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Playa Lapa, Private Beach Home, Carate, Corcovado, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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The Casa has beautiful and spacious outdoor living on all sides, and both levels

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Last updated: 07/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

With wide sand beaches extending for miles in either direction, Casa Playa Lapa is a privately owned beach front residence in remote Carate, Costa Rica, only two miles from the crown jewel of the national park system, Corcovado National Park. Tucked deep in a grove of lowland palms facing the Pacific Ocean and insulated from the rest of the world by jungle on either side, Playa Lapa is arguably the most remote vacation rental in all of Costa Rica, yet fully equipped for your family's comfort and convenience.

Completed in the summer of 2007, the house is constructed of tropical hardwoods, including teak interior, purple heart (nazareno) beams and accents, and cara de tigre posts. A magnificent spiral staircase of purple heart is the central architectural feature; the furniture, which has been custom built by a local craftsman, is fabricated from zebra wood. An open-design living area, loft bedroom suite, fully screened windows on both levels, and extended roof encourage free flow of air throughout the structure, supplemented by a continuous offshore ocean breeze.

Playa Lapa is about one kilometer from the end of the road in Carate, the most distant point from San Jose on the national highway system. The beach stretches pristine and vast toward Salsipuedes Point in Corcovado National Park to the northwest, and Cabo Matapalo to the southeast.

The Pacific Ocean pounds relentlessly against a prime turtle nesting beach--giant olive Ridleys have been observed laying their eggs on the path from the beach to the house itself. The thundering surf creates a continuous and exciting background upon which the cacophony of parrots and shore birds is orchestrated. This is no casual swimming beach--the costal bathemetry of the Osa Peninsula creates a typically strong undertow and large, often overpowering waves. The magnificence of this wild surf on a vast and undeveloped beach is one of Playa Lapa's most alluring natural attractions.

A resident flock of Scarlet Macaws feeds in the almond trees at the edge of the dunes, hence the name 'Playa Lapa,' meaning 'Beach of the Scarlet Macaw.' There is a migratory path through the canopy above Playa Lapa frequented by large troops of squirrel monkeys, and white faced capuchins can be seen daily feeding in the palm trees surrounding the house. Flocks of Amazon parrots are usually observed in the early morning and again at dusk. A variety of herons and egrets are found regularly feeding in the slough on small fish and lizards, while the shy and peaceable coatimundis play at the edge of the forest, occasionally lumbering from one side of the clearing to the other just off the back deck.

Casa Playa Lapa is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of its owners. Designed by engineer daughter, it is very comfortable, convenient, eco-friendly, and is situated in a remote part of Costa Rica that is well 'off the grid.' Power is supplied by a hybrid solar / hydroelectric alternative energy system, providing conventional 110V 60-cycle American-ready electrical power. A unique solar hot water system in the roof ensures comfortable bathing during afternoon hours, as well as an outdoor shower. We also boast broadband satellite Internet and a wireless router to enable our guests to stay in touch with friends and family. High quality cookware, glassware, flatware and linens ensure that all your needs are accommodated. Typical Spanish architectural style security grills have been installed on all the windows and doors to enhance our guest's safety. In addition, bi-fold wooden shutters on the ten windows surrounding the living room permit the exclusion of ocean mist and rain as needed.

A remote getaway, Playa Lapa is truly a unique destination in and of itself. Its proximity to Corcovado National Park, while enhancing its attraction, also ensures its preservation from the tourist development occurring in the beach communities all along Costa Rica's shoreline. For a memorable experience of intimacy with nature, plus personal comfort and convenience, there is really nothing quite like Casa Playa Lapa.



Keywords: Beach house, Casa

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Owner requests close parental supervision for children 5 to 10 years old....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Owners request NO SMOKING inside Casa Playa Lapa at any time....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Adjacent bathroom is shared with second bedroom....moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    2 recliners and 2 chaise lounges suitable for youth beds...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom : 1 double

    Adjacent bathroom is shared with Master Bedroom....moreless

  • A queen sized bed is located in the master bedroom, with a full screened view of the ocean. One double bed is located in the guest bedroom upstairs. These two bedrooms share a full bath between them. There is a futon sofa that folds out to make an additional double bed downstairs. The recliners in the living room fold flat for 2 additional twin size beds; the chaise lounges on the upper deck also fold out for sleeping. A second full bath is located downstairs....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Upstairs bathroom with toilet and sink, jungle view....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower

    The outdoor shower has propane hot water, and jungle view....moreless

  • Bathroom : toilet, shower

    Downstairs bathroom has toilet, shower, sink, jungle view....moreless

  • Passive solar hot water available in downstairs shower as weather permits, usually between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Outdoor bath house for refreshing shower after swimming....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Playa Lapa is located about 1hour's walk on the beach from the southern entrance to the Costa Rican National Park system's crown jewel, Corcovado National Park. Playa Lapa is also located adjacent to Pejeperrito Lagoon with excellent fishing and kayaking, as well as near the gold bearing Carate River. Please note that a car is not necessary and is seldom used after arrival at Playa Lapa. A taxi can be arranged for transport between Puerto Jimenez and Playa Lapa several times, while still being a lot less expensive than renting a car....moreless

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable:

    internet satellite with wireless router--guests need a small laptop computer or a smart phone with wireless capacity for e-mail communication. ...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    The casa is built in the maritime zone, facing the beach, with a footbridge to the beach just steps from the back deck....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Tressel style table with two Tressel benches and chairs seats 6-8 comfortably. The bar seats 3-4 comfortably....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, pillows, cases provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large screened living area inside the house, as well as spacious decks under roof all around the outside of the house....moreless

  • Parking:

    Private,gated parking on property....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Private parking within the gated property...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels, face cloths, beach towels provided. Please reuse....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless internet is available at Playa Lapa; please bring a small laptop or smart phone with wireless capacity. WiFi is also available to our guests at a local lodge as a backup....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Non-electric, drip style coffee stand and filter basket, and coffee thermos. Also 2 Melitta coffee Brewers available....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    A variety of pots, pans and bake ware, cutlery, and food preparation utensils, serving pieces and storage ware. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full service ceramic dishes, glassware and stainless flatware. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    4 burner gas stove with oven; small refrigerator; stainless steel sink; breakfast bar with bar stools; and trestle table with benches and chairs, seats 8....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Whistling tea kettle, cutting boards, drip coffee stand, beverage thermoses....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    There is a small energy efficient refrigerator. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    4 burner gas stove with oven...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    There is a covered upper deck facing the beach with 2 hammocks....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    For outdoor dining and recreational activities, there are spacious, covered decks on all sides of Casa, including table and chairs, futon sofa, 5 hammocks and beach chairs....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    4 kayaks are provided for guest use, by reservation....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a fully covered upper balcony with 2 hammocks and a breathtaking view of the ocean. This balcony is protected from sun and rain, with a continuous breeze that deters insects....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Tropical landscaping through the property, including fruit trees, coconut palms, and ornamental flowering plants....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    BarBeQue grill off the west deck for grilling outdoors....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Boogie boards provided for guest use...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
GREEN SEASON
Jun 1 - Nov 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$185
$1,110

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Christmas
Dec 11 - Jan 1, 2017
5 night min stay
$225
$1,575

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$200
$1,300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Notes:

CHECH IN: 3:00 PM. CHECK OUT: 11:00 AM

Rates quoted are for 2 persons ONLY. Additional persons ((total of 6) are $15 extra per person per night. RATES INCLUDE ANY TAXES.

DAMAGE DEPOSIT 100% refundable if the house is left in the same condition as arrival. Laundry will be processed by staff. ***EXCESS laundry usage will be deducted from deposit.

CANCELLATION POLICY: 3 months or more before arrival date, refund less bank and processing fee. Less than 3 months to 1 month before arrival date, re-booking credit (less fees) will be given. Less than 30 days before arrival date, a rebooking credit will be given only if the dates can be rented to another party. No refunds for late arrivals or early departures.


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.


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Location

1 Miles
Nearest Airport
Carate air strip
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Sierpe River
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Jimenez
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
Carate beach

Car: Recommended

Carate is a remote community on the Pacific shore of the OSA Peninsula, within hiking distance of Corcovado National Park. Casa Playa Lapa is the only beach front rental home in Carate, just steps from the open Pacific surf. The nearby Pejeperrita lagoon, is fed by a fresh water slough between the beach and the casa. Kayaking on the lagoon is a very popular tour in Carate, with 4 kayaks available to Playa Lapa guests. Hiking trails throughout the community and beyond traverse a variety of ecosystems including the watershed, jungle and higher elevations. Pumas, dantas, jaguarundis, anteaters, coatamundis, many varieties of parrots and shore birds, frogs, reptiles and butterflies can be see on the property and surrounding community. Sea turtle nesting occurs throughout the year. Excellent nature photography, each season with its own exciting species--just sit back on one the breezy decks around the casa and enjoy the show!!

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2007

About: Joe and Helene are retired professionals, now living on their farm with their two dogs and six horses. They make hay in June, and live at Playa Lapa for four months of the year. When not making hay or basking in the tropical sun, Joe works part time on the farm and Helene manages Playa Lapa.

Why Puntarenas, Costa Rica:
They chose this property for its remoteness, abundance of wildlife, and lack of develment. the house was designed by their daughter, Julie, with an emphasis on maximizing living space, excellent air flow and great views of the ocean and tropical jungle.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Some of the best fishing in the world; Playa Carate is an important turtle nesting beach; close proximity to Corcovado National park, with abundant wildlife right on the property; and of course the relaxed tropical lifestyle.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

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  • The Casa has beautiful and spacious outdoor living on all sides, and both levels

    The Casa has beautiful and spacious outdoor living on all sides, and both levels

  • Dining table seats 8; screened, secure indoor living area.

    Dining table seats 8; screened, secure indoor living area.

  • Guest bedroom with double bed, shares access to bathroom.

    Guest bedroom with double bed, shares access to bathroom.

  • White Faced Capuchin monkey caught stealing bananas on the bird feeder stand!

    White Faced Capuchin monkey caught stealing bananas on the bird feeder stand!

  • Green season night photography--a Gaudy leaf frog photographed by the frog pond

    Green season night photography--a Gaudy leaf frog photographed by the frog pond

  • Ocean View from beach deck

    Ocean View from beach deck

  • West Deck with love seat and breakfast nook.

    West Deck with love seat and breakfast nook.

  • Lower Beach Deck with hammocks.

    Lower Beach Deck with hammocks.

  • Sunrise on Carate Beach

    Sunrise on Carate Beach

  • Outdoor Shower off East Deck

    Outdoor Shower off East Deck

  • Comfortable Sarchi chairs on the front deck

    Comfortable Sarchi chairs on the front deck

  • "Tree Table" on front deck of Playa Lapa

    "Tree Table" on front deck of Playa Lapa

  • Kitchen--Casa Playa Lapa

    Kitchen--Casa Playa Lapa

  • The Master bedroom has large screened windows with view of the beach/ocean.

    The Master bedroom has large screened windows with view of the beach/ocean.

  • 4 kayaks are available to our guests for exploring the lagoon, or fishing.

    4 kayaks are available to our guests for exploring the lagoon, or fishing.

  • Off shore fishing tours can be arranged, as well as inshore (Gulf of Dulce)

    Off shore fishing tours can be arranged, as well as inshore (Gulf of Dulce)

  • The footbridge out to the beach, crosses a creek that feeds into the lagoon.

    The footbridge out to the beach, crosses a creek that feeds into the lagoon.

  • Collared Anteater, sited from front deck

    Collared Anteater, sited from front deck

  • A young 250 lb male 'Danta' (tapir) frequently sighted near Playa Lapa.

    A young 250 lb male 'Danta' (tapir) frequently sighted near Playa Lapa.

  • Tree Frog by daylight in the garden, during the green season.

    Tree Frog by daylight in the garden, during the green season.

  • Beach View from West Deck

    Beach View from West Deck

  • Baby Olive Ridley turtles hatch in the sand dunes in front of Playa Lapa.

    Baby Olive Ridley turtles hatch in the sand dunes in front of Playa Lapa.

  • Stone Path to the front deck of Playa Lapa

    Stone Path to the front deck of Playa Lapa

  • Carate beach in front of Playa Lapa

    Carate beach in front of Playa Lapa

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, July 29, 2016

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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english, spanish
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica #129501

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