House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Doug & Andrea Krahn
About Doug & Andrea Krahn
Hi we are Doug and Andrea Krahn. After spending much of the last 15 years living in weird and wonderful places, we found a great home in Costa Rica. We lived full time at Casa Albacore for 2 years and now we aren't able to be there full time anymore and it is time for us to share our home again! For over a year we exclusively did Home Exchanges with other families but we have decided to renew our VRBO listing so that more people can enjoy our home. We hope you can come for a visit to learn the meaning of Costa Rica's national saying 'Pura Vida' which means beautiful life.
Doug & Andrea Krahn purchased this House in 2012
Why Doug & Andrea Krahn chose Playa Hermosa
We fell in love with the natural beauty of Playa Hermosa. It's the best of both worlds on Playa Hermosa (beautiful beach in Spanish) where it is not too developed yet, and only a 10 minute drive to Jaco, Costa Rica's most popular beach town.
What makes this House unique
Previous guests have said that it feels like being on a 'personal resort' visiting Albacore, and that the pictures 'don't do it justice'. We feel the combo of a beautiful famous beach in front which is still pristine, jungle behind, and a full sized rooftop deck to see it all, plus a large custom pool with a pool jacuzzi on 1/3 of an acre... well, it's unbeatable.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
We do allow smoking on our beautiful deck!
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful location for our family vacation
We had a very enjoyable stay at Casa Albacore. You could not as for anything more in terms of the property and communication.
The home was well prepared with everything needed for a lovely family vacation.
There was an outage of internet just prior to our arrival and the owners made sure that it was fixed immediately the next morning.
The location was perfect for our day trips to Manuel Antonio and Isla Tortuga. Also we had a great experience arranging tours through Angie. The ATV tour and CostaCat cruise was fantastic.
We also truly enjoyed just lounging at the pool and on the upstairs deck, and pretty much spent an entire afternoon and evening just enjoying the scenery.
We did not spend much time at the beach, as a few stormy weather days made the waves quite large, but we loved watching the expert surfers from our rooftop view.
We enjoyed the availability of the hotel a few doors down for quick “typical” Costa Rican breakfasts, and late night nachos. We also took quick rides into Playa Hermosa and Jaco for dinners and shopping.
We felt safe and secure in the home, with the alarm system, on site safe for valuables, and the overnight security guard who was very visible.
I do not have anything negative to report about the home at all, and Doug and Andrea were perfect hosts.
Thanks for a wonderful Costa Rican vacation!
This home is really beautiful. My family and I had a great time here.
Wonderful Property - Wonderful Owners!!
Casa Albacore, what a beautiful property to spend two weeks relaxing by the beach. We had a wonderful time and you couldn’t ask for owners that were more responsive and easy to work with. Thank you so much Andrea & Doug for renting us your lovely home. They provided lots of local information, information on renting a car, where to shop, where to eat, and even had a contact for a great local guide, Angie, that took us on a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Which was very fun day, an easy hike to see the rainforest with lots of wildlife, ending up at a spectacular cove where there were no waves and swimming was a must!
The house and grounds are lovely and so well cared for. Beautiful, lush and green with trees and colorful plants, the pictures do not do it justice. The house is spacious, clean and very comfortable. There is everything you need to have a comfortable stay. There is great air conditioning throughout the house. Having a washer and dryer is also big plus.
If swimming and being in the ocean are what you are looking for, look no further. The beach is right across the street and it is wonderful, the water is warm and clear, no rocks or seaweed, which is such a plus. Coming from Southern California, where our local beaches have a ton of rocks and seaweed, it was a delightful to be able to swim in those conditions. You do need to use common sense and don’t go out to far if you are not an experienced swimmer. But almost all of the days we were there, it wasn’t a problem. The waves were small and pretty gentle.
The pool is surrounded by hedges which is nice for privacy. It is cleaned every morning and the water was very warm, making swimming at any time of the day or night very comfortable. We spent a lot of time just relaxing in the pool. The upstairs deck is also a big plus you get with this rental. It’s a great place to unwind, watch the sunset and listen to the wonderful birds that are all around.
The location of Casa Albacore is rural with lots of open space. There’s a restaurant two doors down, at the Hotel Tramonto. Which is nice if you want to stay close to home, or have an ice cold beer while enjoying the sunset on the beach. The closest town to the north was Jaco, about 10 minutes away, and a little past there, Herradura. That’s where we shopped and went to the bank. Both are very small with beach town vibes.
All in all we had an amazing time in Costa Rica at Casa Albacore. Thanks so much, again!
Rest and Renewal in Paradise
We stayed at Casa Albacore for almost a month, and we are heartbroken to have left. We had a chance to meet Doug and Andrea in person, as they stopped by to welcome us, and they are amazing! Their local knowledge helped in concrete ways, from suggesting reputable tour operators, to recommending good grocery stores and restaurants. Together with their house manager, we had access to help with whatever we needed -- they were just a WhatsApp message away!
The house is more spacious than any of the pictures can capture. We are a family of 6, and we had plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. The kids could each find a quiet place to do their schoolwork, while we enjoyed some quiet space up on the incredible roofdeck. The house is in great condition, clean, and air conditioning in every room made life so comfortable. I will miss peaceful mornings up on that roof, reading books in hammocks, overlooking the ocean, swinging in the Costa Rican breeze. Sigh.
If you're looking to play in the ocean, we did encounter some strong riptides... but only because we were out deep. Stay shallow and it's fine for smaller kids. Swimming is best as the tides are coming in (lower chance of riptides). The waves were huge and even our 6'5" son was thrown around like a ragdoll, which he loved!
The surf break is fast and steep, so if you're a beginner surfer (like me!), a better option is to drive to nearby Jaco -- and there are a ton of surf lessons going on with absolute beginners all up and down the beach. You can drive right onto the beach and park in a few places. I did take my board out in front of Casa Albacore, but it was a little much for my skill level and my longboard. Definitely a shortboard, experienced surfer's spot. I spent my time surfing in Jaco.
Back to the house: the gardeners were there every day to water the yard, clean and refill the pool, and to rake the lawns and gardens. The security guard patrols from dusk to dawn. We felt safe and secure and cared for the entire time we were there. We did appreciate having a rental car to get into Jaco for groceries, and you can get away without a 4x4 if you're staying local or staying on the main roads. We did rent a land cruiser to drive up to Monteverde, which was definitely needed!
In all, the house and the hosts were everything we could have asked for. Thank you, Doug and Andrea, for sharing a piece of your lives with us. We loved every moment
Thank you Andrea and Doug! My family had the best vacation ever in Costa Rica, and your beautiful home made it possible! So clean, amenities perfect, pool was cleaned every morning, loved the iguanas roaming around...and all over perfect! It was a perfect vacation home and we hope to return!!!
The home is Beautiful and inspirational. The setting is outstanding.
We came to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Can't imagine a better location and vacation residence. The home is well equipped and well maintained. The backyard and roofdeck is absolutely heavenly. So good!
Less than 1.5 hour drive from San Jose airport. Enjoy the serenity and beautiful of Hermosa beach and the nature preserve surrounding the house. Hermosa Beach is a world class surfing beach and is great beach to play in the waves. 6 miles of beautiful sandy beaches to play on during the day.
When you are ready for more excitement and nightlife the town of Jaco is less than 10 minutes down the road. It truly is the best of both worlds. Add that to rain-forests, nature preserves, adventure sports, fishing and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer and it really is a vacation of a lifetime.