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Private Beachfront Home Truly on the Sand, in a Gentle Bay

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

For a true cultural experience visit Palma del Mar. Our care takers, Ervin and Myella, who live on the property in a separate suite will help you get involved culturally. Culturally speaking, that means from chasing cows and horses out in the front yard and back on to the beach when the gate is left open, to accompanying you to traditional town fiestas if you wish. On the other hand, if you want total privacy the home is yours alone. Our setting is quiet. Few people walk on our beach, however, there are many beaches in close proximity with lots of people. In the evenings there is lots of activity at nearby restaurants and resorts. We have had numerous weddings at our home. All of the flowers for the weddings have been picked from our beautiful color gardens.

It is difficult to describe how close we are to the ocean. On a high tide, with the swell in the right direction and the assist of a tropical breeze, the ocean water on occasions will come down the walkway past the lawn right to the back door of the lanai. I'm not talking about a scary thing but an exciting fun thing. The outdoor shower at the corner of the house and a covered rancho at the waters edge represent two places of frequent use by all.


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mel norrbom
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About mel norrbom

My wife and I are semi-retired Realtors. We own two ocean front homes both of which are vacation rentals. We choose to share them with others through this avenue. We have four children who are now all adults and have grown up going to the house year after year.

mel norrbom purchased this house in 1993

Why mel norrbom chose Tempate

If you want the all inclusive resort atmosphere or all closed in Miami vice environment, we are not your place. If you want a comfortable, clean home characteristic of the Costarican beach lifestyle, we are your place. We have two loving caretakers that will serve you and treat you as family. Our amenities are significant but in a traditional Costarican setting.

What makes this house unique

We have taken the time to put in beautiful lawn areas filled with tropical plants, coconut palms, and various kinds of banana trees all right on the beach. You don't have to go anywhere, you are already there but if you have to go somewhere there are resort activity zones close by in both directions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've just returned from our lovely time at your CR home and already miss

Cody, Perla and Ari (but not Rocky)!

They were all very sweet to us and we tried to return the favor. Perla

wouldn't let us pay anything for the one main meal she prepared, so she

only got the cleaning $100 and some commission from the zip line and the

Lazy Lizard, I suppose. I paid Cody $140 for his efforts...$20/day, as that

seemed fair as well as taking them all out for pizza in Tamarindo after

church and cooking them up a Sunday evening meal of Chicken Schnitzel,

which they seemed to enjoy very much, with Perla even asking for the

recipe...a real compliment!


I am a contractor, so I always find items to repair in places where we

stay, but you place is in pretty good shape! The Sinkerator installer

didn't replace the heating unit (it probably is a bit clogged from calcium

build up), only the tap, and it doesn't supply much pressure at all, so

Perla seems disappointed with that. I removed the clogged super-mini-filter

from the main kitchen faucet line and Perla is impressed with it's new

power (I always do this with all the new 'water-saver' faucets). I couldn't

find much else to repair!


Great team (family), knowing when to leave you alone or help with anything.

Linda asked Cody 'Are you sad?' and he said 'No, I'm always happy', but it

seems his happiness, and even self-image correlates with his fishing

successes. I asked him what he dreamed of doing when in school and now and

he said 'fishing', so I know that is very important to him. I complimented

him many times on the maintenance of Palma Del Mar's rear garden, as it

really is one of the nicest ones we saw in CR. I encouraged him to bury the

fish heads under avocado seeds or tomato beds and he seemed curious;

'Cabesas pescados, really?' I was hoping Perry's sermon might be

translated. Cody didn't read the overheads in Spanish, but he was very

interested in the three young girls reporting on their upcoming Nicaraguan

missions trip!

Rocky was fun to play with, except with his rag doll: if you don't throw it

away before he reaches you, he will try to take your arm off!

This animal is unfortunately out of control on the beach. Every passerby

must fear him barking and snapping at them. He knocked down one child and I

had to drive him away as the parent said 'No Rocky!', so it's not like

these are strangers to your part of the beach. One Canadian girl came up to

see the Marushkas we were digging up. As Cody was
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Tempate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • no additional guests above group number booked without owners authorization waste toilet paper to go in waste cans cleaning fee to be paid on arrival
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
In house massage therapy, bikes, fishing poles, and beachfront fishing lessons, snorkeling equipment, fins, surf boards, boogie boards, in house meal preparation, house cleaning, baby sitting.


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Private Beachfront Home Truly on the Sand, in a Gentle Bay
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A great vacation in CR

  • 5 of 5

The house has a very local Costa Rica charm and Perla keeps the house VERY clean (and does your laundry daily). There is no air conditioning except in the bedrooms (and it works well). We loved the “outdoor” feel and the local charm of the house. Sitting in the hammock chairs upstairs provides a great breeze and amazing views. The moment we walked into the house we had a baby diaper blow out. Perla took care of it and she and Ari played with our kids so we could work on getting everything organized. We never had the opportunity to use Perla for child care help, but will on our next visit. We were 2 families, 9 people, 4 adults, 13, 4 (2 of them), 3 and 9 mths and were very comfortable at Palma del Mar. For a small gratuity and the cost of groceries, Perla cooked dinner for us most nights (including another family that we were traveling with that stayed just up the beach). Perla is an AMAZING cook with many healthy options on the table every night. There were always left overs for lunch the next day. Restaurants are expensive and with little kids, it’s nice having a great meal in the comfort of your home for a lot less $. We did eat at Castilla (by Bahia Sol on the main road), we found it to be less expensive than most (4 of us ate with drinks for $55). If you take kids there, the wait for food is LONG. I suggest ordering an appetizer immediately or have something for your kids to do. Perla's daughter Ari (6ish) is a gem. She played with all our kids most days and was very sweet. Perla (and Mel) are very well connected with the locals and tourism industry. They can help with just about anything you would like to do on your vacation. Perla set up an in home massage for me with Jenny (Great!). All of the positive reviews on Mel’s VRBO site are spot on. The beach is beautiful (no shoes required except for the heat of the sand) and the intensities of waves were a great combination for both the old and young. Mel has a nice stock of boogie boards that we used every day. We walked up to Bahia Sol Resort most evenings for happy hour (starts at 530pm) and for a swim in the pool. A great option when you still want some water fun, but just need a break from the waves and sand. Having a gem like Perla live on property was great. Just knowing you had immediate access to a local for anything (I truly mean anything)is a great piece of mind when traveling in a foreign country. Thank you Mel and Perla and Ari for a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, comfortable, and cultural

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed being right on the beach. You step out the back door into a nicely landscaped yard which includes a lawn and a picnic table and hammocks right on the beach. We enjoyed practicing our Spanish with Cody and Perlas. Perla cooked several delicious meals for us. Cody took us fishing and then cleaned the fish so we could have it for dinner. Every day he climbed the coconut trees and fixed us fresh coconut drinks. Peels did our laundry every day. You should bring U.S. dollars to tip them with and to pay Perla the $150 cleaning fee.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True Costa Rican experience in a very special way!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at this home!

Day one, we arrive in the afternoon and Cody climbs the coconut tree to provide fresh water for the kids. We unpack and Cody grabbed the surfboard to take the kids water is wonderful when you have kids. Just enough surf for fun, but gentle enough for them to play for hours. Mine were 9 and 11. We planned in advance to have Perla cook for us the first evening, and it was absolutely amazing.

During the week Cody took the kids out a couple of more times to teach and let them fish (he is the best hand fisherman in the area). The boys loved being with Cody! We had a fresh fish meal, and one afternoon the caught the right fish for fresh ceviche. Let Perla make it, she is amazing! Cody even made a bonfire on the beach one night for s'mores.

The week was a wonderful balance of cooking our own meals and Perla taking care of us. She is flexible. The kitchen is stocked nicely, and just be flexible to work with what you have, manning if you are a gourmet cook and need a lot of herbs that is not realistic. Food is delicious and fresh! It was so nice to eat a simple breakfast and lunch at home. We even brought a cooler to take picnic lunches with us.

The house is minutes away from the grocery stores and the bank, however it provides the feeling of being in a relaxed and secluded area right on the beach away from any crowds. The Costa Rican Sailing Center is a short 5 minute walk down the beach and their is a lovely boutique hotel with a nice restaurant next door if you decide you want a nice meal out. We also enjoyed having pina coladas at their pool when we needed a break from the sand.

If you want to go snorkeling, Playa Conchal is a 10 minute drive from the house. You actually drive on the beach to get there. It is a hidden gem! You know it when you are there as the beach goes from sand to shells which makes the water perfectly clear. In addition, if you want to step away from the quiet into a more touristy area (which was fun for one day!), Tamarindo is less than a 30 minute drive.

What I would say about this place is it was perfect to be able to relax and be in a quiet area, and easily explore other areas to change it up.

Bedrooms had ac units and living space was open air. It was just fine in August. It was actually nice to lay in the hammoc

Prior to the trip I had multiple conversations with Mel. He was very thoughtful and even had the renovations done in an expedited fashion to support our trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

I've been very fortunate and had the opportunity to travel a lot in my life, nothing comes close to the experiance my family and I had with Cody, Perla and Mel . The reviews for this property are certainly warranted and anyone whom has the opportunity to stay here will certainly be glad they did. We took a total of 6 with us to Costa Rica, all of whom were very seasoned travelers and at times can be hard to please. In my group there were 2 vegetarians, 2 celiacs, and 1 pescetarian. Needless to say this is a hard group to cook for. Perla had no problem and everyone had more than enough to eat and said it was some of the best food they have ever had. After the first day we all realized we had struck vacation gold and it only got better from there.

Spear fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing all a walkable distance from the back door. My son and I even dove with a Giant Manta, 14 feet wingspan and this was just a juvenile. The owner Mel has done such an amazing job finding the absolute best people to watch over his property and guests. He was always assesible and would Skype regularly with his emplyees to ensure we were having the best time possible. I'd say this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but God willing I'll be back once every year. Yes I know all these reviews sound too good to be true, and after reading mine many people must think Mel and I are old friends but I can assure you we were not. From a person whom tries to keep new people at arms length, I can honestly say I've made three great friends and experiences my family and I will keep for a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Reader, All I can say on this Easter Sunday is we give all the credit to the Lord. These days I pray in advance for all of our upcoming guests. He brought Cody and Perla to the house. I only do the best I can with what we are as a group. People make people feel at home. I still say we are not high end, more bohemian than other but definitely culturally significant. Frequently the giver gets blessed as much or more than the receiver as we were in this case.
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All that you need, in a spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here initially with an extended family group of eight (5 adults, 3 kids), and then stayed on with our immediate family of 4. It was comfortable; no luxurious, but fully sufficient. The location is excellent - the beach is truly right out the door. Playa Potrero is fairly unpopulated, with enough surf to boogie-board and for a beginning surfer to practice. It is easy to walk to a small grocery and to multiple other beaches. The biggest asset of this place, besides location, are Perla and Cody, who live in the attached apartment. They are delightful and hospitable people who provide a local connection to the area. It is helpful to have an inside perspective and network of contacts. They were very gracious in letting us practice our Spanish, by slowing down their speech and using simple vocabulary. Perla is an excellent cook, and Cody is very experienced in water sports and fishing and knows how to read the ocean in order to match activities and best locations for them. We thoroughly enjoyed the integration of their lives there with our experience as tourists.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Three of my friends and I came for a girls getaway,we couldn't have picked a better spot. We loved having the beach right outside our door,we were out there all the time and sometimes at night to enjoy the roof top deck.Perla and Cody were very welcoming and could answer all of our questions. A couple times they arranged for a cab to take us where we wanted to go. Perla cooked for us 3 nights, shes a fantastic cook and housekeeper. She did our laundry daily and kept the house very clean. One of the highlights of our trip was going fishing with Cody, and Perla cooked that fish for us while we enjoyed our wine. Mel had some great recommendations for tours, we did 4 of them. Our tour guides, Hyro and Dennis, were just the best! We really enjoyed their company and answered our many questions about local life. All in all it was one of our best vacations and with just 6 days did not get our fill of Costa Rica, we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Bottom of the Nicoya Peninsula
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Car: recommended

Canopy tours, sea turtle egg laying tours, geothermal pools and rivers. sailing




Additional information about rental rates

Christmas, New Years, Spring and Easter weekly rates is $2195.00
Please email owner for specific quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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