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Why walk to the Beach when Casa De Memphis I is on the Beach. Monkeys included.

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

House, 2 master Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Hang Ten, Chill Out, Go Native, “Is that a real monkey?”

Nosara, The way Costa Rica used to be, today!

Note: Casa de Memphis I is the most rented VRBO rental house out of 160 rental houses in Nosara for two reasons, location and quality. The reviews, the most of any house, speak for themselves while the airline pilot owner goes down every other month to the house and the sister house Casa de Memphis II to keep both in great working order. No easy feat in this location and in this environment. Be sure and check the calendar for availability and remember that the other Casa de Memphis II is just around the corner from this one.

Casa de Memphis is located in the northern corner of Nosara’s Playa Pelada where the Ostional Wildlife Reserve and the Nosara River meet the Pacific Ocean at front door. While Playa (Beach) Pelada is very secluded, it is still convenient to shopping and the other amenities. If you do not mind a troop of monkeys living in the trees above and an array of birds not commonly found in a front yard, this is the place for you. (Some would refer to the location as “Critter Central”.) Beach, wildlife, peace and quiet, and very few people. (Just look over the photos and see for yourself.) Located within a small group of eight houses, only four available for rent, at the north entrance of this secluded beach. Because very few people know about this small enclave, you will almost always have the whole secluded section of Playa Pelada to yourself. And it does not stop there.

You have the whole beach to yourself as you walk down the beach to one of the finest restaurants in the state of Guanacaste, La Luna. As you walk to La Luna, you can check out the tidal pools and the marine aquarium left by the tide. Every hour the beach area offers up a new setting as the tide comes in and out. Playa Pelada is the best place to swim of the three beaches in Nosara and kids can't get enough of the tidal pools. The reason for this is that there is a reef just offshore that tames the swell.

On the way to La Luna you will pass the only beach bar in Nosara, Olga's. La Luna and Olga’s are located at the south entrance of Playa Pelada and this is where the small fishing boats come in and out of and is also a great local surfing spot. If you walk down there early in the morning you can buy fish directly from the fishermen as come in at embarrassingly low prices. (This is a local hangout as very few people/tourist know about this entrance.)

Casa de Memphis I (Remember there are two Casa de Memphis’, I and II) was constructed in 2007 and is a fully air conditioned beach house with two master bedrooms, each with its own massive bathroom, vaulted ceiling, private walkout balcony and a King and Queen size bed with new mattresses as of 2014. The bigger of the two bedrooms has a bunk bed off to the side carved into its own area. (All mattresses have insect proof bed encasements.)The house is fully furnished and equipped for a party of 6 and has a water storage system that will supply all of your water needs when they are forced to shut off the entire water system in times of draught during the evening hours. The houses sits behind a secure gated entrance at the end of the road with secure off street parking. No through traffic as you sit on the front porch and try and figure out what kind of humming bird that is. As of January 2009, the house has high speed, wireless internet.

Casa de Memphis is set up for the weekly renter. Very child friendly with a crib and high chair. (Because of the way the house is constructed it is hard for children to do any real damage, although some have tried.) The house comes with High Speed Wireless Internet, cable TV, linens, a full size safe for your valuables (large and small, i.e. laptop computers) that weighs 500 pounds and is bolted to the floor, weekly house cleaning, beach chairs, beach towels, monkeys, and they are all included at no extra charge. The house is managed by a couple that live just up the hill and are always on hand to answer a question or take care of something. There is even a comprehensive black book with loads of information about the house and the area that is regularly updated by the owner. Everything you need is already there. Beach chairs, beach towels and much much more.......

Tired of cooking? We can arrange for a private chef to do all of the shopping, come to the house and prepare the menu of your choice at a mere fraction of what dinning out would be. This is the best bargain in Nosara and the wife of the owner of the house takes full advantage of this. Imagine, someone comes to the house at 17:00 (5PM), cleans, prepares dinner, cleans up afterwards and departs by 20:00 (8PM). All this for much less than taking the family out for dinner. Tell us what you want and we will make it happen. (Most people choose to take advantage of this for the night of the day they arrive.)

NOTE: Nosara, like many other beach communities, is experiencing a building boom. The northern end of Playa Pelada, where the house is located, is the only location free from the early morning construction noise, truck traffic and the associated dust. Dust is a serious issue from December to May due to the lack of rain. While there is very little traffic in front of the house we still apply molasses to the road out front to seal off the dust. (Place smells like pancakes for the first week.)

Security: Costa Ricans are by nature a very passive people. That said petty theft is an on going issue that has subsided greatly in the last year. Nothing neutralizes this issue more than common since. CdM I & II have monitored alarm systems and industrial size safes. No other house available for rent has this level of security. Please leave valuables at home but bring your common sense.

Booking: There are two ways to book Casa de Memphis I or II. VIA THE OWNER: simply send the owner an email (davidcaywood@att.net) stating which house and what dates you want. His reply will confirm the dates and the rate. If this is agreeable then the owner will send you a rental agreement to print out, read, sigh and return with a deposit in the form of a US dollar check or Canadian post order. All funds and transactions are in US dollars. 60 days prior to your arrival you will send in the whole rental fee. Your deposit converts to a security deposit and is refunded back to you after you depart. The other way to book the house is VIA CREDIT CARD: VRBO now has a “book it now” feature where you can use a credit card for the whole process. You will be required to purchase a $49 security deposit policy that is non refundable. The choice is yours.

For more information call us or scroll down just above the photos for the link to the house's website. casadememphis *com or contact the owner directly at


Dave Caywood, Owner

901-628-8551 (USA CST)

Keywords: Beach house, Nosara, Costa Rica, Surfing, Playa Pelada, House, vacation rental

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Dave Caywood
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2017

About Dave Caywood

David & Mary Caywood have owned Casa de Memphis since the year it was built back in 2007. Mary is a marketing professional while David flies for FedEx. The management company that looks after the house is owned by Tiffany and Frank and they have a staff of about 20 employees. With Frank being German and David an airline pilot they have come together with the following management program. “Correct it before it breaks. Repair it when it does. Remove it when you can’t.” This attitude alone is one of the reasons why everyone goes away planning their return and the guest comments reflect just that. The one down side to David & Mary’s beach house, it is often booked up well in advance but if you are flexible, they can usually get you in.


Dave Caywood purchased this house in 2007

Why Dave Caywood chose Guanacaste

We were looking to move down to Costa Rica and began the process of looking for a new home. We literally got out a map and started going down the Pacific coast doing a Google search on each and every town on the map. When we saw large scale concrete high rise buildings, the search moved on. Unfortunately, what we were looking for in Costa Rica, was long gone until we happened upon Nosara.

Nosara is best described as a perfect mix of human existence in a natural setting. The monkeys do not run from you but stare back. The beach is natural and there are no buildings to be seen and best of all because there are no large scale condominium projects. You basically have the place to yourself and that is why we bought the house where we did.

And the name, Casa de Memphis? It came about as a product of need. As in most of Central and South America, there are no addresses, instead every house has a name. We wanted a name that best described the house and location but they were already taken. Next we wanted a name that gringos could remember. Also take into consideration the fact that people in Nosara do not use there last name and we were quickly referred to as David and Mary from Memphis and in the absence of anything else, Casa de Memphis it became.

What makes this house unique

Location, Location, Location and the house is the best example of just that. On the beach, by the river, next to the wildlife preserve. Families with children are especially attracted to the house because they are just steps away from the beach, jungle and all of the animals Costa Rica has to offer. The animals are actually best seen from the front porch while sitting in one of the four rocking chairs. Highly addictive, no cure!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(43 traveller reviews)

Why walk to the Beach when Casa De Memphis I is on the Beach. Monkeys included.
average rating of 4.7906976 based on 43 reviews
Center Line, Michigan

MI to CR

  • 5 of 5

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Everything was glorious. The home was very clean. The beds were comfortable. The bathrooms and showers were in perfect working condition. All of the advice David gave us was heeded, and needed. We never ran out of hot water, though there were three of us taking daily showers, and washing dishes. The walk to the beach was nice, and not but three minutes. And, Lordy, the beach. Oh, it was awesome. We spent some time every day, taking in the ocean. Our drive from Liberia was long, and we did get lost a bit, which put us about an hour behind schedule in meeting our guide to the house. But we made it, and were none worse for the wear. Filled our days with activities. I would recommend El Chivo for dining and drinks. La Luna for a wonderful beachfront dining experience, and the pizza place down the street from El Chivo, who's name escapes me. We went horseback riding, kayaking, and zip lining. So much fun was had. I can't wait to go back to Nosara, and stay at Casa de Memphis. Thank you, David 🤗

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the house and secluded beach of Playa Pelada. This beach has beautiful tide pools and a small blowhole that was fun to check out. It is a short stroll on the beach, from the house, to a lovely restaurant and little beachside bar. We all loved playing in the warm water and watching the sunsets each evening. It is a bit of a walk over to the next beach of Playa Guiones, but definitely doable. It is a 5 minute drive and easy to find parking if you don't want to walk. Sitting on the porch of the house, we saw monkeys playing in the trees and even walking along the power lines. We went surfing, horseback riding and took a family yoga class during our stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great adventure we had!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I really had the greatest time at Casa De Memphis 1! Getting there took some doing but, once there, it was WONDERFUL! The beaches are just as quiet and empty as advertised. We saw squirrels, land crabs, monkeys and IGUANAS right around the house! We would love to come back with our family!

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and had an awesome vacation. The beach was empty other than our family many times which was so nice. The Pacific Ocean was so warm and amazing. The monkeys woke us up every morning and were so neat to watch. We saw many red squirrels, geckos and pretty birds. The food was great. We went surfing and zip lining. Definitely recommend this house and Costa Rica.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A place to unwind.

  • 4 of 5

This property is very nice. A beautiful beach is just a short walk away. It is a place to unwind and relax. The food is good at every place we went.

We enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oh Nosara!!!!

  • 4 of 5

Initially, we had looked at Playa Samara but the "Monkey House" drew me here and we made a choice! I'm really glad we did because after visiting the other Playas, everything was super crowded. We really liked this area! And, literally, you're steps from an amazing beach and also really close to an amazing company that provides horse, atv, and kayak tours! It is right around the corner and you get to see where the river and ocean meet! On the playa pelada, tide pools provide a really nice place to just lounge and catch rays, and the sunsets are always delightful. (Check the tides because they always change and it helps for swimming!) Walking back after sunset is great too bc of all the crabs!! Just do NOT walk after dark because the neighbors have dogs that were NOT stoked about nighttime visitors and they would not let us through (9pm on the meteor shower night, no Bueno!)

You couldn't ask for more information on a rental property and the property manager certainly is just as wonderful and is very helpful! Definitely check out the website and videos too on driving around Nosara! Really helpful. The owner is readily available for any questions and truly adds an insightful perspective on the area and the house! I spoke to him a number of times prior to visiting and each time he was helpful!

We didn't see any monkeys near the house, but we did see two on the beach! There's also an adorable black kitty that comes and visits! When you go out in the am there are always prints on the car!

Overall, we just had a great time and really loved this house--our home away from home!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
110 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
120 Metres
La Luna
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Playa Pelada
Car: recommended

Surfing lessons and board rentals, Yoga classes, turtle viewing, ATV rentals, canopy tour, Zip Line, monkey counting, bird watching, fishing, beach combing & and just plain chillen out and yacking with the locals


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Playa Pelada, Guanacaste

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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £47

$75 USD cleaning fee on all reservations less than 5 Nights. US dollars only. Other terms and arrangements can be made by contacting the owner, Dave Caywood 901.628.8551

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Playa Pelada, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • river ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master bedroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Huge walk in shower
    Downstairs bathroom - Toilet , This is located down stairs
    Master Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Huge walk in shower
  • Important: The house has a water storage system that will supply all of your water needs when local water company is forced to shut off the entire water system in times of draught during the evening hours. This usually happens around 16:00 and is not turned back on until the system fills back up the next morning. This is a big issue to most of the other houses that do not have this system.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Private Bathroom and Balcony
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Hand made custom carved king bed, private balcony and bath..
    Other bedding options - 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , A crib and pack and play can be made available just let us k
    Bunk Area - 1 Bunk Bed , This is a section carved out of the larger of the two master
  • Master bedroom #1: One king size custom made hand carved four posted bed and one set of bunkbeds in the corner alcove, private balcony, large master bathroom, walking closet, AC and ceiling fan. Master bedroom #2: One Queen size Bed, private balcony, AC, master bathroom and ceiling fan. Please let us know in advance if you need a child's, crib or play pen. The balconies upstairs are great for monkey watching, especially in the AM when the little ones are most active. Note: All mattresses in Casa de Memphis I & II are new as of January 2015 and are inclosed in an insect barrier encasement. This is a much more important aspect of renting in CR than most people realize.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Full size Safe (big enough to put lap top computers and cameras in), Beach Chairs, Outdoor Shower, Gated Off Street Parking, rocking chairs on the front porch, high chair for children, child's play pen. Important: The house has a water storage system that will supply all of your water needs when local water company is forced to shut off the entire water system in times of draught during the evening hours. This usually happens around 16:00 and is not turned back on until the system fills back up the next morning. This is a big issue to most of the other houses that do not have this system.

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