About the property
- Condo675 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
Our house, Casa Charly 3, is one of 6 bungalows surrounding a beautiful pool and garden. It is a three minute walk to the beach through a green zone. Ocean waves can be heard with occasional howler monkeys in nearby trees.
The beach is totally unspoiled since it is in a national park which protects leatherback turtles. Walking along the beach you feel you are in a wilderness since no hotels or houses can be seen except at a distance on a nearby beach. At night the beach is totally dark except for the stars and moon.
So you can walk on the beach, swim or surf and then walk to our house and cool off in the pool before you do what ever comes next. There are great restaurants close by, a full service surf shop for lessons and rentals, and a boat shuttle to Tamarindo.
If you have a bigger group, you can rent out one or more of the other 5 bungalows for a memorable trip.
Keywords: Beach Bungalow
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 14, 2018
About Gerry Thiemann
My wife and I bought this home for vacations and future retirements. She is a Spanish High School teacher and I own and operate a Language School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Gerry Thiemann purchased this Condo in 2009
Why Gerry Thiemann chose Playa Grande
We choose Playa Grande because it is a tranquil beach but still offers excellent restaurants, surf schools and is next to Tamarindo which has everything a tourist could want including a driving range, reggae bar, night clubs and more.
What makes this Condo unique
Walking on the beach and not seeing houses or hotels is truly a dream come true and very rare in today´s world. It is located in a national park. Also the locals are so friendly you feel at home from the start.
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Great place to stay!
Overall everything was great, Minor, the manager, was very helpful. Everything was clean and the house has practically everything you need to have a wonderful stay. Maybe you could add some more pots for cooking, but other than that practically you have everything you need for cooking.
The pool is fine, I saw someone cleaning and giving maintenance to it almost every day, the problem is that the pool area is surrounded with a lot of plants and vegetation and therefore there are always leaves and stuff in it, as I said , it is fine but somehow it could be improved. It's just a 5 minute walk to the beach and there is a small grocery store and a restaurant a few steps away. The place is very quiet and secure.
We really had a wonderful time in Playa Grande, we hope we can come back in a near future.
Glad you liked it. The garden is one of the most beautiful parts of the property and in the dry season, December to April, the leaves from the trees tend to drop into the pool. Hope you come back soon!
Perfect for us
We came with a toddler and the home was perfect. Plenty of room for her to play and run around and close to pool and beach!!
glad you liked it. The pool is shallow enough for most kids, but deep enough for adults to enjoy.
wonderful well equipped property
nice location near ocean and supermarket, bar, restaurant. super comfortable beds. the whole house is furnished with love. thanks for having us
Glad you enjoyed it. We call it home when we're there. thanks,
Difficulty contacting amigo realty when we arrived. We had to go to a local restaurant and the waiter phoned him. The hydro and electricity were out when we got to the house due to a power failure in the area. Wasp nest over the pool which was dirty and unkept. Mosquitoes in the house bit us while we slept-no nets over the beds.
The guest and manager must coordinate the arrival and since the time from airport to the condo is about an hour, any delays can result in some difficulties meeting the guest. Normally this is not an issue. Electricity in this area of Costa Rica is normally good, but this is Costa Rica and the power grid is run by the government, not a private company. Mosquitos are never a problem if screens are used on all windows and doors. And as far as I know, I have never seen a bed with mosquito netting over it unless it is outside of a house in a camping area.
Perfect Winter Getaway
We continue to revisit this beautiful oasis for a quiet, laid-back, and thoroughly restful vacation. If you are expecting a five-star hotel type of accommodation with luxurious amenities, this is not the place you want. That is why we love it! It is located in a perfect small community where we enjoy visiting and getting to know the local people as well as enjoying the company of neighbors from all parts of the world.
We try to give our guests the best. And we think we are the best value on Playa Grande. Juliet has come many times. Thanks, Juliet!
BEWARE.............This place is a DUMP!
Me, my wife, and our two daughters (age 3 and 5) spent five weeks in Costa Rica this summer. We stayed in VRBO rentals for one week at a time and had wonderful experiences.......until we came to Casa Charly. We dreaded coming back to this dump after a day exploring beautiful Playa Grande and let me tell you why.
The owners stuff is everywhere in the condo. All the dressers and cabinets are filled with the owners stuff. We couldn't even unpack our suitcases! Their is a broken washer/dryer sitting in the middle of the living room and christmas lights hang from the rafters. The comforters were stained and only one of the AC units worked. The four of us eventually all slept in one bedroom together because it was the only one with working AC. The pool looks more like a moat, we swam in it once and felt slimy afterwards. The first night I got eaten by bugs coming in through the bathroom window. I must have had thirty bites on my arm.
After three nights we had enough, we left this dump. Luckily, we were on holiday for five weeks and spending three nights in a dump did not ruin our trip. Do yourself a favor, stay away from this dump.
It's unfortunate this guest was unhappy, but I believe he simply wanted to go to another place and get a refund. They simply left and did not contact the manager about any of these issues. The AC did go down, but all the other issues are simply not true. As far as the having our personal items in the condo, it is our home away from home and most of it is locked up and inaccessible. You cannot simply stay at a place for a few days, find issues and not call the manager, then leave and ask for a refund. None of the issues besides the AC were true. And they didn't even give us a chance to fix it. Warning to other owners, don't rent to them.
During November through December you an see turtle nesting.