RESORT Community near San Jose!

Cabin - Entire home/apt · La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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, two bedroom space or a studio!

The Space

Welcome to Norma's! We have five standard, four 1-bedroom deluxe, and two 2-bedroom deluxe spaces.

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.


This Space: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, parking space, kitchen area. Comfortably fit two (a couple).

Norma's has three pools (including a very shallow pool for children and wading!), a dance hall area, a tennis court, a small park for kids, and 5 acres of space to roam around! We also have a communal kitchen/Internet/dining area near the pool. This is where the guests at Norma's usually socialize.

Nearby, 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."

Guest Access

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!

The Neighborhood

La Garita is a small town outside of San Jose. It has a few small shops, a pharmacy, some farms, and a hatchery. It's a quaint Costa Rican town with a church/soccer field at its heart and a small school for grades k-8.

Getting around

A major bus route runs right in front of Norma's! Best of the small town Costa Rica with access to the rest.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Monthly Price: $625 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
  • 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.

    March 2014
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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."
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