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Property Details

Updated: Jan 25, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

The House

Casa Escondida is a sustainably built jungle bungalow located one mile from world famous surf at Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Casa Escondida has two master suites, a full kitchen, a spacious porch overlooking the back yard, hot water, dining room, living room, utility closet with a washing machine, outside shower, and wireless high speed internet. Both master suites have one double bed, closet and a bathroom with a large shower. The house was designed with large overhangs to provide lots of shade and capture the breeze coming down from the mountains, which keeps the house cool. Casa Escondida sleeps four comfortably and also has two plush air mattresses if you need more space.

The Landscape

Casa Escondida, which means “hidden house” in Spanish, is surrounded by a garden of tropical flowers, citrus trees, papaya trees, pineapple bushes and numerous other exotic tropical plants. Floor to ceiling windows and doors allow you to experience Costa Rica's finest flora and fauna and hear the murmur of the nearby stream. Take a stroll through the ½ acre grounds, and encounter lizards and leaf cutter ants and keep your ears open for the distinctive call of the Scarlet Macaw. While you're walking around take a minute to smell the flowers and take in the wonder of our tropical garden. If you are feeling adventurous, you can walk through the neighboring teak farm and see the 100 meter waterfall that crashes to the pools below throughout much of the year, or take one of our beach cruisers for a ride to the beach. Of course, hanging on the big back porch and enjoying the mountain breeze as you relax is always an option too. After a day at the beach, put your feet up in one of our 3 hammocks and read a book while you sip on a cold cocktail made with fresh tropical fruit. While you're kicking back in the hammock, peer into the tree canopy above and keep your eyes open for the many scarlet macaws, toucans, butterflies, iguanas, monkeys and sloths that make their homes in the treetops. Make sure you head to the beach to watch the amazing sunsets. After a great dinner, step into the backyard and be amazed by the stars overhead and distant sound of waves crashing on the beach.

The Surf

Playa Hermosa and nearby Jaco is THE definitive surf mecca of the central pacific coast. This area arguably offers the most consistent year-round surf with over 3 ½ miles of steep beaches with excellent exposure to swells from almost any direction.

Keywords: House,casa, bungalow, surf shack

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

I am architect whose main focus is designing and building small sustainable homes in beautiful locations around the world.

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10 Reviews

Beautiful Jungle Bungalow Minutes from World Class Surf
Playa Hermosa Puntarenas
Toronto, Canada

Wonderful home away from home in paradise

  • 5 of 5
Our family was lucky enough to have stayed at Casa Escondida for three months. We loved the home for many reasons; the house is airy and spacious, with a breath taking view of the beautifully manicured garden and back yard. Our daughter loved spending time outside exporing the trees and fauna. We would wake up everyday to the birds singing, toucans and parrots visiting the mammoth trees outside, and the general serene and quiet of the home. Although it is completely quiet and private, there are neighbours and Ricardo (the caretaking) close by and we always felt safe. The house has a fully equipped kitchen, fantastic yard and hammocks, and is maintained by a warm and wonderful staff to ensure that it is in beautiful condition. Casa Escondida is about 1 mile away from Playa Hermosa, which a beautiful beach known as one of the best surfing beaches. We enjoyed sunsets there and watching the weekly surf competitions. The Casa is a close 10 minute drive to Jaco beach which provides all the ammeneties we were looking for (including a farmers market and many restaurants/bars/stores), but it felt miles away from the crowds of Jaco. We also loved driving to the quiet and calm beaches of Playa Esterillos, which are about a 15 minute drive from the Casa. We would love to stay here again! Highly recommended for those seeking adventure and for anyone looking to truly relax and be away from it all. Pura Vida!
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children
Beautiful Jungle Bungalow Minutes from World Class Surf
Playa Hermosa Puntarenas
Athens, GA

Lovely home!

  • 5 of 5
I would highly recommend Casa Escondida to anyone. It is a gorgeous home surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Spacious rooms and tons of large windows make for a perfect view! Well maintained and gorgeous architecture. Close to restaurants, spectacular beach, breathtaking waterfalls and only 10 minutes away from Jaco. We can't wait to return and can't imagine staying anywhere else. The perfect trip!
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Beautiful Jungle Bungalow Minutes from World Class Surf
Playa Hermosa Puntarenas
gig harbor WA.

just what my family ordered!

  • 5 of 5
my girlfriends and I rented this vacation home to celebrate our 60th birthdays. it was just the perfect spot to do what my family ordered me to do... relax, take in the ocean, walk among the flowers, read and laugh. this is a simple, very clean and airy house to be in... it is filled with the essentials to cook, make fruit smoothies, cook on the stove. the gardener/ caretaker is extremely polite and helpful... knows the history of the property and surrounding area and all of the plants, is filed with ideas of what's. available to do and is a joy to have check in periodically. this is a wonderful family house... big enough to house 2 small family's... it is less than a mile from the surf and 10 minutes from Jaco... which has rstores for food and fun and great gelato! it is a splendid" home base" house to travel from!!!.... we plan to go back with our families many more times in the future!
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Beautiful Jungle Bungalow Minutes from World Class Surf
Playa Hermosa Puntarenas
Palm Beach, FL, USA

Surf Trip

  • 4 of 5
The house, the location, and the care taker, were perfect. Great for surfers, no more than 5 min drive from Hermosa. Felt completely safe leaving our belongs in the house because the care taker was there watching over the house while we were out surfing. There isn't air conditioning but there are huge windows with screens that let in a nice breeze. The house is tucked away in the rainforest and we heard and saw howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, humming birds, and so many more animals than we would have seen staying in a highly populated area. 6 of us stayed there for 10 days and it was and over all wonderful experience!
Pura Vida!
  • Submitted: May 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Beautiful Jungle Bungalow Minutes from World Class Surf
Playa Hermosa Puntarenas
Chicago, IL

Great house, Great location!

  • 4 of 5
The rental is great, the Internet/phone didn't work for the first 2 days. But they were able to get both repaired for us. The Groundskeeper Ricardo was very nice, and super helpful. My bigger complaint is that he was too helpful, and around a lot. I woke up to him sweeping, he came to the beach with us etc. I'm sure some of it was my broken Spanish with his broken English. But overall a nice guy just looking to help.
The rental is large, tons of windows, hammocks and yard are great.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Beautiful Jungle Bungalow Minutes from World Class Surf
Playa Hermosa Puntarenas
Los Angeles

Fantastic time!

  • 5 of 5
I couldn't reccomend this place any higher. Highlight was the caretaker Richard who was looking out after the house and me and my friends during our stay. I would make him coffee and breakfast in the morning and he would point us in the right direction for the day.

The house is beautiful and easily accommodates 4 people.

Would stay there again.

Having a car made it even better as the house is 6 km from Jaco and about 1km from Playa Hermosa and the local restaurants and bars.
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

My good friend and I had been traveling to Costa Rica for awhile and realized that we wanted make a cool surf shack near one of our favorite surf breaks, Playa Hermosa.


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From the Owner

We can ride our bikes to fantastic surfing, beautiful sunsets and great restaurants in Playa Hermosa.

Property Type

  • house


  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator


  • Dining Area


  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered


  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

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