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Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private. – Home 2906196 House

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private. – Home 2906196

  • House
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Playa Lapa is a privately owned ocean front residence in remote Carate, Costa Rica, only two miles from the Corcovado National Park. The Casa is tucked deep in a grove of lowland palms, right on the beach facing the Pacific Ocean and insulated from the rest of the world by jungle on either side. The thundering surf pounds relentlessly against this prime turtle nesting area, and creates a continuous and exciting background for the parrots and shore birds by day, and the frogs and other jungle creatures by night. The magnificence of this vast and undeveloped beach is one of Playa Lapa's most alluring natural attractions which you can enjoy from any of the shaded outdoor living areas surrounding the Casa, as well as from the upper observation deck or bedroom.

With the proximity of primary rainforest on the adjacent mountain, Carate has abundant wildlife, hiking trails, streams and the Pejeperrito lagoon, creating a variety of activities for visitors.

Playa Lapa comes with solar hot water, outdoor shower, 4 kayaks, boogie boards, 5 hammocks, beach chairs and towels, Sarchi deck furniture, fully equipped kitchen, and a small library of nature books. There is a guest assistant on the property to help you with questions, kayaks or coconuts!!

Cellular internet is available a few steps from the casa, using a local KOLBI SIM card in your smart phone. Playa Lapa is truly a unique destination: Corcovado National Park to the west, the lagoon to the east, the ocean and miles of unspoiled beach in front, and the jungle behind. For a memorable experience of intimacy with nature, plus personal comfort and convenience, there is really nothing quite like Casa Playa Lapa.

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Families

  • Children 5+ years old
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Full bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds
  • 2 Half baths, 1 Shower

Amenities

  • Wireless Internet
  • Private garden
  • Waterfront
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Boat available
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Walking is the most popular way to get around in the community, as well as to hike into the Corcovado National Park. A car might be more convenient with children or for tours out of Jimenez, but taxi service is available, as well as the daily collectivo.

Interaction with guest

Helene will be available via WhatsApp for any questions or concerns during your stay, as well as an assistant on site. Tours should be scheduled in advance of your arrival to be sure of availability of guides. A kayak tour is recommended on your first morning, to learn the lay of the land, where to enter the lagoon, what to look for and what to avoid. The kayaks will be available thereafter for your use whenever you want.

Policies

Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $200.00
Smoking
No smoking at this property

Cancellations

Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

No events or parties permitted.

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About the owner

Helene H.
Calendar last updated:
20 Sep 2022
Years listed:
8
Based in:
United States
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Reviews

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“Better than promised, better than the pictures”

Reviewed 26 Feb 2022

When we turned into the gate for this property, we thought maybe there was some mistake. Surely this long avenue of stately palms in a beautifully tended, multi-acre botanical paradise couldn't … More

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on all reviews.

Response from the owner Dear Christopher, Thank you kindly for your wonderful review! So many things to respond to— I really appreciate your mentioning Beto and Yolanda, they are the best, hard working, and dedicated to Playa Lapa and our guests. Thank you for your comments on the house; it is my first priority, we are always upgrading. You were excellent guests! Please come back again! Peace and turtles! Helene

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

“Beautiful grounds, great location at beach, beautiful house built out of native hardwoods”

Reviewed 10 Feb 2020

This is really a beautiful property, when you enter the driveway you are surrounded by towering 500-700 yr. old Royal Palms. The grounds are quite beautiful with easy access to the beach. The house bu… More

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“Great place to discover turtle nesting on the beach, and Corcovado National Park”

Reviewed 4 Oct 2019

Carate is a great little place! 1 week rent, family of 5. Great base to explore Corcovado national park (1h walk to the entry station, plan to sleep at SIRENA rangers station in the jungle: 7 h sporti… More

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“Fantastic Experience”

Reviewed 16 Apr 2018

What a fantastic experience we had during our 4 day's at Playa Lapa! The home was perfect, as it had all we needed, missing nothing! The solar provided all the power we needed. The fans all that … More

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Response from the owner Thank you, Bob, for the great review!! You’ve caught the magic of the jungle at Playa Lapa, and were excellent guests in our off grid Casa. We all enjoyed you so much, and hope you will come back again. Peace and turtles! Helene

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

“Perfect Place to Stay near Corcovado National Park! A Jewel in the Jungle!”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2017

Casa Playa Lapa was nothing short of perfect for us on our 25th anniversary celebration trip! We had so many places to choose from and are so happy we chose Carate, Costa Rica!! Corcovado National Par… More

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Response from the owner Dear Kerry, I am blown away by your wonderful review! You have caught the rhythm of Playa Lapa for sure! The staff loved you, the guides feedback was great, and you were fun for me to help arrange your tours. Please come back soon! Peace and Turtles, Helene

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“Fantastic Stay at Playa Papa in Carate”

Reviewed 11 Jan 2017

My husband and I and our 20 year old son recently spent a fabulous week over Christmas at Playa Lapa in Carate. If you and your family are true nature lovers wanting a remote unspoiled destination to … More

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“PERFECT!!”

Reviewed 2 Jan 2016

We stayed at Playa Lapa over Christmas and New Years and had a fantastic time. The place was exactly what we were looking for and Helene and Joe are great hosts. Communication was excellent and they w… More

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Response from the owner Dear Rune and Heather, Thank you so kindly for your lovely review! You were such nice guests, we really enjoyed hosting you! Playa Lapa was designed for folks like you (like us!) who love the ocean, the wildlife and the rainforest up close, but want privacy from the rest of the world, and enough space and time to relax! We hope to see you again at Playa Lapa in the future, and wish you all the best! Helene and Joe

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

“Wonderful stay at Playa Lapa”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2015

Our family of 4 had a wonderful stay for a few nights at Playa Lapa. We loved the setting with the crashing waves, great wild life viewing and helpful hosts. The vast stretch of private beach was th… More

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Response from the owner Manager response: Thank you so kindly, Shannon and Rob, for you wonderful review!! It was our pleasure to have you at Playa Lapa--my staff really enjoyed you, I had a good time helping you plan, and we are all glad to be a part of a memorable vacation. You guys were great!! And we want you to come back!! Pura Vida!!! Helene

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

“Unforgettable stay at unique, secluded and beautiful Playa Lapa!”

Reviewed 1 Apr 2015

After visiting many lodges in the Osa Peninsula, my spouse and I definitely think Playa Lapa was the best place to stay with our two adult children. We enjoyed two wonderful weeks at this unique and e… More

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Response from the owner Thank you so kindly, Robert, for you lovely review!! Having spent 12 full days at Playa Lapa, and a professional biologist yourself, certainly increases the credibility of your words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our beach home and appreciated our own love of the jungle, the ocean and the amazing wildlife! We look forward to hosting you again soon at Playa Lapa! Pura Vida! Helene

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“beautiful view and immersed in nature - could use some tlc”

Reviewed 26 Mar 2015

We enjoyed our stay here and loved being close to the Corcovado National Park which our host was kind enough to arrange a tour of with an excellent guide, Christian. The place was large and had sweep… More

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Response from the owner Thank you ,Julie, for taking the time to review my beach home--I realize this was primarily a Realestate trip, and that you only had 2 days out of your 3 day stay to actually enjoy the Casa, the wildlife and the wonders of the jungle. As for your difficulties with the locks and screens, well, with the close proximity to the ocean, the salt air will have its effect on everything, and we are obliged to replace them frequently as needed. At Playa Lapa we have 3 independent solar arrays, a fairly robust power system, that with conscientious use as advised in the Guest Guide, will seldom let you down! My biggest concern with your review is that you were unhappy with swimming on Carate Beach. I agree, the open Pacific surf can be powerful (which is a delight for surfers). But perhaps you missed my advice in the Guest Guide to swim only at low tide when the ocean is calmest--or perhaps there were just not many "low tide" hours during your short 2 days (one of which was an all day hike in the National Park.) Since low tide advances daily and could occur during the night, I really think you may feel differently if you had stayed longer and had an enjoyable swim or 2. Again, thanks for the review, and good luck with your property search! Sincerely, Helene

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

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FAQs

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Send Helene (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Helene the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Helene (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

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Why can't I call Helene (the owner) before booking?

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Helene (the owner) a message.

If Helene (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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