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

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vacation rental description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Last modified on 08-21-2014 at 8:09 PM.

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condo rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • condo
    • floor area 1370 sq. ft.
    • floor 1
  • Meals
    • catering available
  • Location Type
    • near the ocean
      • The white-sand beach is just 100 yards from Casa Papaya. There are no structures between the condo and the ocean--just a beautiful tropical park.
    • ocean view
      • The white-sand beach is just 100 yards away, on a path through a canopied park. Surf is audible 24/7. The rooftop patio offers 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and the green hills of Costa Rica.
  • Theme
    • tourist attractions
    • family
    • romantic
  • General
    • iron & board
    • activities guide
    • ceiling fans
    • water cooler
    • filtered water
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • washing machine
      • In condo, not shared with any other units.
    • clothes dryer
      • In condo, not shared with any other units.
    • sofa bed
    • safe
    • hair dryer
    • elevator
    • wood stove
      • See 'Fireplace,' above.
    • fireplace
      • In Costa Rica? Are you kidding?
    • fitness room / equipment
      • Gym in nearby Tamarindo, with daily memberships available.
    • broadband access
      • Free wireless Internet, not shared with any other units.
    • living room
      • Brightly lit, comfortable couch and easy chairs, glass-top coffee table, glass-top end tables, and entertainment center with flat-screen TV and CD/DVD player.
    • internet
      • High-speed, wireless, encrypted Internet connection.
    • wireless internet
      • Casa Papaya has its own secure, encrypted connection, not shared with any other units.
    • telephone
      • The landline in the condo has its own, private phone number and gives you unlimited free incoming and outgoing calls within Costa Rica.
    • free long distance
      • Unlimited free calls within Costa Rica. International calls can be made easily with a phone card.
    • air conditioning
      • You control the temperature with the quiet, dry, and very efficient central air conditioning--no musty smells. Eight ceiling fans and bathroom exhaust fans keep everything cool and dry.
    • linens provided
      • All matching linens, beach towels, and kitchen towels included. Maid service every 3-4 days. (More frequent service available.)
    • parking
      • Parking is available in the private parking lot, located inside the gated and guarded stone walls surrounding our building. Private, secure, and close-at-hand.
    • parking off street
      • Walled, gated, and guarded parking. Easy entry and exit with a polite guard to open and close the teak gate for you.
    • towels provided
      • Matching, thick bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths. Beach towels also included.
  • Kitchen
    • freezer
    • blender
    • ice maker
    • stove
    • grill
    • 4 ring stove
    • catering available
      • We know several of the best chefs in the area. Call us for details.
    • oven
      • Modern, in-wall oven.
    • coffee maker
      • You'll love Costa Rica's coffees!
    • cooking utensils
      • Absolutely complete and matching cookware, utensils, sharp cutlery, serving ware, glassware, stemware, storage-ware. All the convenient kitchen tools you're used to having at home. And everything matches--no hodgepodge of kitchen equipment.
    • kitchen
      • Modern, high-end, and absolutely complete--a true 'chef's kitchen,' with full cookware, serving ware, and dining ware. Includes three-stage water filter, ice-water dispenser, microwave, and pebble-glass hardwood cabinets, all of it amidst glistening stainless steel and granite. Spices, oils, and vinegars included. A large Jenn Air barbecue is outside in the private garden/patio right off the kitchen.
    • microwave
      • Full-size, built-in microwave located above cooktop (not a countertop model).
    • dishwasher
      • Modern, stainless-steel dishwasher.
    • dishes & utensils
      • Complete and matching sets of dishware, cups, glassware, silverware, butter dish, creamer and sugar containers, etc., etc.
    • toaster
      • Other electrical appliances: blender, rice cooker, waffle iron, panini grill, Cuisinart Griddler, citrus juicer, coffee maker with thermos carafe, electric can opener, and cake mixer.
    • refrigerator
      • Modern, stainless steel, large side-by-side refrigerator. Dispenses filtered ice water, ice cubes, and crushed ice.
    • stove
      • Smooth, black, glass cooktop.
    • pantry items
      • Nice assortment of spices, oils, vinegars, etc.
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
      • Large, hardwood dining table imported from Indonesia; matching buffet; six matching, high-back chairs with comfortable cushions.
  • Pool / Spa
    • communal pool
      • The pool, just 15' from the patio, features an arched bridge and a unique, geometric shape. Its length makes it suitable for laps. While in the pool, you'll be surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping, with an ancient banyan tree arcing over part of the pool.
    • outdoor pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1: toilet, shower, Arched showers, Italian tiles
    • bathroom 2: toilet, shower, Bright and airy, cast stone floors.
      • Bathrooms are elegant to the point of decadence. The robust stonework and dramatic Moroccan arches contrast strikingly with the exquisite Italian tile on the walls. The Frog Bath and the Iguana Bath are decorated with--you guessed it--frog and iguana art themes and cabinet hardware. Both baths are brightly lit and are equipped with ceiling fans and exhaust fans. The floors are stone, non-slip, and absolutely impervious to water and sand. The hardwood vanities feature separate and generously sized His-and-Hers sides and are equipped with Grohe faucets, imported from Germany. Both baths have a hair dryer, makeup mirror, and plush towels.
  • Bedrooms
    • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6, beds for 6
    • bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 persons
    • sofa bed: 1 double, Comfortable hide-a-bed sleeps 2 adults
    • bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 2 persons; can be pushed together, side by side.
      • Both bedrooms are bright, spotless, and comfortable, with lovely, tropical decor. The guest bedroom opens into a private garden-patio. Furnishings, decor, and appointments are superb. All bedrooms are quiet and private, with lush vegetation outside the windows and room-darkening shades for lazy, sleep-in mornings. Floors are cool, non-slip, cast stone, with area rugs next to the beds. Walls are finished in true Venetian stucco, and ceilings are planked in solid teak with stacked-crown molding. There are ceiling fans in both bedrooms and in both baths, a full-size closet and armoire, and a guests' safe.
  • Entertainment
    • satellite / cable
      • Cable TV with many English language channels.
    • cd player
    • dvd player
    • books for adults
    • books for kids
    • games for kids
    • video library
      • Approximately 20 popular movies on DVD, for both children and adults.
    • books
      • Large library of holiday reading, approximately 50 titles. Several guides to Costa Rica included.
    • stereo
      • Five-speaker stereo system to play CDs or DVDs.
    • games
      • Board games and puzzles.
    • television
      • Flat-screen TV.
  • Outside
    • porch / veranda
      • See 'Deck/Patio' above.
    • deck / patio
      • One private patio opens to the kitchen and guest bedroom. The larger, main patio looks out on the beautifully landscaped pool (just 15' away), and has shaded seating for six. Both patios have ceiling fans and lights.
    • bicycles
      • Bicycles are for rent in nearby Tamarindo, just one mile away.
    • golf
      • Available nearby at Hacienda Pinilla (about a 20-minute drive).
    • lawn / garden
      • Private garden off the guest bedroom and kitchen. The grounds of the complex are beautifully landscaped with well maintained tropical plants, flowers, and trees.
    • balcony
      • The rooftop patio offers spectacular daytime, sunset, and nighttime views of the Pacific Ocean and the stars, including the famous Southern Cross constellation, visible only this close to the equator.
    • outdoor grill
      • Large, Jenn-Air propane grill.
    • beach towels
    • small cooler
    • gated community
    • outdoor grill gas
    • patio
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • walkway to water
    • terrace
    • barbecue
  • Suitability
    • non smoking only
      • The condo has been strictly non-smoking from day one. We welcome smoking guests, but insist that smoking be done outdoors, on either of our private patios, with adjacent doors and windows closed. Thank you!
    • pets not allowed
    • children welcome
      • Children are very welcome. Most of our guests are either families with children or adult couples. Children willl have a ball! Children's books, games, and videos provided. Contact owner for information about the numerous children's activities near the condo and in the community.
    • wheelchair accessible
      • Access to the condo would be facilitated by its ground floor location, its proximity to parking, the absence of steps within the condo, and the wide entrances to showers. However, the gravel parking lot, a step up to the entryway, and no ramps would be impediments.
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • We have no minimum age limit for renters. However, we want to inform our renters that La Esquina (our condo complex) is primarily oriented towards families and adult couples.
    • long-term renters welcome
  • Notes
    • Fresh air: ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING! Free landline telephone, with unlimited incoming and outgoing calls within Costa Rica. Convenient, ground-floor location just 15' from the pool. All windows ensure privacy with large, tropical plants outside. Maid service every 3-4 days is included, as is cleaning before and after visit. Washer and dryer are within the condo (not shared). Excellent central a/c and eight ceiling fans keep you cool. Free wireless, encrypted Internet connection. Rooftop patio provides stunning views of ocean, sunsets, and stars. Plan your days with our helpful guests' guidebook to local attractions and restaurants. Quiet, safe, low-density, tree-lined neighborhood. Just 10 units in the entire building, so you'll never feel crowded. Completely walled complex, including parking area, and guarded 24/7.

activities and attractions in Tamarindo Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • health/beauty spa
    • festivals
    • marina
    • rain forests
    • forests
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
    • reefs
    • restaurants
    • caves
    • churches
  • Leisure Activities
    • photography
    • whale watching
    • boating
    • shelling
    • shopping
    • wildlife viewing
    • scenic drives
    • gambling casinos
    • sight seeing
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • walking
    • horseback riding
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • kayaking
    • water tubing
    • snorkeling/diving
    • fly fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • swimming
    • spelunking
    • hiking
    • rafting
    • snorkeling
    • whitewater rafting
    • golf privileges optional
    • deepsea fishing
    • golf
    • wind-surfing
    • water skiing
    • mountain biking
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • surfing
    • sailing
    • cycling
    • fishing

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  • owner Keith
  • phone 813-579-5750
  • 2nd phone 2653-6779

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:

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

Additional information about rental rates

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

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

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traveler reviews for this tamarindo condo rental

Over the top Pura Vida!

Review submitted: May 28, 2014   Date of arrival: May 16, 2014

What an idyllic, comforting place to enjoy Pura Vida in Tamarindo. This was our second visit and second stay in this condo. Bill and Beth were graciously helpful and provided us with all of the information we needed to have a terrific stay. The condo was immaculate, the beds extremely comfortable. I slept well every night. The kitchen is quite functional and lacking no utensil. The pool was heavenly and we enjoyed early morning and late night swims. The condo is also within easy walking distance of Tamarindo and just steps from the majestic ocean. The decor is tastefully done and adds warmth and comfort. We enjoyed watching the sunset from the rooftop and also appreciated the daily warm greetings of the various guards. You will not be disappointed with this magical place. PURA VIDA!

Owners response: Beth and I were very happy to hear that you enjoyed everything about your visit, especially watching the sunsets from the rooftop patio. Watching the sunsets from up there has been a nightly tradition for us, ever since we bought Casa Papaya new in 2005. In fact, a few years ago we had a big party up there to celebrate our 36th anniversary, and the sunset was one of the best we've ever seen anywhere. We're delighted you returned for a second visit Kimberly, and we hope you'll come back again and again.

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


Loved it!

Review submitted: May 1, 2014   Date of arrival: April 10, 2014

We were so impressed by our stay at Casa Papaya. Bill and Beth were extremely quick to reply to emails about reservations, date changes, questions, logistics, etc. The house was well stocked with towels, linens, and any kitchen utensils or cookery you might need. The guards were friendly and called us cabs whenever we needed one. We opted to take cabs rather than walk downtown in the heat. The pool is great and very refreshing, and the house comfortably fit 6 of us. I would strongly recommend staying at Casa Papaya if you are looking for a place away from the craziness of downtown but still close enough to split cabs. While you do need to take a bit of a walk to most restaurants in the downtown area, the bistro across the street is wonderful and only a few second walk away!

Owners response: Thank you, Alyson. We didn't know that the guards would call cabs. We'll pass that along to our future guests. We're happy to hear that the place was roomy enough for all six of you. We've been there ourselves with a total of six in the condo, and it felt comfortable, although four people is ideal. Please come back and visit us--it was a pleasure having you as our guest.

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


An ideal home base for fun and relaxation!

Review submitted: April 8, 2014   Date of arrival: March 10, 2014

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

Owners response: Thank you for all the kind words, Stephanie. We're glad Casa Papaya lived up to your expectations and that the descriptions we provided matched the reality.

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

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

We hope you'll come back soon, Stephanie. Thanks again for being our guests at Casa Papaya.

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


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