Casa Mykonos is a single-family 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom house which is a short walk to the beautiful beach of Playa Grande on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The home is in a very desirable and quiet gated community called Palm Beach Estates which provides security services for the residents during hours of darkness. The neighborhood is surrounded by the Marino Las Baulas National Park and this has prevented development in the area such that beach and nearby vegetation are in a completely natural state. Casa Mykonos is 40 miles from the newly constructed international airport at Liberia, Costa Rica (airport code LIR) and can be easily reached by rental car, shuttle van or taxi. The neighborhood is home to four great restaurants (Mar Azul, Bula Bula, La Cantarana and Seven Cave Bar & Grill) and the Wil-Mart market, all within a couple of minutes walk from the house. Playa Grande also offers several other restaurants about a mile and one half north of Palm Beach Estates.
The popular tourist destination of Tamarindo, which has many hotels, restaurants, shops and amenities, is a 1.5 mile walk down the beach from Casa Mykonos. There is an estuary which separates busy Tamarindo from peaceful Playa Grande and there are water taxis in the estuary available to transport people to and from Tamarindo during daylight hours at a cost of a dollar per person. The water taxi drivers are also available to take visitors on tours of the estuary where many varieties of tropical wildlife can be observed in their natural habitat.
Playa Grande is a world-class surfing destination and is also a major nesting area for the leatherback turtle ("baula" in Spanish) which grow to 7 feet in length and can weigh up to 1650 pounds. Marino Las Baulas National Park protects and preserves a large variety of tropical wildlife and vegetation along many miles of beach and the large inland estuary. The leatherback turtle egg-laying season is between October 1 and March 1 and during that period the national park service, which is locally headquartered near the Las Tortugas Hotel, conducts nightly tours allowing people to see these endangered 100 million year old creatures lay 100 or more eggs on the beach. This is a truly unforgettable experience!
The kitchen of Casa Mykonos is very well equipped and the open design of the lower level of the house makes it a great place to share special times with family and friends. The kitchen includes a wrap-around granite bar, cooktop stove, convection oven, microwave and a generous side-by-side refrigerator which dispenses ice and cold water. A large collection of cookware, dishes, glassware and utensils are provided.
Casa Mykonos has a spacious dining room which seats up to eight people. The living room features a 32" HD cable television. DVD player and a comfortable microfiber couch and chairs. Both rooms share a vaulted teak ceiling which creates a feeling of spaciousness and elegance. The lower level also includes a half-bath and a laundry room with a washer and dryer; detergent is provided for guests. The entire house is air-conditioned and can be controlled in five different zones.
Access to the above-ground pool and 64-jet spa behind the house is provided through a very comfortable shaded patio off the dining room. There is teak table, four chairs and a lounge chair on the patio, as well as a hammock in the back yard.
The upper level of Casa Mykonos features three bedrooms, all of which have queen-size beds, plenty of closet space and a cable television. The large master bedroom also includes a teak ceiling, a spacious walk-in closet, DVD player and a wall safe which is available to guests during their stay. The linen closet at the top of the stairs is full of high quality bedding and towels.
The garage contains all sorts of recreational equipment which is available for use by our guests, such as four bicycles, about a dozen surfboards ranging from competition short boards to 11-foot long boards as well as several body boards and skim boards. Playa Grande offers opportunities for surfing lessons nearby. There is also an outside shower near the front door of the house so that guests can wash the sand and salt water from their bodies before entering the house.
Internet access is provided by a wireless broadband router in the house. There are telephones in the kitchen and master bedroom for local calls, but guests are asked to use VoIP services, such as Skype or Google Talk, for international calls.
A local property manager will be available to meet guests as they arrive at Casa Mykonos. House keys and the controller for the security system will be provided at that time, as well as an orientation to the house. The property manager will also be available by telephone or Internet to respond to any questions or problems that may arise as well as to help arrange activities in the area, such as adventure tours or zip-lining.
Housekeeping services are provided twice per week. The pool is maintained regularly and a gardener keeps the yard in the best possible condition. Casa Mykonos has a beautiful Banyan tree in the front of the property as well as palm trees, hibiscus, bougainvillea and other beautiful tropical plants elsewhere around the property.
Casa Mykonos is a very comfortable and well-equipped home where guests can enjoy quality time with friends and family. The location provides peace and privacy and an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica.