If you’re planning a stay in Flaming Beach, this home is perfect. Flamingo Beach is an upscale area, and this home is stunning. It has three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms plus an extra powder room. We enjoyed lounging by the infinity pool overlooking the beach. The wildlife was special with visits from giant lizards, humming birds, parrots and more. The WiFi in the house was high speed, and we were able to stream Netflix throughout. Becky, the owner of the Property Mgmt company, is fantastic. She is extremely responsive and will do everything in her power to make sure you are happy during your stay. We had a fantastic visit and highly recommend this home and Blue Water Properties.
We just got home from spending a wonderful week at Casa Rosa. The home is modern with almost every convenience you could ask for. Here's a few of the niceties that many people don't think to ask about or wouldn't normally put in a review:
The kitchen is fully, completely stocked with every appliance, cooking instrument, several sets of dishes & glasses that you could ask for, including a blender (for frozen cocktails or smoothies) and a food processor. The freezer had an automatic ice cube maker, there was a full sized built in microwave oven, and a roomy kitchen where we made several breakfasts, dinners and happy hour snacks.
Next to the private pool is a propane barbecue grill, with an unopened extra tank of gas, and a dining table, all under a canopy.
The water heater was large enough that 5 of us could shower before dinner without running out of hot water. There was a washer and dryer and all the supplies needed so we had clean towels for the beach or pool everyday.
The house has an alarm system, video monitoring and an electric gate. There is a guard station for the Blue Water properties, which happens to be directly across from Casa Rosa in case anyone in your paryy feels concerned about the lack of security in a private home rental. (I don't know what the single gentleman would have done to protect us, but it's a good, high end community made up of all expensive rental properties.)
2 days maid service was included. Our rental was Saturday through Saturday and BWP suggested Monday and Thursday for maid service, but we didn't want the maid to have to work on Christmas so we asked for Tuesday and Thursday which wasn't a problem or issue.
Since I was confused when we first rented the place, here's a few words about Costa Rican addresses: Casa Rosa is the name of the house, Playa Flamingo is the name of the town. There is no address on the house. There is no street name that I was aware of. I'm told that's the way it is in Costa Rica. In advance, I hired "Eco-Trans" to drive us from the airport and they were waiting for me when I walked out of immigration control, almost 40 minutes after I landed. I'm sure they know what to expect in airport delays, but I was still impressed they were there when they promised. Not having an address, I told them "Casa Rosa in Playa Flamingo" and they had no problem at all. From my wanderings around Playa Flamingo, I saw that Eco-Trans has an office in Playa Flamingo so they obviously are familiar with the territory. Eco-Trans also charged me $25 USD for the trip, while Blue Water Properties wanted $100 USD, so sometimes it pays to shop around. I was traveling alone, some of my family flew in the next day and they were charged $50 for two people.
We ate at various restaurants for about half of our meals, the rest we made at Casa Rosa.
Coco Loco in Playa Flamingo is about a 10 minute walk down the hill from the house. And a 20 minute walk UP the hill afterwards. We walked down there at night and felt completely secure and safe, although the road has a lot of pumps and ditches. I kept telling everyone to turn off their lights and let their eyes adjust to the moonlight, but I was out-voted by a trove of city-folks with their iPhone flashlight app. Nobody tripped, twisted their leg, got hit by a car, attacked by monkeys, eaten by carnivores or anything else.
Just as an aside, the night sky is beautiful. I'm from northern NJ, and we don't get to see so many stars because of all the lights and pollution. It was wonderful.
For breakfast, we found the "Surf Shack," about a 10 minute ride from Casa Rosa. No address, but Google Maps knows it's there. The owners, Dan and Natasha, are from the USA and very friendly and full of advice on where else to eat. We wanted to buy some fresh fish to barbecue on the grill, and Google wanted us to drive half an hour. Dan knew of the "Mercado Maresca" about three minutes away. It turned out to me a local couple with two coolers on their front porch, a fish cleaning table and a scale. She told us the Red Snapper came off the fishing boat that morning, so we took the largest one she had, which they cleaned and descaled, plus several pounds of mahi-mahi and shrimp. That night, we had an excellent cook-out. And enough left-overs for fish tacos for lunch the next day.
I spent a morning scuba diving with "Pacific Coast Divers." Although they ran a full boat, they had multiple dive masters, so my dive group consisted of only 3 divers plus a guide. It looked like they split up the divers based on experience.
Blue Water Properties set up a tour day for us at Eco-Adventures, which was about a 1-1/2 hour ride from Casa Rosa. We did some zip-lining, horseback riding and white water rafting. Just for your info, my wife and I are in our late 50's and our kids are late twenties. The zip lining and white water were both invigorating, but not physically challenging. Of course, you might feel like hanging on a wire 300 feet above a river is scary, I certainly did. As a matter of fact, I said I wasn't going to do it. But after the first zip (there are 8 of them) I was loving it. By the end of the course, I would have happily done it a second time.
We booked a "sunset catamaran cruise" through "Bonita tours" at the Flamingo Beach Resort. Were were just walking around the beach exploring and saw the booth, talked to the salesman, and booked it. We had a great time. They take you for a 70 or 80 minute ride out to a private cove at one of the many islands several miles off-shore, and you have about an hour to snorkel while they prepare lunch/dinner. Then it's a slow, 90 minute ride back to the marina, watching the sunset on the way. The bar is open the entire way, although the main attraction, at least for me, is the ocean, sun and air. But a few margaritas certainly add to the fun, even though I had to constantly remind them to actually put Tequila in it.
Our vacation to Costa Rica zipped by so quickly, I wish I could have stayed another week just to relax. A few suggestions to travelers:
Liberia airport is small, I think there are 7 gates, and immigration is not really set up to handle a large influx of impatient tourists the week before Christmas. Bring your patience and be ready to wait. Also, when you leave, immigration is no quicker. I waited on line for over an hour to have someone look at my passport and stamp it. I honestly don't get the point to the whole ordeal. They had 4 stations open to handle literally hundreds of travelers, and the line wrapped back and forth across the terminal many times. Point is, don't get to the airport at noon for a 12:30 flight, or you'll miss it. And the next one may not be until tomorrow.
Food is expensive, both in the many supermarkets that are all over the region, and restaurants. Many of the prices were no different than what we would pay in the northeast USA. Still cheaper than Manhattan.
English is spoken in many places, but it can be helpful if you have at least a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish. I have a little Spanish vocabulary still in my rusty brain from my high-school days, which helped a little. Luckily, there is Google translate, if you have twenty minutes to ask where the bathroom is. We also would pull up an image on google to show someone if it was appropriate to getting an answer.
Anyone in the hospitality industry, ie Hotels, restaurants and tourism spoke good English. Even the guy sitting on the beach renting out umbrellas and chairs spoke english.
One thing I also noticed is that many tourism professionals did an excellent job of remembering your name. Not just while you were in their restaurant, but three days later they were still calling me by name. This was especially true at Coco Loco, where they also spoke great English, so you can drink with abandon on your next vacation to Casa Rosa.
We were a bit spectacle at first I spoke with Rebecca Who instructed me to wire transfer the rental fee. Worried about fraud and scams I am so glad I did I trusted her! The Blue Water Team is amazing! We arrived on a Friday and Marcela waited for us to arrive and then she escorted us up to the house from their office in Huacas. We arrive at the house right for sunset, which made
it completely memorable, the house is immaculate very well maintained clean thanks to Maritza the housekeeper that comes in twice a week. All details of the house are top notch! We will plan to go back soon! If you should decide to rent, a few suggestions not sure if blue water provides this service but it would be a good idea to request if they could have some groceries brought in so when you arrive there is water and some of the necessities you may need to get you through a day so that you can situate yourself and find the right grocery store to purchase food coco loco which is right down the mountain is one of the best restaurants that we found in town and they have take out I actually left a menu for whom ever comes after us there's also a small Resturant called a lo Nico on the main road that's fantastic for breakfast or lunch.
The house has all the amenities that you will need for short stays or long stays! Wifi cable satellite. Everything! The house is gated and is in a gated community the guard Salvador is the best, so very nice. We truly felt at home and my family truly enjoyed their stay! But the most amazing thing about this house are the views at all times of the day and especially sunset!
Thank you so much Blue Water Properties! For a wonderful stay at CASA ROSA
Beautifully decorated and appointed home overlooking Flamingo Beach, with stunning views of Playa Flamingo and Flamingo Beach. House is professionally decorated and the pictures don't do it justice!!!. Clean and spacious enough for at least 6 adults. Blue Water Properties personnel, especially Fiorella, Marcella and Marcello were the best and very customer friendly. The house has an indoor and outdoor security high-tech system and a night guard for the homes in the neighborhood. Although, we NEVER FELT INSECURE !!!. The home offers a peaceful and tranquil getaway and has everything to make if feel like your home. The outside patio area is well designed for both shade and sun and the night time sky from the hilltop views are incredible. Easy access to everywhere from Potrero to Conchal. We rented a Golf Cart from Chip Little and it was the perfect vehicle to get around in. Good to excellent Restaurants are local or just 15 minute drives by golf cart. We did sunset catamaran sails that are really good, we used Panache Sailing, ask for Dennis to be on the crew, he's great. Looking to come back again to Casa Rosa next year !!!!!
First of all, the rental agency was great to work with and they organized all of our transportation to and from the airport, our car rental, and all of our tour activities. Everything went very smoothly.
As for the house, the views of Playa Flamingo from the pool and patio areas are worth the price of admission! The house was comfortable, perfectly maintained and the decorations gave it a tropical touch. The house has all the modern necessities including A/C in every room. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were beautiful.
From the pool patio, we saw everything from parrots to monkeys in the trees along the hillside.
The house is up on a hill overlooking Playa Flamingo (Thus the incredible views), so a rental car is almost a necessity, although we made the 5-10 minute walk down to the beach and restaurants to avoid the hassle of parking.
Would not hesitate to rent this house again!