About the property
- Villa2150 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
3 Bedroom, 2 ½ Bath, Sleeps 6 - MBR w/ King, BR#2, 2 Queen beds, BR#3, 2 twins
Spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Coast Papagayo Gulf.
Relax and enjoy our intimate infinity pool. Awake to the sounds and sights of tropical birds, parrots and howler monkeys. Beautifully furnished and professionally decorated, split level villa, screened, CD/DVD, complete kitchen, dining room and separate office. Rate includes all utilities, 3 zone AC, cable TV, wireless Internet and washer/dryer. Personal concierge and maid service. Intimate open-air beachside restaurant, and bar so you don't have to go far for a romantic evening meal and entertainment. Additional beach side community pools
Gated resort community. 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and receipient of the coveted Costa Rican Blue Flag beach award for our pristine, secluded ebony sand beach cove, flanked by volcanic cliffs, offers spectacular snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, wave runner and seaside exploring. Award winning resort staff provides discounted tours and transportation from your door to the most exciting outdoor adventures in Costa Rica.
Easy access to nearby grocery and souvenir shoping (3 km), several national parks, active volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs, river rafting, moonlight horseback rides, local flora and fauna, eco tours, and exciting canopy and zip line adventures. Enjoy world class bill fishing and sunset sails direct from our beach. Scuba and surfing classes available.
We are always available to personally assist you with everything you may require to help ensure your Costa Rica visit will be the memory of a lifetime. Pura Vida
25 May 2018
This was a return visit to Bahia Pez Vela. Very pleased that we booked with John & Sandy, as they are wonderful to deal with and helped to arrange everything for us in advance. We enjoyed a fantastic view from their deck and bed room balcony. Their super cool infinity pool offers a spectacular view of the Pacific All the special amenities are provided, even a complete snorkeling set. The interior furnishings are professionally appointed and the villa is immaculate.
Walked to the nearby village of Coco Beach and visited the fun night spots and restaurants. However, the best place to dine is the restaurant bar, right there on the property. The food is terrific, service is excellent and the prices are comparable to the downtown establishments.
All the office personnel are wonderfully accommodating and always arrange for the best tours at the best prices anywhere. Truly a paradise away for the cold north. Plan to return again this winter!
Karen & Troy Mann
Coco Beach, FL
Sandy and John, You have a lovely vacation home. We all felt very comfortable. The views are spectacular! Thank you so very much for sharing your little bit of paradise. We enjoyed it all. We met so many great people. The restaurant was terrific and what a wonderful staff they have. We all truely enjoyed staying in your beautiful villa. Jim and Joan Richard , Paula and Bill, MA USA.
20 Mar 18
We loved your place and enjoyed every single minute of our stay. We loved our 3 hour dinners under the stars. Your villa is so delightful. Everywhere you look you can see the attention to detail. It is truly beautiful, The perfect vacation. John, we really appreciate you helping us with our travel and touring arrangements and preparing us for the smartest way to pass through the airport procedures without delays. Your suggestions were invaluable and truely apprecaited. Sue and Al, VA
John and Sandy Thomas
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- May 17, 2018
About John and Sandy Thomas
Sandy and I fell in love with Costa Rica many years ago and ultimately purchased our own place in paradise to fully appreciate the beauty and romance of the Costa Rican North West coast. We alternate between Naples FL and Bahia Pez Vela every year and enjoy sharing our villa with others who can appreciate the special amenities and beautiful memories..
John and Sandy Thomas purchased this Villa in 2007
Why John and Sandy Thomas chose Cantón Carrillo
Like many North American visitors, we researched the entire coastline of Costa Rica before discovering Bahia Pez Vela within the tiny community of Playa Ocotal, well off the beaten path. In fact, we actually found this beautiful piece of paradise while exploring along the Pacific shoreline.
What makes this Villa unique
The relaxation that overcomes you the moment you look out toward the sea and take in the beauty of paradise from the privacy of your own two-story home. That's purda vida!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful view and very comfortable property.
We spent a week in John and Sandy's wonderful villa. The pool is steps away and the villa is spacious and well appointed. John is a very responsive owner; when the coffee maker didn't work, he had a new one delivered within hours. We highly recommend this property.
Spacious and Well Equipped
The villa was wonderful. We had five adults and there was plenty of room. The view is spactacular and the infinity pool was a perfect spot to start or finish up a day. The pool is very close to the villa - a few steps away - we brought our lunch out there and ate it at the tables provided. The walk down to the beach and restaurant is very steep - we got lazy and drove back and forth about half the time. We were very glad that we rented a car to get into town and to go on outings. We did three tour packages - snorkeling, the river/wildlife excursion, and a half day fishing trip. We enjoyed all three - Cesar booked them, he and Jackie are very helpful. I wish we had booked the fishing trip at the beginning - because we brought the fish back and cooked it up (thanks to the very well equipped kitchen) - but then we left the next day with leftovers uneaten. John and Sandy were very easy to communicate with - they answered all of our questions- and took care of thoughful touches like putting up christmas lights. We only had one meal at the restaurant at the bottom of the hill - preffering to drive into the town and check out different local places. Two reccomendations of places to visit: - the monkey farm - which is a short drive or a long walk - and a very interesting spot - and the Lookout restaurant - food was pretty good and view was amazing - great for sunset pictures! Thanks John and Sandy for sharing your villa with us! - Gini
Muchas gracias Gini for your thoughful comments. We are pleased that you all had a "wonderful Costa Rican experience." That's what it's all about. Con mucho gusto y pura vida! John and Sandy Thomas
Amazing, Relaxing, and Absolutely Perfect
We decided to take a last minute vacation to Costa Rica. I absolutely fell in love with this property. I noticed that it was not available during the week that we wanted to go. I reached out to John and he rearranged his schedule for us. I could not believe that someone would be so kind and rearrange their life for us. John was very accommodating and extremely kind. He made us feel at ease.
This property is absolutely perfect!!! It is in the perfect location. All the houses are separated. We had our privacy and I felt secure because they have staff at the entrance gate at all times. There was an infinity pool steps away from the property. We spent almost every night in the pool watching the most amazing sunsets. There is another pool just down a small hill. That pool was great also. Our kids had a great time swimming while we ate at the restaurant, Picante. The restaurant has an open concept and we sat close to the pool to watch our children play. The food is delicious at Picante. We had most of our meals here. The staff at the restaurant were extremely kind and accommodating. They always had our best interest at heart and we felt like family before we left.
I highly recommend this property. Everything was perfect. The entire house was fully furnished and had everything that we needed. We lacked for nothing. The master bedroom has a beautiful balcony and we watched the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean. It was Heaven! We heard the howler monkeys many afternoons and we could hear many birds singing. It was such a cool experience. There is black sand beach steps from the property. It is beautiful!
The downtown area was great and we felt very safe. Everyone in Costa Rica is very kind. We went shopping and ate at many of the local restaurants. We took the river tour and saw lots of crocodiles, iguanas, birds, and monkeys. We took a rain forest tour. It was very educational and beautiful. We highly recommend Wilsons Ranch! It was one of the highlights of our trip. We rode the horses through the country side and through the rain forest. We hooked the horses up, hiked through the rain forest, and swam in the most beautiful hidden turquoise river. We went fishing and caught over 50 fish (not kidding), we went snorkeling, we went to Tamarindo and swam in the warmest water, and we went to Diamante. We had the time of our lives.
Rent a car!!!
You can't go wrong with this Villa! It was a taste of heaven. Thank you, John for everything!!! The Millers
Who would have guessed that the Millers could have their plans met with less than a week's notice. Adriana, we are happy for you and your family and that we could help make your expectations come true. Pura vida, John & Sandy
Amazing view. Beautiful and cozy villa.
We had a great family time in this place.
The villa is beautiful and has everything you need for cooking.
We stayed for a week and would like to return!
Just Paradise !!
Playa Ocotal, the surrounding area, and in particular Bahia Pez Vela, is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit. Our favourite of the three places we have stayed in Costa Rica.
John and Sandy are very accommodating and helpful. They were prompt in responding to all our questions and provided many useful tips and suggestions. The same can be said of Cesar and Jaqueline, the onsite property managers.
The 3 bedroom villa is spacious, well decorated, and comfortable with beautiful panoramic views of the bay. The kitchen has everything you require, even for a long term visit. The Villa has an abundance of towels, dishes, linens and everything you require for a comfortable stay. There is a washer, dryer and a good sized safe, although we never felt any security risk. The Wi-Fi works well, there is a good “music player” with many CD’s available, or link via Bluetooth to your device. There is a TV, but we never found the time to turn it on. Another bonus, unlike many other places we have stayed, you can actually drink the tap water.
The property itself is “gated”, has multiple swimming pools, a wonderful black sand beach that is a short, but steep, walk down the hill (good exercise), and an on-site restaurant, Picante, that is well worth a visit or two. The infinity pool, just steps from the villa and overlooking the ocean, is a great place to relax. I would be remiss not to mention that all the staff on site, everyone, was just fantastic, very cheerful and went out of their way to be helpful.
We flew into Liberia Airport, at around midday, where Cesar had very kindly arranged for us to pick up a rental car. We had no problem finding the villa, but at night it could be “tricky” if you do not have GPS or are not accustomed to driving in that environment. I would strongly recommend having a car. US dollars are accepted just about everywhere. The supermarkets give a good rate but for restaurants, etc. it would be better to exchange funds at the many banks/money changers available.
The nearest town, Playas del Coco, is a great place to visit and hang out. There are several restaurants/bars worth a visit. Our favourites were: Zi Lounge, fish dinner at Papagayo, Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill, and just hanging out at Coconutz. Father Rooster's, just down from the villa is also very nice – try their margaritas!
There are many “day trips” you can make from the villa, including some nice beaches. But you will soon ask yourself – when you are in paradise, why leave? Pura Vida!!
We are very appreciative of a thoughtful review as it does help others in their choice and planning. Such comments are important to us and never taken for granted. . . and reinforce the importance of solid preparation and constant coordination to insure that every visit results in a special memory.
Everything We Hoped For
Simply a fantastic week! A beautiful hilltop view of Ocatal Beach, our first morning we eased into the day by sitting on the patio overlooking the ocean, enjoying our Costa Rican coffee and meeting our new monkey friends...and it only got better from there.
Bahia Pez Vela is a terrific spot. Great views, multiple swimming pools, a quick walk down to the beach, nearby restaurants, easy access to the nearest town Cocoa Beach and the Liberia International Airport. John and Sandy are wonderful hosts and had everything prepared as promised for our stay. We had six adults in the villa and had more than enough room to have a cocktail, cook some dinner, have another cocktail...and relax. The villa was well appointed, had all necessary supplies like coffee maker, pots & pans, grill, towels, etc. It's exactly as you see in the pictures and is your own slice of paradise (for a week or so.) Cesar and the staff at Bahia Pez Vela were also very helpful in lining up tours, excursions and taxis. I highly recommend Costa Rica and John & Sandy's villa. If I could rate it 5 Stars + I would!
Muchas gracias! We very much appreciate you taking the time to record these kind comments. It's a team effort. A lot of coordination goes on behind the scenes to ensure every visit is a special occasion. We're pleased that your Costa Rican vacation was memorable and problem free - the way it should be. Pura vida, John & Sandy
According to The Lonely Planet, Playa Ocotal has “the cleanest and quietest beach in all the area, offering good swimming and snorkeling” and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Papagayo, with the lush Santa Rosa National park across the way, from our private ebony-sand beach,hidden in a cove surrounded by cliffs. The perfect dreamy getaway for those seeking peace, relaxation and romance. This recent review might be helpful
Spectacular Villa !! Breathtaking views of ocean,mountains, and star lit skies..... great restaurant on site with wonderful staff- went deep sea fishing - brought back the local catch and the chef prepared a meal to die for!! Beach had beautiful black sand and the snokeling was phenominal. Went on the day long adventure of zip lines,horseback riding, and whitewater rafting- Probably the best day of our lives- (only $80.00 U.S. Dollars!) Downtown is only 3 km away and the nightlife was lots of fun- Can't wait to go back !!