About the property
- House11840 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay6 - 8 nights
House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 5 Baths (Sleeps 22)
Located at the south end of Playa Guiones in Nosara in a new gated community/development called the Guiones Beach Club, the Rancho Paloma Azul home is perched on top of a small knoll that is 1110 square meters (approximately 1/3 acre) in size.
It has views of the Pacific Ocean, the surrounding hills and rain forest and is approximately 300 yards from the beach (about a four minute walk at most on a private, palm-lined trail). Because of its slight elevation, the property typically receives a nice ocean breeze.
This home can accommodate as few as two guests with bed space for as many as 22 and includes all of the following:
A 18' x 24' indigenous open-air ''palapa'' style patio structure made of beautiful teak wood. This is the social hub of the home. It includes an open kitchen, bar counter top & stools and a large communal dining area along with open-air hammocks and lounge day beds and views to the beach. This building is immediately adjacent to the private swimming pool.
THE CABANA SUITES AND THE BUNK HOUSE:
Located on the 1st floor level are four (4) attached Cabana Suites, all of similar construction, each with its own 4-post queen size bed, private bathroom and porches with rocking chairs. Great for couples or for individual usage.
The building is a partial two-story structure with an upstairs master suite, called The Bunk House, equipped with a large bathroom. With three (3) full beds and two (2) twin bunk-style beds, The Bunk House can sleep up to a total eight people. Great for kids, teens and/or couple and individual usage.
Two surfboard racks for storage of up to 12 surfboards. Three outdoor showers, one by the pool for rinsing sandy feet and two others by the Cabana suites and surfboard rack, respectively.
All rooms are equipped with locked mini-bodegas and digital safes to safeguard your personal belongings.
THE SWIMMING POOL:
The pool is approximately 12' x 22', fully tiled with shallow and deep areas. Pool uses a salt water chlorine generator, so no harsh chemicals for eyes, skin and hair.
ADDITIONAL SLEEPING AREAS:
There are additional outdoor, covered sleeping areas in the second floor loft of the Rancho equipped with two (2) full beds and two (2) twin beds with mosquito netting and ceiling fans.
A friendly, full time on-site caretaker lives on the property to provide 24/7 security for the home and guests. He handles all pool and gardening duties and is available to assist guests during their stay, including making dinner reservations and activity booking.
Daily maid and cleaning service is included in the rental of this property from Monday through Saturday.
Daily assistance with cooking and/or child-care is available upon request.
ON-PREMISE MASSEUSE OR YOGA:
Assistance with scheduling on-premise massage or yoga lessons.
ABOUT GUIONES BEACH CLUB: We have yet to locate the GBC clubhouse or any dues-paying members for that matter, but it is a private gated community with a 24/7 guard house and security patrol, all underground utilities (unique in Nosara) and unbeatable proximity to Playa Guiones beach.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Craig Stanford
This property is owned by a group of 7 fun-loving partners from the U.S. We purchased the dirt back in 2006 but just finished the house, known as Rancho Paloma Azul, in January of 2009. We are all friends and family and this place was designed for big informal gatherings with multiple families and lots of kids. The house is informal, laid back and celebrates coming together in such a pristine and wonderful environment.
Craig Stanford purchased this House in 2008
Why Craig Stanford chose Playa Guiones
Nosara and Playa Guiones is a truly special spot. Very laid back and non-resort-like. Extremely kid friendly. We are here because this is a great spot to relax and be with friends and family. Oh yeah, and the surfing rocks and sport fishing is pretty awesome too.
What makes this House unique
Rancho Paloma Azul is uniquely designed around a central outdoor living area to allow you to be in the outdoors and enjoying the beach breezes, sound of the ocean and the pool.
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Great location for 4 familes
We had a very comfortable, fun stay. We were 4 families, with a total of 7 kids (all of whom stayed comfortably together in the bunk bed room). The beach is close, the pool and cooking facilities were great and there is on site help for any help you need. Would definitely stay again
A Family Vacation we will never forget!
My family and I can not stop talking about our trip to Nosara and Casa Paloma Azul! What an unforgettable week! Our group consisted of 14 people, 10 adults and 4 kids ranging from 7 months old to 68 years old. The outdoor kitchen and pool area was where we spent 90% of our time and it was perfect for our group. The property's caregiver, Andres, was very helpful in coordinating dinners, suggestions, and assistance around the property. He was so sweet and we truly enjoyed the time we got to spend with him! We left with a new friend in Nosara!
We also took advantage of the house chef. It was nice to have several nights where we simply stayed at the house and played around the pool but were still able to enjoy a fabulous local meal!
The house is located in a great location, close to town and the beach! Members of our group walked to the beach every morning at 5 a.m. to surf a couple hours before the rest of the group was up and moving. The house is very convenient to the beach which allowed us all to go at different times and multiple times a day!
We absolutely loved our week in Nosara and will definitely return!
¡Mil gracias! for the kind words. Our staff also had super-nice things to say about your group: organized, fun, generous, and considerate to name a few.
Paloma Azul = Pura Vida!
Our family of 10 (6 adults and 4 children) from 4 to 70 years young enjoyed a superb holiday and life experience at this wonderful, tropical and well equipped home!
Our stay exceeded expectations from the time of our initial inquiry as to availability until our departure. Craig Stanford, the owner, was gracious and hospitable; answered questions immediately, provided exceptional advice and ensured our overall satisfaction to the last detail.
After a long travel day, we were met at the Liberia airport by the resident caretaker - Andres Morales Jimenez! He helped us navigate our convoy of 3 vehicles to Paloma Azul in the dark! Not an easy feat! He was also an invaluable translator, concierge, guide, surfing guru and now friend!
On arrival, late at night, we were overwhelmed by the peace and tranquility of this spacious home. The "Big Reveal" came early the next morning!
Such great beauty - hibiscus, Bougainvillea, birds, breezes, iguanas (a kid favourite) and a chorus of distant howler monkeys! AND, that incredible beach and ocean vista mere steps away! We had been transported from -25 degrees Celsius in the Canadian north to a true paradise.
Prior to arrival, we arranged with Craig, to have his recommended Chef , Elena Gomez prepare breakfast and dinner daily. Absolutely the right decision! Shopping with Elena at the Supermercado was an experience and paid huge dividends at meal time. Her menus were varied, delicious, nutritious, typical of local cuisine, beautiful buffet presentation and enjoyed family style at THAT huge table with both she and Andres! I have never seen my grandkids devour so much food without a single complaint-especially the fruit platters, beans and rice, pollo con arroz, huevos, etc. etc.etc.!
Sinai, the ever smiling and energetic housekeeper was amazing. Our rooms were immaculate each day and her floral tributes were appreciated.
The handbook provided by Craig and the advice from Andres were great resources. Surf lessons, board rentals, fishing excursions, horseback riding, "secret" beaches and exceptional restaurant choices were easily arranged.
Our stay at Paloma Azul was simply - A M A Z I N G!
Volveremos pronto! Gracias.
The Ritter Family
March 11-18, 2017
Wow! Thank you so much for the benefit of your kind words. We are so happy you and your family had a great time, and hope we are afforded the opportunity to host you again!
Clean, spacious, lovely
Craig is a wonderful owner. His home is immaculate and he is quite helpful, offering local tips on activities and restaurants. He answered all of my questions, helped me book massages and overall, I couldn't have asked for a better owner/renter situation. Thanks Craig!
And you and your group were wonderful guests! Organized, open and communicative. We hope we are afforded the opportunity to play host to you again in the future. Pura vida and thanks!
Best way to turn 4 or 50!
We had five adults and five kids ranging in age from 4-12, with sleeping options to spare. We celebrated two birthdays and Thanksgiving 2016. Best money spent was to hire Elena to cook (she will also do dishes!). We loved not having a TV and being away from the resort scene. We rented two all terrain golf carts which were enough to take us everywhere, except grocery shopping. Outdoor showers and sleeping porch were well utilized. Beach access is great. The house is a challenge to find in the middle of the night, even with the directions printed and in hand. Once you know where it is, it seems easy. We had the excitement of preparing for hurricane Otto, but the weather turned out to be great. Craig stayed in touch and we had multiple options for making local contacts for assistance and information. Yes, you should go!
Thanks a million - or mil gracias! - for being such great guests!
We normally advise everyone to arrive to our home before sunset (usually around 6pm year around) for that exact reason and iffy road conditions, but because you had a private driver, we let it pass. A midnight drive is difficult for us and we have been coming to Nosara since 2007.
So happy that your vacation was minimally affected by the hurricane. The people in the beach towns in the northwest end of CR like Playa Coco and Play Ocatal were not so lucky.
We hope we have the opportunity to play host to you again.
Pura Vida at La Paloma Azul!
We had three families with six adults and nine children spend a week at La Paloma and we cannot say enough about this property or Randal, the caretaker on-hand during our trip. The four cabanas were spotless with comfortable beds, air conditioning, private baths, and patio space with rocking chairs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The bunk room is above the garage and care taker quarters and was a fantastic space for our eight boys ranging in age from 10-16.
The highlight of this house is the palapa (the huge palm leaf lined building that houses the kitchen, dining area, and living space). Aside from sleeping in our bedrooms, we spent almost every minute off the beach under the thatched roof or in the pool. Some of our group also slept in the palapa loft that included four additional beds with views of the Pacific Ocean. It was FANTASTIC!!! Everyone was able to hang out in this outdoor living space while listening to music, playing games, swimming in the pool, blending drinks, grilling dinner, and enjoying the beautiful Costa Rican weather. A palapa is now a requirement for all rentals in our future!
The caretaker, Randal, was also invaluable to our trip in Nosara. There wasn't a thing that Randal did not do to make our trip perfect. From cleaning the pool to wiping down surf boards to brewing the morning coffee, Randal was the 16th member of our crew. He even rode his motorbike into town to pick up ingredients and ice. He helped us arrange golf carts, surf boards, a cook for dinners, and taxi rides. Randal's English is limited but there isn't anything he wouldn't do to help make our stay the very best.
A few things about Nosara - the beaches offer amazing surfing but it is a five minute walk from the house. We rented golf carts to get in and out of town and also to haul all of our boards to the beach. We were there in March and it was HOT - 95 to 105 degrees between 11:30-4:30. Get out and surf early, take a brake, and go back for round two in the afternoon/evening. During low tide, the snorkeling is terrific. Bring some gear to check out the fish and beautiful shells.
Finally, the roads leading to Nosara are a little rough but they keep the town off the beaten path. The actual town of Nosara is about a 10-15 minute ride from the house and has almost all of the amenities you could want - grocery store, liquor store, post office, air field, ect.
Enjoy this little piece of paradise!
Google Maps: 9.935315,-85.662359
Short stroll (8-10 minutes) to the world-renowned Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara and the beach is even closer!
Come surf one of the finest beach breaks in all of Central America. Great surfing for advanced to beginner. Good local surf shops and rentals.
Playa Guiones offers consistent, Pacific storm-generated surf 12 months a year, rotating between wintertime north swells and summertime souths and southwests. Winter winds are generally off-shore, and conditions vary from fun, small beach break and reef break waves, to river mouth points, to fast overhead beach break and point breaks, to outer-reef large surf.
Water temperature ranges from 80 to 86 degrees. Air temperature is consistently between 76 and 86 degrees, with relatively high humidity. Wetsuits are never needed. Beaches range from white to black sand, and extreme tidal conditions offer great opportunities for snorkeling, tide pool exploration, and shell collecting.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
DEPOSITS - NORMAL SEASON • More than 30 days prior arrival: refund less 10% penalty fee of total booking amount • Less than 30 days prior to arrival: penalty of total deposit PEAK SEASON • More than 45 days prior to arrival: refund less 10% penalty fee • Less than 45 days prior to arrival: penalty of total deposit Kids aged 5 & under stay FREE Check-In Saturday (3pm) Check-Out Saturday (11am)