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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Two level, 4 bedroom beach house, on 1/2 acre lot with private pool

Villa Dos Gatos (House of Two Cats) is fronted by a large teak balcony featuring two hammocks + 4 person dining table - this is the signature location of the house with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The main living area of the house is located on the upper level; at this level the ocean-view presents itself from all points in the open-concept kitchen, dining and living room areas. Vaulted ceilings, teak beams and numerous windows enhance this area with abundant light and air. The kitchen is well equipped with coffee maker, toaster, pots & pans, cutlery, dishes, glasses, blender, electric stove and fridge. For indoor dining a lunch bar separates the kitchen and living room - there are 6 bar-height, teak chairs. Behind the house is the private pool and rancho with propane and charcoal bar-b-ques; a bar in the rancho offers an outside dining option near the pool.

The yard features a huge mango tree, almond tree, numerous palms and other tropical plants.

Beach, Ocean and Weather are the main attractions at Isla Palo Seco; they are spectacular! Isla Palo Seco is a barrier island, essentially a sand spit, that extends 8 km in length. The sand beach extends the entire length of the Island on the ocean-facing side; approximately 8 km of palm-lined, pristine beach. The ocean water is warm, surprisingly warm. Waves are constant; they are a surfer/boogie boarder's dream. At Dos Gatos we have 3 surf boards (2 long boards and 1 short board) and 4 boogie boards for our guests to use. At high or low tide the beach is breathtaking but if you want to walk the beach low tide is best. At low tide the ocean recedes to uncover a flat, sand strip that extends for more than half of the 100 or so metres between the water and the beach grass and palms. This flat sand is firm and a pleasure to walk. The beach is never crowded with people. Except for weekends and holidays when Tico (Costa Rican) families gather at the beach, it is almost deserted. I once walked the entire length of the Island and encountered only 3 people! The estero located on the back side of the island is extensive and it known for its fishing and sight seeing.

The weather between December 1 and May 1 (summer) is predictable; except for the occasional rainfall in the evening or night - average daytime high temp is 33 c under clear skies and average nighttime lows are 21 c. Even in the green season there is sun on most days from early morning to early afternoon when the clouds roll in with late afternoon showers - the average temps vary only slightly.

There are several very good restaurants on the beach: 'Mar Y Sol' is a restaurant/bar with relaxed atmosphere and good food, 'Beso Del Viento' offers French quesine by reservation, 'Hotel La Isla' has an extensive menu and the newest resort on the Island 'Clandestino Resort' and "Coco Mar" (newest restaurant on the beach) offer more upscale dining at reasonable prices.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Downing
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Peter Downing

We are a Brady Bunch type family - we have 6 adult children between us and 10 grandchildren - this is our family vacation home! The house was designed to accommodate large groups - if the group is larger than this house can accommodate there are nearby over-flow options.

Peter Downing purchased this house in 2012

Why Peter Downing chose Parrita

We were initially attracted to the tropics by the beaches, palm trees and warm breezes. We chose Costa Rica for our vacation home because of its stable government and relative safety - we were attracted to La Isla Palo Seco in particular because of the pristine quiet beach. This is not the place to go for the night life - but if you are looking for a tropical paradise this fits the bill - the house is big enough for family vacations or groups who wish to vacation together with private pool and an essentially private beach! Sunset watching is very popular here - sunsets are different every day and they can be quite spectacular. As you end your day on the balcony (perhaps with a favorite beverage) you will be serenaded by the sounds of the ocean, the breeze in the palms and the cheeping of the geckos - enjoy.


Parrita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 bathrooms - one up and one down (each bathroom has toilet, sink and shower - there is also an outside shower for washing off sand and salt from the ovean
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
  • 4 bedrooms are air conditioned and they have ceiling fans - in one bedroom is a bunkbed with Queen mattress on bottom and single on top - the 3 other bedrooms are equipped with 2 twin beds in each - when they are placed together they produce a king size bed or they can be split into two singles depending on preference.
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Excellent, Affordable Beach Home For A Group

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 7 Americans (USA) who stayed here for a week, and loved every minute of it. This is a very nice house, and so close to the beach. Peter does a fantastic job prepping you for the stay, including directions, things to see near and far, and especially the recommendation of Mar y Sol, the little beach bar and grill down the road. Yours truly and some other members of our intrepid group spent an inordinate amount of time down there, chatting up Pablo and slaking our thirst

Some of us had been zip-lining a few times previously, but they all agreed that Pablo's canopy tour was the best they had been on. And very close by as well.

If there was anything negative to say about the house or property, your faithful reviewer would not conceal it from you. It is comfortable, has a well equipped kitchen for meal preparation, 2 martini glasses, excellent pool, gas grill, even had a refrigerator upstairs and downstairs! You should strongly consider Villa Dos Gatos if you want to visit Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words - we love this place so it is always rewarding to hear when our guests have felt the same way about their stay - Peter
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Amazing country. Breath taking nature, beautiful people and property.

  • 5 of 5

This house was so quiet and the private beach and swimming pool were really great! The house was comfortable, spacious, very well finished & very well kept. We loved the fact that we were out away from everyone, yet still close to Parita.

I only have a couple minor suggestions for the house & that would be for some more furniture, or shelving in the bedrooms so you could un-pack your bags more, a bit nicer towels for showering. Also, to have some more microvaveable dishes and bowls in the kitchen, along with some measuring spoons and cups would've been nice so we could've done more cooking and/or baking.

Overall the house was amazing and the next time we come to Costa Rica we will be giving Peter a call!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Eric for the kind words and suggestions - they are helpful - we actually have already purchaced new towels and some new bedding which will be going with us on our next trip in October - we will also look at the other suggestions especially extra shelving in bedrooms - if you ever wish to return you will be most welcome - Peter
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Beautiful, secluded, I didn't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 loved this spot! It's well located, a reasonable drive to many attractions but still private enough to have long stretches of beach to yourself. Stephanie and Peter have covered every last detail for you, their notes were essential reading for getting the most out of our time there. Absolutely recommend this wonderful property!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review - Stephanie and I love it there too - we will continue to try to make it as perfect as possible - Peter
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed 1 week and had everything we needed. Plenty of towels, dishes, pans, etc. Bugs didn't bother us- we needed more sunscreen than bug spray! The tours we did were fabulous- Discovery Horse Tours is the best- she knows what she is doing and the horses are very behaved and well cared for! We learned a lot and we own 2 horses! The zip line tour was the Adveture Tours where you take a team up and zip down- my 20 year old daughter did it with me and it was very professional and safe- a double zip line with 3 clips holding you on and they stop you- fantastic!! We visited the Pura Vida Garden and it was beautiful! The beach is amazing and right across the street- we loved drinking coffee on the balcony and gazing at the ocean. The iguanas are so adorable and have fun personalities- I believe they enjoyed us too:)!! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your kind words - greatly appreciated! - Peter
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Off the beaten path paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Peter was a breeze to work with; very nice, accommodating, and informative. Let us know what to expect at every point of our trip and made us feel welcom. We loved this house off the beaten path in the middle of paradise. Here are a couple things we liked and a couple things we were surprised by:

Pros: The house is perfect. The pool is refreshing and a nice break from the afternoon heat (traveled in late January). The A/Cs in the bedrooms worked perfectly. The surf boards and boogie boards are very nice and amazing to use each morning (even has a umbrella and travel cooler to take over to the beach). The beach is totally your own with good surfing options for beginners. There is no TV but he does have a nice projector to use. The waterproof Bluetooth speaker he lets us use is also very nice. He recently installed a safe that made things feel very secure. The wildlife is fun, we saw beautiful Macaws most every morning and afternoon. You can also get fresh shrimp delivered to the house, which was fun and delicious.

Surprises: There is either a wedding venue or the neighbors just decided to have a reception/wedding next door (next door is relative since there is vacant land all around the property). The wedding happened one night we were there, and its nothing against the house, but the party was VERY loud and lasted most of the night. Was a big surprise from the otherwise very secluded and quiet life at Dos Gatos.

Most places take american dollars so we didnt feel the need for exchanging. But a surprising amount of places did not take credit either. So travel accordingly.

There are a lot of options for dining and purchasing groceries in Parrita, so we didnt end up feeling the need to stop in Jaco (other than saying we were able to see Jaco).

I would totally recommend Dos Gatos to any traveler looking to get an authentic Costa Rica experience of Pura Vida!! People looking for quiet, relaxing, off the beaten path adventure.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the nice words about our house - we feel the same about it - the Macaws are an added attraction that we have never seen at Isla Palo Seco prior to our trip in January - we hope they stay - the wedding next door was actually a family wedding that had been planned for some time but we thought that it was going to happen when we were there earlier in January - I should have mentioned/warned you about it - my apologies - Peter
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We rented Dos Gatos over the Christmas week and had a wonderful time experiencing Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

First, Peter was very easy to work with and responded to my emailed questions quite quickly. Second, the house is very nice. Lastly, the home sits on a nice yard right on the Pacific Ocean w/great view. The home was clean and comfortable and as described/shown in the photos. Peter & Stephanie have done a tremendous job ensuring just about everything you need is available in the home (coffee pots, pots/pans, beach towels etc.). In addition to having a well-stocked home, they’ve done a very good job giving instructions on how to enjoy your time there. This included restaurant recommendations, information on local attractions like the farmer’s market, fishing, and so on, and even how best to manage the bugs that inhabit the beach (no see ums). During the evening of our arrival Peter called to answer any questions we may have had after getting settled. In addition, Peter & Woody were very helpful and responsive to our needs – for example they helped us find a Catholic Church for Christmas mass.

Some of the activities we did during our visit was the Tres Piscinas Waterfalls, Manuel Antonio National Park, farmers market in Quepos, and Biesanz Beach. I think we all agreed that they Tres Piscinas was the highlight of our trip. Restaurants in the area we ate at were Mar y Sol (decent) and Soda Los Tucanes (very good!). We also picked up meat at a couple different carnicerias in Parrita which were very good, as well as the small bakery in town. I would recommend that you venture into this little town and walk around. While it looks a little rough we found it was pretty typical for Costa Rica and the stores and merchants were quite helpful given our limited Spanish. The Maxi Pali in Parrita was quite good and had essentially everything you need under one roof. This store is owned by Wal Mart so picture that on a smaller scale. The only criticism I have is that the 2nd story of the home gets quite warm if you are gone during the day and close up the windows - however it wasn't unbearable. Perhaps a fan that could be put by the back door balcony to pull in cool evening air and move out the warm air would help? Fortunately the A/C units in the bedrooms cool the bedrooms down very quickly (5-10 minutes) making them very comfortable for sleeping.

Overall our experience here was excellent and we certainly recommend the Villa Dos Gatos – thank you Peter & Stephanie!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Peter - thank you very much for your kind comments - on our last trip (October 2016) the two floor fans that we had quit on us (salt air is very hard on electric/electronic devices) - I thought that I would see how it goes without having portable fans to supplement the ceiling fans - I shouldn't have done that - at times it can be hot and the extra fans help to move the air around - I will purchace replacements before I leave for home - Peter
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
San Jose
Car: necessary

on the back side of the Isla is and extensive estuary; (fishing and touring is available - Manuel Antonio National Park is located 30 km away; with jungle trails, beautiful protected beaches for swimming and snorkling - Jaco is 45 kms away; a surfer town with extensive tourist services - deep sea fishing is available out of Quepos (25 km away) or Herradura (50 km away) - horseback riding is available right on the beach - whitewater rafting can be arranged by our property manager - Sky Mountain zip-lining is about 20 minutes away with the longest lines in Costa Rica and spectacular views of the Parrita River valley




Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.