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1 / 35 Palma Real cottage, overview. Also it's surrounded by palm trees, native trees and tropical plants

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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 4 / Cottage
Bedrooms: 2  Bathroom: 1   Sleeps: 4  Type: Cottage

1 Full bath

Eladio's Place-Explore Paradise
TripAdvisor property ID 3737250

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Book this 2 bedroom cottage in Liberia today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 59 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $700, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 95% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jan 30, 2018.

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About the owner

About the owner

Eladio C.
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Calendar last updated:
30 Jan 2018
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish



This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Yes, smoking allowed
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Liberia,-costa-rica Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Fax machine
  • Internet access

Pool / Spa

  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)

Property Features

  • Parking


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


  • 1 Full bath


Reviews (59)

Excellent – based on 59 reviews Excellent
59 reviews

Very Good

“An excellent way to start off on your pura vida experience!”

Reviewed 12 Nov 2013

First of all Eladio is an amazing person and an amazing guide! He knows Liberia very very well! With connections everywhere! I can not recommend his place more! Go stay with Eladio and experience the real pura vida!!!


Reviewed 6 Apr 2013

We stayed in the 2 floor cabin with two bedrooms with our son's family and had a wonderful week! The hosts (Eladio and Vanessa)and staff make you feel like family! The gracias hostess brought out toys for the grandchildren and sent fruit from their trees for us to enjoy! We loved the pool which is very clean and does not have the bleach smell. As they talked with us by the pool we learned more of Guanacaste. The birds were absolutely beautiful. We saw: White-ringed Fly Catcher, humming birds, green parrots, Blue Crowned Motmot (which is usually only down in Cabo Blanco), Morning Doves, a Baltimore Orial, Blue Grey Tanger, and Bronze head Black Bird. We went to the Volcano (Vieja)one day but it was closed due to activity. So we walked down the the nearby falls. Absolutely gorgeous. Wear your bathing suit! Another day we went to a beach near Nicaragua but the water there was too cold due to the Humbult current - like the Gulf stream up North that warms the water, this stream cools the water. I recommend Colebra! It is only 30 minutes away and absolutely beautiful. Bring your bug spray though. Only the mattresses will make you want to go home. They were a little hard, but normal for the area.

“pura vida”

Reviewed 4 Apr 2013

The cottage is located about 10 km from Liberia in a green environment, with lots of birds and other wildlife. Eladio gets out of his way to make sure you have a wonderful stay: he drives you to secrets places in the national parks and gives you inside information on where to go, to see the things that interest you. So we got to see howler, white faced and spider monkeys on the same trip. We got to see lots of birds and a few deer and of course iguana's. Another highlight was the waterfall and its pool with blue water, and there also was the natural jacuzzi. If you need help with anything, Eladio is there to make it happen. If you want you can have breakfast or an evening meal while you are staying here. But Liberia is not far away and of course Eladio knows a few good local restaurants. When we go back to Liberia, we know where we will stay: at "Eladio's place".

“Como en casa”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2013

Un lugar acogedor, limpio y rodeado de naturaleza. Eladio es un excelente anfitrión y conoce la zona a la perfección. Pasamos una temporada inolvidable.

“La Pura Vida”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2013

Que Marveoso! Our house, one of three, was fully furnished and very comfortable. Eladio and his family opened their home to us and shared breakfast every morning and a delightful dinner. They were most helpful in suggesting local things to do and see. The pool and outdoor shower were wonderful. They will do anything to make your stay memorable. They gave us towels, chairs and a cooler for the beach. Hiking and exploring the nearby volcano was wonderful. We booked here because we wanted a place close by Liberia airport that was not the crowed resort experience. We did not expect the insight into "Tico" life we received. Eladio and Vanessa are full of life, energy and laughter, We brought our dog with us and She was welcomed and secure. I recommend that anyone flying into Liberia start their vacation here. It is also a great base for exploring this area. The swimming and snorkeling beaches West of La Cruz are only an hour away.

“Pura Vida - Amazing place, amazing people!”

Reviewed 19 Dec 2012

My husband and I just got back from a wonderful week long stay at Eladio's place. We loved every single moment of it! Eladio and his wife Vanessa welcomed us with open arms and did everything to make our stay not only comfortable, but also memorable. The property is beautiful with wonderful plants and palm trees and a gorgeous pool.The cottage is lovely and equipped with everything we needed. It was very clean and offered excellent WiFi connection. We decided not to rent a car and rely on Eladio's transportation instead. He picked us up from the airport and took us to Liberia whenever we needed to buy groceries. Don't miss out on Eladio's tours! This man loves his beautiful country and he will share his passion with you. He is not your ordinary tour guide, he is your trusted companion and your friend. If you are a nature lover and want to explore this wild and wonderful country off the beaten path, away from the tourist crowds, Eladio is your man! We saw and experienced new and amazing things every single day. From snorkeling at secluded beaches, only accessible by boat, to hikes in the rainforest. From breathtaking waterfalls to the most amazing horseback riding trip ever, every day was a highlight! We were able to see spider monkeys, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the most stunning bird in Costa Rica, the toucan. Eladio has a great knowledge about nature and wildlife and you can learn a lot from him. He showed us the rain forest, cloud forest and dry forest. We had the wonderful opportunity to camp out overnight at one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Naranjo beach, Witch's rock. Eladio took us out for a walk at the beach in the middle of the night. There, during a spectacular meteorite shower, a huge sea turtle came to shore to nest and lay her eggs. A truly magical moment! Thank you, Eladio, for making this week so special for us. Thank you and Vanessa for your warm hospitality! We will be back!!! Pura Vida!

“Wonderful vacation choice for people who have not been to Costa”

Reviewed 7 Apr 2012

During our time in Costa Rica we were escorted by Eladio Castro and Sergio Vega to points of interest in Guanacaste and local dining establishments in Liberia. In the five days that we spent at Palm Real, Eladio and Sergio arranged tours, prepared meals and drove us to and from our destinations. We enjoyed tours to a dry forest with nature trails though volcanic mudpots, a cloud forest with birds and wild animal watching, a sea side hike thru a dry forest and an excursion to witches rock beach. The finale to our vacation was a scuba diving and snorkeling outing with a local dive master. Every day Eladios' beautiful wife, Vanessa, started our day's activities with a Costa Rica breakfast served in our cabin. She then packed lunches for us and often times prepared dinner for us on our return. Visiting Palma Real is like visiting close relatives in the country. Nothing bad happened and we did not have to plan a thing. This was a fabulous trip which I would recommend to anyone who wishes to visit Costa Rica. Eladio Castro is a wonderful man who could not have worked any harder to ensure our contentment and satisfaction. He is a good storyteller, driver, tour director, and friend who we would love to visit with again. Our English speaking guide, Sergio Vega was a wealth of knowledge about the local animals and has keen eyes and ears for birds which we loved looking for during our multiple walks around the forest. Sergio has a great sense of humor and really entertained us with his stories of the local culture and nature.

“2012 Vacations..”

Reviewed 2 Mar 2012

As a professional we always need some time to relax, and get away from the daily stress caused by the work routine. This year I assigned the task too find a spot for us (6 members family) to my wife.. She definitely pick the right choice.. and we found Eladio´s Place! Since day one, we were threated like King and Queen. Eladio make us spent some good times during our 7 days there, with his various tours and activities. From an exclusive beach where we have a beautiful summer day, to a day on the surrounds of a Volcano, we explore the diversity of the area, and the exclusive spots he offers on his tours.. As I promised, we will definitely return to Eladio´s Place because there is still a lot of things to see and enjoy with one of the best people to deal in the country, when is a matter of unplug yourself from your daily duties.. and have a great time.. We enter as customers and leave as Friends! Thanks Eladio abdiel

“home away from home.”

Reviewed 1 Feb 2012

Eladio's place really was a home away from home. The first day we arrived he was there to great us with open arms like we were family. helped carry our luggage and drove us straight to the beach where we saved baby sea turtles (on my bucket-list). we met his wife & kids and had a wonderful "costa rican" dinner. we also met a group of students who were also staying with Eladio, but camping at the beach. they were all very nice. after dinner, we were driven back to the villa while we gazed at the stars (they were huge!!) the following day we did an excursion (zip line, hot spring, mud bath...) which didn't amount to what Eladio had shown us later that week. he took us on a hike to rincon de la vieja, and we saw monkeys, mud holes and other nature-y things. then he took us on a private tour to a waterfall that normally takes 2hrs to hike, but took us only 20mins. unfortunately on my way there i fell & hurt myself, but Eladio was there to help me. i still hiked the rest of the way, and im glad i did. the waterfall was gorgeous. the water was refreshing and there was even a tiny pool filled with warm water from a hot spring! even after we got back to the villa he was watching over me & my injured leg, provding me ice and ace band. everything is a short drive away, even taking the bus to the beach is a breeze. the stores accept all major credit cards & american cash for those who chose not to exchange their money. basically, the man is amazing. Whatever tour he suggest, do it. i wish we had known better & in advance to take him up on other tours, but live and learn. and now we know for the next time. the man knows what he's doing, and loves his job. and we love the energy he puts out. staying with him and his family was a blessing. thank you Eladio for all of your help & for providing us with everything we needed and more. we hope to see you and your beautiful family again some time soon!

“2,000 character review is not enough”

Reviewed 22 Jan 2012

The property is quaint, tranquil, and gorgeous. The house we stayed in was equipped with cooking equipment, dishes, eating utensils and bath towels. The hot water supply was only so-so but it didn't matter because it was 90°F out anyway. It was very comfortable. We found ourselves hanging out on the hammock and benches near the pool every night. We got better wifi connection there than from our house (Although, my friend with the iphone got decent connection from the house). It is located about half an hour from the airport and it is conveniently located to be close enough to many sites, such as Rincon de la Vieja. Trust Eladio to be your personal tour guide. He and his family are amazing. Eladio is full of life and really lives by the Costa Rica motto, "Pura Vida!” He is very passionate about his country and all that it has to offer. He is very well known and very well liked in his community and thus he takes you to locations that no other pre paid trip excursion can take you. On the day we arrived he picked us up from the airport and after settling in he took us to Playa Naranjo where we saved sea turtles and watched those baby turtles crawl their way into the ocean. On the day before we left, he brought us on a hike where we saw some monkeys, extremely old trees, fumaroles, and waterfalls. Before setting off on this nature walk though, we were invited to his house for breakfast where his beautiful wife cooked up rice, eggs, and maduros for us. She filled our bellies with deliciousness before embarking on a few hour long hike. A wonderful and hospitable family. We much preferred Eladio's company over our prepaid excursion we found online. Eladio is more personal, and you can tell he loves it. Their dogs, a chocolate lab, Kooper, and a smaller mutt, Chicky, were friendly just like the family. Thanks you so much Eladio for a great experience. Please come visit us in New York! Pura Vida! Jenna

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