reviews for: listing #62145vb - Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica rental

Amazing Beach Front Villa with Infinity Pool
  • bedrooms  5
  • pool  yes
  • type  Villa
  • baths  5
  • hot tub  yes
  • rates (USD)  $ 414 - $ 1,214 / night
    $ 2,899 - $ 8,499 / week
  • sleeps  16
  • pets considered  yes

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Lovely place for large group of friends or family

Review submitted: June 21, 2014   Date of arrival: June 7, 2014

If you are looking for a place for a large group that wants a peaceful beach away from it all, and enjoys cooking their own food this is your gig.

That said, and as much as our entire group loves to cook, I'd highly recommend having Tomas and Janet prepare a few meals for you because everything they prepared was OUTSTANDING. Beyond outstanding actually ... and this is a group of foodies. The shrimp, the fish, the beans and rice, the guacamole, and the first night - a typico Costa Rican meal. Unbelievable!

Tomas also makes incredible pina coladas, which we usually started on around 10:00am since the sun was up by 5.

You might also want to start out your trip with a massage from Janet - we set up the upstairs bedroom which is nice and dark and cool. I waited until just before we left and wished I had set up time with her the day after our arrival. Such a nice way to unwind.

Enjoy the peace and quiet - check out fishing and/or excursions from Flamingo Beach - drive to Rincon de la Vieja for a nature hike, and take a swim beneath the waterfall - have breakfast or after cocktails at Bahia Del Sol Beachfront Hotel (a lovely resort just a short walk up the beach).

You'll leave relaxed and ready to face the "real world" again - or, you may decide to move to Costa Rica!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 

Words Cannot Describe Paradise!

Review submitted: May 5, 2014   Date of arrival: April 12, 2014

Joan,
We had an AMAZING time at your house! We did do a number of things
but were also able to squeeze in a lot of nothing time!! Your house
was perfect for that!
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Our wake ups were generally around 5:45 am at which point we'd all sit
out on the back patio with our coffee enjoying the beautiful, clear
view. Janet and Tomas would bring in our breakfast around 8:00. They
were absolutely amazing! Despite the language barrier with Janet, we
were able to communicate and joke with her. Tomas is just a doll and a phenomenal cook!!
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We had scheduled Scuba dives at the Flamingo Resort where 2 of the 3
boys were able to successfully complete their Padi certification.
Dervin coordinated all the transportation for us. He was also enormously helpful.
He coordinated our ziplining, our trip to Tamarindo to surf, had jet
skis delivered right to your beach. He was terrific!
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We so enjoyed walking the beach to visit the local crocodiles
(YIKES!). We had a visit on your patio from some local escapees from
a nearby farm (yes, cows at 3 am eating your bushes are enough to
scare anyone!). We also saw a monkey family on one of our daily walks to Super Wendy!!
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Janet gave us some Mangoes from the tree in front which we promptly
turned into virgin (and NON-Virgin) afternoon smoothies to watch the
gorgeous sunset. Which was followed by a delicious dinner prepared by
Tomas. The table was the perfect size for our family of 8, where we
sat for over an hour every night talking, eating and playing games.
We enjoyed the space to be together and sometimes enjoyed the space to
be apart, with kids upstairs, some outside, a parent sleeping on a chair...
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We cannot say enough about Janet and Tomas. You have really found
some gems in them!! They care for your house as if it's their own, and
cared for us as if we were their friends, which for a short time we were!
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It was one of the best vacations we've had! Thank you for sharing your beautiful house and country with us. Our only regret is that we
didn't know until after we had visited Tamarindo that your son has a restaurant there.
We would have loved to visit him!!
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We know understand the real meaning of Pura Vida!! Many thanks again!

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

WONDERFUL vacation - absolute perfection

Review submitted: February 9, 2014   Date of arrival: February 1, 2014

I am the third of my family to visit Joan's beautiful house and it was the perfect vacation for us. We had a wonderful time visiting the beautiful country of Costa Rica and its friendly people. We had almost every meal cooked by Tomas and Janet and it was superb. Janet did the most amazing pedicure ever, we highly recommend. The house was perfect for three couples that were away from our children for the first time. It was a great blend of relaxation and fun. Joan was beyond helpful and excellent to work with, the house was very clean, updated and accommodating. Tomas and Janet were the best but above all Dervin and his group provided us with wonderful transportation and services - he cannot be beat. We would come here again and again - we felt like we had a small sliver of paradise for one week - a week that went by far too fast.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 

Fantastic beach front location

Review submitted: December 31, 2013   Date of arrival: December 19, 2013

We just returned from a wonderful week at the Villa Corazon del Mar. It was everything that is promised here and more. The house itself is perfect for a large group (there were 12 of us) and amply supplied for cooking as much as we wanted. The location is ideal - just steps from the Pacific (although the sand was SO hot!) Tomas and Janet were so amenable and kind - they couldn't have been nicer. Dervin arranged for all of our activities and always had a driver available for us. The beach and water were beautiful, the weather was perfect and our memories are full of wonderful times with family. As I look out on our snowy 16 degree day it's hard to believe that last week at this time we were struggling to keep enough sun screen on everyone. I want to go back! Thanks Joan for allowing us to spend a week at your beautiful home. Pura Vida

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 

Long Awaited Family Reunion!!

Review submitted: November 23, 2013   Date of arrival: November 11, 2013

Words cannot express how greatful I am l to Joan and this amazing piece of heaven. We started planning our visit 7 years ago after my younger brother gave one of his kidneys to save our fathers life. As they were being wheeled away we asked where they wanted to go after their recovery and they said marlin fishing in Costa Rica. This is how it all began....it took some time but after 3 more grandboys, 2 deployments, a retirement and just life happening we finally made it and what a blessing it was!! The house was perfect and so spacious I loved going to sleep and waking to the crashing waves. When we weren't kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, sailing on the Manta Ray, zip lining, beach combing, and playing in the ocean we were all enjoying the beautiful infinity pool. I don't think the pool was ever empty! Except when we were sleeping. :-). As other reviews have stated Dervin and his crew are exceptional. The most accommodating, flexible, available and affordable service I've ever experienced. We wanted to take Gravin home with us. He is such nice, humble and sincere person. He has the right attitude and demeanor for his job. He became apart of our family. Also, Ana, Dervin's beautiful bride was so sweet, kind and very helpful we really enjoyed her. They made our trip unforgettable. The guys fished early in the week and had mahi mahi to eat on all week. We had Tomas cook for us twice and it was amazing, the spread he does is not only delicious but beautifully presented. He and Janet are so wonderful they are the perfect addition to the house. Janet gave me a deep tissue massage the first day there and it relaxed me for the rest of the week. She is gifted. I highly recommend this beautiful villa and all it's amenities. Thank you Joan for waiting for us we will never forget our wonderful adventure! All the laughter, love and priceless memories we will forever cherish!! As the beautiful people of Costa Rica say Pura Vida!!!
PS we loved Playa Conchal and found the sands, shells, snorkeling and the handmade souvenirs incredible! We also loved Harry and his crew at The Shack. The restaurants on the beach close to the house are also yummy!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

EXCELLENT PLACE TO STAY!

Review submitted: August 30, 2013   Date of arrival: August 23, 2013

We stayed in this GORGEOUS home for 3 nights/4 days, and what a pleasure it was! We had 12 of us in the house, and there was plenty of room to spare! The view from anywhere on the property is stunning, and with the pool and kayaks and beach, there is no need to even leave the property! So much to do just right out the back door! There is a well stocked convenience store just a few blocks away and a fresh fruit stand not much farther than that, and the kitchen is well stocked for cooking, if you are so inclined. We did not use the services of the caretakers, but I understand they will come in and cook for you for a reasonable price, if you are interested. They were very helpful caretakers, supplying us with salt and sugar when we were missing those items for our own cooking needs.

I can't say enough good things about our experience there. The owner, Joan, is a delight to work with, as well, and they all bend over backwards to make your experience a positive one. And the pictures don't do the place justice, it is even prettier in person. The sunsets were spectacular, right out your back yard! The beach is fairly private, there was not a lot of traffic on it, and if you want a more popular, white sand beach, Playa Conchal is just about a 15 minute drive down the road. We went there one morning, and that was a fun experience, as well.

I definitely would recommend this property. You won't be sorry!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

We've already recommended this place to all of our friends! (and some of them have booked it!)

Review submitted: April 28, 2013   Date of arrival: March 23, 2013

I have repeated over and over to everyone I know that this place is our Tropical Destination of Choice! Joan's home was a perfect setting for our 2-family vacation - the home, the pool, the beach, the little town, the fruit market within walking distance (never have we had so many delicious pineapples and watermelons!), the restaurants just a walk down the beach. It was exotic and at the same time so comfortable and familiar. Dervin and his associates made our vacation unforgettable, and Tomas and Janet were available 24/7 for all that we needed. Everyone we met was so kind and helpful, even if we didn't speak the same language. I will 100% recommend this home for a wonderful Costa Rican experience. I promise you....... you will be back! And the best way I can thank you, Joan, for sharing your wonderful home is by giving you more business..... and I know I have already!!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

Pura Vida with Family and Friends -- and a little bit more.

Review submitted: April 17, 2013   Date of arrival: March 16, 2013

My second time to CR, but first time as a vacationer. The family we vacation with submitted a review a couple of reviews down the page, but wanted to add a few of my own notes as well.

1. Dervin's the man. Just contact him and things happen. Enough said.

2. Dervin hooked us up with an excursion where we did a water slide, zip lines, horseback riding and then relaxed in pools. An all day affair. Well worth it. Seems like it ran around $150....give or take $20. Can't really remember. A word about the waterside, however. This is a slide like no other slide. Basically, its up on the mountain, and they gather a huge pool of water behind the slider, then open a gate and the pool of water rushes out at one time taking the rider down the mountain at HIGH rates of speed. I'm sure I'll never see another water slide like that one again.

3. The surf directly behind the house is very nice for boogie boarding. No worries there. But, if you want some epic boogie boarding waves, head to Playa Grande. Again, Dervin took us to a beachfront hotel in Playa Grande where we had a nice lunch. Those that eat lunch at the hotel are welcome to use the pool, albeit rather modest, while the rest of the group heads out to the beach fronting the hotel. Wave after wave after wave after wave......no rest for the weary here. Boogie boarding at its very finest. If you enjoy challenging boogie boarding....this is the place.

4. Promise yourself that you'll allow Thomas and Janet to cook a meal at least once. Guarantee you won't regret it. The rice pudding is insane.

5. Really, the house has everything. Part of the day the ocean is perfect for swimming, and part of the day it's perfect for boogie boarding. The pool is large and clean. The house is large and comfortable. The staff is excellent. It's within walking distance of some small grocery shops, but within driving distance of larger shops.

Hope to get back some day.

Helpful votes: 5 / 5

 

Pura Vida with Family and Friends

Review submitted: March 25, 2013   Date of arrival: March 17, 2013

The Villa was Excellent, as advertised. Plenty of room for 2 families, we had 9 kids there and 4 adults, 2 of the kids were 20 and the rest ranged from 18 to 6. We all had a fabulous time. As many have reviewed this house I will just say it is just about perfect. We had great luck with waves right in front of the house and we all spent lots of time on the beach and around the pool. The key to our stay was Dervin and his crew. They were the real deal, knew the area, could get us on any tour, to and from any place we wanted to go and they really helped us organize our trip. They are a 10 out of 10. I could go on about the house and Costa Rica but suffice it to say this was my families second trip to Costa Rica and it was the best. What a great country and great people and great accommodation. Thomas and his wife were great, there when we needed them and invisible when we did not. We had them cook the last day and that was our biggest mistake.......they should have cooked everyday, every meal...it was fantastic. Highly recommending this great spot for anyone who wants a great place to stay and be able to enjoy local flavor. Thumbs up....pura vida.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

Memorable Vacation

Review submitted: February 1, 2013   Date of arrival: January 12, 2013

What an AMAZING vacation!! My husband's parents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with all of their children/spouses and grandchildren (14 total) ages ranging from 16-73. The house was able to accomodate us all very nicely. The house had everything we had hoped and more!! The trip would not have been what it was if it wasn't for Dervin, Pepe and Gravin!! Anything we needed we just made a phone call to Dervin and he made it happen. The dinner at the Golden Shrimp was memorable for my inlaws! The tour to Buena Vista and the Jungle river boat tour were both amazing and highly recommended!! Thanks to Janet and Tomas for making fabulous dinners for us!! Best pico de gallo and guacamole!! The days spent at the house around the pool and beach were also very memorable.
Can't wait to return!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 3

 

BEST VACATION EVER

Review submitted: January 9, 2013   Date of arrival: December 26, 2012

Congratulations to Joan on such a beautiful home! Loved the house. Loved the beach. Loved the area.
We are four families with lots of kids. The house was perfect for us. We all had our private space and the kids would gather in the upstairs room for fun and games while us adults would cocktail on the patio for amazing sunsets. We have taken many vacations together. Hands down everyone agrees that this home and this area was the best vacation ever. Janet and Tomas were wonderful. There when we needed them and not there when we were just enjoying our family and friends. We had them cook a few delicious meals. We tried some of the restaurants close to the house.....all yummy. The kayaking, the boogie boarding and swimming in front of the house and in the pool kept all the kids busy. We did go on some excursions, Especially loved the river trip to see crocodiles and white faced monkeys. The catamarran snorkel cruise is also a must. Both are incredible ways to experience real nature. One of our guys even tried fishing from the beach. Zip lining for some. There is just so much to do that you cannot do it all in one week. We have to go back. We came away with great photos and memories. Thank you again, Joan for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

House Needs Updating

Review submitted: December 21, 2012   Date of arrival: December 6, 2012

Booking: 5/5 The booking process was very easy. Joan was very helpful in answering any questions we had and the ability to take credit cards was quite helpful.

Location: 3.5/5 Playa Potrero is a dusty little beach town with few options for dining and activities. The supermarket in town is thin and if you want to get anything beyond the basics you’re going in the car. The drive to flamingo is 10 minutes and the drive to Tamarindo is 30-40 minutes. Looking back we would have looked at staying in Flamingo or closer to Tamarindo. The upside is the area was very quiet.

The House: 3/5 The house is nice but there are drawbacks to consider. The layout is nice overall and is good for one large family or multiple families. The pool is nice and is great for kids. The main drawback is the condition. It’s getting dated and in need of upgrades. During our visit, both the A/C in one of the bedrooms died and the dishwasher didn’t work as well. They were fixed within two days but on a one week vacation that’s annoying. Also the front left bedroom constantly smells like sewage and the answer to fix it was to add more glade. The towels are in rough shape and furniture and appliances are showing some serious wear. For the money paid you should expect better.

The Beach: 3/5 The beach is very quiet with no crowds The sand is black and soft and the water is very warm but cloudy. The downside is there are lots of dogs roaming the beach that take care of their business on the beach and it’s everywhere!! The surf is also weak in that area which may be a plus for some. My point is this, if you are expecting some beautiful white sand beach with clear blue water go to flamingo.

Dervin: 5+/5 Dervin Rocks! Even if you are not staying at this house use him. His website is www.yellowfinsportfishing.com/ and use him for everything in the area. He is the ultimate concierge and the rates he negotiates are very competitive and he is extremely friendly. Tours, taxis, food or dining he is your go to guy down there. If you going to this part of Costa Rica call Dervin.
Overall: 3.5/5 Would I go back to Costa Rica? In a second! It’s a beautiful country, friendly people, and easy to get to. Would I stay in this house again. Not likely. The location is far from ideal, the house needs updating, and the price is high for what you get. Based on the above you may still want to stay there but I would consider all the factors above before deciding.

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers

Owners response: I was very dismayed to read this review. Sadly and unfortunately this gentleman had a bad experience in the villa and it caused a negative exaggeration in his discription of the villa and it's ammenities. We experienced a drain problem in one of the showers. All homes require repairs on ocassion. As always when repairs are needed they get our immediate attention. Costa Rica suffered a large earthquake a couple of months ago. There was some damage to the drain in this shower. It took awhile for the problem to show up. This problem is being corrected. I take great pride in the 60 great reviews listed on this site. In fact the guests who are staying in the villa right now emailed me yesterday. I quote: "Hi Joan, I want to congratulate you on such a beautiful house. My family and I are enjoying it very much" She then went on to ask to reserve the house for next year. One such exaggeration are his comments on the price of the rental. Other villas that are beach front that offer the same capacity of sleeping are simply more expensive than mine. I ask a fair price and offer a great value! Calling my beach a black sand beach is rediculous and false. We are a soft lite brown sand beach as most beaches on the Pacific Coast including Tamarindo. The photos on the site show it exactly as it is. Tomas rakes and cleans our beach every day for the comfort of our guests. I have never experience dog poop all over the place. Our water out front is the safest in all of Costa Rica. No rip tides or dangerous currents as there are on many of the beaches in the area. Most guests appreciate our location. We are outside the hustle bustle of the larger towns. Yet, close enough to enjoy the ammenities they offer. Potrero is quaint and offers the Costa Rican experience.There are pleanty of activities and restaurants close. I always replace towels, sheets, glasses and all the items that either wear out or break. Last year I replaced all the inside towels with 20 sets of new. I believe in his review he must have been complaining about the beach towels that I provide. This is an extra that is not provided by most houses. New ones are arriving the first week of Jan. In October of this year I recovered all the couch cushions. They can't possibly have deteriorated in two months. It is my highest priority to ensure that my guests have a great experience in the Villa Corazon Del Mar.I hope you will consider the other 60 reviews and come and stay with us!

Helpful votes: 4 / 4

 

A-m-a-z-i-n-g V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n

Review submitted: October 10, 2012   Date of arrival: September 9, 2012

It's hard to sum up the trip that we all had, but I will try in an effort to help those who are undecided. The house alone is spectacular. Everything is spacious; everyone has their own bathroom; everyone has room to enjoy or rest at the same time. As far as the house goes it is really indescribable the moments that you can have, when the ocean and pool are calm; when the sunset reflects in the pool water; when you wake up and paradise stares you down.

I can spend forever talking about the house and how it really is A+, but I'll just say that the website doesn't do it justice and I wish there was a place where guests can post their pictures for everyone to see how amazing it is.

The other 2/3 of the trip that made everything so amazing were Tomas & Janet and Dervin & his services. Between the two, I don't think you can be treated better while in Costa Rica. Tomas is truly there when you need him and disappears when you don't. Janet gives the most amazing massages that soothe more than any I've had in the states, and Dervin with his crew that are so catering, and kind, and eager to do a great job to make us happy. I often think of them and wonder if they know that the Americans who stayed there are so very grateful for them. Our trip of 25 was half at the house and half at the hotel Bahia del Sol (moments down the beach...which also had rave reviews from our crew). It worked out to be an amazing trip for a large group of people, so whether you want a small gathering or more...Joan, the owner (with her relentless patience and willingness to answer all of your questions), Tomas & Janet, the caretakers (with their dedication to the property and service to its residents), and Dervin's company (with his ability to juggle many people's desires, all while speaking a second language)...the Villa del Corazon is the place to be...at LEAST once in your life. I hope this review has done it justice.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 8 / 8

 

Three Family Vacation

Review submitted: August 26, 2012   Date of arrival: July 9, 2012

Wow what a wonderful trip and a wonderful house! We were three families ~ my parents, sister & brother in law with their four girls, my husband and I with our two girls. The house was comfortable and enjoyable! The sunsets were amazing! Joan did an incredible job in providing information on anything we needed. Yellow Fin Sporting (Dervin and Gravem) are highly recommended and a must if you stay in Playa Potrero. Tomas took care of all our needs....at one point the ac went out....it was taken care of immediately! Truly an experience we will never forget!!! Note to Joan - Thanks so much for sharing your house, provided services and amentities! You have allowed us to have the PERFECT Costa Rican vacation!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

Truly awesome 50th birthday adventure!

Review submitted: July 8, 2012   Date of arrival: June 24, 2012

We have been reading reviews of Joan's villa for over a year when we first started looking for a VBRO in Costa Rica to celebrate my 50th. We read review after review but really had no idea how amazing Joan's villa is. First of all... as always, the pictures do not do the house justice. It is a more amazing house than pictured and is great for a large group. We had a total of 10 guests the first week and 9 the second week. Each couple had their own bathroom! Nice! Even though we all had our own space, we sincerely enjoyed the kitchen, living room and, most of all, the beautifuly infinity pool! Janet and Tomas were really great and helped us with everything! We asked them to cook for us and it was a wonderful meal of fist we caught same day! I would recomend Janet giving you a massage, mani or pedi, for she is very good at these skills and has reasonable prices for the work she puts into the events. The significant plus of staying at the house, however, is the fact that, per Joan's suggestion, we hooked up with Dervin and Graven for our transportation and excursions. Dervin's company is "yellowfinsportfishing.com" and they were awesome! Graven picked us up from the airport and it took only seconds for us to be impressed with him. Dervin and Graven work with most of the guests from the house and you will not go wrong working with them on all of your excursions. They offered to pick us up and take us wherever we needed to go. They did the little things that made our trip the most amazing vacation by bring us birthday cakes, going grocery shopping with us, and planning the wonderful excursions. They pointed out all sorts of animals and birds, and stopped on a dime for us to take photos. The whole experience was superb and worth every penny! On another note, we adopted a house dog while we were there and named him Henri. He is the most loyal, playful and friendly Shepherd mix and he followed us up and down the beach every day. We have so many pictures of him hanging out in the water and we really enjoyed his company! Thank you Janet and Tomas for adopting Henri! Overall, our expectations of Joan's home and our Costa Rica adventure were significantly exceeded! Thanks to Joan, Dervin, Graven, Janet and Tomas for a forever memory!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

Wish there were 6 Stars!

Review submitted: June 19, 2012   Date of arrival: June 8, 2012

Great location! Non commercial feel. Great staff. ---everything in the profile is accurate (perhaps understated). Would recommend to anyone...and already have!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

Perfect Oasis

Review submitted: March 30, 2012   Date of arrival: March 10, 2012

Best weather ever on any vacation.Perfect sunsets & great stars at night.Our 4 couples really enjoyed sharing the amenities & also having our own private rooms with bath.It was hard to leave the villa it was so nice.Tomas & Janet were great cooks & we soon relied on them for breakfast & several dinners.Thomas was there when you needed him & invisible the rest of the time.The stereo which plays in/out of the villa was set on a great channel which had a blend of top hits from several decades which all of our couples ranging in age from 38-62 enjoyed.It was hard to leave the villa as we had everything we wanted there,BUT the activities were endless.Our group did the beach/mountain tours on the ATV's and the dune buggies.We also did the zip line which was very exciting!We ran out of time to do other things,we will just have to come back!We all hope the villa & the people of Costa Rica do not change too much & overdevelop like other resort islands/places we have been too,it was like an "Oasis" in this crazy world.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

What's not to love

Review submitted: February 19, 2012   Date of arrival: January 14, 2012

My wife and I just returned from two weeks at the Villa. We had various friends and family stay with us during the trip, always between 8 and 10 people and never felt the least bit crowded. The house, pool, kitchen, beach etc.......were all great. A few hints, take advantage of all the information provided by Joan, especially Dervin. He and his crew took great care of us, arranged trips, provided transportation and gave us good recommendations about where to shop. The Congo Trail zip line was very good as was the river boat trip and the all day trip to Beuna Vista. I fished in front of the villa and caught small barracuda, a very nice sized flounder and small fish that I did not recognize. Janet and Tomas took great care of us, have them cook for you, their meals were amazing and we thought very reasonably priced. The fruit stand around the corner had great fresh fruit and veggies, and little stores are easy to navigate. Fresh pineapple cut up and soaked in coconut rum makes a nice afternoon snack. All in all I would recommend this place to anyone..................oh, and stars, bring a big pair of binocs or small telescope, well worth it. I'll be happy to answer questions if anyone has them

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 3 / 3

 

Paradise on earth

Review submitted: November 29, 2011   Date of arrival: November 19, 2011

How do you describe paradise here on earth!?! Our family had a completely wonderful experience. Villa Corazon Del Mar is gorgeous and perfect down to the smallest details. Our family of 10 was totally comfortable the week we spent celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.
What a great crew of wonderfully helpful people you have put together. Ellen had the groceries for us, Dervin was most helpful in all aspects of getting us to all of the sites and places we chose to go and Tomas and Janet are the best.
Our kids had engaged a professional photographer to take family photos on Sunday night right before sunset at Flamingo Beach. Dervin provided our transportation. On Tuesday we did the Canopy Tour. The kids loved feeding the white faced monkeys, seeing the crocodiles as close as I'll ever hope to be, the beautiful vegetation, birds, iguanas, etc. Thursday we did the zip lining and the 9 of us who went LOVED the experience.
Tomas and Janet prepared our food on Saturday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Each meal was worthy of a 5 star restaurant rating. The guacamole and pico de gallo cannot be beat!
Dervin provided the kids with life jackets so they could boogie board. Lots of fun swimming in the pool, walking the beach, building scuptures and our evening games of football on the beach, collecting shells and sea glass (every morning the crew was up and out by 6 am), kayaking, reading and relaxing in the sun around the pool, breakfast and afternoon socializing at The Shack --- all of our expectations were realized!!!!
We hope to repeat the experience in the not too distant future. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Barb and John Mendota Heights, MN

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 

GREAT FAMILY VACATION!

Review submitted: August 9, 2011   Date of arrival: July 27, 2011

The villa was exactly what we were looking for to gather all our adult children and family. The views are fantastic and the pool and veranda area was perfect for hanging out or relaxing with a good book. Tomas and Janet are wonderful people who we enjoyed talking with and they took good care of our family. You must have Janet give you a facial and massage! There is no doubt you will want to use Dervin for all of your transportation and tours. He arranged our diving trips, deep sea fishing excursion and a wonderful day in the national park. This is a great vacation location that has been beautifully furnished for all your needs.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

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BEST VACATION EVER!

Review submitted: June 15, 2011   Date of arrival: May 29, 2011

Our stay was absolutely the best mix of adventure and relaxation. The Village seems like it was designed for a 3-generation family stay. We put the two teens on the top floor which was great for all and the remaining suites provided plenty of privacy for the adults and my brother/nephew. We also really appreciated all of the comfortable areas to congregate. Tomas and Janet’s Fiesta Dinner made for a perfect arrival celebration. They also kept the house and grounds looking great during our stay but did so in a way that was absolutely unobtrusive. And Dervin is the man! He made arrangements for our Palo Verde river tour (think that’s the right name) and was even our guide, golf for my brother and father (he played with them which they loved) an amazing snorkeling tour and a zip line tour. And, did so in a way that we felt we were given special attention wherever we went. We also did a whole lot of relaxing by and playing in the pool and the ocean and loved walking to the nearby restaurants for dinner.

And, you’re site is right, pictures will never do justice to the sunsets, which are pure magic.

We all left feeling sorry to go but at the same time blessed to have spent time at your wonderful Villa.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, tourists without a car

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The Perfect Family Beach Vacation Home

Review submitted: May 15, 2011   Date of arrival: March 26, 2011

We stayed here for Spring Break 2011 with 2 grandparents, 4 parents, & 7 kids ages 3 1/2 to 12, and it was the perfect place for everyone! Janet & Tomas are so wonderful. The beach has the perfect wave for swimming & body boarding, and you can be sitting in the pool watching the beach the whole time! We found our 3 favorite restaurants to walk to, our favorite market to get our daily supply of fruit & veg, and our favorite tour guide in Dervin. He took us on a great zip line tour that all the kids could do, a day trip to Tamarindo for surf, and another to Playa Cochal for some amazing snorkelling. We all took turns taking out the kayaks & fishing with poles that we'd brought along. This was the perfect home for a spectacular vacation - we will be coming back!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 4 / 5

 

Killer spot with all the amenities in a spectacular setting

Review submitted: March 15, 2011   Date of arrival: March 11, 2011

I have travelled widely and been in many beachfront properties, but this is tough to top! Beautiful home, smack on a quiet, wide, calm beach. Spectacularly built and very tastefully furnished house and an extremely gracious staff!
The endless pool is as close to a beach as is possible and is the ultimate due west sunset vantage point! Lots of quiet, off- beaten- path beaches nearby. This is a remarkable home in a wonderful location in delightful Guanacaste!!!!!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

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We fell in Love with Corazon del Mar!!!

Review submitted: February 6, 2011   Date of arrival: February 3, 2011

This place is so well set up for vacationers: private bathrooms in every bedroom, incredible oceanfront location, infinity edge pool, perfect sunsets, outdoor speakers, and to add you have Tomas and Janet at your service. They are so welcoming from setting up your groceries, to cooking and cleaning-all with big smiles.

Before leaving we already booked another trip in May, and there were only a few dates left in the whole 6 months! Here is a fun idea, we had a company bring us 2 stand up paddle boards and we'd get up just after sunrise and start the day with a beautiful paddle on the calm ocean, PARADISE!

Can't wait to be back in a few months. My only concern about telling you how great it is might mean this place will be even harder to book next time.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

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Best Vacation / Wedding

Review submitted: January 28, 2011   Date of arrival: January 9, 2011

Let me tell you that the pics for this house are amazing but when you see it for the first time it blows your mined. There was 8 of us that that were staying at the house for a vacation and also our wedding. First of all the house was amazing, the view was outstanding and Thomas & Janet were great. Most of all Dervin was a dream. He showed us a lot of the area and we also did a lot of walking down the beach and found lots of different places to shop and eat.…Our Wedding day was a dream come true for the both of us, We were married at sunset right in front of the house on the beach. The night was perfect and the colors were beautiful also thank you for recommending Donna she did a amazing job with the wedding and setting everything up, the house looked great, Janet & Thomas cooked a amazing wedding meal that we ate at the big table, the mahi mahi was amazing and the night went on into the morning. Dervin took the rest of the crew to San Cruz for the riding of the Bull Festival…They could not get into the stadium to watch but sat in a bar and watched on a small T.V.
We spent 2 days in Tamarindo surfing and enjoying the night life and beautiful sunsets. We also Zip Lined at the Congo, and for a wedding gift for Dean the boys went out Deep Sea Fishing with Dervin for half a day, they brought back lots of Grouper and Mackerel for dinner that night it was gooooooood.
This is definatley the place you want to go if you want to relax and enjoy the local living or if you want the dance life it is a short 30 min drive to Tamarindo or Playa Flamingo or the local bars are down the beach about 100 yards.
Again thank you so much for making this trip one we will never forget and a Wedding we will remember forever
Thanks Again
Talk Soon
Ciao
Darcey & Dean Vedova

Recommended for: adventure seekers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

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Perfect Christmas Vacation!

Review submitted: January 3, 2011   Date of arrival: December 25, 2010

Wow! Our family is back from an absolutely amazing christmas vacation at the Villa Corazon Del Mar. I wanted to take some time to send a note to Joan to thank you for sharing your beautiful home with my family. It was a wonderful week filled with a combination of relaxation, excursions, homemade Costa Rican food and fun in the sun. We loved the quiet and peacefulness of the beach and neighborhood, it was a public beach but we were still usually the only ones on the beach. We didnt use Tomas and Janet very often but they made GREAT food, next time we will use them more often!
We enjoyed walks on the beach, kayaking in the ocean, many beautiful sunsets, lounging around at the spacious pool, making meals together in the kitchen, and last but not least all of our many excursions that Dervin organized for us from zip lining to a sunset ATV ride. I will end on this note, the best part of choosing this place is that this was an ideal house for spending time together. Our week at the Villa Corazon Del Mar will for sure be a treasured memory.
Thank you again Joan for all of your help in making our perfect christmas vacation.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

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Amazing Vacations!!!

Review submitted: October 21, 2010   Date of arrival: October 2, 2010

We just returned from an amazing vacation in Costa Rica at Villa Corozan Del Mar!! We traveled with four couples "celebrating" our 40th birthdays! It was a wonderful vacation!!!
Joan was amazing, very responsive and willing to answer any questions or concerns we had prior to our arrival. We had couples arriving at different times, and she facilitated all of our requests. She even sent me some of our personal belongings that were left behind!
There are so many things that made this vacation wonderful! The home is set up perfectly for a vacation with a great room in the center, leading directly out to a beautiful patio and pool area. We spent most of our time sipping drinks, eating Tomas's amazing guacamole/pico del gallo, and just enjoying each others company.
Janet and Tomas are AMAZING! They were so kind and willing to do whatever we asked! They prepared three dinners for us and all were fantastic! We wished we would have had them cook for us every night! They were the best, never in your way, but always available when you needed them. It was great to have warm,clean towels just show up when we weren't expecting them! I wanted to bring them home with me!
Dervin Suarez, the driver/tour guide was also the best! He quickly became our go to guy and took us on many fun excursions! We went on the Congo River Tour and also spent a day going to the Arenal Volcano area. (beautiful and fun, but a long day!) He also took the girls shopping in Tamarindo and a few of the guests Scuba Diving. He even went to the fish market to pick up supplies for our dinner one night! He spoke very fluent english and was very beneficial to our wonderful experience in Costa Rica.
We were also concerned about going in green season, however, our weather turned out perfectly and it was fun to see the area so lush and green!!! Besides, I'm not sure we could have handled it much hotter!!!
Overall, I would recommend this villa to ANYONE!!! We plan on returning as soon as we can! It was a perfect vacation, and we are still wishing we were there!!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 5 / 6

 

Wonderful Costa Rica Vacation Home

Review submitted: August 2, 2010   Date of arrival: July 23, 2010

We have just returned from a wonderful eight day family vacation at Villa Corazon del Mar (July 23-31). Our group included my wife and I (in our early 60s), my two children and their spouses (in their early 30s), and my granddaughters ages 9 years and 15 months. We do a family beach vacation every three years and this one tops all previous ones.

The house is great with very good sized bedrooms and air conditioning that gets them as cold as you would ever want them to be. The pool is great and was thoroughly enjoyed by all, particularly by the granddaughters who spent many hours in the water. We brought three lap tops and the internet connection was perfect. The TVs get many stations including Fox News, CNN, and HBO.

We loved the rural location of the house which allowed us to see first hand how the Ticos live. We could walk to a couple of small grocery stores and two wonderful small bakeries. We also walked to three restaurants (the Shack, the Castle, and the Bahia del Sol). It takes just a few minutes on the beach to get to town and we made that walk almost every day.

But there are three individuals who made our vacation one of the best ever. First, there is Dervin Suarez who acted as our driver and tour coordinator. He is absolutely the best and he will do anything you ask him to do. Importantly, his charges are very reasonable. We went on the Conga Zip line tour, the boat tour on the Tampisque River, and on a half day fishing excursion. We also went to Tamarindo twice for shopping and lunch (excellent restaurants there). The best restaurant was the Camaron Doraado in Brasilito which was recommended by Dervin. I highly recommend not renting a car and, instead, let Dervin drive you where you need to go.

On the fishing trip we caught a bunch of bonitos, a Wahoo, and a 50 pound Cubera snapper. And that brings us to Janet and Thomas, the caretakers who truly took care of the house and cooked two wonderful dinners for us: one which was waiting for us when we arrived from the airport after 9 PM and one after we caught our fish. Then there is Sasha, the caretakers’ puppy who was an absolute delight, stayed with us the entire time, and will be sadly missed by our granddaughters.

We did have one disappointment. The three men in our group are avid fishermen. We came fully outfitted to fish from the beach behind the house but did not succeed in landing any fish despite the fact that they were jumping within casting distance every day we

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 5 / 6

 

Unforgettable Family Vacation

Review submitted: July 13, 2010   Date of arrival: May 29, 2010

Two years ago a good friend showed me photos of her Costa Rican vacation -I fell in love w/her pictures of the sunsets & decided then & there that we would plan our 2010 family vacation to the same house . What a wonderful family vacation for the 11 of us(our 4 kids,their 2 spouses,girlfriend & 2 grandbabies). Our 10 days in CR flew by. The house was awesome & enjoyed by all! Tomas & Janet are wonderful & truly make the visit even better. They cooked us 4 delicious dinners , great guacamole & the best pico de gallo ever! I only wish we had been fluent in Spanish as we had a few difficulties communicating. Dervin & his brother were a huge help for driving, fishing trips,sailing, zipline, & just all around assistance on every front. Our "fishermen" had good luck both days & we ate some fantastic fish! Catching rooster fish was so much fun as well! We loved being in a small village & took advantage of many local spots over our 10 days. Our favorite was The Shack. Their food(breakfast,lunch&dinner)was very good & their margaritas were the best! People were friendly & helpful throughout our stay. My favorite memory is sitting by (or in) the pool w/ our family every night & watching the sun set over the water-it doesn't get much better than that...our time at "heart of the sea" will never be forgotten.... Thanks Joan!!!

Helpful votes: 2 / 3

 

Family Anniversary Celebration Trip to Costa Rica

Review submitted: July 2, 2010   Date of arrival: June 19, 2010

Dear Joan,
Our family of 10 spent 10 wonderful days at Villa Corazon del Mar celebrating three wedding anniversaries: the 50th for Lee and me and the 20th for each of our two daughters and sons-in-law. All of us, from 5 year old Zoe to 70 year old me, thoroughly enjoyed the house and the amenities that are included with it. We used the pool more than I had anticipated. The other side of that coin is that we spent less time than I had anticipated on the beach. We didn't use the kayaks a whole lot, but our son-in-law and our 15-year-old grandson kayacked out to the island just off Flamingo and were
very pleased with themselves. To sum it up, the house was almost perfect for our family.


There are a number of people who helped make this a perfect vacation and anniversary celebration and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. Tomas and Janet were always there when we needed them. They perpared two wonderful dinners for us, a Costa Rican meal and a seafood meal which we all enjoyed immensely. Like many of your other guests, we enjoyed their dog Sasha, which probably has the best "personality" of any dog I've seen.

Then there's Dervin. What a wonderful guy he is. He did a lot to make our time memorable and enjoyable. He arranged a zip line and spa trip to Buena Vista for us, which was a highlight, and several days later he was our guide on a boat trip on the Tempisque, where we saw white-faced monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, and many species of birds. He arranged for some of us to go horse-back riding on the beach and loaned us several fishing poles. He also recommended a great
restaurant, where our kids and grandkids took Lee and me for our anniversary.

As I said, it's been great. I can't tell you how special a family time it's been. Thank you so much for letting us use your "heart of the sea!"

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

WAHOO!!! A great active, but RELAXING vacation!! June 12-19, 2010

Review submitted: June 27, 2010   Date of arrival: June 12, 2010

Joan, Your Costa Rican home is not only beautiful, it is so very functional. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to use it to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with our family. It has been awesome, wonderful, amazing .... there are not enough superlatives.

We opted to cook MOST of our meals. Tomas prepared a welcome meal that first evening that was fantastic! Janet was sick, so we did not even get to meet her until Wednesday, when she was feeling better. She is a real sweetie. Their Sacha ..... the stick-chasing, body-surfing, rock-carrying, beach-protecting, hole-digging little dog was a real hit with the grandkids. Janet says, 'Sacha es loco,' .... but certainly entertaining.

Dervin Suarez and his brother, Gravin, were the best thing to happen to us!! It was so nice and relaxing to have a 'man to go' .... willing to haul our group anywhere that we wanted to go [sometimes stopping for us at the grocery store, fresh fruit stand, pharmacy or bakery] and to make arrangements for our desired activities. We did a two tank SCUBA dive, and a half-day "in-shore" fishing on one of Dervin's boats. We hooked enough red snapper and pompano for three main meals and leftovers for delicious fish tacos! Our grandson (age 10) caught a thirty (30) pound rooster fish. THAT was the highlight of his entire trip!

Our son-in-law and grandson fished from the kayaks early almost every morning, catching and releasing. Eventually all of us kayaked to the 'rocky point' to study the tide pools. Great fun!! The kids also enjoyed the boogie boards. The daily afternoon showers or storms, were refreshing .... allowing us 'down-time' for reading, card games, or naps. Swimming in the pool AND in the surf was a daily event ... at least once or twice, and sometimes three or four times. We were glad to have the poolside shower to get rid of the beach grit.

It was a good thing to have Dervin to drive us to the Congo Trail Zipline ... that bumpy, rutted journey was an adventure in itself!! All of us, ages 10-75 loved every moment of the new (to us) zipline experience. We were lucky to have a naturalist in our group that could tell us about the different trees, plants, and unique insects. It was grandad's favorite activity!!

The grandparents enjoyed just about every aspect of this 50th anniversary adventure, but the best fun was watching the grandchildren have such a MARVELOUS time. THANKS, Joan, for your delightfully staffed home in such an incredible location.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Helpful votes: 3 / 3

 

Truly Heaven

Review submitted: June 1, 2010   Date of arrival: May 22, 2010

The pictures of this house are not enough to show all of its wonderful features. We stayed during a rainy season and still had an amazing time. The house is very clean, spacious and is located in a nice community. There's plenty of wildlife all around the beach. Until now I've never seen cows crossing the beach or had to fight for my cigarette with a crab. Eventhough it rained just about every day during our stay this house made our entire vacation a wonderful experience. Joan, Tomas and Janet provided us with every accommodation needed. I would definitely recommend this house for romantic getaways or large group stays. Hopefully everything works out in my favor and I get to come back to Casa Del Mar in the future.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

TOMAS AND JANET WERE GREAT 2010

Review submitted: May 22, 2010   Date of arrival: May 4, 2010

WE AS A FAMILY HAD A WONDERFUL TIME HERE, WE SEEN MANY SUNSET'S FROM THE POOL, TOMAS AND JANET WERE GREAT, IT WAS A TIME FOR ALL OF US TO ENJOY EACH OTHER AS A FAMILY, AS WE LIVE IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE US. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PROPERTY TO EVERYONE, THE ONLY DOWN SIDE OF IT WAS, THERE NEEDS TO BE AIR IN THE MAIN PART OF OFT HOUSE, AT TIMES WE FOUND ALL OF US IN A AIR-COND BEDROOM , IT WAS TOO HOT IN MAIN PART OF HOUSE, OTHER THAN THAT IT WAS GREAT, WE LOVED THE LITTLE DOG SHASTA, WE WANTED TO BRING HER HOME WITH US, OUR GUIDE JAVERI WAS WONDERFUL- HE MADE OUR ADVENTURES A FUN TIME, I REALLY RECOMMEND HIM FOR ANY TOUR YOUR GOING TO TAKE.. TOMAS AND JANET COOKED FOR US- WONDERFUL CHEFS THEY ARE. GO TO COSTA RICA, YOU'LL HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE. THE STEPHENSON PARTY

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, pet-friendly, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

Review submitted: March 7, 2010   Date of arrival: March 7, 2010

My family(Myself, my wife, son and wife along with 5 month old grand daughter, my daughter and her husband along with his parents, and my sister and a co worker)had the most pleasurable experience of spending 10 glorious days at the villa. It exceeded all our expectations.Unfortunately the time pasted to quickly. The house had all the amenities one could ask for, including an excellant staff. (Tomas and Janet). The meal they cook for us was a true delight.The sunset view over the pool made a splended ending to each day.I am hoping to be able to enjoy another vacation here with my family. If anyone finds a black and blue swim fin while they are at the villa, save it for my return, I hear the sea eventually always gives up it's treasures.

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Review submitted: February 1, 2010   Date of arrival: February 1, 2010

Hi Joan,We are finally settling back to reality after a wonderful week at Corazon del Mar. We wanted to thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful home. It was the perfect house for a group of 13 to enjoy and experience the many splendors of Costa Rica. We enjoyed every minute of our vacation, from lounging at the pool, walking the beach, watching the sunsets, dining at the Castillo Bakery to amazing excursions like the Congo Trail Zip Line, the Lazy Lizard Sunset Cruise and the Palo Verde River Cruise where we were able to feed the white faced monkeys (shhh.. this is a big secret!). Please thank Thomas and Janet as they were wonderful hosts, never invasive but always there when you need them. They are fabulous cooks! Thomas makes the best guacamole, which he was kind enough to teach us to make ourselves. The meals they prepared were so delicious! Thank you also Winston for being our taxi to the SuperMarket! It was also a delight to have Sasha and Suzie greet us good morning every day. “This was the best vacation ever” was the quote by many of us during our stay. We had a great time and many laughs! We can’t wait to come back again. There is so much to see and do in Costa Rica. One week just isn’t enough!Pura Vida,The Rada, Zohovetz and Crews Families

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Review submitted: August 5, 2009   Date of arrival: August 5, 2009

Joan.
Our group just returned home after a fabulous week at Villa Corazon Del Mar.

The house is gorgeous. 8 adults, 8 children (ranging from 3 - 12). Each couple had a bedroom and the bigger kids slept in the 5th bedroom upstairs.

Can I tell you, there is really no more perfect location than your villa. On the days we stayed around the villa, we would relax on the rocking chairs and keep an eye on the kids at the beach and the little ones in the pool at the same time! Janet and Tomas prepared our breakfasts and dinners for us on several of the days. Their cooking was great.

We arrived on Saturday, and on Sunday we walked just 3 minutes along the beach, south of the villa, to the first little hotel. Anyone can enjoy breakfast there, so I'd love to let people know their Sunday brunch was great. I did not catch the name of this hotel.
On another day, at low tide, we walked north on the beach to the lava rocks to check out the tide pools. The kids loved it.
The Lazy Lizard Catamaran Tour was so wonderful. While we were snorkling, we followed 2 different kinds of sting rays, schools of tropical fish, touched sea stars and sea cucumbers. And on the way home, we sailed next to a couple of sea turtles. Wow!

Dervin is fantastic. He was our personal concierge all week. He provided transportation for all 16 of us, booked our tours, and became our "go-to" man. We were not surprised to learn he had a degree in tourism. The river cruise, sport fishing, the Conga Trail Canopy tour, surfing...it was all arranged by Dervin. Each tour was fun and amazing. He was invaluable to our group. He even arranged for a coconut flan to be delivered to the villa for my birthday!

At the end of our stay, no one wanted to leave. Thank you, Joan.
I am going to share my enthusiasm about our vacation with all of my friends and recommend your villa.

Hugs, Joan!
Pura Vida.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

Review submitted: June 23, 2009   Date of arrival: June 23, 2009

Hi Joan



Wow!! What a fabulous vacation!! What a fabulous, beautiful, comfortable and relaxing villa. We enjoyed ourselves so much and everyone that came did too Our childern and there spouses came and my brother in law and sister in law came too. Your home was perfect. We could not of asked for anything better. We were greeting at the airport upon arrival by Dervin, and what a great tour guide. We used his services all week long from going on the Conga Trail, dinner at Las Brias, lunch in Tamarindo, lunch at Dervin's brothers resturant, ocean fishing ( caught 10 Mahi Mahi and 1 swordfish, thus we had 2 wonderful meals cooked by Tomas and Janet) surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, lots of shopping and he even had to take our son-in-law to immedicate care for an ear infection, which Dervin knew where to go. Couldn't of asked for a better tour guide now friend to help us enjoy this vacation. The sunsets were unbelievable!!! The thunder/lightening storms were amazing. The last night there we lost power for at least and hour and Tomas cooked in the dark with candlelight and our flashlights and we ate by flashlights. What fun!!

Our childern and us are ready to come back. Thank you very much for the oppurtinity to stay at your villa, what a perfect vacation. I am telling everyone we know that Villa Corazon Del Mar is the only place to stay at in Costa Rica for the perfect vacation.



Thanks again



Helen & Lance Marshall

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Review submitted: May 27, 2009   Date of arrival: May 27, 2009

We just returned from our stay at the Villa. There were 13 people in my group and we had a great time and plenty of room. Janet and Thomas were great. Always there if you needed them but never intrusive. The sunset from the pool was amazing. We also used Dervin as our guide and he was wonderful. Very well spoken and educated about the country. Great English too. I would go back today if i could but I do plan on going back again in time.

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Review submitted: April 7, 2009   Date of arrival: April 7, 2009

The most magnigicent, spectacular Villa on Flamingo Beach is the Villa del Corzon. Our entire vacation we were pampered by Janet and Tomas with their gracious hospitality and delicious meals prepared with utmost care and attention to presentation and detail. As caretakers of the Villa, they made our stay an absolutely wonderful, extraordinary experience.
We enjoyed margaritas by the pool (compliments of Tomas, incredible sunsets while relaxing with a glass of wine in the infinity pool, soothing music to enjoy, internet access (if you must) and movies galore for those nights you want to just tuck in for the evening. Upon the recommendation of our hostess, Joan, we enjoyed many local restaurants with the flare of Costa Rican food or many items to please the palate of your liking. Joan also recommended the Lazy Lizard for a day of snorkeling and we were most impressed with the staff and owner, Brian, who made us feel at home and made the experience the best it could possibly be. A trip down the Tempisque River is a must do for the variety of widelife, crocs, birds, monkeys. You name it and we saw it. Don't miss this experience as you can't believe the nature that is out there on the River. Another hit was Joan's recommendation to hire a personal driver, Derbin, who had a vast knowledge of the history and sites of interest in the area that made our trip so much more interesting and full of events that we would not have known about had it not been for Derbin. Fishing, zip lining, walking the beach, swimming in the bay, kayaking, sunning by the pool or just plain relaxing could not have been more enjoyable. Thank you Joan for the most wonderful vacation of a lifetime, and we will be back to visit Villa del Corzon next year.

The Marvins

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Review submitted: March 23, 2009   Date of arrival: March 23, 2009

Six of us (3 couples) spent the first week of February at this wonderful villa. Joan was extremely helpful prior to our arrival, recommending places to see, things to do, tour guides (more on that in a moment), even the best insect repellant (though we didn’t really need it during the dry season). We decided not to rent a car and instead hired a gentleman recommended by Joan, named Dervin Suarez (Joan can provide Dervin's contact info) to pick us up at Liberia Airport and drive us to the villa (one hour drive). That was the best decision we ever made as Dervin became our tour guide AND transportation for the entire week. By the end of the week we all wanted to take him home with us – or actually, we wanted to extend our stay in Costa Rica with our new friend. Some of the activities we enjoyed were the Congo Trail Canopy Zip Line, boat tour of the Tempisque River in the Palo Verde National Park (birds, crocs, lizards and monkeys), deep-sea fishing with Dervin, sunset cruise on the Lazy Lizard Catamaran and shopping in Tamarindo. A lot of the driving was on very rugged, dirt roads, so we were glad we didn’t have to drive. It is also a fairly easy 30 minute walk on the beach to Playa Flamingo – lots of restaurants and shops. But we usually got lazy and took a cab back to the villa for $10 US. Best restaurants were: el Castillo (the Castle) bakery & restaurant (5 minute walk) – had live music most nights, filled with locals, tourists and some retirees; Las Brisas – about a 15 minute walk to the north – right on the beach – it’s a hangout for local folks. By the way, all of the local people were the friendliest you could imagine. The Bahia Hotel (3 minute walk on the beach) is a great place for lounging at happy hour, and they have the area’s best generator. And that can be important because there are frequent power outages – so bring lots of flashlights and maybe a few candles with you. Actually, the blackouts quickly became part of the adventure and you really didn’t mind them too much. In fact, it was during an extended outage that Janet and Tomas really came through and cooked us a fantastic mackerel dinner (we caught the fish earlier that day) on their propane stove, lighting provided by a few candles and our flashlights. As others have said, Janet and Tomas are great caretakers – there whenever you need them but they also do their best to leave you alone. It is a great house, plenty of space for all and enough cannot be said about the view from the patio

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Review submitted: March 23, 2009   Date of arrival: March 1, 2009

Six of us (3 couples) spent the first week of February at this wonderful villa. Joan was extremely helpful prior to our arrival, recommending places to see, things to do, tour guides (more on that in a moment), even the best insect repellant (though we didn’t really need it during the dry season). We decided not to rent a car and instead hired a gentleman recommended by Joan, named Dervin Suarez (Joan can provide Dervin's contact info) to pick us up at Liberia Airport and drive us to the villa (one hour drive). That was the best decision we ever made as Dervin became our tour guide AND transportation for the entire week. By the end of the week we all wanted to take him home with us – or actually, we wanted to extend our stay in Costa Rica with our new friend. Some of the activities we enjoyed were the Congo Trail Canopy Zip Line, boat tour of the Tempisque River in the Palo Verde National Park (birds, crocs, lizards and monkeys), deep-sea fishing with Dervin, sunset cruise on the Lazy Lizard Catamaran and shopping in Tamarindo. A lot of the driving was on very rugged, dirt roads, so we were glad we didn’t have to drive. It is also a fairly easy 30 minute walk on the beach to Playa Flamingo – lots of restaurants and shops. But we usually got lazy and took a cab back to the villa for $10 US. Best restaurants were: el Castillo (the Castle) bakery & restaurant (5 minute walk) – had live music most nights, filled with locals, tourists and some retirees; Las Brisas – about a 15 minute walk to the north – right on the beach – it’s a hangout for local folks. By the way, all of the local people were the friendliest you could imagine. The Bahia Hotel (3 minute walk on the beach) is a great place for lounging at happy hour, and they have the area’s best generator. And that can be important because there are frequent power outages – so bring lots of flashlights and maybe a few candles with you. Actually, the blackouts quickly became part of the adventure and you really didn’t mind them too much. In fact, it was during an extended outage that Janet and Tomas really came through and cooked us a fantastic mackerel dinner (we caught the fish earlier that day) on their propane stove, lighting provided by a few candles and our flashlights. As others have said, Janet and Tomas are great caretakers – there whenever you need them but they also do their best to leave you alone. It is a great house, plenty of space for all and enough cannot be said about the view from the patio and pool area. If you wanted to, you could very easily spend all of your time just sitting on the patio, reading a book, sipping a drink, taking an occasional dip in the pool, and marveling at the scenery, especially the sunsets. Pura vida!



Campbell, Casteel,More,Niemi families from Texas and Maryland

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Review submitted: January 30, 2009   Date of arrival: January 1, 2009

We just returned from the villa a couple weeks ago and what a great experience!! Our group of 13 consisted of my parents, my brother, my sister (along w/ husband and 5 mth old), another sister (w/ husband and 5 yr. old and 2 yr. old), and my husband our 1 yr. old and myself. The villa was the perfect size as everyone stayed in their own master suite with master bathrooms. The villa was a great place to have little kids. The large great room along with the large dining room was a great gathering place for meals. We had Tomas and Janet prepare 4 meals for us all of which were fantastic. We spent most of our time at the villa in the swimming pool and on the beach. It was one of the few vacations that, as we were leaving, we were all trying to determine a time for a return visit. We had high expectations for the Villa and Costa Rica and those expectations were all exceeded. Joan, the owner of the villa, was extremely helpful in answering all questions and helping us line things up leading up to our stay. What a great trip and we'd recommend this villa to anyone who had thoughts of visiting Costa Rica!!

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Review submitted: December 2, 2008   Date of arrival: December 1, 2008

WE just returned from a one week stay Nov 15 -22, 2008. There were 4 couples and 2 single girlfriends in our group. The villa was absolutely perfect. The photos do not do the villa justice - much more beautiful in person. Very well appointed, perfect location. Easy walk into town to a wonderful bakery, restaurants and grocery stores. We will be back! Janet and Tomas were great and the meals they prepared were delicious!

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Review submitted: June 27, 2008   Date of arrival: June 1, 2008

6/23/08
Just returned from a week at the villa.It was great!Two families of 4 (kids 10-12). We lived at the pool and the beach. Surf was good enough for boogie boarding but not so strong as to scare you. Get fishing poles out early in your visit, yellowtail and barracuda are quite easy to catch..just look for the bubbles.
Janet and Tomas were helpful. Arrange for them to cook one night. The power went out an hour before we were due to eat, but no worries. Janet cooked a wonderful meal by propane. Make sure she cooks chicken and get the name of the salsa which rocks.
Plenty of room for everyone. Air conditioning in bedrooms helped. Kitchen is well organized but would advise not using Surfside market and drive up to Brastillo market instead. The road to the villa is rough but its only about 5 min. No problems at all finding our way around. Roads were well marked.
Big positive was the safety factor. Felt very comfortable at any time of the day or night. Sat outside to watch thunderstorms and on clear nights can see a thousand stars. Use of the lock down room was great, never carried passport with us. Agree with using VISA, no one took much else. Be sure to go to bank in Flamingo and pay departure tax before you hit the airport, much more convienent.
All in all, relaxing, well run, beautiful place to stay. Have no worries if you book here. Loved every minute. Thanks to Joan, Janet and Tomas.

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Review submitted: May 30, 2008   Date of arrival: May 1, 2008

This place was absolutely AMAZING!! Better than any 5 star hotel I've ever stayed in. My group stayed at Joan's villa for a week for my wedding.

Perfect place to have a wedding on the beach if anyone's interested! The sunsets were indescribably magnificent!! The house is furnished and everything you need is in the house! Two of my friends are Chefs in London, so we really didn't take advantage of Tomas and Janet's culinary skills, however, I hired them to cook my reception fiesta!! It turned out even better than I expected!!!

Joan is extremely kind and very helpful, as she went out of her way to rescue me during my wedding day because of transportation issues with my wedding coordinator. Nonetheless, Joan was like my guardian angel that day !!! Her acts of kindness reaffirmed my belief in humanity and that even though you might not know someone at all, they can touch your life in the most simplistic way. Thank you Joan for all that you did on my wedding day. You will never really know how much it meant to me.

The pool is absolutely amazing, the ocean waves subtle! Right next to Flamingo Beach, and only a 20-30 minute drive to Tamarindo for fun souvenir shopping, this house is perfect if you want privacy or if you want to have fun in the touristy areas!

Our group was very depressed the night before we left. NO ONE wanted to leave. Can't say I blame them; it was really the BEST vacation all of us have ever had. Perfect for big groups and still had plenty of privacy. We're already planning our next trip back to the Corazon del Mar!

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Review submitted: April 21, 2008   Date of arrival: April 1, 2008

Wow! What can I say?! Just returned home and already thinking about our next trip. The villa was more than we expected. With 12 of us, there was room for at least 5 more! The sunsets every night were spectacular, as was the moon in the evening. Janet & Tomas are wonderful. The birds, lizards, dragonflies, crabs & frogs, kept us entertained. Music and drinks at the pool...the beach 15 seconds away. Most enjoyable time had by all.

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Review submitted: April 2, 2008   Date of arrival: April 1, 2008

A good time was had by all. Plenty of space and activities for all the adults and kids (14 of us).

Tomas did a great job of taking care of us and giving advice while we were at the Villa. We did not use him to arrange all activities. But whenever we needed assistance he was very helpful. Not to mention that he and Janet prepared three dilicious meals for the whole clan. Would difinitely recommend that route for a few dinners at the least.

I will echo the comment of my brother (Brian Vos) about the transportation. Some of the activities would have been nigh unto impossible to find had we been driving ourselves.

Also, they are not kidding about "Visa, it is everywhere you want to be" since at the Banco de Costa Rica you are out of luck with MasterCard. Also found the ATMs to be without American dollars every time we tried them.

All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

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Review submitted: April 1, 2008   Date of arrival: April 1, 2008

Wonderful house. Our entire family - 14 people in 4 families - spent a week. 6 children from age 8 to 15 had no problem having enough space.

Nice options for activities. Enjoyed the Congo Canopy tour and surfing lessons in Tamarindo with Tamarindo Surf Company. Did not rent vehicles and glad we did not. Much easier to get a good driver given lack of clear directions and road signs. Used Riggo (Joan has number) for tranist and he did a great job - speaks very good English.

Don't expect bargains on food and drink. Very resort like pricing. Found Tomas and Janet's cooking both better and much more affordable than local restaurants. Talk to Tomas early and he can give you a shopping list for a great dinner every night. For seafood, check in early and locals may be arranged to deliver. Two markets within walking distance - Super Wendy's and Surfside. We found Surfside much better and cleaner.

One little hint. Have a Visa for cash needs. Costa Rican ATM and banks do not handle MasterCard very well. Made it difficult to get more cash.

Very easy place to relax. Ocean is very temperate and lots of fun. Can't help but enjoy yourself.

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Review submitted: March 31, 2008   Date of arrival: March 1, 2008

Your villa was awesome for our family. It gave everyone enough personal space and all the facilities were great. The ocean was a great big playground for the kids, young and old.
Tomas and Janet did a great job. Their cooking skills are fabulous. We all loved the dinners they made and the Costa Rican Tacos were a really big hit. We wondered whether we could take them home with us. They were so helpful in answering any questions that we had or where to find certain things in the area. We had a wonderful week and would gladly come back again. Thanks for sharing it.

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Review submitted: March 5, 2008   Date of arrival: March 1, 2008

Unbelieveable experience. The house was beautiful. Janet and Tomas were very excellent and made wonderful dinners. Lots to do in the area within walking distance. Would definitely come back again.

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Review submitted: January 23, 2008   Date of arrival: January 23, 2008

We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and your home made our stay absolutely perfect! Villa Corazon Del Mar and of course Janet and Thomas were better than advertised! Thomas helped us arrange many events for us. We did the Zip Line called the Congo Trail and loved every minute of it! We rode horses on the beach and went snorkeling off the catamaran as well as the river trip on the Tempesque River. What a thrill to see giant iguana and feed the monkeys all our bananas. We all enjoyed massages at home, more than once, what a luxury! Janet and Thomas cooked Christmas dinner and New Years dinner for us and now we wish we would have had them cook more. They are so delightful. Our granddaughter age 7, loves to cook and they were so generous with her and allowed her to “assist” them. She now is a master at making guacamole! Two of our adult grandkids received their certification for scuba diving during our stay as well. We spent time shopping and went to lunch at many of the local restaurants. We went out to dinner a few times and thoroughly enjoyed the food. Villa Corazon Del Mar is truly a perfect spot, the home was so much nicer than we have experienced before. The sunsets were spectacular and of course we captured all fourteen of them during our stay! The pool made those photos breathtaking! In addition, having our own king size bed and private bath was perfect! The attention to detail in your home is remarkable! We are sharing our photos with friends and we hope to be able to come back to Villa Corazon Del Mar in 2009. We want to thank you for consistently and quickly responding to all our questions and concerns. We were very comfortable knowing that all was taken care of before we left. Thank you for giving our family the opportunity for a truly relaxing and wonderful holiday. Mary Lou and Gordy Johnson

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Review submitted: January 23, 2008   Date of arrival: January 1, 2008

We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and your home made our stay absolutely perfect! Villa Corazon Del Mar and of course Janet and Thomas were better than advertised! Thomas helped us arrange many events for us. We did the Zip Line called the Congo Trail and loved every minute of it! We rode horses on the beach and went snorkeling off the catamaran as well as the river trip on the Tempesque River. What a thrill to see giant iguana and feed the monkeys all our bananas. We all enjoyed massages at home, more than once, what a luxury! Janet and Thomas cooked Christmas dinner and New Years dinner for us and now we wish we would have had them cook more. They are so delightful. Our granddaughter age 7, loves to cook and they were so generous with her and allowed her to “assist” them. She now is a master at making guacamole! Two of our adult grandkids received their certification for scuba diving during our stay as well. We spent time shopping and went to lunch at many of the local restaurants. We went out to dinner a few times and thoroughly enjoyed the food. Villa Corazon Del Mar is truly a perfect spot, the home was so much nicer than we have experienced before. The sunsets were spectacular and of course we captured all fourteen of them during our stay! The pool made those photos breathtaking! In addition, having our own king size bed and private bath was perfect! The attention to detail in your home is remarkable!
We are sharing our photos with friends and we hope to be able to come back to Villa Corazon Del Mar in 2009.
We want to thank you for consistently and quickly responding to all our questions and concerns. We were very comfortable knowing that all was taken care of before we left. Thank you for giving our family the opportunity for a truly relaxing and wonderful holiday.

Mary Lou and Gordy Johnson

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Review submitted: December 29, 2007   Date of arrival: December 1, 2007

We visited this magnificent home in December of 2007. The weather was perfect and the house is absolutely wonderful. A great location, lots of privacy, and you simply cannot beat the superb hospitality of caretakers, Janet & Thomas. Joan (the owner) is a pleasure to work with and will share much valuable information, answer questions, and give some great tips for getting around. She is very prompt and thorough in her responses.

Some of the places we particularly enjoyed were Las Brisas on Weds (amazing how that place fills up with all of the locals - especially the waiters & waitresses that we had seen days prior!), Il Forno in Brasilito (amazing Italian food at very fair prices), the Ice Cream spot in the Italian Village in Playa Potrero, and Mar y Sol (the delicious French restaurant with the most friendliest of waiters) in Flamingo. I also must mention the incredible river boat tour we took on the Tempesque River to hand feed the white-faced monkeys and capture unbelievable photos of the crocs! Paradise.

We cannot wait for our next visit in 2008!

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Review submitted: November 29, 2007   Date of arrival: November 1, 2007

The house, the owner, the caretakers, the location, and the locals are incredible. We used the house as a luxurious base camp from which members of our large group could leave for day trips at will or simply lounge in the comfort of the villa. Unlike many vacation rentals, this villa is tastefully decorated and meticulously cleaned inside and out daily. The caretakers are attentive, friendly, and will give you as much privacy and space as you want, but are always nearby if you need something. I would recommend this rental to anyone.

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Review submitted: November 24, 2007   Date of arrival: November 1, 2007

Wow!!! This home is a treat for anyone who is fortunate to stay here. Literally, the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Extremely well decorated, and spacious. Tomas and Janet are simply the best people that you have never met yet. Once you do, you will realize what great people they are.

Music outside while swimming and drinking can't but help relax you while you are staying here. The beach is only a few steps away from the pool.

Joan is very quick in responding to emails, before and after you get to her house. She gave us great advice in what to do while we were in Costa Rica. She is awesome.

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Review submitted: October 31, 2007   Date of arrival: October 1, 2007

I would recommend this villa to anyone. We just returned from our trip in Potrero and it was just absolutely awesome. Tomas and Janet are the best and cook some delicious food. Try the Hacienda Guacheplin Canopy Tour just outside of Liberia it is awesome. If you need any info. just contact via email

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Review submitted: August 16, 2007   Date of arrival: August 1, 2007

These are superb accomodations: each bedroom has its own spacious bathroom, the central living and eating area are more than ample, and the outside area and its view of the water is great. This is a new house with no next-door neighbors.

Our group of 10 was there in mid-July, 2007, and included my wife and our college-age daughter and teenage son; our oldest daughter, her husband and 18-mo. old daughter, and good friends from Dusseldorf, Germany and their teenage daughter.

The house is large enough that all of us had the space we needed, whether it was a bedroom, the "common area" or the outside/pool area.

Tomas and Jeanette are gracious and agreeable caretakers.

The house is well located and it's easy to get to the other Guanacaste beach towns and good surfing spots. It's approximately 3.5 hours to the Monteverde Cloud Forest if you want to explore another great part of Costa Rica.

And last but not least is Joan, the owner. She is helpful and very prompt in her responses.

All in all: one great, professionally-managed package.

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Review submitted: March 17, 2007   Date of arrival: March 1, 2007

We stayed here about a month ago. It is fantastic......beyond words. I don't think you can find a better place to stay! Tomas and Janet are wonderful!!! Tomas makes you feel so safe and secure. You walk out the back door to the pool, and walk another fifty steps and you are at the ocean. It is quite, peaceful, and the most beautful place I have been. I can hardly wait to go back. I have recommended this villa to several people. Tomas and Janet will help you plan your adventures, and even arrange them for you. My husband and I went with my sister, my son, my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter. The place was so big you never got in each other's way. Each room has its own bath, and the kitchen bar is gigantic!!! My only advice is to find the grocery store called Masai. It is very close to the villa, and has a much bigger selection, as well as being much cheaper than the Surfside Market or Wendys. Also, the owner is fantastic to work with, and will answer all your emails promptly. She was very helpful when we were getting ready to go and I had questions about the villa or the area. You can not find nicer people to work with than Joan, Tomas, and Janet. If you have never booked a villa online before and are worried, don't be. This is everything advertised and more!

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Review submitted: February 16, 2007   Date of arrival: February 1, 2007

We stayed at the Villa Jan 15-29. What an amazing place !!! I would recommend to anyone. The only thing I would let people know is they should bring their own cooking spices, tea bags, etc. Stuff you will need and is small and easy to pack. As some things are hard to find at the small grocery stores and there is nothing at the house when you arrive. It did work out great having the Surfside deliver all our drink and food neccessities to get us started prior to arrival, but with 10 adults we went thru that pretty quick. The Villa was truly our private resort, everything you would want is at the house. The beach is great for walking. Janet & Thomas were very helpful. They cooked us an amazing dinner, this was $70.00 for the group of 12. They made the dinner suggestions and we had to go purchase the groceries early that day for their preparation.

The favourite outting was the Lazy Lizard Catamaran/Snorkel/Sunset Cruise. We wished we had done it sooner, so we could have gone again. It went to beautiful blue water for snorkelling and swimming at a secluded beach. It was also an all-you-can-eat-and-drink event. Worth every penny. We also did the Congo Trail Canopy Tour and the River Boat Ride to see monkeys and other wildlife.

Make sure you do your shopping before going to the airport. Not much to choose from there and no alcohol to purchase for bringing home.

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Review submitted: December 7, 2006   Date of arrival: December 1, 2006

Thank you Joan! We could not have imagined how wonderful our wedding at Corazon Del Mar would be. The breath taking sunsets by the pool gave us all a reason to just sit and talk,enjoy a glass of wine while the kids played. We enjoyed all of the sights, sounds, and out door activities. Tomas and Janet were more than gracious and helpful. Bartending,cooking,and travel agent, they coverd it all. Our wedding and reception was wonderful!Janet and Tomas prepared a beautiful table and amazing food. They took great care of all nine of us and we are truly grateful.We can't say enough good about the Villa, Tomas and Janet, and the people of Costa Rica.

Thank you Joan for creating such a wonderful place to spend time with family and friends, you have thought of everything.
Very Truly,
Matt & Michelle Baumgarten

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Review submitted: November 18, 2006   Date of arrival: November 1, 2006

We had a wonderful time. There were 10 of us and had lots of room. Janet and Tomas are the best. I think you should go to this wonderful home if you go to Cost Rica. Contact me if you want more info. Thank you, Shannon

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Review submitted: November 4, 2006   Date of arrival: November 1, 2006

My friends and I was there from 10-23-06 till 10-30 we had a great time. The Villa was superior to most that I have stayed at in the 10 years of rent Villas in the Caribe. The Staff are marvelous and can't do enough for you. What a chef Tomas is with the help of Janet his wife.

Joan was great as she greeyt us when we arrived since she was in Costa Rica at the same time. I would definate rent this Villa again.

Thank for agreat vacation.
Jerry

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Review submitted: September 5, 2006   Date of arrival: September 1, 2006

We just returned a mere two days ago from a most wonderful vacation in Costa Rica at this amazing home. We felt so lucky to have found such a place. To make the vacation even better my boyfriend of 4 years proposed to me on the edge of the infinity pool during sunset! It was truly spectacular. There were 7 of us which was more than enough room. It was very difficult to leave the house everyday as it has everything you need right there. Not one day went by where we did not sit, wade or swim in the pool for a few hours. Janet and Tomas whipped up a few meals for us including some very spicy Mahi Mahi which was exquisite. He also makes the tastiest homemade Pina Coladas. During the day we went on a few excursions some of which I highly recommend including Congo canopy tours, Lazy Lizard snorkeling/sailing cruise and horseback riding. Our final day we treated ourselves to a masseuse who came to the house, Carlos. Pay special attention to the guest book that comes with the house - great recommendations in there. We went during Green Season (rainy season) which was not bad in the slightest. It did rain everyday but sometimes for 5 minutes and other times during the night - did not effect the trip at all. We loved every minute of the trip!

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Review submitted: July 29, 2006   Date of arrival: July 1, 2006

We spent the most wonderful week
in Costa Rica at this breathtaking
Villa, during the first week of July
2006. Words can not describe the
beautiful surroundings, spectacular
sunsets, and the gorgeous home we
experienced. There were 10 (5 adults
and 5 children) of us in this spacious
home. There was so much to do
here: we rode horses on the beach,
went on a canopy / zip line tour, held
monkeys and snakes, went
snorkeling / sailing on a sunset
cruise, and went white water rafting.
We went to the beach in Tamarindo
and the kids boogie boarded. Of
course we went kayaking and boogie
boarded at our own beach at the villa.
We felt as if we had our own private
beach. It was wonderful. We loved
the hospitality of Janet and Tomas.
They cooked dinner for us a couple
of nights and gave us "cooking
lessons" one night. They are truly the
jewel of the Villa. Joan was very
helpful in our planning of this trip. By
the end of the week, we all felt that
we had a wonderful time and did not
want to leave. We all agreed that we
must return to Costa Rica and
especially to this wonderful paradise
at this villa. Pura Vida, From the Erbe
family, the Toy Family, and Grandma
Barbara.

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Review submitted: June 26, 2006   Date of arrival: June 1, 2006

Just got back from the Villa Corazon Del Mar 6/22/06. Can't say enough about our first trip to Costa Rica and the villa was absolutely incredible. The view of the sunsets from the negative edge pool were spectacular. Janet & Tomas were the best, in fact, we all wanted to take them home with us. We had them cook several meals and Thomas served us many pina coladas in the pool.

There were 5 couples in our group and everyone was very pleased with their rooms. We had two rental cars and were glad we did because we explored quite a bit and didn't find a lot of places within walking distance from the home. Would definitely recommend going fishing. Our group of 10 went out on the Griphon (51 ft boat) with Jesus and caught 4 sailfish and a dorado.

I also can't say enough about the service that I received from Joan, the owner, while planning our trip.... extremely responsive and great to work with. She even helped us find a fishing boat to accommodate our large group.

We are looking forward to coming back to enjoy this piece of paradise that we have now discovered.

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Review submitted: May 13, 2006   Date of arrival: May 1, 2006

We had a wonderful stay at the villa last month. It was perfectly sized for our group, six adults and seven kids (ages 1-7). The highlights of our trip:

* The pool: it was clearly designed with small kids in mind. The shallow end was the right depth for the non-swimmers, and it remained in the shade almost the entire morning. We enjoyed the swim up bar, where we enjoyed frozen drinks more than once!

* Tomas and Janet: They were pleasant and accomdating of every request, but never TOO present. They helped us answer numerous small and sundry questions that made our first visit to Costa Rica easy.

* The location: We enjoyed being right on the beach, a short walk from the hotel and bakery, and close proximity to Liberia and Nicaragua.

For the moderately adventurous, ask the locals how to take the "Monkey Trail" back to Liberia. It cuts the trip to the airport to 45-50 minutes, is passable during dry season by all manner of vehicles, and has fantastic views at the top.

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Review submitted: May 7, 2006   Date of arrival: May 1, 2006

Casa Corazon del Mar totally exceeded our expectations. The house nicely accomodated our large group of family and friends.We enjoyed the beach,the pool and the sunsets were gorgeous. There's lots to do and see plus the local restaurants are great! Pura vida!

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Review submitted: April 5, 2006   Date of arrival: April 1, 2006

We loved Costa Rica and this house and will definately travel back! There were 7 of us in our group, 6 adults and my daughter that is 2.5. The house was perfect - we spent alot of our days by the infinity pool and for little ones it could not have been any better. The house was absolutely breath taking and Janet, Thomas and their daughter Glilia made our vacation. We used the boogie boards and kayaks a few times, Janet and Thomas made breakfast almost every morning and Thomas made drinks by pool side one late afternoon. This was not just a vacation it was an experience. My daughter spent most of her days with Glilia and we learned so much about the culture and the language. By the end of the week, we were all picking up enough Spanish to get by and that was a blast. The entertainment room upstairs was great for movie nights but we spent most of our time downstairs enjoying the amazing view and sunsets. We did rent an SUV and it was great to have the flexibility to go places but you really did not have to leave once you got the house. We did goto Tamirindo 2 days - the guys tried surfing and the girls did some shopping, we hit the Casino and went on a boat tour to see the monkeys and aligators in their natural environment which was fun and relaxing. This experience was one that you would definately come back to year after year. Typically when we vacation we will try an island or a destination and then move onto something else the next year. This experience was the first time we ended our vacation saying what week can we come back next year. Roads were the only drawback - made it hard to really take off for day trips - we wanted to see the Volcano but it would have made for a very long day with 7 in a car and a little one - but again with a house like this you don't have to leave.

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Review submitted: March 6, 2006   Date of arrival: March 1, 2006

We traveled to Costa Rica with my extended family, a total of 12 people including two children ages 6 and 8. We absolutely loved the house and pool. We did leave to explore (Tamarindo, Brasalito, Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo and Playa Pan de Azucar, some in the group took the volcano tour and some traveled further south for surfing). Every time we said it wasn't really worth leaving the house. The house was very large and comfortable for our group. We loved the pool and there was ample seating around the pool area. We ordered groceries from Surfside and were very pleased to arrived to a stocked refrigerator. Delivery charge was minimal. It's definitely a service I would recommend. The Super Wendy is very convenient and we went there almost every day as we cooked most of our own food. Janet and Tomas were very friendly and helpful. They directed us to the local fresh fish market. We bought and grilled our own fish. It was delicious. Our group loved Esteppe Azul (awesome ceviche and whole fried fish). You can also walk there from the house. It is located at the Flamingo end of Potrero bay. We ate good food at the Bahia Potrero hotel and the Castle bakery, both within walking distance. We loved the ocean kayaks and boogie boards. We all used them every day. Although we rented 4WD cars, we truly weren't prepared for the condition of the roads. It certainly added a sense of adventure. We did not have any issues with illness during our stay. We all said it was definitely a trip we would do again. My only recommendation, bring at least one flashlight. The power goes out often and it is VERY dark. Fortunately, we had several in our group who had the forethought to bring flashlights. Please feel free to email me if you would like any other information.

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Review submitted: March 6, 2006   Date of arrival: March 1, 2006

Great house. We were shocked when we walked in. 4 couples - 8 people total and had more room then we could have asked for. Pool was great. Many things to do around the house. Perfect adventure for the adventuresome.

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Review submitted: March 2, 2006   Date of arrival: March 1, 2006

Great House, right on the beach with unimpeded 180 degree view, sunsets were magical. My daughters loved riding horses on the beach right up to the house. 3-4 great restaurants in Potrero and Flamingo. House keepers Janet and Tomas were the nicest. If festival in Brasalitto during visit - go see the bull riding. House had very large bedrooms and separate baths all new and very nice. Only negative were roads were in tough shape to get to Potrero due to very wet summer. It is Costa Rica.

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Review submitted: January 3, 2006   Date of arrival: January 1, 2006

Just returned from the Villa and it was fabulous. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Everything said on the web site is true. We hated to leave.

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