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Playa Grande Beach House Pool Surf 3 Bed 2 bath 2 bikes 2 surf + Boogie boards

Bedrooms 3
Space 0 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Bedrooms 3, Bathrooms 2, Sleeps 6 Sparkling Pool 2 Bikes Surfboards Boogie board

Casa Pelicano is a gorgeous beach home within the gated community of Palm Beach Estates, Playa Grande, Costa Rica.

Privately owned, owner managed and owner maintained this exclusive 3 bedrooms 2 bath pool home is a magical find. The Casa is literally 200 steps from the front door to the beach sand where you can stroll, surf, or bike ride along the 3 km long horseshoe surfing bay of Playa Grande.

As owners, we are fortunate to have been able to personally create and design Casa Pelicano using our own artwork and craftsman skills making use of the beautiful indigenous woods, driftwood, shells, canvasses and all natures findings to complement and complete our home.

The Indoor Space:

A Tropical Beachside home within a stone’s throw of the best surf and sunsets in Costa Rica focused on open plan living spaces. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms include Master Bedroom ensuite with King size bed that opens onto the pool side patio through its own private double glass doorway, the second bedroom with Queen bed also opening up onto the poolside patio through glass private glass doorway with adjacent separate bathroom, and the third bedroom with double bed.

All linens are provided which include high-end bed linen, bath towels, and beach towels. Housekeeping is available on request. A private laundry including washer and dryer extends off the kitchen for days when you prefer to do extra cleaning of your own.

The kitchen includes a large counter top gas stove and oven which is simply the best to cook on. It is built into a kitchen island extending into a long bar counter which is perfect for having the family and friends sit around whilst designing fabulous drinks and smoothies using the blender or cooking fresh fish which we can organize delivered to your front door.

To add the kitchen is well equipped with top end cookware, microwave, dishwasher, high-end coffee machine, extra large fridge freezer and exceptionally large counter top spaces ideal for entertaining or those that love to cook. Foodies always comment on how they love the kitchen!

The living room has a sociable open setting that is incorporated so that during meal preparation or cocktail hour everyone can enjoy each others company whilst taking in the outdoor view. Flat screen TV with Cable TV Network, board games, etc will keep you entertained when you need a reprieve from the outdoors.

High-Speed WIFI throughout. Even good enough for Netflix!

The Outdoor Space:

The private garden oasis is the showcase of the home boasting the swimming pool draped with lush flora and fauna that words cannot describe. The fruit trees of coconut, guava, banana, papaya, line the property enticing our treasured visits from howler monkeys, squirrels, hummingbirds, lizards, birds of prey, possum, ant eaters, wild green parrots almost daily.

The large spacious undercover patio wraps around the whole front of the casa overlooking the private pool. A great resting zone, entertaining or social hour retreat.

Complimenting the outdoor living we have a charcoal BBQ with convenient utility table for setting out your prepped food as you cook, large handmade chunky dining table with cozy reading and reflection corner scattered with bright throw pillows. Pool loungers skirt the pool edges with comfy cushions allowing for hours of lazing, dipping in and out the pool. Pool side rocking chairs too….literally why not?? People love them. Morning coffee in a rocking chair works for everyone young and old!

We provide beach chairs, beach umbrella, two beach cruiser bicycles, two smaller size learner surfboards. So for beach time you are set. If you need to rent more surfboards or would like surf lessons we can arrange it all for you. Additionally, for any tours and activities, shuttle transfers, car rentals etc we have people on the ground we have worked with for years and would prefer if you make use of our contacts so we always know you are in good hands.

The Surroundings and Location

The house is located in the community Palm Beach Estates which consists of approximately 200 homes. We are 45 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and 35 minutes drive or quick ferry ride from Tamarindo.

We have 4 local restaurants all of which have their own bars as well the 4th is breakfast and lunch only at the beach access. We have a local mini supermarket, fresh fruit and veggie truck that passes by, local fish vendor delivers upon request, and local community member is a German pastry chef husband and wife team that make baked goods to order delivered to your door.

We are a 15 minute walk South to the estuary edge that separates us from Tamarindo town. The estuary ferry boats operate on demand from sunset to sunrise and will transfer you for a dollar per person for a quick 5 minute ride to get across to Tamarindo. Tamarindo has plenty more to see for those that like tourist activities but you will find a day or two at most will more than certainly be enough and you’ll be thankful you are able to return to your quiet haven of Palm Beach.

Playa Grande town is 2 miles drive down a dirt road or 20 minutes beach walk North from Palm Beach Main Entrance.

As a community we have our own privately contracted security team that work onsite at the gated entrance and also patrolling the streets from sunset to sunrise daily. The security team are non-invasive but present and have proven to be a great compliment to the neighborhood security watch system already in place. All the home owners in the community are well connected and are super helpful when needed.

We also have a beachside clinic with doctors on call for those that are concerned about traveling with medical conditions or otherwise.

As owners we live in the properties neighboring casita so are available to assist in emergencies and otherwise check in with our guests every day or so by text message so as not to invade your privacy.

We have made countless friends with guests who have stayed with us and have many repeat clients

What you’ll love

Morning coffee sometimes completely empty but never crowded beach. You can sit on a drift wood log and enjoy peace and tranquility like few places left on earth today.

You’ll love the fresh fish deliveries.

You’ll love the garden with wildlife. Its truly a spectacular part of the property everyone talks about.

You’ll love the privacy of the home as if in its own private jungle oasis.

You’ll love the attention to detail, service and top notch condition of the home. We pride ourselves in keeping it perfect.

You’ll love that the house and pool are clean and sparkling.

Come enjoy Casa Pelicano. We can pretty much guarantee you will fall in love with this home, its location, and surroundings. It will sneak in and touch your heart!

Pura Vida

Kim and Hazel


More Details

Hazel Swart
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Hazel Swart

We are an adventurous couple who left South Africa 17 years ago sailing in a yacht that we built ourselves. After living for a period in San Pedro Belize the call of the ocean surf in Costa Rica persuaded us to make Costa Rica Playa Grande our home. After having fun renovating Casa Pelicano and once the children and grandchildren moved away we decided to enter the holiday rental market to allow us the freedom to continue our travels when it suited us.

Hazel Swart purchased this house in 2010

What makes this house unique

A little piece of paradise..

Casa Pelicano is steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Low tide offers the most magnificent beach walk's /runs all the way to Tamarindo Estuary in the South or past Playa Ventana in the North. Keep your eyes open for baby turtles that might have just hatched and are heading to the ocean. For the surfers make sure your board is waxed before high tide. When you have had enough of the sun and the beach come home to our tropical paradise and laze in the pool or on the pool loungers. The porch is large and gives you enough shade or sunshine. Bird watchers we have plenty to see (even a set of binoculars) Explore Playa Grande on the 2 beach cruisers. Cycle to Rip Jack Inn for early morning Yoga.

Casa Pelicano is ideally situated to enjoy the benefits of Tamarindo via a short water ferry ride or the peace and tranquility of Palm Beach and Playa Grande. The best of both worlds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great location, away from Tamarindo but close enough for convenience. We had the amazing beach all to ourselves, the pool was perfect for cooling off, the bikes were fabulous, and the cool a/c was welcomed. It was a quiet perfect location for my family, including 3 children 6-12 and mother-in-law.
Oct 2017
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Palm Beach Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 0 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Casa Pelicano facilities including surfboards bikes and boogie boards are for the exclusive use of our paying guests. Damages will be charged for.
  • Casa Pelicano is furnished and equipped for groups of 6 adults max. We do not allow parties events or loud music. We request quiet time after 10 pm
  • A cleaning levy of $200 will be charged when necessary.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , ensuite to Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Master Bedroom with King Bed and Second Bedroom with Queen Bed both open on to the pool deck. Third bedroom has a double bed.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Playa Grande Beach House Pool Surf 3 Bed 2 bath 2 bikes 2 surf + Boogie boards
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 48 reviews
Originally from Canada, now lives in Phoexix, AZ

Perfect everything

  • 5 of 5

Casa Pelicano is a perfect place to spend a day, week or month. So close to the beach, great places to eat or short walk/water taxi to Tamarindo.

Hazel made our stay easy by making sure everything was okay for us. The house is so well equipped, it has everything you will need. The pool was delightful to cool us down after a long walk on the beach.

We ate at Bulla Bulla a couple of nights and left there happy and with a full stomach. The Rip Jack Inn was also a great spot to eat and have fun.

We would highly recommend Casa Pelicano to everyone!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Wayne we loved having you and so appreciate the great care you took of Casa Pelicano. Welcome back anytime. Hazel
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New York City and Heath, MA

Relaxing, lovely home

  • 5 of 5

Hazel and her husband Kim made our stay at their house thoroughly enjoyable: relaxing, good beds, well-stocked kitchen, lovely garden and pool and just a short five-ten minute walk to the beach with tons of towels, beach chairs, boogie boards, surf boards, bikes. They also helped us with excursions - especially loved the boat ride with skipper/guide up the estuary.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing Casa Pelicano. Immaculate and tastefully furnished. Really is just steps away from the beach. Watch the amazing sunsets - take the beach chairs provided with a few beers and enjoy the spectacular colors. Complimentary boogie boards and bikes were used every day.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Pelicano/Playa Grande

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed for six nights at Casa Pelicano. It was everything we hoped for. Good reviews were helpful and accurate. We enjoyed the setting, privacy, location to beach, outdoor shower/pool, cleanliness, and Hazel's extremely helpful information prior to arrival and while we were there.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Pelicano more than exceeded our expectations. We wish we were still there! The house is immaculate and comfortable. Great appliances and comfy beds. The pool was the perfect place to relax and the outside table was great for playing cards. At night there were more stars in the sky than we could count! Quick walk to the beach. Highly recommend Kike’s and the wil-mart down the road (ask about their fresh cuts of meat). We fell in love with Costa Rica eight years ago and Casa Pelicano captures the beauty and magic therein. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us. We really appreciate you leaving the casa in immaculate condition. Please come and visit us again. Hazel + Kim
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Chevy Chase

Comfortable, lovely decor, spotlessly clean, close to beach

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable beds. South African inspired decor is gorgeous including the art of the incredibly talented owner (Hazel). Open home environment with the center of the house opening out to lush garden with glorious pool and outdoor dining area. Incredibly clean. 2-3 minute walk to a fabulous beach. My kids LOVED going to the beach at 6am and back at 4pm for more surfing until beautiful sunset. I enjoyed walking down the beach (when the tide was low) after 9:30am. Great restaurants in the neighborhood. No need to drive into another area. If you choose to go Tamarindo the water taxi is lovely and convenient. Many activities to explore if you want to adventure out of the community.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tamarindo Estuary
Hotel RipJack Inn
Restaurante-Pizzería el Huerto de Playa grande
Bahia de los Piratas
Frijoles Locos Surf Shop and Apartments
Las Catalinas
Nearest Barpub
Seven Restaurant Hotel Cantarana Bula Bula
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Tamarindo Ferry
Nearest Beach
Palm Beach
Car: not necessary

Marine ParkTurtle & Estuary Tours Zip LipLining

Yachtsunset cruises/snorkelling


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

No refunds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund