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DREAM VACATION HOME, steps to ocean, maid, linens, pool, gated parking, wifi, ac

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Oceanfront Home, Steps to Beach, Sleeps max 13, 4bd, daily maid, linens, gated

Welcome to our home, CASA COSTA PALMERA, steps away from the Pacific Ocean on the wonderful sands of Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Nestled in the coconut palm trees, built on the sands of the beach, Casa Costa Palmera (sleeps 13) is a vacation home that will leave you breathless. Travel + Leisure Magazine rated Playa Grande in the top 30 as one of the best beaches on earth. Casa Costa Palmera just so happens to be exactly 40 paces away from where the picture were taken for the magazine. Swim and surf right outside the house. NO volcanic rock obstructions which limit water activities at other nearby beaches. We are located in Playa Grande 200 meters north of the Hotel Las Tortugas.

Costa Palmera has one of the best beachfront views on the entire coast. Whether you are coming to the gorgeous Central American country of Costa Rica for a great adventure or to get away from it all, we can accommodate you. The amazing hand crafted woodwork and the beautiful white granite counter tops inside this 4 bedroom beach home will truly make you feel like you are on a vacation for the memories. Our home has a privately built-in swimming pool consisting of a swim up bar for the ones looking to lounge. Excellent maid service is included daily. We provide linens and beach/bath towels.

Cooking is available at an additional cost. Theo, a private masseuse can be hired and massages performed on the premises.

Unlike many vacation properties, Costa Palmera is open and airy, doused with a contemporary touch in the interior of the home. This 4-bedroom beach house has furnishings in every room, along with state of the art air conditioning in all rooms. The kitchen and dining room face out towards the ocean leaving for an alluring view of the Pacific Ocean and magnificent sunsets at dusk. The house is equipped with wifi, making it possible for one to accomplish their daily tasks at work while basking in the sun and enjoying their tropical get away.

Also known as Las Baulas National Marine Park, Playa Grande is a sanctuary for the leatherback turtles whom every year return to the shoreline to lay their eggs. Because the beachfront is nationally protected, it is one of the cleanest beaches in the country. The shoreline is also relatively flat, making for a great place to take your shoes off and go for an evening walk after dinner. Whether you’re on a honeymoon or a surprise birthday vacation, Costa Palmera is fully equipped.

Known for its consistent world-class surf, Playa Grande is a surfer’s paradise. The winds are frequently off shore making for well-shaped waves and great surf. Unlike many prestigious surf breaks, the flat, sand-bottomed beach of Playa Grande makes it possible for surfers of all skill levels to have a great time. Surf lessons are just a phone call away right out in front of the villa.

There are a few boogie boards at the house.

The things to do are left to the imagination to explore, including golfing, horseback riding, rain forest excursions, volcano tours, ATVing, fishing, sailing, and much more.

With the Playa Flamingo to the north and the quaint beach town of Tamarindo a few miles to the south, Playa Grande is at the epicenter of the Guanacaste. Tamarindo has a great nightlife on weekends and is a great place to have lively evening with friends and family. There are a few family owned restaurants near Costa Palmera, along with a fully equipped surf shop to rent surf boards and/or purchase apparel and many other items.

Master Bedroom: King Size bed, bath, shower and bathroom

Bedroom 2: Queen Sized bed, shower and bathroom

Bedroom 3: Queen sized bed, shower and bathroom

Bedroom 4: 2 Queen beds, 1 full, 1 twin, shower and bathroom

Included in the rental rate is all fees, wireless Internet, maid service, and nightly security.

Keywords: beachfront, world-class surf

sandy beach, playa grande, vacation in paradise, exotic get away, small private pool, baulas national park, leatherback turtles, handicap friendly, kid friendly, maid service, single level, A/C

bedrooms, cooking available, 4 bedroom rental, beachfront villa, sunset views

More Details

Shawna Mullen
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Shawna Mullen

Traveled to Costa Rica in June 2003. I was overwhelmed by the many different adventures in various diverse regions of the country. I decided to purchase in Playa Grande because I find this to be one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots in the world.

Shawna Mullen purchased this house in 2005

Why Shawna Mullen chose Playa Grande Estates

This property offers a comfortable, relaxing, private, beachfront location. I love all the natural wood in the house, the sounds of native birds and the smell and sound of the salty ocean.

What makes this house unique

Private gates, indigenous woods used throughout the home, pool. Our staff, Maria and Orlando have been with us since owned and they are terrific. Shawna, our property manager will take care of our clients needs from airport pickups to and from the house, car rental, stocking the refrigerator with food and beverages before arrival, scheduling excursions, restaurant reservations, messages as well as surf lessons in front of the house and more. Our house and amazing staff bring many clients back every year.

Perfect for family reunions, girls and guys getaways, honeymoon, wedding, executive retreats, surfing vacations, etc. All ages will enjoy.


Playa Grande Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Each bedroom has its own bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Room sleeps 7. Perfect for a family/kids.
  • King size beds (1) One king bed in master suite, Queen size Beds (2) Two queens, Double Beds (2) Two double *Note, one bedroom sleeps 7. We have so many families who asked for more beds this was our accommodation to all the requests. It is tight for 7 but perfect for families with many kids or a room for the kids to stay together.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private gated entry, full bathrooms and a/c in every bedroom suite, in ground pool with built in stools, shaded oceanfront porch, daily maid service, safe box, outdoor shower and BBQ, two bicycles, hammocks at the house too. Cooking, babysitting, massage available for additional fees. Shawna, our property manager offers concierge services. We always get asked about tipping the staff, Maria and Orlando. Suggested tipping rate, (optional) $5-$20 per day. Please give tips to each staff member individually. Again, no obligation.


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DREAM VACATION HOME, steps to ocean, maid, linens, pool, gated parking, wifi, ac
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 30 reviews

Pura Vida Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Playa Grande after vacationing in the Nosara region for the past six years. My husband wanted a house right on the beach and Casa Costa Palmera definitely delivered! After reading the fabulous reviews, I booked two weeks via Shawna Mullen, the property manager. She was fantastic through the whole process, answering any questions promptly, setting up our transportation, arranging massages with Teo, meals with Maria, to greeting us at the house when we arrived.

The house is GORGEOUS and kept immaculate thanks to Maria. Everyone had their own spacious bedroom and private bathroom. A huge plus!

The beach is a national park, very pristine. Loved taking early morning walks and watching the local fishermen reel in their catch. It is a surfing beach so those with young children will have to be aware of the large waves and powerful surf during certain times of the day. That being said, there were many local families with children who enjoyed the beach daily. We all loved boogie boarding in the surf (boards provided). FUN! The rangers make sure everyone is off the beach around 7 pm because it is a nesting ground for turtles. I'm not sure if this is year round or just the time frame we were there. Wasn't a problem if you are respectful of the rangers and stay on the beach right in front of the property's fence.

Security: Orlando and Harold took great care of us during our stay. It was reassuring knowing they were on watch throughout the night with Orlando's two friendly dogs on guard for added security. It was if the dogs knew they were there to look over us. *The Costa Rican people are some of the warmest and kindest people we have ever met. However, like anywhere in the world, there can always be "bad apples'. We always feel safe in Costa Rica but this was an added bonus having security as part of the package. The area is quiet, residential and safe.

Favorite restaurants in walking distance: Hotel Las Tortugas-loved Irene the waitress, the sashimi, black bean soup and mojitos! Rip Jack's Inn, Kike's Place (great local food!) & El Huerto for pizza. Frijole's Locos Surf shop delivered our surf boards and corn hole game. Ask for Omar.

Get a massage by Teo! We all agreed BEST EVER!

Maria: The sweetest! Just wonderful! The meals she prepared were OUTSTANDING. Top notch housekeeper as well. We were sure to show our appreciation ($$) for all staff at the end of our stay.

Made new friendships and sweet memories. Thank you

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

It would be very hard to beat the location of this beautiful home. You look right out onto the beach. With several restaurants within walking distance.

The bogey boarding is fantastic right in front of the home. Watching sunsets every day from in front of the house was amazing and memorable.

The care takers kept the house clean and the place guarded at all times.

We will go back, hopefully soon.

Phil and Joanne

Golden, CO

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As owners of Casa Costa Palmera we are so pleased to hear you want to come back down and stay at our house.Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your stay and how well our staff took care of you. It’s very important that all of us. Jim, Chris, and Sue
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The house was very comfortable and location was great!!

  • 5 of 5

We were there for a surf trip for my son’s 21st birthday. We enjoyed our stay!! Great weather, beautiful people, and quaint area with cool restaurants. Maria took great care of us too!!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, beautiful, well maintained home!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Cost Palmera. The house is clean, well decorated and well maintained. The photos are accurate on VRBO- something we found not to be true of another property we stayed at in Playa Grande. We were traveling with a 6 month old and a 2 year old, and the house was perfect for them, and for us! Maria and Orlando were wonderful, we had Maria cook every night we were there- She prepared great Costa Rican dishes each night! Shawna was on top of everything. She checked in regularly to make sure everything was going well and was incredibly prompt with returning emails. You cant beat Playa Grande in terms of a beach, and this house and it's setting is a great way to experience this beach! We would rent this again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tammy, So glad you had a great vacation at the house. We hope you’ll come back down and stay at the house. We have a growing list of returners. Thanks again for taking the time to submit a review on our beach home. Chris Allen
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25th Wedding Anniversary in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Don't know that I can find the words to describe how special Casa Palmera and Costa Rica are. It's almost like being in the movie lost or Jurassic Park because its truly majestic. We flew to Liberia airport and Shawna arranged for a transport to the house. Transport was a nice air conditioned van and was $85 dollars and we gave a $30 tip. The driver stopped at a store so we could pick up a few things. We opted to pay to have Maria cook breakfast lunch and dinner so she did all the food shopping and we just paid for the food and her preparation fee. Her food was amazing and we were very happy we did that. We loved Maria, she is very kind and was very accommodating. She prepared all of our meals, did the dishes, laundry, made our beds and kept the house neat and tidy. She speaks Spanish so we used our google translator and had no trouble at all communicating with her. We had 3 couples and each couple tipped Maria at the end of the week. We arranged our entire trip thru Shawna and she was very patient and responsive. We emailed more questions than the average traveler would and she was very professional and informative. She speaks both Spanish and English and this helped us when we wanted to make reservations or book excursions and the person on the other line only spoke Spanish. Shawna took care of this for us. The house is set up perfectly with each of the 4 bedrooms having their own bathroom. They also provide beach towels, hair dryers and purified water. You are literally 5-10 steps to the beach. The beach is enormous, with beautiful rock formations, tide pools, shells and a black sand beach a short walk away. The water is warm in the ocean and we had the beach practically to ourselves. There may have been 15 people on the entire beach during the weekday and that included the 6 of us. The sunsets were unreal!!! There is a woman who sets up a tent daily on the beach to provide massages. It was $45 1/2 hr and $60 hr deep tissue. She was very good! Our pool was private and great at night after the hot sun. Hotel Tortugas was a short walk down the street and had good food and amazing mango Margarettas. We went there for happy hour and appetizers and liked it a lot. We rented a car and were happy we did that. Driving on Costa Rica was fine. Recommend paying for insurance coverage Though to be safe. Went to Buena Vista Lodge for mud bath, hot springs, & zip lining and loved it. Don't hesitate booking this property, it's fantastic!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write an amazing review and share your experiences. We hope you’ll come back and stay at the house. Pura Vida, Christine Allen
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Wonderful 40th Anniversary Family Celebration!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from our great vacation in this home. We were there a week and all 10 of us could have stayed much longer!! The location of Casa Palmeras is perfect for getting away from the busyness of our lives. We took walks on the beach daily and spent lots of time looking for shells, crabs and fish in the tide pools close to the house. It was a dream come true to be able to look at the ocean from the dining room table and living room. Our grandkids really enjoyed the swimming pool when they got tired of the beach. We had Maria cook several meals for us. She is a great cook and tried hard to be accommodating for several family members' food allergies. We always felt safe at night with Orlando guarding the house. The house manager, Shawna, always answered our myriad of questions very quickly. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with beautiful people.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Hotel Tortugas
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Hotel Tortugas
Car: recommended

Nature lover's delight. Located in the Las Baulas National Park famous for the nesting grounds of the giant leatherback turtles (Oct - March), nearby canopy tours, kayaking in the estuary, snorkel, diving and hiking, step out the back door onto our world famous surfing beach and relax and enjoy.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fee groups over 10/week $300

$300 fee added to groups larger than 10.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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