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Harry's, El Escondite ~ FREE SURFBOARDS & BIKES!

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Quality cabinas, surfboards and bikes. Surf lessons and guide available.

Harry's El Escondite offers 1 of 4 secluded studio-apartment style house in famous Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica and is a favorite 'hideout' for both returning surfers and first timers. The cabina is situated around a pool and garden setting on a single 1/4 acre property. El Escondite has accommodations for individuals up to a party of 3 in a cabina.

All guests get free use of surfboards and bicycles. A surf guide and lessons are also available for those new to the area or to the joys of surfing.

El Escondite is located at the end of a quiet and private dead-end road; just a short walk to the surf breaks and the attractions in downtown Tamarindo.

A cabin can sleep up to 3 people and has a kitchen, large bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning and cable TV.

El Escondite also has laundry facilities, phones and wireless Internet access.

A pool, BBQ, hammocks, and a 2nd floor sundeck with lounge chairs round out a perfect place to hangout after surfing.

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

About Harry

In the beginning I came to Tamarindo Beach to take time off from skiing. A knee injury had forced me to leave my home in Whistler, B.C. to pursue other activities during the winter. I tried surfing while recovering here in Tamarindo and ended up preferring the waves over snow and the beach over the mountains. Over the years I've grown to love this small beach town and eventually decided to move down permanently. El Escondite means 'the Hideout' in Spanish and that was the start of Harry's hideaway.

Harry purchased this studio in 2001

Why Harry chose Tamarindo

The 'El Escondite' grounds was established in 2001 and over the years has been expanded, renovated and improved to keep up with needs of clients. The cabinas are Tico style with outdoor living kept in mind yet has all modern the conveniences expected from a quality hotel. Relax and hideout at this quiet, private and secluded villa.

What makes this studio unique

Free use of surfboard and bicycles for all guests. The cabinas have flat screen HDTV's with access to the web and a media server that includes a large selection of surf movies as well as the latest featured films. A music and an ebook library is also available.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Awesome time Harry!

Thanks so much. I can't believe the week went by so fast. I'm just getting over paddling the estuary!!

you are a terrific host - who knows, maybe next time we meet at Nogie's we'll be toasting a new land purchase and another Whistlerite in Tamarindo!

Can't wait to see the pool finished.

XOX Kristina (one of the Canadian girls in Boston.)
Jul 2004
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Liberia, Costa Rica
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Season's by Shlomy
Nearest Beach
700 Metres
Tamarindo Beach
Car: not necessary

10 min walk to beach, surfing, stores & restaurants.


Tamarindo Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large Bathroom
  • Hot water.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • ~ - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed has a single-size, real mattress.
  • Thick orthopedic mattresses with mattress covers and extra high count sheets.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There are hammocks on patio and lounge chairs on 2nd floor sundeck, Over a dozen surfboards to choose from and bicycles for all guests to use. Surf lessons and guide available. Large media library accessible through NAS and WIFI. Google TV's and HD TV's in every cabina.


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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Harry: you rock man. your place looks even better in person than it does online. all the ammenities we could want- LOTS of boards and bikes too. but the most valuable service you offer your guests is your expert local knowledge.

from where to eat, surf, and grab a brew to how to solve computer problems, harry is on top of it. i would definitely reccommend harry's as a place for first-timers to costa rica. i couldnt be happier with my experience.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2007
  • Stayed: October 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location, perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Harry’s El Escondite for the last 2 weeks of April. We found the accommodations to be more than adequate with everything we required. The location is approx. a 5 minute walk from the beach and this was perfect for us as it was quiet in the evenings. Harry was a terrific host and helped us with any questions we had. His knowledge of the local area as well as Costa Rica in general was terrific. Both of us truly enjoyed the laid back casual vibe at Harry’s and were made to feel like we were more than just paying guests. We would definitely recommend Harry’s if you are looking for a peaceful friendly place to call home during your stay in Tamarindo.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A true relaxing hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Harry provides a true hideaway, just up the hill from busy downtown Tamarindo. We have been two times, and hope to return again some day!

At Harry's, you're just a quick bike ride or walk away from the beach/downtown, but you're in your own private, peaceful atmosphere where you can relax and unwind. We have enjoyed many great meals there as well, since our cabina kitchen was fully-equipped and there's a grill on the roof-top deck.

Harry can tell you anything you need to know about Tamarindo... he's a great source of information on the many tours/excursions/activities in the area.

I hope it will not be long until we're back at Harry's!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place and great price

  • 5 of 5

Harry's was very clean and had everything that it said and that we needed. Harry is very friendly and helpful on where to go and what to do. His free bikes are awesome to get around and we really enjoyed the free surfboards that r in better shape than all the rental shops in the town. The pool is perfect for relaxing with a drink after a long day on the beach. I highly recommend staying at Harry's and I will defiantly be staying there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Laid back & quiet stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at Harry's place. It's at the end of a cul de sac, very quiet. The road to get there is a little bumpy but you don't need a 4x4 as long as you're driving slowly. We had a regular sedan. Note that you don't need a car if you're going to stay in Tamarindo only.

The studio was clean, with a massive bed, internet access, and a simple kitchen but furnished with all the essentials (and Harry gave us a bag of delicious Costa Rican coffee!). I liked Harry's setup with a media center connected to his collection of surfing videos, it was really nice to relax with a beer after a hard day at the beach.

Harry has a collection of surfboards that you can use, so I didn't have to rent a surfboard in town, that was nice!

The apartment is about a 10 min walk to the beach (add 5 minutes to the closest surf peak).

There's a howler monkey family hanging out by the mango tree in front of Harry's place, they are not scared and will get really close when trying to reach for mangos.

Harry was very accommodating with our arrival & departure times.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place, great host, great stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent the second part of our visit to Costa Rica in Tamarindo at Harry's place. My wife and I went for our 5 year wedding anniversary. We spent the first part in the Lake Arenal area and looked forward to getting to the beach. This is a great spot to enjoy this town. The cabina was cozy and sufficient for a stay here. You can walk everywhere, but we rented a car for our entire trip. We aren't young bucks anymore so we were able to get to many beautiful remote beaches outside of the more younger, party type or tourist vibe much of the town can bring. There are great places to eat and drink in the town, regardless. One of the best part about coming back after a day out was jumping in the awesome pool. The outdoor grill area is great too after visiting local grocery stores. Harry has the place hooked up with some awesome technology. We got to geek out on it since I work in the IT field. He is super smart and knowledgeable in this area, but also in general. Harry was very up front and transparent throughout, as well as a great communicator. All of my questions always got answered before and during our trip. What information is given on here and through him is very accurate, so not real surprises. If this is something that seems right up your alley, go for it. It was a pleasure getting to know him and look forward to visiting again. We also met some great people from Canada who were also staying there at the time. We miss him, his dog Don't, and Costa Rica in general.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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