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Villa Tranquila, Mtn & Ocean Views - Superior Quality and Service

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,875 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bdr/2 ba, full kitchen/furnishings, internet, Sat HDTV, pool, gardens, beach

Welcome to Villa Tranquila where we are celebrating our tenth year of hosting satisfied customers. If this is your first trip to Costa Rica, or you are returning, we offer you exceptional customer service. Beginning with your initial booking we include a variety of recommendations tp help make your stay enjoyable including:

• where to stay upon arrival at the main San Jose Airport (Juan Santamaria Int’l Airport in Alejuela, CR)

• the most reliable and customer-oriented car rental service

• favorite local restaurants, beaches, attractions

• stores, banks, medical services, etc.

Come to Villa Tranquila and experience the famous Osa Peninsula from your own 1875 sq ft Villa!

About the Villa: The Villa, with modern amenities/furnishings and gorgeous views, lies in a gated 'jungle neighborhood' on the hillside of the stunning Ojochal valley. Engage in the true Costa Rica experience, the comfort of quiet neighbors, the security of a gated community, and maintained roads. Enjoy the howler monkeys in the surrounding mountains, or bird-watch from the Villa or on your short walks to breathtaking unobstructed ocean views, and local rivers and streams.

The Villa has high wood ceilings with ceiling fans in every room and zonal air conditioning in each of the four bedrooms. A large open semi-circular living area greets all customers. Off of the semi-circle are the entrances to the bedrooms and one full bathroom. Across from the main seating area four large sliding glass doors lead outside to the gorgeous tropical garden. Beautiful, colorful established native plants and palm trees surround a pool and lounge area with views of lush tropical vegetation, and the “whales tale” of the Marina Ballena bay in the distance. A high mountain behind the Villa contains ”secretive” howler monkeys that call to each other in the morning. The Villa is a bird watchers paradise; toucans, kiskadees, flocks of green parrots, and many others are frequent visitors. The pool has a 'BaduJet Swimjet Treadmill' which creates a current allowing you to swim 'in-place' for exercise, water-play, or massage.

The 'conveniences of the Villa': The kitchen has modern appliances which include a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stove, blender, toaster, garbage disposal, dishwasher, and an Italian brand coffee/expresso/cappuccino maker. The plentiful exotic wood cabinets come appointed with place settings and cookware. A complete laundry room with washer and dryer is on-site. The home also has a new 46' LED Samsung HD television including surround sound in the Great Room, an additional flat screen LED TV in one of the master bedrooms, Satellite TV with 40+ international stations, and a DVD player. The Villa is served by wireless internet and also has an all-in-one printer/scanner available.

The town of Ojochal is five minutes by car from the Villa and offers a world class restaurant (the “Exotica”), authentic French bakery, well-stocked grocery store, and a bar/restaurant frequented by visitors and locals alike. Ojochal is halfway from Dominical and the local Palmar Sur airports.

Between Ojochal and Dominical are at least 6 amazing beaches, with caves, arches, and surfing. The larger town of Uvita is 15 minutes from Ojochal and offers two large continental-type super-markets, three banks with ATM machines, hardware stores, gift shops, a bus stop on the inter-city line, excellent medical and dental care, a visitor's center, and several bar/restaurants.

Or just relax by the Villa pool and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature all around! In the evening enjoy the calm and temperate weather of the outdoors, or the modern 'pleasures' that come with the Villa.

More Details

Alan Hernried (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

About Alan Hernried (Owner)

I grew up in an international family. My first trip to Europe was at the age of 12. At 16, I spent three months traveling by myself, through most of Western and Eastern Europe (before the fall of the Berlin Wall). I’ve lived and studied in France and Spain and am fluent in both languages.

In addition to my international interests, I play the piano and the guitar. I enjoy the ballet as well as the symphony, and currently sing in an auditioned 100 person semi-professional choir that performs in my home's (Eugene, OR) main concert hall.

My educational interests have always been in science and mathematics. I have studied at Dartmouth College; and received B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. degrees in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. I have been a regular faculty member (professorial rank) at the University of Utah and Oregon State University.

A passion of mine has been fine woodworking. My work has been displayed at some of the finest galleries on the west coast and can be seen at

My wife and I are retired, love five children between us, and a grandchild who lights up our lives.

Alan Hernried (Owner) purchased this villa in 2010

Why Alan Hernried (Owner) chose Ojochal

I came to Costa Rica for my first visit relatively late in my life. During that trip, I found what is now 'Villa Tranquila.' I fell in love with both the property, the people, and the country. A truly unique, unspoiled, tropical paradise. A place to 'get away from it all,' return to a slower pace of life and a greater proximity to nature and all that it has to offer

What makes this villa unique

I treat my clients as honored guests, and offer them a 'once in a lifetime' experience. Their enjoyment is my own. I know that you will be thrilled by waking to the calls of howler monkeys or to a cacophony of birds. You’ll savor the temperate year round climate, swimming in the warm, clear ocean at the close unspoiled and unpopulated beaches nearby. At the Villa itself, you can lounge by the pool, watch satellite TV stations with family and friends on the 46' LED HDTV with surround sound at night, surf the wireless internet available on your personal device, or just relax in the luscious gardens and watch the sun set over an unspoiled tropical and ocean vista,. Villa Tranquila is not to be missed.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Palmar Sur
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
San Buenaventura
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Coastal Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Playa Ventana
Car: necessary

The Villa is situated in a gated community nestled in the mountain, with the feel of 'away from it all' and all the modern conveniences of a 'luxury' resort

The Villa is a 15-20 minute drive from Ojochal on asphalt and graded compacted dirt/gravel roads. Ojochal is 30 min south of Dominical, and is known for its impressive views, French influence, world-class international cuisine, and small village lifestyle.

From the Villa, it's about 3 miles to the nearest beach, Playa Ventana, with uninhabited pristine white sands, a protected ocean swimming 'cove', and the temperate waters of the Pacific.Nearby are Marino Ballena National Park with miles of sand beach and swimming, Cano Island Reserve for skin diving and snorkeling, Dominical surf events, close to the Corcovado National Park (the largest and most diverse eco-system in the world), several waterfalls, surf/dive schools, hiking, deep sea fishing, tilapia fishing, diving, horseback riding, ATV rentals, and a zip-line tour!

A 4x4 is recommended, necessary some times during the year.

Other Activities: Zip-line tours

Deep sea fishing

Fresh local seafood

Nearby National Parks

Horseback Tours

Wilderness Tours


Snorkeling, Scuba diving


Ocean swimming

Whale/dolphin watching



Ojochal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1875 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Clients must adhere to terms of Rental Agreement.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sink, wall mounted hair dryer.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Double sink, wall mounted hair dryer
  • Both bathrooms have extra wide doors and two sinks (one sink in each is lower) with usable cabinet space underneath. One bathroom has security bars around the toilet, and a roll-in shower with sprayer, as well. Although the Villa was not built to complete Disabilities Act standards, these features make it possible for people in wheelchairs to enjoy the house. All bathrooms contain GFCI protected outlets (110V which is the standard in Costa Rica) as well as wall mounted hair dryers for your convenience. Of course, all linens and beach towels are provided
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • All mattresses are quality, Sealy-brand mattresses. The Master Bedrooms One and Two have queen beds, while the other two bedrooms have two twin beds. All bedrooms contain zonal air conditioning (restrictions on use of the air conditioners apply – see Rental Agreement). Ceiling fans and ample window ventilation in each room which, combined with the elevation and cooler mountain breezes, generally makes air conditioning optional.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
New zero-gravity lounge chairs for sunbathing in the gardens. No smoking in the Villa or on the grounds. Please leave your pets at home. Maximum size of party is eight or less.


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Villa Tranquila, Mtn & Ocean Views - Superior Quality and Service
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay, especially for family. We had 4 in our group. Villa Tranquilla is well maintained and is located in a very nice gated neighborhood. Sitting by the pool we say parrots, toucans, howler monkeys, coatis, and many beautiful birds. Annoying insects were minimal to none. The neighborhood is quiet, except for the small river you can hear near by. A short walk up the hill provides unbelievable ocean, mountain views. Alan, the owner is quick to respond with any questions or concerns. We stayed a month and were extremely happy with our choice!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exc place to rest and chill

  • 5 of 5

everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Peace, Nature and Adventure

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to stay at Villa Tranquila in Mid-April. The house is located in a secure, gated community. It is beautiful, well planned, very clean and equipped with all the modern conveniences. The grounds are truly stunning, with too many varieties of exotic plants to name. We awoke to the birds singing up the sun each morning and enjoyed sipping coffee poolside. The mountain in back is mesmerizing. The surrounding jungle is home to a troop of howler monkeys that announce their presence in the mornings and evenings. Toucans and macaws fly overhead, while several varieties of hummingbirds visit the abundant flowers. There are many things to do in the area for those visitors who crave adventure and eco-tourism. Don't miss snorkeling Cano Island and hiking the Corcovado. There are also river trips, horseback rides and mangrove tours. We visited at least five beaches, with Playa Pinuela and Playa Ventanas being the favorites. Ojochal is more of a community than a town, with many restaurants tucked away. Definitely stop at the sodas for the traditional meal and a pina naturales. We left with regret and will certainly be back. Thank you, Alan and Terry, for a memorable stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic property,

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 from UK and stayed for 10 days - with two children 19 and 16. The property was ideal for us, very secluded in a gated community in a lovely setting. The villa was very spacious with a large living area and bedrooms were ideal. The villa was incredibly clean and well stocked with towels etc and the kitchen was well equipped to cook regularly if you wanted to. We went out a bit as Ojochal has some great places to eat. The outside area was lovely with a small pool but it was ok for us, we did go in the sea a lot though! Nice to sit outside and listen to the wildlife, an amazing experience. Playa Ventanas was our favourite beach nearby but there are many others and brilliant waterfalls, even the small one in Ojochal. Alan couldn't have been more helpful in the run up to the booking, very friendly, efficient and great at communication, so many thanks to him. He was always willing to give us advice and help make the holiday the best possible. You will need a 4x4 car as the journey up to the villa is quite long and bumpy. The area is so incredibly beautiful we were sad to leave and I would heartily recommend both this villa and the area and people to anybody who wants a first taste of life in Costa Rica. One last thing, we went in the Green season (or wet season) - the best time we think. Beaches are quiet, cafes and restaurants are mostly still open, very few tourists and it the greenery is stunning at this time. Plus water in the waterfalls! Don't worry about the rain, it comes and goes and you still get plenty of sun in the morning and sometimes it doesn't rain at all. You can still go in the sea as its still 28-20 degrees!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A retreat for 5 friends, 50+ new birds, good meals, great tourist access, warm Costa Rican welcome!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled down the coast from San Jose after a restful night with Alegria BnB.

After shopping at the well stocked grocery store in Ojochal on the main road to Villa Tranquila, we were welcomed to the best lodging for a couple and 3 single women. We had a delicious home cooked meal and enjoyed the company of the caretaker and his family. It seemed like home after we awoke at 5am, enjoyed sunrise, bird song and had leisurely breakfast on the patio and started planning our next 6 days in paradise. Long walks around the roads brought the delights of tropical flowers, birds, monkeys and iguanas. Happy in Costa Rica. It was easy to get to shopping, the ocean and a boat trip up the river from Sierpe. Dips in the pool every afternoon and group meals helped 5 friends become better friends.

Thanks for a wonderful first trip to Costa Rica.

I'd recommend to anyone looking for a good place to rest and also have easy access to many Costa Rica memorable sites. Comfortable to either cook at home or have amazingly good food from a variety of fine restaurants within 10 miles. Good walking, great birding, quiet (yearning for luscious monkey calling), comfortable and well furnished.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great vacation. The villa is perfect, clean and well-maintened. Would recommended this property. 4x4 is a must. Owner and manager provide good customer service.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $495
Cleaning Fee $65

Payment of approximately half due at time of booking. Balance due 30 days before scheduled arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund