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Beautiful Ocean Views + Full Sized Private Pool, Steps to Quiet Beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)


Our bright and cheery 2100 sq. ft. villa provides a great base for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Whether you are looking for a vacation packed with the one of a kind eco-adventure only available in Costa Rica or simply want to relax in your private pool and on the quiet black sand beach, Villa Gecko is the place for you. Located on the LOWER half of the exclusive Bahia Pez Vela resort, our villa provides beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, Monkey's Head and Witch's Rock, and is just steps to a tranquil beach that offers great snorkeling, soft ebony sand and even extensive tidepool exploration. The villa is casual, inviting, well equipped and just a two minute walk to the beach.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast next to your private pool and spend the evening stargazing from your private balcony or large patio. The onsite restaurant, located adjacent to the beach and resort pool, offers local and North American specialties--along with a full bar service--in a low-key environment. The lively village of Coco Beach, a short 10 minute drive away, hosts a variety of restaurants and nightlife, banks, shopping, tours, etc.

The villa is set up to make your stay pleasant--private pool in a spacious patio area, fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, all linens, wooden lounge chairs and patio furniture, plenty of storage space, DVD, cable TV, FREE WIRELESS INTERNET, games, books and more. Contact us for additional information. We will be happy to share our tips and secrets with you!

Villa features: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Master: king sized bed, private bathroom, balcony, full ocean view, large closet, dresser. Bedroom 2: queen sized bed, twin bed, full ocean view, large closet, dresser. Bedroom 3: two twin beds, dresser, mountain view. All bedrooms and living areas have A/C, screens and ceiling fans.

Villa is self-catering; food is not provided, but we have a well-equipped kitchen if you would like to prepare your own meals. Groceries are available in nearby Playa Coco.

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Keywords: Spacious Private Beach Resort

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Cantón Carrillo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shared Between Bedroom 2 and 3
    Bathroom 3 - Convenient half bath located on split level
  • Simple, clean bathrooms. All towels provided. Toileteries not provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ocean view + balcony + bathroom + safe + closet + AC
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Full ocean view + large closet + ceiling fan + AC
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Mountain view + ceiling fan + dresser + AC
  • Ocean View Master Bedroom with King Bed, Balcony and Private Bath. Second bedroom: Ocean View, features Queen Bed and Twin Bed. Third Bedroom: 2 Twin Beds, Mountain View. Shared Full Bathroom. Half bath on landing. Comfortable and inviting. Uncluttered. Cotton linens. Local decorations. All rooms have ceiling fans, AC, screens on doors, curtains.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Private custom-tiled pool, outdoor shower, free wireless, screened doors/windows, A/C throughout, ceiling fans, wooden patio furniture + lounge chairs (not shown on virtual tour), beach towels, toys, basic snorkeling equipment, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and more. No gates on stairs for toddlers. Yard is enclosed, pool is not.


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Beautiful Ocean Views + Full Sized Private Pool, Steps to Quiet Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

Beautiful ocean view home

  • 5 of 5

It is my second time here and I love everything about it- feels like home

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place to stay in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

Our family had the privilege of staying at this fantastic place from Feb 24th - Mar 4th 2017. It absolutely lives up to everything you see in the photos (and so much more). Mary (owner), should add the benefit of being able to swim with stingrays in the ocean off the beach.

Consider us future repeat clients.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa Gecko February vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time staying at Villa Gecko. I was there with my partner and a friend. The 3 bedrooms provided plenty of space. A full kitchen was great as we did cook a lot. However be aware there is nothing (food/cooking wise) in the kitchen, not even coffee, which was disappointing. Good thing we went to the mercado on the way there. The private pool was wonderful and gets the early morning sun. It was great to have coffee on the balcony or by the pool. The view is nice and it's a quick walk down the hill to the private beach. Glittering black sand made it not your typical beach. It was a unique beauty! It's quite rocky and fun to explore. But be careful they are fully covered at high tide and it can be dangerous. The grounds are beautiful and meticulously kept. Cesar and Jacqueline at the reception office were great. They helped us book excursions and always made sure we had what we needed. We used taxis and walked to a couple of places but if we returned would probably rent a car. It would be very easy to get around and from the resort not many places are actually walkable because of all the hills. It would be nice if there was an ATM onsite because everyone prefers cash and you have to go into Playa Coco to the bank to get money. The resort restaurant (Picante) was alright but not super impressive. We bought a lot of food and cooked most days. But for snacks and drinks was nice and convenient. Beautiful infinity pool over looking the ocean provided hours of relaxation in a gorgeous environment. Overall we had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend it and would return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your detailed review! We are glad you enjoyed our family's vacation home and the resort! I agree, we are very fortunate to have such a wonderul onsite team and I love having morning coffee while taking in views of the Pacific Ocean, watching birds fly by. I am sorry to hear that some things left a little to be desired (no coffee left in the villa, no ATM on-site, location and transportation, the tidepools). We take great pride in communicating effectively with our guests and am not sure how this information was overlooked. It appears in our website and in pre-arrival information and I am always happy to answer any questions directly. I have reached out to you and asked for a bit of clarification as I want to ensure I am providing guests with all (or at least as much as possible!) information to avoid any disappointment during their stay. Thank you again for choosing Villa Gecko for your stay and we wish you continued travel adventures. Mary
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Wonderful and relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed the week we spent at Villa Gecko. We were there in the off season and nearly had the resort to ourselves. The weather was delightful, the management at the office took great care of us and we enjoyed the beauty and very comfortable surroundings within our Villa. Our owner, Mary, provided lots of helpful information for us and this enhanced our stay greatly!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Laura, Thank you for sharing your review of Villa Gecko. We love to hear that families have enjoyed a special stay together, especially when life is so hectic and busy these days. Thank you again for taking the time to write and for choosing Villa Gecko. Wishing you further adventures! Pura Vida, Mary
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Fantastic Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are are family of 5 who are just finishing up our stay at this wonderful vacation rental. The villa is very well appointed, with a well equipped kitchen, plenty of beach towels and games, puzzles and beach toys. We have rented properties for many years, and frankly this has been the most well appointed thus far and we have lacked nothing.

The resort is quiet, and the views are beautiful. The quiet secluded beach has wonderful snorkelling and gentle waves that will be great for young kids as well. The office staff have been friendly and a resourceful, and there is snorkel gear that you can borrow at any time. The owners have paid for "concierge service" so this rental has all the conveniences of home with the benefit of hotel type service like a restaurant, outings coordination, and cleaning services if you want it.

The location of the property is tucked away, but only a 10 min drive to great restaurants and modern grocery store that can even accommodate gluten and dairy allergies. Surfing beaches, and adventures like zip lining, hiking, waterfalls, atv, national parks etc are an easy 1-1.5 hours drive on well marked paved roads. The airport is about 40 min. away. Although it isn't necessary, I would highly suggest a car so that you can access all of these activities without having to hire a guide.

Lastly, I wanted to mention how wonderfully responsive the owner has been. Mary was quick to respond to all my inquiries, payment via paypal (that can adjust to your local currency) is a breeze, and the welcome package that included directions, tips about the property itself, as well as a wonderfully detailed description of things to do in the area was well thought out and thorough.

We would highly recommend this property for all ages and honestly have nothing but wonderful things to report.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gayle, Thank you for your detailed review! We really appreciate hearing about our guests adventures and what they thought of them! It sounds like your familly took full advantage of the many unique activities in the area as well as finding the time to simply stop and enjoy the resort! We were very happy to welcome you and hope our paths cross again some day. Best wishes to you and your family. Pura Vida, Mary
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  • 5 of 5

We recently had a fabulous stay at Villa Gecko. Mary, the owner made the arrangements as easy as can be, and was in constant contact for months leading up to the trip. She provided valuable information not only about the resort, but the entire area. The villa is exactly as described, no surprises. It is well stocked and very clean. The private pool and jacuzzi were a real treat, and we spent alot of time enjoying them. The resort staff are readily available, and very friendly and helpful. They would even call for taxi's for us when we requested, which was very helpful considering the language barrier. The restaurant, Picante was a favorite afternoon activity for drinks and snacks, and the staff there were wonderful. (Thanks Cesar, Juan, and Gabrielle!) We were fortunate to be able to see the howler monkeys every day, (when you go out the back door, look to the left, near the bottom of the hill). The beautiful birds were always around, and will eat out of your hand. We also saw a large iguana several days, and were visited every night by the cutest and friendliest pair of raccoons! The beach is beautiful black sand, and swimming in the ocean was fun, but I would caution people to watch children very carefully, and not swim alone, as the current can be very strong at times. We had great snorkeling just off our beach near the rocks to the right.

We did not rent a car, as we were weary of things we had read about the driving in CR, and found it perfectly ok getting around by taxi. The cost to go to town is 10 dollars, and every time we wanted to go grocery shopping, the cabs had no problem waiting for us, and did not charge for the wait time. It is a good idea to verify the price before you take the ride, as unfortunately there are a few who will prey on your ignorance. We had arranged the airport transfers through the resort and were told that it was 50 dollars, payable directly to the driver. When we were dropped off at the villa however, the driver told me it was 80 dollars. I called him out on it and he backed right off, but I can see how easily somebody with a more timid personality could be taken advantage of.

For activities, we did deep sea fishing, palo verde river tour, heliconias rain forest, and snorkeling. We loved Villa Gecko, and loved Costa Rica. Can't wait to return to both! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review! We are happy your family enjoyed their stay. I have followed up with the office regarding your transportation hiccup. Wishing you continued adventures! Mary
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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About The Owner

American/European Family Owners--Love the beach and outdoors--Avid Travelers--Global Nomads

Nous parlons français y se habla espanol.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2006

Why The Owner chose Cantón Carrillo

Paradise found: a great mix of perfect weather, fantastic views, a semi-private beach, excellent snorkeling, nice restaurant/bar, lovely people, refreshing cold water spa and a comfortable and spacious villa...pura vida!

What makes this villa unique

Full-size tiled private pool, well-equipped kitchen, spacious sleeping/eating/lounging areas, warmly decorated with local art and furniture, wooden patio furniture and lounge chairs, refreshingly cool spa, books, DVDs, games, central and split A/C, beach toys, ceiling fans, fully screened windows and so much more. Casual and inviting.


Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: recommended

Villa Gecko is located at Bahia Pez Vela Resort. Nearest services (bank, grocery, medical, etc.) are 10 minutes away by car. Onsite restaurant and bar are open year-round, except for possible seasonal closing during "low season" (generally October).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

--Reservation is not confirmed until rental agreement is signed + returned and booking deposit is received.
--Rates may be higher for Credit Card and International Credit Card Payment.
--$50 fee charged for refunds.
--Availability and rates subject to change.
--Please inquire for Easter and December/January holiday rates.
--Local Costa Rican liability laws apply.
--Restaurant subject to seasonal closing (generally October).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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