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Sports Complex with tranquility. Pickleball, sunsets, mountain and ocean vistas.

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Resort Amenities: Vistas; easy access to airport/beach; Pickleball!

Welcome to Jardin La Torre, a small, rural gated community in the mountains of Costa Rica. With 150 mile views of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Nicoya, Jardin La Torre, is 45 minutes from the San Jose International Airport, an hour from downtown San Jose, an hour from the beach, and 12 minutes from San Ramon de Alajuela.

For more than 50 years, this small botanical garden now known as La Torre was a coffee plantation. In 2011, the property sold to the current owners who pledged to reforest the land in keeping with Costa Rica's ecological goals. Our temperate climate offers a tranquil country lifestyle with no need for air conditioning or heating, 365 days a year.

Costa Rica is known for scenic views, temperate climate, ecology, nature, coffee, wonderful people, lively music, and an easy pace of life. Jardin La Torre, San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica takes advantage of the most pleasant aspects of Costa Rica. From the lower residential area, meandering, manicured paths lead through intimate vertical gardens offering a vista of western slope Cloud Forest vegetation and wildlife.

Built for active retirees and vacationers, Jardin La Torre features four rental houses, two efficiency apartments, modern gym, clubhouse, and an outdoor activities area for lawn darts, volleyball, and croquet. Immediately across the road, the owners have built a sports complex for the tenants, offering basketball, volleyball, badminton, and pickleball. The sports complex also houses a recreation room with an upscale ping pong table and exercise equipment, and a lounge area.

We are an easy one-day access to almost all of the tourist attractions of Costa Rica like Manuel Antonio National Park, Jaco, La Paz Water Garden, San Jose, and both the Caribbean and Pacific beaches.

Jardin La Torre is a Garden of Eden offering a 200-foot ascent to the overlook and activities area along graveled, well-maintained paths that are not ADA accessible. Within a 15-minute drive is the city of San Ramon de Alajuela, which provides all entertainment and shopping needs.

On the western slope of the western mountain range in Costa Rica, from any of the houses, is a 150-mile view to the west and south, including the Jaco and Nicoya Peninsulas, the Gulf of Nicoya, Guanacaste, and the Pacific Ocean. Residents and visitors watch the cruise ships enter and leave the ports of Puntarenas and Caldera, and enjoy phenomenal sunsets!

Climate: Located on the edge of the Cloud Forest at 3,900 feet, Jardin La Torre rarely experiences temperatures below 60 or above 85 degrees.

Access: Jardin La Torre is 15 minutes from downtown San Ramon de Alajuela, 45 minutes from San Jose International Airport, an hour from downtown San Jose, and an hour’s drive to Dona Ana Beach.

Communal Areas: Sports Complex, Gym, Music Room, Overlook, Clubhouse, Outdoor Activities Area, Gardens and Paths.

Directions: From San Jose, about four miles past the main entrance to San Ramon, is the restaurant (Soda) Tinajitas, on your right. One mile further, is a sign on your right, “El Empalme.” Turn right on the asphalt road immediately after this sign and drive 1.2 miles (2 kilometers). You will pass a grade school (Constancia) on your left, then a small church on your right. Continue 3/4 mile until you see a cell tower. La Torre is on the right side of the road, immediately below the tower.

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John & Caryl Buford
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

About John & Caryl Buford

Native northern Illinoisans, my wife and I met in grade school in 1956, and married in 1969. We both served in the US Army for 32 years, and retired to Costa Rica in 2011. We bought a small piece of rural property that reminded us of the geography of northern Illinois but with year-round temperate climate, and with a local, rural culture similar to our childhood memories from the 1950s. We have built what we consider to be a combination tranquil retreat and close-knit community, with six residences filled with wonderful tenants who have become good friends, with lots of on-site activities.

John & Caryl Buford purchased this apartment in 2011

Why John & Caryl Buford chose San Ramon

Jardin La Torre offers the tranquility of the countryside; million-dollar views of the Pacific coastline; year-round temperate climate; surrounding natural beauty; a sports complex for active people; a 15 minute drive to city shopping; an hour's drive to the international airport; and access within a day's drive of all of Costa Rica.

What makes this apartment unique

We are a small gated community with long-term and short-term tenants who are social and extremely friendly and helpful. We also are pet-friendly. Our sports complex, which is outfitted for basketball, badminton, volleyball, and pickleball, may be the only residential rental property in Costa Rica which offers these amenities.


San Ramon Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower, stool, sink, washer/dryer, ironing board, iron. (Although why would anyone want to iron in Costa Rica?)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • This is an efficiency apartment with queen bed, lots of storage/closet space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
This property is a community of active seniors. Yes, you can sit on your patio/balcony, look at the scenery and watch the sun set, but if you want some exercise, bring a good pair of walking and/or court shoes.


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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Juan Santamaria International (SJO)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Olga's Place
Nearest Ferry
26 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Soda Tinajitas
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Dona Ana

We go on daily hour-long, early morning walks from our property. You're welcome to join us!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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