Norma's resort in Costa Rica has over 10 acres of property: trees, a tennis court, field, three pools, and a dance floor/party area for special events! Rent your own one or two bedroom space, or a studio!
Welcome to Norma's Villas of La Garita, Costa Rica!
Who stays at Norma's? Norma's is right on the way to Jaco, and near the Poas Volcano and Braulio Carrillo National Park. For the vagabond traveler, we are a great place to stay for a few nights. We are a fifteen-minute drive away from SJO international airport, and the Coca-Cola bus depot is one bus ride away.
Folks staying for a month or more also enjoy Norma's. If you're having a house built in Alajuela, or you're looking for a "home" while you explore Costa Rica, we are centrally located in a quiet Costa Rican town.
My grandma is the best. But don't take my word for it :) She's been renting out space in her house since the 90s, and expanded and built little houses on her property several years ago. There are three pools, a tennis court, and a space for events (dancing, yoga, etc) on the property. There's enough space that you can avoid everyone if you'd like, or drop by the communal kitchen/pool area to socialize with the rest of the guests.
The communal area is also where you can plug into the Internet while you're there!
The Space: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living area, private washing machines, parking space, kitchen and living area. Comfortably fit four (two people in each bedroom). Additional small beds upon request.
There are some restaurants (known as "sodas" in Costa Rica), the soccer field, karaoke and a winery within walking distance. Small shops and a pharmacy also nearby. Very quaint, very small Costa Rican town. Calm, tranquil.
A major bus line right in front going to and from San Jose every day. Other buses going to the beach, to Alajuela, also very convenient!
Norma's Villas is situated in the small town of La Garita. Here are some TripAdvisor reviews from people who have stayed with us:
"If you want to experience true Costa Rica - stay with Norma in La Garita. There are those vacationers who stay at the resorts on the beach and see a "tourist" Costa Rica, and then there are those that truly want a Costa Rican vacation - THOSE people - should stay with Norma. Located in La Garita, we spent a week eating at the local sodas and experiencing the reality of Costa Rica. Our villa was safe, secure, and TRANQUIL. Mangos off the tree just feet from our front door, and all of the amenities we needed to relax (pool, hammock) right on-site."
"The Villas is located on a main road. Making access to public transportation quick and easy. The Villas as maintained in excellent condition. They are well appointed. The large grounds offer boundless access to the beauty of nature. From Norma's I was able to see much of the Central region, San Jose and also travel, using transportation, to Limon and as far south as P. Viejo."
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Norma is always willing to help you out with directions, things to do, or share a cup of coffee and some cookies. There's a lot of space at Norma's, and the common kitchen/pool area is a common meeting spot. Mingle or go off on your own, whenever you please!
We stayed for sex weeks at Villas Norma and enjoyed it thoroughly. Norma is a very kind woman, helpful and nice. Her granddaughter, Lisa, who is managing the bookings on Air Bnb is also superfriendly and helped us a lot during the reservation process.
There are about ten houses at Normas and I think we were lucky enough to get the house with the best location: at the far end, next to two of the swimming pools. We therefore almost had a feeling of having the place on our own. The other people staying at Norma's are mainly staying long term - it is a colourful gallery of people and the social part of staying at Norma's was one thing that we liked.
The gardens at Norma's are very big and there are plenty of places for kids to play in and to explore. Parts of the gardens are not maintained and for example the playground is now rusty and cannot be properly used. Our house was fairly well equipped in the kitchen and was very well suited for our family of two adults and two small children. Norma had installed a baby bed and a baby chair in the house and she also lent her baby car seat when we went on trips in the surroundings.
La Garita as a village has quite little to offer however - a couple of restaurants within walking distance and a fairly well supplied supermercado. However, it is a great base for excursions and you can easily get too the nice towns Atenas (which is small) and Alajuela (which is bigger) by a 20 minute bus ride. Zoo Ave and a botanical garden are also nearby.
All in all we are very happy with our staying at Norma's and would recommend it to anybody looking for a relaxing stay that also serves as a great base for exploring the surroundings.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.