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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Claudia Scott
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018


Cantón Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 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
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Heaven on Earth!!

  • 5 of 5

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 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.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Area in CR

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous location, ON the Beach. Beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pacific Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the most relaxing and comfortable vacation we have ever had as a family. The beach is directly in front of the Villa and the wonderful day beds at the front of the house are perfect for lounging around all day and most of the night. I have to admit to not wanting to leave the day bed and just stay there all day reading on my kindle. We had thought we would take a lot of side trips, and although we could have, we ended up spending most of the time right at the house and at the beach. There is a large communal pool which we had to ourselves most of the time. There is also a children's play set, (swings, see-saw, climbing things, etc.) that helped the younger ones use up some of their ever present energy leaving me to relax.

Small local restaurants are within walking distance and larger ones within a five minute drive. There are small local "super markets" where you can buy the essentials to make breakfast and other meals. The staff is very friendly and helpful and there is a guard on duty 24 hours a day as well as camera surveillance for anyone, (like me!) who wants that extra measure of comfort in terms of safety. I highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We Shall Return....wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Most Perfect Family Beach Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a marvelous vacation in Costa Rica and the highlight was staying at Villa Romantica which is directly on the beach. My husband and I would get up before the children and sit out on the daybed with our coffee and count our blessings as the monkeys frolicked in the Mango tree right in front of us. The beach is a long sandy beach and there are beach lounge chairs that can be taken down to the beach for your comfort. There are also plenty of shade trees along the beach which were important to me as I can't take too much sun. There is a pool and a smaller "kiddie" pool but I have to admit to never leaving the beach area. There is air conditioning in all the bedrooms but with the breeze from the ocean, we left our windows open and listened to the waves all night. It was relaxing, well equipped and decorated and we have already put in our reservation for next summer and our kids are campaigning for a winter trip as well. Nothing quite says we are satisfied as much as a return visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Liberia, Guanacasta, Costa Rica (LIR)
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Las Brisas
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Sol y Mar
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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