This is a killer spot just steps from the beach and a short walk to town. No car needed. Surfboards and bicycles included. This is the perfect family vacation getaway.
I have 5 luxury properties in Jaco / Playa Hermosa. I have the number one home out of over 1,000 on HomeAway. Here is why my properties are so much more popular than all the rest:
1) I own and manage all four of our homes. With no broker fees or commissions to pay you get a great house for 40% less than you would elsewhere.
2) I have a staff of 7 dedicated 100% to these four properties. Everything is maintained perfectly. Daily housekeeping is included.
3) The number listed here is my personal cellphone. When you need something I and Maricela are here to help regardless of what the need is.
What makes this property unique is that it has 8 bedrooms just steps from the beach and within walking distance to all the bars and restaurants.
Casa Zocalo was a hotel in its former life. We purchased it in December of 2017 and immediately began renovations. We have added a small common living area and kitchen indoors, and a covered outdoor dining area with BBQ.
Although this home is in the middle of everything it is very private. It backs up to wetlands and there are tall walls on both sides leaving you in complete privacy and security. Walk out the front door, turn right and you can have your feet in the ocean in 30 seconds. Go out the same door and turn left and you are on the main street of downtown in the same amount of time.
Casa Zocalo has fast (30MBPS) wireless internet with coverage throughout the property. You are also given a portable WiFi hotspot you can take anywhere in Costa Rica and a local cell phone. The house is equipped with cable TV a large flat screen television, both US and Costa Rican landline telephones.
Every one of the 10 air conditioners is brand new. You can make this house so cold you will forget about your sunburn. We have a five stage reverse osmosis water filtration system that provides unlimited drinking water so there is no need to buy bottled water. Every bed has a brand new memory foam mattress because I know how important a good nights sleep is when you are on vacation.
On the second floor, you will find four rooms with full bath and a laundry room with 2 washers and 2 dryers.
We provide 4 new surfboards of varying lengths at no charge. There are 4 bicycles included as well. There is no need to rent a car. We can help arrange transportation from the airport and you can walk to almost everything else.
The small kitchen is well equipped and has an espresso machine, oven/stove, microwave and more. Daily maid service is included. The indoor kithchen / dining area is small. It is what was formally the office. There is an outdoor kitchen with BBQ near the pool.
This property is in the perfect location if you want to get around on foot. There is a private pool and yard as well as outdoor seating. This location is hard to beat. If you want to go out at night and eat at the local restaurants, this is the place for you.
You can mix and match our properties. You can stay in one for a couple days and move to another. Just make a separate reservation for each house.
Cash deposit at check-in. HomeAway provides insurance for damage to the house. We charge a $500 cash deposit at check-in. This is held to assure all of the items lent to you, including surfboards, wifi hotspots, phones, keys, bicycles and so on are returned. Provided everything is returned at checkout and none of the rules were violated the money will be refunded in cash when you leave.
Getting Here: We are a 75-minute drive from the San Jose airport. DO NOT fly into Limon. Many times people make that mistake. Limon is on the North East Coast. All the cool stuff (well most of it) is on the Pacific side. You do not want to go to Limon. You can rent a car from Vamos in San Jose and drive yourself. It is highway all the way. I will give you coordinates to the house and you can get here with Google maps. I'll even show you how to download the maps in advance so you don't use data along the way. If you aren't comfortable driving here we can arrange a transport for you. Once you are in Jaco we can help you get a rental car.
Money: The local currency is colones. There are 560 colones to a US dollar. You don't need colones. You can use dollars everywhere. If you want colones the cheapest way to get them is out of the ATM. Don't go to any of the currency exchange booths. And don't buy colones from your bank in the US. You will get charged 10% or more with either of those. Cash is king in Costa Rica. Restaurants will take credit cards (usually) but Taxi rides, massages, and many other small purchases must be made in cash. If the power goes out no one can take credit cards. So keep some cash reserves.
Language: About half the people in Jaco speak English. Every restaurant, store and tour operator has English speaking employees. Costa Ricans are extremely friendly. They will help you with your Spanish. Maybe a cram course on Duoling.com before you go will help :)
Communication: You can call me at any time. My personal cell phone is listed here with HomeAway. If you are coming to Costa Rica it is best to create a WhatsApp account. This is how most of Central America, Mexico, and Europe communicate. It's free. You can talk with Maricela before and during your trip. Message or call her with WhatsApp for everything from a dinner reservation to a masseuse to come to the house. She will make dinner reservations for you, arrange transportation, book your tours and whatever else you need. Think of Maricela as your personal Concierge. Just don't forget to tip her before you leave ;)
Is It Safe? Yes. It is as safe in Costa Rica as it is in the US. There is no place in the world that has zero crime. Use common sense and you will be safe. Don't walk on the beach alone at night, mind your own business, watch out for riptides and don't stand under coconut trees or swim in the Tercoles River with the Crocodiles and you will be just fine.
Is this the right place for you? I picked this area and these homes very carefully. Even if you don't rent from me, this is the area you want to stay in. There are lots of places in Costa Rica that look good on the internet. And most of them are as beautiful as the pictures. But even though Costa Rica is a small country it can take a long time to get from one place to another. I looked at lots of locations. Many of the areas that try to attract your tourism dollars are in the middle of nowhere. Playa Hermosa is perfect. It's minutes from Jaco but away from the chaos. You have dozens of restaurants to choose from, loads of night life, a fancy casino and every activity imaginable a short ride away. There is live music at the Green Room in Jaco every night. And it's all right here on the Pacific ocean. I don't mean to knock the other side of the country but the Caribbean (anywhere) is nothing compared to the Pacific.
You are welcome to bring friends over to the pool for the day provided they have valid passports. If you have any questions about travel to Costa Rica I am happy to answer them.
Need help with transportation? No problem. I can help you book round trip transportation with a licensed company in a new, safe vehicle. Just ask.
Some of the things we can arrange for you are:
Tours, including Zip Lining, ATV, Horseback, Fishing, Surf Lessons, Day Trips, Manuel Antonio National Park, Sky Diving, Tortuga Island Tours, Catamaran Tours, Sunset Cruises and Much More.
Read our reviews. Not only do we have the best homes in Costa Rica, we have the best employees. They love what they do and they will do everything in there power to insure you have an awesome vacation.
If Casa Zocalo is booked for your dates check out our other properties, Casa Overlook, The Penthouse and Casa Espana on RentRica.com. RentRica is a HomeAway Premier Partner. We book exclusively on HomeAway/VRBO.
Although I think our homes are the best there is to offer, I also believe it is the level of service we provide that separates us from the others. Many of the properties you see listed are managed by brokers or agents. If you book with us you will be interacting with just Katherine, Maricela and myself. And we are available to you for anything at any time. We will help you book your tours, rent your car, get you directions to the house or anywhere else.
If the dates you need are only partially available, contact me. I may be able to put you in one house for part of your stay and the other for the rest.
When you make your final payment there will be $600 included that is a deposit against accidental damage to the home. It is automatically refunded by HomeAway 14 days after your stay provided there is no damage. Additionally, there is a $500 cash deposit collected at check-in. This covers bicycles, surfboards, pool towels, WiFi hotspots and anything that can be removed from the property. In the event there is any damage or loss the cash deposit would be used first. If there was to be damage beyond $1,100 you would be billed through HomeAway to your credit card. In the event you are checking out prior to 8am, the cash collected would be refunded to your credit card used to make this reservation.
RentRica.com is a family orientated vacation rental host. We do not support sexual tourism and do not allow prostitutes on any of our properties. Only the registered guests are allowed on site. Travelers caught with unregistered guests, prostitutes or illegal drugs will be removed from the property immediately. All rent and all deposits will be forfeited. Rent Rica has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to prostitution.