4500 sq ft- 5 BR / 3BA Home with 180 Degree Pacific Ocean Views!
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Our family fell in love with Playa Junquillal the first time we visted and we have been part of the community ever since.
Why Maire chose Junquillal
Playa Junquillal is a wonderful place to get away from it all. This tranquil setting has a 180 view of the ocean. We love the peaceful sunrises and sunsets from the balconies, the amazing number of stars at night and the sights and sounds of the ocean. The sounds of nature are all around - the parrots chasing each other across the lawn, the howler monkeys in the trees and the large zappos (frogs).
Children allowed - High chair, crib, sand toys, games High chair, crib, sand toys, games
Max guests: 12
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful, but potential limitations . . .
We love Junquillal. We loved this house. No doubt about either. Junquillal is perfect if you don't mind driving an extra 20 minutes to get fairly far off the beaten path. It is an easy 35 minute drive to Tamarindo. There are nice restaurants close by. The house itself is wonderful. Masterful design. Beautiful concrete and tile work. Well thought out master bedrooms. The housekeeper was very nice and worked hard, and the owner was responsive. Strong recommendation for house, beauty of property, location, and distance to beach. Wonderful.
Here are the potential limitations, which I would have wanted to know about before booking. In order of importance to me and my family. 1. No A/C on main level, no A/C in bedrooms on top floor, and A/C on ground level is only for 2 rooms - the third room has no direct A/C and only gets cool air from an adjacent room, which is connected by open air vents at the ceiling. We were hot every day, and most of our party was thin and in shape. Breezes are nice, but the air temp was easily over 80, and a bit humid, so we were uncomfortably hot while in the house on the top two levels. We slept naked with the fan blasting and no sheets for 8 nights. One or two of the nights, we had trouble sleeping. This is not an aberration. The heat is normal. The heat is an issue with this house. Further, there is little or no insulation, so the house picks up the heat of the day and carries it into the night. 2. Privacy. The bedrooms upstairs have all open windows and top screens with no windows, and the glass walls, which are beautiful, have sortuv/kinduv one way shades, but if somebody is outside, they can lean close and see into the room from the deck. Further, because every room has open windows, sounds carry from the main level to the upstairs level and between rooms. You have been warned! Two of the lower level rooms are connected by open air - no sound privacy at all. Third lower room is tiny and you must pass through the room, and the bunk beds , to get to the only bathroom on the lower level. Not great. 3. The stairs have no railing. Very dangerous for kids, elderly, infirm, drunk etc. 4. No bathroom on main level. Adored this house and location, but would not rent again - don't like being hot constantly, changing levels to pee, and lack of privacy, esp. on ground level - not good for any adults, really. Last thought- supermarkets in Santa Cruz were horrible. Recommend AutoMercado in Tamarindo.
Beautiful beach house
We loved our stay in this magnificent home. Walking distance to a gorgeous beach and close to many local attractions. The home is very spacious and even has a washer and dryer so we could launder our clothes. Suldri is very friendly and keeps everything in great condition. It was a bit warm on the main level and upper level. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook at home. We had two families in this home with 4 adults and 8 kids and we had plenty of room. We would love to visit again!
Lovely time in Junquillal
We really enjoyed staying in this remote area (Junquillal) where you can get everything you need locally including stunning sunsets on a variety of beaches, a sanctuary for Baula Tortugas, kayaking in a real estuary, surfing at Playa Negra and Avellanas, snorkeling at both Playa Blanca and the tide pools at Playa Junquillal. The house suited our multi-aged family very well (8months to 69 years). We stayed for 10 days, with the younger family first, and then the family with 3 active school aged boys for the last 4 days. Suldri the housekeeper and Owner, Emer, were so helpful for getting settled into the location and caring about our experiences. Couldn't say enough ! Our only issue (4 not 5 stars) was that it is very hot in this time of year in Costa Rica, and the house although well ventilated was extremely warm all day. The older couple used the air conditioned downstairs bedroom instead of the stunning Master bedrooms for this reason. But I think if you know the seasons, and are prepared to be always warm, the house is very suitable. Best wishes, Nancy and family
Amazing view, excellent staff!
Very comfortable beds, an amazing view, loved the monkeys nearby and the beautiful beach and sunsets. The staff, Suldri, was seemingly cleaning up behind us, she was amazing at keep ing place clean.
A wonderful experience!
Relaxing Vacation at the Villa
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were looking for a place we could all be together, play games, sing, and easily spend time at the beach. The house provided it all. We often woke early and walked the beach. Around mid day we drove to Lonchitas (I believe that was the name) and picked up typical Costa Rican food that we had pre-ordered. That way we weren't cooking during the heat of the day. We played games till about 3 or 4pm every day. Then we all walked back down to the beach for a fun filled time in the waves and on the beach. We always stayed there till just after sunset. The sand was fine black sand and the water was clear and clean. And most days we had the whole beach to ourselves. We saw the baby turtles released into the water one evening! And we saw and heard the howler monkeys at least three times! We also saw one scorpion on the road and about a million ants everywhere we went in Costa Rica. It was a wonderful stay.
We are so glad you made special family memories celebrating milestone birthdays and enjoying spectacular "Flash Gordon" sunsets!
Eco-Tourist Hideaway Gem
This property was an unexpected delight for those looking to adventure into the heart of Costa Rica, without giving up any amenities. Along with a wonderful Kitchen to cook in (granite tops and all appliances needed), WiFi, and a very European decorating style, it was comfortable, quiet and so close to nature. The bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor offer stunning views and a great nights sleep.
The "sunsetting" on the balconies offered up a wonderful evening show of colors and skylines with the Beach and Ocean as our back drop. Then we retired to the Kitchen for a wonderful meal and continued back to the balconies to review the encore of a "Star" studded night sky complete with meteors if you are lucky enough, we were.
The Beach is very private and secluded with no tourists, so the Ocean was ours to enjoy at will. with long walks to the Estuary and boogie boarding. The homeowners had boards in the storage shed for us to use. It was fun.
The restaurants in Junquillal were wonderful all run by locals and getting the meet them made the experiences all the better. We love to eat out and did so often to try the local food and cuisine. I would highly recommend it.
Also, in town we were able to participate in a turtle release and watch the cycle of life unfold from our own hand. The hatchery there called the home an informed us of the time and place on the day it happened. Just stop by and put your name on the list to be called during your visit, it was a humbling experience to behold.
We loved this place and will stay there again next year, certainly enjoyed having an entire home to ourselves with access to a wonderful beach, a nice town with great restaurants, and privacy.
Enjoy and thanks to the homeowners for helping us during our visit
to get a real "Costa Rican" visit.
We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Villa Las Palmas Real!
There are 3 public beaches within easy walking distance. Playa Venado which is directly in front of the house and about one-mile long is an easy 3- 4 min. walk. We enjoy walking to the estuary on this beach each morning and evening. There is also a rocky area that provides great rock pool exploration and small pools for playing. It is a great beach for swimming or surfing. Playa Honda about a 5 min. walk away, more of a cove than a beach is about 200 yds long. It is a great area for swimming. Playa Junquillal, abt 2 miles long is a 10-15 min walk. The beaches have won the coveted Bandera Azul Award for many years. There is an excellent selection of restaurants. There are monkeys and a wide variety of birds near the house. At night, you can see Leatherback and Ridley Turtles nesting. There is an active local turtle protection group that welcomes involvement. Occasionally, you can see the spouts of Humpback whales from the deck. Golfing and National Parks are a short drive.
Other Activities: Deep sea fishing, Zip lining, Boogie boarding, Monkey, whale, turtle, bird watching, Surfing