About this listing
Our amazing Villa Tica is very spacious located in a quiet village just 50 minutes from San Jose, 10 minutes from Agujas beach between Jaco and Carara National Park. There is everything you need in town, public transportation available near by.
LOCATED ONLY ONE HOUR FROM THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OF SAN JOSE, ON THE CENTRAL WEST COAST ONLY MINUTES FROM THE MOST PRISTINE BEACHES IN COSTA RICA. 15 MINUTES FROM THE FAMOUS JACO BEACH AND 30 MINUTES FROM HERMOSA BEACH, 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE AT LOS SUENOS IS ALSO NEAR BY AS WELL ALL THE CONVENIENCE STORES, BANKS, PHARMACY, RESTAURANTS AND BARS.
THE PROPERTY SITS ON AN ACRE WITH ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS AND GARDEN AREAS WITH A CARE TAKER ON SITE 24/7, COMPLETELY FENCED IN AND AWAY FROM THE TOURIST TRAPS OF JACO BEACH; AND YET JUST 1/2 MILE FROM MAIN ROAD, ALL PAVED. HERE YOU WILL GET TO KNOW THE REAL COSTA RICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR WAY OF LIFE.
ACTIVITIES IN 25 MILE RADIUS: DEEP SEA FISHING, KAYAKING, SNORKELING, HORSE BACK RIDING, HIKING, SURFING, BIRD WATCHING, MOUNTAIN BIKE, ATV AND MOTORCYCLE RIDES, WATER FALLS, CROCODILES TOURS AND CARARA NATIONAL PARK IS ONLY 10 MINUTES AWAY.
ALL ROOMS HAVE CEILING FANS WHICH HELP CIRCULATE THE AIR FROM THE VARIOUS OPENINGS. ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT HAVE THE AMENITIES OF MANY RESORTS, THE HOUSE IS VERY SPACIOUS PROVIDING A FULLY EQUIPPED LAUNDRY ROOM AND KITCHEN.
INTERNET SERVICES AVAILABLE BY REQUEST 15 DAYS PRIOR OF CHECK IN, SMALL FEE WILL APPLY.
VILLA TICA FAQs:
-WILL I NEED A CAR?
Yes and No, it all depends on how you plan to get around. Villa Tica is situated on the West coast approximately 50 minutes from San Jose, the roads are paved all the way to our front gate. There are buses every hour from San Jose or the airport to Jaco, stopping only minutes from Villa Tica. If you decide to rent a car, there is no need for a 4x4, save your money for other things, unless you want to adventure off road. You will be driving to the West coast on a new Highway towards the famous surf beach, Jaco. Once you make your reservation we will send the directions to Villa Tica.
- IS THERE SOMEONE IN COSTA RICA WHO CAN ASSIST ME WHILE I AM THERE?
Yes, once you book Villa Tica, you will be sent the welcome package, which includes all the details of our housekeeper, who can help you throughout your stay. They are very knowledgeable on the area and will be there at check in & checkout.
-IS THERE A BEACH NEARBY THAT IS EASY TO GET TO?
Yes, in fact you are really quite spoiled on choices. Playa Aguja, is the nearest 10-15 minutes on bike, then one of our favorites is Playa Manta and Playa Blanca about 20 minutes away. Jaco is only 15 minutes down the Costaneira Highway, where you will find banks, restaurants, bars, discos, stores etc… A short drive further down the coast takes you to Playa Hermosa one the most famous surfing beaches in Costa Rica.
-HOW EASY IS IT TO FIND VILLA TICA?
Upon confirming your reservation, we will send you very clear directions including photos of landmarks along the way. This is updated monthly to give all of our guests as up-to-date info and recommendations as possible.
-ARE THERE RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING NEARBY?
Quebrada Ganado is a local town with a really good selection of small markets, bakeries, fruit stands, a pharmacy, small stores and restaurants along the Costaneira. Villa Caletas, an upscale French hotel and restaurant is only 10 minutes away; further south is the Marriot Hotel, which has restaurants, casino, golf course, marina and a small shopping center.
-ARE THERE EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES CLOSE BY?
Yes, the surrounding area offers, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, zip-lining, boat tours, horseback tours, ATV tours, as well as being located by Carara National Park. There are dozens of picturesque, quiet beaches all the way up and down the Pacific coast, with enough activities and adventures on offer to do something completely different every day! We can also recommend great day trips to Manuel Antonio National Park and Beach, located in Quepos. For surfers, Playa Hermosa has lefts and rights for more experienced surfers. Closer to Villa Tica, Jaco has good waves for every skill level.
-IS IT A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD?
Quebrada Ganado is a small friendly community, where everyone says hi to everyone. If you wanted a friendly chat or even some more tips on the area, you can ask any of our neighbors and they will gladly help you.
-DOES VILLA TICA HAVE INTERNET?
Yes, we can provide WiFi for Internet connection upon request. (small fee will apply)
-WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
A more detailed description of Costa Rica's seasons can be found on the Internet, but in general you can expect about 85+ degrees at the beach year round. The only difference in climate year round is May-November is the "green," or rainy season, and December through March/April is the dry season. The temperature at Villa Tica is always a few degrees cooler because the breeze from the river.
-WILL I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME?
You do not need to bring any household items, all bedding; tableware, towels, cookware etc are all provided. We also provide the basic for toiletry, and kitchen detergent etc… for your first week. (beach towels are not provided) Bring only your personal items, and of course a sense of 'Pura Vida' adventure!
-WOULD I BE SHARING VILLA TICA WITH ANYONE?
NO, you will have the entire retreat (house and surrounding area) just to yourselves. A lot of our guests are honeymooners and couples, as well as groups of friends and entire families. Either way, whether you are 2 people or a group of 7 with kids, you will have the entire property to yourselves. We realize that most guests come to our area to really switch off and get away from the hustle and bustle of tourist cities near by. Our housekeeper will meet you at Villa Tica on your check in day and collect the keys on the day of checkout, thus giving you all the privacy you want. With that being said, we are of course available for anything throughout your stay.
You will have the entire house and approximately 1.5 acres to explore, one car garage will be available, you just have to ask for.
There are several seasonal tropical fruit trees that you can pick and eat the fruit fresh or make juice.
Interaction with Guests
Even though we are not in Costa Rica, we are available by email, facetime, (website hidden) and phone in case you have any question or need help organizing your visit to Costa Rica.
We have a caretaker 24/7 living on a separate house on our property in case of an emergency or if you need a cab to go places.
Quebrada Ganado is a quite small village just North of Jaco, only 10 minutes to Carara National Park, 10 minutes to the closest beach (Aguja) with several small restaurants, markets, pharmacy, bakery, hardware stores etc...
Convenient public transportation from the airport every hour, bus stop is about 1 Km from Villa Tica, and several other buses to Jaco, Quepos, Puntarenas.
Other Things to Note
For your safety, the house is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detector, safety kit, safety card instructions, all provided by Airbnb.
All outlets near the water or outside are protected w/GFCI breakers.
1. Smoking is NOT allowed.
2. People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest.
3. All of the units are privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
4. Keep the property and all furnishings in good order
5. Only use appliances for their intended uses.
6. Pets are NOT allowed.
Our garage is occupied with a vehicle, if you need to park your rental car inside, please ask our housekeeper to move the vehicle outside.
There is no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included in the unit, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. We suggest you bring beach towels. We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the house.
9. The property is on septic systems. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that feminine products have been flushed and clog the septic system, you could be charged damages of up to $100.
No refunds will be given for storms. The roads to the house are paved and well maintained. However, we highly recommend four wheel drive if you plan to go off road during the rainy months. We do not refund due to road conditions.
11- We have our personal belongings in the property; you are not allowed to use or take them out of its place.
12- Guests with children:
a-Please be aware of upstairs balconies and laundry shoot in the master bedroom/ bath
b-Hammocks and hanging chair are not to be used as a swing set by children, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times for their own safety.
Villa Tica is a lovely, expansive place set in an authentic Costa Rican village. Highlights are the wrap around veranda, surrounding garden and jungle, large extra spaces for yoga, welcoming and helpful property caretaker, firm beds, well-equipped kitchen. It would be heaven if the villa had a pool for hot evenings...
It was a pleasure to be part of your first visit to Costa Rica, and thrilled you and your family had a great time at our Villa and surrounding areas.
We always welcome comments and suggestions from our guests, so we can improve not only for ourselves but future guests.
Bedside lamps are on our list, mattress pads and cotton sheets as well.....
Villa Tica was amazing - it was exactly what we were looking for. If you are looking for the true Costa Rica experience, Quebrada Ganado is a great place to be. There are beaches near by that you can get to via bicycle or walking and the locals are friendly.
We did not rent a vehicle when visiting and I do not think that I would in the future. There are many means of transportation and Carlos, the groundskeeper, was very happy to to guide any questions that we had.
Ozzie, it was a great experience. Thanks for letting us stay at Villa Tica!
Die Beschreibung war exakt, vielen herzlichen Dank, wir haben uns gut und sicher gefühlt.
We stayed 5 weeks in February, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The photos really don't do justice to how big it feels. The groundskeeper and his sons are super friendly and were very helpful (though if you don't speak any Spanish it might be tough).
We saw toucans, motmots, mating turkey vultures, large iguanas, chickens and more right from the awesome porch and (large) yard. We also had many nights with 1 or 2 little fruit bats doing laps in the giant main room for a few minutes before heading out for the night. I thought they were pretty cool, and they didn't poop. House geckos are always fun, too.
The little river at the back of the property is awesome for kids. There's a little dammed up section that's created a small wading pool. Great for hot days (which are pretty much all days). Tadpoles for kids to catch. Lizards sunning themselves. Really amazing. Or you can take a 4x4 up the river a bit, where there's a lot more shade and you can see basilisks running across the water. (We didn't make it to the waterfall. Apparently it's too far a hike for young kids.)
The town of Quebrada Ganado is amazing. Super friendly people. Macaws flying overhead. Sport Pollo has great food (try the patacones especiales). It's small and not touristy at all (I think we were the only Americans in town), but has most everything you might need between the handful of markets, variety stores, pharmacy, panaderias, etc. It also feels very safe. Little kids walking around alone. Bikes left unlocked. Etc.
It's ~18min to Jaco if you want, but Playa Blanca is hands down the best beach around. Carlos (groundskeeper) can intro you to a nice local taxi (I forgot his name) who can shuttle you all over for much cheaper than a rental. Manuel Antonio is an easy day trip. NeoFauna reptile & butterfly santuary, Rainforest Adventure for ziplines, crocodile boat tour and horseback rides through the beach and jungle in Tárcoles. Carara is just up the road… Lots nearby if you want it.
* Almost no mosquitos at all. Shut the house up right before dusk and you'll have no problems.
* Fan and extension cords are provided.
* Beds have mosquito netting, which is nice to have and surprisingly uncommon.
* Above average mattresses.
* Optional internet (that works). Kolbi 3g and Claro 2g signal.
The only minuses:
* Very, very little furniture in the house. The master bedroom is giant, and a desk or chair or something would be nice.
* No beach towels. We didn't check bags, and beach towels are comparatively giant in small bags.
* Like any house in CR, there are insects and arachnids that share the house.
* A neighbor's large tree fell near the house during our stay. Thankfully we were fine, but the sound was terrifying.
Still 5 stars though.
We loved it. Thanks Ozzie!
A very beautiful, but simple villa located near Jaco.
We were looking for a place near Jaco but did not want to stay in a typical hotel with all the tourists. Osmar's Villa was just perfect for what we wanted. It is located at the back of small village and is at the edge of the jungle. The house is just beautiful, with a full kitchen, hot showers, washer and dryer, beds with mosquito netting, and a beautiful wrap around porch.
It was great to wake up and sit on the porch listening to birds while drinking coffee or lying in the hammock reading books. It is very peaceful place.
The Villa is about 20 minutes away from Jaco, minutes away from a couple of really nice beaches. A few minutes north, there is Carara National Park which is home to Scarlet Macaws. Manuel Antonio National Park is little over an hour away and has some great beaches. Monteverde Cloud Forest is about 2 hours north.
There are also small grocery stores in the village and larger ones in Jaco or near Playa Herradura. Since it is not that far away from Jaco, there are plenty of things to do nearby. Surfing, swimming, zip lining, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, etc...
The grounds are well kept and knowing that a housekeeper was on site 24/7 gave us the peace of mind that our belongings were safe while we were out and about.
A simple but comfortable home minutes from some beautiful and less known beaches and close to Jaco as well. It's located in a small village which makes it a great place for people who are interested in getting to know the culture and the "real" Costa Rica (but maybe not so good if you want really, really private). The neighbors are wonderful! They helped us find things and get to the good beaches and we spent some great evenings sitting on porches, chatting and showing our two boys farm animals and the country life. There is lots of room in the house and plenty of fans to keep things cool. It is very simple as far as furnishings, floors, etc but for us that was great since we didn't have to worry to much about what our two boys might do. The wrap around porch was great for sitting and watching birds. We saw scarlet macaws, vultures, and many smaller native birds as well as frogs.
About the Host, Osmar
I am an Immigrant from Brazil who has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America. I settled down in Southern California and started my own landscaping business. When I traveled from the US to Brazil on motorcycle, I became very interested in revisiting Costa Rica one day. Finally I was able to build a vacation house there where my family and I have been able to spend great times together.