable government and relative safety - we were attracted to La Isla Palo Seco in particular because of the pristine quiet beach. This is not the place to go for the night life - but if you are looking for a tropical paradise this fits the bill - the house is big enough for family vacations or groups who wish to vacation together with private pool and an essentially private beach! Sunset watching is very popular here - sunsets are different every day and they can be quite spectacular. As you end your day on the balcony (perhaps with a favorite beverage) you will be serenaded by the sounds of the ocean, the breeze in the palms and the cheeping of the gheckos - enjoy.
- Primary: (519) 317-3456
Links to more information:
The 'Villa Dos Gatos' welcome sign all dressed up for Christmas 2012
surf shop, stairs and downstairs bathroom
January 6, 2013 - family group of 16 - 11 in Dos Gatos and 5 @ Villas Las Flore
sunset watching is very popular
View from the balcony
The pool from the rear balcony
sunrise over Manuel Antonio - view from the beach in front of Dos Gatos
Deep sea fishing out of Herradura!
The original Dos Gatos!
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