About this listing
Norma's retreat in Costa Rica has over 10 acres of property to lounge and relax. We have three pools, and now a stronger wifi connection than ever before! We're a gated community hidden in a very typical Costa Rican town. La Garita is also near major bus lines, so the city is within reach if you need it!
**Note: Starting in March, we will have the fastest Internet Costa Rica has to offer!**
Welcome to Norma's! We have five studios, 3 1-bedroom houses, and 2 2-bedroom deluxe spaces.
Who stays at Norma's? Norma's is a community—some folks work in Costa Rica, some come to write a book or learn to paint, or teach themselves to hula hoop. If you're looking to stay in a quiet town and have plenty of space to roam around, Norma's is the place for you! We provide a relaxing space where you can swim, meditate, learn, or just pick mangos!
Norma's is right on the way to Jaco, and near the Poas Volcano and Braulio Carrillo National Park. 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 couple of weeks, a month or more 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. We're also a good place to get away from it all! Artists and creative types always enjoy Norma's. There are muses here, as well as a large rock that is supposedly haunted! But you tell me if that's true...
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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Three pools, a communal kitchen/internet/phone area (this is where people usually gather to socialize, even though they may have their own kitchen!), a tennis court, open grounds to collect fruit, a public kitchen and washing machine as well as private ones, a kitchen and bar available for rent for special occasions.
Interaction with guests
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!
Other things to note
We recycle at Norma's, so please separate your glass, plastics and paper into the marked bins!
We expect everyone at Norma's to respect other guests and the space.
Please no pets --- if you have a service animal, please send us a message. If you happen to see a stray animal, please do not feed it. This just encourages them to stay long after you have gone! If you have a question about an animal, please inform Norma before touching or feeding it. We also want to make sure our guests are comfortable.
Every guest gets a key to the main gate. We ask everyone who comes in at night to lock the gate and not leave it open overnight. During the day, the gate usually stays open unless Norma is not around. Basically, if the gate is locked when you come inside, please ensure it is still locked after you've come in!
While most rooms have their own kitchen, we also have a communal cooking/kitchen area and a communal washroom. Please clean up the community spaces if you use them. Costa Rica has lots and lots of wildlife and insects, and food that sits out will attract other guests!
Please smoke outside and please, no recreational drug use.
***Guests are expected to comply with Costa Rican laws.***
My name is Lisa Marie and I help my grandma run her AirBnb.
Grandma lives in the quaint, Costa Rican town of La Garita. She has over 10 small houses to rent on over 10 acres of property. If you're looking for a comfortable, real Costa Rican experience, I would have to recommend Norma's!
Grandma Norma has 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.
My grandma's nickname is "the umbrella" because she is always lucky. In Spanish, that's 'paraguas.'
I'm currently studying to receive my MFA in creative writing. I graduated from NYU with a degree in Philosophy.
I can't live without:
* chocolate-covered coffee beans
* King of the Hill and Jurassic Park
* iced lattes
* 24-hour delis
* snarky blogs
My life motto is the typical Costa Rican life motto: PURA VIDA! It means "pure life," but translates better into "life's good."