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Paradise ON the beach...Sunsets, WiFi, Cable TV, Pool, Perfect!

Cantón Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, sleeps 6

Villa Romantica is located directly ON THE BEACH!!! Playa Prieta, is the most beautiful, undiscovered, almost private beach to be found in this area. There are no other homes in front of Villa Romantica, no roads, no paths, only a lush green lawn with Mango and Palm trees leading to the sand beach and the glorious warm waters and gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean. Villa Romantica is located within the gated and lushly landscaped Villas Estival, a community of 12 private Villas, and our Villa is THE ONLY one located directly on the beach. Other properties may claim to be beachfront property and they may be up a steep hilly road, across a busy road, near a very public beach, etc. but Villa Romantica is actually the only home located directly on all of Playa Prieta. The beach is tree lined offering support for swaying hammocks and shade for reading, relaxing or snoozing. We provide comfortable beach chaises and fluffy oversized beach towels for your comfort.

Sit or eat on the covered lanai and view the ocean, waves, islands and sunsets. Or take in the views from the living room or master bedroom.

The entire house and lanai are tiled in cool travertine and the walls, furniture, upholstery and cushions are all the color of a delicious, rich scoop of French Vanilla Gelato. (Speaking of Gelato, some of the best gelato this side of Verona is sold within walking distance in a shop owned and run by a gelato shop owner from Verona who decided that life 'is a beach' and now calls Potrero home.)

The two large bathrooms are both a special treat. The entire high roof of the bathrooms has been replaced with Lucite and Cana Brava offering clear views of the beautiful blue sky during the day and the stars at night. While showering indoors, you will feel as though you are in the outdoors, yet with complete privacy (and no bugs).

The air-conditioned bedrooms are quiet and peaceful. The Master bedroom features a high Queen sized bed from which you can enjoy views of the beach and sea. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with vessel sink, large custom glass shower and wonderful natural light from the ceiling.

The second bedroom features a queen sized bed as well as a twin bed which is set up as a lounging couch. There are sliding doors from both of these bedrooms leading to a private patio and the outdoor shower.

The third bedroom has two twin beds as well as air conditioning and a ceiling fan.

The kitchen is completely equipped with all the cooking utensils and serving pieces you would need. There is a dishwasher, microwave, stove with oven, large refrigerator, of course, a double sink and there is a charcoal grill available for your use.

Top this all off with maid service and you too will call Villa Romantica, 'Paradise Found'. Indeed...Life IS a beach.


Claudia Scott

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, en-Suite Bathroom
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Shares Bathroom with Bedroom #3
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Shares Bathroom with Bedroom #2


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, outdoor shower
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, outdoor shower

          Location Type

            • Beach
            • Near The Ocean
            • Waterfront


                • Family
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Local Activities Guide
                        • Activities Guide
                        • Basic Soaps
                        • Ceiling Fans
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Local Maps
                        • Local Restaurant Guide
                        • Parking
                        • Safe
                        • Sunbed
                        • Toilet Paper
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • Ice Maker
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Freezer
                            • Blender
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television


                                        • Beach Chairs
                                        • Beach Towels
                                        • Gated Community
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Patio
                                        • Terrace
                                        • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                        • Walkway to Water


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                            • wheelchair accessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                • Outdoor Pool

                                                  Onsite Services

                                                    • Concierge
                                                    • Daily Maid Service
                                                    • Massage
                                                    • Staff


                                                        • bay/sound
                                                        • marina
                                                        • playground
                                                        • reefs
                                                        • restaurants

                                                          Leisure Activities

                                                            • beachcombing
                                                            • bird watching
                                                            • eco tourism
                                                            • gambling casinos
                                                            • horseback riding
                                                            • scenic drives
                                                            • sight seeing
                                                            • walking
                                                            • whale watching

                                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                                • Babysitter
                                                                • groceries
                                                                • massage therapist

                                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                    • snorkeling
                                                                    • cycling
                                                                    • fishing
                                                                    • golf
                                                                    • hiking
                                                                    • jet skiing
                                                                    • sailing
                                                                    • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                    • deepsea fishing
                                                                    • surf fishing
                                                                    • surfing
                                                                    • swimming
                                                                    • tennis
                                                                    • water skiing
                                                                    • whitewater rafting
                                                                    • wind-surfing

                                                                      15 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Just what the Dr. Ordered!

                                                                      Peter V.-

                                                                      I recently suffered a heart attack and, as a result, had to rethink a lot of the things about my stress-filled life. My wife and I came to Costa Rica for some much needed rest and relaxation and to have the time and space to reevaluate many things in our lives. Well, I don't know how much has been resolved......but we did get to rest and see life from some totally different perspectives. Just sitting on the front porch and listening to the waves and watching the spectacular sun sets was worth it all. We spent days strolling the almost deserted beach, lay on our backs on that same beach at night wand watched shooting stars in a startlingly bright sky, swung in a hammock under a mango tree watching the monkeys over my head. Yes, life is good and this was just what my Dr. ordered.....time away from my reality and time to recharge my batteries and my heart. We loved this Villa and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. I highly recommend it.

                                                                      Very nice, on the beach, wonderful staff

                                                                      We loved staying at Villas Estival. The staff who maintained the property and provided housecleaning services were exceptional. The property was across a small dirt road from a public beach that was not well used. so we had plenty of privacy. The interior was very nice and the bedrooms were air conditioned, but not the entire house. The pool was very nice and well maintained. Our only complaint and this is a suggestion for the future; the property is advertised as three bedrooms. Actually the third bedroom is quite small and is located in the rear of the house.

                                                                      Heaven on Earth!!

                                                                      Robert W.

                                                                      I don't know if I can properly express what a wonderful experience we had at this property. The bed in the master bedroom faces a huge view window facing the ocean and just lying there looking at and listening to the waves is so relaxing and special. We spent a great deal of time on the front area on day beds facing the beach and watching the monkeys playing in the mango tree in front of the house......by the way.....the mangos from the tree were the most delicious ever! During the week days, the beach was practically deserted and very private. On the weekend more people came but they were families enjoying their time together. Monkeys, Iguana, parrots, exotic birds, soaring palm trees, blue skies and perfect rainless days.....a swimming pool and the brightest stars. We went to the beach a couple of nights with our children and just lay on our backs and looked at the stars, so bight without the intrusion of city lights.

                                                                      The staff on the property were helpful and quick to address any requests or issues we had. We barely got out of our bathing suits the entire stay and although we had intended to do a lot of exploring, we barely left the property.

                                                                      I highly recommend this Villa for your vacation and suggest that if you want to stay during the winter months you make your reservation very early as it rents quickly. Actually we have decided to come back in the month of July when our children are out of school in the States and, as a family, we are going to to the local Spanish Language school to learn Spanish and give the kids a "step-up" for their language requirements in high school. How better to learn a language than with both the classes and the environment! Looking forward to it.

                                                                      Best Area in CR

                                                                      Dan C.Bend

                                                                      This home is arguably on one of the best 2 beaches for non surfers in all of CR. We packed around this country 19 years ago for 10 weeks and just spent 18 days coming back last month with this property starting it off for 7 days. Of course there are others that have nicer white sand beach (one is a quick walk around the point at low tide or through the forest next door to the south), more restaurants, etc. but this one has only me drinking coffee on the back veranda watching the local fishermen, or taking an early am stroll with them, and them only on Playa Prieta directly behind us. Monkey families watching us, as our family watches them in the tree right next to this villa. Swimming pool to ourselves most days, beautiful landscaping, close access to town, and a completely secure compound with 24/7 security and security cameras, not that I felt we needed it. You must have dinner and a sunset at the Sugar Beach Motel just up the hill to the north, and you must have a car. Arrange a paddle board to be delivered your day of arrival as this was an issue for me while there, and I will be back if for no other reason (although I have plenty) to paddle around this lake like bay, and out to all the close in Catalina Islands. The home is a bit spartan and you will need to bring all the cooking items such as spices and coffee etc as there is nothing there, if you plan to cook in. I let management know that the place was in need of some "spring cleaning" and new pots and pans, so hopefully they can comment here if that has been done. Other than that, the place meets all your needs and you really could not ask for a better location. Get this one before the lot (total jungle lot) next door inevitably gets purchased and developed as it is full of Howlers and green parrots! I would come back here in a minute and plan too in the future, but will skip the other locations and just stay here! If you like amazing sunsets (unreal, every night), wildlife, calm ocean, nearly empty beaches, and a beautiful compound with a lovely swimming pool, you need to look no further. If you need a Ritz, this is not for you. I can imagine it gets busier in the high season, and as one traveler mentioned there is a parking lot right behind the home on the beach side (wasn't an issue as they are about 75 yards away, mostly local fishermen or local families on the weekend) but the only other tenants on the grounds were Ticos, which tells you something :-) Pura Vida found again!

                                                                      Fabulous location, ON the Beach. Beautiful house.

                                                                      Peter V.-

                                                                      Fabulous location, ON the Beach. In a gated community with service staff, this beautiful house was the closest to the beach. Great covered porch with daybeds for relaxing and viewing, and outdoor dining. Screened porch as well.

                                                                      Wonderful shared pool that was never crowded.

                                                                      Nicely decorated, with comfy sleeping for four adults and two children. Air conditioning in all bedrooms.

                                                                      We will definitely try to come back here.

                                                                      We Shall Return....wonderful stay!

                                                                      Peter V.-

                                                                      I booked Villa Romantica to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary....a romantic stay...with our grown son, his wife and our granddaughter! So much more to celebrate! It was a great choice and we are already talking abut making a return visit in February.

                                                                      The Villa is in a safe gated community of 12 Villas scattered over 6-7 acres of gardens. Most of the villas surround the swimming pool but Villa Romantica is located directly facing the beach with much more privacy and fantastic views. The sunsets are phenomenal. My wife and I would wake early and enjoy our coffee out on the front daybeds watching the monkeys playing in the Mango tree right in front of the house.

                                                                      All the bedrooms have air-conditioning but we chose not to use it and to enjoy the ocean breezes and the sound of the waves which "rocked" us to sleep each night. The house was well furnished and equipped with whatever we needed, and sheets and towels were changed during our stay. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I highly recommend it. As I said....we will be back!


                                                                      Cantón Santa Cruz, Costa Rica

                                                                      We are located on the 'Gold Coast' of Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste, on the the Nicoya Peninsula, Pacific Coast. The house is ON Playa Prieta, in the town of Potrero, in a gated community of 12 houses on 6 garden acres called Villas Estival. Potrero is an authentic Costa Rican village in the midst of the region’s rustic ranch land; you might see cowboys herding their cattle past the town square’s soccer field. There are small restaurants, bars and groceries in the village. Locally there are many activities including fishing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding, canopy tours, ATV adventures. Playa Flamingo is a short 10 minute drive away, with restaurants, shops, nightlife, marina, cruising, deep sea fishing and resort activities. The beach town of Brasalito is another 5 minutes away with more nice restaurants and is a real Tico village. The Conchal Resort and golf course is near here. Within 30 minutes is Tamarindo and Playa Grande, one of the surfing capitals of the world. There you can surf, take lessons, eat, shop, or just lie on the beach. From the beach, it's a 1hour drive to the cities of Liberia or Santa Cruz, 11/2 hours to Buena Vista Lodge on Rincon de la Viejo volcano with white water rafting, hot mud baths, thermal springs and much more, 2 hours from the Nicaragua border, and 3 hours to Arenal Volcano, or to the Monteverde Rain Forest.


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                                                                      Christmas, New Years are a minimum of one week. Refundable Security Deposit required at a minimum of $200 or 20% of the rental amount. Rent, security and tax payable 50% on booking and in full 30 days before occupancy.

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