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Nestled in Nature Vacation Villa

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom/4.5 Bathroom total - (3 BR main house + 1 optional BR in-law suite)

Welcome to 'Villa Marbella' Located in the gated community of Palm Beach Estates. Constructed in 2009 the villa is a modern, fully furnished 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bathroom home. Villa Marbella is nestled between the beach and a mangrove estuary where wildlife is abundant and protected . It's not unusual to see and hear Howler monkeys, parrots and other tropical birds on the property or in the surrounding areas.

Palm Beach estates is a quiet neighborhood consisting of both permanent year round residents and homes that are rented by their owners. Villa Marbella has permanent residents on either side of the house. The pool is totally private and is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

The 3 bedroom main house has an optional, attached, "in-law" unit with a separate entrance, making the house a 4 bedroom. Each bedroom has ceiling fans and individually controlled air conditioners. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed and a bathroom with double vessel sinks. The upstairs back bedroom also has a queen bed and features a huge trapezoid window facing the jungle and estuary beyond. The 'Master' upstairs bedroom has a king bed, 2 ceiling fans, two vessel sinks in the bathroom and french doors opening up to a Juliette balcony. Located at the top of the stairs is a small open office area with a futon where one adult or 2 children can sleep and is also equipped with air conditioning.

The in-law unit has a double bed, kitchen, and ensuite bathroom. If you have children the entrance can be controlled. We do not rent the in-law unit separately, so regardless of your needs, the privacy of this property is yours. Just let us know if you are interested in including this unit to your rental for an additional fee. This unit expands the whole house to accommodate up to 8 persons comfortably.

NOTE: When generating a quote via this website the rates that are listed are for the 3 bedroom main house. If you are interested in adding the 4 bedroom (in-law suite) please let us know.

The open gourmet kitchen comes fully stocked and has granite counters with all stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher and microwave. The living room has a large flatscreen TV equipped with cable and a DVD player. If you enjoy music the casa has a network stereo receiver. You can stream your favorite music via Spotify, internet radio, or music stored on your PC both in the main house or pool deck area. You can relax in the serenity of the outside covered patio overlooking the free flowing pool and lush gardens, or you can soak up the sun on the extended exposed decking wrapping the poolside.

For security, the main house and the apartment both have a safe which can accommodate a laptop, phones, passports etc. The house has an extra large lock up room if you wish to secure any additional valuables. Also provided with the house is an ADT alarm system for the entire house and in-law suite. Palm Beach Estates is a gated community, so in the evenings a guard controls the entrance and exit of vehicles into the community.

Playa Grande is a part of Las Baulas National Park where the world’s largest leatherback turtles nest every year. If you are an early riser and on a morning beach walk you might catch baby turtles freshly hatched making their way to the ocean. The area is also known for world class surfing, fishing, horseback riding, zip lining, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, golfing, sunset sails and more. Playa Grande is a very laid back 3.5 miles white sandy beach, where you can take long walks or just relax with a cold drink while watching one of our spectacular sunsets. On many occasions you might be the only person on the beach!

Villa Marbella is a 2 minute walk to 3 restaurants and a small convenient store and if you want to venture a little further you can take a 5 minute drive into the north of Playa Grande and you will find several more restaurants, pizzeria's, bars, 2 surf shops, and yoga studio. If other services are needed Tamarindo is only 25 minutes by car or during the day you can walk down the beach and catch a water taxi across the estuary. Tamarindo is a little tourist town that has all the amenities such as supermarkets, banks, church's, car rental, restaurants, bars, discos and more!

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Palm Beach Estates Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 3 - toilet , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower
    Full 1 - toilet , shower , Double Sinks
    Full 2 - toilet , shower , Double Sinks
    Full 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , In-law unit available upon request at additional cost.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Housekeeping will be provided 3 times per week for a 7 night stay/1 week reservation.


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Nestled in Nature Vacation Villa
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews

Pura Vida Again!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd year staying in Casa Marbella. This year with the new owners we experienced the same level of satisfaction. Beautiful addition of a large raw edge outdoor table where we spent many hot afternoons & nights reading and playing cards. House and pool are well maintained. This is a lovely community --several great restaurants and local bread and fish deliveries. Becky is very accommodating. She has compiled a substantial handbook with instructions, entertainment suggestions, taxi referrals etc. It was nice to be able to rent the apartment for additional couple as well. Favorite Pizza: El Huerto, Tacos--open air on the beach Taco Star--banana bread too; RipJack Inn; never disappointed; Seven-BBQ; Great Waltinis/Bula Bula—ahi tuna and Specials are great & fishbowl drinks; there is also a little café beside the Surf Camp which has awesome food and smoothies just off the beach—just be prepared to wait a bit! Miss our local friends and dog, and turtles! See you next year! Pura vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

A group of 6 of us, ranging in age from 60 to 90, greatly enjoyed our stay at Casa Marbella. The house was very comfortably set up with each bedroom having total privacy. Kristi the house manager dropped by almost every day to make sure everything was going well and recommended activities that we could all participate in. We got delicious bread from Manfred the baker 2 doors down. We had a personal Tico chef the first evening and next day to pamper us with verry good local food. And we had amazingly fresh tuna from the local fish truck.

The house is exactly as described, backing onto the estuary, via a hard packed dirt path. A band of howler monkeys came through several times and hung out in the trees behind the property. They even "serenaded" is, which wad an amazing experience. We saw lots of birds just while sitting in the garden, and many more walking along or boating on the estuary.

The community at Palm Beach Estates is quiet and friendly, with a just enough restaurants, bars, and a small, well stocked store that you could stay there and not leave. And the beach is absolutely fantastic! Fine sand, clear water that is a perfect temperature, varying waves (great for jumping and playing in as well as surfing), and no crowds at all.

We're coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint, quiet and a piece of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in Playa Grande for a week and thoroughly enjoyed having Casa Marbella as our quiet retreat. We wanted to stay somewhere a little less crowded, a little more serene than the neighboring Tamarindo, and this house delivered. The home has new furnishings, a fully functioning kitchen, and a great patio and pool area for relaxing. We cooked and grilled a lot during our stay and found everything we needed to prepare our meals. The mini market is just a short walk from the house to pick up essentials. And the beach was only a 10 minute walk away. Anything we needed, the Hotel Bula Bula down the street was able to accommodate during our stay. Becky was also full of suggestions of things to do before we even left the US! I highly recommend this home for families and groups!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic stay at Casa Marbella

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this villa in March and loved everything about it ! Wish our vacation was longer ! Villa itself is very spacious, tastefully decorated. It is located in a quiet community Palm Beach Estates on Playa Grande and is surrounded by nature, which provides a very relaxing feel. You can spot a lot of wildlife in the area. We enjoyed the pool and the backyard during hot afternoons. Playa Grande beach is only 5-10 min walk from the house. We found the beach to be very private with beautiful ocean and white sand. Not a lot of shade on it, so good idea to be prepared. Villa is equipped with great kitchen for cooking and an outdoor BBQ. We enjoyed eating dinners outdoors. The owner (Becky) was very responsive and helpful. Would love to stay at Casa Marbella again during our future travels !

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location 10 minutes from the ocean!

  • 5 of 5

This villa has it all. Nature; pool in the backyard; virtually minutes from a deserted beach with amazing sunsets and waves. Our family of 6 adults and 3 children absolutely loved our stay here. It was very peaceful, but only a 20 minute car ride, or boat trip, to town.

Not much else to say that hasn't already been written by previous reviews. Becky is very accommodating and replied within an hour of our emails. She even had the local property manager purchase a high chair for our grandson as this was quite possibly the only thing lacking for our family.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A comfortable, relaxing and gorgeous stay in a spectacular location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Casa Marbella, an elegantly laid out and comfortable home tucked against an estuary and an easy walk to Playa Grande, which is quite simply an absolutely spectacular beach, wonderful for swimming and surfing and spectacular sunsets with no viewable on-beach development (it's part of a national park). The house is in an ex-pat community but not too isolated or exclusive (and the beach and many of the surrounding beaches are a nice mix of local and foreigner). A few restaurants and a convenience store are within walking distance, and some great grocery stores are about a 25 minute drive away. A rental car is recommended for any exploring and errands you might want to do. We were not fans of adjacent Playa Tamarindo, which is a short water taxi across the estuary [a thirty second taxi versus a half hour drive] but felt like a very different world and was more touristy, hustly and developed. But if you're looking for a party, that's where it is. But despite it's proximity, Playa Grande is a completely different universe.

The Hotel Bula Bula handles your check in and offers food and drinks (our gallo pinto breakfasts were our favorite) as well as can help you book any tours or adventures you'd like to embark on and staff was very helpful. Surf lessons are also available nearby at the Playa Grande Surf Shop, and they also helped us rent bicycles for one day (was fun to ride the bikes on the beach at low tide). The kitchen was well appointed and we were easily able to prepare a few meals at home. Bedrooms were very comfortable and spacious. The pool was very refreshing (usually getting a mix of shade and sun). And we liked our neighborly bats! In a nutshell, Casa Marbella was a great place to unplug, relax, explore, and enjoy a magical part of the magical Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2018


Hotel Bula Bula
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Hotel Las Tortugas -Dining
"One of the first establishments in the area. Nice cold beer and a good shrimp and rice"
La Marejada Hotel
"Another good place to eat on the north side of Playa Grande."
Hotel RipJack Inn
"Yoga is available here, check online for schedule. Food is good too,"
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Daniel Oduber, LIR
Nearest Barpub
0.09 Miles
Hotel Restaurante Bula Bula
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
0.09 Miles
Hotel Restaurante Bula Bula
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Playa Grande
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Damage deposit: We take payment via PayPal a few days prior to check-in.
Cancellations: We accept cancellations only via email at least 60 days prior to arrival. Refer to rental agreement for further details.
Holidays include Semana Santa, Christmas and New Years and are rented for one week min. Sat. to Sat.
NOTE: The rental rates listed are for the 3-bedroom main house, if you wish to add the 4th bedroom (in-law suite) please let us know.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.