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!
As a quality assurance manager for a line of luxury hotels, I considered booking a week at one of my company's resorts in Costa Rica. I am so glad I contacted my lifelong pal and soul sister, Lisa before I did. Instead of staying at a stuffy Americanized resort chain, I got to experience local life and the true Pura Vida experience. Grandma Norma's welcoming glow put me at ease after a long flight and she was sure to have the freshest fruits, breads, and coffee, laid out for easy access. Whether you are hanging out poolside or planning a three day adventure to nearby San Jose, Norma is THE expert and authority on where to go and who to see. There is no doubt in my mind I would have wasted my summer vacation if I had booked anywhere else but Normas Villas.
I have known Lisa since 2005 and she is one of my very good friend. She is very articulate, professional, creative, and fun to be around. She is also a very hard working person who never lets anything get her down. I had the chance to experience staying in La Garita, Costa Rica. Thanks to Lisa and her grandmother I immediately felt welcomed and they always made sure I was comfortable. I would recommend anyone interested in staying in Costa Rica to contact her!
I've worked with Lisa for several years and now consider her a friend of mine. She is very capable, responsible, and communicative. She's also fun-loving and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend her as a host!