On a verdant hillside overlooking the city of San José, you will find Villa Dutchtica nestled in the bucolic hamlet of Bebedero (Escazú). The views are spectacular; the sprawling city of San José twinkles at night and the volcanic peaks beyond are a majestic backdrop during the day.
Just 35-minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 25-minutes from Downtown San Jose (by local bus 35 minutes) hosts Paola (Costa Rican) and Wyard (Dutch) share the peaceful charm of their large home with guests and the warm welcome you will receive make this hill-top retreat a perfect base from which to discover the city of San José.
Villa Dutchtica offers the complete second floor, a private bedroom, a private bathroom, a private lounge room with cable tv and a private working room.
There is secure parking, hot water on demand, good cell phone reception and fast WiFi access (1.7 MB ADSL internet connection). Breakfast is included, evening meals (local food & products from the garden) are available upon request ($8 per person) as well as a laundry service ($10 for a laundry bag, washed, dried and folded). We also offer a professional massage on request ($45).
To make your trip as easy as possible we provide a Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off Service ($35).
On Bebedero’s doorstep is Escazú, one of the most sought after neighbourhoods on the outskirts of San José. Escazú Centro exudes tico ‘pura vida’, with narrow streets, a quaint ambiance and colourful sodas (local restaurants). Saturday is market day and the centre of Escazú bustles with life at the feria de agricultura; where locals haggle for a bargain among the array of fresh produce. Further down the hill, Escazú San Rafael provides all the services a discerning traveller requires and the most modern shopping mall in Central America, Multi Plaza, with its fine restaurants and excellent nightlife is only minutes away.
This area of San José enjoys consistently warm temperatures all year round so this quiet, beautiful and secure place offers all the comforts of home at a very affordable price.
Other details / things to do:
• Mirador Tiquicia, one of the best restaurants of San José with amazing views
• Walking trail
• Mayi's authentic Tica restaurant (5-minute walk)
• Neighbouring organic finca
• Exquisite fresh air and views across the San José valley
• Downtown San José: by car 25 minutes & by local bus 35 minutes (to local bus stop Bebedero is a 10 minutes walk).
We are happy to organize day trips with local businesses. Let us know what you'd like to see and experience and we'll do everything we can to help you.
We, my husband Randy and I, thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Paola and Wyard's home. From the moment we arrived, we felt part of the family. Paola had a lunch waiting for us; we went with them to a local festival in the afternoon and that evening we all wandered down to the local soda where we were introduced to Maya, the owner/cook. What an interesting experience!
Our 'area' upstairs was lovely and cool, and gave us a space of our own; something we were needing after being in a language school home stay for a week.
Without a car, we used the local bus to get to and from Dutch Tica. This was not a problem, once we found out where to catch it from San Jose. If you are busing, be sure to write Paola and ask her where to catch it. It is a 40 minute ride from downtown San Jose and since their stop is the last on the route, it was simple to find.
We appreciated the fact that all three family members speak English, Spanish and Dutch. When we wanted the relaxation of speaking English, it was available; if we wanted to practice our Spanish Paola and Wyard were very accommodating. I must admit that for language learners it was impressive to see young Lucas (age 3) learning all three languages simultaneously.
We enjoyed our time in this wonderful, interesting and loving family; we had all the privacy we wanted, but were still always welcomed when we wanted contact or help with our Spanish.
Gleich nach dem ersten Kontakt fühlten wir uns so wohl wie zuhause, besser kann man es sich nicht vorstellen: die komfortable Unterkunft, das exzellente Frühstück, die bereichernden Gespräche - und das alles in der beherrschenen Lage oberhalb der Stadt.
Wir danken den lieben Gastgebern von Herzen.
Villa Dutchtica was my first experience with airbnb and it exceeded all expectations. The bucolic setting, great views, convenience to public transportation, and spacious living quarters made this the ideal choice for me. The accommodations were clean and simply furnished, with many arts-and-crafts touches demonstrating Paola's creativity.
I was looking for peace and quiet, and I found it here high above San Jose. What I didn't expect was the level of service and help I received, whether in planning my excursions, navigating the bus system, or on occasion getting picked up or dropped off (for a reasonable extra charge). When I wasn’t on the road I had the benefit of healthy, delicious home cooking, including optional dinners, which for me (a single older woman traveling alone) was a great convenience. Paula went out of her way to accommodate my dietary restrictions. The included breakfast often featured fresh juice made from an exotic fruit (whose name eludes me) collected from trees in the garden—a collaborative effort on the part of adorable three-year-old Lucas and his mother.
The most rewarding part of my two-week visit was the heart-based connection that grew between us. If I lived in CR, I would want to be friends with Paula, Wyard and Lucas. We had great conversations and shared much laughter. (Lucas, who converses in Dutch and Spanish but not English, spoke “soccer” fluently, so we communicated by playing ball in the garden.)
As Paola said, “We’re not doing this for the money.” So why are they doing it? She explained that on first coming to Holland, the kindness and welcome she found at Dutch B&Bs so influenced her perception of this strange new land that she decided one day she wanted to facilitate for others just such an experience of Costa Rica. Well, she succeeded in her mission. I believe my experience of CR would not have been the highlight it was had I not come to stay at Villa Dutchtica. Thank you, Wypalu,
I had the pleasure to stay with the Dutchtica family (Paola, Wyard, and Lucas) for a few days in January 2014 and I had the most wonderful time with them! I was looking to stay a few days with a local family, relax a bit, and have great conversations. I could not have asked for more, I enjoyed relaxing and chatting with them, and they had been most helpful when it comes to making sightseeing plans! Just a wonderful family, and I was glad I chose to stay with them and having met them!
You get the entire top floor of their house and the accommodations were simple but tasteful (Paola is actually artsy and creative)) - everything you need! Bonus point is that it is high above San Jose and it has a wonderful view over the valley and San Jose! So if you plan for a miradors, you should just check in at their place (you can actually walk to the most popular miradors from their place and have a dink if you want a 180 degree view).
I had a car and while this was useful for me, it has a very simple bus-line that goes pretty much from their place right to downtown San Jose for I believe less than a Dollar.
Last but not least, there is a little hidden Soda in walking distance and this was hands-down my most favorite dining locale in 3 weeks Costa Rica - a very warm hug is included with the meal :)
We had a wonderful stay with Paola, Wyard and Lucas! It truly felt like a home away from home. They are just the best hosts you could ask for: Hospitable, extremely helpful, very kind, caring and easy-going. And Lucas is just an adorable child!
Their home felt like an oasis yet it is located close to the city. The accomodation is huge and there is a great garden to relax. The bus stop is very close to their house and the bus goes directly to the city center of San Jose (both are the last stops, so you can't get lost) which is very convenient.
Breakfast with fresh bread and fruits was great and the best we've had for a long time. Besides, Paola is a great cook and we enjoyed the delicious Costa Rican meal she prepared for us.
The hard thing was actually to leave this great place. But if we are coming back to Costa Rica, we would definitely stay here again.
We definitely recommend staying here!
Safe and quite area, great views, nice clean and comfortable room and bathroom with basically all you’ll need and most important friendly and charming hosts.
Paula and Wyard made us feel home while traveling, they are a nice couple and while staying with them you can tell they are enjoying the experience of running a B&B at home. (Food was really good compared to other B&Bs, we had traditional Costa Rican Breakfast ones and home-made bread just to mention some of the meals)
Please note this is upside Escazu hills, if you are looking for bars and restaurants at night by walking distance this might not be your choice, (although quite near you will find “Tiquicia” a very visited traditional Costa Rican Restaurant) but if instead you are looking for a relax, quite and safe area with nice views then this is the place. Good value for money !
"Thank you" is not enough. I'm not exaggerating when I say it is not enough. we felt safe and comfort. Lucas, Paola and Wyard is now our second family in Costa Rica. You feel the welcome arm from day one in house full of a family love and artistic touch of Paola, she is a very creative lady with great ideas we loved her simple decoration all hand made. honestly we didn't even want to leave. The house is always clean and fresh our room was on the upper floor with a great view of the mountain. you wake up with the amazing sounds of the birds and the smell of Wyard fresh packed bread mmm yummy. At night you can chill out in the big garden and enjoy San Jose lights with an amazing view with the fresh air of the mountains. The first two days we use to take the bus to go downtown was fun we wanted to try it out :). Then we rented a car to travail to other cities. Paola was very helpful with all the info and direction needed. Even when we drove to other cities the family was always checking on us being sure we are ok. I recommend Paola's place to everyone who want to visit CR in matter of fact we are already planning to go back in February to spend two weeks. Lucas is an adorable kid I love him so much and will miss him until I see him soon in Feb. Miss you Lucas.
About CR: I recommend to rent a car 4x4 with a GPS
We chose this place as the views looked amazing and we wanted somewhere quiet after some bad nights without much sleep in Los Yoses! We weren't disappointed with what we found. We had a rental car, which made it really easy to get up to Bebedero and it was lovely to be near Escazu but not paying higher prices to stay further down the hill. We didn't use the bus, but we saw it at the bus stop often, waiting for passengers at the top of the hill and we did check the timetable and saw it left every 30 mins to go down the hill and into San Jose.
Paola and Wyard were wonderful hosts; Wyard took us on a lovely morning walk further up the mountain for more stunning views, Paola's evening meal was tasty tico food and the smell of freshly-baked bread and brewing coffee woke us up after a comfortable night's sleep. Both Paola and Wyard speak excellent English, but we liked the fact we could practice our Spanish with both of them over our meal. These guys are so generous and kind-hearted and we highly recommend Villa Dutchtica if you want to get away from it all.
Leanne & Andrew Mills, Australia/Saudi Arabia, August 2013