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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Two level, 4 bedroom beach house, on 1/2 acre lot with private pool

Villa Dos Gatos (House of Two Cats) is fronted by a large teak balcony featuring two hammocks + 4 person dining table - this is the signature location of the house with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The main living area of the house is located on the upper level; at this level the ocean-view presents itself from all points in the open-concept kitchen, dining and living room areas. Vaulted ceilings, teak beams and numerous windows enhance this area with abundant light and air. The kitchen is well equipped with coffee maker, toaster, pots & pans, cutlery, dishes, glasses, blender, electric stove and fridge. For indoor dining a lunch bar separates the kitchen and living room - there are 6 bar-height, teak chairs. Behind the house is the private pool and rancho with propane and charcoal bar-b-ques; a bar in the rancho offers an outside dining option near the pool.

The yard features a huge mango tree, almond tree, numerous palms and other tropical plants.

Beach, Ocean and Weather are the main attractions at Isla Palo Seco; they are spectacular! Isla Palo Seco is a barrier island, essentially a sand spit, that extends 8 km in length. The sand beach extends the entire length of the Island on the ocean-facing side; approximately 8 km of palm-lined, pristine beach. The ocean water is warm, surprisingly warm. Waves are constant; they are a surfer/boogie boarder's dream. At Dos Gatos we have 3 surf boards (2 long boards and 1 short board) and 4 boogie boards for our guests to use. At high or low tide the beach is breathtaking but if you want to walk the beach low tide is best. At low tide the ocean recedes to uncover a flat, sand strip that extends for more than half of the 100 or so metres between the water and the beach grass and palms. This flat sand is firm and a pleasure to walk. The beach is never crowded with people. Except for weekends and holidays when Tico (Costa Rican) families gather at the beach, it is almost deserted. I once walked the entire length of the Island and encountered only 3 people! The estero located on the back side of the island is extensive and it known for its fishing and sight seeing.

The weather between December 1 and May 1 (summer) is predictable; except for the occasional rainfall in the evening or night - average daytime high temp is 33 c under clear skies and average nighttime lows are 21 c. Even in the green season there is sun on most days from early morning to early afternoon when the clouds roll in with late afternoon showers - the average temps vary only slightly.

There are several very good restaurants on the beach: 'Mar Y Sol' is a restaurant/bar with relaxed atmosphere and good food, 'Beso Del Viento' offers French quesine by reservation, 'Hotel La Isla' has an extensive menu and the newest resort on the Island 'Clandestino Resort' and "Coco Mar" (newest restaurant on the beach) offer more upscale dining at reasonable prices.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Downing
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Peter Downing

We are a Brady Bunch type family - we have 6 adult children between us and 10 grandchildren - this is our family vacation home! The house was designed to accommodate large groups - if the group is larger than this house can accommodate there are nearby over-flow options.

Peter Downing purchased this house in 2012

Why Peter Downing chose Parrita

We were initially attracted to the tropics by the beaches, palm trees and warm breezes. We chose Costa Rica for our vacation home because of its stable government and relative safety - we were attracted to La Isla Palo Seco in particular because of the pristine quiet beach. This is not the place to go for the night life - but if you are looking for a tropical paradise this fits the bill - the house is big enough for family vacations or groups who wish to vacation together with private pool and an essentially private beach! Sunset watching is very popular here - sunsets are different every day and they can be quite spectacular. As you end your day on the balcony (perhaps with a favorite beverage) you will be serenaded by the sounds of the ocean, the breeze in the palms and the cheeping of the geckos - enjoy.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Parrita in Cantón Parrita

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms - one up and one down (each bathroom has toilet, sink and shower - there is also an outside shower for washing off sand and salt from the ovean
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Bunk Bed
  • 4 bedrooms are air conditioned and they have ceiling fans - in one bedroom is a bunkbed with Queen mattress on bottom and single on top - the 3 other bedrooms are equipped with 2 twin beds in each - when they are placed together they produce a king size bed or they can be split into two singles depending on preference.
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

One week of Island Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding ocean views from the second floor porch and the sound of the waves is intoxicating. This is a lovely home with all amenities for cooking. The home is conveniently located about a 10 or 15 minute drive from the main highway so day trips are easily managed. Our group enjoyed the boogie boards in the ocean and walking the beach daily. We enjoyed a guided tour through Manuel Antonio National Park where we saw many sloths, monkeys, iguanas and a toucan! Pool time was welcome on 'home' days. This is a fabulous property. I would encourage those seeking a true Costa Rican experience to consider this property.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive review - we love Costa Rica, we love this location and we will continue to do our best to maintain the house to high standards for ourselves and for our valued guests - Peter
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Better than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

We did a thorough review of all the options in VRBO for our Costa Rica stay. Somehow I feel like we picked the perfect place especially because we saw several of the other options while there and they just didn't seem to compare! We had fours adults (ages 40s to 70s) and two kids 8/15.

Fully equipped home with everything you need to cook and entertain inside/outside. Great internet (upstairs has best signal). Nice pool with large shade.

Amazing access to a beautifully clean beach. Wildlife nearby, we saw Capuchin monkeys in the lot next door, multiple iguanas (or some lizard of that family), Halloween crabs happen to be migrating through the yard, all kinds of birds and even the nice local dog or two would stop by for a visit. The wildlife (including dogs) never disrupted us, mostly stayed at a comfortable distance and was very entertaining to watch.

Locals walk by all day, some are even collecting coconuts from trees which is enthralling to see. Most are very nice and try to say hello, tend to keep to themselves. We felt very safe and never had any real concerns for theft as we used the gate and locks regularly. At night the very nice guard, Reyes, stayed on the front porch to ensure our safety (typically from 6pm to 4am). We interacted with him regularly, he even took my father-in-law to his favorite fishing spot. I made sure to let him know we appreciated his presence and offered him water and on occasion a meal. He was very gracious and accommodating to our questions and needs, even though his english is limited.

The main piece of advice is about the water pressure. It took a day or so to realize that when the water sprinklers outside were running the pressure inside was very low (kitchen and showers). I asked Reyes to stop running the sprinklers until after we went to bed, then we would all take a cool shower prior to sleeping. Also, the main living area upstairs is not air conditioned, only the bedrooms, we used the fans to kept the air moving and comfortable, it is hot in Costa Rica, which is another reason why we waited until just before bed to cool off with a shower.

Overall, this house (and Reyes) really set a great mood and atmosphere for our 8 day stay! The owners communicate continuously and offer great advice, listen and use it!


Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour at Adventure (two hour drive, but well worth it!)

Rainmaker Park & Suspension Bridges tours (about 30 min away)

JP Sport Fishing, in Quepos Marina

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this very kind review - I am going to be at the house shortly and I am going to change the times that the sprinklers operate to times when occupants might be expected to be asleep - apparently the pump cannot operate the sprinklers and provide adequate water pressure to the upstairs at the same time - our current occupants have had similar water pressure issues -- Peter
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Excellent, Affordable Beach Home For A Group

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 7 Americans (USA) who stayed here for a week, and loved every minute of it. This is a very nice house, and so close to the beach. Peter does a fantastic job prepping you for the stay, including directions, things to see near and far, and especially the recommendation of Mar y Sol, the little beach bar and grill down the road. Yours truly and some other members of our intrepid group spent an inordinate amount of time down there, chatting up Pablo and slaking our thirst

Some of us had been zip-lining a few times previously, but they all agreed that Pablo's canopy tour was the best they had been on. And very close by as well.

If there was anything negative to say about the house or property, your faithful reviewer would not conceal it from you. It is comfortable, has a well equipped kitchen for meal preparation, 2 martini glasses, excellent pool, gas grill, even had a refrigerator upstairs and downstairs! You should strongly consider Villa Dos Gatos if you want to visit Costa Rica.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words - we love this place so it is always rewarding to hear when our guests have felt the same way about their stay - Peter
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Amazing country. Breath taking nature, beautiful people and property.

  • 5 of 5

This house was so quiet and the private beach and swimming pool were really great! The house was comfortable, spacious, very well finished & very well kept. We loved the fact that we were out away from everyone, yet still close to Parita.

I only have a couple minor suggestions for the house & that would be for some more furniture, or shelving in the bedrooms so you could un-pack your bags more, a bit nicer towels for showering. Also, to have some more microvaveable dishes and bowls in the kitchen, along with some measuring spoons and cups would've been nice so we could've done more cooking and/or baking.

Overall the house was amazing and the next time we come to Costa Rica we will be giving Peter a call!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Eric for the kind words and suggestions - they are helpful - we actually have already purchaced new towels and some new bedding which will be going with us on our next trip in October - we will also look at the other suggestions especially extra shelving in bedrooms - if you ever wish to return you will be most welcome - Peter
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Beautiful, secluded, I didn't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 loved this spot! It's well located, a reasonable drive to many attractions but still private enough to have long stretches of beach to yourself. Stephanie and Peter have covered every last detail for you, their notes were essential reading for getting the most out of our time there. Absolutely recommend this wonderful property!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review - Stephanie and I love it there too - we will continue to try to make it as perfect as possible - Peter
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed 1 week and had everything we needed. Plenty of towels, dishes, pans, etc. Bugs didn't bother us- we needed more sunscreen than bug spray! The tours we did were fabulous- Discovery Horse Tours is the best- she knows what she is doing and the horses are very behaved and well cared for! We learned a lot and we own 2 horses! The zip line tour was the Adveture Tours where you take a team up and zip down- my 20 year old daughter did it with me and it was very professional and safe- a double zip line with 3 clips holding you on and they stop you- fantastic!! We visited the Pura Vida Garden and it was beautiful! The beach is amazing and right across the street- we loved drinking coffee on the balcony and gazing at the ocean. The iguanas are so adorable and have fun personalities- I believe they enjoyed us too:)!! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your kind words - greatly appreciated! - Peter
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
San Jose
Car: necessary

on the back side of the Isla is and extensive estuary; (fishing and touring is available - Manuel Antonio National Park is located 30 km away; with jungle trails, beautiful protected beaches for swimming and snorkling - Jaco is 45 kms away; a surfer town with extensive tourist services - deep sea fishing is available out of Quepos (25 km away) or Herradura (50 km away) - horseback riding is available right on the beach - whitewater rafting can be arranged by our property manager - Sky Mountain zip-lining is about 20 minutes away with the longest lines in Costa Rica and spectacular views of the Parrita River valley


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Parrita, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Green Season
1 May 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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