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Beautiful Ocean Views + Full Sized Private Pool, Steps to Quiet Beach


Property Details

Updated: Sep 8, 2016
Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)


Our bright and cheery 2100 sq. ft. villa provides a great base for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Whether you are looking for a vacation packed with the one of a kind eco-adventure only available in Costa Rica or simply want to relax in your private pool and on the quiet black sand beach, Villa Gecko is the place for you. Located on the LOWER half of the exclusive Bahia Pez Vela resort, our villa provides beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, Monkey's Head and Witch's Rock, and is just steps to a tranquil beach that offers great snorkeling, soft ebony sand and even extensive tidepool exploration. The villa is casual, inviting and well equipped.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast next to your private pool and spend the evening stargazing from your private balcony or large patio. The onsite restaurant, located adjacent to the beach and resort pool, offers local and North American specialties--along with a full bar service--in a low-key environment. The lively village of Coco Beach, a short 10 minute drive away, hosts a variety of restaurants and nightlife, banks, shopping, tours, etc.

The villa is set up to make your stay pleasant--private pool in a spacious patio area, fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, all linens, wooden lounge chairs and patio furniture, plenty of storage space, DVD, cable TV, FREE WIRELESS INTERNET, games, books and more. Contact us for additional information. We will be happy to share our tips and secrets with you!

Villa features: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Master: king sized bed, private bathroom, balcony, full ocean view, large closet, dresser. Bedroom 2: queen sized bed, twin bed, full ocean view, large closet, dresser. Bedroom 3: two twin beds, dresser, mountain view. All bedrooms and living areas have A/C, screens and ceiling fans.

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Keywords: Spacious Private Beach Resort

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

American/European Family Owners--Love the beach and outdoors--Avid Travelers--Global Nomads

Nous parlons français y se habla espanol.

Speaks: english, french, spanish

33 Reviews

based on 33 traveler reviews


Fantastic Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are are family of 5 who are just finishing up our stay at this wonderful vacation rental. The villa is very well appointed, with a well equipped kitchen, plenty of beach towels and games, puzzles and beach toys. We have rented properties for many years, and frankly this has been the most well appointed thus far and we have lacked nothing.

The resort is quiet, and the views are beautiful. The quiet secluded beach has wonderful snorkelling and gentle waves that will be great for young kids as well. The office staff have been friendly and a resourceful, and there is snorkel gear that you can borrow at any time. The owners have paid for "concierge service" so this rental has all the conveniences of home with the benefit of hotel type service like a restaurant, outings coordination, and cleaning services if you want it.

The location of the property is tucked away, but only a 10 min drive to great restaurants and modern grocery store that can even accommodate gluten and dairy allergies. Surfing beaches, and adventures like zip lining, hiking, waterfalls, atv, national parks etc are an easy 1-1.5 hours drive on well marked paved roads. The airport is about 40 min. away. Although it isn't necessary, I would highly suggest a car so that you can access all of these activities without having to hire a guide.

Lastly, I wanted to mention how wonderfully responsive the owner has been. Mary was quick to respond to all my inquiries, payment via paypal (that can adjust to your local currency) is a breeze, and the welcome package that included directions, tips about the property itself, as well as a wonderfully detailed description of things to do in the area was well thought out and thorough.

We would highly recommend this property for all ages and honestly have nothing but wonderful things to report.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We recently had a fabulous stay at Villa Gecko. Mary, the owner made the arrangements as easy as can be, and was in constant contact for months leading up to the trip. She provided valuable information not only about the resort, but the entire area. The villa is exactly as described, no surprises. It is well stocked and very clean. The private pool and jacuzzi were a real treat, and we spent alot of time enjoying them. The resort staff are readily available, and very friendly and helpful. They would even call for taxi's for us when we requested, which was very helpful considering the language barrier. The restaurant, Picante was a favorite afternoon activity for drinks and snacks, and the staff there were wonderful. (Thanks Cesar, Juan, and Gabrielle!) We were fortunate to be able to see the howler monkeys every day, (when you go out the back door, look to the left, near the bottom of the hill). The beautiful birds were always around, and will eat out of your hand. We also saw a large iguana several days, and were visited every night by the cutest and friendliest pair of raccoons! The beach is beautiful black sand, and swimming in the ocean was fun, but I would caution people to watch children very carefully, and not swim alone, as the current can be very strong at times. We had great snorkeling just off our beach near the rocks to the right.

We did not rent a car, as we were weary of things we had read about the driving in CR, and found it perfectly ok getting around by taxi. The cost to go to town is 10 dollars, and every time we wanted to go grocery shopping, the cabs had no problem waiting for us, and did not charge for the wait time. It is a good idea to verify the price before you take the ride, as unfortunately there are a few who will prey on your ignorance. We had arranged the airport transfers through the resort and were told that it was 50 dollars, payable directly to the driver. When we were dropped off at the villa however, the driver told me it was 80 dollars. I called him out on it and he backed right off, but I can see how easily somebody with a more timid personality could be taken advantage of.

For activities, we did deep sea fishing, palo verde river tour, heliconias rain forest, and snorkeling. We loved Villa Gecko, and loved Costa Rica. Can't wait to return to both! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review! We are happy your family enjoyed their stay. I have followed up with the office regarding your transportation hiccup. Wishing you continued adventures! Mary
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Beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our week at the villa, it was well stocked with everything you need for a relaxing week! We all enjoyed the beautiful birds and the monkeys in the nearby trees!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are happy Villa Gecko provided a relaxing stay for your family's holiday. We have spent many long, lazy afternoons watching the birds soar above the ocean too--a favorite pastime. Seeing the monkeys leap from branch to branch, sometimes with a baby on their back, is a magical experience. Thank you for choosing Villa Gecko. Wishing many more happy travel memories! Mary
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Charleston, SC

Wonderful property, wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th visit to Bahia Pez Vela. This villa is a terrific value. Great pool and spa. Clean and well equipped with everything we needed. Would definitely go again.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We are happy your family enjoyed their fourth visit to the resort at Villa Gecko. We really enjoyed hearing about your stay and loved the great pictures you sent. Thank you again for embracing the Pura Vida and sending it our way. Best wishes for your next adventure and we hope to see you back in the future! Mary
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Everything you need and more!! A+++

  • 5 of 5

The property is fantastic!! I cannot say enough great things about this house, the owner, the grounds and the staff at the complex. Everthing was well maintain and clean. The staff was helpful and friendly. The house had everthing and was extremely comfortable and located in a great area and complex. Safe, secure and beautiful. The pool was a must and our kids used it everyday. We spent a Christmas to remember here and cannot wait to come back. Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having your family at Villa Gecko! It sounds like you had a fantastic family vacation and unique Christmas experience. Thanks again for choosing Villa Gecko and taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! Happy Travels. Mary
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Pittsburgh, PA

Will definitely return to Villa Gecko!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Gecko, its owners, and Bahia Pez Vela all exceeded expectations. As noted by other reviewers, Mary is incredibly communicative, helpful, and friendly. She immediately makes you feel like you have chosen the right villa and will be well taken care of. Similarly, the staff at Bahia Pez Vela are equally kind and helpful. Their cheerful smiles brightened every day, and they took care of all of our needs, from delicious food at the restaurant (Picante) to small maintenance requests (fixing the coffee maker, supplying bulbs for night lights for the kids, etc.). Having the pool at the villa is a bonus. Only a few of the villas at Bahia Pez Vela have their own pool. It makes it easy to enjoy coffee in the morning or a cocktail on the porch in the evening while the kids swim. The beach was also a wonderful surprise. The black sand is stunning, the snorkeling is amazing (just steps from the shore), and it is never crowded. We also enjoyed walking from the property to Playa Ocotal for exercise & to explore the area. Finally, the other guests and owners were a pleasure to chat with as well--Playa Azul and Bahia Pez Vela make everyone happy!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review! We are so happy your family enjoyed a Costa Rican getaway! Best wishes for continued adventures! Mary
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From the Owner

Paradise found: a great mix of perfect weather, fantastic views, a semi-private beach, excellent snorkeling, nice restaurant/bar, lovely people, refreshing cold water spa and a comfortable and spacious villa...pura vida!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Picante at 200 Metres Nearest Restaurant : Picante at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : OUR BEACH at 200 Metres Car: recommended

Villa Gecko is located at Bahia Pez Vela Resort. Nearest services (bank, grocery, medical, etc.) are 10 minutes away by car. Onsite restaurant and bar are open year-round, except for possible seasonal closing during "low season" (generally October).


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
May 14 2016 - Nov 1 2016
5 night minimum stay
Year End
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 3 2017
6 night minimum stay
High Season 1
Jan 9 2017 - Apr 14 2017
6 night minimum stay
Easter Holidays
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 24 2017
6 night minimum stay
Green Season 1
Apr 25 2017 - May 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

--Reservation is not confirmed until rental agreement is signed + returned and booking deposit is received.
--Rates may be higher for Credit Card and International Credit Card Payment.
--$50 fee charged for refunds.
--Availability and rates subject to change.
--Please inquire for Easter and December/January holiday rates.
--Local Costa Rican liability laws apply.
--Restaurant subject to seasonal closing (generally October).
--VRBO/Home away has added booking fees which were not approved by home owners. Many owners are trying to reverse this; stay tuned. They have also added ads to our website, which we have not agreed to. Please bear with owners as we try to work through these changes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

Full-size tiled private pool, well equipped kitchen, spacious sleeping/eating/lounging areas, warmly decorated with local art and furniture, wooden patio furniture and lounge chairs, refreshingly cool spa, books, DVDs, games, A/C, beach toys, ceiling fans, fully screened windows and so much more.

Property Type

  • villa


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


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Resort
  • Water View


  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2100 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Master Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Shared Between Bedroom 2 and 3
  • Bathroom 3 - Convenient half bath located on split level
  • Simple, clean bathrooms. All towels provided. Toileteries not provided.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, Ocean view + balcony + bathroom + safe + closet + AC
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Full ocean view + large closet + ceiling fan + AC
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single, Mountain view + ceiling fan + dresser + AC
  • Ocean View Master Bedroom with King Bed, Balcony and Private Bath. Second bedroom: Ocean View, features Queen Bed and Twin Bed. Third Bedroom: 2 Twin Beds, Mountain View. Shared Full Bathroom. Half bath on landing. Comfortable and inviting. Uncluttered. Cotton linens. Local decorations. All rooms have ceiling fans, AC, screens on doors, curtains.


  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Private custom-tiled pool, outdoor shower, free wireless, screened doors/windows, A/C throughout, ceiling fans, wooden patio furniture + lounge chairs (not shown on virtual tour), beach towels, toys, basic snorkeling equipment, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and more.

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