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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 2 - 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:
October 17, 2017

Why julie gordon chose Playa Grande

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 5.0 based on 105 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: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 3

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: Sep 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: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coronado, Ca USA

Perfect Beach House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Olivia over Easter 2016. There were 11 of us, and the house accommodated us all very comfortably. The house could not have been better located, right on the sand with beautiful views and incredible sunsets! The surf right outside our door was, at times, should height with good form and really fun for the surfers in our group. We did charter a boat to take them to Witches Rock for what can only be described (by them) as the most epic surf of their lives. And that's saying a lot. They got lucky to hit it when it was breaking and they had the whole spot to themselves for a couple of hours. They were on cloud 9. We had the boat all day, fished a little, then surfed. The boat was $400/day. We booked him through the receptionist at Los Tortugas Hotel, which is just down the beach from Villa Olivia.

We had Kimberly cook for us every other night of the nine nights we stayed. She has a true talent and whipped up some delicious meals for us. It truly is a vacation when me (the mom) doesn't have to worry about shopping, cooking and/or cleaning up afterwards. The dining table outside easily sat us all and Kimberly came in, did her magic in the kitchen, served it all family style, and cleaned up. We all so enjoyed it! She charges $55.00 for her service and another $30 for taxi to do the shopping then gave us a receipt for the groceries. All said and done, our dinners ran about $150 per dinner for eleven. There were plenty of leftovers for the next day, so in essence, we had two meals from that. Groceries and the local beers are not inexpensive. We were kind of surprised by that.

We ventured out one day to Rincon, which was worth the drive. Another day we fished and then of course, the surfing. And the rest of the time, we just enjoyed our beautiful beach. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Beach front

  • 5 of 5

We were a small yoga group staying 3 nights in early April, 2016. Feels like 10-12 could fit comfortably, so we had lots of space. Very comfortable. Beach was nicer than expected, good for wading and body or boogie boarding. Not many places to eat really close, but a 10 minute walk will get you to a couple decent places. Kimberly will cook for you for a price. It was good food, although I our group is very health conscious, and we noticed that she used some ingredients we could prefer to live without. She also charged a $30 taxi fee to pick up food, so be aware of that. There is a phone on site, which was handy, although it took me a day to know it was there. Marianela is the contact there and can help you with activities and rides, although one of the rides she set us up with tried to get another $20 out of my client at the airport, not very respectful. Overall, a really nice place.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Playa Grande is a small community spread out over 2. miles. There are over 12 restaurants, a is needed to get to the majority. Kimberly is very open to cooking to the needs of the group and willing to avoid ingredients when requested. The phone is located in the living room next to the sofa. I will notify Marianela of the extra money requested for the airport transfer. If Kimberly is provided transportation by a guest there is no charge. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us.
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Stillwater, Oklahoma

50th wedding anniversary with whole family

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful week we had. Your place was just marvelous.

One never really knows what it will turn out to be until on site and

we were just ecstatic once in the house and saw all of the

accommodations. It seemed to us that you have the best place in Playa

Grande in the facility known as Villa Olivia!!!!!!! We could not have

asked for anything better. The staff were wonderful, gracious,

helpful, courteous, and very attentive. Kim was a fabulous cook,

every evening meal.

We participated in a number of interesting activities but enjoyed

the beach, the waves, and the view from the hammocks, lounge chairs,

and benches under the trees at your place the most!!!

Thank you for your responsiveness throughout the reservation process.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • 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.

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