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Merricks Beach Villa, 50 Meters To Waters Edge Out Backdoor. Playa Ocotal.

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Merricks Costa Rica Beach House is right on the beach. Out the door, into surf.

Beautiful home on the beach. This was the first house built in this community so it sets next to the 24 hour guard house and entry. Just out the door, across the private lawn with cool pool, lies the black sand beach. Depending on high or low tide, the waters edge is only steps away. Great snorkeling is just in your backyard. An early morning stroll on the intimate beach, coffee in hand, is a wonderful way to start ones day. This home is perfect for the seasoned traveler who is comfortable providing for themselves while traveling. And is an ideal location for a home base between excursions and exploring the country. It is also perfect for just getting away and relaxing in a quiet bay and beach community.

This rental property is a self sufficient open air home. All bedrooms have air-conditioning. The main living area and the Lanai have 3 ceiling fans each for pleasant air circulation. Also the bedrooms are equipped with ceiling fans. The kitchen is fully equipped with electric range, oven, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and toaster. Internet service, television, CD and DVD players are available as well as clothes washer and dryer. Maid service is provided on a limited basis but additional service can be requested for an additional charge.

Our private cool pool, the size of a small hot tub, is located in the backyard, perfect for an afternoon cooling. Also, there are two community pools for your use. One is located across the street and the other one is a short walk away up the street. The house is located next door to the office as you enter the community. The office can answer any questions one may have while visiting here and also provides 24 hour security.

Father Roosters Cantina is just down the beach from the house for enjoying a beverage or dinner. A full service scuba shop is in the community. Other beach activities including kayaking, snorkeling, adventure fishing, sailboat cruises are available. Adventure activities such as zip-lining, hiking in jungles, horseback riding are available through the various outfitters and tour companies in the area. Several golf country clubs are in the area as well. Shopping, dining and entertainment can be found at the nearby communities of Hermosa and Coco Beach.

This rental property is a perfect location for the seasoned traveler to relax and live in while enjoying their travels to the area. Please feel free to view the video links I have provided below. I recorded these recently, April 2014, while I was enjoying the house and beach with friends.

Please visit, and LIKE our Facebook page, Merricks Costa Rica Beach House, for additional photos and reviews.

Also, the Beach House is available for purchase. If interested, please contact me for details.

More Details

Property Manager
Rick Hunckler
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Rick Hunckler

Jerry & Kathy are retired and live in Palmer Lake, Colorado. They bought the Costa Rica beach house to enjoy summers, since Kathy had them off when she was working as a fourth grade school teacher. Their travels to the home over the past 20 years has allowed them to make many personal changes to the house, as Jerry enjoys utilizing his brick mason skills. They have many friends that have retired in the Ocotal area, so their activities include dinning out, card games, sunset happy hour, and other fun social events. Jerry enjoys golf and can be found every morning on the beach hitting golf balls. Kathy takes her morning beach walk, which is about 1/3 mile from end to end.

Rick Hunckler purchased this villa in 1994

Why Rick Hunckler chose Cantón Carrillo

My good friends, Kathy and Jerry Merrick, wanted to travel and live in Costa Rica so this home was purchased and built in 1994. It has been their vacation home on the beach for their family and friends to enjoy ever since. Now they would like to open their home to travelers to enjoy the beauty and benefits of Costa Rica. This home is one of 6 that were first built in this beach community and it resides right on the beach. It is only a matter of walking out the door, through the private yard and onto the black sand beach.

What makes this villa unique

Benefits are too numerous to mention them all. But a few are;

The quiet and intimate beach.

The bird viewing and wildlife that pass through the area.

The Lanai, anytime of day.

Hiking around the small island when the tide is low.

Snorkeling is wonderful just behind the house.

Coco Beach is a fun beach community to enjoy shopping and dining and the entertainment.

It is a wonderful place to relax after a day of sight seeing or after a short travel to the jungle.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Please take a moment and read the following review from Rich and Jen. Just copy and past the link below and place in a browser window, hit enter and open to read.


Thanks for reading,

Rick Hunckler, property manager
Oct 2015
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Cantón Carrillo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , small vanity sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , small vanity sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Sleeps 6 adults comfortably in one king and 2 queen beds. There are also 2 small bunk beds in one of the downstairs bedrooms.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • shelling
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling


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Merricks Beach Villa, 50 Meters To Waters Edge Out Backdoor. Playa Ocotal.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful beach

  • 5 of 5

We loved this part of our trip. The home was large and comfortable. We were able to use the well stocked kitchen for making meals. The beds were very comfortable and I appreciated the air con! I loved that we were steps away from the best beach. We snorkeled when the tide was in. There are rocks that get submerged and there is great snorkeling right from the shore. We saw turtles, an octopus, eels and tons of fish. I really loved that the beach was small and felt private. In the mornings and evenings, there were very few people on the beach except our family.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Cynthia for this wonderful review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your time at our beachhouse.
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  • 5 of 5

Well, our dream vacation is over and we're back on US soil. Yes, it was very HOT in Costa Rica but the beach house is beautiful and the view, fantastic. We were thankful for the air conditioned bedrooms. Very comfortable beds and all the rooms were decorated with a tropical theme. Spent many hours on the lanai chilling out, enjoying the view. We saw lots of iguanas at different times, (all sizes and colors), and we even saw and heard many howler monkeys during our stay. We did lots of cooking while there and the kitchen had everything we needed. We did our grocery shopping in Coco and found the meat to be of very good quality...especially the beef.

We ate at Father Roosters several times...wonderful margaritas and the food was delicious. We also had breakfast at Claudia and Gloria's in Coco one morning. Picantes was a neat place to eat and their food was delicious, as well. The ocean was wonderful. We went snorkeling and saw many different, beautiful fish. The beautiful pool was also enjoyed by all. Very refreshing!! We took two excursions. Zip lining was awesome and then the river cruise where we saw crocs, many birds and the cutest little white faced monkeys that actually came onto the boat and mingled with the passengers. Wow!

All in all we had a marvelous time. If ever we would go back to Costa Rica, we definitely will stay here again. Thank you, Rick, for sharing your beach house with us. All your suggestions beforehand were helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Favorite Ocotoal Beach Casa

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Merrick House. Unique location for families with children. The cool off pool was ideal for the children after we came back from swimming at the beach. Perfect location just a few steps to the beach. We cooked most of our meals at the house during the day and in the evenings we went to Father Rooster, just a 25 meter walk from the house. We were three adults and four children ages 5-10. We slept comfortably and enjoyed the view to the ocean and trees from the terrace. We will be back.

We will go back.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Favorite Costa Rica Casa

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our 2nd trip to Costa Rica and 2nd stay at the Merrick House. It was only my daughter and myself for just a relaxing, beautiful time on the beach. Previous reviews give most information. If you are not in for a total resort vacation and being totally pampered then this is the place for you! We were there 12 days and cooked most of our meals at the house breakfast and lunch, appetizers and many cocktails. The kitchen was nicely equipped. We rented a car the second part of our stay through Poas car rentals which they delivered right to the house. We made the reservation on line and found them to be very friendly and reasonable. We did walk to town Playa de Coco a number of days and took a taxi back to the house for about $5. Shopping at the market was easy there are 2-3 to choose from. Coco has a number of great little restaurants. I would highly recommend The Lookout and Villa Italia!! We used Google Maps on our phone to get around and had no problem getting great directions. OF course Father Rooster's back at the beach was a daily visit for fishbowl margaritas and great appetizers. Try their fresh ceviche which is not on the menu but the best we found. There was no shortage of things to do around the house. Rocket Frogs Diving right next door offers great service for scuba diving and snorkeling. There is a reef right off the condo which had some incredible snorkeling this visit. The staff at Los Almendreos was very friendly and helpful especially Stephanie and Luis. Maid service is available once a week or you can pay for extra days at a minimal fee. There are alos 2 great restaurants at Ocotol just a short but steep climb up the hill, Ocotol Resort and Picante at Pez Vela. Both offer spectacular sunset views. I guess you can tell we love this place and can't wait to get back there!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We keep coming back for more!

  • 5 of 5

This place just makes me happy! My US and Costa Rican families meet and love it here -- we just had our 3rd visit, or was it our 4th? Merricks offers the loveliest of settings at such a reasonable price.

Adding to the review above, here is some other useful info: It is a location that is probably best with a car in order to get back and forth from the grocery store, to town for restaurants/shopping, and even to explore other beaches (which I highly recommend doing in Costa Rica). That said, this time, my older kids went ahead of us by bus and did not have a car for a half day; they took a taxi to the store and back with no problem (about $20). Management on site is excellent and supportive for these types of things. It is certainly possible NOT to have a car, but plan on using some form of hired transport at some point. My kids are often training for their sports while we're there, and the area is a good running zone because it has some relatively flat road, not dusty, safe and the town of Coco is about 3 miles in (good destination running :); getting to and from by bike is also possible -- many locals ride bikes for transport. (The running usually happens early or late in the day due to heat.) There are also some new rental options for paddleboards, kayaks, scuba and snorkel equipment/trips right around the corner from the house. We had a lot of fun snorkeling right off the beach this trip - the water was very clear. We usually have a full household of 8, but with the 3 bedrooms, easy access to the beach right out back, the pools, town, and Father Rooster, we never feel crowded - everyone can find their spot. And when we all are together for family meals, we fit nicely around the table. We do most of our own cooking, so I can speak for the well-equipped kitchen!

One element that likely keeps this rental at such a great price, but should be emphasized for those who are super heat sensitive, is that air conditioning is in the bedrooms, but not in the living area or the kitchen which are essentially outdoors with the open air set up; Costa Rica is always hot during the day at the beach. We love and adapt to this part (like the monkeys in the trees out back sometimes -- we just hang out), but this might not appeal to all...

We highly recommend Merricks --- Rick, the owner, has been responsive, efficient and very kind --- to us this place is simple perfection!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gem of a Place; Fantastic Location

  • 5 of 5

We had too short a stay at this adorable place, but we appreciate that it was possible to do a short 2 day rental! I would go back for longer in a heart beat. I loved the cottage-y feel of the open air living space and appreciated the air conditioned bedrooms for sleeping or a little respite from the heat. The place had everything we needed for cooking, relaxing, and absorbing our group of 8 comfortably. A family or 2-3 couples could enjoy this set up --- the pictures are true to the space and location. What a wonderfully situated place -- out the back you feel like you're the only house looking out to the beach, but you are actually amidst several houses, steps from the community pool and a quick walk to Father Rooster, the one restaurant at Ocotal. I love this beach for its calm, clear water and no crowds. We lolled in the water for hours, snorkeled, played soccer on the beach, and explored the tide pools. There's plenty else to do, but we are regulars to the area and have done the other activities on other trips. Management was friendly and helpful. All in all a great find!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for a wonderful review. Please consider coming back again, and refer us to friends & family.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Papagayo Country Club
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Reservation is confirmed when deposit is received.
NOTICE, Due to the climate and international culture, ownership and management of Casa Uno, Merricks Beach House, in Los Almendros, cannot be held responsible for theft, acts of nature, and any unforeseen events beyond our control during your stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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