Casa Camaleon 1 - studio apartment

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Palm Beach Estates, Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Quaint Cabinas perfectly equipped with private kitchens and bathrooms. Ideally located within a few minutes walk down a shaded path to the beach. Surfboard rentals onsite. Very quiet and natural setting. Well maintained. Owner managed.

Your host, Sharr
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Quaint Cabinas perfectly equipped with private kitchens and bathrooms. Ideally located within a few minutes walk down a shaded path to the beach. Surfboard rentals onsite. Very quiet and natural setting. Well maintained. Owner managed.

The Space

Quaint affordable apartments.
Casa Camaleon is the perfect location for a couple or even a family traveling together. The location is quiet and steps from the beach and famous surf break "Playa Grande". Our private and fenced property, in the gated community of Palm Beach Estate, is nestled amongst huge teak trees where you will find the apartments to be the ideal distance to town and beaches. We are away from the bustle but only a short walk to all things busy when you need it. Our apartments are fully equipped with kitchens, private bathrooms with hot water, private porches with dining tables for meals outside. Free wireless internet. Outdoor rain shower. Surfboard and bicycle rentals available onsite. Concierge assistance from the owners who live next door. Its price is right and its got everything you need! You will love it, feel at home and never want to leave!

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Guest Access

Wireless Internet.
Outdoor Tropical Shower.
Surfboard Rentals.
Surf lessons.
Bike Rentals.
Concierge Service to help with booking activities.

Interaction with Guests

Daily visits from the owners.

Getting around

Tuk Tuk or Ferry Boat for those without a rental car

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Nice simple small apartment near the long & beautiful Playa Grande beach (5min walk) with it being on the Pacific coast it has great sunsets. A lot quieter than living in Tamarindo across the river. Though the boat ferry to Tamarindo is a 10min walk from the apartment, so don't forget it runs only until 5pm.

    July 2014
  • Wonderful few days my son and I spent at Casa Camaleon. We were looking to surf [or at least try to] and Sharr was able to arrange the rental of the boards for the time we stayed with her. She was so very helpful in every way. She knew when to give us space, yet was always available to provide local advice, which came in handy numerous times! Sharr definitely made our stay in Playa Grande that much better! I cannot thank her enough for her easy going nature and hospitality. She even allowed my son to borrow an electric guitar while we stayed with her!

    Sharr has this uncanny ability to know what we may need, based on what we were planning. She arranged a half-day catamaran tour, and just in case, a local taxi pickup in Tamarindo if the river crossing had ended for the day. Sure enough it had, and my son and I were ever so grateful to have transport back to the casa!

    Palm Beach Estates and Playa Grande are very laid back communities. We were able to venture out to various restaurants in the area, walking to our destinations at all hours of the night, and never felt insecure in doing so.

    The casa itself was clean with tile floors and AC, which definitely helped as it would heat up over the afternoon, just in time for our daily siesta. Late afternoon it was time again to surf until the sun set, or just enjoy the surreal skies and beaches of Playa Grande. I have been to many parts of the world and have never experienced such magnificent colours while the sun left us for another day. A truly inspiring experience!

    Thank you Sharr for an unforgettable experience at Casa Camaleon!

    May 2014
  • Sharrs place at Playa Grande was quiet and serene. We met her when we first arrived and she was very helpful and friendly. The bed is super comfortable, and you won't be woken at night by any night clubs out here! However, if you want to head into Tamarindo it's just a little boat trip across an inlet, or wait until the tide goes our and walk (or you can drive there). Playa Grande beach is beautiful, and not crowded!! We had a great time. Thanks Sharr!

    May 2014
  • We had a great stay! The accommodations and host Sharr was very nice. Our casa was clean and quiet while being very close to a beautiful and almost private at times beach. Highlights of our trip were having a color changing chameleon fall from the tree while having breakfast (great coffee included) and renting surfboards directly from Sharr for a very reasonable fee.

    March 2014
  • To be honest we didn't get to stay in the apartments at Casa Camaleon because other guests wanted to extend their stay (which I can only assume means good things) but we ended up testing out a new property Sharr is developing and things went wonderfully. It wasn't perfect because it's basically in the middle of a half finished construction site but her design and the little house itself was wonderful. I cannot wait to see how it all turns out! It was still only a few minute walk to the beach and some local restaurants, so no complaints there. Sharr was also a fantastic host and set my boyfriend and I up on surfing lessons that were a ton of fun and cheaper than anything we spotted in town. Her gardener lived across the way and was very helpful whenever we needed him and was super friendly. A huge thank you to Sharr for making our stay in Playa Grande so great!

    March 2014
  • If your looking to stay away from the bustle of Tamarindo and have kilometers of beach to yourself, this is the place to stay. We had such a fantastic visit in Playa Grande with Sharr. Casa Camaleon was perfectly tucked away with lots of space to keep cool and relax if the sun was getting to hot. The beach is so close and the sunsets are breathe taking!! We enjoyed reading in the hammock the most and having dinner on the front patio. Everything was clean and the space was just enough. The air conditioning was the icing in the cake. All the amenities you could need are provided and the charming grocery store "Wil-Mart" is located within a 10 minute walk in the private estates, which has everything you could need to survive and more. If you want to head over to Tamarindo a quick water taxi was our solution from either Hotel Bula Bula for $3 or take a walk on beach and catch it for $1.

    Thanks so much for you valued recommendations, map and information about the area Sharr!

    Pura Vida,

    We will be seeing you soon!

    March 2014
  • I can't say enough good things about Sharr! She took care of us from the quick response of the first email to the day we left. She welcomed our dog, Bentley with open arms! She is a fantastic host and will help you with anything you need.
    The place was fantastic. Super comfortable bed, great kitchen and perfect location. Super quiet and close to the beach. Little water taxi across the river and you are in Tamarindo.

    February 2014
  • Wow what can I say... Sharr and her beautiful family were excellent hosts. I rented the front studio for 12 days and it was exactly as pictured, very comfortable with everything I needed. They gave me the lay of the land and I was off to explore. I traveled as a single woman and felt very safe and at home actually. I did not want to leave and now I know why there are so many expats there. I deeply enjoyed the peace and quiet of casa cameleon and Playa Grande in general. When I wanted to partake in more action or variety I was able to take a beautiful short boat ride across the estuary into Tamarindo. I also found the beaches at Playa Grande to be much better than in Tamarindo. I was looking to enjoy a more quiet serene environment and Sharr and her family provided that. I also really enjoyed getting to know Sharr. Their home and the area is truly pura vida. If you're looking for this type of experience definitely book this space. I know I'll be back soon.

    January 2014
  • Casa camaleon was perfect, close to the beach safe clean and cozy. Did not have the pleasure of meeting Sharr but Nathalie was very accommodating, more like a concierge, with all the answers and ideas on where to go. We felt like we were on a deserted beach. Sharr recommended a 4x4 and we were not disappointed with the decision.

    November 2013
  • Wow-what a phenomenal location. Just a 10 min walk and 1 min ($1) boat ride to get to Tamarindo. This location is separated from Tamarindo by an estuary (with crocodiles-no reason to be afraid unless you try swimming across). Most tourists lodge in downtown Tamarindo (too touristy!), so this location is like a hidden gem with secluded beaches, blossoming flowers, and chirping birds outside your window. Lodging was clean with a large bed and decent kitchenette. Extra shower for rinsing off outside and a washing basin too. No table for eating inside, but it wasn’t needed-we used a tray that was on our shelf and had dinner in bed-fantastic! Sharr and her husband are extremely accommodating-gave us all the know for the local area, picked us up from a drop off point since we didn’t have cars, and also had surf boards for rent ($20 same as price in town)-too bad we didn’t have time to use them. There are a few restaurants (mmm good) and a tiny super market in Guanacaste within walking distance if you don’t feel like crossing the estuary or driving around. Many English speakers around here with beautiful homes. Bring bug spray for the evenings. Wifi was good except for a power outage during a rainstorm. We always felt safe. Thanks Sharr!

    July 2013
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Surfer and Beach Goer If I can surf every day its a day well spent. The ocean is a place that lets you leave feeling new. I cannot live without it. I am so grateful to have found my home here. It is near perfect paradise! Pura Vida!
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