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Paradise Getaway in Costa Rica

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2900 square ft. of beautiful living space with ocean & mountain views!

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living and dining rooms, spacious fully functional kitchen with new appliances. Walk-in to full laundry room with washer & dryer. Features an amazing terrace that spans the full width of the back of the house, with fabulous views of the Gulf of Nicoya, Pacific Ocean, Puntarenas, and mountain ranges. Enjoy early morning breakfasts, mid afternoon cocktails, and beautiful sunsets on our spacious terrace. Birdwatching and just plain relaxing can also be enjoyed! Easy access to terrace from living/dining room and 2 main floor bedrooms. Plenty of parking available at front of house, or in lower carport.

House is located in a 24 lot gated community, on a spacious 5000 sq. meter lot. The property still operates as a working coffee plantation. Beautiful trails, a waterfall, creeks, tilapia pond, and of course lots of coffee plants, make it a very charming and relaxing environment. Butterflies, deer, ducks, toucans, parrots, and various other birds can be seen on our property. Positano de Magallanes is a very special place!

Centrally located, within 90 minutes of many major attractions such as Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls & Gardens, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Carrera National Rainforest, Sarchi, Puntarenas, Zip-Lining, Butterfly Farms, and much more. The nearest beach is just a 35 minute drive away, part of a national rainforest, where capuchin monkeys come down from the trees to join you for lunch.

Shopping is just a short 5 minute drive away, in lovely San Ramon. Large shopping mall with movie theatres and plenty of shops, the University of Costa Rica, hospital, restaurants,banks, farmers market, pharmacies, dentists, and everything else you may need during your stay.

You will meet Norm & Ana, our property managers, in San Ramon. From there, they will take you to our house, a short 5 minute drive away in Magallanes. Norm & Ana will walk you through the house, pointing out its many features, and provide you with the keys. Enjoy your welcome basket, which includes some of the varied and delicious fruits available in Costa Rica.

If you need something smaller, check out our other new property at VRBO #676793 , which sleeps up to 3 people. See listing for details, or contact us.

More Details

Joe Pignatelli
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2018

About Joe Pignatelli

Joe is an insurance broker and Liz works for a builder in Canada. They have been married for 39 years and have 3 children. Some of their interests include music, golf, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Joe Pignatelli purchased this house in 2010

Why Joe Pignatelli chose San Ramón

After looking at Florida, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, we felt that Costa Rica had so much more to offer. The country is so beautiful, and very easy to travel through. There are many micro climates to suit individual needs and an abundance of things to do. In 1949 the country abolished their army and invested all their money into education and health care, therefore they have a well educated and happy population. Recent surveys show that Costa Ricans are one of the happiest people in the world. Costa Rica has a very low crime rate compared to other countries in Central & South America. They also have a longer life expectancy because of the lifestyle they live - Pura Vida!

What makes this house unique

Our house is just 5 minutes from San Ramon, which is approximately 35 minutes west of the San Jose Airport, and is very central to everything. San Ramon has a hospital, university, shopping, churchs, movie theatres, and best of all, the weather is fabulous! Because San Ramon is 3500 ft. above sea level, the average daytime temperature all year round is 25 celcius, or 78 farenheit. Evenings are usually a little bit cooler, but very pleasant. There is no need to have air conditioning or heating in our home. If you are interested in some more heat, just drive 40 minutes west to the beach where the temperatures can reach 35 celcius plus. Our location is central to as many activities and attractions you can imagine. Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall & Gardens, La Fortuna & Lake Arenal, San Luis Zip-Lining, Carera National Rainforest, Sarchi, Tortuga Island, and San Jose are all a reasonable drive away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I were blown away by the spectacular views from this home. Norman and Ana were wonderful. Norman took us to the grocery store before going to the house so we could cook meals in this fully equipped home. Rooms were perfectly decorated with comfortable beds. Loved the master bathroom rainfall shower. The house had plenty of towels, instructions on where to visit and a nice memory garden to leave something for the homeowners. We had a fabulous stay and would definitely go back!
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in San Ramón in Alajuela Province

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Main floor
  • 2 full-size and fully equipped.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master with Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Spacious rooms. King size beds (1) in master bedroom., Queen size Beds (2) in guest bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Paradise Getaway in Costa Rica
average rating of 4.935484 based on 35 reviews
Fort Pierce, Florida


  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at this property. We certainly enjoyed ourselves. The property managers were a great resource but certainly respected your privacy. Location is superb - since it allows you to take day-trips to various parts of the country. If you choose not to do that - just relaxing in the house - is great too. The pictures are very accurate. Everything is provided for your comfort - except for your toothbrush and your food!!!! If looking for a wonderful get-away - you should consider this property.

Thank you Joe and Liz for another wonderful vacation.

John & Marilyn

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our property again. As you mentioned, it's a great location for exploring beautiful Costa Rica. Our property managers, Marty & Jamie, are always eager to help in any way they can, to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible. It was a pleasure again, having you stay as our guests. Come back soon! Joe & Liz
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Absolute beauty

  • 4 of 5

This home is a lovely experience. We have stayed in Costa Rica many, many times over the last 20 years and this is house rates at the top. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. The grounds are lovely and the birding excellent. My daughter and I walked to the little store several times. It took 16 minutes round trip We also walked down the road and up for an extreme workout (we are runners and it was tough).

The house had everything you need and more. There are views from every window of the ocean and mountains. The beds are super comfy and the furnishings of nice quality. For the art lover there is wonderful paintings and sculptures. The washer and dryer work great.

David and Kim were awesome. David became our chauffeur when the rental agency lost our contract and there were no other cars available during the holiday week. He picked us up and brought us to see friends and sights around the central valley. He was extremely punctual and an excellent driver.

So why 4 stars instead of 5? It is a small thing but for the money something that should not be an issue. Hot water. The book says that there could be hot water issues if the water pressure is low. We had very good water pressure the entire week...but not hot water. It was hit or miss, but mostly miss. We have several tankless water heaters in the states and had one in our home we owned in Costa Rica. We have never had a problem heating all the water needed for the house . David said that he was aware and told the owner about it. Hopefully, this review will motivate a repair or replacement.

We would and will definitely stay at this home again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Costa Rica. You're right, our home and the location, are second to none. Wish the hot water system had been working properly for you, and will definitely have it looked at. We have a hot water solar system, and a back up on demand electric water heater, to help ensure there's always hot water, so it's a bit of a mystery that there were hot water issues, but it's Costa Rica and stuff happens there. Thanks again for choosing our home for your stay. Hope to see you again soon!
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Beautiful property with long reaching views

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely property set in a private gated neighborhood about 8 kilometers from San Ramon. Nice and peaceful and well appointed with big kitchen, patio, laundry. ! It is about a 45 minute plus drive from SJO airport. We drove just under two hours to visit arenal volcano and rainforest. We also visited San Luis (45 mins) for a good zip line experience and Transitional forest walk. Cost for those two were $68 and $25 with guide. Driving in Costa Rica is not for the feint hearted and the neighborhood was quite steep with tight bends. We had a 4x4 as recommended. We also went to playa Dona Ana beach which was 45 mins south. We did split our vacation into 5 days at the beach (jaco) and 6 days in the mountains.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy you enjoyed your stay, and the beautiful Costa Rica. Hope to see you again in the future.
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Vacation Stay

  • 5 of 5

First of all, the setting, the house, the view, and the amenities were amazing. The open floor plan and roominess of the house added to our ability to relax and enjoy our family. An added benefit of having the kitchen fully equipped, a washer and dryer, and all of the bedding and linens supplied helped to make our stay even more enjoyable.

Joe and Elizabeth were extremely friendly and professional, we really appreciated their timely and informative communication from start to finish. When planning a vacation it would be reassuring if all renters were as accommodating, fair, and honest as Joe and Elizabeth.

Thank you, you made our family trip to Costa Rica a great one!

Jean and David

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay, and our lovely home. We really feel it is a little piece of Paradise. Hope you make it back some time soon!
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Fairfield TX - JC Ranch

This is the first property I have stayed that was much more beautiful than the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

This property not only meet every need but added so much to our enjoyment - the view - the furnishings - the location.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay, and the property exceeded your expectations. Hope to see you again in your future travels.
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exceptional accomodations and wonderful country

  • 5 of 5

I decided to take my family on a memorable trip and there was no other destination than Costa Rica. We wanted to cook ourselves and there was no other home that suited our needs but this beautiful new home overlooking the coffee plantation. We sat on the terrace in the morning, noon and evening and saw tucans and all other type of birds, what a relaxing time. Memories are made of this and my grandchildren said so many times "thanks gram for bringing us here". We all had our own lovely space, walked to get fresh eggs, walked on the trails, watched the sunsets and sun rising and just sat and listened to nature.Thanks so much for letting us share your home.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you and your family enjoyed staying at our home while you toured around Costa Rica and enjoyed its charms. Hope to see you back again some time soon!
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Poás Volcano National Park
This is a breathtaking tourist location and it's only a 90 minutes drive from our house.
Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica
A very beautiful theatre where you can go for music and plays.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
A great place to go as a side trip, after Poas Volcanoe. A beautiful nature park, with birds...
The Butterfly Farm -- CLOSED
Juan Santamaria International Airport
Arenal Volcano
Great area to spend a couple of days. Lots of activities like zip-lining, white water raftin...
Sarchí Village
A very artsy town. You can find souvenirs, leather, furniture, and lots of shopping. Easy da...
Carara National Park
This rainforest is about a 90 minute drive from our house. If you like nature, this is a gre...
Zoo Ave
This is a great tropical zoo, located about 35 minutes away.
Nearest Airport
38 Kilometres
San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Don Quixote
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Santa Anna
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Panamerican Hwy#1
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Don Quixote
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Just 8 minutes west of San Ramon. Major attractions within 90 minutes of our home include Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls & Gardens, San Luis Zip-Lining, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal & Volcano, Sarchi, Carara National Rainforest, and the Gulf of Nicoya with several beaches. Enjoy many activities such as Zip-lining, Hiking, Whitewater Rafting, Sports Fishing, Swimming, Biking, Sunbathing, Snorkeling, Scuba-diving, Birdwatching, and much more! It's a nature lover's feast.


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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.79
Pet Fee £37.79
Refundable Damage Deposit £226.74

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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