House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 private Baths, (Sleeps 4) Very close to the Beach
Only a few steps from Costa Rica's finest beach. This charming two bedroom home, with Frank Lloyd Wright-styled French doors and windows, is artfully decorated and extremely comfortable. Each air-conditioned bedroom has it's own private full bathroom and the firm, comfortable king-size beds which are topped with luxurious feather beds and comforters with fresh duvets and the linens are excellent quality, high thread count cotton. The Kitchen and Living Room is spacious and airy with high ceilings detailed with beautiful local hardwoods and plenty of sun-drenched windows.
The large outdoor covered patio/porch is classically tiled and perfect for lounging and dining. It overlooks a private pool that has been described by the locals as 'The Sexiest Pool in Playa Grande'. The property is totally surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens which offers privacy for guests and the many exotic birds, butterflies, and other flora and fauna that call this cozy casita their home.
Keywords: Private Beach House nestled within the Las Baulas National Park and the Tamarindo Estuary Wildlife Refuge.
The Great Escape
About the Owner
4.8 based on 36 traveler reviews
The Great Escape
Our time at Palm Beach # 54 was absolutely perfect! Mike, the owner, was warm and gracious. He even went so far as to have fruit, cold beer, and chilled waters upon our arrival.The home was spacious and inviting, and only steps away from the beach. The place was squeaky clean and very accurately described online. The king beds were huge and comfy and the bathrooms spacious and well appointed. Each room had a separate air conditioning unit with convenient remote control. It is fully equipped with lockable storage safes, cable TV and high speed internet. We so enjoyed eating breakfast each day on a beautiful patio overlooking a gorgeous pool. Palm Beach Estates 54 is a convenient, secluded and SAFE location. The home made for an amazing, relaxing escape for our family of four. Mike and the people of Playa Grande are absolutely the nicest! We couldn't have been happier! We highly recommend this rental. Don't miss this one!
Quiet location, great beaches
A great location if you like a quiet, peaceful setting very close (3 min walk) to a great beach with few people around. A great place for surfing or just hanging around the beach. The villa is very private, surrounded by the "jungle". No disturbances, you can hear and see all the birds and the wildlife around you.
The villa matched the description provided, a great pool and the amenities you need, it is air-conditioned in every room (3 separate units), kitchen, washed dryer, etc. Mike come early to clean the pool from leaves, etc. every morning and never bothered us. The high speed internet (WiFi) worked flawlessly all the time.
A couple of restaurants with great Costa Rican food are in walking distance, they are very reasonably priced, and very friendly and helpful with suggestions and accommodating your taste; of course you can get burgers too but then you don't have to go to Costa Rica.Tamarindo town/beach is a 30 min drive and has endless number of restaurants, it can also be reached by watertaxis durind the day
One recommendation, you better have a 4 WD car to get to the place and around, the roads are rough.
Overall, if you want peace and quiet to relax and take it easy it is a great place to go, if you want the bars, the tourist crowd, nightlife, etc you should go to a resort in Tamarindo or just stay in Miami
Everything We Expected and More!
My son had and I spent a wonderful week here. The home was wonderful, the pool was fantastic, the beach was beautiful and so close. Mike, the owner is so nice and welcomed us with a wonderful basket of tropical fruits, bottled water and cold beer! He also comes every morning very early to clean the pool, and is easily reachable by phone/email should you need anything, a real pleasure! There are cute little cafe/restaurants within walking distance, a small produce store to pick up fruit/veggies, water, soda, wine, chips, medicine, etc.. We rented a bike ($10) for the entire day, and biked all around the neighborhood and area. Also took a water taxi to the 'bigger' town Tamarindo across the estuary, as well as an estuary tour. We had a car and so drove all over, and also signed up for the One Day Adventure Combo at Hacienda Guachipeli - what a day! Zip lining (9), Tarzan Swing, horseback riding, swimming by the waterfalls, repelling and lunch! Highly recommend. My son also took surf lessons at the beach next to the house, from Frijoles Locos, the local Surf Shop - he loved it and did great! And of course, we also loved coming home to Mike's wonderful place and relaxing, having dinner outside on the patio, and of course enjoying the pool! * If you rent a car, highly advise to rent a 4x4, even a small one - many of the roads in Costa Rica are bumpy/pot holes/dirt roads, etc.
Thank you Mike! Pura Vida!
Great, private, comfortable spot
First and foremost, Mike is great, and responds immediately. You couldn't ask for a better host. Always appeared available and attentive, but you never saw him. He surprised us with champagne, as we were on our honeymoon, and also indulged us in some local fresh fruit (the pineapple is amazing). My wife and I loved our stay. The house is great, the pool is better and it's a short walk to the beach that really had no one on it the entire time we were there. Saw a monkey in our yard (no sloths or tiger heron, booo, but not Mike's or the house's fault) and enjoyed the patio area as much as we possible could.
A couple words of advice for future guests... the traditional beds sleep like futons unless you fluff the feather beds, and you will have ants... it's the tropics, if you're not in a hotel, you should expect to have ants... get over it, they don't bite. Also, the benches in the TV area weren't the most comfortable, we fixed this by pulling the cushions off and laying them out on the ground fort-style. It made for a bit more romantic and comfortable setting with wine and a movie. Saw a previous review regarding walk to beach, it isn't that far. Maybe took us two minutes to get there.
Loved the community and restaurants. Listen to Mike's suggestions and stick with him, they all panned out as he said (we tried his bottom suggested bar/restaurant and he was right to put it there). As stated, we loved this place and can't wait to get back to Costa Rica.
Beautiful Villa-Beautiful Setting!
We had an amazing time at Mike's Bungalow. We were on a trip with myself and my husband and another couple, and this house was perfect for such a holiday. We spent most of time by the pool, which was amazing and looks exactly like the picture at night! We felt like we had our own little secluded slice of Costa Rica. Every morning I sat on the rocking chair with my amazing coffee and a Bare Throated Tiger Heron would be wandering around the far side of the pool.
Even though there is technically no properties between this house and the beach, you still have to walk up the road a couple of houses to get to the beach entrance. Small price to pay to be literally in a Marine park, the purpose is protect the nesting ground-above the high tide mark-of the most amazing turtles in the world, the Leatherback. The sunsets on this beach are simply spectacular.
On the other side of the estates is the estuary, which is full of mangroves and crocodiles and you can go on an awesome taxi ride for a few bucks and it will drop you off at Hotel Bula Bula up the road from the house.
We actually rented bicycles up the road at the market for a few dollars, since it is a gated community we felt very safe riding all over even at night. There is a couple of bars/restaurants within the estates as well as a market. There is also surfboard lessons, as well as surfboard and boogie board rentals.
This is a world class surfing community, and one of the best beaches in Guanacaste, but it is not touristy. If you want nightclubs/nightlife etc you have to Tamarindo. You can actually see Tamarindo from the beach in front of the house, but it is separated by the estuary, which you can't swim/walk through as it has crocodiles! You can take a water taxi across for a couple of dollars, they are sitting there with boats until sunset. So if you stay late you have to take a car taxi back, which has to go around the estuary and is about a 20 minute drive.
We headed onto the Arenal region after this house, which was about a 3.5 hour drive. Guanacoste is much dryer than the inlands, so if you are looking for rainforests, toucans, volcano's etc that's where you would have to head from here. I wouldn't miss out on this part though!
All in all we loved it so much. Mike was excellent, the house had everything you could want. Wifi, all the local information, even came with some cold beer! And the beds were so comfy. I can't wait to go back!
Mike's Bungalow was the perfect stay in Costa Rica. The house is in a gated community but is not touristy...if you want to see tourist shops and what not, go to the bigger city of Tamarindo. It's a short walk and a water taxi away. They have a couple lunch spots on the beach where you can watch the surfers. The Palm Beach Estates beach access is two or three houses down which was very convenient and easy to get to. The sunsets were spectacular! Every night we had a few cocktails on the beach and just watched the surf. There are several good restaurants within walking distance in the gated community. Mike's pool was simply beautiful and relaxing. The house had everything we needed, including wifi and lists of local suggestions and phone numbers. Mike's customer service was top notch throughout the entire booking process and stay! We've been bragging to our friends about this stay, and hope to come back again some day. Thanks again Mike; we had a great time!! Cheers!! --Cullen and Colleen
Activity and Interests
Bird watching, Turtle nesting Tours, Massages, Yoga, Canopy Zip Lines, Fiestas, Estuary Tours, Butterfly Farm, Monkeys, and phenomenal Sunsets.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
President's Month 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Additional information about rental rates
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
- Air Conditioning
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- Beach View
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- gambling casinos
- horseback riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- mountain biking
- scuba diving or snorkeling
- surf fishing
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, 2 full sinks
- Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, one full sink
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 king
- Bedroom 2 - 1 king
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Guests provide their own meals
- The home is owner operated and a nice simple layout making it easy to move right into. You'll feel like it's yours as soon as you step into it. The ADT security system and private safes in each bedroom guarantee our guests security and safety. Easy and comfortable. Pura Vida!