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Romantic Private Beach House -Immaculate, Safe Easy Access to Beach & Waterfalls

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Private Pool & Terrace w/ Amazing Ocean Views! Close to shopping & restaurants

La Casita is a charming one bedroom home. This is not a condo, where you hear your neighbors & parties, but a house where you here nothing but birds and waves. Located a mile to the beach in a quiet & private gated community called Vista Lapas where you're guaranteed to not have construction noise or parties. We’re tucked away on a hill just above Calle Hermosa, so we’re close to restaurants, tours, nightlife and markets but you feel like you’re in a private reserve with luxurious accommodations with very easy access. We urge you to read our reviews as we feel our guests best describe this property; it's truly a hidden gem among VRBO listings. La Casita is perfect for couples coming to Costa Rica for the first time – you’ll have as much or as little help as you need to make a fun, safe and memorable vacation! We're about an hour and 20 minutes to the SJO airport so we're one of the closest beach areas to San Jose.

You’ll immediately feel right at home when you’re welcomed with a basket of a variety of local fruit, an arrangement of tropical flowers from our gardens, and of course a sample of our favorite Costa Rican coffee! Waking up to the panoramic ocean views from your private terrace with the sounds of the waves and the exotic birds around the property is something you will remember forever. This location allows you to be so close to the beach, shopping, groceries & nightlife, but you get to experience the quiet, natural life of Costa Rica. You may have read about the roads in Costa Rica and how bad they are, the access to La Casita is on a brick road so very easy access to come and go as you like.

The Scarlet Macaws & Toucans fly by daily & we frequently have the white faced monkeys in the neighboring trees & an abundance of iguanas, hummingbirds & butterflies around the property. The small indigo blue tiled pool on the terrace is wonderful for rejuvenating & cooling off during the day or relaxing with a glass of wine while enjoying your tropical paradise. This is not just an ocean view – it’s the ocean and all the exotic wildlife in the canopy of trees, how better to enjoy the rain forests of Costa Rica!

La Casita is fully air-conditioned, so on those very hot & humid days you’ll be kept cool, although our ocean breezes are often the preference to enjoy a comfortable environment. With our silent ceiling fans and screened windows, you can relax and listen to the sounds of nature. The large picture windows in the living room and bedroom offer a generous view of not only the spectacular Pacific Ocean, but the rim of the rain forest where you’ll spot several of the famous Costa Rican birds. We have a well-equipped gourmet kitchen, perfect for preparing those romantic dinners which you might want to enjoy under the stars on your private terrace. La Casita is also on a deep water well, so our water on the property is perfect for drinking! Our fruit trees, including banana, lime, papaya, mango and avocado trees, in addition to an herb garden, are all for our guests to enjoy! If you’re a foodie, this is definitely a dream location for your vacation. We’ll also give you pointers where to shop for local produce and where to avoid.

From the house you can hike to the nearby waterfalls where you're sure to see the blue morpho butterflies, white faced monkeys and the bright green & black dart frogs. We live two houses away from La Casita, so we’re close enough if you need something, but far enough for you to have your privacy. There are a couple of surf boards you're welcome to use or we have 2 new SUP boards (10") and you can rent one for $20 /day including the car rack or $150 for both for 5 days. If you're traveling with friends, we have another 2 bedroom vacation rental about 100 meters away from la casita, in the same neighborhood: - you can also read the reviews from that house as the location is the same neighborhood – same views, same monkeys!

There are plenty of restaurants and a small market in Playa Hermosa, all within 5 minutes, but the larger town of Jaco is only a 10 minute drive where you'll find shopping, restaurants, large grocery stores and night life. We're happy to help you book tours at zip lines, Crocodile Man Tours, whitewater rafting or fishing. World class surfing or stand up paddle boarding are just minutes away at our beach, or we can suggest fun and safe beach areas outside of Playa Hermosa. We’ve lived here full time for over 15 years, so we can help tailor your vacation to excursions you would enjoy – even those non-touristy day trips! We can normally get discounts on any local tours – between 10 to 15%, including the Vista Los Suenos Canopy, which is a must do! Should you want to explore more beaches, the road south is lined with small beach towns to Manuel Antonio National Park is only an hour away.

We look forward to making your time at La Casita unforgettable!

Features of La Casita:

Panoramic Ocean view from every room in the house

Easy Access - you just don't find these views AND easy access in Costa Rica - And only an hour & half to San Jose airport!

2 hammocks, under the fan on the covered terrace

Private sun tanning area on the terrace

Private gated community

Private pool / terrace with amazing ocean & valley views

Easy access to HWY 34 (one mile on brick / paved road)

Fully air conditioned and fans throughout

Deep water well/perfect drinking water

Washer & Dryer on site

Pillow top memory foam bed (mentioned in reviews - extremely comfortable)


Cable TV (with english channels)

Well-equipped gourmet kitchen with gas oven /stove, Brazilian granite counters espresso machine, microwave, toaster, blender, rice cooker....

In-house Safe

Access to 200 acres of private hiking trails & waterfalls

Assistance with all travel needs

2 Surfboards for use

2 SUP boards for day or weekly rental

Herb garden with fresh herbs year round

More Details

Kelie Limehouse
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Kelie Limehouse

I moved to Playa Hermosa in 2002 and have lived here full time ever since. I used to travel quite a bit and I always stayed in Marriott or Hyatt. I loved the comfort at those hotels, but always felt they lacked a homey feel and privacy. So my vision was to make a vacation rental, with luxury linens and towels, extremely clean and comfortable but with a homey feel - where you can cook and spend time outdoors but with a private space.

I like to cook & garden, so the area surrounding the house is very lush with plenty of fresh herbs and a great variety of fruit trees.

We enjoy meeting people and sharing this beautiful area with new friends. I'm originally from the United States and have a finance background, I love to cook and we frequently have dinner parties. I especially like to use anything from our garden / greenhouse. Chuck is a retired paramedic and surfs or hikes everyday and will usually take anyone who would like to join him. We have 2 Golden Retrievers and an Australian Sheppard - they like to hike.

Kelie Limehouse purchased this house in 2016

Why Kelie Limehouse chose Playa Hermosa

Spectacular views, great central location, peaceful and love the hiking from the property (no need to drive somewhere to see monkeys or waterfalls)

What makes this house unique

Views, views, views. Central location with easy access (brick road). Abundance of fruit trees, coffee fields and herb garden. A very safe / private and gated community. Being close to everything but at a hidden gem with amazing views an ocean breeze - it's heaven!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mi novio y yo planeamos un fin de semana romántico y de tranquilidad. Eso fue lo que conseguimos excatamente. Me enamoré de la casita, es encantadora, el lugar es privado y seguro, tiene una vista hermosa, en la mañana te despiertas escuchando el sonido de los pájaros, te duermes escuchando el canto de los grillos, y si llueve, es maravilloso, por lo menos a mi que me encanta la lluvia. Disfrutar de la piscina conese paisaje tan maravilloso me llenó de paz. Definitivamente regresamos con más energía y con todas las ganas de volver. Kelie es muy hospitalaria y nos facilitó todo para que nuestra estadía fuera lo más placentera posible. Les recomiendo hacerse unos masajes en la terraza, les aseguro que será inolvidable.
Oct 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Playa Hermosa in Cantón Garabito

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No additional guests permitted on property without prior approval.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom has a large, open tiled shower. The house has hot water (in kitchen, bathroom and laundry) and is on a deep water well, so the water is perfectly safe to drink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , queen memory foam bed - super comfortable!
  • Wonderfully comfortable, extremely quiet bedroom. There is a 4 foot picture window where you can lay in bed and watch the waves! There is also a small safe in the bedroom and a wall mounted smart TV.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This is a very quiet, romantic villa. If you're looking for a place to relax, this is your spot! The hiking behind the house is as wonderful as the ocean and valley in front - there's something for everyone here! The home was built with comfort and romance in mind - it truly is a hidden gem in Playa Hermosa. We have easy access as we're a mile to the hwy 34, which runs all the way to Panama and connects to hwy 27. The mile from the hwy to the property is paved, so very easy access for a property with a view - which makes us very unique in this area. We (the owners) live 3 houses away, so we're here if you need anything at all.


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Romantic Private Beach House -Immaculate, Safe Easy Access to Beach & Waterfalls
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
Hoboken, NJ, USA

The pictures just don't do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

I arrived at La Casita to spend 10 days, and arrived after dark. Getting to the Casita was no problem, it's actually a WAZE waypoint! The accomodations were lovely, Kelie (the owner) has a real flair for decor, and the one bedroom house has all the space you need to relax in the living room and kitchen, which are both spacious and have everything you need to cook up a storm and relax and watch a movie in the evening on cable. The bedroom is perfect, lots of storage, so I was able to unpack and really settle in. The bathroom is super, with a big walk in shower. The next morning when I opened my eyes, I really wasn't prepared for what I saw when I awoke to the sunrise coming through the bedroom window. This house is situated high up on a hill, and has the most amazing and breathtaking views of the Pacific. I literally spent the whole morning just enjoying the view from the deck to enjoy my morning espresso (it has both a coffee maker and an italian stovetop espresso maker). It was easy to arrange for a rental car and very easy to get to town and back. Kelie is an absolute wealth of information on everything to do, and gave me fabulous guidance on what to see, and where to eat if I wanted to dine out. She also helped me arrange an overnight sail to Isla San Lucas , which was amazing! So peaceful and the folks who run the charter (Glenn and Lindsey) really know what they are doing and are extremely knowledgeable about the history of the island. I really enjoyed getting back to La Casita, and and spent the rest of my time enjoying the lovely home. Everything worked flawlessly, and I was amazed at the birds that landed in the nearby trees, my favorites being the toucans (I've never seen them this up close!) and the scarlet macaws that fly overhead regularly. Kelie really has thought of everything! There are hammocks , and when you feel a little hot, you can go in the small dipping pool that's right on the deck! I finished my stay so relaxed, and am planning to come back soon, perhaps with a special someone, because this place is perfect for a romantic getaway. I can't wait to come back, I felt secure, and completely taken care of, had absolutely everything I needed, but the view.....I really can't say enough about it, it was nourishment for the soul...

Thanks Kelie! See you soon!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Xena, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at La Casita! Can't wait to see you again, maybe next time bring a couple friends and stay at the 2 bedroom Casa Verde - equally beautiful views and comfortable beds. Hope to see you soon! Kelie
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  • 5 of 5

The property and view was awesome along with Kellie!! Thanks. See you again.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Kelie's home is absolutely wonderful. First - she is ALWAYS only a phone call away and picks up every time and has an answer to any question you may have. The home is clean, perfect size for a couple. My wife and I stayed here for the first three nights of our 10 day honeymoon and we couldn't have asked for a better way to start our special vacation.

The view from the balcony out into the country and ocean is breathtaking. You will see so many beautiful animals from your balcony and on the drive up to the house. The home was super easy to find with Kelie's directions.

If you're able to set aside the amazing view, great local restaurants, and location of the home - the greatest value of staying here is Kelie herself. She is such an amazing human being. Even after we left her home, she continued to give us recommendations on things to do in the country, places to visit, restaurants to eat at and introduced me to what is now my favorite Cafe in Costa Rica - Cafe Milagro out in Manuel Antonio.

If you're looking for a place in Costa Rica - look no further. This is it. I promise you.

Can't wait to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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¡Absolutely perfect! (Honeymoon)

  • 5 of 5

I spent a good chunk of time looking for the perfect place for my wife and I to stay at for our honeymoon. We wanted a private, romantic home that was close enough to tourist attractions for a short drive and far enough away to escape the craziness. La Casita was EXACTLY what we wanted and more!

Kelie is an incredible host and goes above and beyond in making sure your stay is perfect. When my wife and I arrived, we opened the front door to rose pedals on the floor leading into the bedroom and a note congratulating us on our marriage. She left the lights and AC on in the house so that it was homey and welcoming upon our arrival. She gave us 10 of her fresh farm eggs to enjoy the following mornings for breakfast, an entire pineapple, and two bananas. We arrived late at night, so it was nice to have breakfast already taken care of. There was also a small bag of coffee (good for about 4 pots) and a couple water bottles.

The house has beach towels and beach chairs, and it has a cooler so you can bring some cold beers and fruit to the beach.

The patio dip pool is a perfect pre or post siesta relaxation treatment, and the patio makes all at-home meals a totally romantic paradise— seriously, just look at the pictures! It looks exactly like that at all moments. Simply breathtaking.

There’s a working backyard grill (which we used and loved). There is also a nice washer and dryer that makes doing laundry quick and simple.

Kelie has a few sheets on the counter recommending her favorite spots (restaurants, beaches, attractions, etc.). Read these and do them! She has fantastic taste. We probably did at least half of the long list of recommendations she provides and we were totally satisfied every time.

Also, the surrounding area of La Casita boasts amazing hiking trails all over.

I can’t stress enough the privacy of La Casita. Definitely a highly recommended house if you are looking to truly get away.

If and when we return to Costa Rica, we know exactly where we’ll be staying.

Thank you, Kelie!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Daniel! And thank you for choosing la casita for your honeymoon! It was fun to make this little home even more romantic for your special week! Best of everything to you and Courtney. Kelie
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  • 5 of 5

Rex and I really enjoyed staying at La Casita while visiting Costa Rica for the first time. We found the cottage just the right size for the two of us, stocked with all the conveniences we would need, and were charmed by a few delightful personal touches from Kelie. Being it our first time in CR, we really appreciated Kelie's local restaurant and market recommendations, local tips, and her help with setting up a few activities ( fishing, zip lining, massages) which were fantastic! We spent so many hours on that wonderful patio, enjoying the view of the mountains and the ocean and now dream of visiting again soon. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lisa! Thank you for the review of your stay and for choosing La casita for your first Costa Rican experience! Hope to see you and Rex again. Kelie
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We had an Amazing Experience at La Casita and the Surrounding Areas!!!!

  • 5 of 5

La Casita was a beautiful house with breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. It was more than sufficiently stocked with all the items needed to enjoy our vacation. The owner, Kelie greeted us in person when we arrived and had fresh eggs and fruit awaiting for us along with a nice Welcome written on the chalk board. Kelie continued to make herself more than readily available with recommendations on places to see and book any excursions we desired. All of Kelie’s recommendations for day trips and restaurants were on point to say the least. She definitely went above and beyond to ensure we were relaxed and welcome. We will definitely return to La Casita and to visit Kelie again!!!! Thanks Again Kelie 😘?.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tammie! Good thing about living here so long is it's easy to send people to great places and excursions, once they tell me what they're looking to do. Come back anytime - was a pleasure! Kelie
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Los Amigos
Best Burgers in town and great beer on tap
Tsunami Sushi -- CLOSED
Awesome Sushi and great atmosphere
Graffiti Restro Cafe and Wine Bar
Really, just the best restaurant in Jaco.
Side Street Sandwich Shop+Bistro
Owners of Graffiti - just as good but light fare.
Green Room
Great for music and a large selection of beer on tap
Mono Verde Tapas & Wine
Really good Ahi tuna and Carpaccio (tuna and beef)
Vista Hermosa Restaurant
Our favorite restaurant in Playa Hermosa - close to us and great Mahi wraps! Right on the w...
Caliche's Wishbone Restaurant
Caliche's is delicious. Best Tuna poki in town - and out of this world good Margaritas make...
Great pizzas!
Pizza Pata Playa Hermosa
Best Pizza in Playa Hermosa - great delivery service too!
Backyard Bar and Grill
Fun Saturday surf competition and people watching! Great music - on the beach.
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Backyard Bar
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Los Suenos
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Back Yard Bar
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Playa Hermosa
Car: recommended

We're close enough to Jaco (5 - 10 minutes) to have the restaurants, night life and groceries, but far enough to have the peace and relaxing home base. About the only noise you'll here in our area are the toucans!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £33.49
Damage Insurance £43.91

One time cleaning fee of $45. If you would like to have a cleaning person come during your stay it is $30 per visit.

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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