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Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica

Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica


Property Details

Updated: Mar 12, 2015
House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Our one bedroom guest house, rents by four day minimum, weekly, or one month maximum which is negotiable during the stay if desired, and features a King Sized Bed, and balcony for that morning coffee or bird watching. A short walk to the Main House will put you beside the large private pool complete with showers and washroom facilities. Temperatures range from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius which holds the pool temperature comfortable for swimming, floating or massaging with the Jacuzzi Jets while sipping your favorite beverage.

Construction was completed in 2007 and is beautifully landscaped and maintained. Rooms have A/C and remote control ceiling fans, cable TV, and high speed internet.

Located 45 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and the newly developed area of Escazu and Santa Ana, for those who want to shop.

The beaches of Herradura & Jaco are 45 minutes away for golfing or surfing, or for walking or biking on the beach a short drive to Esterillos and you can go for miles.

Keywords: Flat bungalow on beautiful landscaped acerage in fruit producing region.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

My name is Grace and I live full time on the property where I keep busy with the Landscaping, and my 5 dogs. I am a Tica and love Costa Rica for it's friendly people and abundant plant and animal life.

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Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2015

14 Reviews

based on 14 traveler reviews

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Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
+506 -24278965
Alajuela Alajuela Province
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Hone and Slavica

  • 5 of 5
This is the ultimate vacation in a beautiful country of Costa Rica. Nothing is more precious than friends & family gathering to create memory of a lifetime. Designed with such in mind, this house is located on the top of a hill, and has stunning views, in a secluded, gated, and private neighborhood, yet it is only 20 minutes to drive to area beaches & other attractions. The bedrooms are spacious, the kitchen is fully equipped, and the back yard and pool area are amazing! We enjoyed coming back to this calming house after busy days of sightseeing. Pool area is so pretty and green/turquoise water is refreshingly cooler than the ocean. Beautiful birds and star gazers are in heaven with no pollution to night sky. The only weird thing is that sun sets at 6pm....equator is really 12h of daylight is all you get...we got used to it real quick and enjoyed getting up at 7:30 and fell asleep way earlier than back at home in Canada. The home feels very secure and has a safe in the bedroom so all the stuff is 100% ok to leave. We however did not lock almost anything.
Sometimes the pictures of the house don't really live up to the expectations but that was not the case with this house in San Mateo. As soon as you enter the house, you are blown away by the open layout and beauty of the house/patio/pool and the panoramic views from the patio! I can truly say this is the most beautiful house we have ever lived in!
We had the most amazing time staying at this house! The house is even nicer than a hotel, everything is so well organized, not only in the house, but the owners also send you a complete and very helpful welcome guide. Everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations. This home is truly a gem and we will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
+506 -24278965
Alajuela Alajuela Province
Winter Haven, Florida

Ours for a month

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed this lovely property. We stayed a month. The owners were very helpful. They went out of thier way to make sure we had everything we needed. And told us some great places to go to see the animals we were interested in seeing. We had our computer, TV.
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Always interesting and gratifying to hear our guests enjoyed their stay, Dale and Sondra were easy going and not hesitant to try new places, we wish them well and look forward to having future guests with such wonderful dispositions.
Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
+506 -24278965
Alajuela Alajuela Province
Ottawa, Canada

Several visits

  • 5 of 5
We have holidayed at this property for 3 years and expect to return next year. This is not lack of imagination; it is because the property is very comfortable and ideally located for us. Within a drive of 1 hour you can visit San Jose, Jaco, Montreverdi or Puntarenas. The facilities are great and so are the dogs. It is always worth the trip.
  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
+506 -24278965
Alajuela Alajuela Province

Look no Further! You have ARRIVED!

  • 5 of 5
This is our second stay at this beautiful well-appointed Casita! This Casita has it all. The bedroom is huge with a comfortable king size bed, amazing wood built in's & large patio doors allowing for a wonderful breeze day O& night. The kitchen comes with absolutely everything you need to prepare home cooked meals. The Wi-Fi is fast & made working from the porch extremely easy. The large porch is amazing & complete with a top of the line BBQ which we used nightly. The large property is well maintained with many amazing plants & flowers & a large Banyon tree front & centre. The property also hosts many fruit trees & we enjoyed as much LIMON juice & ORANGE juice as we could handle! A definite plus! This Casita is situated well away from the main house which allows plenty of privacy. The large pool is at the main house & we enjoyed many afternoons floating around in the warm water. San Mateo is centrally located for many day trips & has a perfect temperature of 27-30C during the day & a comfortable 19-21C at night - perfect for sleeping without the AC on.
With all this said, the perfect part of the rental is the most AMAZING HOSTS we have ever met. Ivan & Grace. They go above and beyond any hosts we have ever met in our travels. They welcome you into their family making sure all needs are met. Their vast knowledge of Costa Rica & Grace's Spanish (as she is a Tica) make the transition into another culture seamless. They advised on Restaurants, activities, shopping & assisted us which some much needed medical attention. We give our highest rating to Grace & Ivan & we will be back a third time!
  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
+506 -24278965
Alajuela Alajuela Province
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Paradise for English Speakers!

  • 5 of 5
First, this property is beautiful and has all the comforts of home. The casita has lovely dining porches on both sides and is surrounded by a perfectly manicured lawn and grounds. There is a large living room with cable TV and wi-fi. A fully equipped kitchen, a big bedroom with a king bed, a large bath with a great shower and a laundry room. The casita is air-conditioned although we found that leaving it open at night with the screens not only was most comfortable but allowed us to hear the howler monkeys greet the dawn from down at the river!

There is a beautiful sweep of lawn between the casita and the gorgeous main house (with its big and exquisite pool which is open to the guests 24/7) with the lawn dominated by a huge Banyon tree and its attendant epiphytes, philodendra and flowers. The entire property is perfectly maintained at all times.

This property is centrally located in the Western part of Costa Rica with access to the beaches and many national parks. Grace and Ivan provide great help and advice on all those attractions although that only one of their virtues.

Very nearly the best part of this property is the quality of the hosts. Ivan is a native Canadian and Grace is a native Costa Rican. They are the most welcoming and helpful people you can imagine. During our stay, my wife developed a minor but concerning medical issue. One that required immediate attention. At 7:00 in the morning Grace bundled her into her car and took her to the medical lab for a test, then to the local doctor for a prescription and then to the pharmacy. Imagine how much easier this was with a native of the country to interpret and manage things! Not only was my wife's situation promptly managed but both Grace and Ivan clearly were delighted to help. It is heartwarming to know that all over this storied globe there are the most kind and decent people.

This property has our highest recommendation!
  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to meet wonderful people, we do hope we will see you return.

Retired Snow Birds Winter in Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
+506 -24278965
Alajuela Alajuela Province

Great place, great value, outstanding hosts!

  • 5 of 5
This wonderful casita is part of property owned by Ivan, a native of Canada, and his wife, Grace, a native of Costa Rica. First, the property is magnificent! The rental is a stand-alone casita with a living room with cable TV and free wi-fi, a full kitchen, a beautiful bedroom with a king bed, a big bath with a great shower, a laundry room and lovely porches on both sides of the casita.

There is a large, perfectly maintained lawn between the casita and the main house (which is beautiful) with it's large swimming pool. In the lawn is a gigantic Banyon tree with epiphytes, philodendra and many flowers. There are citrus trees in the yard and we had fresh squeezed orange juice every morning!

However, the very best part of this experience was meeting Ivan and Grace. Not only are they the most pleasant, personable and helpful people but they step up in an emergency. My wife had a modest medical situation arise. In a country whose language we don't speak. No problem. At 7:00a.m., Grace bundled my wife up, took her into town to a lab for a test, then went with us to the doctor's office and then to the pharmacy to have a prescription filled. Not only did she and Ivan do all this for us, they were genuinely happy to help. They are proof, absolute, that this world is filled with good and wonderful people. This property has our highest recommendation!
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ivan and I have always found it gratifying to accommodate and provide services to our guests. John and Bekki were well travelled, friendly and a joy to have on the property.



From the Owner

After living in Canada for 28 years and raising two children, my Husband and I decided it was time to leave the Great White North and find some peace, tranquility, and warmth. I knew just the place and here we are. The Guest House was completed in 2007 and the Main House in 2008 which opened the Guest House for rent.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : JUAN SANTA MARIA SJO at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : SAN MATEO at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : PUNTARENAS at 50 Kilometres Nearest Golf : LOS SUENOS at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : 27 at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : LA GLORIETA at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : HERRADURA at 50 Kilometres Car: recommended

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From C$150 Per night

Rental rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit C$300.00

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Mar 12, 2015


From the Owner

There are many amenities within a short drive from the property, beaches, golf, sport fishing, surfing, boating, restaraunts, shopping, crocodile watching, adventure parks, which can be enjoyed on day trips. Then the tourist hustle can be left behind while you rest beside the pool and plan your next adventure.

Property Type

  • bungalow


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 1000 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Sink and vanity


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Single foldout sofa in living room
  • Large closet with ensuite, and cedar storage chest.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Jacuzzi jets attached to pool.

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