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Ocean Front, Pool, Spacious, Updated, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, Hermosa Palms gated

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

3000 sq.ft. with 3 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths. Sleeps 8. We have plenty of room.


Unobstructed & Surreal OCEANFRONT Views! Fabulous Hermosa Palms Clean & Fresh

Trade us your frequent flyer points or airline buddy passes for a FREE stay! Call for details.

Enjoy UNOBSTRUCTED ocean, beach, surf, sunset views, from our Master bedroom, en-suite bath / shower, & deck, as well as from the yard & 360 views from the rooftop deck at our private, tastefully furnished, clean, newer OCEANFRONT home. Relax with new mini split air conditioning and ceiling fans in every room, comfortable seating and quality finishes thru-out in one of Costa Rica’s best locations... serene, upscale, secure Hermosa Palms!

Our home is 3000 sq.ft. with 3 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths. We have plenty of room for your family .

Gated community. 24 hour roving security. In home laundry, wi fi internet, private landscaped yard, jetted private pool, English cable TV (2 HD DVD, 1 with I-POD dock) just steps from private community beachclub / shared pool and beach access. Upscale furnishings, quality bedding & appliances. A Great Choice!

AREA & DESCRIPTION: At a lattitude of 9.65 degrees N., Playa Hermosa's 6 miles of tropical black sand beaches almost always appear to be steaming... Our surreal & unique Hermosa Palms community is located only a few meters from one of the most consistant surf breaks in all of Central America. Adding to the relaxing & relentless sights and sounds of the surf, is the warmth & beauty of the central coast and its people. Our well equipped, comfortable home, large beachfront community pool and the secure, convenient location will help make your trip to Costa Rica unforgettable.

Hermosa Palms is just 1:20 minutes from San Jose Airport via the new toll road, and only 5 minutes drive to the night life, shops & services of Jaco. Quepos & Manuel Antonio are just 40 minutes down one road to the south.

Multi Week Stay: Multi Week, Special consideration rates

Tours & Tips!: We can connect you with safe, reliable, reasonably priced tours, surfing lessons, rafting, monkey tours, fishing, etc. We also have a number of 'must see' tips and suggestions that will add value when staying with us.

More Details

John and Tina DeRosa
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About John and Tina DeRosa

Our family of 4 enjoy frequent leisure travel. For many reasons, we are always thrilled to visit the Costa Rican central coast area & our Hermosa Palms property in particular.

John and Tina DeRosa purchased this house in 2009

Why John and Tina DeRosa chose Playa Hermosa

Surreal - choice oceanfront location in the central coast's most desireable beachfront community of Hermosa Palms.

Fantastic Costa Rican beauty and hospitality abounds. Close to Jaco for nightlife, dining & shopping, golf at Los Suenos and GREAT Surf. Just minutes north of the Turtle Refuge.

What makes this house unique

Our combination of our own private pool, larger than average private yard, 2 car garage, outdoor pool bath, convenient outside shower, unobstructed oceanfront views, proximity to common area pool & beach, upscale furnishings, quality beds, linens, and high maintenance standards make this property the best value in the area. This comfortable home, formerly known as 'Pax a la Playa' (Peace at the Beach) is the perfect spot to call home base on your next Costa Rica trip.

Guestbook comments from the owner

You have a wonderful house, we hope to visit again soon.
Apr 2010
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Playa Hermosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Guest
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Monkey Theme
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Main Level Guest
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Outside near Private Pool at back yard entrance
  • Master Bath is en-suite with ocean / surf views from shower. Bathroom 3 is accessed from back yard near private pool. Our private (wading) pool is not heated but has powerful jets and nice seating for your group. From late afternoon on, the pool is typically in the shade and a nice spot to stay cool while outside Outdoor shower with good pressure as you enter the yard next to garage, great for rinsing sand off bodies, surf equipment, feet, etc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Starfish Theme
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Surf Theme
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 2
  • Master has en-suite bath & large walk in closet. All bedrooms are a nice size with large closets.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We are beginning to collect a few family games onsite for your enjoyment. As referenced under bathrooms, our private backyard pool has nice powerful jets, but is not heated. The bench seating around the pool makes it a nice spot to hang out and stay cool while outdoors. Steps from the convenient pool bathroom and your chilled beverages in the fridge! Keep your eyes & ears open for Scarlett Maccaws and many other colorful species on land in in the air!


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Ocean Front, Pool, Spacious, Updated, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, Hermosa Palms gated
average rating of 4.6875 based on 17 reviews

Great location!!!!!

  • 3 of 5

My family has visited Costa Rica numerous times and decided to take my in-laws to celebrate Thanksgiving there with us. This house is located very close to the community pool and the beach, where my mother in law spent a LOT of her time. The very large patio off the master suite was great for my father in law who doesn't get around very well. We had daily visits from the macaws and a very friendly monkey who ate out of our hands. The kitchen is well stocked and it was nice being able to wash wet swimsuits and towels in the laundry room. The beds were very comfortable!!! The only complaint would be that the lighting is very dim. It has older LED lights and after dark it is extremely difficult to see in the house which made navigating the stairs dangerous, especially for the older and younger in our family.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and comments. We enjoy hearing about how we can improve things, especially for multi generational travelers, since our location and layout accommodates them very well. The "dim" LEDs were part of a bad batch of lights that have since been replaced. In our stairwell the best night lighting comes from the ceiling hung fan / light which is controlled at the top and bottom of the stairwell. With the large window, the stairwell doesn't need any lighting during the day. The wildlife that can be enjoyed right from our home and throughout the Hermosa Palms neighborhood is really fun for the whole family. Regular sightings of more than 20 bird species, including the spectacular scarlet Macaws, all the iguanas, plus "Paco" (the tiny monkey) help to offer our guests some great memories / photo opportunities for young and old alike. Thank you for commenting on our comfy beds. We continually improve our kitchen /cooking equipment, unit furnishings and accommodations each year. Please tell your friends about us & come back and see us again soon. As often as we visit our home there we still see something new each visit and are sure you will too!
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for two weeks at Tina and John’s wonderful house at Playa Hermosa. The location itself is great—an easy drive from San Jose airport, about 90 minutes, and the gated oceanfront community is a very peaceful, low-key, and beautiful resort-style area, right on the warm Pacific, with its unbelievable sunsets and world-class surfing. The house is fantastic—everything you could want, including washer/dryer, wifi, full kitchen, three bedrooms, sitting rooms, great A/C, garage, gas grill, outdoor Jacuzzi, and great, attentive staff members. The house is so spacious that we were able to have another couple join us for our second week

Playa Hermosa is a short 10 minute drive from the small town of Jaco, where we went everyday to buy our groceries, fresh fruit, produce, and incredible fresh fish. Jaco has a combination of American-style restaurants and plenty of great local places to eat and shop. The house is close to plenty of nice day-trips, like sailing at Herradura, hiking at Manuel Antonio national park, or visiting the most amazing sunset overlook at Villa Caletas.

Just leave plenty of time to relax and enjoy. We are already planning our next trip!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the many details in your review. We are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed our beach home and your recent trip. Would it surprise you to know our home was previously known as "Pax a la Playa", or Peace on the Beach? The ease of getting there, the great proximity to all of the central coasts activities, attractions & the areas friendly people, combined with the peaceful resort feel of the neighborhood make it a destination we never tire of. The day we leave there is often the same day we start planning our return.... We would be delighted to have you back & look forward to adding you to our growing list of return guests. Pura Vida! John & Tina
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  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home was perfect for our visit. The location is incredible - beautiful views & very close to the beach. The house was well equipped and very comfortable & clean. The pool in the yard is perfect for cooling off, relaxing, reading. The property managers (Trey & Enricho) were so nice & helped us get the gas grill going. The community pool (huge) is very close by & they even let you take the chairs on the beach. We felt very safe in this gated community. We DID feed Paco a banana or two! This home gets an A-plus - we'll return for sure!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Susan Thank you for your comments about our beach home, its location, beach & pool proximity, views, comforts, local property management and cleanliness! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our home and your stay! As you have noticed, we try to take excellent care of our home and our guests. We look forward to adding you to our growing list of return visitors. A few upgrades are planned, so hopefully you will find our place even more to your liking on your next visit... Pura Vida! J & T
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Sacramento, CA


  • 3 of 5

Although the house was beautiful, we encountered the following inconveniences:

1. The instructions for entry only provided a lock box key code. I was very upset that we were not notified in advance that the lock box was hiding in the back of the house. We had to circle the house several times in the dark to find it. Once we found it and opened the box...there were three keys in it. one key opened the main lock on the front door but the other two keys did not open the dead bolt lock. thus we were locked out of the house. We eventually got in by my son in law who had to climb through the kitchen window to let us in!

2. no propane for the BBQ

3. wifi did not work half the time we were there.

4. we were also told by the guard at the gate that the tap water was non-potable, so we had to buy bottled water during our stay.

5. Not enough toilet paper supplied. We bought more.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your recent comments. We apologize for any inconveniences you experienced. We strive to maintain our home to a considerably higher standard than most rentals. Not to discount your inconveniences in any way, but by way of an explanation, we recently transitioned to a new property management company located right in our neighborhood to better serve us & our valued guests. Their numbers and names are in our welcome packet. As for the items that were overlooked on your check in, the missing deadbolt key was removed by our prior guests. We usually keep a spare propane tank beneath the laundry room sink. Extra toilet paper is usually stored in a kitchen cupboard. Each of these items will be checked prior to guest arrival in the future. Throughout Costa Rica, there are occasional issues with electricity, water supply and internet reliability, as with many countries. Our neighborhood water supply comes from a private well. It is of better quality than many areas in Costa Rica. But when outside the US, bottled water is always recommended. We now recommend bottled water in our check in materials for our guests. Our local cable TV and phone companies, Cabla Tica and ICE, are continually investing in improved local cable plant infrastructure to improve internet reliability in the area. Our wireless router is nearly new and works well as long as the underlying DSL service is functioning. Thank you for your detailed input on how we can improve our guests’ experiences. We understand that it is often the little things that make a difference. Pura Vida!
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Fabulous Tropical Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Great pad and location to unwind and enjoy true tropical paradise. Uncrowded, unspoiled beaches with surf right out the front door not to mention wildlife such as the local monkey in backyard tree (which we could call and fed daily), macaws, and inguanas basking everywhere. The house is well appointed and in new condition with great A/C to stay cool indoors and wifi to stay connected...a turn-key, just bring swim suits, tooth brush and Amex card ;) We stayed 2 weeks and didn't want to leave. Jaco is 5km away with shopping and plenty of good restaurants. Our friends also stayed two doors down but the place was not as nice as this unit. To sum it up, great facilities, beautiful environment, very cool wildlife, excellent surf with real warm water 83 luxurious degrees and bountiful fresh fish and tropical fruits for a tasty and healthy diet...what else does one need ? Enjoy...and as they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Newport Beach

Pura Vida!

  • 4 of 5

Excellent accomodations in the Playa Hermosa Palms. The house is well maintained and beautifully decorated. It is situated right near the main complex pool for easy access and the house pool was a wonderful treat after a long day at the beach. You can check the waves from the upstairs master or the viewing deck on the roof. Air conditioning in every room and the towels, bed spreads and sheets are in great shape if not totally new. Other homes in the complex look tired and/or need repair but not this one. You can tell they maintain it every step of the way. Thank you very much for putting so much into our Costa Rica trip. We will definately be back. Surfers from So. Cal., NPB.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2012
  • Stayed: February 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Jose Costa Rica - SJO
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Hermosa Palms / Playa Hermosa
Car: recommended

Unobstructed Oceanfront Views in Exclusive gated Hermosa Palms. PERFECT for a central location to activities.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION + Luxury .... Enjoy UNOBSTRUCTED ocean, beach, surf, sunset views, from our Master bedroom, en'suite shower, deck and yard; + 360 degree views from the rooftop deck at our private, tastefully furnished, clean, newer OCEANFRONT home. Relax with dual zone Central air, ceiling fans in every room, comfortable seating and quality finishes thru-out. All in one of Costa Rica’s best locations... serene, upscale, secure - Hermosa Palms!

Our home is 3000 sq.ft. with 3 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths . We have plenty of room for your family.

Our gated community offers 24 hour roving security. Our home has on site laundry, wi fi internet, private landscaped yard, jetted private pool, English cable TV (2 HD DVD, 1 with I-POD dock).

Other Activities: Shopping, monkey, crocodile & wildlife viewing, Arial Tram, Zip line adventures, sunbathing,

Golf: Golf at Los Suenos Iguana Golf Club is about 10 to 12 minutes from the house. The cost is very reasonable and the course is uncrowded, especially for twilight rounds. Morning tee times & fees are typical for resort area courses.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $100
Property Damage Protection $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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