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Sounds of The Sea: The Perfect Place For A Family Vacation Or Romantic Getaway

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Jungle Villa With A Pool Overlooking the Pacific

Sounds of the Sea is located in a gated community on a small hill above Playa Ostional, one of the most-protected and pristine beaches in the country, where leather-back and rigdley turtles regularly nest. Other nearby beaches include: San Juanillo, Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, Marbella, Playa Azul, Playa Bellena, and Playa Largato. New construction. Beautifully landscaped grounds. SPECTACULAR view of the Pacific. Fall asleep listening to the sea.


Owner
James Walsh
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2017

Amenities

Guanacaste Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Shared Guest - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite - 1 king , With bathroom
    Guest 1 - 1 queen
    Guest 2 - 1 queen
  • Additional sleeping is available on outside covered patio (pictured) on sleeping couches that can be mosquito-netted.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
You may request additional services through the property manager's concierge service: Airport to/from private shuttles, Rental Car, Grocery shopping/stocking, cook service, nanny and day camp referrals, and tour bookings (canopy, fishing, ATV, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing).

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Sounds of The Sea: The Perfect Place For A Family Vacation Or Romantic Getaway
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 11 reviews
5

Amazing days!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have a great time in Sounds of the sea, the view is perfect, the house is comfortable and beautiful, and very close to the best beaches. Everything was excellent!

Thanks James!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing view but that's it

  • 2 of 5

Start with the positive...the view from this property is out of this world fantastic.

This is advertised as a 3 bedroom property...it is not.

It was said the property has internet service but has occasional outages...there was zero internet service.

There is a master bedroom, and a Jack and Jill bedroom where two rooms that share a close-like connection space with no doors or barrier. Zero separation or privacy, you could hear sounds as faint as whispering in the other "bedroom" aka other side of the same room where the other bed was located.

As 3 couples who had hoped to have privacy, 2 of the 3 couples had no bedroom privacy.

The septic tank was 99.99% full resulting in sewage odors in the master bathroom.

The outdoor speakers were blown; operational but very unpleasant to listen to.

The A/C unit in the master (remote control did not work) started randomly dripping water so do not put valuables under it.

There was a modem/router at the property for internet but it did not work, we had to drive to the local restaurant down the road for any WiFi usage...which would have been fine if the expectation was to have zero internet at the property so we could have planned accordingly, versus getting unpleasantly surprised at the complete lack of internet service.

Francisco the concierge was super helpful and amazing, great guy, our only main disappointments are with the property being falsely advertised as a 3 bedroom & having internet with intermittent outages...versus the truth...1 master and then 2 bedrooms under the same ceiling and no internet service.

All in all would return to the beautiful area but would not choose this property as my first option to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing country, amazing home!

  • 5 of 5

As first time travelers to Costa Rica we did not know what to expect. We had also never rented a home for a vacation. We were blown away by the home, the property and the management of the property. The home is absolutely perfect! The views all around are stunning. While we were searching for homes to rent we encountered more than a handful, closer to the airport, that had an advertised price and once we tried to book them the price suddenly significantly increased. That was not at all the case with James. The price was exactly what he advertised it was. We flew into Liberia and made the drive which took a little over 3 hours. I HIGHLY recommend an SUV if you're going to drive here. We had some unique adventures driving including driving through a stream, driving over a very makeshift bridge, rocky roads, etc. but as a family that was part of the adventure and excitement. The road signs are as advertised, not always accurate. We as a family also made a joke of this, Playa Ostinoal is always 6 KM to matter where you are. :)We ate at La Tortuga, which was delicious. We also made our way to Playa Guiones where we had some excellent meals. If you want a fabulous traditional meal we recommend trying Rosies which is probably the most reasonably priced and delicious meal we had. We also decided, after seeing the kitchen at the Sounds of The Sea to cook at home often. That was a lot of fun for me, the resident chef. There are plenty of places to "shop" for groceries so if you have a bigger family I recommend planning to eat at home. Every morning I had coffee and watched the sun rise which is breathtaking. We encountered monkeys several days in the trees, iguanas in the yard and spiders. We felt very safe knowing we had security in the neighborhood. Each night we would wind down with a cocktail, or two, play the music through the whole house sound system, which we LOVED, and watch the sun set. We were able to see the turtles on the beach and our children "adopted" about 50 dogs on the beach. (they were left at the beach of course). All of that said, if we once again travel to Costa Rica, we would definitely stay at Sounds of The Sea again! Thank you for an amazing family vacation, it was exactly what we wanted and needed! P.S. there are no TV's at the house which was also perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was just as it was presented on line.

  • 4 of 5

The home was beautiful. Fully stocked kitchen with everything we needed. Sound system throughout the home was a wonderful touch. Views were incredible and less than a two minute drive off the main road. We loved the infinity pool! Our last morning there we got up at around 5:00 a.m. and made our way down to the beach in time to see 3 turtles making there way back into the sea. The property manager, Francisco, gave great directions getting to the property and was very thorough showing us around. There are two small markets about 4 minutes from the home to get the basics we wanted to make breakfast and lunches, and a little Pizzeria but other than that Ostional is a very small and remote community. Don't go expecting shopping or nightlife. You need to drive about 20 minutes to Nosara to get that. A wonderful peaceful restful stay at Sounds of the Sea!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible View

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property in a very small town. Perfect to get away and relax. Mornings on the patio or by the pool, drinking coffee and enjoying the panoramic view was our favorite. It's important to know that the 2nd and 3rd bedroom are connected. This area is good for a family but does not offer complete privacy for two couples.

La Tortuga Pizzeria within walking distance has amazingly delicious Mediterranean food. Ask Victor what the special of the day is. The hotel/restaurant within a 10 minute drive offers a beautiful, more formal setting, and incredible food as well. For other dining options and ziplining, you'll need to drive to Nosara, 20 minutes away. The road is very rough but after a while you get used to it.

We virtually had the beach to ourselves. Saw a handful of surfers the entire week and just a few others. Peak season for turtle viewing is July - October (best time one week after the full moon) but a few turtles come every night. Stop by the Refuge (next to La Tortuga Pizzeria) and set up a guided tour, times vary. We met at 8:30 pm and walked the beach for a long time. Eventually we found a turtle and watched the entire process, simply amazing.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sounds of the Sea and highly recommend staying there!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not a great experience

  • 3 of 5

We struggled to get responses through our initial communication with James and in the end never received directions or a contact number for the place. The car rental company gave us directions coming in from the north along the coast which was a disaster due to the condition of the road. Initial impression of the house and property was impressive. The view is fantastic and the pool is lovely but is starting to get worn. We seemed to suffer with a whole series of small problems that became irritating after a while. Air conditioning that didn't work in the kitchen, toaster that was broken, no hair dryer, lights around the pool that didn't work, sheets and towels that were bleach stained, no sun lounging cushions and all the plastic outdoor furniture was broken. In the end it felt like the place was being run as tightly as possible. Everyday there was someone at the house working either doing lawn maintenance, pool cleaning or fixing problems. The final straw was on the last day when the cleaner showed up at 9 and told us we needed to be out by 10 as more guests were coming in. James had committed to letting us stay at the place till 5pm as we were travelling into Liberia that evening.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Ostional
Car: recommended

A crucial nesting site for the Olive Ridley sea turtle, the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is made up of Nosara Beach (Playa Nosara), Ostional Beach (Playa Ostional) and the beachside town of Ostional. The reserve occupies 9 miles (15km) of pristine coastline and protects 613 acres (248 ha) worth of precious sea and land habitat.

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Rates & Availability

Guanacaste Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
LOW SEASON
May 2 2017 - Nov 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,400
$4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2017
Nov 2 2017 - Dec 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,955
$5,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Holidays
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
$2,900
 
 
High Season 2018
Jan 7 2018 - May 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,955
$5,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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