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We are a retired couple who have bought our dream home in Playa Grande. We have completely renovated the property and now make it available for vacation rentals for others to enjoy as we have for several years.
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My wife, two children (7y old boy and 4y old girl), and mother and father in-law, had a wonderful stay at Casa Pelicano in Palm Beach Estates and thank Hazel sincerely for ensuring our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. The house was almost perfect with comfortable bedrooms, spacious living room, and very tasteful indoor decor. The main drawback is no comfortable indoor dining space, other than the bar, for dining/drinking/chatting. The kitchen has a great six burner gas stovetop that we used to make some really great meals from local ingredients, but meal-time was challenging since there was nowhere to sit inside comfortably to eat and enjoy wine. Our outside time was wonderful though. We made ample use of the pool, boogie boards, and kid surf boards. The beach is very close and spectacular. Low tide is ideal for strolling, shell collecting, and biking, and for kids to run around and splash in waves. High tide is not ideal for kids' water play but great for watching the power of the ocean, some really good surfers, and an amazing sunset. As for Palm Beach Estates, it feels remote from civilization. The local grocery store has most of the basics though and Seven Cave Bar & Grill (next to the grocery) was our go-to place for food, drinks, and entertainment (my son enjoyed the foosball and billiards tables and both kids enjoyed the hammocks). We took water taxis to Tamarindo from the southern end of the beach and from Hotel Bula Bula, with the Bula Bula taxi being our preference since it takes you along the estuary for a bit. We booked two enjoyable day tours from Frijoles Locos Surf Shop in Playa Grande (a 15 minute bike ride away from Casa Pelicano). We all had a great time and will definitely consider returning to the Playa Grande area again next year.
One of our best family vacations!
The house is perfect for a family of 5 (or 6). It is 3 min walk to a fantastic beach. The owner was very helpful with tips and helped set up surfing lessons. There are several excellent food and restaurant options (all waking distance) and a German bakery with home delivery! The house is maintained in excellent condition with a nice private pool. Overall - surpassed our expectations!!
Casa Pelicano is a nice, private home with a very convenient location – Playa Grande is only a few minute walk from the front door. Everything was as described in the listing: very clean, well-maintained and spacious. I stayed there with my husband and three other friends and it was quite comfortable. The house and neighborhood seemed safe and secure but I must mention that there was a break-in and theft at Casa Pelicano during our stay. The landlords immediately came over to help assess the situation and contact the police. Security is important to them and they are now looking into additional security measures. While violent crime is low in Costa Rica, it’s important for anyone visiting to keep in mind that, as a tourist, you are a target for theft so it's best to travel light.
Our first time family vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful and made even better by Casa Pelicano. The house is gorgeous, comfortable, and clean. Playa Grande is a beautiful stretch of beach and the house is only 50m away. It is secluded but only a 10 min water taxi away from tamarindo (definitely a must do!). The bikes were a great way to travel to the local store. On top of that, Hazel, Jill, and Sharr are some of the kindest people we have met and took care of any needs we had. I would highly recommend staying at Casa Pelicano if you are in Costa Rica.
Casa Pelicano was just great. It's as nice as it looks in the pictures, and really is just a short walk from the beach. Sharr was very responsive whenever we needed anything. My family would definitely stay here again.
Beautiful and confortable house! Calm, very private, very clean and amazing garden. The welcome of Sharr the host was warm and caring. She was always in contact to provide what we needed. The house is very close the one of the best beach we seen. Beautiful constant waves and amazing landscape. We appreciated a lot the bikes to go arround the surrounding. We will definitely return!
The owners of Casa Pelicano are perfectionists in one word. They take care of every detail and truly have a magical place by the beach. They have completely renovated their property to excellence, with stunning evidence of their artistry as a couple. Everything is always immaculate. They have created a very private and tropical garden and pool escape area second to none. Taking great pride in their home this is truly a beautiful vacation property for anyone. To top it all they take special care of any guests above and beyond what is expected. Simply perfect!