|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|Living space||3000 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Adventure, Luxury, Spa, Beach, Ocean, Tropical|
Description from the owner
Spectacular 5 bedroom ocean view villa with plunge pool!
Perfect for families of 4-12 guests.
Villa Las Olas is a property that you'll want to return to year after year, as many of our clients do. It might be the spacious five bedrooms, or the covered balcony with private plunge pool. Or it could be the full kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. It could be the tropical pool with waterfall and swim up bar. Or it could be the location, steps from the beach and the world famous Father Roosters beachfront grill.
Included in the rental is membership to the beautiful Club at CocoBay which offers a lar...Read more
Ocean View Condo- Walk to the Beach! Costa Rica
Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
Located within walking distance to the world famous Ocotal Beach, Costa Rica. The azure blue ocean with 80 degree water temps invite you to swim, snorkel and relax. Enjoy jet skiing, deep sea fishing, white water rafting, ziplining and more in this beautiful country.
Walk to town of Playas del Coco or simply lounge at the private beach club that comes with the rental of the property
Location Type Beach, Ocean, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$225 - $275||$225 - $275||$1,500 - $3,500||$0||1 night|
|Apr. 4 2012 - Apr. 11 2012
|Apr. 5 2012 - Nov. 30 2012
|Holiday Weeks||-||-||$3,500||-||1 night|
|All Other Dates||$225||$225||$1,500||-||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Nightly rate $195 in high and low season. Inquire for holiday season. Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Salt Lake City
Pura Vida at Villa Olas + Playa Ocotal & Coco - a total review b
1-Word Description of our 10 day trip to Costa Rica – Awesome!. This complete review is too lengthy to include everything, so it will be split into 2 parts. Part 1, under vacation rentals, will focus on Gina Correll’s “Villa Olas” plus some of the restaurants and attractions around Playa Ocotal & Playa del Coco. It will also note some of planning issues for a group of 15 people. Part 2, under things to do, covers 4 excellent tours with Randall Umana’s Shaman Tours as well as comments about transfers from the airport.
To start, the owner Gina Correll, was easy to deal with and very responsive to numerous questions that were emailed to her, ranging from safety, to renting a car or not, what sights to see, and travel time to various locations, to a question about drinking water from the tap (yes you can).
Planning – since we had 13 adults plus 2 young boys, leaving from 3 different states, we created a Packing List to better coordinate the details. The List included things like Water Shoes, Mosquito Repellent, and lots of small bills (for taxis, tips, and purchasing products from merchants that may not always have change). Our list even included a reminder for all to contact their credit card companies a few weeks prior to leaving the country to advise them of traveling to Costa Rica so your transactions are not denied as possible fraudulent activity. ( For a good insect Repellent, go to Wal-Mart for Repel, which has a Max 40% Deet. Now I am embarrassed to say we only used it one day and we should have used it more as practically all finished the vacation with a dozen bites that itched for a week or more. It was odd that we never determined when we got the bites if it were sand fleas or mosquitoes).
Safety - violent crimes do not seem to be a real issue in Costa Rica, however, opportunity theft does happen. So it is a good idea to keep a list of any credit card numbers and company phone numbers in case there is a problem. For the same reason, it may be useful to make a laminated, color- copy of your passport to carry with you while leaving your original passport in a room safe or other location.
Driving - most of us choose not to rent a car as the roads were often narrow, crowded with people & animals, and not well lighted at night. Though there are a number of paved roads, going to some of the excursion destinations can prove to be time consuming on rough roads and it is hard on vehicles.
Location - Villa Olas (waves), in Playa Ocotal, is about 45 minutes from the airport. Situated on the lower part of a cove overlooking the ocean, surrounded by million dollar homes sprinkled onto the hillside. The codo is about 3 blocks from the ocean, and about 2 ½ blocks from Father Rooster’s, 1 of the 4 restaurants that Ocotal offers. Playas del Coco (beaches of coconut) is an adjoining town, with about 6,500 inhabitants. It is about 3 miles distance, although due slow speeds it tends to seem farther. A taxi will charge you about $5 to $6 for a cab that carries up to 4 people. There are a couple of micro-bus taxis that hold 5 to 7 people – one named Oscar was very pleasant, who charges about $8.
Appearance – the villa/condo is all that the pictures portray and more. Accessing the condo you enter a neighborhood street that has a 24 hour security guard, then the condo sits behind a large metal gate which requires a code to enter. After climbing several steep stairs, you enter into the lower level which consists of 4 bedrooms- one with a king bed, another with a king, one with 2 queens, and the other with 2 full beds. The upper level has another bedroom (a queen bed), an open style kitchen, a family room, as well as a great covered patio with a large hot tub, which is not heated, yet the water Is bearable and the views are magnificent.
Amenities – Villa Olas is well appointed with stainless steel appliances, a microwave, dishwasher, a blender, a coffee maker, granite counter tops, and a washer and dryer. And there is a nice pool just steps from the front door. Plus there is a delightful maid, Rosa, who visits a couple of times a week to clean, empty trash, and wash sheets & towels. And after experiencing very hard beds during trips to Mexico and Dominican Republic, these beds were a very pleasant surprise.
Eating out – this will not be a detailed review of each restaurant but more of a quick overview. And due to a few family members on somewhat of a budget, we targeted recommended restaurants that would be about $25 each, or less.
Although there was an exception or two, we ate breakfast & lunch at the villa and went out for dinner. There was even a variance to that routine one time when we found a fish market between Ocotal & Coco where we purchased some fat prawns for dinner at the villa. Another thing that factored into our routine was the fact we were going on excursions every other day, and lunch was provided.
As some may have read already, there are only 4 restaurants in Octotal but 50 in Coco. My ranking of the dining establishments is simply my personal preference and influenced by comments of our group.
#3 Father Roosters was only a short 5 minute walk from the villa so we ate there several times. Located on the beach it became an easy go-to place. For choices of either hamburgers, nachos, or wraps – all of which were good – with a drink totaled $18 to $28 for dinner. It was also a near-by lunch site for some who liked their nachos, which ran about $12.
#2 Picante – farther away, about 1.3 miles, which we walked to the first time. The entrance to the resort (Bahai Pez Vela) sits on top on a hill and the restaurant, at the bottom of a very steep road. Upon arriving at 5:30 pm, we were informed the restaurant closed at 5 pm on Sundays. The next time we made a reservation, took a taxi, and still encountered a confused guard at the top of the hill, proclaiming he thought Picante was not open. Luckily it was open and it turned out to be delightful night -- great food (about $25 each) and live music – which they apparently have every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7 pm. The steak was very good as were the other dinners of the 15 in our group – orders ranged from pasta to stir fry . Note - Be sure to take your camera as the views at sunset are post card material.
In Playas del Coco
#1 Cladio Y Gloria – it was almost a tie between this restaurant and Picante. Our excursion guide Randall of Shaman Tours recommended it. To our delight we found the food to be excellent with prices about $23 each. Located on the beach at the end of the main road in Coco, it was a very enjoyable evening that was slightly hampered by the electricity going out a couple of times on that block of town. The atmosphere was amazing and the service was good under the circumstances. Note - Be sure to treat yourself to the Hawaiian Shrimp selection – which was shrimp bathed in a warm orange liquor and hot pineapple sauce with coconut sprinkled over it – your taste buds will thank me for the recommendation.
#4 Papagayo Seafood – located right the middle of the main street, it offers some good food in a variety of price ranges. Usually the Special of the Day will include Mahi Mahi or Red Snapper for $10. The prices rise to $25 and $40 with other seafood selections such as shrimp or lobster. Those of us that tried the Special of the Day were very satisfied with our choices.
#5 La Caveja located in between the two towns, this charming place offers a variety of Italian dishes, not the least of which was a delicious thin crust pizza. The Pasta La Caveja was a great choice as well and prices were moderate, about $12 to $14. Although we enjoyed the restaurant, we did not find that it deserved a number two ranking on Tripavisor. In fact two of the college aged guys in our family group, rated the pizza at Coconutz as slightly more tasty.
#6 Coconutz Sports Bar – can’t say personally what their dinners are like but the breakfasts are good and they serve plenty of food. They offer omelets, eggs & bacon, as well as other English/American breakfast dishes at nominal prices, $6 to $9.
#7 Jardin Tropical – more typical Tico food at a modest price, $7 to $11. Lot of choices that include rice & beans and some good chicken dishes. Note - known for their smoothies, try the blackberry one, it is delicious.
#8 Z’s Bar – Last I have to add Z’s to the list even though we did not eat dinner there. It was a frequent stop for nachos and drinks during the day. This big, open-air bar area has lots of television screens, and a Happy Hour that starts at 11:30 am. They serve large $3 drinks, that are good even without alcohol -- (for those that don’t drink). Be sure to try their pina colada for pure refreshment.
5 Star Massage- and for the perfect way to relax after an active day, go for a massage . When walking towards the beach in Coco, 5 Stars is located on the right side at the end of the main street. $40 will get you an hour massage which includes some reflexology stretches. Several thought it was their best massage ever.
Terrific villa, wonderful location.
The villa was perfect for the eight of us. Plenty of space and nice sleeping accommodations. The view was wonderful and the short walk to the beach was just what we were looking for. The driving conditions - narrow, unmarked roads and lots of bikes and people to dodge - were a bit challenging.
Beautiful, clean condo. Loved the nearby beach, restaurant, pool
We stayed with 8 people here and really loved it. Being may, it was the transition between peak season and the rainy season, so the weather was beautiful (with only a few showers), and we had just about everyplace in the neighborhood to ourselves. Father Roosters at the bottom of the hill was an excellent go-to restaurant, and we really loved to hang out at the private beach club next to the beach, which was a simple infinity pool with a covered area with tables and couches. They had paddle boards there that they let us use.
"Steps to the beach" means that it's a short walk down the hill to the ocean, which is where the restaurant and infinity pool is. And easy walk, but far enough that you can't simply run back and forth between the condo and the beach to grab a snack or towel or drink, you would probably want to bring everything with you. Also, in respect to proximity to things, it was a short drive to Playa del Cocos, which is a really nice small town where we could get and do just about anything we wanted. We made a couple of day trips to further beaches, but if you're considering a visit, you should know that to go to nearby beaches you need to drive inland and then back to the next beach, which often takes longer than you think. It took us about an hour to get to Tamarindo. (We drove a little slower than the locals). it only took us about 30 minutes to get here from the airport which was a huge plus because we had to make several trips back and forth with our larger group. There are also some pretty nice roads to get here, so you don't need a 4x4 unless you plan on some other treks.
The condo was clean and the hot water and aC worked excellently. We had maid service half way through our one week stay which was great, and the deck was large enough for us all to sit on and enjoy the views. I think I speak for everybody when I say we loved this place. For the sake of people reading this to shop for a vacation rental, I'll list a couple of the downsides, although minor. The "Jucuzzi/Hottub" was not heated, which doesn't seem necessary in Costa Rica, but since it's in the shade all day, it was actually a little too cold to comfortably hang out it. (the pool outside, shared by the four units in the condo was amazing though!) Also, Playa Ocotal is a pretty quiet area, with just Father Roosters and the private beach club and the Hotel Ocotal restaurant to walk to. Everywhere else we had to drive to. We were also short on a some household supplies that would have been nice to have, like laundry soap and trash bags, and we had to be careful about leaving food on the kitchen counter because of ants. The wi-fi would sometimes go down, but we were able to connect either to our wi-fi or a neighbors 80% of the time.
Response from CRDG Services - 06/06/2012
Thank you so much for your honest, great review! I would love to have you and your group come back down again and will give you a free night's stay with us for taking the time to provide a review!
Gorgeous view, spacious and comfortable conod
The view is amazing. The condo is spacious and comfortable. The pool is great and always clean. The beach is within walking distance and you will often spot howler monkeys, parakeets, and iguanas on your walk. There are a couple of good restaurants nearby or just a short drive into town there are many restaurants & night clubs. We would definitely recommend the condo to friends and family. We look forward to our return visit!
Excellent! The Condo is beautiful, large and very comfortable.
We woke every morning to warm sunshine and Costa Rican coffee on the patio over looking Ocotal Bay. The shared pool is large with a swim up bar and waterfall. The bedrooms are all large. The kitchen is perfect for the traveler who wants to stay in and eat at home. We loved having wifi but never used the television. The place was kept clean though out week. Included in the rental is access to a Luxury Beach Club, with an infinity pool. It is a block from the Condo. We could watch the exotic birds and monkeys from the patio. It is the perfect vacation spot!
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San Diego, California
Close to the beach, great pool, and plenty of sleeping space
We enjoyed our stay at this villa. There are 5 bedrooms, plenty of sleeping space for large families or several couples. The bedrooms are downstairs, and the upstairs features well-equipped kitchen/dining and living rooms. The patio has an ocean view and a lounge/dipping pool with swim-up bar stools. Makes a great spot for sunset drinks.
The outdoor swimming pool is spacious and has a waterfall; it also has a swim-up bar and eating area. Kids and adults can be in the pool at the same time and not get in each other's way.
The villa is a short walk (3 minutes) to beautiful Ocotal beach. Snorkeling is very good at this beach, with lots to see and good visibility. At low tide there are nice tide pools. There is a good restaurant Father Rooster on the beach for American style food and drinks with a fantastic view.
Ocotal is a sleepy, beautiful beach town, which is what we were looking for. Very short taxi ride to nearby Coco beach if you are looking for nightlife (restaurants, bars, dancing). Overall, we were very satisfied with our vacation stay at this villa. Would recommend it to friends and family!
Bina Peterson DDS
For someone who travels a lot, this was one of my top accomodations. Couldnt ask for much more.
Very spacious, private, clean, beautiful and accomodating.
A trip of a lifetime!
Fantastic hosts, amazing food, perfect location. Costa Rica villa is steps from everything--the beach, restaurant dining, workout facilities, etc. The villa is lovely--spacious, well designed and comfortable. It exceeded my expectations and I wouldn't stay anywhere else!
Great Family Vacation Spot
I loved this villa, from the private plunge pool, to the tropical pool down below. There was plenty of space for us to spread out and the kids loved the freedom of roaming the gated property. There is a fantastic beach bar and restaurant almost right outside our door. The villa's furnishings are top notch. We didn't spend much time in the kitchen but we loved the granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The location was fantastic and we would recommend this villa to anyone.