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Beautiful Casa Mambo; beach/pool/bicycles/surf/wi-fi/cable-tv/ac

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bdrm, 1 bath, full kitchen, bar, living/dining area w/covered patio, sleeps 4

BEST VALUE for something truly nice in PLAYA GRANDE. Our fully furnished home provides a wonderful and relaxing getaway in a private, gated, quaint, laid back beach community separated from the congestion of Tamarindo. It is within a short 5 minute walk to a beautiful, pristine surfing beach, several great restaurants, bars, and a grocery. Tiled roof, floors and counter tops throughout. Relax on the covered patio where Iguanas and colorful birds perch and may be coaxed to eat from your hand (if you are patient enough). Monkeys often frequent our trees. Also, within walking distance, a beautiful estuary provides fishing, boating, and offers a water taxi which takes you on a 5 minute ride to Tamarindo for dining, dancing, gambling, shopping and souviners. You may also choose to walk to Tamarindo via the beach (possible only at very low tide) . Dual vanities in bathroom. Maid service twice per week. AWESOME BEACH!!!!! Two beach-cruiser type bicycles are included in your rental. Casa Mambo is close enough to the beach to hear the waves crashing when they are big! It is an easy and short walk to the beach from the house (or an even quicker bicycle ride). The architecture and appointments of Casa Mambo reflect the the style and culture of the local area and its people.

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More Details

Hank Townsend
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, swedish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Hank Townsend

I have been going to Costa Rica at least once a year since 1987 and continue to have a great love for this country and its people! Always look forward to my next trip to Playa Grande. My parents also love Playa Grande and stay at the house for a full month each year with many friends and family joining them periodically.

Hank Townsend purchased this villa in 1999

Why Hank Townsend chose Palm Beach Estates

Most pristine beach in all of Costa Rica in my opinion. Very laid back community which you will feel apart of very quickly. I hope you get to experience Casa Mambo.

What makes this villa unique

'feels like my own little Costa Rica home' as stated by one of our many regularly returning guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Since the photos were taken, we have installed drapes and curtains throughout the house for your privacy.
Dec 2010
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Palm Beach Estates Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Dual lavatory bathroom - toilet , shower , refer to pics. tiled throughout, hair dryer, dimmable light
  • Bathroom has full length counter w/two lavatories, wall to wall mirror w/drawers and cabinets below and recessed lighting above. Entire bathroom and Shower have decorative ceramic tile walls and floor. Lavatories and shower utilize a tankless water heater, providing endless hot water. 110 v outlets (same as U.S.)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , safes in each rm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , safes in each rm
    Living Area - 2 sleep sofa /futon , not a sleeper sofa but seating area can sleep 2
  • Each bedroom has bed w/ table lamps on either side, air-conditioning, makeup counter w/large mirror, closet, etc. Each bedroom is artfully appointed. Bedrooms have high, vaulted ceilings with variable speed ceiling fans and polished, Saltillo Tile floors. In the living room, there are two seating areas with pillows which can also double as sleeping areas.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Our villa is one of six similar villas surrounding an outdoor swimming pool. The well kept grounds feature several exotic plants, coconut trees, bannana trees, bouganvilla and several fruit bearing trees. We have a full length partially covered terrace. All areas in the villa including the terrace have Saltillo tile flooring. The den has cable T.V. with a number of English speaking channels (Fox, CNN, Natl Geo., Animal planet, movies, etc.). There is also a DVD / CD player with stereo system. Shuttle service from airport to villa is available and only an approx 1 hour drive. Cars may be rented at airport or later from villa. There are several rental companies in Tamarindo who will deliver to and pick up cars at the villa. Maid service is 2 x per week. Pool and grounds keeper are full time. Surf Boards, boogie boards, etc. can be rented locally.


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(55 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Casa Mambo; beach/pool/bicycles/surf/wi-fi/cable-tv/ac
average rating of 4.690909 based on 56 reviews

Casa Mambo is an awesome place!!

  • 5 of 5

Me and two buddies rented out Casa Mambo for two weeks and had a blast! The house was excellent and the maids were great too. We had air conditioning in each room which was just another great perk of this place! Would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for close proximity to the beach and world class surf. The waves are great all summer with off shore winds in the morning and barrels up and down the beach. The store is right next to the house and the food at both Restaurants (Los Malinches and The Great Wallitinis) is awesome. We can't wait to go back again next summer

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to know you guys had such and incredible time and thanks for the great review. Just let me know when you are ready to come back down! Pura Vida, Hank
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Great property!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this property, it was clean and comfortable. Great location, close to everything but still far enough away if one is wanting some seclusion. Kitchen is well equipped. If you can get to a local grocery store before that would be best as the store located near the property has limited items. Bedrooms are nice and clean, like others the bed was a bit hard for me. AC in bedrooms is a much appreciated comfort for sure! Bathroom was well stocked with towels, beach towels and a hairdryer! That was a nice surprise as we had packed beach towels not knowing for sure so don’t wasste luggage space! We loved the patio area, very cool in mornings and evenings and great place to relax. Lots of birds and other fun creatures to watch! Always felt safe in this neighborhood, we took many walks to the beach at night just to look at the stars (just remember a small flashlight) but never felt unsafe. Will return and would stay here again! Shawna was great and quick to respond to questions or needs!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was what we had hoped for and more!

  • 4 of 5

The house had plenty of room to relax and unwind. Kitchen fully stocked with pots and pans and a bbq to use on the patio. The pool was wonderful and the home was in a great area. The beach is so close and local bars and grocery stores were walking distance away. The only thing that I was not happy about was the drapes as they did not cover the height of the windows so at night people walking around the buildings could see right in which was not comfortable for me. The bedroom drapes were also see through and not private which again was concerning since other people staying in the other villas would use paths between the units as well has house cleaning staff and landscapers. That was a big deal as I wanted to undress without people being able to see in. The chairs on the patio are being held together by zip ties and our friend nearly fell through the chair being held together. The oven cook top was used but not the iven as it too was not looking very safe.

We wish there was a washer and dryer on the property too but other than that we had an overall great stay. Improvements with new window coverings and patio chairs that are safe would be nice but overall I would come back to Casa Mambo as it was an amazing stay. I would recommend this villa to others going to the Playa Grande area. We loved our vacation and the villa was a great stop on the first leg of our trip.


  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Casa Mambo is a comfortable vacation home, built in the style typical for this area. Twice-a-week maid service keeps it spotlessly clean. The beautiful yard and well-maintained pool are a bonus. We're grateful for the bedroom air-conditioning, and ceiling fans in all rooms, as the mid-day heat can be oppressive. This was our second year staying here, and we're coming back next year, as it's a roomy home for two people, with plenty of room to host our daughters as well. The 2 bikes have received some welcomed maintenance, and we rode them daily on the beach.

Despite being in a group of 6 similar homes, noise has never been a problem, and neighbors have always been nice.

Hank, the owner, and Shawna, the property manager, are responsive and easy to work with. We're delighted to have found this place!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was very nice - six houses surrounding a pool - beautiful foliage complete privacy

  • 4 of 5

would Take transfer from airport then rent car - depends on your adventure because you could stay without a car - great restaurants within walking distance- water taxi to Tamarindo- we rented car & drove all over - poor signage & poor roads - but a wonderful adventure- seen tons & loved weather and beautiful friendly people!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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It a great spot. We have stayed in the barefoot bungalows on 3 difference trips.

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed in three different bungalows. Casa Mambo was fine. The only criticism we have is the bed is as hard as a rock. We took the cushions from the sitting area and put them on top of the mattress. People around the pool asked us how liked the beds, so obviously it is a common complaint that has not been adressed. We stayed in Casa Charlie last time, they has the same mattresses there as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

CASA MAMBO is located in a small, National Beach Reserve where most of the natural wonders of Costa Rica can be observed and enjoyed. Activities include: Surfing, Fishing, Night tours to the beach to watch Leatherback turtles(600 -1600 lbs) lay eggs, Horseback riding, Zip line repelling, Fiestas in nearby small towns, bird watching, estuary tours, Golfing, white water rafting. Surf shop w/ board rentals and beach w/in 100 meters. Iguanas, parrots, and exotic birds on property. A family of Howler monkeys lives in the area and can usually be heard and seen every few days. An estuary is located close by offering fishing tours, bird watching tours, water taxie rides to Tamarindo (for dining, dancing, gambling, souviners, etc..) and deep sea fishing is available. Volcanic hiking, mud baths, and natural hot springs can be enjoyed within an approx 2 hour drive. We accept all major credit cards.

Other Activities: canopy tours, repelling, bird watching, gamblimg, dancing, sunbathing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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