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Beautiful Casa Mambo; beach/pool/bicycles/surf/wi-fi/maids/cable-tv/ac

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bdrm, 1 bath, full kitchen, bar, living/dining area w/covered patio, sleeps 6

BEST VALUE for something truly nice in PLAYA GRANDE. Our beautifully appointed, fully furnished home provides a wonderful and relaxing getaway in a private, gated, quaint, laid back beach community separated from the congestion of Tamarindo. It is within a short 5 minute walk to a beautiful, pristine surfing beach, several great restaurants, bars, and a grocery. Tiled roof, floors and counter tops throughout. Relax on the covered patio where Iguanas and colorful birds perch and will eat from your hand. Monkeys and parrots play overhead. Also, within walking distance, a beautiful estuary provides fishing, boating, and offers a water taxi which takes you on a 5 minute ride to Tamarindo for dining, dancing, gambling, shopping and souviners. You may also choose to walk to Tamarindo via the beach (possible only at very low tide) . Dual vanities in bathroom. Maid service included (Mon/Wed/Fri)! We invite you to stay in comfort while you are in Playa Grande. Mi casa es su casa). AWESOME BEACH!!!!! Read our reviews. Two beach-cruiser type bicycles are included with this rental. Casa Mambo is close enough to the beach to hear the waves crashing when they are big! It is an easy and very short walk to the beach from the house (or an even quicker bicycle ride),

REVIEWS: Our reviews say it all! Please read them if you have not already. Use the Book it now feature to reserve your dates quickly and securely.

More Details

Hank Townsend
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

About Hank Townsend

I have been going to Costa Rica at least once a year since 1987 and continue to love this place tremendously! Always look forward to my next trip to Playa Grande. My parents also love Playa Grande and stay at the house for a full month each year.

Hank Townsend purchased this villa in 1999

Why Hank Townsend chose Palm Beach Estates

Most pristine beach in all of Costa Rica in my opinion. Very laid back community which you will feel apart of very quickly. I hope you get to experience Casa Mambo.

What makes this villa unique

'feels like my own little Costa Rica home' as stated by one of our many regularly returning guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Since the photos were taken, we have installed drapes and curtains throughout the house for your privacy.
Dec 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Palm Beach Estates in Playa Grande

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower , dual lavatories
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom has full length counter w/two lavatories, wall to wall mirror w/drawers and cabinets below and recessed lighting above. Entire bathroom and Shower have decorative ceramic tile walls and floor. Lavatories and shower utilize a tankless water heater, providing endless hot water. 110 v outlets (same as U.S.)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , safes in each rm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , safes in each rm
    Living Area - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , two seating areas w/ plush pillows which can easily be made
  • In each bedroom there is a king bed w/ table lamps either side, air-conditioning, makeup counter w/large mirror, closet, drawers, etc. Each bedroom is artfully appointed. Bedrooms have high, vaulted ceilings with variable speed ceiling fans and polished, Saltillo Tile floors. In the living room, there are two seating areas w/ plush pillows which can easily be made up into beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Our villa is one of six similar villas surrounding an outdoor tiled swimming pool. The well kept grounds feature several exotic plants, coconut palms, bannana trees, bouganvilla and several fruit bearing trees. We have a full length partially covered terrace. All areas in the villa including the terrace have polished Saltillo tile flooring. The den has cable T.V. with a number of English speaking channels (Fox, CNN, Natl Geo., Animal planet, movies, etc.). There is also a DVD / CD player with stereo system. Shuttle service from airport to villa is available and only an approx 1 hour drive. Cars may be rented at airport or later from villa. There are several rental companies in Tamarindo who will deliver to and pick up cars at the villa. Maid service is three x per week. Pool and grounds keeper are full time. Surf Boards, boogie boards, etc. can be rented locally.


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Beautiful Casa Mambo; beach/pool/bicycles/surf/wi-fi/maids/cable-tv/ac
average rating of 4.716981 based on 54 reviews

Casa Mambo is an awesome place!!

  • 5 of 5

Me and two buddies rented out Casa Mambo for two weeks and had a blast! The house was excellent and the maids were great too. We had air conditioning in each room which was just another great perk of this place! Would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for close proximity to the beach and world class surf. The waves are great all summer with off shore winds in the morning and barrels up and down the beach. The store is right next to the house and the food at both Restaurants (Los Malinches and The Great Wallitinis) is awesome. We can't wait to go back again next summer

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to know you guys had such and incredible time and thanks for the great review. Just let me know when you are ready to come back down! Pura Vida, Hank
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6 4

Comfortable home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Casa Mambo is a comfortable vacation home, built in the style typical for this area. Twice-a-week maid service keeps it spotlessly clean. The beautiful yard and well-maintained pool are a bonus. We're grateful for the bedroom air-conditioning, and ceiling fans in all rooms, as the mid-day heat can be oppressive. This was our second year staying here, and we're coming back next year, as it's a roomy home for two people, with plenty of room to host our daughters as well. The 2 bikes have received some welcomed maintenance, and we rode them daily on the beach.

Despite being in a group of 6 similar homes, noise has never been a problem, and neighbors have always been nice.

Hank, the owner, and Shawna, the property manager, are responsive and easy to work with. We're delighted to have found this place!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was very nice - six houses surrounding a pool - beautiful foliage complete privacy

  • 4 of 5

would Take transfer from airport then rent car - depends on your adventure because you could stay without a car - great restaurants within walking distance- water taxi to Tamarindo- we rented car & drove all over - poor signage & poor roads - but a wonderful adventure- seen tons & loved weather and beautiful friendly people!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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It a great spot. We have stayed in the barefoot bungalows on 3 difference trips.

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed in three different bungalows. Casa Mambo was fine. The only criticism we have is the bed is as hard as a rock. We took the cushions from the sitting area and put them on top of the mattress. People around the pool asked us how liked the beds, so obviously it is a common complaint that has not been adressed. We stayed in Casa Charlie last time, they has the same mattresses there as well.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay, the location was perfect

Short walk to the beach restaurants and small store.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You should stay here

  • 5 of 5

I hesitated writing this review simply because I would rather people didn’t know how great this place was so we can book it again without having to compete with others for availability. The house is gorgeous and sits in its own grounds slightly off the road. The property is filled with trees and plants so you are screened from the road and that road is a dirt lane that doesn’t have heavy traffic anyway. There is a nice pool 20 feet from the porch if you don’t want to go to the beach, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t. The beach is a 10 minute walk in dirt roads and is perfect for small children to splash in the waves but also surfers to catch decent sets further out. There is very little shade so bring an umbrella. The walk to the beach takes you past a small convenience store where you can get food to cook at the house, or you can walk to two different restaurants within 5 minutes before you walk back home and enjoy drinks on the covered back porch of the house. There is a blender in the house to help with this. Before we left we were already planning on when to come back. Most of the store and restaurant staff are fluent in English and Spanish so there is very little language barrier. For more food, beverage, and souvenir opportunities, but also more people, take a water taxi or drive your car the short distance to tamarindo for great night life. The house has a book of info on different activities with contact numbers for each. We loved our stay and will definitely be back again soon. The only caution I would advise people of is that the dirt road that leads to the area is very bumpy and covered with holes. This makes the mile stretch right before the house take forever to drive if you want to visit other areas on day trips, but the plus side is it keeps a lot of people out so the place is more secluded. Don’t be afraid, our rental car made it just fine, you just have to go slowly on the last bit of dirt road.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

CASA MAMBO is located in a small, National Beach Reserve where most of the natural wonders of Costa Rica can be observed and enjoyed. Activities include: Surfing, Fishing, Night tours to the beach to watch Leatherback turtles(600 -1600 lbs) lay eggs, Horseback riding, Zip line repelling, Fiestas in nearby small towns, bird watching, estuary tours, Golfing, white water rafting. Surf shop w/ board rentals and beach w/in 100 meters. Iguanas, parrots, and exotic birds on property. A family of Howler monkeys lives in the area and can usually be heard and seen every few days. An estuary is located close by offering fishing tours, bird watching tours, water taxie rides to Tamarindo (for dining, dancing, gambling, souviners, etc..) and deep sea fishing is available. Volcanic hiking, mud baths, and natural hot springs can be enjoyed within an approx 2 hour drive. We accept all major credit cards.

Other Activities: canopy tours, repelling, bird watching, gamblimg, dancing, sunbathing


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Palm Beach Estates, Guanacaste

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £216.63
Tax Rate 12.0%

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