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Romantic Private Beach House -Clean, Quiet & Safe, Hike 200 acres w/ Waterfalls

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Private w/ Amazing Ocean Views! 1.5 hours to SJO airport, assistance w/ tours.

Located a mile to the beach in a quiet & private gated community called Vista Lapas Estates, La Casita is not a condo, where you hear your neighbors & parties, but a private house where you hear nothing but birds, waves & howler monkeys. 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 and 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. We'll send you plenty of information on transportation & tours as well as helpful tips on currency exchange & non tourist but fun excursions.

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 along with 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: https://www.vrbo.com/948824 - 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 17 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)

Free WIFI

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

Owner
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:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 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). I have a passion for planting various plants - from fruit trees to herbs to flowers, and I get so excited to share them with our guests. Costa Rica is Rich Coast in english - not for gold but for the soil! It's just a great way to live and I love sharing it with our guests.

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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Playa Hermosa in Cantón Garabito

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • 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 and copy of government identification.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Romantic Private Beach House -Clean, Quiet & Safe, Hike 200 acres w/ Waterfalls
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Hoboken, NJ, USA
5

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

Absolutely Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of this place really don't do it justice! The location is fantastic, it's close enough to town that you can easily go out to eat or go to the beach, but it's far enough away that you feel like you're in your own little world.

My husband and I wanted a good combination of activities and relaxation, and this house was perfect for that. We booked all of our activities through Kelie, which made our stay so much easier. She's also got great suggestions on where to eat. I think we went to almost every place on her list.

Overall, this was a fantastic experience, and we would recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent views, beautiful property, and fresh eggs!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Verde is a lovely, modern and spacious. Lots of personal touches by Kelie - from her original artworks to the laundry soap and surfboards. A beautiful location from which to explore, or just take it easy in the pool and hammock! Love this place!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Crystal Lake, IL
5

Never slept better

  • 5 of 5

La Casita is magical. Everything you want or might need has been thought of and provided for. The bedding is wonderful, so wonderful that I have ordered my own set for home. I have never slept better than I did at la casita. It's serene, lovely views, beautiful bird and animal life right outside your door. Kelie is the "crown jewel" of this property. She makes every effort to help you plan adventures, tours, hikes, fishing expeditions you name it. We saw Toucans, Scarlet Macaws daily, white faced monkeys in the trees right outside our door. The patio and deck have the most refreshing breezes anytime of day. The layout of la casita is perfect for a couple. Very private, yet easily accessible to shopping, restaurants, tours and activities. The pictures of the property although spectacular do not do it justice. Don't hesitate to book it. It's a true gem and Dave and I will be back as often as possible. Thank you Kelie and Chuck for your remarkable hospitality. See you soon, hopefully!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A little slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

What's not to love about this property? You are literally up in the clouds on the side of a mountain with breathtaking views of the ocean! The casita is everything a couple needs for a romantic stay in Costa Rica. If you stay here, make sure to save at least one day to go nowhere....and maybe take a hike behind the house. The open air patio with the dip pool is where we spent most of our time. Even when it rained, we stayed out there and watched the clouds roll in and then roll away. The view changes with the weather! And the sounds of the rainforest are like no other, no matter what time of day or night you are sitting outside.

The casita is close to all of the activities of Hermosa and Jaco, but you would never know it. We think it is the best of both worlds...go into town when you want, and back to Casita for peace and quiet and the real Costa Rican Pacific coast.

Kelie is a fantastic host, always available for any questions and can help you with whatever you need (rides, directions, discounts for activities, where to shop, where to eat, everything!). We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderfully peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place, a beautiful view and well appointed. The detail is right on point. From the dipping pool to the shower, everything is wonderful. Would recommend it to any one looking for a one bed in the area. Perfect!! Thank you kelie you were great. James

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much James. Hope to see you again! Kelie
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Location

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 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!

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £39.07
Property Damage Insurance £46.1

One time cleaning fee of $50. If you would like to have a cleaning person come during your stay it is $30 per visit. If you pay the 50% balance in cash we include one free zip line pass to Vista Los Suenos Canopy

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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