Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!

Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!


Property Details

Updated: Oct 2, 2014
Accommodates 6 guests very nicely, with two bedrooms and a comfortable sofa-bed.

Casa Papaya is located in a quiet, safe, and low-density residential neighborhood of oceanfront estates and elegant condos. There’s green space on three sides of the condo, providing a home to howler monkeys, tropical birds, and iguanas. On the fourth side, across a seldom-traveled road, is a canopied park with a winding path to the white-sand beach of the Pacific Ocean, only 100 yards from the condo. Just follow the sound of the surf…

This is a luxurious residence in every respect. The furnishings and décor are tasteful and of high quality. The Venetian-stucco walls, teak moldings and doors, cast stone floors, and ceilings planked in tropical hardwoods combine to fashion a wonderfully warm and welcoming vacation home.

Our building, La Esquina, is an intimate, 10-unit complex, showcasing Moroccan architecture, Mediterranean stucco, and columns, arches, tile, stonework, and carved teak beams throughout. The gardens are professionally landscaped and maintained and are alive with tropical flowers, plants, and trees. A beautiful, mature banyan tree accents the pool and provides generous shade.

The guests at La Esquina are typically families with children (of all ages) or adult couples. We work hard to keep our neighborhood and our condo free from the chaotic din that often afflicts rentals in nearby Tamarindo. To each his own, but La Esquina caters to guests who want to spend a relaxing vacation without having to deal with a live band and an all-night keg party next door.

Casa Papaya’s kitchen is a chef's delight. It features granite countertops, hardwood cabinets with pebble-glass doors, modern stainless-steel appliances, a 3-stage water filter, a garbage disposal, a very full complement of countertop electric appliances, and complete sets of matching kitchenware, cutlery, serving ware, glassware, silverware, and dining ware.

We live here much of the year, so we maintain the condo, and especially the kitchen, as thoughtfully and thoroughly as we maintain our U.S. home.

The pool is just 15’ from the private, shaded porch.

The rooftop patio provides 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and the green hills of Costa Rica. It's the perfect place for sunbathing, napping, watching sunsets, and star-gazing. And yes, you can actually see the legendary Southern Cross constellation from the rooftop!

The entire complex, including the large parking area, is walled, gated, and guarded 24/7.

Casa Papaya has its own wireless, high-speed Internet. No shared bandwidth.

The washer and dryer in the condo are for the sole use of Casa Papaya's guests.

You'll find nothing but fresh, cool air, thanks to Casa Papaya's central a/c and eight ceiling fans. Casa Papaya has been strictly no-smoking from day one, so the air is clean and pure.

The condo is located only one mile from the renowned shopping and restaurants of Tamarindo, a town that is described by.residents as having the widest selection of restaurants in Costa Rica, other than in the capital itself.

The published rental rates include everything--maid service, taxes, cleaning costs, utilities, etc. No hidden charges!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards

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Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Over the top Pura Vida!

  • 5 of 5
What an idyllic, comforting place to enjoy Pura Vida in Tamarindo. This was our second visit and second stay in this condo. Bill and Beth were graciously helpful and provided us with all of the information we needed to have a terrific stay. The condo was immaculate, the beds extremely comfortable. I slept well every night. The kitchen is quite functional and lacking no utensil. The pool was heavenly and we enjoyed early morning and late night swims. The condo is also within easy walking distance of Tamarindo and just steps from the majestic ocean. The decor is tastefully done and adds warmth and comfort. We enjoyed watching the sunset from the rooftop and also appreciated the daily warm greetings of the various guards. You will not be disappointed with this magical place. PURA VIDA!
  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth and I were very happy to hear that you enjoyed everything about your visit, especially watching the sunsets from the rooftop patio. Watching the sunsets from up there has been a nightly tradition for us, ever since we bought Casa Papaya new in 2005. In fact, a few years ago we had a big party up there to celebrate our 36th anniversary, and the sunset was one of the best we've ever seen anywhere. We're delighted you returned for a second visit Kimberly, and we hope you'll come back again and again.
Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5
We were so impressed by our stay at Casa Papaya. Bill and Beth were extremely quick to reply to emails about reservations, date changes, questions, logistics, etc. The house was well stocked with towels, linens, and any kitchen utensils or cookery you might need. The guards were friendly and called us cabs whenever we needed one. We opted to take cabs rather than walk downtown in the heat. The pool is great and very refreshing, and the house comfortably fit 6 of us. I would strongly recommend staying at Casa Papaya if you are looking for a place away from the craziness of downtown but still close enough to split cabs. While you do need to take a bit of a walk to most restaurants in the downtown area, the bistro across the street is wonderful and only a few second walk away!
  • Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Alyson. We didn't know that the guards would call cabs. We'll pass that along to our future guests. We're happy to hear that the place was roomy enough for all six of you. We've been there ourselves with a total of six in the condo, and it felt comfortable, although four people is ideal. Please come back and visit us--it was a pleasure having you as our guest.
Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!
Tamarindo Guanacaste
Toronto, ON Canada

An ideal home base for fun and relaxation!

  • 5 of 5
We were so pleased with our stay at Casa Papaya. Beginning with the detailed information provided by our hosts, we were well equipped to arrive with our two young children for March break. Bill & Beth shared their knowledge of the area by providing tips, directions and suggestions to accommodate any kind of visitor in a welcome email he sent me immediately after submitting our deposit. That was completely unexpected and something I referred to often throughout the trip.
We'd travelled to Playa Langosta before and our decision to return with our 4 year old kids is testament enough for the area. We felt safe and welcome in the area and although reports were that it had become "built up" since our last visit it only made this beach-side locale better. Grocery stores and any kind of dining are all within a short walk away. We'd expected to rent a car but didn't bother because we could easily get to Tamarindo on foot along the beach or in a cab and decided to lay low for our stay.
Guests in a neighbouring villa did the "adventure tour" version of Costa Rica and returned every evening and shared tales of their day over cocktails at the shared pool.
The villa is exactly as they'd described. We enjoyed the large pool right outside the back door and travelled across the road to a selection of beaches whether you decided to turn left or right.
With wifi, a bbq and plenty of linens, laundry and other creature comforts our family felt right at home.
Upon our arrival we had a few questions and Bill was just an email away to navigate our issues (I'd forgotten to write down the door code!).
This rental was one of the most hassle-free travel experiences we have ever had and would definitely refer people to book with Bill & Beth.
Our children especially enjoyed naming the two wild iguanas we spotted on the property Franklin & Johnny and watched them climb the trees in the courtyard with amazement. After the first day they were on a first-name basis with the security guard and were proud to offer an Hola! several times a day. It was a fantastic family holiday and thanks in a large part to our hosts who provided not only a beautiful, clean and comfortable rental but phenomenal customer service to boot.
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all the kind words, Stephanie. We're glad Casa Papaya lived up to your expectations and that the descriptions we provided matched the reality.

The iguanas in the banyan tree are always a big hit with guests, and children especially enjoy them. It's interesting to learn that almost everyone gives the iguanas names and that all the names are different. We were happy to hear that "Franklin" and "Johnny" helped keep the children entertained.

We're glad that you were able to get around the area without having to rent a car. Many of our guests have reported the same thing, i.e., that having a car is a luxury but not a necessity.

We hope you'll come back soon, Stephanie. Thanks again for being our guests at Casa Papaya.
Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Great Condo! Great Owners!

  • 5 of 5
We were very happy our stay at Casa Papaya! It was beautiful and exactly as described. Access to the beach was easy and the community was quiet and peaceful. The walk to Tamarindo was only 15 minutes away. We were able to enjoy the loud night life of Tamarindo, and then get away to a quiet community, which is exactly what we wanted. We were happy we decided to stay here. The pool was amazing, and we had the opportunity to see iguanas and monkeys up close! Bill and Beth (owners) were extremely helpful and we have no complaints. We will definitely try to stay here again if we travel to this area again.
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words. We're glad everything went as you expected and deserved. During the last year, the howler monkeys have returned in large numbers to our area, and we're happy that you got to see them "up close and personal." Pura vida!
Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Best Vacation ever!!!

  • 5 of 5
This was my first visit to tamarindo and I'm definitely going back. The condo was perfectly located, just a couple of blocks out of town, but just far enough that when you went back to the house it was peaceful and away for it all. This it truly a great get away! The house has everything your could ask for, great accommodations, wonderful pool and steps from the beach and town. The private entrance with secure parking 24/7 was great! I really feel in love with Tamarindo and will definitely will be renting that unit again. The owners were amazing at providing great information about the unit and the amenities around town and had a very quick response time! Thanks again for sharing your condo with the world, we will definitely be returning!
  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the compliments--and especially thanks for telling us that our emailed information helped your vacation planning. We pride ourselves on answering our guests' questions promptly and informatively. Looking forward to having you back!
Tropical luxury, just 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean beach!
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Everything you need for a wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed our stay at this property tremendously. It is very close to all of the best shops and restaurants in Tamarindo, but far enough away that it has a peaceful, quiet feel. It is just a stroll away from a beautiful beach, and we saw howler monkeys from the condo. The pool and garden are beautiful as well. The furniture, art, and interior are stunning, and it is well-equipped with towels, washer and dryer, and a 5-star kitchen with all the dishes you could ask for. I would never waste money on a hotel when you could stay at a place like this for a fraction of the cost. Also, Bill and Beth were very prompt and thorough with their responses and it was easy to coordinate the stay.
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


From the Owner

Casa Papaya condo offers our guests the best of both worlds. It's located in a quiet, safe, residential neighborhood, while just one mile away is the alluring, festive tumult of the town of Tamarindo. Tamarindo is fascinating fun, lined with restaurants, stores, surf shops, clubs, and street-vendors. It offers amenities such as realtors, several banks, medical and dental services, attorneys, and a post office. The location gives you the best of both worlds: the quiet tranquility of Playa Langosta but with close access to all the good things Tamarindo offers.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Costa Rica's Liberia Intl. Airport at 42 Miles Nearest Barpub : Family friendly, open-air sports bar at 200 Metres Nearest Golf : Hacienda Pinilla, 18 holes, very popular at 9 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Cala Luna, fine dining, 3 meals a day at 150 Metres Nearest Beach : Playa Langosta at 100 Metres Car: not necessary

Langosta and nearby Tamarindo are at the epicenter of Costa Rica’s tropical vacationing and eco-tourism.

Very accessible to the condo are rain forests, the Arenal volcano, national parks, cloud forests, waterfalls, scuba diving, horseback riding, and canopy/zipline tours. World-class surf breaks reach for miles in both directions along the coast in front of the condo. You can spend your days diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing, as well as white-water rafting, kayaking in a tropical estuary, cave exploring—or doing absolutely nothing.

Tamarindo offers the widest and best selection of restaurants outside the nation’s capital. Cuisine of every type is offered, and dining styles range from casual, beachside snackbars to candlelit, linen-covered tables.

The streets in Tamarindo are lined with clothing stores, surf shops, cantinas, clubs, and curbside vendors of fruits, coconuts, cigars, jewelry, and native pottery.

The white-sand beach 100 yards from the condo is often deserted, offering first-pick beachcombing and secluded sunbathing. On many mornings, the only footprints you’ll find there are your own. From our beautiful beach to the rain forests, volcanoes, and waterfalls of Costa Rica, it all begins in the beautifully appointed condo named Casa Papaya.


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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2014 Low Season
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
1 night minimum stay
2014 High Season to Dec. 18
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 18 2014
1 night minimum stay
2014 Winter Holidays
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 3 2015
1 night minimum stay
2015 High Season to Easter
Jan 4 2015 - Mar 28 2015
1 night minimum stay
2015 Easter Week
Mar 29 2015 - Apr 5 2015
1 night minimum stay
2015 High Season after Easter
Apr 6 2015 - May 31 2015
1 night minimum stay
2015 Summer
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
1 night minimum stay
2015 Low Season
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
1 night minimum stay
2015 High Season to Dec. 17
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 17 2015
1 night minimum stay
2015 Winter Holidays
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 2 2016
1 night minimum stay
2016 High Season Before Easter
Jan 3 2016 - Mar 17 2016
1 night minimum stay
2016 Easter Week
Mar 18 2016 - Mar 26 2016
1 night minimum stay
2016 High Season
Mar 27 2016 - May 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
2016 Summer
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
2016 Low Season
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
1 night minimum stay
2016 High Season to Dec. 22
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

--Rates include EVERYTHING: taxes, utilities, cleaning fees, etc. Rates shown are the complete total guests will pay.
--25% due at booking, 75% balance due 30 days before arrival. The 25% deposit is FULLY REFUNDABLE up to 90 days prior to arrival.
--We are not accepting reservations for the Tamarindo marathon in September.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.


From the Owner

Casa Papaya has been listed continuously on VRBO and HomeAway since 2007.

Property Type

  • condo


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View


  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1370 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Arched showers, Italian tiles
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Bright and airy, cast stone floors.
  • Bathrooms are elegant to the point of decadence. The robust stonework and dramatic Moroccan arches contrast strikingly with the exquisite Italian tile on the walls. The Frog Bath and the Iguana Bath are decorated with--you guessed it--frog and iguana art themes and cabinet hardware. Both baths are brightly lit and are equipped with ceiling fans and exhaust fans. The floors are stone, non-slip, and absolutely impervious to water and sand. The hardwood vanities feature separate and generously sized His-and-Hers sides and are equipped with Grohe faucets, imported from Germany. Both baths have a hair dryer, makeup mirror, and plush towels.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, 2 persons
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single, 2 persons; can be pushed together, side by side.
  • Sofa bed - 1 double, Comfortable hide-a-bed sleeps 2 adults
  • Both bedrooms are bright, spotless, and comfortable, with lovely, tropical decor. The guest bedroom opens into a private garden-patio. Furnishings, decor, and appointments are superb. All bedrooms are quiet and private, with lush vegetation outside the windows and room-darkening shades for lazy, sleep-in mornings. Floors are cool, non-slip, cast stone, with area rugs next to the beds. Walls are finished in true Venetian stucco, and ceilings are planked in solid teak with stacked-crown molding. There are ceiling fans in both bedrooms and in both baths, a full-size closet and armoire, and a guests' safe.


  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available


  • Fresh air: ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING! Free landline telephone, with unlimited incoming and outgoing calls within Costa Rica. Convenient, ground-floor location just 15' from the pool. All windows ensure privacy with large, tropical plants outside. Maid service every 3-4 days is included, as is cleaning before and after visit. Washer and dryer are within the condo (not shared). Excellent central a/c and eight ceiling fans keep you cool. Free wireless, encrypted Internet connection. Rooftop patio provides stunning views of ocean, sunsets, and stars. Plan your days with our helpful guests' guidebook to local attractions and restaurants. Quiet, safe, low-density, tree-lined neighborhood. Just 10 units in the entire building, so you'll never feel crowded. Completely walled complex, including parking area, and guarded 24/7.
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