About this listing
Our light and breezy, 2-bedroom beach house is the perfect place to totally relax or make your base for zip-lining, kayaking and hiking. Enjoy ocean views, wildlife sightings and the sound of the surf while you prepare a gourmet meal or just chill.
Less than 90 minutes from the capital city of San Jose, this is your own charming two bedroom, two bath beach house in the gated and secure community of Punta Leona.
Villa Tranquilo offers a relaxed, soothing retreat from the stresses of daily life while still being close enough to modern amenities to pamper yourself. The house is completely air conditioned with WiFi, TV/DVD, stereo system and laundry room.
Playa Mantas beach is just steps from the house and top-rated Playa Blanca is a short, five minute walk away. There is a small restaurant/bar at Playa Blanca and a full-time lifeguard station.
You'll be amazed at the wildlife you will see right from your balcony! Scarlet macaws, monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, and toucans can be seen at various times of the year right in the backyard. Listen to the sound of the surf, arrange for a massage or take advantage of the great hiking trails, zip line, butterfly farm and tennis courts. There's even a miniature golf course! All of these activities are available right on the property.
Punta Leona houses a hotel with swimming pools, restaurants, bars and even a chapel with Sunday services. The hotel can arrange day trips to Manuel Antonio State Park, Arenal Volcano, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, and many other outdoor activities.
We love our home and the restorative quality it has on our lives. We know it will do the same for you. Enjoy.
Guests have access to our entire 2-bedroom , 2-bathroom house, with full balcony, gourmet kitchen and private laundry. In addition, they have access to all of the hotel grounds' amenities - pools, restaurants, beaches, zip-lines, tennis courts, water sports, hotel-sponsored activities, concierge services, etc. Please note: the hotel has recently limited car travel to Playa Blanca but it is only a 5+ minute walk from the house.
Interaction with guests
We interact as much or as little as our guests want. Usually there are a few online conversations prior to their stay to take care of the logistics and answer any questions. Once booked, we provide a Welcome Packet with directions, resort information, local activities, and emergency contact information both locally and for us.
Once arrived, we usually like to get an email or text just letting us know they've arrived safely. And after that we are here if they need us, but honestly we usually don't hear much from people until they are checking out to let us know they're on their way. In the rare occurrence that someone has had a question or an issue that they wanted to ask us, we've been able to respond quickly and take care of it.
Ours is 1 of only 8 privately-owned homes overlooking Playa Mantas on the grounds of the Punta Leona Resort. Punta Leona is 10 minutes south of Carara National Wildlife Park and 10 minutes north of the bustling surf town of Jaco, with a wide range of restaurants, bars, and shopping. On the road to Jaco is the world renowned hotel, spa and restaurant, Villa Caletas, where you can get a birds eye view of the ocean while enjoying a cocktail and listening to soothing music at sunset. Villa Caletas also offers Friday night concerts at certain times of the year.
Everything on the grounds is walking distance, however, golf carts can be rented through the hotel for approx. $40/day if you prefer. Most people rent a car in San Jose for their trip but you can also take a taxi from the airport - the cost is $80-$100 each way. If you want to do some day-excursions the hotel staff can arrange a rental car or taxi service as well.
Other things to note
Punta Leona has a small convenience store and ice cream parlor on the property as well as two snack bars and 2 restaurants. There is also a nurses station on the property as well as a doctor should the need arise.
Please Absolutely No Smoking in the house.
Please rinse off using the outside shower before going inside if you're covered in sand.
Please No Pets
My wife Shannon and I both work in the film industry in Hollywood. We love design and architecture probably because we work in such a visual medium. Shannon takes classes is welding and pottery and I like to fiddle with motorcycles and older British cars.
When we purchased Villa 501 we decided to model our house in a clean modern look similar to a "W" hotel but with a Costa Rican feel. At the time, we lived in a 1920's traditional California Spanish style home and wanted to do something which we hoped would have a "Zen" quality to it.