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UNIQUE, DISTINCTIVE BEACHFRONT HOME- COSTA RICA

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Located 10 steps from our property is the tropical beach of Esterillo Oeste.

Casa Sirena ( The Mermaid's House)

Located just 10 steps from our property is the quiet and secluded beach of Esterillos Oeste. All of the wood work in our beach house is handcrafted from tropical hardwoods. To protect the forests we use only timber from fallen trees. All countertops and sinks were hand built from colored concrete. The house is two stories with all of the bedrooms upstairs. Casa Sirena has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms have a queen sized bed and the largest bedroom has an additional single bed. Two bedrooms upstairs share one large bathrooms, each with it's own entrance. There is abundant closet and drawer space. The linens and mattresses are of the highest quality. Each bedroom has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. With the windows open, you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea.

There is a small office downstairs that has a single bed also with air conditioning.

Downstairs is the kitchen / dining room and living room area which is spacious and comfortable

The full kitchen is equipped with appliances and everything one would need to prepare meals. There The dining room table seats 12 comfortably. There are several secure drawers with locks in which valuables may be stored.

There is a flat screen cable TV, wireless internet and a DVD player.

With the downstairs doors open you have a perfect view of the coconut palms on the beach. The downstairs also has air conditioning and fans. There is a fully equipped laundry room just off of the kitchen.

Outside there is a small pool and a covered rancho with a sink and simple barbecue. This is a fun social area and very easy and convenient. Lounging in the pool sipping marguerites you can listen to the waves of the ocean and squawks of the scarlet macaws roosting and eating in the nearby trees. Butterflies flutter and iguanas sun on the trees. Sometimes when the mangos are ripe the white faced capuchin monkeys come to feast. Palm trees are everywhere giving shade and fresh coconuts for coco water (agua de pipa) and coconut meat whenever you wish.

A caretaker and his family live on the property. He is also a fisherman who brings in the catch of the day which you can buy and cook fresh for dinner. If you want a very typical Costa Rican experience you can go out fishing with him in his fishing boat.

Our house (Casa Sirena ) is perfect for a large family or a group of friends or just a quiet getaway for a couple or small family. It is also great for entertaining.

Esterillos beach is a very quiet and secluded local beach far from the over developed tourist spots. It can be perfect for surfing and boogie boarding and at other times great for swimming and playing in the water.

It is a long and beautiful beach . You can walk for miles in either direction. Close by on the beach there are many large tide pools perfect for children (and adults) to swim in , snorkel or just relax and watch the ocean and sunset.These were formed by lava overflow and you may also find some fossils and shells (and maybe some monkeys) beach combing. There is a majestic bronze mermaid statue right on the beach of Esterillos Oeste that has become an icon of the wonderful Esterillos Oeste.

Esterillos Oeste is only 1 1/2 -2 hours drive from the airport on the Central Pacific coast , Although Esterillos Oeste is a small, and typical village on a tranquil beach , it is just 20 minutes South of the beach town of Jaco which has casinos, restaurants of all types,shops,bars, jazz and lots of night-life. Forty minutes south of Esterillos is the town of Quepos and the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the finest rain forest parks in the country. Manuel Antonio is home to a large diversity of wildlife including two species of monkeys, one of which is very rare and use their bushy tails for balance. There is a sloth trail, turtles, and many birds. It is a great place for hiking and has beautiful white sand beaches. There are some incredible views from high up on the rocky cliffs a ways through the jungle.

Other activities in the area include zip lines, monkey tours and birdwatching in mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing and diving, surfing, surfing lessons,jungle or beach tours on horseback, and boogie boarding, snorkeling, and massage.

Casa Sirena is a perfect home base to enjoy the wide variety of activities in the area or just chilling beach side, sunset watching, and boogie boarding.

We like to rent to conscientious people who have a respect for nature and will treat our home with care.

More Details

Owner
Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander

My husband and I are American citizens who have collectively lived in Costa Rica for 70 years. We are very knowledgeable about all aspects of Costa Rica. We are available to help with side trips and offer any other information. We take pride in our properties and are responsive to our renters needs.

Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander purchased this house in 2012

Why Emily Gassenheimer de Friedlander chose Esterillos Oeste

My husband is from NYC but has lived in Costa Rica for over 40 years.He has always loved to renovate houses so when we saw this house , he knew he had to go for it. My husband is also a master woodworker craftsman and used these skills in 'Casa Sirena' . All of the wood work is handcrafted. The proximity to San Jose is also a major plus as is it's location which is between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio. It is the best of both worlds!

What makes this house unique

Esterillos Oeste is a peaceful, uncrowded beach. Sometimes you have the entire beach to yourself.

The beach is just steps from our property . It is wonderful to be so close to the beach. You can be sun bathing on the beach and run into the house for a snack , another beer ,extra towel or a jump into the pool and be back at the beach in a couple of minutes.

The natural surroundings are lovely. It is a very unique spot.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Wow Factor - Pictures Don't Do it Justice!”

Reviewed 1 week ago for a stay in February 2015

Our first thought was that the pictures don't do this beautiful place justice (and we thought it looked beautiful from the photos already)! The main floor is (mainly) a communal area with a wet bar and a huge cooking area, so it's perfect for groups who want to hang out and cook the fresh fish you might be able to get from the local fishermen. Of course, there's also a huge BBQ pit outside, so that's awesome, too. The bedrooms are beautiful, the view phenomenal, the house is bright and airy, and, most of the time, you feel quite secluded from the neighbors, since one side is a vacant lot. Even when the house to the south is occupied (weekends), the lush vegetation in the fabulous garden makes the place feel very private. We saw scarlet macaws in the almond trees (daily) and a pair of green parrots in the palm trees. Huge iguanas hang out in the tree next door.



The caretaker and his family were a highlight of the trip. He took members of our party out fishing and helped us with anything we needed. Super-friendly and helpful. Nearby is a phenomenal restaurant, Los Almendros, and we also really like the Surf Mi bar's Sunday BBQ. Not far to Manuel Antonio and several other parks. Close enough to shopping at the Auto Mercado, which, we found with the help of the owner who went over and above anything we could have expected in terms of small touches to welcome us and helping us find the amenities we needed. Beyond amazing hosts who make it really feel like you're an honored guest in a beautiful home. I would recommend this to anyone for a beach holiday - especially if it's a large party who likes to cook, eat, make cocktails and drink them. Perfect open kitchen for a fun time. Great hosts, home and town.
Feb 2015
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Amenities

Esterillos Oeste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome
  • There is a 25% cancellation fee on all cancellations.
  • There is an additional $50.00 charge per night per person over 6 people.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs is a large full bathroom There are 2 full bathroo
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom has a view to the beach .
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This is a large shared bathroom,with 2 private entrances
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , This is an outdoor bathroom with only a sink and toilet.
  • Downstairs is a large full bathroom. There are 2 full bathrooms upstairs. One is a large bathroom shared by 2 bedrooms ,each with it's own separate entrance. All of the counters are hand made from concrete with inlays.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan/ AC / abundant drawer and closet space
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , This room is a very small office downstairs w/ a single bed
  • Casa Sirena has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms have a queen sized bed and the largest bedroom has an additional single bed. Two bedrooms upstairs share one large bathrooms , each with it's own entrance.There is abundant closet and drawer space. The linens and mattresses are of the highest quality and very comfortable. Each bedroom has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. With the windows open, you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.8541665 based on 49 reviews
5

Absolutely Perfect :)

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends stayed at this wonderful getaway for 8 nights. This beach house has everything you are looking for. From the perfect (hidden away from it all) location with the Pacific Ocean right in front of you with swaying Palms, to the fabulously furnished home. The kitchen has everything you need, the beds are super comfortable, there is plenty of space for a large group to not feel on top of one another, the outdoor grill area is wonderful for just hanging out and listening to the birds, the ocean and reading. The decor is quite refreshing, as it is done with wonderful original art on every wall, and a beautiful pottery mermaid as you round the circle staircase. All of the beautiful art and and wooden pieces (from the furniture to staircase to light-covers and more) are handmade originals from the owners. This house has heart and soul and you will feel it. It was also super clean!!! Our days were spent under the palm trees drinking coconut water out of freshcut coconuts from the caretaker, walking the beach picking up shells (enjoyed that immensely) We even found a hidden waterfall unexpectedly down past the Mermaid.. what an experience. This owner cares about her guests experience and it shows. We researched many, ,many houses and are so happy we chose Casa Sirena as it could not have been better. If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax and experience paradise, Look no further, this is the place you want to be!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Overall it was very nice

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Impeccable! with stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful house, spotlessly clean and meticulous attention to every detail made this a favorite vacation for us. We've stayed worldwide and rate Casa Sirena in our top visits ever. Waking up to walk the beach at sunrise, breakfast in in the Rancho, a dip in the pool, boogie boarding on the near deserted beach, reading time in the hammocks set up by Modesto the caretaker, fresh caught fish purchased on the beach grilled on the outdoor grill, walking the beach to town for a fabulous local dinner or happy hour of the local hibiscus beer, our evening fresh coconut water provided by Modesto are just a few of our favorite memories. House has every amenity you could want including comfortable beds, beautiful large showers, pool kept spotlessly clean, books, games, boogie boards, oodles of towels, washer and dryer and just in case you need anything more the marvelous Modesto and Di, caretakers, in their house at the back of the property.

A short drive to Manuel Antonio and Jaco but in a lovely, small village with good restaurants and a local market with everything you need. Owner Emily provided exceptional recommendations and saw to our every whim. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beach living at its best...

  • 5 of 5

My wife and i would rate this as one of our most relaxing and rewarding vacations, ever. La Serena is a beautiful home on a world class beach. You get a true beach experience. We started and ended our days walking along the shore line and rarely ran into more than 4-5 people in an hour. A diet of fresh local fish and produce made it all the better. Emily has done a great job of provisioning the home and it lacks for nothing. We'll be back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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5

FANTASTIC!!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better house or a better location. The house was beautiful, clean and equipped with anything you could need. The caretakers were wonderful. The owner was so amazing to work with. Before we arrived there was a water issue. The owner was on top of it before we arrived and it was fixed before we even unpacked. If you are looking for a beautiful house on a very quiet beach, yet within walking distance to some great food, this place is for you. I cannot wait to go back again. My favorite beach place I've ever stayed to date for sure.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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5

Relaxing in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

All 6 of us were so impressed with the Mermaid House, La Serena. The beach front location was perfect for swimming every day, shade under the palm trees, relaxing in hammocks while viewing the magnificent Pacific Ocean. The house was perfect with all the ammenties, with Modesto and Di, the caretakers always available if needed. Emily, the owner was so helpful with local information about restaurants, activities and maps. She also provided a bountiful welcoming package upon our arrival. We will be returning as soon as possible. Thank you Emily.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Map

Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Juan Santamaria Airport ,Alajuela
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Mariott Los Suenos, Herradura
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 34/ Costanera/
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Los Almendros
Car: recommended

Esterillos beach is a very quiet and secluded local beach far from the over developed tourist spots. It can be perfect for surfing and boogie boarding and at other times great for swimming and playing in the water.

It is a long and beautiful beach . You can walk for miles in either direction. Close by on the beach there are many large tide pools perfect for children (and adults) to swim in , snorkel or just relax and watch the ocean and sunset.These were formed by lava overflow and you may also find some fossils and shells (and maybe some monkeys) beach combing. The famous magnificent bronze mermaid statue graces the beach of Esterillos Oeste., Although Esterillos Oeste is a small, and typical village on a tranquil beach , it is just 20 minutes South of the beach town of Jaco which has casinos, restaurants of all types,shops,bars,jazz and lots of night-life.It is also a good place for souvenir shopping . Jaco is also a town where tours are easily booked.Forty minutes south of Esterillos is the town of Quepos and the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the finest rain forest parks in the country. Manuel Antonio is home to a large diversity of wildlife including two species of monkeys,, one of which is very rare and use their bushy tails for balance. There is a sloth trail,turtles,and many birds. It is a great place for hiking and has beautiful white sand beaches. There are some incredible views from high up on the rocky cliffs a ways through the jungle. I recommend visiting Manuel Antonio. They also have first class restaurants . Manuel Antonio is one of the places nearby that offers a variety of diving,snorkeling, deep sea fishing, whale watching tours among other specialty tours.

I also recommend a hike in Carara National Park. It is on the way to Esterillos Oeste and is an easy hike where you are apt to see all different kinds of wildlife. There are streams which you can bathe in and the hike is an easy one ; it is especially good for children and people who want a nice easy hike. Right before the park is the ' Crocodile Bridge'. This is a must stop; where it is possible to see sometimes as many as 20 crocodiles sunning by the estuary or floating with their snouts above the water. There are also many boating trips up estuaries where you may also see wildlife. These sights are about 30 minutes from our beach house 'Casa Sirena' (the mermaid's house). Also in this area is a zipline tree top adventure.

Other activities in the area include ziplines, monkey tours and birdwatching in mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing and diving,surfing , surfing lessons,jungle or beach tours on horseback, and boogie boarding,snorkeling,and massage.

Horseback riding on the beach or in forests is also fun and a different activity in all these areas.

Casa Sirena is a perfect home base to enjoy the wide variety of activities in the area or just chilling beach side sunset watching,and boogie boarding.

I have lived in Costa Rica for 28 years and am available to point you in the right direction , depending on your interests.

The medical services are in Jaco Beach ,20 minutes from Esterillos Oeste.

Some possible tours include : Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling , Rafting, Guided Park Tours,Estuary Boat Trips,Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling,Horseback Riding and Catamaran Tours

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Over 6 guests per night $50
Cleaning fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $500

There is an additional fee of $50.00 per night per guest over 6 guests. The monthly rates are discounted 25%. The three week rate is discounted 15%.
A $500.00 refundable damage deposit fee is required and will be returned after a review of the house.
There is a cleaning charge of $125.00.
There is an additional charge of $50 per night per guest when there are over 6 guests
Easter week rates and December rates are $475.00 a night.
The final 50% rental charge is due 90 days prior to check in during the month of December and Easter week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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