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Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private.

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East Deck, Casa Playa Lapa
Horses wading at the lagoon
Sunrise on Carate Beach
1 of 41East Deck, Casa Playa Lapa
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Overview
2 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Playa Lapa is a privately owned ocean front residence in remote Carate, Costa Rica, only two miles from the Corcovado National Park. The Casa is tucked deep in a grove of lowland palms, right on the beach facing the Pacific Ocean and insulated from the rest of the world by jungle on either side. The thundering surf pounds relentlessly against this prime turtle nesting area, and creates a continuous and exciting background for the parrots and shore birds by day, and the frogs and other jungle creatures by night. The magnificence of this vast and undeveloped beach is one of Playa Lapa's most alluring natural attractions which you can enjoy from any of the shaded outdoor living areas surrounding the Casa, as well as from the upper observation deck or bedroom. With the proximity of primary ...Playa Lapa is a privately owned ocean front residence in remote Carate, Costa Rica, only two miles from the Corcovado National Park. The Casa is tucked deep in a grove of lowland palms, right on the beach facing the Pacific Ocean and insulated from the rest of the world by jungle on either side. The thundering surf pounds relentlessly against this prime turtle nesting area, and creates a continuous and exciting background for the parrots and shore birds by day, and the frogs and other jungle creatures by night. The magnificence of this vast and undeveloped beach is one of Playa Lapa's most alluring natural attractions which you can enjoy from any of the shaded outdoor living areas surrounding the Casa, as well as from the upper observation deck or bedroom. With the proximity of primary rainforest on the adjacent mountain, Carate has abundant wildlife, hiking trails, streams and the Pejeperrito lagoon, creating a variety of activities for visitors. Playa Lapa comes with solar hot water, outdoor shower, 4 kayaks, boogie boards, 5 hammocks, beach chairs and towels, Sarchi deck furniture, fully equipped kitchen, and a small library of nature books. There is a guest assistant on the property to help you with questions, kayaks or coconuts!! Cellular internet is available a few steps from the casa, using a local KOLBI SIM card in your smart phone. Playa Lapa is truly a unique destination: Corcovado National Park to the west, the lagoon to the east, the ocean and miles of unspoiled beach in front, and the jungle behind. For a memorable experience of intimacy with nature, plus personal comfort and convenience, there is really nothing quite like Casa Playa Lapa.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
No events or parties permitted.
Bathrooms
2 Half baths, 1 Shower
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About the Owner
Helene H
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2014
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Reviewed 10 February 2020

This is really a beautiful property, when you enter the driveway you are surrounded by towering 500-700 yr. old Royal Palms. The grounds are quite beautiful with easy access to the beach. The house built out of tropical hardwoods is in itself a work of...More

Date of stay: January 2020
Thank shelterform
Reviewed 4 October 2019

Carate is a great little place! 1 week rent, family of 5. Great base to explore Corcovado national park (1h walk to the entry station, plan to sleep at SIRENA rangers station in the jungle: 7 h sportive walk from Casa Playa Lapa), experience night...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank FrancescoDe
Reviewed 16 April 2018

What a fantastic experience we had during our 4 day's at Playa Lapa! The home was perfect, as it had all we needed, missing nothing! The solar provided all the power we needed. The fans all that was needed for a great sleep. We were...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank mrthomson62
Helene H, VR Owner at Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private., responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thank you, Bob, for the great review!! You’ve caught the magic of the jungle at Playa Lapa, and were excellent guests in our off grid Casa. We all enjoyed you so much, and hope you will come back again. Peace and turtles! Helene

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Casa Playa Lapa was nothing short of perfect for us on our 25th anniversary celebration trip! We had so many places to choose from and are so happy we chose Carate, Costa Rica!! Corcovado National Park is walking distance away as is several ecolodges to...More

Date of stay: March 2017
1  Thank Kerry I
Helene H, VR Owner at Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private., responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2017

Dear Kerry, I am blown away by your wonderful review! You have caught the rhythm of Playa Lapa for sure! The staff loved you, the guides feedback was great, and you were fun for me to help arrange your tours. Please come back soon! Peace...More

Reviewed 11 January 2017

My husband and I and our 20 year old son recently spent a fabulous week over Christmas at Playa Lapa in Carate. If you and your family are true nature lovers wanting a remote unspoiled destination to completely unplug from the pressures and stresses of...More

Date of stay: December 2016
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Reviewed 2 January 2016

We stayed at Playa Lapa over Christmas and New Years and had a fantastic time. The place was exactly what we were looking for and Helene and Joe are great hosts. Communication was excellent and they were always available to answer questions. We love to...More

Date of stay: December 2015
1  Thank 657heather73
Helene H, VR Owner at Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private., responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2016

Dear Rune and Heather, Thank you so kindly for your lovely review! You were such nice guests, we really enjoyed hosting you! Playa Lapa was designed for folks like you (like us!) who love the ocean, the wildlife and the rainforest up close, but want...More

Reviewed 6 April 2015

Our family of 4 had a wonderful stay for a few nights at Playa Lapa. We loved the setting with the crashing waves, great wild life viewing and helpful hosts. The vast stretch of private beach was thoroughly enjoyed. We played in the warm waves...More

Date of stay: March 2015
2  Thank swelshmoser
Helene H, VR Owner at Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private., responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2015

Manager response: Thank you so kindly, Shannon and Rob, for you wonderful review!! It was our pleasure to have you at Playa Lapa--my staff really enjoyed you, I had a good time helping you plan, and we are all glad to be a part of...More

Reviewed 2 April 2015

After visiting many lodges in the Osa Peninsula, my spouse and I definitely think Playa Lapa was the best place to stay with our two adult children. We enjoyed two wonderful weeks at this unique and exotic location. Arriving at Playa Lapa we instantly fell...More

Date of stay: February 2015
1  Thank RobertEmile
Helene H, VR Owner at Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private., responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

Thank you so kindly, Robert, for you lovely review!! Having spent 12 full days at Playa Lapa, and a professional biologist yourself, certainly increases the credibility of your words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our beach home and appreciated our own love of...More

Reviewed 26 March 2015

We enjoyed our stay here and loved being close to the Corcovado National Park which our host was kind enough to arrange a tour of with an excellent guide, Christian. The place was large and had sweeping jungle and ocean views and access but it...More

Date of stay: March 2015
Thank maracujagirl
Helene H, VR Owner at Ocean-front beach house, shade decks,Corcovado Sunsets, wildlife/kayaks/private., responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

Thank you ,Julie, for taking the time to review my beach home--I realize this was primarily a Realestate trip, and that you only had 2 days out of your 3 day stay to actually enjoy the Casa, the wildlife and the wonders of the jungle....More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Balcony
Blender
Boat Available
Books
Deck
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Ocean Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Porch
Private Garden
Secure Parking
Cooker
Terrace
Towels Provided
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Casa Playa Lapa is located on Carate Beach, in a grove of lowland kahuna palm trees; there are coconut palms, fruit trees and flowering plants throughout the property. It is a densely wooded community, with hiking trails and horse back riding, and close to the Corcovado National Park for day trips, and the Pejeperrita lagoon for kayaking and fishing. The property is gated with secure parking, and a full time caretaker on site to assist guests. Several lodges are located within a mile of the property, with bar service and dining available by reservation.
Getting around
Walking is the most popular way to get around in the community, as well as to hike into the Corcovado National Park. A car might be more convenient with children or for tours out of Jimenez, but taxi service is available, as well as the daily collectivo.
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