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Casa Marina - Charming and Peaceful Cabinas by the Beach

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Property type apartment


About the property

Apartment, Studio

Casa Marina is located in Playa Grande, one of the best beaches in Costa Rica, home of the Las Baulas National Park.

Located in the Southern part of Playa Grande, in a quiet residential community ,the house is only 100 yards from the beach and a very short walk to restaurants and a small but well stocked grocery store. We offer all the comfort of a hotel with added privacy and tranquility. Casa Marina features 2 side by side studios/suites that can sleep a total of 6 people, but if there is only 2 or 3 people in your party you can just get one unit.

Both suites are very clean and comfortable, one has a queen-size bed ,the other one has a queen size bed and a double futon. Both have a stove, a refrigerator,a microwave, coffee maker, air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot water.

You can explore the lush, tropical surroundings, surf perfect waves or just relax by the pool or on the porch. Frank and Marina will be your on site concierges to assist you customize your vacation and make your time in Playa Grande a great and unforgettable experience.

Keywords: Cabinas, Efficiency, 2 bedroom house,Studio,surf

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Palm Beach Estates Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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(12 traveler reviews)

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Casa Marina - Charming and Peaceful Cabinas by the Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed at Casa Marina. Nice quiet neighborhood with several restaurants within walking distance and a mini super grocery store. Everyone very pleasant and welcoming.

Marina was very friendly but also gives you your own space. Our villa was very clean and comfortable. AC and amenities for cooking. Pool was also cleaned throughout the day and was always cool and refreshing. Felt very private. Marina set up a nice river tour with a guide that was very knowledgeable and sociable. We even learned a new way to slice and eat pineapple from him. Very short walk to beach. Low key community but accessible to Tamarindo with a short skip across the river on a river taxi for only a $1.00. Look for the German Bakery truck to come by on Tuesday and Friday afternoons beeping his horn. Picked up some great home made sausage and pastries.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Retreat ....Good Beach Access

  • 5 of 5

Just left beautiful Playa Grande after 8 nights in the studio. Marina and Frank are very welcoming but not intrusive , as they do live on the same property. We could easily walk to the beach to check out the surf or go get some exercise. The surf wasn't all it could be, but the lovely cool pool was a lovely treat. You can walk to the neighborhood store for supplies, take a 20 minute stroll south and a boat ride and be in bustling Tamarindo for lunch and shopping, and also walk to local restaurants in Palm Beach Estates, where the property is located. The main Playa Grande beach access is about 25 minute walk north, with surf shops and some restaurants as well. Car is almost a must because of lack of public transport, although we have done that in the past. I would definately return to Casa Marina!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surfer's Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I just got home from my 10 day stay at Casa Marina and had a wonderful time. I went with my wife, our 1 year old daughter, and my sister and her boyfriend. Marina arranged our airport transportation since we didn't want to rent a car. The driver had an nice van with A/C and a cooler full of cold drinks for the hour ride to Playa Grande. He even let us stop at the store on the way to stock up on groceries. Marina greeted us at the property and gave us the quick tour. The two rooms are very nice, clean, and spacious. The pool and the yard are beautiful. Within about 2 hours we were completely settled. Half our group was relaxing by the pool and the other half were sitting on cheaply rented longboards ($100ea for the 10 day stay from a local surf camp) catching perfect warm water waves and watching the sun set over the Pacific. Over the next 10 days we surfed twice a day, every day. The beach is literally a 100 or maybe 150 yard walk at the most. Their pool is warm because it has a dark bottom and absorbs heat from the sun. I've been in other pools in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with white bottoms that are too cold to hang out in. The restaurants close by in Palm Beach Estates (all less than a 5 minute walk) were all very good. The convenience/grocery store (also less than 5 minutes) has EVERYTHING at totally reasonable prices. We took a $20 round trip cab ride into Playa Grande for dinner 2 other nights. Sunday Night Sushi at one of them was excellent. All in all, we had a wonderful time at Casa Marina. I don't think there's a better "bang for the buck" place to stay in Playa Grande. If you're looking for a good place to stay on a surf trip, you've found it. We didn't do any of the other tours (estuary tour, ziplines, white water rafting, volcano tours, etc) but I've heard they're all fun as well. We basically woke up at sunrise, surfed for 2-3 hours, relaxed by the pool the rest of the day and surfed again 2-3 hours until the sun set and started getting dark. We'll definitely be going back!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Traveling to Costa Rica for my niece's wedding, other family members were staying at two large rented houses on the beach in Playa Grande or at one of the small hotels in Playa Grande Estates. I decided to find something less active, more peaceful. Casa Marina turned out to be perfect. The previous reviews give an accurate picture of the look and feel of Frank and Marina's cabinas. First of all, whether inside your studio or outside on the porch or near the pool, there is a feeling of spaciousness. The sounds of occasional vehicles or dogs barking are punctuated by long periods of nothing but waves pounding and the assorted wildlife. When the sky is clear, it is hot. By 9 in the morning even a tshirt felt like too much. I came to count on Carlos' arrival everyday on his motorbike with fresh coconuts. Drink the juice then break them open for the fresh meat. Walking to the beach at 6 in the morning became a daily ritual. First I swam, then I rented a board and surfed. The outside break proved too demanding for my now novice skills, so I went to square one, catching the foam inside. Mostly I was the only person in the water for as far as I could see. No rocks, no crowds, no currents, eighty degree water; perfect for a beginner. Then time for breakfast. I could have stocked up and made out fine at my studio, but I started going over to the local hotel, and soon developed a taste for the local dish, gallo pinto (eggs, beans, rice, fruit and a sauce that you pour over everything. Did I mention it was hot. Mid-days I tried to stay out of the sun. After the family and wedding festivities were over, I began venturing into Tamarindo. Once I made the twenty minute walk on the beach to the mouth of the estuary to wave for the water taxi ($1), but then I settled into riding over with Reuben out of the local hotel launch point ($3). Early evening was back to the beach for walking, swimming, surfing and the sometimes stunning sunsets. Try to find something for no-seeums, the tiny flying insects whose bite leaves itchy little bumps. A minor nuisance but probably preventable. By eight I was usually pooped, but several times I made the seven minute walk back to the hotel for beers, bar talk and even watched part of a baseball game on TV. The walk into Playa Grande itself was 30 minutes on the beach. Better surf, a few more restaurants and bars. Running out of space here, all that is mentioned about Marina's support and helpfulness is true.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Beautiful Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is a spectacular little getaway, perfect for two couples or a family. It has two very nice cabinas with kitchens and internet access that have their own private pool. The location is secluded and peaceful in a private development, and it is only a 100 yds. from beautiful Playa Grande beach. The beach offers great surfing, bodyboarding, turtle watching, shell collecting, and relaxing on the soft sand. There is a small grocery store and several restaurants within walking distance, and an estuary nearby where you can see lots of wildlife and waterfowl. There are surf shops and a little town nearby, so you have everything you need. Marina is friendly and easy to work with, making the reservation process easy. Casa Marina is a beautiful, peaceful piece of paradise that I would recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2012
  • Stayed: February 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

Marina and Frank were very gracious hosts. We wer delayed so we called and Marina took our shopping list aaand went to the store for our late arival.Nice, clean and comfortable room a very short walk to a beautiful beach and groceries. If we are in the area again we will call Marina first...Dena & Mick (illinois)

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2012
  • Stayed: January 2012
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Marina Tannewitz
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 1, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and our 10 year old twins just returned from a stay at Marina's casita. It met our expectations perfectly. We wanted to be the shortest walk from the beach possible with a pool and kitchenette. Marina's architecture and design background show in how efficiently she's put so much into the unit with the bed and futon. We had everything we needed to make light meals and poolside snacks. While it was snug with the four of us, we preferred sacrificing space for proximity to the beach. The bed and the futon are both very comfortable and the shower was awesome. The linens including bath towels are supplied by Marina which she replaced a couple of times during our stay. She and her husband Frank live in the larger bungalow at the rear of their lot, so were not in our space but always available for great tips on the area as well as surfing - anything really. The pool is a tranquil and very well tended zen like garden which provided a much needed place to cool off during the incredibly hot days.

Great access to grocery stores and restaurants too! Playa Tamarindo is just a 15 min walk and $1 water taxi ride south down the beach.

Thanks so much Marina and Frank!! Pura Vida, Brad and Cathy
Mar 2013
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Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Playa Grande
Nearest Point of Interest
Palm Beach Estates Entrance
Car: not necessary

Concierge service for tours, activities, rental cars or bicycles, massage, restaurants and groceries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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