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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Oceanfront Home, Steps to Beach, 4bd, 4.5 bath, Sleeps max 13, linens, maid pool

Welcome to our home, Casa Costa Palmera, steps away from the Pacific Ocean on the wonderful sands of Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Nestled in the coconut palm trees, built on the sands of the beach, Casa Costa Palmera (sleeps 13) is a vacation home that will leave you breathless. Travel + Leisure Magazine rated Playa Grande in the top 30 as one of the best beaches on earth. Casa Costa Palmera just so happens to be exactly 40 paces away from where the picture was taken for the magazine. Can swim and surf

right outside the house. NO volcanic rock obstructions which limit water activities at

other nearby beaches.

Costa Palmera has one of the best beachfront views on the entire coast. Whether you are coming to the gorgeous Central American country of Costa Rica for a great adventure or to get away from it all, we can accommodate you. The amazing hand crafted woodwork and the beautiful white granite counter tops inside this 4 bedroom beach home will truly make you feel like you are on a vacation for the memories. Directly adjacent to the home is one of a few homes with privately built-in swimming pools on the entire Playa Grande coastline, consisting of a swim up bar for the ones looking to lounge. Excellent maid service is included daily. We provide linens and beach/bath towels also included.

Cooking is available at an additional cost. Teo, a private masseuse can be hired and

massages performed right on the beach.

Unlike many vacation properties, Costa Palmera is open and airy, doused with a contemporary touch in the interior of the home. This 4-bedroom beach house has furnishings in every room, along with state of the art air conditioning in all rooms. The kitchen and dining room face out towards the ocean leaving for an alluring view of the Pacific Ocean and magnificent sunsets at dusk. The house is equipped with wifi, making it possible for one to accomplish their daily tasks at work while basking in the sun and enjoying their tropical get away.

Also known as Las Baulas National Marine Park, Playa Grande is a sanctuary for the leatherback turtles whom every year return to the shoreline to lay their eggs. Because the beachfront is nationally protected, it is one of the cleanest beaches in the country. The shoreline is also relatively flat, making for a great place to take your shoes off and go for an evening walk after dinner. Whether you’re on a honeymoon or a surprise birthday vacation, Costa Palmera is equipped to handle everything. Along with the beautiful kitchen and bar area.

Known for its consistent world-class surf, Playa Grande is a surfer’s paradise. The winds are frequently off shore making for well-shaped waves and great surf. Unlike many prestigious surf breaks, the flat, sand-bottomed beach of Playa Grande makes it possible for surfers of all skill levels to have a great time. Surf lessons are just a phone call away right out in front of the villa, and there are boogie boards and foam surfboards available on the premises for residents of the house to use.

The things to do are left to the imagination to explore, including golfing, horseback riding, rain forest excursions, volcano tours, ATVing, fishing, sailing, and much more.

With the Playa Flamingo to the north and the quaint beach town of Tamarindo 2 miles to the south, Playa Grande is at the epicenter of the Guanacaste. Tamarindo has a great nightlife on weekends and is a great place to have lively evening with friends and family. There are a few family owned restaurants near Costa Palmera, along with a fully equipped surf shop to rent surf boards and/or purchase apparel and many other items.

Master Bedroom: King Size bed, bath, shower and bathroom

Bedroom 2: Queen Sized bed, shower and bathroom

Bedroom 3: Queen sized bed, shower and bathroom

Bedroom 4: 2 Queen beds, 1 full, 1 twin, shower and bathroom

Included in the rental rate is all fees, wireless Internet, maid service, and nightly security.

Keywords: beachfront, world-class surf

sandy beach, playa grande, vacation in paradise, exotic get away, small private pool, baulas national park, leatherback turtles, handicap friendly, kid friendly, maid service, single level, A/C

bedrooms, cooking available, 4 bedroom rental, beachfront villa, sunset views

More Details

Shawna Mullen
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
December 21, 2016

About Shawna Mullen

In 2003, I came down to Costa Rica with my daughter during her high school trip. I was overwhelmed by adventures in the various diverse regions of the country. I decided to purchase in Playa Grande because I find this to be one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots in the world.

Shawna Mullen purchased this house in 2005

Why Shawna Mullen chose Playa Grande

This property offers a comfortable, relaxing, private, beachfront location. I love all the

natural wood in the house, the sounds of native birds and the smell and sound of the

salty ocean.

What makes this house unique

Private gates, indigenous woods used throughout the home, pool. Our staff, Maria and Orlando have been with us since owned and they are terrific. Shawna, our property manager will take care of our clients needs from airport

pickups to and from the house, car rental, stocking the refrigerator with food and beverages before arrival, scheduling excursions, restaurant reservations,

messages on the beach as well as surf lessons in front of the house and more. Our

house and amazing staff bring many clients back every year.

Perfect for family reunions, girls and guys getaways, honeymoon, wedding, executive

retreats, surfing vacations, etc. All ages will enjoy.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)


Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation on the beach at this lovely home. Shawna was great to work with coordinating the vacation. 2 families, 4 adults and 5 kids, plenty of room. Right on the beach, able to surf at 6AM and still able to just walk in and have breakfast. We did have Leti cook for us. Traditional Costa Rican food, no worry about planning or cleaning up afterward. Really made it a relaxing vacation. Truly the best location on the beach. Before 10 AM the beach is nearly empty with just some walkers. Easy 30 minute walk to the black sand beach (wear Keen's). Great beach to play on, fly a kite (sort of gusty wind),throw frisbee, play soccer or go for a run. A couple of bikes to borrow. 3 boogie boards to use. We rented surf boards and got lessons from Frijoles Locos and they were awesome. Massage on the beach right in front of the home. Lay in a hammock, take a nap and watch the sunset. We didn't have a vehicle, just took a shuttle from Liberia. We will return and would stay here if available.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg, Awesome to hear. We welcome you back. -Christine Allen, Owner CASA COSTA PALMERA
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Hidden Gem thank goodness

  • 5 of 5

Our dealings with CHristine (Owner) and Shawna (Manager) were easy, informative, caring and refreshing. The property lived up to and exceeded all our expectations from start to end of our excellent vacation. Perfect place to relax, play, explore, and just veg. We asked many questions and which were always answered quickly and never felt we were intruding. The property sector well maintained, the support staff of Housekeeper and groundskeeper always accommodating . The location is THE BEST and the beaches and surf never got old. We would return in a heart beat. Recommended for families and couples alike.

Thank you all for the best 40 th anniversary and family get tort her ever, we will relive our memories for many years to come.

Pura Vida !!!!! Linda and Bob

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda and Bob, Thanks for such a kind review. Please keep in touch and hope you come back down. It was great working with you. Chris
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San Diego, CA. USA

Beautiful Views, Sunsets & Service

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the nicest places I've ever stayed in. First off, it's on the beach and waking up every morning to a beautiful view was amazing and ending each day with a gorgeous sunset was even more amazing. The weather was perfect, there's sun beds and hammocks which we were able to relax on by the beach every day. There's also a massage lady out there daily who does a very good job.

Maria who comes in to clean every morning was so sweet, we used her for breakfast every morning and a few meals in the evening. I was there a shorter time than the other girls but the one fresh piece of fish with vegetables I had from her for dinner one evening was delicious.

The house is very clean and very spacious, there's 3 rooms with their own bathroom and a room that would be great for a few kids to sleep in, definitely a family friendly place. It's also in a very safe area and there's a guard on site at night which makes you feel even safer.

Close by there are a few good restaurants and good Happy Hour daily at Hotel Tortuga next door. It's a nice secluded and quiet area and the town of Tamarindo is just a short drive where you'll find restaurants, shopping and most of the day tours and adventurous activities are in this area.

I'd definetely come back to this house and highly recommend it for families, girls trip and for anyone looking for a trip of pure relaxation.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego

Four Couples Spent a Week in May.

  • 5 of 5

Considering this property in Costa Rica? Here are a few details for you to consider:


Location, location, location are the three rules of real estate and this property has it! Take three steps out the front door and you are on the beach. When the tide is out, this very quiet beach is about 100 yards deep, and 3 miles long. It’s great for quiet walks on the beach to forget your day to day grind. After playing in the surf, take a short stroll down the beach to a local taco stand for chicken or beef tacos with very cold beer. If you want the faster pace and night life of Tamarindo, it’s a two mile walk, or a 20 minute car ride.


We had four couples in our group. Each couple had a private air conditioned bed room with a private bath. There is a fifth half bath off the kitchen area. The property has a very private fresh water pool which feels great after spending time in the ocean. A full time maid (Maria) is included with the house so you have daily maid service. Also, Maria is a very good cook so I would recommend you hire her to provide breakfast and dinner. Wake up to fresh coffee, fruit, eggs, bacon, and the local favorite rice and beans. We purchased fresh sea food on a number of days, and Maria can prepare it to meet your taste (grilled, fried, etc., etc.).


The owners were great. Their professional service began with arranging a new air conditioned private van to pick us up at the airport and drive us to the home. Before arriving, we provided a shopping list of food and beverages that we would like. All of the items were waiting at the house when we arrived! They also arranged for massages on the beach. It’s extremely relaxing hearing the surf from the ocean as you get a message under palm trees on the beach. Ask any questions, and this team can give you good local advice and make the activity happen. A few of our activities included a sailing and snorkel cruise, golfing, tennis, horseback riding, girls shopping trip, etc., etc. Or just spend some quality time boogie boarding, or surfing with the equipment provided with this property.


If you want to spend time on a very private beach this property is for you. This home is a great vacation spot for a family, girl’s or guys trip, or a getaway for couples.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orange County, CA

Fantastic Experience

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience as we had a total of 8 men staying at the house on a surf trip. The house was really clean and comfortable and you cannot beat the location. We actually were not in the house much as we were driving up and down the cost most days looking for surf and adventure. What was truly fantastic was when we got home the house was cleaned, the dishes cleaned, beds made and towels refreshed. Maria the on-site house keeper was great! As well they have a night watchman to ensure nothing goes missing while you sleep. There is a very large enclosed car lot as well. Shawna who overseas the property and makes all the arrangements was excellent! She pre-stocked the house for us with a custom list of items so when we arrived beer was already in the fridge. The location cannot be beat as Playa Grande is beautiful white sand beach and the community is quiet. If you want crazy then a short drive to Tamarindo is all it takes. I highly recommend the house!!! Thanks Shawna and Maria!! Pura Vida!!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy Birthday to ME!!

  • 5 of 5

To celebrate a milestone Birthday, my wife and I, along with 2-3 other couples stayed here for 20 days. It couldn't have been a better Birthday, or a place to celebrate it. Each of the four bedrooms are large and have there own bathrooms, as well as their own air conditioners. The living area is large and the kitchen well equipped. There are even two large refrigerators. The best part though is its location. Just a few steps out the back door is a big, beautiful beach with the Pacific ocean just steps away. The beach is very clean, and the ocean very warm. Its a popular surf area so you can watch surfers many times, or go in yourself. The property has three nice boogie boards available for your use and we enjoyed many fun time riding the waves. They even have an old cruiser bike for anyone that wants to use it. Every night the sunsets were different and fantastic.

There are three local eating establishments very close to walk to, and several others just a bit further away. All of our meals out were constantly wonderful, and quite inexpensive-unless you had too many rum drinks with your dinner.

We saw Monkeys in the trees behind our house a couple of times, and the estuary canoe trip, (with Johnathon at the Las Tortuga Hotel), is not to be missed if you want to see lots of wild birds, monkeys and the occasional crocodile.

We liked this property so much that we spend a lot of time there just resting under the palm trees which line the beach just outside the house and enjoying the peaceful ocean settings and sounds.

We booked this through VRBO and Shawna, the agent that worked with us, was extremely helpful. For a small fee, she will shop for you, and even stock your refir, before your arrival. If you don't have a car, this is a much cheaper way than taking a taxi to a store, or renting an auto, to supply your needs.

The caretakers, that live near the back of the property, are very attentive and will do pretty much anything to help make your stay the most enjoyable possible. One night Orlando drove to pick up our pizzas for all of us. (Great pizza, by the way).

This property had everything we hoped it would have, and we want to go back again soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
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Sep 2 2017 - Nov 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 27 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Groups larger than 10 $300

A deposit of 50% is required to book the house and confirm the reservation. The balance is due 30-60 days before
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Playa Grande Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Each bedroom has its own bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Room sleeps 7. Perfect for a family/kids.
  • King size beds (1) One king bed in master suite, Queen size Beds (2) Two queens, Double Beds (2) Two double *Note, one bedroom sleeps 7. We have so many families who asked for more beds this was our accommodation to all the requests. It is tight for 7 but perfect for families with many kids or a room for the kids to stay together.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Private gated entry, full bathrooms and a/c in every bedroom suite, in ground pool with built in stools, shaded oceanfront porch, daily maid service, safe box, outdoor shower and BBQ, two bicycles, hammocks at the house. Cooking, babysitting, massage available for additional fees. Shawna, property manager offers concierge services. We always get asked about tipping the staff, Maria and Orlando. Suggested tipping rate, (optional) $5-$20 per day. Please give tips to each staff member individually. Again, no obligation.

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