frequently asked questions
What type of building is Villa Del Mar?
Villa Del Mar sits two-thirds up the side of a mountain. This luxurious villa looks like a large private home. Villa Del Mar was designed to the following specifications:
- Each bedroom has its own sliding french doors opening onto a 12′ balcony, and a tiled bathroom/shower.
- Each room was constructed with 8″ and 10″ cement walls, floors, and ceilings to ensure much quieter rooms than you might find in a home or hotel.
- Staff quarters, kitchen, dining, and laundry are separated from the private guest bedrooms.
- Villa Del Mar offers privacy and luxury, nestled in an exotic Costa Rican paradise.
- Villa Del Mar includes its own private infinity pool and hot tub, available for your use only, any hour of the day.
- When you stay at our villa, relax by the pool, swim, or dance under the stars, you are not forced to live for a week with persons unknown to your group. You and your invitees have the entire villa for your exclusive private use and pleasure.
- You will experience all the comforts of a luxury hotel with your own personal cook, house boy, and continual maid service.
- Enjoy three gourmet meals prepared for you each day – our kitchen and bar are fully stocked for your enjoyment.
Is the Villa safe?
Yes, Villa Del Mar is located in a private gated community, Playa Ocotal. Neighboring homes are valued from $500,000 to $2,000,000, most owned by retirees. This private beach community has one entrance, which is staffed 24 hours a day by a security guard.
How many people can your Villa accommodate?
Villa Del Mar can accommodate up to 16 adults. We have 6 bedrooms, four with king-size beds, and two with two twin beds per room. All bedrooms are larger than you find at most hotels. When requested, we can also provide several foldaway beds.
Is it safe and easy to walk to the beach?
Yes, a paved path leads to the beach. It is safe because the community is gated and allow only residents and guests to enter.
Should we tip our Villa staff?
You are not obligated to tip the staff, but almost every family that stays in Costa Rica has been generous. If your vacation has been filled with exceptional service and food preparation, please let this guide your decision to tip. See our tipping suggestion sheet here.
Do you have a telephone?
Telephones are available in the villa that are capable of making outgoing international calls with your international phone card. Please bring or purchase an international phone card so your group will be able to make international phone calls.
What should we pack?
Costa Rica enjoys a tropical climate, so cold-weather clothes are not usually necessary. Your clothes will be washed daily, so do not overpack.
- Bring a legal passport, not expired. Make a copy and leave it the copy at home.
- Any other necessary personal items.
- A small Calculator for quick conversions (local currency is “Colones”, but most stores and vendors accept American dollars).
- Lightweight long pants
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Sweater / windbreaker / lightweight poncho
- Insect repellent, although insects are not a big problem
- Lightweight day-pack for outings
- Lightweight cotton clothing
- Hiking shoes / comfortable stable shoes
- Snorkeling/scuba equipment
- Quality waterproof sunscreen (min. 15 SPF for protection from our tropical sun)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
Some items may not be available for purchase in the local area. Bring anything important with you.
Can you arrange deep sea fishing trips and tours?
Yes, we can provide contact information for a trustworthy individual that provides group fishing for reasonable rates. Your concierge can also help you arrange many other things to do and see in Costa Rica. Our most popular activities include tree top cable rides, canopy rides, snorkeling, scuba, jet skiing, sunset boat cruises, volcano tours with hot springs, Arenal Volcano, Monteverdi Cloud Forest and mud pits, horseback riding, tennis, deep sea fishing, world class golfing, surfing, white water rafting, kayaking, jungle river rides, ATV rentals, gambling casinos, Indian art shopping, and more.
What beers are available at the Villa?
Imperial, Bavaria, and Pilsen, and non-alcoholic Kaiser.
What is the beach sand like?
Ocotal beach consists of dark sand that originated from volcanic rock. The darker sand is unique, different, and in certain light appears to glisten. It is very attractive in its own way. Please look at the photos we have of the beach, as the photos speak for themselves of the beauty, privacy and serenity of Playa Ocotal.
What Airport would we fly into?
The airport closest to the Villa is Liberia Airport located in Guanacaste. When searching for airports, search with code “LIR”.
Is there transportation available to and from Liberia Airport?
Yes, there is a Shuttle ($35 per person) please ask for details.
Is it hard to find a day spa or massage?
It’s easy – outcalls are available at the villa, offering manicures, pedicures, mud/facial/body treatments, and massages.
What documents are required to enter Costa Rica?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens (regardless of their age) require the following documents to enter Costa Rica:
- A pre-paid airline ticket to exit Costa Rica (either to return to your country or to go to another country)
- A passport valid for at least 90 days*
*Your passport can expire no earlier than ninety days from the date that you arrive in Costa Rica. US/Canadian photo identification and original birth or naturalization certificates are no longer accepted at any Costa Rican Immigration port of entry.