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Experience Beachfront Living on a World Class Beach in the Happiest Country!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lovely Beach Home, 3 bedrooms with A/C, 2 baths,sleeps 6

One of a few beachfront homes located in a lovely, quiet, beach community in Las Baulas National Park. Playa Grande is on the ten best beaches in the world bucket list! (see link) An extraordinary beach, located in the tropical dry forest, known for world class surf,leather back turtle nesting, and a truly amazing beach which stretches over 3 km. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate yourself! 3BR, 2BA, A/C, wifi, ocean!

David and Kelly Dodge
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About David and Kelly Dodge

Your hosts are David and Kelly Dodge. We have lived and taught in the area for 19 years. We'd be delighted to have the opportunity to share with you this beautiful part of Costa Rica, a magical place that we love so dearly.

David and Kelly Dodge purchased this house in 2012

Why David and Kelly Dodge chose Playa Grande

We love the country and the people and have many good 'Tico' friends in the area. Playa Grande is unique because it is still laid back and not inundated with tourists. We are nature lovers and the fact that Playa Grande is a protected nesting area for the leatherback turtles was a big draw. We also prefer the drier climate of Guanacaste to other more humid beaches in the country.

What makes this house unique

For us, Costa Rica is one of the most magical places on earth. It is the simple things that we find so amazing. We love to go out to the beach at night with a beach towel. We spread it out, lay down and just gaze at the incredible sky. You've never seen so many stars! We love the walks we take down simple trails as well as on the beach The sounds of nature are incredible at our home in Playa Grande. You'll hear a dozen different birds singing before you ever see them. If you follow the sound, you'll be delighted to discover the creature who's making it. Laying in the hammock, I've had blue jays come eat out of my hand. An iguana sunning himself on the roof, the swarms of dragon flies that occasion the beach, the baby turtles hatching, monkeys grazing in the trees in front of the house, these simple things are what make our Playa Grande home special to us. The area now has all the comforts of home, but nature is still alive and well as the sound of constant crash of the waves in our front yard named Playa Grande.


Palm Beach Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (3) All bedrooms have AC
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Experience Beachfront Living on a World Class Beach in the Happiest Country!
average rating of 4.3809524 based on 21 reviews

One of our best vacations ever!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a fabulous week in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. We had never been before and had no idea where to stay. We chose this house because of the reviews on VRBO and wow were they spot on. We wanted to avoid big hotels and crowded beaches but have easy access to busy areas for a day trip or two. We had a fabulous time and could not be more pleased with where we stayed. David and Kelly have such a beautiful place and we are suffering from major withdrawal today!! We were conveniently located to several nice restaurants and a little market - all within walking distance - as we elected not to rent a car. There is a water taxi just past the market that will take you to Tamarindo if you want to be closer to more restaurants and shopping. Surf board rental was just a house or two down. The beach was magnificent and the sunsets were lovely. We were fortunate in that we had daily visits with monkeys and parrots and the sound of the surf never stopped. The house had everything that we needed and more. We had plenty of room (there were four of us parents and two children ages 22 and 15 years), beautiful views, privacy and felt very safe. Kelly and David were gracious hosts. We are grateful for people who are willing to share their homes so that others can have a vacation that feels more like home away from home. Thank you Kelly and David - we hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sibby, you and your family were such wonderful guests and we sincerely hope to see you again. You were so kind to write us an awesome review as soon as you got home. And we didn't even request you to write it; so that makes your words extra special! Thank you so kindly and please hurry back!
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Ultimate Pura Vida Experience

  • 5 of 5

We chose this home because it was our favorite.Wow! We sure made the right choice and couldn't be more pleased. On our bucket list was to see monkeys. There were monkeys out in the big trees in the yard as soon as we arrived! We were captivated! The monkeys were even still here the next day, and other wildlife like various birds and iguanas.We loved the house, and David and Kelly are excellent hosts. The beach is fabulous! We will definitely be planning another vacation to this magical place.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so kindly for your words. We so enjoyed sharing our beach home with you and your lovely family! Please hurry back!
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  • 5 of 5

We honestly could not have asked for a better place to stay while we were visiting Costa Rica. The house is BEAUTIFUL and David and Kelly are amazing, helpful, friendly, and super chill - just all around great people.

The house is on Playa Grande which is just a 10-15 minute walk down the beach from Tamarindo - so the placement of the house is perfectly between having your own, secluded little beach spot (with amazing surfing) and also being just a boat taxi away from an amazing little surf town. The perfect balance.

Definitely a recommended stay. Definitely would stay again in the future. Pura vida, my friends!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tess, we sure enjoyed having you, your brother, and friend here and we so appreciate your kind words. You were fantastic guests and we would love to have you return any time! Thank you so much!
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Beach House Made for an amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 days at the beach house with our four kids, ages 6 to 11. We had a great time. Spent time at the beach every day. The Dodge's were great hosts and loaned us some boogie boards, the kids would go out and play in the surf for hours. The kids collected beautiful shells, sand dollars, and built sand castles for big and small hermit crabs to live in. The beach was perfect. The sand gradually slopes into the ocean, gently enough that my 6 year old that doesn't swim very well could still go out into the ocean without too much worry. We sometimes felt we had the beach all to ourselves. The beach was clean and felt very safe. The sunsets were amazing. Comparing to any of the other beaches we went to, for our family Playa Grande was the best.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you kindly, Charles. It was great having you and your wonderful family here. We loved seeing all of you enjoying this fabulous beach. Please come back, we'd love to have you!
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PuraVida on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Costa Rica several times & this is by far one of our favorite places! It is truly a piece of paradise. The inside of the house is beautifully decorated & you can hear the surf with the windows open.

Everyday we walked out the patio, down the short path and on to the magnificent beach. We spent a lot of time playing on the beautiful beach or surfing. At night we enjoyed watching amazing sunsets! Our daughter enjoyed the frequent visits of howler monkeys in the backyard, it was quite a treat.

Not only is this property amazing, the hosts Kelly & David are two of the most kind & accommodating people you will ever meet. We absolutely recommend this property to anyone who is looking for the perfect Costa Rica vacation. We will definitely be back! PuraVida

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind words mean a lot, Julie. We so enjoyed having you and your lovely family here. We are glad to know that you love it as much as we do! Please come again!
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Wonderful wonderful setting

  • 4 of 5

This is a fabulous setting; a little house set 100 yards back from the beach. A private path to the beach leads from the house patio. It is a private setting with lots of large trees casting shade when and where needed in the afternoon. We are not resort people and so this charming place was just perfect for us. We were there in early May and it was house,. The house is suited for the heat; thick adobe style walls and A/C in all rooms made for cool afternoons when the sun was high.

This was the dry season, leading to water shortages everywhere; water pressure was low, but not a problem at all. We had water for all our needs.

The location, aside from being on the beach, is a short walk to Tamarindo, a bustling little coastal town with lots of restaurants and amenities. We did not rent a car and were able to do lots of activities in Tamarindo and rent taxis to take us to other beaches when we wanted. Surf boards are available to rent in Tamarindo and in the area of the little house.

It should also be mentioned that the house is located in a small community which has a grocery store and two restaurants as well as a surfboard shop within 5 minutes walking from the house.

Kelly and David were most gracious and met all our needs immediately. For example, David repaired a small door hinge problem within half a day of telling him the problem. Remember, this is not San Jose, and when things need repair, it is usually San Jose, 300 miles away that usually has to get the item to you.

This is a charming place, well situated so one doesn't have to have a car. I hope to come back to this place many, many more times.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Barbara, for taking the time to write a meaningful review. We loved having you here and sincerely hope to see you again!
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Liberia International Airport
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Palm Beach Estates House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Little Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Aug 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 7 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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