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Awesome Ocean View Home on 2 Acres - 300 Steps from the Beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Hear the roar of the surf, listen to the monkeys in the mangrove below, or sing along with the birds in the trees... this the best of both worlds. Sitting on the side of a hill gives this well-landscaped, two-acre property magnificent ocean views from every room, while maintaining close proximity to the beach. Whether you choose to take a quick walk to the beach (a few minutes on foot, literally 300 paces from the house!) or drive to one of the many beaches located down the road (a few minutes by car), this property is a perfect retreat.

Surrounded by a terrace which offers a lovely place to read, chat, or dine, the house has 3000 square feet of well-appointed living space. Perfect for entertaining the family or perfect for some well-deserved quiet time, this property guarantees a wonderful relaxing vacation. All bedrooms and living room feature banks of floor-to-ceiling windows, furniture, and interior designed for comfort and relaxation.

Close to market and many restaurants.

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Mic Gumb
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2018

About Mic Gumb

Mic & Mindy Gumb live in Denver, Colorado

Mic Gumb purchased this house in 2003

Why Mic Gumb chose Tempate

Our home is very private with outstanding views of sunsets and the pacific ocean

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time in Potrero and really loved your place! Jorge & Elvira each stopped by to make sure everything was going okay and we enjoyed their perspective. Anna Maria (the housekeeper) was really a blessing...and is a wonderful person to have around. We traveled to Playa Grande, Tamarindo, and Guaitil for pottery; looked around Pacific Heights; checked out Playa Penca and Prieta; played with your dogs and saw monkeys on the road to Costa Esmeralda. Most of our meals we cooked at the villa as we purchased seafood at the little stand you recommended. Best regards!
Feb 2005
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Tempate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Twin bedroom en suite with sink, toilet and shower.
    Bathroom 3 - Queen bedroom with ensuite with sink, toilet and shower.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , King bathroom with toilet, one sink and shower
    Bathroom 1 - King bathroom with sink and toilet.
  • Each bedroom has it's own bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom with en suite.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Two twin beds with en suite.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen bed with en suite.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeper,Groundskeeper, Boogie Boards, Beach Chairs, Beach Umbrellas


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Awesome Ocean View Home on 2 Acres - 300 Steps from the Beach
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 32 reviews
Montgomery County, PA

This is paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home in a glorious location with out of this world views. The owner was wonderful to work with; he provided excellent directions from the airport as well on suggestions of what to do while staying there. Jorge, the property manager was terrific, as were Maria and Ernesto. This property is maintained perfectly! What views! I felt like we were living in paradise. There is even a panoramic view from the master bathroom. Each morning we walked to Playa Penca or Playa Prieta - look up in the trees while walking to see the Howler monkeys.

Since our boys like to surf, we rented a car and headed out to Playa Grande and Avellanas for surfing as the waves at Penca and Prieta aren't for surfing (but we knew this when we rented). In spite of the 30 minute to one hour ride to good surf beaches, we were glad we were staying at Villa Buena Vista and were always happy to return to our haven!

I highly recommend going out on the Lazy Lizard...the experience is wonderful. Impressive boat, great crew, open bar, fresh fruit and sandwiches, pretty good snorkeling, fun music, and a beautiful sunset.

We also loved all of the birds, the stars at night, and, of course, the dogs. One tip - if you rent a car, be sure to wear your seatbelts at all times - even in the back seat. We were profiled as tourists and pulled over for no reason, then fined heavily because backseat passengers were not wearing their seatbelts. We ended up with a hefty fine - our own fault for not being aware of the local traffic laws.

We give this property and Mic the highest of ratings. We hated to leave and would love to come back!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the heads up on the seat belts In the fourteen years I have owned the house I have never had any interaction with the police.
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Heavenly Sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful home. The grounds and the people are amazing. Love all the pictures we have taken of the views while on the veranda.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Montreal,Quebec, Canada

Great house, stunning view..

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for 10 days in August and it was perfect. Morning coffee, afternoon cocktail sitting on the balcony watching the birds, the ocean and really enjoying quiet time. The house is perfectly located if you want to do day trip; surf at Playa Grande, Zipline down the dirt road or walk to one of the two beautiful beach down the path crossing some howling monkeys. The owner was very helpful in assisting us while preparing the trip and both the staff of site (groundkeeper & housekeeper) were super discreet and very nice. Great family trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ithaca, NY

Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We could not have chosen a more perfect place to stay for our Costa Rica vacation.

- The views and sounds of the ocean were just stunning

- We loved being able to walk to two different beaches

- What a treat to have Ernesto and Maria as caretakers

- The pool was so refreshing

- The owner provided excellent information about the house and the area

- The nearby town, Potrero, wasn't at all touristy. By contrast, we couldn't wait to get out of Tamarindo (45 min away, but it had the grocery store with the most variety).

Although having a 4 wheel drive was not an absolute necessity, it helped a lot on the faster route to Liberia, which featured a hilly, twisty dirt road.

We'd love to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home and Property, Stunning Views, would benefit from a few updates

  • 4 of 5

There is everything here to make your stay delightful. Anna Marie is there 6 days a week cleaning and doing laundry. We asked how long she stays each day and she answered simply “until I’m done”. Having Anna Marie means vacation time is just that, vacation time, and no need to pack clothes for your entire stay nor to do your own laundry. Ernesto is the grounds keeper who lives on site in a house of his own. He looks after the dogs and the property, and whenever we needed help (we locked ourselves out - recommend put the house key on the gate remote), he was there to save the day. We recommend an English/Spanish app for your phone.

The views: The sun sets into the Pacific Ocean directly behind three very stately palm trees. I’m glad cameras are now digital; we would have used a lot of film! We say Humming birds in the flowering tree beside the porch every morning. There are many flowering plants on the property. Beautiful!

The pergola by the pool has lights and a ceiling fan. It enjoys a breeze that comes up the hill. The lighting means you can sit and/or BBQ late into the evening. We made the most of the daylight hours (sundown at 6:00) and then made dinner after dark and ate there. BTW: The steak in CR is wonderful, both at restaurants and at the grocery stores. And it’s very reasonably priced at the grocery stores.

Two beaches are a short walk away, down the driveway, a hundred steps up the road and then down the unpaved road, a 10 minute walk. The first beach is via a path through a small strand of trees. We saw a family of monkeys in those trees our first afternoon! The beach is quite secluded. The second, straight down the road has a small resort nearby. In spite of this resort, the beach was near empty on our visits. It’s an amazing thing to have a beach to yourself.

There are some updates needed for this to be a 5* in my opinion. The microwave is very new; however, the stove, fridge-freezer and dishwasher are not. Anna Marie runs the dishwasher, so not a concern as to use. The Fridge and stove work fine, but show they have been in place for many years. But these are not things that detract from a very enjoyable vacation.

We highly recommend this property if you are going the VRBO route. Mic was very helpful prior to our stay and was available by phone if needed; but he wasn’t needed, because with Anna Marie, Ernesto and Jorge, the property manager, everything is well looked after. No worries. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love reviews like this. In the fourteen years we have owned the property, we have never felt the need to shut/ lock the doors because one of our staff is always in residence. The high humidity impacts the exterior of the kitchen appliances but not the interior. My wife and I feel blessed to have one of the staffs in the region.
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Regina, Sk. Canada

An Absolutely Wonderful Home To Holiday In Costa Rica ...FIVE STARS...

  • 5 of 5

This is, simply put, a fabulous place to holiday in Costa Rica.

My Wife & I spent 3 weeks at this home and enjoyed every minute.

Mic & Mindy’s house is a wonderful home to enjoy the sun and beaches of Costa Rica.

Mic & Mindy were very helpful when we decided to book this property, responding promptly, and being extremely easy to deal with while we were making the booking. They have a wonderful information package that covers almost everything, from driving instructions to what to do in Costa Rica.

The home is carefully attended by Anna Maria the house keeper and kept in very clean condition. She will even do your laundry. She speaks Spanish but is quite good at understanding things in English. There isn’t a big problem with English in Costa Rica; most young people now take it in school as a second language.

Ernesto tends the yard / garden. He is up early ensuring the yard is clean, watering and cleaning the pool. He is very friendly and will help you with any of your needs. He lives in a smaller house located on the property so is always available in case you may need him.

Skye, Roosty & Kanga….”The dogs” will be your best friends, you’ll simply love them! Roosty is the self appointed head of security while Kanga (who is quite old) prefers just to hang about and visit / sleep. Skye is the chief, simply she runs things, and the others pay attention to her. She is a very pretty dog with a blue eye & a brown eye. Skye oversees everything, she is also older…and wiser it appears.

We spent many days lounging poolside enjoying the surroundings at this beautiful house.

A car is highly recommended. While there are lots of things very close at hand, you’ll want to go exploring the other local towns close by. A trip to Tamarindo is recommended. That’s the Touristy spot that’s very busy. It has tons of shops & restaurants etc. and the BEST GROCERY STORE!!

Golf is also great in Costa Rica. The Westin Resort, RESERVA CONCHAL GOLF COURSE, with a Latin PGA stop scheduled in 2017, being the best in the country I’d say. It’s about 20 a minute drive from the house.The other course near by is the Mariot property, the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course.

Potrero (local town) is a wonderful little community and has most things you’ll need, restaurants, pubs, grocery stores, tourist sightseeing, trinket places, a great farmers market Thursdays, and of course beaches.

In summary, simply enjoy your stay in Costa Rica at this house you'll not regret it.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the best review ever!!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Liberia (LIR)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Soli Mar
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Soli Mar
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Playa Penca
Car: recommended

Canopy Tours

Lazy Lizard Sailing in Potrero Bay


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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