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Villa Olivia: Spectacular Oceanfront Beach House Villa! ** New Inground Pool**

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Oceanfront 5 BR/6 BA, Sleeps 2-26 (with Casa Mirage #78040)

Villa Olivia is a fabulous mulit-level oceanfront vacation home exquisitely situated on the pristine sandy beach of Playa Grande. The mediterranean style layout of this 5 bedroom beach house emphasizes open spaces and expansive wrap-around verandas. Furnishings and decor are contemporary and comfortable, many custom-made from rich local hardwoods.

A refreshing open air courtyard offers each bedroom a private entrance. Terrazzo tile floors flow throughout the interior and spill out across the spacious beachfront verandas. Tropical gardens, including coconut, banana and palm trees create an attractive atmosphere.

Villa Olivia is an ideal retreat for an oceanfront holiday with large families and groups of friends. A beach haven where you can leave your cares behind and create everlasting memories. **sleeps 27, with Casa Mirage #78040 (14 guests)**

Room 1: 2 twin beds

Room 2: queen bed

Room 3: king bed

Room 4: queen & twin bed

Room 5: queen, twin, & single futon bed

Uniquely located with no roads to cross or vegetation to block your view. Imagine surfing directly off the backyard, scanning the trees for howler monkeys, sea shelling along the beach or gazing at the stars. From the privacy of this beachfront home take delight swinging in a hammock, indulging in a spa treatment, sipping from a freshly opened coconut or simply smiling at a sunset. It's barefoot luxury!

A key advantage of being in Playa Grande is it's small but lively neighborhood community, yet only 20 minutes from the high paced and partying tourist town of Playa Tamarindo. There are a variety of 12 restaurants, a few surf shops, spa services, yoga classes, horseback riding, turtle tours, and bike/surfboard/SUP rentals are all within walking distance. For all this, PG is the perfect laid-back beach location.

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Only an hour drive from the Liberia Airport (LIR,) Playa Grande is centrally located between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Flamingo. Truly one of the most unique, unspoiled vacation spots in Costa Rica, its 2 mile-long crescent shaped coastline, of warm blue waters and honey colored sand forms the Las Baulas Marine National Park. A key advantage of being in Playa Grande is it's small but lively community neighborhood and only 20 min. from the high paced tourist town of Playa Tamarindo. A variety of restaurants, surf shops, spa services, yoga classes, horseback riding, turtle tours, and bike/surfboard/SUP rentals are within walking distance. For all this, PG is the perfect laid-back beach location.

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julie gordon
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

Why julie gordon chose Playa Grande Estates

We are a family of 'water babies' born and raised on the beach shores of Santa Barbara, CA. (Of course the grand kids also have this ocean gene). Once my children (Julie, J.C, and Mark) became of an age when we could all travel my husband and I would take them during summer vacation on a surf safari to an exotic destination somewhere in the world. This was not only for fun, but to spend quality time with each other as well as to expose and educate them about different cultures and customs.

On a surfing safari to Costa Rica in '91 we instantly fell in love with the country, the kind and hospitable people, and the natural habitat. It was a paradise!! Long story short after returning to the States and raving to family and friends about this oasis a friend said he had the perfect property for our family in Playa Grande.

My husband flew down a month later and purchased the property for me as my 50th B-Day present! Over the past 17 years both my family and friends lives have been significantly enhanced by the beauty of the 'Tico' people, the natural wonders that surrounds us and the 'Pura Vida' lifestyle. This means Pure Life, an expression of contentment, happiness, and satisfaction with ones life. It's this philosophy that ranks Costa Rica as one of the happiest places in the world!!

We invite you along with your family and friends to visit and enjoy the surf, sand, sun, & experience the 'Pura Vida' life.

What makes this villa unique

Playa Grande is a magical beach, for thousands of years the prehistoric leatherback turtles have come to nest and the ancient Chortega Indians performed ceremonies.

Immersed in the peacefulness of the surrounding beauty, the' pura vida' life is easily attained.

Guestbook comments from the owner

4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

If your focus is on location this is the place to be. The view, the sunsets and walking out to the beach for sizable-but-not-rough waves make Villa Olivia a great spot for boogie boarders, surfers, family gatherings and friend-gatherings.

The place is a little rough around the edges, with plenty of bedrooms, each with their own key. Friendly security guards and a great supply of games/books for guests.

We were thrilled to have Kimberley cook for us, each meal at a reasonable price as long as you bring your own grocery and food supplies.

The house is spread out so each bedroom offers plenty of privacy and distance between the next.

5 of 5 stars Ease of booking 5 of 5 stars Directions to the property

5 of 5 stars Key pickup/access to the property 3 of 5 stars Overall condition

4 of 5 stars Quality of bedding/mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen/utensils quality

5 of 5 stars Cleanliness of bathroom 3 of 5 stars Quality of facilities/amenities

4 of 5 stars Service

Liked best: location

Liked least: occasionally low water pressure

Traveling group: Large Group

My age: 25-34

Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Yes.

Recommended for:

Friends getaway Older travelers

Large groups People with pets

The property was "as advertised". I recommend the location. The property was a good value for the price paid. The property provided wifi/internet access. My security deposit was returned on time.
Apr 2015
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Playa Grande Estates Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Service Fee I understand VRBO, not the owner, charges a 10% service fee. I have reviewed the rental rates at
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Kitchen - toilet , shower
    Bali Shower - shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Upstairs, Oceanfront
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Upstairs Oceanfront
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs Mountain View
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
Villa Olivia offers a lower floor and upper level extensive wraparound oceanfront verandas, an expansive countryside deck extends from the studio. Air-conditioning, ceiling fans, lock box, and private bathrooms are provided in each bedroom. Enjoy relaxing in hammocks, lounge chairs, & rocking chairs. Room cleaning provided every third day, linens & towels included. We can arrange a private cook for any meal during your stay!


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Villa Olivia: Spectacular Oceanfront Beach House Villa! ** New Inground Pool**
average rating of 4.918919 based on 108 reviews
Santa Barbara, California

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in both Villas several times and can only say "This is Truly Paradise"...thank you for such a wonderful, relaxing holiday. I recommend this for a family holiday or a very special intimate occasion. Pam Geremia, Santa Barbara, California

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2007
  • Stayed: October 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect view meets the perfect beach house!

  • 5 of 5

Ive been staying at Villa Olivia for 18 yrs coaching surfing with clients I bring down every season and the house is perfect for beach lovers and surfers. The staff is absolutely amazing and work very hard to see guest are happy and taken care of without getting in your way. There is a reason I choose Villa Olivia every year and one word that first comes to mind is Outstanding! I highly recommend Villa Olivia to anyone who loves the beach, surfing, amazing sunsets, relaxing and solitude that this is the house for you! Frank Caronna/Natural Surf technique

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation with large group

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group that rented both Villa Olivia and Casa Mirage for 6 nights and we all had the most wonderful time! The location is perfect, steps away from the gorgeous beach and very close to Taco Star which everyone loved! The sunsets are out of this world and watching them as you sip cocktails on the terrace/in a hammock can’t be beat. The houses them selves were very clean and had everything you could possibly need for entertaining/cooking/lounging. Everyone in my group said they had the best vacation of their lives here and can’t wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location, property needs a lot of work

  • 2 of 5

It's hard to be critical of a property in the middle of paradise. The location alone is beyond 5 stars. But, if we had known the following, we would not have rented this property:

All rooms are accessible via outside entrances- with the exception of a small room off the family room and none of them are connected to one another. This makes sense for groups of adults but does not make sense if you like for your young children to be close to you.

The pool is the size of a large hot tub

The "countryside view" studio is in bad shape. It has potential if a)it was cleaned properly b) it didn't consist of the world's oldest, mustiest futons and decrepit day bed c) the "view" consisted of something other than a side yard littered with debris and junk d)the torn, stained sheets were replaced.

The house was swept one time while we were there. No sheets or towels were ever changed which was problematic since the washer and dryer are not accessible to the guests (have to pay to have someone else mix your whites with your darks)

The kitchen needs a major update-stove and dishwasher barely work, dishes and silverware are all chipped and old, pots and pans are old and worn and stacked in a jumbled mess under the counter. We found black mold growing on the inside of the water cooler spout.

With a few renovations and updates, this house could truly be amazing.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kim, thank you for your feedback and helping us improve future renters stay. With our beach house photos in combination with property description we aim to explain the villa layout and amenities. We are reviewing them for improvements and understand the studio would be better described as having a countryside view from the deck. Room cleaning is offered every third day, with daily service available for an additional fee. The linens are also changed at this time. Each guest is provided with the telephone number of our property manager to provide assistance immediately when notified of any concerns arising. Our apologies on the stove, it was to be installed but pieces were missing and on back order. In July, I inventoried and replaced the majority of cooking ware , serving ware and dishes. The manager has been contacted to asses these kitchen concerns. We take reviews very seriously and address all feedback, for the majority of our vacation rental calendar is booked by returning guests. We take pride and strive to make this a memorable experience in which to return to.
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Everything we hoped for and more

  • 5 of 5

The home was absolutely beautiful. Located in the perfect spot for our get away. We traveled with a group of 7 and there was plenty of room!! The beach is absolutely beautiful and we were even blessed with a momma sea turtle nesting right out our back door only steps from the grass. And hotel tortuga has the best food in town. Just a short walk from the house. We will.definatly be back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous House and Beach!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed her with my husband, kids and extended family. We had in total 9 adults and 3 kids (under the age of 7) and fit very comfortably in the house. The location on the beach is amazing and love the the tranquility of it! Beautiful views! If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax, please rent this home it's perfect. A lady from the surf shop came by and rented us boogie boards for the kids for $7 a day and offered surf lessons. They had a blast! If you want night life, Tamarindo is just a 20 min drive away. Great time and would definitely do it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Liberia (LIR): 1 hour drive
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Hotel Las Tortugas: walking distance
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Hacienda Planilla & Reserva Conchal: 20 min drive
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Tamarindo: 20 min drive
Car: recommended

Only an hour drive from the Liberia Airport (LIR,) Playa Grande is centrally located between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Flamingo. Truly one of the most unique, unspoiled vacation spots in Costa Rica, its 2 mile-long crescent shaped coastline, of warm blue waters and honey colored sand forms the Las Baulas Marine National Park. A sanctuary for the nesting giant leatherback turtles.

Go explore the estuary in a canoe, spotting birds, iguanas and crocodiles basking on the sun-drenched riverbanks. Snorkel Playa Conchal made up of billions of crushed shells. Attend a weekend fiesta, featuring bull riding, traditional food, marimba music, and dancing. Tee-off at the course designed by Robert Trent Jones which meanders through a rolling terrain with breathtaking ocean views. To end the day sail along the shoreline as dolphins frolic beside you.

For thrill seekers and nature lovers alike enter the realms of the forest via a canopy tour. Get your adrenalin pumping inner tubing or riverafting on the Rio Negro. Visit Rincon De La Vieja to enjoy great hiking, waterfalls, boiling mud pots, sulpher vents and a large diversity of wildlife species. Get in the action of deep blue water fishing, targeting sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish, and snapper. Experience the rich Guanacaste folklore and ancient Chorotega Indian traditions of pottery making in village of Guatil.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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