Valencias del Mar Villas
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Valencias del Mar in Playa Langosta located just around the corner from the hotel Barcelo Langosta, on a quiet cul-de-sac (no traffic, no dust!) 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms & a TV room upstairs master with big king bed, walk-in closet & two sink bathroom 2nd upstairs bedroom with two twins & shared bathroom TV room with sofa loft room with double bed accessed from balcony downstairs bedroom with queen bed, adjacent bathroom & pool access * kitchen has stainless steel appliances, ice maker, oven, convection/microwave/extractor, dishwasher & fridge.... fully equipped with pots & pans, plates, cups, bowls, silverware.... * laundry room with full size appliances downstairs, living & dining areas seat 10 comfortably private dipping pool off the living room upstairs balcony from which one can watch the sunset & the monkeys in the trees. 1.5 blocks from the beach & the san francisco estuary really a great place to enjoy the bird life & the sweet waters while the tides come in & go out...... * tamarindo is just a 2 minute drive away & offers tourist activity & fun for all ages - cafes, restaurants, ice cream, shops & street venders... * leave the car safely parked, walk to town along the beach & jump on a bus or taxi on the way back! *Daily electric allowance $20* this is one of only 4 condos in the project. only the front entrance & atrium fountain area is shared. one neighbor lives there fulll time, the other two are used occasionally by their canadian owners.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Playa Langosta 100mts 100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Liberia International Airport 67 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Guanacaste region
Santa Cruz is the name of the third canton in Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 1,312.27 square kilometres (506.67 sq mi), and has a population of 43,333. Its capital city is also called Santa Cruz.
The heart-shaped canton is on the northern Pacific coast between Bahía Potrero to the north and the mouth of the Río Montaña to the south. It includes Cabo Velas, the furthermost western point on the Nicoya Peninsula. The Río Tempisque delineates a small portion of the eastern border.
The capital city of Santa Cruz, named Santa Cruz, is a typical Costa Rican rural town. Its inhabitants are very diverse and consist mostly of farmers, fishermen, workers or employees of several of the many hotels located in the vicinity. The town is known within Costa Rica for its cultural heritage and many historical traditions. These traditions include the Fiesta de Semana Santa (Easter week celebration) and the traditional bullfights as well as many others.
Every year in Santa Cruz there are a number of festivals which include bull riding ceremonies. These ceremonies, though traditional at heart, lack most of the features seen in Spanish bullfighting traditions. Usually the ring in which the bull is let loose is open to anyone, tourists as well as locals - man, woman or child. The bull riding usually starts with a man being placed on the bull with nothing but a string to hold on to. This man is inevitably, after some time, thrown off. Even though there are always medical personnel in place to supervise the bull riding, severe injuries or even death among the bullriders are not uncommon.
The bulls are treated with respect and dignity and in no bullring within Costa Rica is it ever alright to deliberately injure or kill a bull in a bullfight, whereas in Spain or Mexico the very purpose of the bullfight is for a trained professional to kill the bull.
Santa Cruz is a beautiful town filled with kind and openhearted people who when meeting a tourist gladly directs him or her to the nearest beach, hotel or historical sight. The town is also connected to some of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica and there are buses going to these beaches almost every hour.
The canton also includes the town of Santa Bárbara, known for its traditional annual dance of the calabashes (baile de los guacales). Since 2000 the activity has been considered of cultural interest to the community and all participants receive a hand-painted calabash vessel to thank them for their economic contribution (which they paid in the form of an entrance ticket).
Sitting just south of Tamarindo, the small beachside community of Playa Langosta is an exotic locale with excellent surfing conditions. The sprawling sandy beach at Playa Langosta is much quieter than its neighbor, and is one of the best places in this region to let your hair down and relax. Although it tends to get crowded during high season, Playa Langosta is commonly less crowded than Tamarindo and it sits right next to Marino Las Baulas National Park.
Hitting the Waves
One of the most common reasons for visiting Playa Langosta is its unbelievable surf. At the southern end of the sandy shoreline, the mouth of an estuary has an excellent surf break that often attracts boarders who prefer to hit the waves in a low-key, quiet area. The rivermouth waves are short and fast, and are ideal for experienced surfers. Boasting both right and left breaks, Playa Langosta's waves typically peak at the same place, but surfers should still keep an eye out for rocks and coral here. Most of the coral head is exposed during low tide and sits just below the surface during high tide.
Surfers will love coming to this area, as there are several other beaches in the region that feature great conditions. Tamarindo, Playa Negra, Playa Grande and El Estero are all within arm's reach, so to speak. Playa Grande has the most consistent breaks in the region and is popular for its surf spot called "La Casita." Playa Negra is another great spot to catch a wave, but is only recommended for expert riders as the break is very fast. You can check out our Surfers Guide to see all of the best surfing breaks in Costa Rica.
Marino Las Baulas National Park
Created in 1990 in effort to save the leatherback turtles that nest along the shores of Playa Grande, Marino Las Baulas is one of the most biodiverse parks in the region. Featuring mangrove wetlands along the coast, lush forest and stunning white-sand beaches, Marino Las Baulas is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna.
The park spans 1,100 acres of mangrove and 54,000 acres of forest. Bird watching is very popular in this park, as there are roughly 174 species of birds that reside here.
However, the face of Marino Las Baulas is a species that doesn't technically live here. Each year, leatherback turtles, the largest turtle in the world, make their way to the shorelines to lay their eggs from October to May. These massive creatures can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, but they are quite endangered. Because of this, the beaches are closed at night, but travelers can watch the turtles with the help of a tour guide.
Making the trek
Located just 2.5 kilometers south from Tamarindo, Playa Langosta is easily reachable from the Tamarindo's local airport. Travelers landing at Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia can be in Playa Langosta in about an hour, as it is about 70 kilometers away. Those renting a car will be able to reach Playa Langosta via Route 21 and 155. Those planning on landing in San Jose will likely want to take a domestic flight to Tamarindo airport, as San Jose is roughly 263 kilometers away.
Surfers will love coming to the small town of Playa Langosta, but it's not necessary to catch some waves to enjoy a stay here. Anyone seeking a getaway to a beach town with a small population of tourists should make it a point to come to Playa Langosta.
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